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JAPA Impact Factor Continues Its Ascent

Higher each year for the last 5 years.

During the 2012 calendar year, the Journal of Aging and Physical Activity (JAPA) marked another milestone as the 2011 impact factor rose to 2.085, the highest level in the journal’s history. Issued annually by Thomson Reuters, the Journal Citation Report (JCR) rates academic journals based on impact factor, a metric that calculates the number of citations per published article that attempts to measure the “impact” a journal exerts on its field.

Tracing recent history, JAPA’s impact factor shows a consistent upward trend over the past 5 years as evidenced by the following table.


Year JCR Impact Factor
2011 2.085
2010 1.839
2009 1.548
2008 1.666
2007 1.327


Looking ahead to the 2012 JCR (release date June 2013), Human Kinetics projects that the JAPA impact factor will continue to rise based on consistent past performance, editorial-board diligence in accepting high-quality manuscripts, on-time publishing record, and increased visibility among global scholars at the Web site journals.humankinetics.com/japa.

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