Age and Ageing’s ‘Journal Impact Factor’ more than doubles following a record number of high-quality submissions

02 July 2021

Age and Ageing, the scientific journal of the British Geriatrics Society, has announced an increased Journal Impact Factor™1 of 10.668, more than double the journal’s previous score of 4.902. Reflecting this extraordinary increase, the journal now ranks 3rd in ‘Si: Geriatrics and Gerontology’, up from 6th out of 53 journals in this category. In addition, the journal’s new CiteScore2 is 9.6, placing it in the 97th percentile for Geriatrics and Gerontology. Age and Ageing's five-year impact factor is now 8.222, up from 5.639 the previous year.

Age and Ageing’s increased Journal Impact Factor™ was supported by an unprecedented 1,819 submissions in 2020, up from 1,142 in 2019. These submissions have included a number of ground-breaking papers, including ‘Atypical presentation of COVID-19 in a frail older person’, ‘COVID-19 in older people: a rapid clinical review’ and ‘Probable delirium is a presenting symptom of COVID-19 in frail, older adults: a cohort study of 322 hospitalised and 535 community-based older adults’, which was awarded the prestigious Dhole-Eddlestone Memorial Prize in 2021. In line with this sustained increase in the number of high-quality papers submitted, the journal is moving fully online from January 2021. The switch to monthly online publishing provides a more flexible and sustainable publication format that better meets the needs of authors and subscribers to the journal.

To celebrate these achievements, Age and Ageing has released a free collection of influential articles from recent years, including the top article from the 2020 Journal Impact Factor™, ‘Sarcopenia: revised European consensus on definition and diagnosis’, published in 2019, which has received more than 1,700 citations to date. The collection also includes the most cited articles from 2020, which all focus on COVID-19, supporting Age and Ageing’s pledge to promote new research and advance knowledge relating to the impact of the pandemic on older people in the UK and internationally.

Professor Rowan Harwood, Editor-in-Chief of Age and Ageing, commented:

The ageing population is both a triumph and a challenge, bringing important new opportunities and problems for society. High-quality research drives ever-changing medical practice. Age and Ageing enables dedicated researchers to communicate their findings, moulding our response to ageing. Papers published in Age and Ageing bear the hallmark of importance and quality. It is thrilling to see that our papers are being so widely read and are having such an impact. This is a credit to our authors, editors, reviewers and publishers, all of whom I hope will celebrate this success.”

Dr Jennifer Burns, President of the British Geriatrics Society, commented:

Given the impact of COVID-19 on older people, it has never been so important to publish high-quality research into this and other health problems. We are proud of the growing reputation of Age and Ageing in responding to this need and congratulate the team for their excellent work over the last year.”

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1. 2020 Journal Impact Factor, Journal Citation Reports (Source Clarivate, 2021)
2. CiteScore™ 2020 for Age and Ageing. Calculated by Scopus on 5 May 2021 for Geriatrics and Gerontology.