July 2020

European Radiology 4.101
Insights into Imaging 3.579


Vienna, July 1, 2020 - The European Society of Radiology is pleased to announce the results of the recent Impact Factor 2019 release for its scientific journals. The rise of European Radiology beyond the important 4.0 mark, as well as the meteoric premiere of Insights into Imaging directly to the upper third of the ranking, underline the excellence of the ESR Journals and their important role in not only the European but global field of radiology.

The ESR Journal family comprises of three different scientific journals complementing each other in covering the broad spectrum of medical imaging. European Radiology, founded in 1991, focuses on original research in clinical radiology; Insights into Imaging was founded in 2010 with a strong focus on education as well as guidelines, strategic and professional issues; the youngest member, European Radiology Experimental, joined the ESR Journal family in 2017 and covers pre-clinical research and novel approaches in medical imaging. The family collaborates daily on an organizational and editorial level by holding regular editor meetings and offering direct article transfers in case another journal is more suited for publication of an article.

As of now, the ESR Journal family includes two Impact Factor-ranked journals: as before, European Radiology leads with an Impact Factor 2019 of 4.101 (up from 3.962 in the previous year) and now ranking 21st in the category ‘Radiology, Nuclear Medicine and Medical Imaging‘. Insights into Imaging received its first ever impact factor, an astounding 3.579, and is now ranked 28th in the category.

“It is a long-waited reward for the hard work of all the voluntary reviewers to finally receive an Impact Factor; I am also honored to achieve such a great result and be included directly in the upper third of the entire ranking. This proves that we are on the right track, not only offering high quality educational material, but also offering critical perspective and reflecting on the things we do daily in our practice”, says Insights into Imaging’s Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Luis Martí-Bonmatí from Valencia, Spain.

The JCR Impact Factor, released this week as “Impact Factor 2019” counting articles published in 2017 and 2018, and cited in 2019, is an important parameter for journals in the field of academic publishing. However, it is just one of many measures of journal performance and not a measure of research quality. This is why the ESR fully stands behind its publisher Springer Nature’s recent signature of the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) in late May 2020, as it recognizes the need to improve the ways in which the outputs of scholarly research are evaluated. More information can be found here.

On this note, it is important to mention that downloads and social media interaction have also been increasing substantially over the past year: European Radiology articles have been accessed 945,000 times in 2019 (+18%), Insights into Imaging articles 770,000 times (+64%) and European Radiology Experimental 83,000 (+49%), showing that the journals are an important and integral part of the radiologic community.

“Obviously this achievement is a team effort”, underlines Prof. Yves Menu from Paris, France, Editor-in-Chief of European Radiology, and sends his sincere words of thanks to the reviewers and editors who all dedicate their time and expertise to the journal. The continuing increasing trend in submissions (+10% from 2018 to 2019 and continued in a huge increase of +50% in the first half of 2020), social media interactions, and downloads, as well as the growing European Radiology editorial team – now consisting of deputy editors, junior deputy editors and review fellows – shows that the journal is truly a community affair, which cannot and should not be measured by a single parameter. “To see all these aspects of our journal activities growing, it makes me very proud being a part of this unique family”, he adds.