I am pleased to provide to the IADR/AADR Joint Board of Directors my annual report as Editor-in-Chief for the Journal of Dental Research. This summary gives a progress report on the JDR over the past year. I believe that the journal has continued to improve, expand, and evolve as a leading source of scientific advances in the dental, oral, and craniofacial sciences. The JDR is currently ranked # 1/90 journals in Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine for Eigenfactor Score at 0.02225 and #2 in 2-year impact factor at 4.755, the 4th consecutive year that the journal has exceeded 4 for SIF. Our 5-year SIF is 5.016. The JDR generated 17,285 citations from 233 total articles during 2015-16, an all-time high number. I feel the journal remains strong not only in these metrics, but also in other important measures including full-text downloads, page views, article influence score well above competing journals in dentistry (See Figure 1).
The journal owes much of this success to a team effort of Dr. Christopher Fox, Denise Streszoff, Kourtney Skinner, and Lily Knol at the JDR Headquarters in Alexandria. The editors are also fortunate to be supported by the capable staff at SAGE Publishing, including, Paulina Klein, Andrew Thompson, and Melinda Keramat, who have done a fine job in developing a strong working relationship among the Editors, the IADR/AADR Central Offices and SAGE to sustain the excellence of JDR. Mr. Jim Sugai as the local editorial assistant at the University of Michigan closely supports us on the day-to-day administration of the JDR with the careful management of manuscript page proofs with the authors, our office, and SAGE. We are also highly fortunate for the outstanding dedication of the associate editors: Professors Dana Graves, Jack Ferracane, Jessica Lee, Jacques Nör, Joy Richman, Gustavo Garlet, and our newest editor, Nick Jakubovics. I feel we continue to have a high degree of mutual respect and collaboration to make the difficult manuscript decisions as JDR’s acceptance rate remains at ~10-15% on research reports suggesting the high quality of submissions that we receive.
The September 2017 author survey results showed that the JDR performs very well in author satisfaction metrics. The responses for the 18 questions showed the JDR authors were mainly either “satisfied” or “very satisfied” for all measures (see corresponding survey results). Of the 41 JDR authors responding to the survey, 88% (36) said that the journal was their first choice, and 85% (35) perceive the journal as a top tier title.
The following are some highlights of progress of the JDR for 2017: