According to a survey by the University of Ottawa in 2009, we have surpassed the 50 million mark over the total number of scientific articles published since 1665, and approximately 2.5 million new scientific articles are published each year.
No doubt many of these articles will be ignored and others, depending on where they are published, will reach a wider audience. However, how can we be sure that the article produced with such care, which holds relevant scientific importance, will not be ignored? Moreover, which journals are able to reach your target audience?
One of the tools capable of predicting this and translating this subjective concept into a mathematical number is the impact factor[1,2]. The impact factor is the measure of how often a article article was cited in a given year. The more we read the article, the more likely it is to be quoted and the greater its impact factor.
Thus, last June the Journal Citation Reports (JCR) released the list of impact factors of scientific journals from around the world. Moreover, this year, the Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery (BJCVS) has hit the world, reaching the impact factor of 0.805.
This was the first year that the BJCVS, previously denominated Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery, was cataloged with this denomination and, to the everyone’s surprise, even with this critical obstacle, the BJCVS for the second consecutive year raised its index, and with an increase of more than 25%.