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Some Highlights for 2019

Scerbo, Mark W. PhD, FSSH, FHFES

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Simulation in Healthcare: The Journal of the Society for Simulation in Healthcare: December 2019 - Volume 14 - Issue 6 - p 349-350
doi: 10.1097/SIH.0000000000000418
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As 2019 draws to a close, I have some news about the journal that I wish to share. I want to report on our most recent Journal Impact Factor, introduce our new representative at Wolters Kluwer, and highlight a new feature in store for the journal.


We received our Journal Impact Factor (JIF) from Clarivate Analytics. The JIF is an index of the number of articles we published cited by other journal articles in the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Database over the most recent 2 years. Our 2018 JIF is 2.24; it is the second consecutive year we have been above 2.0. Our 5-year JIF remains the same at 2.32. Our rank is 46th of 98 journals and remains in the top half of in the Health Care Sciences and Services category of the Clarivate Analytics Web of Science Database.

As discussed previously, the JIF indicates that on average, articles published during the preceding 2 years were cited more than 2 times in other peer-reviewed journals as well as our own.1,2 A higher JIF means that a journal's articles are being cited more often by other authors and are considered to have a greater impact on the scholarly community. Again, the JIF metric has its advantages and disadvantages. Although it provides a common citation metric for comparisons among journals, other indices do exist. In addition, the JIF is not free of bias and does not reflect the importance of work that readers may appreciate but do not cite. However, our recent JIF reaffirms the importance of simulation within healthcare education and practice. In this regard, the top 5 journals that cited our articles during this 2-year interval are Academic Medicine, BMC Medical Education, BMJ Quality and Safety, and Pediatric Critical Care Medicine, in addition to our own journal.

This higher and sustained JIF has also been accompanied by an increase in submissions to the journal. We have already received more than 300 manuscripts in the first 10 articles in 2019. This makes 3 years in a row that we will exceed 300 submissions. As of this writing, we are on pace to set a new record for 2019!

Once again, I applaud the efforts of the editors, editorial board members, and our many reviewers for continuing to identify and refine the finest scholarly work for publication. On behalf of the editorial team, we thank the many authors who choose to submit their work to this journal.


The scientific reporting and publishing landscape is dynamic and often requires review of existing practices and guidance. In our domain, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) is a committee composed of medical journal editors who consider and offer recommendations regarding important aspects of the conduct, reporting, and editing of scholarly work, including the peer-review process, editorial freedom, scientific misconduct, copyrights, advertising, electronic publishing, and clinical trials. Simulation in Healthcare has followed the ICMJE recommendations regarding disclosure of potential conflicts of interest from the beginning. Last year, we adopted the ICMJE recommendations on the criteria for authors and contributors.

This year, the editors discussed a more formal endorsement. Although the subject matter of Simulation in Healthcare is both broader and more multidisciplinary than most of those included on the ICMJE Web site, there was consensus that we support these recommendations in a more official manner. Toward that end, I am pleased to report that Simulation in Healthcare is now included among the journals listed on the ICMJE Web site that follow the “ICMJE's Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.”3


We have a new representative at Wolters Kluwer, the publisher of the journal. Marianne Kerr will be replacing David Myers. We appreciate David's service and wish him well in his new assignment. I am excited to be working with Marianne. She has more than 30 years of publishing, marketing, and continuing education experience at Thomson Healthcare. She has an impressive publishing record and currently serves as the publisher of Oakstone Medical and CMEinfo, publisher of 1500 CE products for healthcare professionals. We have had several discussions with Marianne, and I believe her years of experience will be a real asset at this stage in our journal's history.


It was not that long ago that simulation was introduced as a novel form of training and education for healthcare providers. Since the debut of this journal, simulation has evolved into an accepted, and, in some cases, expected form of training and education. As the reach of simulation has grown wider across institutions, organizations, and specialty areas, it has transformed the work requirements for those involved. It has changed the methods by which clinical instructors teach their students. Processes for accreditation as well as a code of ethics4 have been established to ensure that individuals and centers abide by a set of community-accepted standards. It has also introduced new career paths and spawned new jobs for people who work in this niche area of healthcare education as well as the accompanying commercial industry.

As the healthcare simulation community has matured, there are many members who have begun to devote significant portions of their lives to this endeavor. The editors and I recognize that there are many different and compelling reasons for which individuals choose to work in this area. Other established medical and healthcare journals often have a narrative format for writers to tell their stories, share their personal experiences, and pass along lessons they have learned. Thus, I am pleased to inform you that Simulation in Healthcare will introduce a new narrative feature, Reflections on Simulation, in 2020. We will begin publishing brief articles where authors can share their personal stories or perspectives on healthcare simulation. We will provide a forum where anyone, regardless of professional discipline, can discuss their own experiences with education, students, patients, safety, or professionalism all tied to simulation. Associate editor, Elaine C. Meyer, has spearheaded this initiative and agreed to serve as our narrative feature editor. She will have much more to say about this new feature in the next issue of the journal.


I am pleased to report that we have had another great year. We have maintained our JIF for a second consecutive year. We are now listed on the ICMJE Web site among journals that subscribe to their guidelines for responsible scholarly reporting and conduct. We are receiving manuscript submissions at a record pace, which reaffirms that Simulation in Healthcare is the premiere venue for publishing the most significant ideas, knowledge, findings, and methods in healthcare simulation, education, and practice. Last, we will soon be introducing an exciting new narrative feature. I look forward to building on this success in 2020. Again, I invite all of you to send us your best work and volunteer to review manuscripts.


1. Scerbo MW. Some exciting news and changes for the journal. Simul Healthc 2018;13:303–305.
2. Gaba DM. A remarkable journal impact Factor for simulation in healthcare. Simul Healthc 2011;6:313–315.
3. Journals stating that they follow the ICMJE Recommendations. Available at: Accessed October 25, 2019.
4. Code of Ethics Working Group. Healthcare Simulationist Code of Ethics. Society for Simulation in Healthcare; 2018.

Journal impact factor; ICMJE

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