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Journal of Thoracic Imaging’s Exciting Growth

New Record 2018 Impact Factor and Welcome to the Asian Society of Thoracic Radiology

Wu, Carol C. MD*; Schoepf, U. Joseph MD

doi: 10.1097/RTI.0000000000000437

*Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Division of Diagnostic Imaging, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence to: U. Joseph Schoepf, MD, Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, 25 Courtenay Dr, Charleston, SC 29425 (e-mail:

It is with great joy that we would like to inform the entire Journal of Thoracic Imaging (JTI) family of some exciting growth.

Our 2018 impact factor has come in and constitutes a new historical record high in the Journal’s distinguished history. With the new impact factor of 2.078, JTI now ranks 69th of 129 journals in the “Radiology, Nuclear Medicine & Medical Imaging” domain. Our gratitude goes out to our authors, reviewers, editors, and the Wolters Kluwer team for bringing us to these new heights.

In this context, it is important to remember how the impact factor is calculated—this is simply the number of citations in 2018 to JTI content published in the 2 preceding years (ie, 2016 and 2017) divided by the number of citable items published in JTI during those same years. For our Journal, the numbers in this equation are actually surprisingly small—a ratio of 214 (164 last year) citations over 103 (101 last year) citable items. This also clearly charts 2 simple ways for you to help the Journal to sustain and increase its impact factor in the coming years:

CITE our Journal whenever and wherever possible in your written work, preferably focusing on more recent articles, and advise your trainees and all in your circles to do the same! And SEND us content that is likely to attract a maximum number of citations! Raise the numerator while the denominator remains protected by our rather fixed page budget! As you can easily see, it doesn’t take much to make a huge difference in this simple equation and give our Journal another boost. We see a >3 impact factor in our stars.

At the same time, the JTI family is expanding: The Editorial Board is excited that JTI will now become the official journal for the Asian Society of Thoracic Radiology (ASTR), which has joined the Society of Thoracic Radiology (STR), Japanese Society of Thoracic Radiology, Korean Society of Thoracic Radiology, and European Society of Thoracic Imaging (ESTI) in supporting JTI by recognizing us as their official Journal.

The ASTR was founded in 2006 to advance the science and art of thoracic imaging through education, research, and quality control in Asia. Currently, the Executive Committee of ASTR consists of members from China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam. The organization hosts the Asian Congress of Thoracic Imaging (ACTI) every 4 years, with the most recent meeting in Shanghai, China, in July of 2019. The Editorial Board is excited that this collaboration will expand our readership in Asia, an area with rapid growth in thoracic imaging research.

Professor Yung-Liang (William) Wan, the immediate past President of ASTR (2015-2019) and Professor of Radiology of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences of Chang Gung University College of Medicine in Taiwan, has accepted our invitation to serve as an Associate Editor of JTI, representing the ASTR. Professor Wan earned his medical degree from National Taiwan University College of Medicine in 1980, and served as the Director of the Department of Medical Imaging and Radiological Sciences, College of Medicine, Chang Gung University, from 1995 to 2018. He is the current President of the Asian Society of Cardiovascular Imaging (ASCI). Professor Wan has 300 peer-reviewed publications to his credit and has been a reviewer for 18 journals. Professor Wan is dedicated to promoting JTI in Asia and encouraging submission of cutting-edge articles to the Journal.

The Editorial Board is honored to welcome ASTR into the folds of JTI and delighted to have Professor Wan as an Associate Editor.

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