Top journals in gerontology

June 16, 2011

The table above lists the top 20 journals in geriatrics and gerontology research by citation impact, or citations per paper, for the period from January 2001 to February 2011 inclusive.

Research in geriatrics and gerontology has an increasing relevance as human longevity increases, and particularly so in societies where the elderly are expanding rapidly as a percentage of the population. This multidisciplinary field includes studies ranging from medicine (physical and psychological topics) to the social dimensions of ageing to the economics of healthcare.

From these and other journals in the field, Thomson Reuters identified 412 papers published in the past decade as highly cited (meaning that they rank in the top 1 per cent by citations received for their field and year of publication). Of these, 308 were from the US, 32 from the Netherlands, 28 from Canada, 24 from England,

24 from Italy, 20 from Australia, 18 from Germany, 16 from France, 15 from Sweden and 10 from Switzerland.

Among the institutions that contributed the greatest number of high-impact papers in the field were: the US National Institutes of Health’s National Institute on Aging (NIA), with 40 papers, Johns Hopkins University (36), the University of Pittsburgh (34), the University of California, San Francisco (30), the University of California, Los Angeles (25) and the University of Washington (25). Among non-US institutions, those with the greatest number of highly cited papers were: VU University of Amsterdam (15), the Karolinska Institute (10), the University of New South Wales (10), the University of Sydney (7) and the University of Maastricht (6).

An analysis of the keywords in these 412 highly cited papers reveals major areas of influential research in the field during the past decade: Alzheimer's disease (105 papers), dementia (81), cognition (63), accidental falls (49), hip and other fractures (45), exercise (37), depression (31), oxidative stress (28), quality of life (26), osteoporosis (20), memory (18), delirium (17), mobility (16), obesity (14) and Parkinson's disease (11).

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Top journals in gerontology
Data provided by Thomson Reuters from its Essential Science Indicators, January 2001-February 2011
 Journal Papers Citations Impact
1Ageing Research Reviews249 5,960 23.94
2Journal of the American Geriatrics Society2,776 49,102 17.69
3Psychology and Aging729 12,188 16.72
4Journals of Gerontology Series A – Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences1,729 28,808 16.66
5American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry951 13,842 14.56
6Gerontologist 866 10,617 12.26
7International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry1,605 17,146 10.68
8Journals of Gerontology Series B – Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences 856 8,094 9.46
9Gerontology 538 4,591 8.53
10International Psychogeriatrics808 5,558 6.88
11Research on Aging265 1,626 6.14
12Journal of Aging and Health423 2,561 6.05
13Aging & Mental Health 770 4,634 6.02
14Journal of Aging and Physical Activity312 1,797 5.76
15Ageing & Society 484 2,714 5.61
16Aging, Neuropsychology, and Cognition306 1,570 5.13
17Journal of Aging Studies 267 1,336 5.00
18International Journal of Aging & Human Development356 1,681 4.72
19Journal of Women & Aging211 663 3.14
20Canadian Journal on Aging – La revue canadienne du vieillissement371 932 2.51

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