Top 15 Journals in Orthopaedic Ranked by Web of Science (WOS) – 2024

List of Top Most Orthopaedic Journals Ranked by WoS

Journal Name ISSN 2022 JIF
Journal of Orthopaedic Translation 2214-031X 6.6
Acta Orthopaedica 1745-3674 3.7
Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology 1590-9921 2.8
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research 1749-799X 2.6
Orthopaedic Journal of Sports Medicine 2325-9671 2.6
Orthopaedics & Traumatology-Surgery & Research 1877-0568 2.3
Orthopaedic Surgery 1757-7853 2.1




In academia, publishing articles showcases expertise and credibility. Journals with high impact factors signal significance in the field. Understanding how to gauge a journal’s impact can enhance your publication strategy. Impact factor, a key metric, reflects a journal’s influence over time. Calculating it involves dividing the number of citations by the total articles published. Assessing personal impact also matters, considering citations to your own work. This article explores the significance, methodology, and implications of impact factors, empowering academics and professionals to navigate the publishing landscape strategically and enhance their scholarly footprint.

What is Impact factor?

The impact factor (IF) or journal impact factor (JIF) of an academic journal is a scientometric index calculated by Clarivate that reflects the yearly mean number of citations of articles published in the last two years in a given journal, as indexed by Clarivate’s Web of Science.

As a journal-level metric, it is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher impact factor values are given the status of being more important, or carry more prestige in their respective fields, than those with lower values.

While frequently used by universities and funding bodies to decide on promotion and research proposals, it has been criticised for distorting good scientific practices [1-3].

Why is the impact factor important?

Impact factor, an index based on the frequency with which a journal’s articles are cited in scientific publications, is a putative marker of journal quality [4]. A journal’s impact factor holds immense sway over funding, submissions, and the reputation of publishers and academics. Upholding publication quality not only boosts citation rates but also enhances a journal’s ranking. High impact factor journals signal meticulous management and prestige, fostering a virtuous cycle of scholarly engagement and recognition.

How to calculate the journal impact factor?

Journal Impact Factor (JIF) is calculated by Clarivate Analytics as the average of the sum of the citations received in a given year to a journal’s previous two years of publications (linked to the journal, but not necessarily to specific publications) divided by the sum of “citable” publications in the previous two years [5].

The calculation is based on a two-year period and involves dividing the number of times articles were cited by the number of articles that are citable.

Calculation of 2010 IF of a journal:

A = the number of times articles published in 2008 and 2009 were cited by indexed journals during 2010.
B = the total number of “citable items” published in 2008 and 2009.

A/B = 2010 impact factor

The Impact Factor is reported in Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
CiteScore, which is similar to the IF but is based on a 4-year period.

Impact Factor Controversy

The impact factor (IF), widely used in academia, has sparked debate due to its limitations. It quantifies a journal’s influence based on citations received by its articles within a specific time frame (usually two years). However, critics argue that it oversimplifies research quality and favors certain fields [6]. Indeed, the fact that it is simple to understand – it is roughly the average number of citations that primary research papers published in two consecutive years gather in the following year – makes it all too easy to point out its shortcomings: the metric also includes citations to non-primary content (such as reviews and news articles); for many fields, citations accumulate slowly and thus the two-year time window seems too short; and the average number of citations per paper can be skewed by a few highly cited ones, of which high-impact journals have a big share [7]. Furthermore, a recent study found that papers published in predatory journals, which often lack rigorous peer review, have little scientific impact. Around 60% of these papers hadn’t attracted any citations at all, and less than 3% received more than 10 citations [8]. As we rethink science publishing, there’s a growing need for a broader, more-transparent suite of metrics to judge journals beyond the traditional impact factor [9]. Researchers and institutions should consider these complexities when evaluating scholarly work and avoid relying solely on impact factors for assessing journal quality.

Recent Biggest Discoveries and advances in Orthopaedic (2024)

  1. Digital Orthopedics in the New AI Era (ASIA Aspect):
    • An editorial published in the journal “Arthroplasty” explores the transformative impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on orthopedics, with a particular focus on advancements in Asia. It delves into the integration of AI in hospitals, advanced applications in China, and future expectations. The discussion covers AI’s role in assisted diagnosis, treatment planning, surgical navigation, predictive analysis, and post-operative rehabilitation monitoring [10].
  1. Effects of Low-Level Laser Therapy on Knee Osteoarthritis:
    • A double-blinded randomized controlled trial investigated the effects of low-level laser therapy on muscle strength and functional outcomes in individuals with knee osteoarthritis. The study sheds light on potential therapeutic interventions for managing knee osteoarthritis [11].
  1. Coronal Alignment in Total Knee Arthroplasty:
    • A review article discusses the importance of coronal alignment in total knee arthroplasty. Proper alignment is crucial for optimal outcomes in knee replacement surgery. The review provides insights into current practices and considerations for achieving optimal alignment [12].
  1. Artificial Intelligence in Orthopedic Surgery:
    • Technological advances continue to evolve rapidly in orthopedics. Computer-navigation, robot-assistance, and three-dimensional digital planning have become commonplace in many parts of the world. With exponential advances in computer processing capacity and the refinement of software algorithms, medicine and orthopedic surgery are delving into artificial intelligence (AI) systems. These applications range from assisting in diagnosis to aiding in post-operative rehabilitation monitoring. AI’s ability to analyze complex medical images allows for more accurate diagnoses and streamlined healthcare processes [13].


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  2. Curry S (February 2018). “Let’s move beyond the rhetoric: it’s time to change how we judge research”. Nature. 554 (7691): 147. Bibcode:2018Natur.554..147C. doi:10.1038/d41586-018-01642-w
  3. Hutchins, BI; Yuan, X; Anderson, JM; Santangelo, GM (September 2016). “Relative Citation Ratio (RCR): A New Metric That Uses Citation Rates to Measure Influence at the Article Level”. PLOS Biology. 14 (9): e1002541. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.1002541
  4. Saha S, Saint S, Christakis DA. Impact factor: a valid measure of journal quality? J Med Libr Assoc. 2003 Jan;91(1):42-6. PMID: 12572533; PMCID: PMC141186.
  5. Measuring a journal’s impact.
  6. The impact-factors debate: the ISI’s uses and limits – Nature.
  7. The diversifying nature of impact – Springer Nature.
  8. Chawla, Dalmeet Singh. “Predatory-journal papers have little scientific impact.” Nature(2020).
  9. Wouters, P., Sugimoto, C. R., Larivière, V., McVeigh, M. E., Pulverer, B., de Rijcke, S., & Waltman, L. (2019). Rethinking impact factors: better ways to judge a journal. Nature569(7758), 621-623.
  10. Wang, Y. Digital orthopedics in the new AI era: from ASIA aspect. Arthroplasty5, 61 (2023).
  11. Jankaew, A., You, YL., Yang, TH. et al.The effects of low-level laser therapy on muscle strength and functional outcomes in individuals with knee osteoarthritis: a double-blinded randomized controlled trial. Sci Rep13, 165 (2023).
  12. Matassi, F., Pettinari, F., Frasconà, F. et al.Coronal alignment in total knee arthroplasty: a review. J Orthop Traumatol 24, 24 (2023).
  13. Kurmis, A.P., Ianunzio, J.R. Artificial intelligence in orthopedic surgery: evolution, current state and future directions. Arthroplasty 4, 9 (2022).

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