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news & trends Good news for ACerS journals Thomson Reuters, which calls itself “the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals,” recently issued its annual journal impact factor statistics. For those in the scholarly publishing business, these metrics are indicators of a journal’s quality and how it stacks up against comparable publications. “Impact factor,” the most commonly cited statistic, measures how often articles published in the previous two years were cited compared with the number of papers published. That is, it assesses how “impactful” the last two years of a journal’s papers were by counting the number of citations made in 2012 to papers published in 2010 and 2011 and dividing by the number of papers published in these two years. So, how did ACerS’s three journals do? Pretty darn good, it turns out. Our flagship Journal of the American Ceramic Society maintained its strong position in the materials science ceramics category and earned the second highest impact factor for journals in its category at 2.107. ACerS’s newer journals performed well, too. The International Journal of Applied Ceramic Technology, now in its 10th year, earned a 2012 IF of 1.153 and a fiveyear IF of 1.403. In its first year of eligibility for an IF, the International Journal of Applied Glass Science scored a 1.548. Editors L. David Pye and Mario Affatigato were pleased with the results. “We attribute this strong start to the scholarship of authors submitting papers, a dedicated group of associate editors and reviewers, great support by the ACerS editorial staff, and the advice, service, and encouragement given by our publisher, Wiley, from the very beginning,” Pye says in an email. JACerS is published monthly, Int. J. of App. Ceramic Technology publishes six times per year, and Int. J. of App. Glass Science is published quarterly. ACerS’s publishing partner, Wiley, has collected the most-often cited papers from all three journals and made them available free for a time. Visit www. onlinelibrary.wiley.com to see where ceramic and glass science is making its biggest impacts. n CeramiC TeCh Today This man is not happy with the US formulation of Sensodyne Repair & Protect toothpaste. Find out why, and get daily news updates and biweekly email newsletters, at www.ceramics.org/ publications-and-resources/ceramic- tech-today-2. for CeramiC systemsVersion 3.4 Phase equilibria Diagrams Download Free Version 3.4 Demo www.ceramics.org/phasecd (Credit: ACerS.) 6 www.ceramics.org | American Ceramic Society Bulletin, Vol. 92, No. 6


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