Release date: 6/21/2017

The Journal of Adolescent Health (JAH), the official publication of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine (SAHM), has steadily risen through the rankings of medical journals and is now 5th out of 120 pediatric journals, up two slots from last year. 

At the same time, JAH continues to increase its impact factor, the primary measurement for citations and recognition within the academic community. JAH’s impact factor is now at 3.974, up over 1.5 points from only a decade ago when it was 2.39.
 
Editor-in-Chief Charles E. Irwin, Jr., MD, has been critical to JAH’s success after taking over the role 15 years ago. Dr. Irwin makes a point to carefully review each submitted article that JAH receives. Articles submissions have more than doubled since Dr. Irwin became the editor and last year JAH received a record 1,524 submissions.
 
SAHM President Dr. Tamera Coyne-Beasley says, “SAHM is extremely proud of Dr. Irwin and the entire JAH staff. It is an amazing accomplishment that Dr. Irwin has taken JAH from a smaller publication and turned it into one of the premier academic journals in our field. We are indebted and extremely grateful to Dr. Irwin for his innovation, invaluable expertise, and tireless efforts."
 
In addition, JAH continues to publish important supplements on adolescent health, including four in 2015, three in 2016 and is on pace for seven in 2017, including two of its most recent, “Cultivating Connections, the Importance of Relationships in Adolescent and Young Adult Health” and “Implementing Community-Wide Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives”.
 
To obtain more information or to speak to an expert, contact Justin Dreyfuss at SAHM headquarters, +1-847-686-2286, jdreyfuss@adolescenthealth.org.

The Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine is a multidisciplinary organization of health professionals who are committed to advancing the health and well-being of adolescents. Through education, research, clinical services and advocacy activities, members of SAHM strive to enhance public and professional awareness of adolescent health issues among families, educators, policy makers, youth-serving organizations, students who are considering a health career, as well as other health professionals. Learn more at www.adolescenthealth.org. 

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