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      Clinical Imaging's 2021 Impact Factor is 2.420, a significant movement upwards from the 2020 Impact Factor of 1.605. This would not be possible without the time and effort, expertise, and critical thinking of the journal's reviewers, listed below, to whom I wish to express my thanks. Many of our reviewers are also authors, and some of our most dedicated reviewers go on to become some of our deeply valued subject editors, to whom I wish to express my gratitude for the voluntary and vitally important role they play in this journal's success. As 2023 nears and we are almost three years into the global COVID-19 pandemic with 6.53 million deaths
      As of October 5, 2022, according to the World Health Organization, https://covid19.who.int/.
      1As of October 5, 2022, according to the World Health Organization, https://covid19.who.int/.
      , this stark data reminds me to ask myself, but why even care about the impact factor, aside from as a metric of success and upward mobility, both important yes, but in the larger context of things? My answer: The Impact Factor (IF) is a measure of the number of times an average paper in a journal is cited – the higher the impact factor, the higher the number of citations, the higher number of times an article has been read, and thus hopefully, the higher is the contribution to advancing knowledge and positively impact patient care and the profession of radiology, the journal's mission. This is the most important reason why I care about Impact Factor of our journal.
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