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American Physiological Society's Physiological Reviews

Ranked Number One Physiology Journal

 Thomson Reuters® 2008 metrics rank journal first in physiology

BETHESDA, MD (July 7, 2009)-The quarterly review journal, Physiological Reviews, published by the American Physiological Society (APS;, has been again ranked the number one journal in physiology and is now number five of all cited journals by the annual Journal Citation Reports (JCR) issued by the Health and Science Business Section of the Thomson Reuters organization.

The ranking is based on the "Impact Factor" of each journal by the JCR, which calculates the number of citations of articles in a journal over the prior two-year period divided by the number of citable articles.  Over time, the annual JCR listings have become a key metric used by the scientific community of journal quality.

According to Dennis Brown, Ph.D., Editor in Chief of Physiological Reviews, Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Program in Membrane Biology at Massachusetts General Hospital, "Journals with higher impact factors are often favored by authors when they are considering where to submit their manuscripts. While the Impact Factor is only one metric of a journal's influence, the APS is extremely proud that Physiological Reviews is recognized as being so highly cited."

Rita Scheman, Director of Publications and Executive Editor of the APS' 14 peer-reviewed journals, noted the significant effort made by the journal's US-based editorial board and its European editorial committee in producing the four quarterly issues. She stated, "It is the hands-on, group participation by the highly respected and diverse international board and committee members that underpins the quality of the invited articles." Scheman also noted that the increase in Physiological Review's impact factor has risen steadily over the previous five years.

Physiological Reviews has been published by the American Physiological Society since 1920.  It provides state-of-the-art coverage of timely issues in the physiological and biological sciences. The review journal appeals to physiologists, neuroscientists, biophysicists and clinicians with a special interest in patho-physiology.  Topics are covered in a broad and comprehensive manner. The articles are very useful in teaching and research as they provide interesting, clearly written updates on important new developments in key areas of science.

For further information, contact Rita Scheman at or 301-634-7070


Physiology is the study of how molecules, cells, tissues and organs function in health and disease. Established in 1887, the American Physiological Society (APS) was the first U.S. society in the biomedical sciences field. The Society represents more than 10,500 members and publishes 15 peer-reviewed journals with a worldwide readership.