Abstract: Dear Editor in Chief,
2020 is a very important year for the European Journal of Paediatric Dentistry: exactly 10 years ago the journal started to be indexed in the Journal Citation Reports (JCR). A great job was done since then by the chief editors, editors, editorial board and referees. Thanks to their joint effort, the journal impact factor peaked up steadily from 0.36 to 0.87 in 2018, stabilising the journal position in the fourth quartile. The EJPD has become a reference publication in paediatric dentistry literature and research. Moreover, it was the first Italian journal to appear in the “Dentistry, Oral Surgery & Medicine” category of JCR and an absolute pioneer in implementing the open access model in dental literature.
This 10th anniversary is a time to celebrate past achievements and to reflect on the challenges and opportunities ahead.
According to the data published by Miralles et al. in 2019, 20.15% of articles published from 2010 to 2018 by the EJPD are related to orthodontics and occlusion. While for other journals in the paediatric dentistry field the percentage ranged from 2.14% to 9.6% [Miralles Garcia, 2019]. In 2009 only five journals related to orthodontics were present in the JCR, while today they have almost doubled in number.
A model in which orthodontics is so predominant is still sustainable at present?
According to the same data source, in the last decade EJPD published a high number of case reports, accounting for 19.4% of the published papers. On the contrary, other highly cited paediatric dentistry journals published only between 4.6% and 16.1% of case reports [Miralles Garcia, 2019]. A PubMed search, from January 2018 to present, highlighted that the EJPD published 19 case reports, while Pediatric Dentistry and the International Journal of Paediatric Dentistry published only 4 each. As a matter of fact, some journals as Orthodontic Craniofacial Research decided to no longer publish case reports. Taking into account that case reports are usually poorly cited [Warren, Borie, Kreger, Martin, & Boyd, 2020], can an adjustment in this editorial trend have a beneficial impact on the evolution of the impact factor of EJPD?
The way of interchanging information between researchers and scholars has changed dramatically in the last decades. With the arrival of Web 2.0, the so called “social web”, scholars are not only able to cite an article, but also add it to their web pages, bookmark it, blog it, microblog it through Twitter, download it, share it or give it a five-star review [Huang, Wang, & Wu, 2018]. According to a recent survey about research tools usage, a large cohort of young post-doctoral researchers that are accustomed to social media and are willing to demonstrate promptly the impact of their research using those platforms exists [Garcovich, Ausina Marquez, & Adobes Martin, 2019].
What´s the online impact of the journal? And what can be done to get the EJPD ready for the social web?
We strongly believe that nobody is more dedicated than you to the success of this publication and probably you have already addressed those challenges. Nevertheless we suggest you consider a thoroughly bibliometric evaluation of the journal to face the future challenges with a global consideration of the past and present journal impact.