Genome Biology, BioMed Central's flagship title covering biology in the post-genomic era, has been assessed as having an Impact Factor of 9.71. The journal's first Impact Factor places it in the top five of research journals in the highly competitive Genetics and Heredity field, and the 4th most cited journal in the Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology. Matthew Cockerill, BioMed Central's Publisher, comments, "Genome Biology's impressive Impact Factor is evidence of BioMed Central's commitment to quality, and shows that top researchers at the cutting edge of biology are increasingly choosing open access publication for their best work."
Malaria Journal, with a first Impact Factor of 2.14, is the number two journal in the Tropical Medicine field, and number five in the Parasitology category. Launched in 2001, Malaria Journal was one of the first journals started as part of BioMed Central's independent journal program, and is the first of these independent journals to receive an Impact Factor.
Seven journals in the BMC series also received their first Impact Factors this year. BMC Developmental Biology, with an Impact Factor of 5.41, is ranked at number six in the developmental biology field. BMC Structural Biology enters the Biophysics category at number eight, with an Impact Factor of 5.00. BMC Evolutionary Biology's Impact Factor of 4.45 is the 6th most highly cited journal in the evolutionary biology category. BMC Biotechnology now has an Impact Factor of 3.05, BMC Neuroscience 2.73, BMC Microbiology 2.18, BMC Gastroenterology 1.46.
Dr Cockerill continues, "These impressive rankings demonst