GSA’s Scholarly Journals Lead Among Most-Cited Aging Publications

For Immediate Release
July 6, 2017

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The latest impact factor metrics from Journal Citation Reports show that GSA’s journals have reached new highs — and further solidified their position at the top of the list of their peers.
In Journal Citation Reports: Social Sciences Edition’s Gerontology category, The Journals of Gerontology, Series A: Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences upheld first place on the list of 32 publications for the seventh consecutive year. The Gerontologist upheld its position at third, while The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences climbed one spot and ranked fourth.

“The increasing impact factors and continued top ranking of the GSA journals is indicative of the dedication and tireless efforts of our journal editors, GSA editorial staff, and leadership — as well as the strong collaboration with our publisher, Oxford University Press,” said GSA Publications Committee Chair Noah J. Webster, PhD. “Through these efforts GSA’s journals continue to attract and publish the highest quality science across the spectrum of gerontological research, from basic to applied with contributions from multiple academic disciplines. This success is also directly attributable to the groundbreaking research being conducted and submitted to the journals by GSA members and the larger scientific community.”

Impact factor is a measure of the frequency with which articles in a journal have been cited during the two preceding years. Journal Citation Reports, one of the most respected publication evaluation tools, is distributed by Clarivate (formerly part of Thomson Reuters).

A strong impact factor indicates the research published in a journal is being widely cited elsewhere, which is often a reflection of the quality of this research. This, in turn, encourages scholars to send their best material to the journal, thereby building on its status.

“Considering the careful and practiced dedication that GSA devotes to its journals, it is no surprise that the society’s journals dominate the very top of the field,” said Niko Pfund, the president of Oxford University Press, USA. “Boasting three of the top four journals in gerontology, GSA’s portfolio is indispensably influential to research on aging populations across the globe.”
The Journals of Gerontology, Series A saw the greatest improvement over the past year, with its impact factor jumping from 5.476 in 2015 to a new high of 5.957 in 2016. During the same period, The Journals of Gerontology, Series B rose from 2.813 to a second all-time high of 3.064, and The Gerontologist climbed from 3.168 to a new high of 3.505.

In The Journals of Gerontology, Series A, the most-cited article in 2016 was “Impact of Longevity Interventions on a Validated Mouse Clinical Frailty Index” and the most-cited article to date is “Frailty in Older Adults: Evidence for a Phenotype” from 2001. In The Gerontologist, the most-cited article of 2016 was “Training Older Adults to Use Tablet Computers: Does it Enhance Cognitive Function?” and the most-cited article to date is “Assessment of Older People - Self-maintaining and Instrumental Activities of Daily Living” from 1969.

In The Journals of Gerontology, Series B, three articles tied for the most-cited in 2016: “Self-Rated Health, Interviewer-Rated Health, and Their Predictive Powers on Mortality in Old Age,” “Cardiorespiratory Fitness Is Associated With Cognitive Performance in Older But Not Younger Adults,” and “The Transfer of Cognitive Speed of Processing Training to Older Adults’ Driving Mobility Across 5 Years”; the journal’s most-cited article to date is “Cumulative Advantage/Disadvantage and the Life Course: Cross-Fertilizing Age and Social Science Theory” from 2003.

Journal Citation Reports further included five-year impact factors for the three publications, each of which saw all-time highs: 5.783 for The Journals of Gerontology, Series A, 3.878 for The Journals of Gerontology, Series B, and 3.924 for The Gerontologist. The five-year impact factor is the average number of times that articles from the journal published in the past five years have been cited in a Journal Citation Reports year (in this case, 2016). It is calculated by dividing the number of citations in a Journal Citation Reports year by the total number of articles published in the five previous years.

GSA membership includes access to the complete back catalog of The Gerontologist and both Journals of Gerontology, as well as another GSA journal, Public Policy & Aging Report. Members can view the articles online by logging in at GSA’s newest journal, Innovation in Aging, is open access and does not require membership or a subscription. Its first impact factor metrics are expected to be reported in 2020.

Oxford continually offers free online access to several highly-cited articles from each journal. The respective websites are,, and


The Gerontological Society of America (GSA) is the nation's oldest and largest interdisciplinary organization devoted to research, education, and practice in the field of aging. The principal mission of the Society — and its 5,500+ members — is to advance the study of aging and disseminate information among scientists, decision makers, and the general public. GSA’s structure also includes a policy institute, the National Academy on an Aging Society, and an educational branch, the Academy for Gerontology in Higher Education.

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