Another Year, Another Increase in Impact Factor for Anesthesia & Analgesia

Sixth Consecutive Year of Improvement in Ranking of Journal’s Clinical and Scientific Value

San Francisco, CA. (June 25, 2013) – The International Anesthesia Research Society (IARS) is pleased to announce that Anesthesia & Analgesia, official journal of the IARS, has achieved yet another increase in its “Impact Factor”—a key indicator of the influence and scientific value of medical journals.

According to the 2012 ISI Journal Citation Reports®, published by Thomson Reuters, the journal’s Impact Factor showed an incremental rise to 3.300.  Impact Factor, a key measure of the frequency with which studies published in peer-reviewed journals are cited by new research papers. Anesthesia & Analgesia maintained its ranking as the number six journal (out of 29) in the Anesthesiology category.

Steady Growth in Key Measure of Journal’s Value and Importance

The new report marks the sixth year in a row that Anesthesia & Analgesia’s Impact Factor has increased.  That consecutive run corresponds to the tenure of Steven L. Shafer, MD, as Editor-in-Chief , notes Debra A. Schwinn, MD, Chair of the IARS Board of Trustees.

“Much credit is due to Steve’s editorial vision and hard work, along with the efforts of our associate and section editors,” Dr. Schwinn comments.  “To achieve such consistent growth, at a time of rapid change in the science and practice of anesthesiology and pain medicine, reflects our society journal’s role as a major contributor to and forum for progress in our specialty.”

The Impact Factor is widely regarded as the most important measure of the importance of medical and scientific journals.  Each monthly issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia presents important new research in cardiovascular, ambulatory, and pediatric anesthesia; anesthetic pharmacology; technology, computing, and simulation; critical care, trauma, and resuscitation; neuroscience in anesthesiology and perioperative medicine; and economics, education, and policy.

The journal’s unique emphasis on analgesia—including pain medicine, pain mechanisms, and regional anesthesia—highlights the growing importance of pain control in research and clinical practice.  Editorials, topical reviews, letters, and other features contribute to making Anesthesia & Analgesia the “Gold Standard in Anesthesiology.”

See the latest issue of Anesthesia & Analgesia, published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

About Anesthesia & Analgesia

Anesthesia & Analgesia was founded in 1922 and was issued bi-monthly until 1980, when it became a monthly publication. A&A is the leading journal for anesthesia clinicians and researchers and includes more than 500 articles annually in all areas related to anesthesia and analgesia, such as cardiovascular anesthesiology, patient safety, anesthetic pharmacology, and pain management. The journal is published on behalf of the IARS by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), a division of Wolters Kluwer Health.

About the IARS

The International Anesthesia Research Society is a nonpolitical, not-for-profit medical society founded in 1922 to advance and support scientific research and education related to anesthesia, and to improve patient care through basic research. The IARS contributes nearly $1 million annually to fund anesthesia research; provides a forum for anesthesiology leaders to share information and ideas; maintains a worldwide membership of more than 15,000 physicians, physician residents, and others with doctoral degrees, as well as health professionals in anesthesia related practice; sponsors the SmartTots initiative in partnership with the FDA; and publishes the monthly journal Anesthesia & Analgesia in print and online.

About Lippincott Williams & Wilkins

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher of trusted content delivered in innovative ways to practitioners, professionals and students to learn new skills, stay current on their practice, and make important decisions to improve patient care and clinical outcomes.

LWW is part of Wolters Kluwer Health, a leading global provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions for the healthcare industry. Wolters Kluwer Health is part of Wolters Kluwer, a market-leading global information services company with 2012 annual revenues of €3.6 billion ($4.6 billion).


Nancy Lynly
Managing Editor
Anesthesia & Analgesia 

Connie Hughes
Director, Marketing Communications
Wolters Kluwer Health Medical Research
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