HPB impact factor rises to 3.842

The new Impact factor for HPB has for 2021 has just been announced and this has increased to 3.842. HPB remains in the top quartile of all surgery journals and has pulled away from some of our traditional competitors. This improved performance is the result of a lot of hard work particularly by the editors Tara Kent, Ellen Hagopian, Ernesto Sparrelid, Rob Sutcliffe and David Cavallucci. We are also grateful to our fantastic Editorial Board and reviewers for their wonderful support when there are often many competing demands. The journal is also in a strong position because of the continued value placed in HPB by the Publications and Communications committee Chaired up until recently by Kevin Conlon and now taken over by Rowan Parks and by the Executive Committee of the IHPBA. I should also thank our publisher Elsevier and the journal management team.

We have adopted a strategy of trying to build a high quality publication output without sacrificing the number of articles we publish each year. Our impact factor is growing slowly but steadily and is a reflection of this. We are also building our readership and it is reassuring to see that @HPBJournal is now followed by more than 4300 people on Twitter. Over the coming year we hope to introduce new types of educational articles and HPB perspectives which while not counting toward the impact factor will make for a more exciting and educational reading experience.

Professor Stephen Wigmore
HPB Editor-in-Chief

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