Historic Achievement:

AANA Arthroscopy Journal Outranks Major Orthopaedic Publications in Impact Factor

Rosemont, Illinois – The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) is thrilled to announce a landmark achievement for its journal, Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopy and Related Surgery. For the first time in its history, Arthroscopy has surpassed both the American Journal of Sports Medicine and Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery in the 2023 Clarivate Journal Impact Factors. This remarkable accomplishment underscores the journal’s exceptional quality, especially given its specialized focus compared to broader orthopaedic and sports medicine publications.


Clarivate Analytics highlights the significance of the impact factor, stating, “The impact factor is useful in clarifying the significance of absolute (or total) citation frequencies. It eliminates some of the bias of such counts which favor large journals of small ones.” Maintaining its position in the first quintile across all three categories – Orthopaedics, Sports Sciences and Surgery – Arthroscopy continues to set a high standard in medical publishing.  


Since its inaugural issue in 1985, when it was a quarterly publication averaging 75 pages per issue, Arthroscopy has seen consistent growth and increasing influence in the field. In 1994, the journal expanded to six issues per year to accommodate its growing popularity and demand. Now, as Arthroscopy approaches its 40th anniversary, it remains at the forefront of orthopaedic research and education under the leadership of Editor-in-Chief James H. Lubowitz, M.D.


This historic milestone is a testament to the collective efforts of authors, editors, reviewers and leaders at AANA. Their dedication and hard work have positioned Arthroscopy as a leading publication in the field, and this achievement is worthy of celebration.


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