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Significant gains in impact factors in journal edited by Diana Bianchi, MD

The most recent announcement of 2014 Impact Factors for scientific journals showed that Prenatal Diagnosis, of which MIRI’s Executive Director Dr. Diana W. Bianchi is Editor-in-Chief, rose to an impressive 3.268, up from 2.514 last year. Impact factors track the number of times a given paper is cited by other authors over a limited period of time. In the “Obstetrics & Gynecology” category, the journal’s ranking climbed seven places to 11th out of 79.  Prenatal Diagnosis also surged a full 31 places in the “Genetics & Heredity” category to now rank 57th out of 167.

Prenatal Diagnosis publishes articles in all aspects of prenatal diagnosis with a particular focus on areas in which molecular biology and genetics interface with prenatal care and therapy, encompassing:

  • all aspects of fetal imaging, including sonography and magnetic resonance imaging
  • prenatal cytogenetics, including molecular studies and array CGH
  • prenatal screening studies
  • fetal cells and cell-free nucleic acids in maternal blood and other fluids
  • preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
  • prenatal diagnosis of single gene disorders, including metabolic disorders
  • fetal therapy
  • fetal and placental development and pathology
  • development and evaluation of laboratory services for prenatal diagnosis
  • psychosocial, legal, ethical and economic aspects of prenatal diagnosis
  • prenatal genetic counseling

“On behalf of the Editorial team,” Dr. Bianchi noted,  “we are all very excited that the papers we are publishing in Prenatal Diagnosis are having a major influence on other authors who are writing in the specialties of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Medical Genetics. For a sub-specialty journal to be ranked so highly within the category of Obstetrics and Gynecology is a major accomplishment.”