The American Foundry Society’s peer-reviewed research journal continues to grow in stature and influence. For the fourth consecutive year, International Journal of Metalcasting (IJMC) improved its Impact Factor, growing 25% from 2020 to 2021. This follows subsequent increases of 34%, 33%, and 25% in the three previous years.
Impact Factor (IF) is a score that reflects how often papers are referenced in other publications, so it is a measure of how much the journal is read and cited by other researchers. Growth in IJMC’s Impact Factor is an indication of the journal’s increasing importance and global recognition.
The number of papers published in IJMC also has increased substantially in recent years. In 2017, the journal printed 83 papers. By 2021, that number had jumped to 135 papers covering all major areas of metalcasting.
“Research is at the heart of the AFS mission – and at the heart of AFS research is IJMC,” said AFS CEO Doug Kurkul. “Each quarter, we have the honor of spotlighting the work of some of the metalcasting industry’s leading researchers. In turn, the entire industry value chain benefits from their innovations and discoveries.”
IJMC is a peer-reviewed quarterly journal focused on the transfer of research and technology for the global metalcasting industry and is published by AFS in partnership with Springer Nature Publications. It is also the official research journal of the World Foundry Organization. Every AFS Corporate Member receives a complimentary digital copy of each IJMC issue. Tom Prucha, former AFS VP of Technical Services, continues to serve as its Editor-in-Chief.