Food for thought: Comparison of citations received from articles appearing in specialized eating disorder journals versus general psychiatry journals




To conduct a bibliometric analysis of eating disorder journals to guide journal readers and researchers when submitting their manuscripts.


Several indices were used to compare journal impact and citations of articles appearing between 1996 and 2010 in six eating disorders journals and six leading general psychiatry journals.


The International Journal of Eating Disorders (IJED) had the highest journal impact factor (JIF, 2.278) of the six eating disorders' journals. The general psychiatry journals had higher JIFs and received more citations per eating disorder article than the specialized journals. However, IJED published the highest number of eating disorder articles between 1996 and 2010, and 35 of these articles received at least 100 citations.


Using the JIF alone to decide where to submit a manuscript is a poor strategy, as this does not take into consideration the impact an article can have within the eating disorder's field over time. © 2012 by Wiley Periodicals, Inc. (Int J Eat Disord 2012)