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Table 1 Overview on the 12 selected peer-reviewed journals analyzed in this study. Journal ranking1 and journal impact factors2 are derived from the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) database from 2006. Journal ranking was determined by the specific subject categories of Surgery* and Orthopedics§. The numbers of articles analyzed in this study are shown as the overall publications3 (including non-original articles) and as original articles exclusively4. Articles were assessed in all individual journals' volumes from 01/2000 to 12/2006.

From: Bias towards publishing positive results in orthopedic and general surgery: a patient safety issue?

Journal title Journal ranking1 Impact factor2 Total number of articles analyzed3 Number of original papers analyzed4
Annals of Surgery 1* 7.678 1,835 1,277
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (American) 4§ 2.444 3,012 1,501
British Journal of Surgery 5* 4.092 2,607 1,258
Spine 5§ 2.351 4,357 2,860
Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery (British) 11§ 1.790 2,364 1,415
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma 13§ 1.670 1,270 494
Archives of Surgery 14* 3.058 2,254 1,026
Surgery 15* 2.977 2,714 1,404
Journal of the American College of Surgeons 16* 2.813 2,437 866
Journal of Trauma 38* 2.035 3,316 1,979
World Journal of Surgery 45* 1.765 2,144 1,326
Injury 76* 1.067 1,887 991
All journals    30,197 16,397