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IJIR: Your Sexual Medicine Journal (International Journal of Impotence Research) was a leader in its field for almost 30 years. Having been the first journal to publish papers on Viagra, it had a strong reputation for publishing cutting edge research. However, over the past few years, the journal saw a steep decline as it struggled to gain submissions, and there was discussion around possible closure. In 2017 a new publishing editor, Virginia Mercer, came aboard followed by a new Editor-in-Chief, Ege Can Serefoglu, and they created a plan to turn things around.
Completely overhaul the journal, find its niche, and make it more attractive to publish in than competitor journals.
After two years there are already impressive results to report. The journal’s published output has significantly increased. Website views have increased and new content is cited more, which will likely lead to an increase in Impact Factor.
After receiving receiving only 82 submissions in 2017, submission grew by 165% with 217 papers submitted in 2018. Signs are positive that this success will continue into 2019.
The scope of the journal is now more robust and well-aligned with what is happening in the field. The papers that are received and published are more diverse, of a higher quality, and are pioneering new techniques. There is a renewed focus on women and the LGBTQ community, as well as infertility issues that have bases in sexual dysfunctions, psychology and its impact on sexual function and medicine, and health’s overall impact on sex, fertility, etc.
IJIR is once again a leader in its field, tackling subjects that its competitors haven’t touched upon yet, while carving out a niche for itself.