During times of medical crisis, reputable general medical journals are needed more than ever
As a society, we are obsessed with rankings. If you play sport or are a keen fan, you’ll likely know who is number one, whether it be a tennis player or golfer, or a football team. If you are an academic, you probably know the leading universities by their approximate rankings, and where your own institution stands. Mind you, this varies markedly between ranking systems! And if you are a researcher, you know the best ranked journals in your field, as this influences where you submit your best work, what you read most carefully, and how you shape the track record sections of your grant applications. Clinicians also pay attention to the most highly regarded journals in their field to shape their practice.
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