Mayo Clinic Proceedings Essential to Clinical Practice, According to New Survey

Rochester, MN, April 9, 2012 – The recently released 2011 Enhanced Essential Journal Study assessing journal importance and readership among physicians in the United States identifies Mayo Clinic Proceedings as one of the top “must-read” journals in internal medicine. Proceedings ranked fourth, behind only The New England Journal of Medicine, Journal of the American Medical Association, and Annals of Internal Medicine, as a journal internists consider “essential” to their practice and “important in clinical decision-making”. The Proceedings was also ranked among the top 10 essential journals for cardiologists (#9), hospitalists (#7), and pulmonologists (#10).

“The Editorial Board is extremely pleased with this recognition of Mayo Clinic Proceedings,” said William L. Lanier, MD, Editor-in-Chief. “Given that these data were collected immediately before the January 2012 launch of the redesigned print journal and website, and before the contributions of our new publisher Elsevier would have had an impact, we are optimistic that the journal’s importance to physicians’ knowledge, clinical practice, and professionalism will continue to grow.”

This annual independent syndicated study was conducted by the Matalia Group, Inc.* on behalf of The New England Journal of Medicine via mail to AMA physicians in 10 specialties. It identified which journals physicians consider “essential”, defined as reporting medical breakthroughs and having practice-changing impact, as well as secondary journals that physicians find relevant and are read less frequently.

According to the study 29% of internists agree that the Proceedings improves their understanding of medicine and read the journal regularly or when they can. The Proceedings was also the third ranked journal in internal medicine for online readership. 

“These results reflect the significant impact that Mayo Clinic Proceedings has, not just in internal medicine, but across a wide range of specialties,” said Pamela Poppalardo, Publishing Director at Elsevier. “We are excited to be working with Mayo Clinic to accelerate the journal’s growth and impact.”


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Notes for editors
*2011 Enhanced Essential Journal Study, commissioned by The New England Journal of Medicine, was conducted by The Matalia Group, Inc. Interested parties may contact Sima Sherman at to review these findings.

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About Mayo Clinic Proceedings
The flagship journal of Mayo and one of the premier peer-reviewed clinical journals in general medicine, Mayo Clinic Proceedings is among the most widely read and highly cited scientific publications for physicians, with a circulation of approximately 124,000. While the Proceedings is sponsored by Mayo Clinic, it welcomes submissions from authors worldwide, publishing articles that focus on clinical medicine and support the professional and educational needs of its readers. The journal’s mission is to promote the best interests of patients by advancing the knowledge and professionalism of the physician community.

About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research, and education for people from all walks of life. For more information visit / and

About Elsevier
Elsevier is a global information analytics business that helps scientists and clinicians to find new answers, reshape human knowledge, and tackle the most urgent human crises. For 140 years, we have partnered with the research world to curate and verify scientific knowledge. Today, we’re committed to bringing that rigor to a new generation of platforms. Elsevier provides digital solutions and tools in the areas of strategic research management, R&D performance, clinical decision support, and professional education; including ScienceDirect, Scopus, SciVal, ClinicalKey and Sherpath. Elsevier publishes over 2,500 digitized journals, including The Lancet and Cell, 39,000 e-book titles and many iconic reference works, including Gray's Anatomy. Elsevier is part of RELX, a global provider of information-based analytics and decision tools for professional and business customers.

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