Information Research, with this issue, enters it's teenage years, a "rite of passage" in scholarly journals as in human life, but with no bar mitzvah, or equivalent ceremony, to celebrate! However, there is cause for celebration: some journals, print or electronic, never make it this far, so for Information Research to have made it into its thirteenth year is a significant event.
Over the past thirteen years we have moved from a very local journal, publishing working papers on the work of the Department of Information Studies at the University of Sheffield, first to a fully peer-reviewed journal and on to a journal covered by all of the major indexing services, including the Web of Knowledge, to one whose "impact factor" challenges the established journals and surpasses many of them.
The rise of Information Research is quantitatively documented by the new SCImago Journal & Country Rank, to which I have referred in my Weblog. The four-year "SCImago Influence Measure" or SIM, as I have designated it, is particularly interesting, since it allows for a longer period of time within which citations may be earned than does ISIs Journal Impact Factor...(Information Research, Vol. 13 No. 1, March 2008).