American Journal of Human Biology Impact Factor & Information

Publisher: Human Biology Council, Wiley

Journal description

The American Journal of Human Biology is a peer-reviewed internationally circulated journal that publishes reports of original research theoretical articles and timely reviews and brief communications in the interdisciplinary field of human biology. The Journal serves as a forum for scientists and health professionals who share common interests in understanding individual and population variation in health and disease. As the official journal of the HUMAN BIOLOGY ASSOCIATION the Journal also publishes abstracts of research presented at its annual scientific meeting. Reviews of books and other publications relevant to human biology are also regularly published. The Journal seeks scholarly manuscripts that address all aspects of the discipline of human biology. The transdisciplinary areas covered by human biology include but are not limited to epidemiology genetic variation population biology and demography physiology anatomy nutrition growth and aging performance and physical fitness exercise science ecology and evolution along with their interactions. The Journal publishes basic applied and methodologically oriented research from all areas including measurement analytical techniques and strategies and computer applications in human biology. Like many other biologically oriented disciplines the field of human biology has undergone considerable growth and diversification in recent years and the expansion of the aims and scope of the Journal is a reflection of this growth and membership diversification. The Journal is committed to prompt review and priority publication is given to manuscripts with novel or timely findings and to manuscripts of unusual interest.

Current impact factor: 1.70

Impact Factor Rankings

2015 Impact Factor Available summer 2016
2014 Impact Factor 1.7
2013 Impact Factor 1.928
2012 Impact Factor 2.335
2011 Impact Factor 2.267
2010 Impact Factor 2.021
2009 Impact Factor 2.121
2008 Impact Factor 1.976
2007 Impact Factor 1.805
2006 Impact Factor 1.669
2005 Impact Factor 1.489
2004 Impact Factor 1.211
2003 Impact Factor 1.322
2002 Impact Factor 0.839
2001 Impact Factor 0.993
2000 Impact Factor 0.695
1999 Impact Factor 0.756
1998 Impact Factor 0.638
1997 Impact Factor 0.728
1996 Impact Factor 0.687
1995 Impact Factor 0.678
1994 Impact Factor 0.957
1993 Impact Factor 0.774
1992 Impact Factor 0.545

Impact factor over time

Impact factor

Additional details

5-year impact 2.13
Cited half-life 7.20
Immediacy index 0.28
Eigenfactor 0.01
Article influence 0.72
Website American Journal of Human Biology website
Other titles American journal of human biology (Online), American journal of human biology
ISSN 1520-6300
OCLC 42581120
Material type Document, Periodical, Internet resource
Document type Internet Resource, Computer File, Journal / Magazine / Newspaper

Publisher details


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    • If OnlineOpen is available, AHRC and ESRC authors, may self-archive after 24 months
    • Publisher last contacted on 07/08/2014
    • This policy is an exception to the default policies of 'Wiley'
  • Classification

Publications in this journal

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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This study investigated the effect of weight loss and weight regain on accuracy of perceived exertion (APE) in previously overweight African American (AA) and European American (EA) women. Methods: Formerly overweight women (n = 102, age 20-44 years) completed a weight loss program to achieve BMI < 25 kg/m(2) . Physiological variable of exertion and rating of perceived exertion (RPE, Borg's 6-20 Scale) were recorded during submaximal aerobic exercise prior to, immediately following, and approximately 1 year after weight loss. APE was defined as the composite score of physiological variables (heart rate, ventilation rate, and respiratory exchange ratio) minus RPE. Results: APE was significantly different from the composite score of physiological variables at baseline and at 1-year follow-up for EA women (0.347 ± 0.88 P < 0.05 and 0.53 ± 0.92, P < 0.01, respectively) and at 1-year follow-up for AA (-0.37 ± 1.1, P < 0.01). EA women had lower physiological effort at baseline and 1-year follow-up states (-0.24 ± 0.66 P < 0.05; and, -0.27 ± 0.84 P < 0.05, respectively). AA women had higher physiological effort, at 1-year follow-up state (0.21 ± 0.61, P < 0.01). Conclusions: Physiologic effort and perceived exertion contributed independently to the racial differences in APE, and APE may be an important trait to evaluate before planning an exercise intervention. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Human Biology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22801
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: This study aimed to: (1) model changes in the hypertensive and waist phenotype (HWP) in youth, and (2) investigate the effects of sex, biological maturation, total physical activity (TPA), and physical fitness (PF) in HWP trajectories. Methods: Data were obtained annually for 3 years from the Oporto Growth, Health, and Performance Study, and comprised 5,549 adolescents (2,732 girls) divided into four age cohorts (10, 12, 14, and 16 years). The HWP was computed as the sum of the standardized score of waist circumference and mean arterial pressure. Biological maturation was indirectly assessed by the maturity offset procedure; TPA was estimated with the Baecke questionnaire; PF measures included 1-mile run/walk, 50-yard dash (50YD), standing long jump (SLJ), handgrip strength (HGr), and agility shuttle run. Longitudinal changes in HWP were analyzed using multilevel modelling. Results: HWP increased across time with a nonlinear trend in girls and boys. However, when adjusted for a set of predictors, the trend was reversed: girls and boys had a significant annual decrease on HWP of -0.202 ± 0.032 and -0.147 ± 0.032, respectively. Maturity offset was positively associated with HWP changes (β = 0.913 ± 0.023); TPA had a negative association (β = -0.027 ± 0.011); and improved PF tests were associated with a significant reduction in HWP across time (β1mile = -0.081 ± 0.009; βSLJ = -0.003 ± 0.00; β50YD =0.106 ± 0.020; and βHGr = -3.335 ± 0.196). Conclusions: Boys showed higher HWP values compared to girls from 10 to 18 years of age. Adolescents who were more biologically mature had a more adverse HWP. Longitudinal increases in TPA and PF predicted annual decreases in HWP across the adolescence years. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Human Biology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22799
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: The aims of this study are to characterize the frequency of the derived allele at rs387907171 in populations from the islands of New Britain and Bougainville in Northern Island Melanesia, to confirm its association with lighter hair color, and to refine hypotheses regarding its evolutionary history. Methods: rs387907171 was genotyped in 93 individuals from New Britain and 101 from Bougainville for whom quantitative assessments of skin and hair pigmentation were available. Combining these with existing data from other Melanesian islands we tested for differences in allele frequencies between islands and for associations with skin and hair pigmentation using ANOVA, including sex, age, and island affiliations as covariates. Results: The derived allele at rs387907171 was observed in a single copy in the New Britain and Bougainville populations genotyped here. Its frequency differs significantly among islands in the region (χ(2) = 206.5, df = 3, P < 0.001). rs387907171 remains significantly, although weakly, associated with lighter hair pigmentation (F = 10.28, R(2) = 0.0125, P = 0.0014). This association increases when sex and age (F = 20.68, R(2) = 0.074, P < 7.92 × 10(-13) ) are included as covariates. Conclusions: The rs387907171 SNP exhibits strong allele frequency differences among islands in Northern Island Melanesia. Its absence from Bougainville, as well as the weak association with decreased hair color, indicates that additional alleles contribute to the blondism phenotype. Its geographic distribution suggests that a Lapita-mediated model for the dispersal of the derived allele at rs387907171 remains a viable evolutionary scenario. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Human Biology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22795
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    ABSTRACT: Objective The purpose of this study was to develop a new model, the Allocation and Interaction Model (AIM), to better predict human total energy expenditure (TEE) among a group of highly active humans living in a variety of natural environments. AIM estimates were tested to determine if it produces more accurate TEE predictions than the Factorial Method.MethodsAIM includes metabolic cost terms for basal metabolic rate, thermoregulation, and the thermic effect of food, as well as more accurate activity cost estimations. AIM was tested using doubly labeled water and Flex-Heart Rate (Flex-HR)-measured TEEs of healthy, highly active adults (N = 59) participating in National Outdoor Leadership School semester-long courses. Data from a month-long pilot study (N = 6) were also included.ResultsAIM produced TEE estimates that were not significantly different from measured energy expenditure values. Overall, AIM came within 4.1% of measured values; the Factorial Method underestimated by over 25%. At TEEs greater than 3,000 kcal day−1, AIM underestimated TEE by 11% compared to 31.6% by the Factorial Method. Also, at TEEs greater than 3,000 kcal day−1, the Flex-HR method overestimated TEE by 17%.Conclusions This analysis demonstrated that AIM is more accurate than the Factorial Method for predicting TEE across a range of climates and physical activity levels. This suggests that AIM should be used in place of the Factorial Method for estimating human TEE. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Human Biology 10/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22797
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Profiles of plasma free amino acids (PFAAs) have been utilized as biomarkers to detect various diseases. However, few studies have investigated whether ethnicity or specific subpopulations within East Asia influence PFAA concentrations. Methods: A total of 95 healthy volunteers living in Japan, including 31 Japanese individuals, 36 Korean individuals and 28 Chinese individuals, were enrolled. Participants' PFAA levels were measured by high-performance liquid chromatography mass spectrometry, and the effects of factors such as sex, age, body mass index (BMI) and subpopulation on PFAA profiles were analyzed. Results: With the exception of glutamine and α-aminobutyric acid, there were no significant differences among the three examined subpopulations with respect to either the means or the distributions of PFAA concentrations. A multiple regression analysis revealed that most of the PFAA concentrations were significantly related to sex. Ornithine concentrations, glutamate concentrations, and glutamine and α-aminobutyric acid concentrations were significantly associated with age, BMI, and Chinese subpopulation, respectively. Conclusion: The study results indicate that the contributions of subpopulation within East Asia to PFAA profiles are small, particularly relative to the contributions provided by sex. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 2015.© 2015 The Authors American Journal of Human Biology Published by Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Human Biology 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22787

  • American Journal of Human Biology 09/2015; 27(6). DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22794
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    ABSTRACT: Objectives: Few studies have reported on the association between changes in serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and height increase. We investigated the association between LDL-C change and height increase during puberty in a 3-year follow-up study in Fukuroi City, Japan. Methods: The source population was all fifth grade 2,515 students enrolled in any public school in Fukuroi, Japan in 2008, 2009, and 2010. The follow-up survey was conducted in eighth grade students in 2011, 2012, and 2013. In total, 2,225 adolescents were followed. To evaluate the relationships between height increases and changes in LDL-C, a regression analysis was conducted after stratification by tertiles of weight change (LW: lowest group, MW: middle group, and HW: highest group). Results: In each weight change tertile, serum LDL-C significantly decreased from the lowest to highest tertiles of height change (LW: regression coefficient (B) = -0.12, MW: B = -0.07, HW: B = -0.08 in males; MW: B = -0.17, HW: B = -0.14 in females). The association between height increases and LDL-C was significantly stronger than that between weight increases and LDL-C (male: B = -0.609 and 95% CI -0.836 to -0.382 in height, B = 0.008 and 95% CI -0.193 to 0.209 in weight; female: B = -0.963 and 95% CI -1.301 to -0.624 in height, B = 0.366 and 95% CI 0.058-0.675 in weight). Conclusions: Serum LDL-C decreased with increasing height, independent of increases in weight. The association between LDL-C and height is stronger than that between LDL-C and weight. Am. J. Hum. Biol., 2015. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.
    American Journal of Human Biology 09/2015; DOI:10.1002/ajhb.22784