Virchows Archiv

Virchows Archiv
Discipline Pathology
Language English
Edited by Daniela Massi
Publication details
Former name(s)
Archiv f眉r pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r klinische Medicin; Virchows Archiv f眉r pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r klinische Medizin
History 1847鈥損resent
Springer Science+Business Media on behalf of the European Society of Pathology
Frequency Monthly
2.848 (2016)
Standard abbreviations
ISO 4 (alt Bluebook (alt1  alt2)
NLM (alt MathSciNet (alt Paid subscription required)
ISO 4 Virchows Arch.
CODEN  JSTOR (alt LCCN (alt)
MIAR  NLM (alt Scopus
ISSN 0945-6317 (print)
1432-2307 (web)
LCCN 94038299
OCLC no. 1645130

Virchows Archiv: European Journal of Pathology is a monthly peer-reviewed medical journal of all aspects of pathology, especially human pathology. It is published by Springer Science+Business Media and an official publication of the European Society of Pathology. It was established in 1847 by Rudolf Virchow and his friend Benno Reinhardt as the Archiv f眉r pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r klinische Medicin. After Virchow's death, it was renamed after him to Virchows Archiv f眉r pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r klinische Medizin. The European Society of Pathology adopted it as its official journal in 1999, so that its current name became Virchows Archiv: European Journal of Pathology.[1]

Origin and history

In 1846, Rudolf Virchow earned his medical license, and succeeded Robert Froriep as prosector at the Charit茅 Hospital in Berlin.[2] In 1847 he became "privatdozent". However, he soon found that his technical manuscripts were constantly rejected by medical journals. In protest he established a new journal, then named Archiv f眉r pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r klinische Medicin (Archives of Pathological Anatomy and Physiology and of Clinical Medicine), which he edited with his colleague Benno Reinhardt.[3][4][5] He declared that the aim of the journal was to unite the branches of clinical medicine, pathological anatomy, and physiology.[6][7] The first issue was published in February 1847 and contained only four articles 鈥 two by Virchow, one by Reinhardt, and one by Rud Leubuscher 鈥 and written entirely in German.[8] After Reinhardt's death in 1852, Virchow continued to edit the journal until his own death in 1902.[9]

After Virchow's death, the editors decided to honor him and the journal became Virchows Archiv f眉r pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r klinische Medizin in 1903. The first English text appeared in 1960,[10] and from that point onward English articles were frequently included. With the expanding field of pathology, it was decided in 1968 to divide the journal into two sections, namely part A dedicated to Pathologische Anatomie und Histologie and part B for Zellpathologie, later changed into Pathological Anatomy and Histology and Cell Pathology respectively, as the publication became more internationally oriented. Its entire publication language became English by the late 1970s, and the long German name of the journal itself was deleted. In 1994 the sister journals part A and B were merged with a new subtitle An International Journal of Pathology. The European Society of Pathology adopted it as its official journal in 1999. In 2009 the society changed the subtitle to The European Journal of Pathology.[1]

Abstracting and indexing

The journal is abstracted and indexed in the Science Citation Index, PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus, Embase, Chemical Abstracts Service, EBSCO databases, CSA, CAB International, Academic OneFile, Biological Abstracts, BIOSIS Previews, CAB Abstracts, CSA Environmental Sciences, Current Contents/Life Sciences, and Elsevier Biobase. According to the Journal Citation Reports, the journal has a 2016 impact factor of 2.848.[11]


  1. ^ a b Bosman, Fred T. (2012). "Virchows Archiv: Quo vadis?" (PDF). Virchows Archiv. 460 (1): 1鈥2. doi:10.1007/s00428-011-1176-9. PMID 22231156.
  2. ^ Krietsch, P (1991). "The history of the prosector's department of the Charit茅 Berlin. 3. Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow, prosector of Charit茅, 1846 to 1849". Zentralblatt f眉r Pathologie (in German). 137 (6): 531鈥541. PMID 1805933.
  3. ^ Newerla, Gerhard J. (1939). "Benno Reinhardt, 1819鈥1852 鈥 A Biographical Study and a Contribution to the Early History of Virchows Archiv". The New England Journal of Medicine. 221 (11): 419鈥423. doi:10.1056/NEJM193909142211104.
  4. ^ Krietsch, P (1986). "On the history of the Pathology Museum at the Charit茅 in Berlin". Zentralblatt f眉r Allgemeine Pathologie und Pathologische Anatomie (in German). 131 (2): 145鈥152. PMID 3521143.
  5. ^ Brown, TM; Fee, E (2006). "Rudolf Carl Virchow: medical scientist, social reformer, role model". American Journal of Public Health. 96 (12): 2104鈥2105. doi:10.2105/ajph.2005.078436. PMC 1698150. PMID 17077410.
  6. ^ r. t, H. (1902). "Rudolf Ludwig Karl Virchow". Nature. 66 (1718): 551鈥552. Bibcode:1902Natur..66..551R. doi:10.1038/066551b0. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  7. ^ "Rudolf Ludwig Carl Virchow". Encyclopedia of World Biography. 2004. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  8. ^ "Virchows Archiv: Volume 1, Issue 1, 1847". Springer Science+Business Media. Retrieved 30 January 2015.
  9. ^ Weller, Carl Vernon (1921). "Rudolf Virchow--Pathologist". The Scientific Monthly. 13 (1): 33鈥39. Bibcode:1921SciMo..13...33W. JSTOR 6580.
  10. ^ Majno, G.; Gattuta, Monika; Thompson, T. E. (1960). "Cellular death and necrosis: Chemical, physical and morphologic changes in rat liver". Virchows Archiv f眉r Pathologische Anatomie und Physiologie und f眉r Klinische Medizin. 333 (5): 421鈥465. doi:10.1007/BF00955327. PMID 13765553.
  11. ^ "Virchows Archiv". 2016 Journal Citation Reports. Web of Science (Science ed.). Clarivate Analytics. 2017.

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