On December 23 and 24, 2008, I performed electronic literature searches on PubMed using the search terms “pruritus” and “pruritis”. Quotation marks were used around each term to evade automatic spelling correction by database software. Inclusion criteria included publication in the English language within the last 5 years. Titles and abstracts from all articles retrieved with a search for pruritis were analyzed, as were those of the same number of articles containing pruritus (starting from the most recent article listed). I recorded the nature of the journal (dermatology vs nondermatology), journal impact factors (as reported in Journal Citation Reports2), and whether authors were affiliated with institutions in countries having English as one of the official languages (as reported in Wikipedia.com, accessed December 23, 2008). For journals not included in Journal Citation Reports, the impact factor was approximated at 0.0 to facilitate calculations.