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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 71

“Moving on…”

Chief Editor, Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology, Nethra Eye Care Centre, Main Road, Irinjalakuda, Kerala, India

Date of Web Publication28-Aug-2018

Correspondence Address:
V A Bastin
Chief Editor, Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology, Nethra Eye Care Centre, Main Road, Irinjalakuda, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/kjo.kjo_71_18

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Bastin V A. “Moving on…”. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2018;30:71

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Bastin V A. “Moving on…”. Kerala J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2018 [cited 2019 Jun 26];30:71. Available from: http://www.kjophthal.com/text.asp?2018/30/2/71/239990

Dear Friends,

In this issue, I would like to share a few words/thoughts on indexing of medical journals that are significant for all authors, prospective, and established.

Research is deemed complete when it is available and visible for our peers and other budding researchers to scrutinize and use it effectively. It is then that scientific progress can be made. Similarly, a journal's pride is when it is credited as an authority in its field. It is to this effect indexing databases and agencies classify and catalog journals.

Indexing in one of the leading, well-established international databases such as PubMed (maintained by the United States National Library of Medicine), Embase and Scopus (by Elsevier), ISI Thomson (Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports), MEDLINE, and EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases and Indian databases such as IndMed helps increase the visibility and readership of journals. It improves the accessibility of a journal and therefore establishes its reputation as an authoritative source of high-quality information in its respective field. Indexing is confounded by the impact factor (IF) of a journal, which is controversial to say that the least IF was originally used to assess the journal performance.

The first comprehensive bibliographic index of medical journal articles was Index Medicus, initiated by the head of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office of the United States Army in 1879 which subsequently became the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). In the later years, as automation became more accessible, the NLM began computerizing the indexing work by creating a computerized biomedical bibliographic retrieval system called Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS). It then became MEDLARS Online or MEDLINE. Index Medicus thus became the print presentation of the MEDLINE database's content. Index Medicus stopped being printed in 2004. The evolution and reach of the internet led to NLM's database being available to the public through the database interface-PubMed in 1997. In short, the NLM, the world's largest medical library, maintains a comprehensive database of medical literature known as MEDLINE. PubMed is a database access service. PubMed is one way to access MEDLINE.

What I am alluding to is that MEDLINE, being the largest database, is also considered to be the most accessed by researchers and inclusion in MEDLINE is considered prestigious at best. A journal should demonstrate the quality of editorial work, including features that contribute to the objectivity, credibility, and quality of its content to be included in MEDLINE.

So where does the author come in? Whether a journal is indexed or not must be checked before submitting one's research for publication. He/she must not only look to publish in journals indexed with leading databases but also look to evaluation and constructive peer-review processes. We all know that appointments and promotions at medical colleges weigh heavily in favor of published researchers, especially those who have published in indexed journals.

At present, our journal is indexed in the Copernicus and Directory of Open Access Journals. We at the editorial team, and I'm sure, our readers as well, would like to visualize the dream of our journal entry into the MEDLINE and therefore PubMed services, come to fruition. The editorial team and I will be working toward this goal, and therefore streamlining our journal workflow. As readers and future authors, I request your contributions and feedback on our processes so that this dream would be a reality.


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