Where to Publish
our Research Paper?
Payam Kabiri, MD. PhD.
Epidemiologist
Research Skills Development Group
Vice Chancellery for Research &
Educational Development Centre
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
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‫مجالت علوم پزشکي‪ ،‬تقسيم‌بندي و انواع‬
‫معرفي انواع نمايه‌نامه‌ها‬
‫نمايه‌نامه ‪ISI‬‬
‫نمايه‌نامه ‪Medline‬‬
‫ضريب اثر مجالت ‪ Impact Factor‬و بازيابي آن‬
‫بانک اطالعاتي نشريات التين ‪ULRICH‬‬
‫مجالت دسترس ي باز ‪Open Access‬‬
‫بانک اطالعات نشريات داخلي‬
‫انتخاب مجله مناسب‬
Biomedical Journals
 Now 400,000 Journal
 280,000 Active Journal
 30,000 Active & Valid Biomedical Journal
 Publish Millions of Papers
Databases
 General Databases
(Comprehensive OR Core Databases)
 Specialized Databases
(Subjects Specified Databases)
General Databases
(Comprehensive OR Core Databases)
 Medical Sciences
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Medline
Embase
Scopus
 All Sciences
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Web of Sciences
Specialized Databases
(Subjects Specified Databases)
 Biological Abstracts
 International Pharmaceutical Abstract
 PsychInfo
 CINAHL
 Chemical Abstracts
 Agricola
 Econlite
Medline
 By US National Library of Medicine
 Bibliographic Data of +4900 Journal
 Over 17,000,000 citations of both clinical and
preclinical studies.
 Complementary database known as PreMEDLINE
includes citations and abstracts for studies that have
been published recently but not yet indexed.
 Subject Coverage: All Specialties of Medicine
 60% of References contain Abstracts
Medline
 Note that Medline, PubMed, Ovid Medline,
Elsevier Medline, … all are the same & have
the same database content but different
Interfaces.
 Also Index Medicus, Medlars & Medline Are
the same, different generation of Medline.
Embase
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Publish by Elsevier Science Publishers, Netherlands.
Numbers of Journals: 3500
Bias: European in focus
Thesaurus: Uses own thesaurus
Subject Coverage: Strong on Pharmaceutical and Clinical
Medicine
Materials Indexed: Letters, Editorials, Research Articles from
1974 or 1981 onwards (depending on method of access)
Overlap with MEDLINE estimated at between 25 and 70%
75% of References contain Abstracts
Update: Updated Weekly and is about 4 weeks behind
Medline
1966- ; NLM
Biomedicine, dentistry,nursing,
allied health, biological and
physical sciences, humanities
and information science as they
relate to medicine and health
care, communication disorders,
population biology, and
reproductive biology. More
than 17 million records from
more than 4,900 journals are
indexed, plus selected
monographs of congresses and
symposia (1976-1981).
Abstracts are included for
about 67% of the records.
Embase
1984- ; Elsevier Science
biomedical and pharmaceutical
database indexing over 3,500
international journals in the
following fields: drug research,
pharmacology, pharmaceutics,
toxicology, clinical and
experimental human medicine,
health policy and management,
public health, occupational health,
environmental health, drug
dependence and abuse, psychiatry,
forensic medicine, and biomedical
engineering/instrumentation.
Selective coverage for nursing,
dentistry, veterinary medicine,
psychology, and alternative medicine.
Embase & Medline
 Approximately 50% overlap
 Coverage: Medline 1966-; Embase 1984 Terminology differs e.g. back pain/backache
 Limits –differences; Medline has more e.g.
Publication type - RCT
Print versions of electronic databases
 Index Medicus is the print version of MEDLINE
 Excerpta Medica is the print version of EMBASE
 Science Citation Index is the print version of Web of
Science
Database
MEDLINE
EMBASE
Science Citation Index
Printed
version
Since 1879
Since 1948
Since 1974
Electronic
version
Since 1966
Since 1974
Since 1974
Web of Science
 “Web of Science” is the database name
provided by “Institute of Scientific
Information” famous in our country as “ISI”.
 The complete company name is Thomson
ISI.
 The Web of Sciences is the same database
that we calculate the Journals Impact Factor
from its data.
Citation Databases
 Web of Science
 Scopus
 Google Scholar
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(http://scholar.google.com)
Web of Science
 If a journal is in Web of Science, it means it
should have Impact Factor & vice versa.
 Don’t confuse Web of Sciences Journals with
ISI Master list Journals !
 Web of Science indexed about 8000 Journals
while ISI Master List 14,000 Journals.
The Journal Impact Factor
 The Journal Impact Factor is calculated for
those journals only which are indexed &
included in Web of Sciences Databases,
NOT more !
 The database which contain the Journal
Impact Factors is Journal Citation Report
abbreviated JCR. Click here
What is Journal Impact Factor?
 The average citation frequency for articles
published in a journal, or how many times,
on average, during the study year the
articles that appeared in the 2 preceding
years of that journal received citations in
other (ISI) indexed journals only.
Impact Factor Calculation
 Citations in the current JCR year to articles
published in the previous two years divided by
the number of articles published in the previous
two years.
Citations in 2007 to articles published in 2005 + 2006
IF=
Total 2005 + 2006 Papers
Immediacy Index
2007
2006
2005
All
Previous
Years
Impact Factor
Cited ½ Life
Citation
Source paper – published in 2007
Cited reference – published in 2007
Cited reference – published in 2006 or 2005
How to Find Impact Factors?
 Directly from Journal Citation Report
Database through ISI.
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Click Here for 2005 IF !
 Using the Excel Datasheets, prepared
especially for this matter.
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Click Here to Download 2006 IF !
How to Get your related
Journals Impact Factors?
1. Click Here for 2005 IF !
2. Then click on the
3. In the upper box of the brought page, select
your subject categories of Interest.
4. Then click on the
once again.
5. In the Journal list shown, select the “Sorted
by” Option for “Impact Factor” & then click
2006 Impact Factors
Impact Factor
Impact Factor
ULRICHS Periodical Database
Open Access Model
Publisher
Manuscript
$
Author pays small amount of money
or rather, institution pays on author’s behalf
Result:
OPEN
ACCESS
Everyone has access
All use is fair use
Open Access publishers
 BioMedCentral
 PubMedCentral
 Public Library of Science
 Journal of Medical Internet Research
How is Open Access achieved
at BioMed Central?
• Reversing the business model: removing subscription
charges and introducing article processing charges, whilst
allowing authors to keep the copyright to their article
• Article processing charge of £450-835 per published article
• Waivers are available
• No colour charges or other ‘hidden’ charges
• Model further financed by some advertising, BioMed
Central’s Institutional Membership Program and valueadded subscription products
Open Access publishing:
the benefits
• Free Access
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Anyone` with Internet access can freely read the papers, no need to
worry about subscriptions
• Maximum Visibility = Maximum impact!
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BioMed Central’s papers average >200 downloads per article per
month
High chance of being cited
• Speed
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Online system for submission, peer review and publication
Published on the day of acceptance
No page constraints
Listed without delay in PubMed and deposited without embargo in
PubMed Central and other secure archives
Full Peer Review • Immediate Publication • Open Access
BioMedCentral
 Independent publisher since 2001
 158 open access journals
 Many already having impact factor
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Prestigious publisher
So, pressure on Thomson/ISI for inclusion in the
journal pool
 Article processing fees
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480-1380 € (depending on the journal)
Some still free (the newest, usually)
http://www.doaj.org/
Local Databases
• Local Databases
www.iranmedex.com
www.magiran.com
www.irandoc.ac.ir
www.srlst.com
www.sid.ir
‫‪www.magiran.com‬‬
‫بانک اطالعات نشريات کشو ‌ر‬
IranDoc
www.irandoc.ac.ir
www.iranmedex.com
www.srlst.com
www.sid.ir
Questions to answer in choosing a
journal for paper submission
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National or international audience?
Language?
Databases indexes Journal?
Multidisciplinary or specialty journals?
The journal’s content area/scope?
Chances of acceptance?
What about the impact factor?
Practical matters (time to publication, etc.)
ENGLISH OR ANOTHER
LANGUAGE?
 Impact factor (English journals typically
3.0, single other language about 0.5
 Need an English speaking colleague, not a
translator
 Size of audience
 Most journals will help with copyediting
but reviewers need readable English
Which language?
 For international audience: English is
probably the language of choice
 Option: Publish in several languages (with
editors’ permission)
 For national audiences: publish in the
language of the country
 Click here to see the list of Farsi Approved
Journals !
Consider your chances of being
accepted?
 Acceptance rates: English language: 15 - 95%,
non-English: 25 - 100%
 Note: many journals do not know their
acceptance rates or do not want to state them
 Acceptance depends on quality and style of the
article and administrative resources of the
journal (some journals may help with text and
language editing)
Consider, but do not be fooled by, the
Journal Impact Factor (JIF)
 JIF is determined by the frequency at which articles
in that journal were cited
 high impact journals have more prestige, but JIF
depends on other things, like number of co-authors
and indexing
 non-English journals are at a disadvantage
 number of databases indexing the journal will
determine who sees abstract of article
Consider these practical
aspects:
 How long to get the article peer reviewed?
 How long between acceptance and publication?
 Geographical distribution (i.e. penetration
outside US and Europe)
 Special audiences
 How much editorial support does it give?
How to see where a journal is
indexed?
 To check in which database a journal is
indexed & where we can find its full text,
search your journal name in these websites:
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http://jake.openly.com/
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http://journalseek.net/
Finding and choosing an
appropriate journal to Submit
 Where to look for the journal:
Personal experience
 Colleagues’ experience
 Library
 Citations in Databases
 Online Resources
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Iranian Journal Currently
Indexed in Medline
1. Archives of Iranian Medicine
2. Iranian Journal of Allergy, Asthma and
Immunology
3. Urology Journal
4. Iranian Journal of Immunology
5. Iranian Biomedical Journal
Iranian Journals Currently
indexed in Web of Science
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Iranian Journal of Pharmaceutical Research (IJPR)
Daru
Iranian Journal of Public Health
Iranian Journal of Immunology
Iranian Journal of Environmental Health Science &
Engineering
Archives of Iranian Medicine
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine
Iranian Journal of Parasitology
Hepatitis Monthly
Iranian Journals Currently
indexed in Web of Science
10. Iranian Journal Of Allergy Asthma And Immunology
11. Iranian Journal Of Fertility & Sterility
12. Iranian Journal Of Ophthalmology
13. Iranian Journal Of Pediatrics
14. Iranian Journal Of Pharmaceutical Research
15. Iranian Journal Of Radiation Research
16. Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
17. Journal Of Research In Medical Sciences
18. Yakhteh
Instructions to Authors in
the Health Sciences
 This site contains Instructions to Authors in
the Health Sciences Journals & others good
available guidelines in paper writing:
 http://mulford.meduohio.edu/instr/index.html
Questions
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