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The main goal of publication is to make the results of an investigation visible and accessible to as large an audience as possible. Thus a scientist contributes to the advance of science and to the advance of his/her carrier as well. The carrier of a scientist heavily depends on both quantity and quality of his/her publications. Although the quality is difficult to evaluate, the impact factor of the journal in which publication seems to be, in spite of some pitfalls, an adequate measure. Therefore, it is important to publish in journals covered by databases such as the Science Citation Index (SCI). Our Ministry of Science also relies on this scientometric parameter when evaluating the author’s impact; however, it does not value the publications in national journals, regardless their covering in other important databases such as PubMed/MEDLINE. Because of that, our authors hesitate to publish in such journals. Therefore, the submission rate of national journals is steadily decreasing, which makes these journals in peril to disappear from scientific publishing. Since some of these journals are of very long tradition, this would be a very unfortunate fate. Both our Ministry of science and editors should find the means how to attract the authors to publish quality science in national journals. This is the only way to include these journals in important databases, which should in due course raise the submission rate and consequently improve the impact of both the journals and their authors – the goal of each and every scientist and editor.
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