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Choosing the Right Journal

  1. 1. Choosing the right journal Kishor Patwardhan
  2. 2. Where to publish? 2…..Here?
  3. 3. .....or here? 3
  4. 4. 4  Popular Literature
  5. 5. 5  Scholarly Literature
  6. 6. Popular Literature Scholarly Journals
  7. 7. Popular Literature  Shorter articles, providing broader overview  Author often not an expert in the subject, name and credentials often not provided.  Written in non-technical language  Articles do not follow a specific format or structure.  Articles are not evaluated by experts in the field, but by the editorial board. Scholarly Literature  Longer articles, providing in-depth analysis of a topic.  Author usually an expert or specialist in the field, name and credentials always provided.  Written in a technical / scientific language  Structured articles (Abstract, IMRaD, Bibliography etc.)  Articles are reviewed and critically evaluated by a board of experts in the field. 7
  8. 8. Myth: There are only a few ‘good’ journals that publish Ayurveda research 8
  9. 9. The fact: More than 375 journals on PubMed have published at least two papers on ‘AYURVEDA’ 9
  10. 10. An example: 10
  11. 11. Myth: Journals publish only those studies that show positive results 11
  12. 12. Publishing Negative results is easier now  All good journals have space for negative results  Dedicated journals:  Journal of Negative Results in BioMedicine  Journal of Pharmaceutical Negative Results 12
  13. 13. Myth: Publishable research is possible only if you have a well- equipped modern laboratory 13
  14. 14. Examples for low-technology studies: 14
  15. 15. Myth: Good journals don’t publish theoretical / hypothetical articles 15
  16. 16. Every good journal has space for hypothesis / Theory 16
  17. 17. 17
  18. 18. Classifying the Scholarly Journals relevant for Ayurveda 18
  19. 19.  Basic Science Journals  Biomedical Journals  CAM Journals  AYUSH Journals  Other Journals 19
  20. 20. Basic Science Journals  Examples:  Nature  Science  Current Science  Phytochemistry 20
  21. 21. Biomedical Journals  Examples:  The Lancet  British Medical Journal (BMJ)  Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)  Indian Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences  Journal of Applied Physiology  Phytomedicine 21
  22. 22. CAM Journals  Examples:  Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine (eCAM)  BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine  The Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine 22
  23. 23. Ayurveda/AYUSH Journals  Examples:  Journal of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine  AYU  Ancient Science of Life 23
  24. 24. ‘Other’ potential Journals  Examples:  Indian Journal for History of Science  The Linguistics Journal  Current Sociology  International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research  Anthropology & Medicine  Journal of Medical Education 24
  25. 25. PubMed Search  “Ayurveda”- 3100 results  "Traditional Chinese Medicine" – 47,063 results  "Panchakarma" – 122 results  "Acupuncture" – 29,061 results 25
  26. 26. Reasons?  Limited awareness regarding the importance  No training is given in scientific writing during formal Ayurveda education  Differences between Magazines, Newsletters, Journals and Books are not clearly understood  Not aware of the important guidelines while planning the research protocols and while writing the manuscripts 26
  27. 27. Choose the journal before writing your manuscript 27
  28. 28. What is a ‘Good’ journal? (Minimum essential requirements)  Must be available online (Searchable/Easy to locate/share)  Must be ‘Peer-reviewed’ for real (Beware of fake peer review)  Must be indexed with some widely referred database (e.g., PubMed Central, Medline, Web of Science, Scopus) (Beware of misleading/fake indexing information)  Google Scholar is NOT an indexing database 28http://the-aps.org/trainees/Symposia/2010%20talks/Barrett-web.ppt
  29. 29. ‘Better’ journal (Optional requirements):  Has got a good Impact Factor  ‘National’ / ‘International’ has got no meaning virtually  E.g., New England Journal of Medicine  Has got good SNIP/SJR ranking/Cite-Score  It is an ‘Open Access’ journal (Be Careful!)  (Many funding agencies require you to publish with Open Access Journals) 29
  30. 30. What is impact factor?  In any given year, the impact factor of a journal is the average number of citations per each published paper, received in that year, of articles published during the two preceding years.  For example, if a journal has an impact factor of 5 in 2018, then, its papers published in 2016 and 2017 must have received 5 citations each on an average in the year 2018.  Remember: Impact factor has its own limitations  Clarivate Analytics’ Journal Citation Reports  Based on Web of Science database 30
  31. 31.  CiteScore: CiteScore is the number of citations received (over Scopus) by a journal in one year to documents published in the three previous years, divided by the number of documents from the journal published in those same three years.  SNIP: Source Normalized Impact per Paper measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.  SJR: SCImago Journal Rank is a prestige metric based on the idea that 'all citations are not created equal'. With SJR, the subject field, quality and reputation of the journal have a direct effect on the value of a citation. 31 https://liu.cwp.libguides.com/c.php?g=45770&p=4417804
  32. 32. ‘Convenient’:  Takes minimum time for editorial decision  Provides easy online submission process, /manuscript tracking facility  Known Acceptance Rate  No article processing fee / color printing charges/ reprint charges / submission fee 32
  33. 33. Be careful  Fake Impact Factors / Fake Journal Metrics  ‘Author Pays’ model of Open Access  Fake Peer-Review process  Don’t fall prey to ‘Call for papers’  Claims such as ‘Under the process of PubMed indexing’  Claims such as ‘Indexed in Elsevier’ 33
  34. 34. www.scholarlyoa.com 34
  35. 35. Bogus journal metrics (Examples)  Advanced Science Index  Directory of Journal Quality Factor  International Scientific Indexing  International Impact Factor Services  GISI Impact Factor  Global Impact Factor  Universal Impact Factor  SJIF Impact Factor 35
  36. 36. Please ensure:  Editor-in-Chief of the journal has publications in standard databases  Journal has a traceable address/location  Ayurveda/Traditional Medicine is listed under the list of the subjects covered the ‘scope’ of the journal  At least a few editors are there on the editorial board who possess expertise in Ayurveda/TM  Article Processing Fee is transparent  Journal does not send spam emails soliciting articles 36
  37. 37. For further reading: 37
  38. 38. Thanks!

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