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Page Last Update: April 18, 2016

Mobile Users

Since December, 2016, MedJol website automatically adapts to the resolution of the user's device. Hence, the old MedJol mobile website (m.medical-journals-links.com) is no longer accessible.

Site Access

1. I am unable to access MedJol's website, Why?

because:

a) temporary technical issues with our web hosting provider,
b) we are trying something new to improve the Site, or
c) your IP has been blocked by the security protocols in place to avoid spammers, hackers, etc. In addition, visitors mirroring or dowloading MedJol leading to bandwidth issues may find their IPs blocked. Please, contact us to info#medical-journals-links.com (replace # with @) and indicate your name, institution, e-mail, and IP address.

2. I cannot see the Site updates for "My favourite" page, which were announced via MJL's RSS or Twitter. The page content seems to be the same.

Please, try to refresh your browser's cache (for instance, press the F5 key in your keyboard if you are using Chrome).

Journal Submission and Review Process

1. What are the criteria for listing a journal in MedJol?

Unsolicited requests for journal inclusion in MedJol are subject to verification, review and approval by its editors. Since January 2013, MedJol only indexes peer-reviewed journals with ISSN/eISSN, and journal websites with clearly visible, and easy to find, information on the:

a) editor/chief editor, including institutional affiliation, position, and contact details (email and phone number),
b) editorial/review board members, including institutional affiliations, positions, and professional websites,
c) journal's peer-review process,
d) journal's licensing policy, and author fees.

In addition, MedJol's editors may request further information from the journals' publisher/editors during the reviewing process. MedJol reserves the right to reject or cancel journal indexing for any reason, at any time without notice. Please, read MedJol's Privacy Policy.

2. Why do you need to review journals?

The review process aims to detect and eventually reject unqualified journals or submissions by "predatory" and/or "vanity" publishers. MedJol aims to be a white list of medical journals but this will take us sometime with our current resources. For this, visitors' feedback on specific journals would be of help though. Of course, the worthiness of any journal is mostly determined by the reputation of its editorial board and, especially, the quality of its manuscripts. Therefore, readers in every specialty should always invest some time on going over journals' editors and content. Recently, COPE, together with DOAJ, OASPA and WAMA have "published a minimum set of criteria for journals and publishers to be assessed against when they apply for membership at one of our organisations";' please, see "Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing: revised and updated"

Site Content

1. How frequently does MedJol update its database?

a) Requests to add new journals to the database are received throughout the year, and if approved journals are indexed right away.
b) From August to October, MedJol editors revise journal impact factors. Publishers make public their updated impact factors once a year, during the summer. For example, 2016 impact factors will not be published until the summer of 2017.

Updates are posted in MedJol's "Site Updates" page, Twitter account, and RSS feed.

2. I am unable to find "My Favorite Medical Journal", Why?

because the journal:

a) is not yet indexed by MedJol. Please, let us know what is the peer reviewed journal you are looking for. We will try to find its Web site and index it as soon as possible.
b) may be in another Site page. Please, use the Search tool at the right top of each page, using quotes (e.g., "Journal Title").
c) does not have a Web site and hence an online version. We index journals that at least have a website with a list of forthcoming titles.
d) was available online in the past but it is not at present. This may happen when a publisher went out of business and did not plan to keep an archive for its journals, or still is trying to transfer them to a new publisher.

3. My "Favorite Medical Journal" is indexed by MedJol but there is no link to its website.

This often means that the journal has a Site but, at the time we visited it, the link was non-functional or, alternatively, we got a message from Google or our antivirus software alerting us that visiting the journal website was unsafe. In few cases, the journaI has no website but we anticipate it will have one soon, as judged by its reputation. MedJol will track these journals for functional links to their websites and publish them when first available.

4. My "Favorite Journal" is indexed in MedJol but the hyperlink shows a 404 message.

This may occur because we made a mistake when we first indexed the journal, the journal's Site is temporarily down or the journal page URL has changed. MedJol routinely checks the entire Site for broken links using dedicated software, so misspelled or changed URLs shall be fixed the next time you visit MedJol. If not, it might indicate that the journal's Site is being upgraded or modified somehow. These sites will be monitored until functional links are found.

5. What is a "discontinued" journal?

For MedJol, a "discontinued" journal is not longer published, has merged with one or more journals or has changed its name.

6. Why does MedJol index discontinued journals?

Because these journal were important, and keep online archives for old issues, which may be of interest for some visitors.  

7. Does MedJol index:

a) medical journals published in other languages? Yes, it does. However, if a journal Web site has two versions, including an English one, we will post the link for the English version. Otherwise, we will post the link for the available language.
b) non-peer reviewed medical journals? Yes, it does, provided the journal or magazine is:

- indexed by the US NML (National Medical Library).
- published or endorsed by recognized professional medical associations/societies, charities, educational or research institutions, and are edited by recognized specialists.

These magazines/journals represent less than 0.05% of the total of journals indexed in MedJol.

c) online medical resources? yes, it does. These resources are usually edited by specialists in the field and provide key information to the pertinent medical field, and often publish a journal or magazine too. They are identified by a   image next to their links.

Journal Metrics

1. Why not to list other journal metrics beside JCR impact factor?

Though there are different ways to rank journals within the same field, currently the Thompson-Reuters/JCR impact factor (IF) prevails among publishers and authors. Since 2016, MedJol does not list non-JCR impact factors reported by publishers. For a discussion on journal impact factors, including definitions, methods and criticisms, please read this Wikipedia article, and the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA), initiated by the American Society for Cell Biology together with a group of editors and publishers of scholarly journals, and signed by hundreds of research organizations and thousands of scientists.

2. I am unable to find the impact factor for "My Favorite Medical Journal", Why?

because the journal:

a) has not yet been indexed by Thomson Reuters/JCR.
b) is fairly new and not yet eligible for an IF. The IF is an index that reflects the number of citations over the total number of manuscripts published by the journals for the last two years.
c) has an IF but we were unable to find it.
d) has an IF but it is not available online. If the IF is not in the journal Site or in another freely available online resource, we will not be able to find it. We are not associated with Thomson Reuters/JCR, so we do not have access to its database.
e) had an IF in the past but has lost it. Some publishers do not disclose zero, or very low, IFs. It is also possible that the journal's IF has been retired at the discretion of Thomson Reuters/JCR.

Site Funding

1. Who funds MedJol?

The costs for setting up, developing and maintaining MedJol database are provided by Biodila and sponsors.

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