Importance of Journal Indexing

Indexation of a journal is considered a reflection of its quality. Indexed journals are considered to be of higher scientific quality as compared to non-indexed one’s.

Importance of Journal IndexingIndexation of medical journals has become a debatable issue. For a long-time Index Medicus has been the most comprehensive index of medical scientific journal articles. Over the years, many other popular indexation services have developed. These include:  MedLine/PubMed, EMBASE, SCOPUS, EBSCO Publishing’s Electronic Databases.

This brings us to the question which indexation is best and most valid?

How to compare the quality of articles published in journals indexed with different indexation services?

These questions are of particular relevance for two main reasons.

First, importance of publications is being increasingly recognised by the academic institutions. MCI guidelines also recommend indexed publications for teaching faculty in medical colleges. Consequently many more authors would be publishing than ever before. Selection of high quality journal becomes a difficult decision for the authors as there is no clarity on the issue. Should one aim at only the journals indexed in Index Medicus/MedLine/PubMed? Is it appropriate to make submissions to journals having a high impact factor although they are not indexed with Index Medicus/MedLine/PubMed?

Second, recently many more indexation services have come up. These include Caspur, DOAJ, Expanded Academic ASAP, Genamics Journal Seek, Hinari, Index Copernicus, Open J Gate, Primo Central, Pro Quest, SCOLOAR, SIIC databases, Summon by Serial Solutions

Are these indexations services equally relevant?

Would a journal indexed with any of these databases be considered “indexed”?

These are some questions that warrant discussion. Associations of editors of medical journals such as International Committee of Medical Journal Editors could play a pivotal role in such discussion.

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