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Published on 28.08.01 in Vol 3, No 3 (2001)

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    Journal of Medical Internet Research is now indexed in Medline

    J Med Internet Res 2001;3(3):e25


    We are very excited and proud to announce that in July 2001 the Journal of Medical Internet Research (JMIR) has been selected by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) to be indexed in Medline/Index Medicus, the world's most important biomedical bibliographical database. NLM uses an advisory committee, the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, composed of authorities knowledgeable in the field of biomedicine, such as physicians, researchers, educators, editors, health science librarians, and historians, to review and recommend the journal titles NLM should index. Only 15-20% of medical journals are selected at each session for inclusion in Medline, and only very few pure electronic journals have been selected for indexing so far. The Committee recently completed a review of journals for possible inclusion in the National Library of Medicine's database systems and decided to select the "Journal of Medical Internet Research" for indexing and inclusion in Index Medicus and Medline. This will include not only articles which will be published in the future, but also retrospectively all articles which have been published in the Journal in the past 3 years, back to the first issue.

    An electronic journal with no print equivalent must meet certain additional criteria to be selected for indexing. First, no restrictions on viewing the journal may exist (other than it might be fee-based). Secondly, NLM should be allowed to make copies of the content to preserve articles for posterity. Thirdly, publishers must provide XML/SGML-tagged data.

    The Journal of Medical Internet Research is currently working on the required XML files to make these citations available to NLM. As soon as this process is finished, all articles published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research will be searchable via PubMed and other MEDLINE systems. We will then join the ranks of more than 150 publishers of nearly 1,000 MEDLINE journals (40% of MEDLINE's current citations) who are sending electronic XML data for citations and abstracts for quick inclusion in PREMEDLINE. PubMed will also offer links back to the respective article on the JMIR Web site. In addition, the Journal is working towards inclusion of its full-text articles into PubMed Central.

    To date, only 20 pure electronic journals have been chosen for indexing by the National Library of Medicine, plus the BiomedCentral (BMC) specialty journals and the Cochrane database of systematic reviews. Table 1 lists all electronic journals chosen by NLM as of August 2001. Of the 20 electronic journals (excluding BMC and the Cochrane database), only 10, including JMIR, appear to be active. At least 3 electronic journals have been discontinued after a few years, and the remaining 7 journals have not provided any XML-tagged data or have for some other reasons no articles indexed to date.

    The editorial board of the Journal of Medical Internet research is proud to be among the pioneers of successful and sustainable online journals and thanks everybody who has contributed to this success, most of all our authors, our peer-reviewers and our readers, who continue to give us useful feedback.

    Gunther Eysenbach


    Journal of Medical Internet Research

    Table 1. Electronic health journals selected for indexing in MEDLINE by the National Library of Medicine to date (as of Aug 28, 2001), in alphabetical order. Electronic journals were searched using Pubmed's journal browser, by entering the keyword computer file. Active journal titles (having published articles in 2001) are printed in bold
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    Edited by G Eysenbach; This is a non–peer-reviewed article. submitted 28.08.01; published 28.08.01

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