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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2020  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 3166-3167  

Check indexing status of a journal


1 Department of Physiology, Bhima Bhoi Medical College and Hospital, Balangir, Odisha, India
2 Department of Physiology, Raiganj Government Medical College and Hospital, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission19-Mar-2020
Date of Decision25-Apr-2020
Date of Acceptance28-Apr-2020
Date of Web Publication30-Jun-2020

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Shaikat Mondal
Department of Physiology, Raiganj Government Medical College and Hospital, West Bengal
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jfmpc.jfmpc_423_20

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Mondal H, Mondal S. Check indexing status of a journal. J Family Med Prim Care 2020;9:3166-7

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Mondal H, Mondal S. Check indexing status of a journal. J Family Med Prim Care [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Sep 18];9:3166-7. Available from: http://www.jfmpc.com/text.asp?2020/9/6/3166/287889



Dear Editor,

An editorial in JFMPC had suggested a set of changes in regulations for promotion of medical teachers.[1] Board of Governors, in supersession of the Medical Council of India, has published a notice with regulations called “Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical Institutions (Amendment) Regulations, 2019.”[2] Among the amendments, there are significant changes in research publication criteria, which are shown in [Table 1].[2],[3],[4]
Table 1: Publication requirement for teachers in Indian medical institutions

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Many a time, medical teachers and busy primary care physicians end up publishing in predatory journals. A journal may claim that it is indexed in certain bibliographic databases. However, authors should check the authenticity of the claim before publishing in the journal. In this letter, we are describing the steps of checking the indexing status of a journal in different databases suggested by the Board of Governors.[2]

Directory of Open Access Journals

  1. Go to https://doaj.org
  2. Uncheck the “articles” below the search box
  3. Type the title or International Standard Serial Number (ISSN) of the journal in the search box and click on the search button
  4. The indexed journal will be shown on the search result page; click on the title of the journal to view more details


Embase

  1. Go to https://www.elsevier.com/solutions/embase-biomedical-research/embase-coverage-and-content
  2. Click on the hypertext - “Download the full list of journal titles in Embase”
  3. Save the spreadsheet file (with extension.xlsx) on your computer
  4. Open the file in Microsoft Excel or any other software application (e.g. WPS Office, Open Office)
  5. On the spreadsheet, scroll down or search (Ctrl + F) the journal title or ISSN
  6. On the corresponding row of the journal, the indexed journal shows “Yes” on the “Indexed at Embase” column


MEDLINE

  1. Go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog
  2. Type the journal title or ISSN on the search box and click on the search button
  3. The journal details will be shown if it is in the National Library of Medicine (NLM) catalog
  4. Check the “Current indexing status.” Indexed journal shows “Currently indexed for MEDLINE”


PubMed Central (PMC)

  1. Go to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/journals
  2. Type the journal title on the search box below “Search for journals” and click on the search button
  3. On the search result page, the indexed journal shows “Full” in the “Participation level” column
  4. You can also check if the latest volume is present in the PMC archive by clicking on the journal title hypertext


Science Citation Index Expanded

  1. Go to https://mjl.clarivate.com/home
  2. Type the journal title or ISSN on the search box and click on “Search Journals”
  3. On the search result page, indexed journal title shows “Science Citation Index Expanded” against “Web of Science Core Collection”


Scopus

  1. Go to https://www.scopus.com/sources
  2. Select “Title” or “ISSN” from the dropdown arrow and type the title or ISSN accordingly and click on the “Find sources” button
  3. From the search result, click on the target journal title
  4. The indexed journal shows the “Scopus coverage years” (e.g. 2009 to 2019) and does not show “(coverage discontinued in Scopus)” below the years


Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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Aggarwal R, Gogtay N, Kumar R, Sahni P, for the Indian Association of Medical Journal Editors. The revised guidelines of the medical council of India for academic promotions: Need for a rethink. J Family Med Prim Care 2015;4:483-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Medical Council of India. List of Gazette Notifications. Available from: https://www.mciindia.org/ActivitiWebClient/open/getDocument?path=/Documents/Public/Portal/Gazette/TE Q-17.02.2019.pdf. [Last accessed on 2020 Mar 19].  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Medical Council of India. List of Gazette Notifications. Available from: https://www.mciindia.org/ActivitiWebClient/o pen/getDocument?path=/Documents/Public/Portal/Gazette/TEQ-07.06.2019.pdf. [Last accessed on 2020 Mar 19].  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Medical Council of India. TEQ Circulars. Available from: https://www.mciindia.org/CMS/w p-content/uploads/2017/10/Cir cular-03.09.2015-TEQ-Promotion-Publication.pdf. [Last accessed on 2020 Mar 19].  Back to cited text no. 4
    



 
 
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