Benefits of Purely Online Journals and the Challenges
There are numerous well-established parameters to judge and evaluate the standard of a medical journal like quality of its contents and geographic distribution of manuscripts, it attracts for publication, indexation and coverage in important indexes and databases like Medline, Web of Sciences by Clarivate known for its Impact Factor (IF), PubMed Central, Scopus etc., journal visibility and readership, timely regular publication. Impact Factor is one of the criteria and not the only criteria, which should be used to judge the standard of a journal. However, too much importance being given to the Impact Factor by the regulatory bodies in Pakistan as well as by medical institutions, asking those doing PhD to publish their research work in Impact Factor journals has created a crisis like situation not only for the researchers but also made the life of the IF journal editors miserable. They are under tremendous pressure to accommodate more and more papers by the authors anxious for early publication to meet certain deadlines for the completion of their research project and award of degrees while the editors on their part are faced with a dilemma due to human resource and financial resource constraints. In an environment where political stability remains in short supply most of the time, law and order situation is unpredictable, not to forget the frequent breakdown of electricity and inefficient internet service, it is not possible to either increase the frequency of publications or plan some other measures which all call for additional investment. Finding trained human resource and then retaining those remains a constant problem.
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