Journal publishing in India: a case study of MedKnow Publications
Sahu, DK (2006) Journal publishing in India: a case study of MedKnow Publications. In: National Seminar on Electronic Publications, 23-24 March 2006, Hyderabad, India.
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A large number of the journals from India are published by the learned societies or the editors appointed by these societies. With very less paid non-member subscriptions, these journals have limited visibility. With this limited visibility, these journals are cited less frequently than their western counterparts. The low impact factor inhibits authors from submitting their quality work to the Indian journals. Electronic publishing offers the right tool for the Indian journals to reach to a wider audience. MedKnow Publications is a commercial publisher providing publishing services to over 35 biomedical journals. Each journal published by MedKnow has its independent website. The websites use the OpenURL standard, making it easy for libraries to link users as directly as possible from citation to the full text of the article. Each article published on web is tagged with Dublin Core metadata. Most of the journals published by MedKnow are archived at multiple places included OAI-compliant e-print repositories and sites such as Bioline International. This ensures the long term archiving and accessibility of the published content. MedKnow has successfully put in place an original electronic manuscript submission and peer review system for the first time in India. This system is in use since 2001 by authors and peers across the globe and over 10000 manuscripts have been processed through it. Eliminating use of postal or hard copy submissions, this online submission and processing of articles has resulted in considerable decrease in the submission to decision (turnaround) time. The result of these e-publishing initiatives was seen on the visibility of the journals. More than a half a million articles are downloaded in a month for all the journals. In addition, the number of articles submitted to various journals has increase many fold with a substantial proportion of articles coming from authors from outside India.
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