Indexing



Current Indexing Status

In March 2019, MedEdPublish was indexed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).  This significant step aims to secure the listing of MedEdPublish as a quality peer-reviewed open access journal. 

In June 2019, the journal was awarded the DOAJ Seal of Approval for Open Access Journals which certifies that the journal has achieved and continues to achieve a high level of openness, adheres to high publishing standards and meets the following criteria:
  • provides permanent identifiers in the papers published;
  • provides DOAJ with article metadata;
  • deposits content with a long term digital preservation or archiving program;
  • embeds machine-readable CC licensing information in articles;
  • allows generous reuse and mixing of content, in accordance with a CC BY, CC BY-SA or CC BY-NC license;
  • has a deposit policy registered with a deposit policy registry;
  • allows the author to hold the copyright without restrictions.
Further information on the seal can be found here:  https://doaj.org/publishers

All articles that have achieved a 'Recommended' status are currently being indexed with the service. We anticipate that it may take several months until the full catalogue is available. You can view our listing here.

While only 'Recommended' articles are put forward for indexing, all articles continue to be visible through Google and Google Scholar searches. Our future plans include indexing in further major databases such as PubMed, ISI Web of Science and Scopus.  In most cases, the inclusion of articles for indexing will be applied retrospectively to 'Recommended' articles, although the timelines may differ from index to index.  Additionally, not all indexes accept all article types.  We will continue to keep you informed about our progress.

Why are only 'Recommended' articles put forward for indexing?

In the traditional publishing model, articles are peer-reviewed before publication, giving readers an indication that the article has reached the expected criteria for publication.  MedEdPublish is a post-publication peer-reviewed journal, which means that the peer-review process takes place after publicationConsequently articles can exist in three states:

  1. Not yet peer-reviewed;
  2. Peer-reviewed but not yet meeting expected standards for indexing (author revision encouraged)
  3. Peer-reviewed and of acceptable standard for indexing ('Recommended')

In this model, 'peer reviewed' means the article has been reviewed by two members of the Review Panel. This includes invited reviewers who are selected by the editor for their expertise on a specific topic and who become temporary Panel members.

'Recommended' status is determined by an article's star-rating.  To become 'Recommended' an article must be reviewed by a minimum of two Review Panel members and receive at least two 4-star (or above) ratings, OR at least two 3-star ratings AND one 4-star (or above) rating.  Panel members are selected by the Editors for their expertise in reviewing articles within the scope of the journal.  For more information on 'Recommended' status, please see the Guidelines for Authors and Guidelines for Reviewers.

'Recommended' articles can be identified by a blue 'R' logo on the article page or beside its listing:


What can I do to make my article 'Recommended'?

The nature of post-publication peer review means that we cannot guarantee when an article will be reviewedOur publishing model encourages community discussion and feedback but in terms of 'Recommended' articles only Panel member reviews are taken into account. This is to ensure a degree of consistency in how articles are rated.  You can identify a Panel member review by the 'P' icon in an orange circle that appears beside the reviewer name: 



If your article has not achieved 'Recommended' status after receiving two Panel member reviews, you have the option of waiting for further reviewer feedback or revising your article after 28 days has passed.  For information about revisions, see our Revised Article policy.  The Editors invite Panel reviewers for all published articles but we cannot guarantee they will accept the invitation.  Invitations are sent at the point of publication and we are unable to assist with articles that do not subsequently receive Panel member reviews. The review process remains open and Panel member reviews can be placed at any time.  To maximise your chances of receiving reviews, we strongly encourage author nomination of reviewers with your original submission although we cannot guarantee that either the Editors will select your nominated reviewers or that they will accept the invitation.  Any author-nominated reviewers who are invited by the Editor will be given Panel member status for that article only.