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Publishing Page

General Publication Resources

Selecting a Journal

  • List of Journals relevant to family medicine, community health, departmental interests, with journal descriptions and impact factors.
  • JANE is a tool that tool that compares your article to the millions in Medline to identify best matches for a journal submission.
  • Listing of ALL Impact factors, 2010, by journal title. Also lists of top ranked journals in several areas. This is also a good resources for the abbreviations of journals.

Manuscript Style and Formatting

Publication Ethics


The Jefferson Digital Commons

Located at Scott Library website, the digital commons are a virtual repository of scholarship in any form: publications (with copyright approval), lectures, presentations, posters, etc. Individuals can have their own site containing their materials; the Department of Family and Community Medicine also has its own page. Materials hosted in the digital commons are google-searchable.

In the Commons' role as a showcase of scholarly works by Jefferson researchers and students, scholars at Jefferson may use it to disseminate, publicize, and archive their work. Researchers and other interested readers from anywhere in the world may use it to discover and keep up-to-date with Jefferson scholarship. The Commons is a central online system that manages the storage, access and preservation of a variety of materials and formats, including working papers, preprints, postprints, multimedia teaching materials, books, theses and dissertations.

For questions, comments and inquiries about Jefferson Digital Commons, contact
Dan Kipnis
Senior Education Services Librarian
Academic & Instructional Support & Resources
Thomas Jefferson University
1020 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Knowledge Base

  1. Understanding the journal Impact Factor (IF)

    ISI impact factors provide a measure of a journal's importance to the research community by summarizing how often articles from that journal are cited by authors writing more recent articles. The impact factor accounts for the number of articles each journal publishes per year.  Read an article about it here. Another one is here. The impact factor is a measure of citation rate per article, and is calculated by dividing 1 year's worth of citations to a journal's articles published in the previous 2 years by the number of major articles [eg, research papers, reviews] published by that journal in those 2 years.

    For example, articles between 2009-2011, articles published in JAMA received 1000 citation in other published articles
    Link to the ISI Web Of Knowledge Journal Citation Reports at Scott Library.
    SJR Journal Rank. Rankings (very similar to the impact factor) for journals indexed by Scopus. Many that are not rated by Thompson Reuters are here.
  2. Understanding Open Access

    The term “Open Access”, when applied to a scholarly journal, indicates that the journal charges a fee for publication of submitted and accepted papers. However, open access should not be confused with “fee for publication” outlets, which will publish anything submitted, as long as the fee is paid. Open access generally means that the papers are subject to the same rigorous peer-review process as any other journal. This model of publishing is becoming widespread as subscriptions to paper journals decline among individual users, and among institutions. The main reason authors make their articles openly accessible is to maximize their research impact. A study in 2001 first reported an OA citation impact advantage and a growing number of studies have confirmed, with varying degrees of methodological rigor, that an OA article is more likely to be used and cited than one behind subscription barriers.

    Directory of Open Access Journals Descriptions, ratings and links to many medical journals.
  3. Authorship Considerations

    Because publications play such an important role for academics and scholars, the issue of authorship on published papers is one of great importance. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) has recommended the following criteria for authorship (many other professional organizations, such as the American Psychological Association (APA) have adopted them as well):

    Authorship credit should be based on 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.
    (see the full position here)
  4. General Tips for Getting your Work Published

    • Use the reference sections of articles you read to get ideas for submission locations
    • Don’t neglect international journals
    • Write a letter to the editor asking if your idea/manuscript is appropriate
    • Journals often need review articles written. If you have a good review paper, shop it around. Some journals only publish reviews (i.e. British Medical Journal (BMJ) – Clinical Evidence and ACP – Journal Club) and are often soliciting contributions on specific topics.