Publishing Process

Academic Medical Journal of India follows a rigorous, at the same time supportive publishing process. This is to ensure that the papers published in AMJI are not only of the highest editorial quality but also that authors get a pleasant publishing experience. AMJI editors are friendly people, whom you can call on phone for guidance and support.

The publishing process of AMJI is carried out using the robust and highly sophisticated PublishMed platform, which ensures that every step in the publishing process is methodically streamlined and that papers published are suitable for indexing by all agencies. The following are the steps in the publishing process:

Legal and Ethical Check

The first and foremost measure we undertake is to ensure that articles we publish comply with globally accepted legal and ethical norms. Every article we receive is processed using the most advanced plagiarism checking service in the world – iThenticate – to look for copy right violations. Authors who contemplate publishing with us are advised to ensure that no part of their manuscript duplicates existing content in the digital or print domain. (For those authors who experience difficulty with writing, we have an arrangement with PublishMed to provide Professional Medical Writing Services at highly subsidised rates.) Ethical issues are looked into by an expert in medical research ethics.

Peer Review

Manuscripts verified as original are sequentially sent to two or more expert peer reviewers for comments and recommendations. Each reviewer is provided with review guidelines and specific review formats depending on the type of the manuscript. The authors are expected to comply with reviewer recommendations or provide clarifications. We try to follow an expedited review process, wherein each review is completed within a period of two weeks. But at times the review process may exceed this time-frame on grounds of reviewer availability and schedule. Even though we maintain an extensive database of expert reviewers from all domains of medicine, we recommend that for highly specialised areas, the authors themselves provide a list of experts from their field as reviewers. We follow a closed peer review system by default, but can be converted to semi-open or open system based on requests from authors and reviewers. Once all issues raised in the review process are addressed, editorial decision on acceptance of the paper is made and communicated to the author.

Article Processing and Quality Control

Medical journal publishing is a resource intense process. Quality time and efforts of highly experienced individuals and valuable material resources go in to producing a journal article worth publishing. In our efforts to mobilise these resources we ask authors to shoulder part of the expenses in the form of an article processing fee of Rs. 5000/- for research papers and Rs. 3000/- for the rest. This fee may vary from paper to paper and may be completely waived in special situations, at the sole discretion of the editor.

Editing

Once accepted for publishing and payments received, the manuscript enters the editing process. This is the phase in which the paper is transformed from a manuscript to a publishing quality journal article. There are several stages in the editing process, each step requiring prompt author response and compliance in order to expedite the process. These stages include:

  1. Initial Copy Edit, wherein the manuscript is subjected to content, structure and presentation edits by the section editor. The edits are usually done in track change mode and uploaded to the system for the author to accept or decline changes.
  2. Author Copy Edit, wherein the author accepts the changes or declines them with explanation and also makes further changes to improve the manuscript. This is the final chance where the author can make any modification to the manuscript and/or article metadata.
  3. Final Copy Edit is the stage in which the paper undergoes edits for language, grammar and style and is done by expert copy-editors. The final copy edited version will contain detailed instructions for the preparation of the article.
  4. Layout and Graphics Edit, wherein the article is converted to multiple publishing formats by the Layout and Graphics Editor. These formats include HTML for web publishing, PDF for print publishing and various XML formats for indexing.
  5. Proof Reading: The PDF format of the article is send to the author as well as expert proof readers for identifying errors and omissions before the article is finally published.

Publishing

For AMJI, publishing a journal article is not just about making it available to the world in excellent digital and print formats. It is also about establishing a unique original identity for the article and making it technically perfect for abstracting and indexing. After ensuring that it has all the backend information to help it assume a unique position in the world of medical literature, the article is published in to the appropriate issue.

Indexing

The literary journey of the article actually begins only after it has been published. The success of an article depends on the number of incoming links and citations it receives. The measures that we take to ensure this include maintaining high acceptance standards and editorial quality. We also submit the article metadata to more than 50 indexing agencies to increase the reach of the article. This is a time consuming process and may take more than a year’s time to complete.

Social Reach

In addition to indexing and abstracting, we also provide built-in features for popularising the article on social media. Every article we publish is shared on our own social networking sites and has handles for social sharing by users. Also every article is highly search-engine-optimised so that is shows up on popular search engines like Google.

Open Discussion

An article published with AMJI stays alive forever. To ensure this, we include an open discussion forum on every article. Whenever someone posts a comment or a question in the forum, the authors are automatically notified who can post replies and generate active conversations.