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Korean J Obes 2013; 22(4): 205-211

Published online December 31, 2013

Copyright © Korean Society for the Study of Obesity.

How to Add a Medical Journal to International Indexing Databases?

Sun Huh*

Department of Parasitology and Institute of Medical Education, College of Medicine, Hallym University

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/3.0) which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

To have the medical journal be indexed in international databases is one of the most important mission of journal editors in Korea since it may influence the survival of the journal. Also, if a society’s mission is to develop science and devote to human health, it is editors' obligation to add their journals to the international databases. Thereafter, high quality manuscripts may be submitted to the journal. The major international databases in medical fields are Medline, PubMed, PubMed Central, EMBASE, and CINAHL, meanwhile those in all academic fields are Web of Science, Scopus, and Ebsco. Since the selection criteria are different according to each databases, the optimum method is to edit and publish based on the selection criteria. Common contents of selection criteria are international standard style and format, error-free manuscript editing, readable English, and unique aims and scope. Bibliometric information such as impact factor or total citation can be used for measuring the quality of the journal. Therefore, academic society members should cite their journal papers with relevant
content when submitting their manuscript to international journals. Medical journals from Korea is known to be the most rapidly developing ones. It will not be difficult to add their journals to international databases if academic society and editor work together to improve journal quality.

Keywords: Abstracting and indexing as topic, Database, Periodicals as topic, Bibliometrics, Journal impact factor


Selection criteria for Scopus


  1. Hirsch JE. An index to quantify an individual's scientific research output. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A 2005;102:16569-72.
    Pubmed KoreaMed CrossRef
  2. Huh S. Medical databases from Korea and abroad. J Korean Med Assoc 2010;53:659-67.
    CrossRef

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