B – Can small journals provide leadership?

Marušić A, Marušić M. Can small journals provide leadership? The Lancet 2012;379:1361-63
(doi: 10.1016/S0140-6736(11)61508-0)

Using a case study of the Croatian Medical Journal (CMJ) to represent a small journal from a small country, the authors explored what journals can achieve in their community. CMJ got excellent results. Among them, it implemented editorial policies, set up an official national register of all clinical trials approved by the Croatian Ministry of Health, strengthened health research in Croatia by promoting evidence-based medicine and systematic reviews as guidelines for practice, contributed to the increase in the quality of scholarly publishing mainly by introducing quality standards for obtaining funding.