B – Bibliographic databases: critical points

Gasparyan AY. Bibliographic databases: some critical points. Journal of Korean Medical Science 2013;28(6):799-800
(doi: 10.3346/jkms.2013.28.6.799)

The objectivity of communication is increasingly dependent on a comprehensive literature search through online databases. Though most authors and editors are aware of the existence of databases and communication platforms, not all of them are skilled at retrieving essential information and distinguishing ‘indexed’ journals. They should know indexing criteria, advantages and limitations of databases as well as continuous efforts to expand and maintain the visibility of their journals in the highly prestigious databases. These skills can secure a good standing and an opportunity to publish articles which contribute to the advancement of global science, and avoid manipulations aimed at attracting quality articles to substandard journals.