Steps toward Medline indexation: Pharmacy journal Pharmactuel

Julie Méthot1,2, Roxane Therrien3, Marie-Claude Poulin4, Louise Mallet5,6
1Institut Universitaire de Cardiologie et de Pneumologie de Québec (Hôpital Laval), Québec; 2Faculté de Pharmacie, Université Laval, Québec; 3CHU Ste-Justine, Montréal; 4Ordre des Pharmaciens du Québec, Montréal, Québec; 5Centre Universitaire de Santé McGill, Montréal; 6Faculté de Pharmacie, Université de Montréal, Canada

Introduction: Pharmactuel is an international French journal on the practice of hospital pharmacy. Indexation in Medline represents a goal for the editorial committee of the journal.

Objective: To present the different steps for the submission of this application.

Methods: In December 2007, the Associate Editor-in-chief of Pharmactuel was appointed to this application. A sub-committee was mandated to develop and implement an action plan for Medline indexation.

Results: A visit was organized with an American colleague who had gone through the process of Medline indexation to discuss the different steps. An advisory committee was created with representatives from France, Switzerland and Belgium to create an international dimension for our journal. A peer-review process was developed for the following article categories: Research reports, Review articles on pharmacotherapy, Case reports and Critical evaluation of the literature. An editorial letter was implemented.  A copyright assignment form and the ICMJE uniform disclosure form were required to be submitted upon acceptance of a manuscript. Finally, an online manuscript submission system, a review system and a code of ethics were implemented.

Conclusion: All steps for Medline indexation were completed and the dossier was submitted on April 1st 2011.