An NIH effort to improve the quality of African medical journals and enable global distribution of their research publications is having an impact. Known as the African Medical Journal Editors Partnership Project (AJPP), it’s a joint venture of the National Library of Medicine and Fogarty, and is administered by the Council of Science Editors. Its main goal is to strengthen African medical journals to the point they can gain acceptance to MEDLINE, NLM’s powerful bibliographic database that contains over 18 million references to journal articles in life sciences, used by researchers worldwide.
Three participating journals – The African Journal of Health Sciences, the Malawi Medical Journal and Mali Medicale – have been accepted to MEDLINE and the Ghana Medical Journal is expected to follow soon. Two more recent additions to the program – the Medical Journal of Zambia and the Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences – are benefitting from lessons learned.
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