Osteopathic journals and MEDLINE listing: A new player!
Cameron, M., Walker, B.F., French, S.D. and Jannese, J. (2005) Osteopathic journals and MEDLINE listing: A new player! In: 8th International Congress of the German Osteopathic Association (VOD), 29 September - 2 October 2005, Schlangenbad/Wiesbaden, Germany.
Introduction: The MEDLINE database is frequently accessed by clinicians and researchers in the health field. The listing of osteopathic journals with MEDLINE has been troublesome. The Journal of Osteopathy, published out of The American School of Osteopathy in Kirksville, Missouri, from 1894 until 1964, is listed with MEDLINE (1). More recently, a handful of USA osteopathic journals have been added to MEDLINE. Each of these journals relates to USA style osteopathy that is predominantly medical and hospital-based.
History of Chiropractic & Osteopathy: The first edition of the journal of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australasia (COCA) (2) was known as COMSIG Review (3) and was published in November 1992. Over several years an Editorial Board was formed, comprising osteopaths, chiropractors, medical practitioners and researchers. In March 1996, the name of the journal was changed to Australasian Chiropractic and Osteopathy (ACO) (3), and through this journal osteopaths began to publish more rigorous peer-reviewed scientific articles, including primary research, reviews, case studies, and clinical commentaries. Unfortunately, over the next nine years ACO struggled for manuscripts because the journal was not indexed with PubMed or MEDLINE. In December 2004, COCA negotiated an agreement with BioMed Central to move the journal to an open access, full text online journal. By achieving publication with BioMed Central, articles published in Chiropractic & Osteopathy will be immediately listed in PubMed, including all back content of ACO. The aims of this new journal are: to provide osteopathic and chiropractic clinicians with a clinically relevant peer-reviewed journal. The journal will require a higher level of scholarship than previously seen in most other journals within both professions.
What is BioMed Central?: BioMed Central is an independent publishing house that provides immediate open access to peerreviewed biomedical research (4). All the original research articles in journals published by BioMed Central are immediately and permanently available online without charge or barriers to access. PubMed is the National Library of Medicine service that provides access to MEDLINE. After a period of time the journal will also apply for full listing in MEDLINE.
Conclusion: The publication of Chiropractic & Osteopathy will provide an opportunity for osteopathic clinicians and researchers to have their publications available to a wider healthcare audience. Prospective authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts by accessing the journal online at BioMed Central (4).
1. http://history.aoa-net.org/Publications/publications.htm. Accessed 30 June, 2005
2. http://www.coca.com.au . Accessed 30 June, 2004.
3. http://www.coca.com.au/journal/default.asp. Accessed 30 June, 2004
4. http://www.biomedcentral.com. Accessed 30 June, 2004
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