An elusive goal finally realized


Journal of Veterinary Emergency and Critical Care subscribers will be pleased to know that JVECC has just been approved for MEDLINE indexing!! This has been a sought after goal for many years and I'm very pleased to announce that we have finally realized this important goal for the Journal.

For those who may be unfamiliar with MEDLINE indexing, MEDLINE is a very large and frequently utilized index of approximately 5200 biomedical journal citations and abstracts. The National Library of Medicine and the National Institute of Health in the United States manage MEDLINE. One of the unique features of MEDLINE is that all material that is submitted for indexing by selected or approved journals undergoes review by the MEDLINE staff and is indexed utilizing the controlled vocabulary contained in the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). The goal of this unique system is to ensure that searches are comprehensive and accurate and do not miss important publications due to idiosyncrasies of database spelling or indexing. Journals that have been selected for MEDLINE indexing must pass through a rigorous application process to ensure that they meet the standards set out by the National Library of Medicine. MEDLINE is delivered to the public for free through the PubMed web interface and is accessed and used by millions around the world.

Indexing by MEDLINE is an important attribute for all biomedical journal publications. One of the benchmarks that both journals and researchers are evaluated by is the number of citations they garner from others. For this reason, academics must carefully consider what journal to submit their manuscripts to in order to reach the widest and most appropriate audience and increase the likelihood that their research will be cited by others, and thereby also increasing the likelihood of positive promotion and tenure decisions. Journals too are evaluated by how many of their publications are cited by other journals and are ranked using this evaluation. One of the most widely recognized ranking systems is ISI's Impact Factor. In some cases, MEDLINE may be the first and only index that researchers search when conducting literature review on any research topic. Thus, important contributions to the literature published in non-indexed journals may never be located and thus cited in new publications. Thus, MEDLINE indexing for JVECC means that we can be competitive with our aspirational peer journals in attracting highly citable work by important authors in the field, and thus increasing our Impact Factor and ranking among peer journals. Attaining MEDLINE indexing is a rite of passage in the growth of all biomedical journals, and JVECC has finally achieved this vital goal. All new JVECC publications will now be indexed using MeSH, and in addition, all previous JVECC publications will also be accessible through PubMed. This is indeed welcome news and a reason for all Journal subscribers to celebrate!

Reaching any goal of this significance requires expression of gratitude to those who have assisted and made this achievement possible. In this case, there are many people who have contributed in large and small ways in order for the Journal realize this goal. A huge thank you is extended to all of you. I would especially like to thank my predecessor Cindy Otto, who had the vision to start us on this path and contributed enormous energy and time into our previous applications for indexing. Special thanks is also due to Kaia Motter, Darren Green, and Antonia Seymour at Wiley-Blackwell Publishing who have offered their experience, resources, and time, and have assisted us enormously in polishing our series of applications. Thank you for your patience, perseverance, and for your enthusiasm. Many thanks are also due to Gary Stamp and the staff of the Veterinary Emergency & Critical Care Society who are tireless in their efforts to promote the Journal, improve its quality, and expand our readership both in North America and around the world. A debt of gratitude is also due to all of the folks who took the time to craft strong letters of support for our applications. Your time and energy has helped us to meet our goal! Finally, I would be remiss if I didn't also recognize the countless hours that our authors, reviewers, editors, and all the support staff have contributed since the Journal's inception. Your efforts bring the Journal to life and have made it something that we can now all feel just a little bit prouder of.