DUBLIN, Ohio, Jan. 18, 1994--The Online Journal of Current Clinical Trials (OJCCT) has become the first electronic journal to be included in Index Medicus, the National Library of Medicine's internationally used abstracting and indexing service.
Acceptance by Index Medicus (and its database counterpart MEDLINE) is a mark of high distinction for any journal and is especially notable in the case of OJCCT, which launched a mere 18 months ago as the world's first electronic peer-reviewed medical journal with typeset quality text, tables, and line images. OJCCT is owned and published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in a joint venture with OCLC.
Of the more than 3,800 medical journals indexed by MEDLINE, OJCCT is the first to be distributed solely through computer networks.
"This is an event of historic importance to electronic publishing and a blue ribbon for the journal itself," said OJCCT publisher and AAAS executive officer Richard S. Nicholson. The scientific merit of a journal's content is the primary consideration in selecting journals for indexing, according to officials at the National Library of Medicine; also important is the quality of the layout, graphics, and illustrations.
Most of the world's biomedical researchers turn to MEDLINE when seeking information of significance to their work. OJCCT's acceptance into MEDLINE promises to heighten the journal's appeal among clinical trial researchers.
"One concern researchers had was whether their colleagues would be aware of work they might publish in OJCCT," said the journal's editor Edward J. Huth, M.D. "Those worries can now be laid to rest. The journal has moved into the academic mainstream."
Articles submitted to OJCCT--which concerns medicine and all its subspecialties--undergo rigorous peer-review and, if accepted, can be published within 48 hours. Subscribers worldwide receive the articles simultaneously and can elect to receive special notification by fax or mail of any new articles of particular interest to them. Thanks to the powerful GUIDON interface software developed by OCLC, subscribers can easily navigate documents, search for any previously published articles, and call up MEDLINE abstracts on all references, among other features. Launched July 1, 1992, OJCCT received the 1992 Product of the Year Award from Database Magazine in recognition of its pioneering contribution to electronic publishing.
"This is a significant achievement for AAAS and for OCLC," said K. Wayne Smith, president and chief executive officer, OCLC. "Together we have pioneered a new standard for the dissemination of scholarly information."
Besides OJCCT, the Washington, D.C.-based AAAS also publishes the prestigious weekly journal Science and is the world's largest general science organization.
OCLC is a nonprofit computer library service and research organization whose computer network and services link more than 17,000 libraries in 52 countries and territories.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CALL: Nan Broadbent, AAAS (202) 326-6436 or Nita Dean, OCLC (614) 761-5002