Wits Journal for Clinical Medicine
Wits University Press is proud to announce that the first edition of a new online open access journal in the field of medicine, the Wits Journal for Clinical Medicine, is now published.
The Wits Journal for Clinical Medicine is a peer-reviewed scientific research journal published tri-annually, and was established to provide a forum to showcase scientific research from the School of Clinical Medicine at the University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg and from the Clinical Medicine Departments in other institutions in South Africa and internationally. The journal particularly aims to provide an opportunity for emerging researchers to publish their work and wants to be the primary diffusion portal for clinical medical scientists from Southern Africa.
The editor-in-chief of the journal, Pravin Manga explained, “The idea for this journal was born when I realised that a vast amount of research work in the School of Clinical Medicine gets “lost”. I estimated that only a small fraction of the research findings of all the Masters and PhD theses in the School of Clinical Medicine gets published in local or international journals. Thus, after discussions with colleagues, the idea was born to establish a journal within the School to create an avenue for some of the research to see the light of day in a journal publication.”
The editorial policy of the journal is guided by scientific quality and integrity, and all publications are peer reviewed.
Though all submissions are welcome, it is especially new academics that are starting out, including students, fellows and junior consultants, who are encouraged to submit their research. Getting research published can be challenging and expensive, with an ever increasing number of open access journals. The Wits Journal for Clinical Medicine is free and Open Access and this publication will assist junior staff to establish a publication record and develop an academic record.
Andrew Joseph, Digital Publisher at Wits University Pres ssaid: This is an exciting addition to Wits University Press’ extensive publication list. The multi-disciplinary and Open Access ethos of the journal is something we strongly support. We look forward to working with the Wits Medical School to extend this to other medical research institutes in South Africa.
The Wits Journal for Clinical Medicine also provides a space where the various Departmental Research Day abstracts can be shared. This allows the whole school to see what is happening in different departments. The current edition presents the Bert Myburgh research day abstracts from the Department of Surgery. Articles in the current issue cover a variety of topics from procedural sedation to anomia in acute coronary syndrome.
The first issue of Wits Journal for Clinical Medicine (ISSN 2618-0189; eISSN 2618-0197) can be downloaded from – https://journals.co.za/content/journal/wjcm
Key Words: Medicine, Health, Open Access