Medical Writing Good Pharma Journal Watch

Volume 22, Issue 4 - Good Pharma

Journal Watch


The August 2013 issue of European Science Editing (ESE), the journal of the European Association of Science Editors, included a couple of articles relating to the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment, on which I comment elsewhere in this issue of MEW (see page 273). Briefly, the Declaration aims to change the way in which research is judged, challenging the reliance on the journal impact factor (IF)

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  1. Marx W. Journal Impact Factor: “the poor man's citation analysis” and alternative approaches. Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(3):62–3.
  2. Bornmann L, Marx W. Evaluating individual researchers’ performance. Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(2):39–40.
  3. Steen RG. Journal Impact Factor: baby and bathwater discarded? Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(3):64–5.
  4. Allen L, Jones C, Dolby K, Lynn D, Walport M. Looking for landmarks: the role of expert review and bibliometric analysis in evaluating scientific publication outputs. PLoS One. 2009;4(6):e5910.
  5. Pinto N. Common errors to look out for in medical papers. Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(3):68–9.
  6. Fonseca M. Does an academic copy-editor require knowledge of statistics? Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(2):46.
  7. Baždarić K. Patchwork plagiarism. Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(2):32–3.
  8. Steen RG. Authorship: to be or not to be? Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(1):6–8.
  9. Wheatley D. On the current presentation of scientific papers: 2. Cutting out clichés. Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(1):13.
  10. Ahmed HS, Gasparyan AY. Criticism of peer review and ways to improve it. Eur Sci Editing. 2013;39(1):8–10.



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Editorial: Pharmaism
Legal remedies for medical ghostwriting: Imposing fraud liability on guest authors of ghostwritten articles
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Profile: An interview with Dr Gustavo A. Silva on the concept of public health in medical writing and translation
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