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Volume 22, Issue 3 - Health Economics and Market Access

Journal Watch


The journal impact factor, approximately the average number of times that primary research papers published in 2 consecutive years are cited in the following year, is the most widely used method of assessing the quality of a journal. However, this metric also includes citations to other non-primary content such as reviews and news articles. Other shortcomings are that citations accumulate slowly in many fields, and the average number of citations per paper can be skewed by a few highly cited manuscripts.


  1. Beware the impact factor. Nat Mater 2013;12(2):89.
  2. Samad A, Khanzada TW, Kumar B, Malik KA. Accuracy of references: comparison between two premier Pakistani medical journals. J Pak Med Assoc 2013;63:445–7.
  3. Shashok K. Ethical contributions to research articles by medical writers. Anesth Analg 2013;116(2):500–3.
  4. Kolata G. Scientific articles accepted (personal checks, too). The New York Times. 2013 Apr 2013. Available from:
  5. Butler D. Investigating journals: the dark side of publishing. Nature 2013;495(7442):433–5.



Message from the President
Thirty-seventh EMWA Conference, 7–9 November 2013, Barcelona, Spain
Announcing the Geoff Hall Memorial Scholarships
Health economists and medical writers: Collaboration or collision?
Early benefit assessment of new drugs in Germany: Framework for submission of dossiers by pharmaceutical companies
NICE guidance on health technologies and the role of editors
European network for health technology assessment – EUnetHTA
Guest Editorial: Medical writing and health economics/market access: A health economist's view
Results of the 2012 EMWA salary survey
Successful document collaboration in a virtual team
Profile: An interview with Blanca Mayor Serrano on the state-of-the-art of health literacy in Spain
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Regulatory Writing Developments in paediatric regulation
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