The journey so far
1 Department of Biomedical Imaging, Faculty of
Medicine, University of Malaya, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
2 Centre of Biomedical Engineering, University of Surrey, Guildford, Surrey, United Kingdom
With the start of this new year, biij has
completed a two-and-a-half years of publishing. We wish to share some good news
with you and also to keep you posted on our achievements since our last update
in January 2006 .
As part of our efforts in establishing biij
as one of the important open-access journals dealing with topics relating to
radiology, biomedical imaging and biomedical intervention, we have tirelessly
pursued the indexing of biij in various relevant scientific
indices and databases. For this reason, biij has been a member of
CrossRef and has been made searchable by the Google Scholar search engine since
it was first launched in July 2005. In that year, biij was only
listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). By the end of 2006, the
journal was listed in and/or indexed by Chemical Abstracts Service, Inspec,
Index Copernicus International, and eGranary Digital Library. In 2007, it was
listed in the Open-J Gate web directory.
In December 2007, biij received the best
news so far in its history of publication: being accepted for indexing by the
Elsevier Bibliographic Databases as of 2008 onwards. In the confirmation letter
from Elsevier, the inclusion of biij is �in recognition of the
high quality and relevance (of its contents) to the scientific community�. The
acceptance means that the contents of biij will now be available
in Scopus, EMBASE, EMCare, Compendex, and several other specialised niche
databases once the subscription processes have been completed.
The inclusion of biij in Scopus is
particularly important, as it is one of the largest abstract and citation
databases of research literature and web sources, and has developed a large
worldwide customer base. This will certainly pave the way for the inclusion of biij
in other important indexing services, particularly those provided by Thomson
Scientific and National Library of Medicine.
The biij has published 10 issues thus far,
with a total of 121 papers. These include four special focus issues: PET/CT and
Molecular Imaging (Biomed Imaging Interv J 2006; Vol. 2, Issue 4, available at http://www.biij.org/2006/4/);
Image-guided Surgery and Therapy (Biomed Imaging Interv J 2007; Vol. 3, Issue
1, available at http://www.biij.org/2007/1/); Radiation Dose Optimisation in
Biomedical Imaging and Intervention (Biomed Imaging Interv J 2007; Vol. 3,
Issue 2, available at http://www.biij.org/2007/2/); and Leadership and
Management in Biomedical Imaging and Intervention (Biomed Imaging Interv J
2007; Vol. 3, Issue 3, available at http://www.biij.org/2007/3/).
The digital recording section continues to be very popular
with the readers and offers great educational value. The number of recorded
presentations rose from 32 when the journal was launched in 2005, to 121 in the
year 2006, and to 146 in 2007. A number of meetings and conferences around the
world have agreed to grant biij the exclusive rights to reproduce
selected presentations to be shared with the journal�s readers and subscribers.
Our readership has increased steadily over the years. When
biij was first launched in July 2005, the website received a very
modest 142 total hits, with only 8 returning visitors (Figure 1); but by
November 2007, the journal recorded the highest traffic thus far in its short
history of publication: a total of 14,438 hits with 846 returning visitors.
Although there is no publicly available traffic data of other newly-launched
peer-reviewed journal websites for a comparison to be made, the Editors truly
believe that the increase is of considerable significance. The journal enjoyed
an average of more than 100% increase in average monthly readership every year
(Table 1). With the dawn of 2008, this trend is predicted to increase even more
as proven by the latest traffic statistics: 12,351 total hits, with 840
returning visitors (as of 23 January 2008). Traffic statistics to biij
were independently verified by both Statcounter (http://www.statcounter.com)
and Google Analytics (http://www.google.com/analytics/) services.
The readership came from more than 100 countries around
the world, thus confirming our founding decision to produce an open-access
peer-reviewed journal that is freely accessible throughout the world. Of
particular importance is an increasing number of readership and paper
submissions from developing countries in Asia (including ex-Soviet bloc
states), Africa, and South America. The record showed that the readers� countries
of origin were as wide-ranging as Italy to Indonesia, Portugal to Puerto Rico, Sweden to Sri Lanka, and United States to Uruguay.
As of December 2007, there were 219 submitted papers with
a rejection rate of 29%. The average time between a submission date and the
date it was first sent for review was 24 days, and the average processing time
(from submission to acceptance) was 103 days. It took an average of 38 days for
an article to be published following an acceptance.
Open Journal Systems (OJS)
At the end of 2006, biij gradually employed
the use of an open source online submission system, the Open Journal Systems
(OJS), developed and maintained by the Public Knowledge Project. The Project is
a partnership between Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, the Simon Fraser University Library, the School of Education at Stanford University, and the Canadian Centre for Studies in Publishing at Simon Fraser University . The OJS (Figure 2) allows for an easier and more streamlined peer-review
and publishing process, both for the reviewers and the editorial staff. Its
features are comparable to the other proprietary paper submission systems
available in the market today, particularly in allowing the authors to track
the progress of their submitted papers.
We have initiated the application process for the
inclusion of biij in the United States National Library of
Medicine�s PubMed� (http://www.pubmed.gov/), particularly in its largest
component, the MEDLINE�. Currently about 5,000 biomedical journals from around
the world are indexed in MEDLINE , and it is generally accepted as the
primary bibliographic indexing service for biomedical journal citations and
Along with this effort, the contents of biij
are also currently being evaluated for inclusion in the PubMed Central
(http://www.pubmedcentral.nih.gov/), the United States National Institutes of
Health (NIH) digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal
literature. This move is primarily due to PubMed Central being the only
acceptable public repository of journal contents by the U.S. National Library
of Medicine. This effort should be completed before the end of the year, as it
involves purely technical processes of preparing fully-tagged XML data of all
published biij contents.
Apart from successful inclusion in PubMed Central, a more
pressing need towards achieving the PubMed� listing is in maintaining the
quality of published articles in biij at a continuously high level
and in a timely manner. This has been one of the more challenging issues faced by
biij over its two years of publication. Nevertheless, with
continuous support from a dedicated team of editorial staff, we will ensure that
these challenges are taken up and resolved as efficiently as possible.
We take this opportunity to thank our authors, reviewers,
sponsors, and readers who have been supporting us since day one. Your
continuous support is the reason biij is where it is at today,
and we are definitely counting on you to help us scale greater heights
Let us continue with our journey.
Figure 1 The monthly statistics of page loads, unique visitors and returning visitors for biij, from July 2005 to December 2007.
Figure 2 The online submission system of biij is powered by OJS.
Table 1 The summary of average monthly traffic statistics to biij website in 2005-2007.
Ng KH, Abdullah BJJ. A successful first year: taking stock and looking ahead. Biomed Imaging Interv J 2006; 2(2):e37.
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|Received 10 January 2008; accepted 28 January 2008
Correspondence: Department of Biomedical Imaging, Faculty of Medicine, University of Malaya, 50603 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Tel.: +603-79492069; Fax: +603-79581973; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org (Kwan-Hoong Ng).
Please cite as: Ng KH, Abdullah BJJ, Kadri NA,
The journey so far, Biomed Imaging Interv J 2008; 4(1):e1