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Malawi Medical Journal

Editors editorial staff and editorial board

Editors, Editorial staff, and Editorial Board

  • Editor in Chief – Prof. Malcolm Molyneux - provides guidance, is not involved in the day to day running of the journal

  • Editor - Dr. Chiwoza Bandawe -involved in day to day running of the journal, makes final decision on content of the journal, responsible to the EIC and Chairman of the Board

  • Desk editor – Thengo Kavinya - only paid employee of the journal, runs the office, manages advertising, subscriptions, distribution, and also writes articles for the journal

  • 7 Editorial Board members all members of the College of Medicine (one sits on MAM executive)

  • Postgraduate Dean’s office - liaison with College of Medicine management

Manuscript submission and review process

Manuscript submission and review process

  • More editorial board involvement in the content of the MMJ and lessens the pressure on the editor

    • Manuscripts submitted via Manuscript Central

    • Editor checks for suitable – either accepts or rejects

    • Manuscript assigned to member of editorial board

    • Member manages manuscript - invites two reviewers, looks at comments for reviewers and recommends decision to the editor based on reviewers comments

    • Editor makes final decision and communications with authors

    • EB responsible for copyediting

    • Review is blinded

Content make up of mmj

Content Make up of MMJ

  • Editorial

  • Original Research

  • Case Reports

  • Interview

  • Opinions

  • (Abstracts)

Website www mmj medcol mw

Website www.mmj.medcol.mw

  • Website is hosted by the College of Medicine

  • Open access

  • Content: contacts, podcast, blog, events, submission, past & current issues

  • usage statistics – Google Analytics report

  • Articles available in pdf and html

Malawi medical journal


Google analytics report

Google Analytics Report

1st Jan 2008 to 1st May 2009

  • 439 Visits

  • 340 Absolute Unique Visitors

  • 988 Page views

  • 2.25 Average Page views

  • 00:01:59 Time on Site

  • 50.34% Bounce Rate

  • 75.63% New Visits

  • Countries – Malawi, US, UK, South Africa, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Netherlands, Australia, India

Production process frequency of publication dissemination and circulation

Production process, frequency of publication, dissemination and circulation

  • On acceptance the word file is downloaded from Manuscript Central and copied into Adobe Indesign

  • Layout is done by the Desk editor

  • File are burnout onto a CD and then sent to the printers

  • Quarterly publication – March, June, September, December

  • Distributed free to all CHAM and DHO hospitals

  • 250-150 print issues

  • Posted on the MMJ website with an email sent to a MMJ emailing list

  • On sale during dissemination conferences and workshops COMREC, NAC and MAM

  • Pdf emailed to AJOL and SPi

Business and financia l operations

Business and financial operations

  • Revenue

    • College of Medicine pays for printing of two issues

    • Advertising

    • Subscriptions

    • Sponsorship for special issues

  • Working on strategic plan/business plan

  • Likely to get some further assistance from Malawi Research Council

Pubmedcentral medline ajol

PubMedCentral, Medline, AJOL

  • Accepted for indexing in Medline in October 2008

  • accepted for inclusion in PMC – working with SPi to have issues from vol 13 available on PMC

  • also accepted in Thomson ISI’s from 2008

Sustainability plans

Sustainability plans

  • Promote the journal locally with personal visits to academic and research institutes – publish in MMJ for promotion

  • Business plan

  • Impact factor (2010/11)

Mmj manuscript flow figures

MMJ manuscript flow figures

Major improvements

Major improvements

  • Editorial content

    • new features included Malawi Health News, Opinions on, a Deeper Look and Case reports

  • Services

    • emailing list

    • CPD points

Medical librarians assistance

Medical librarians assistance

  • COM librarian sits on Board

  • COM library runs classes undergraduate and postgraduate (MPH) on information retrieval

Outreach activities

Outreach activities

  • Authors

    • workshop in 2007 with Tim Albert, writing tutorials with MPH and COM 4th year students, occasional email alerts, planning a workshop in June, 2 research methodology workshops with RSC

  • Local news media

    • occasional press releases, Editor had a weekly column in the Weekend Nation newspaper, ?science communication workshop?

  • Science cafes with MLW

  • Past interactions with international partners

    Past interactions with international partners

    • Annette and Ana Marusic (CMJ) facilitated author/reviewer workshop in 2006

    • Guidance and advice on Medline, PMC, support with SPi

    • Scholarly publishing workshop on xml – arranged for our participation

    • Africa Health Science visited the Malawi Medical Journal to learn about ScholarOne in 2008

    • Developed systematic review proposal with David, GMJ submitted to TDR

    Future interactions with international partner

    Future interactions with international partner

    • Site visit to JAMA with new Business Manager/ Desk Editor

    • Continued guidance and advice

    Zikomo kwambiri thank you very much

    Zikomo Kwambiri(Thank you very much)

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