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www.mmj.medcol.mw. Malawi Medical Journal. 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

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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
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)
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