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Overview of Journal Bibliographic Databases

Author Affiliations

  • 1 Department of Pharmacology, Khaja Banda Nawaz institute of medical sciences, Gulbarga-585104, INDIA

Res. J. Recent Sci., Volume 2, Issue (12), Pages 92-97, December,2 (2013)


A bibliographic database is a database of bibliographic records with organized collection of references to published literature. There are several types of medical and general bibliographic databases. Indexation of a journal in a specific database considered a reflection of its quality. Indexed journals receive more submissions when compared to non-indexed journals and many authors prefer to submit their work to indexed journals than non-indexed journals. The oldest index is the Index Medicus published since 1879 is considered to be the most comprehensive index of medical journals. Over the years, due to internet revolution, many other popular indexation services have developed such as, PubMed, MedLine, SCOPUS, EMBASE, EBSCO Publishing’s Electronic Databases etc.. There are various regional and national versions of Index Medicus such as Index Medicus for South East Asia region, Index Medicus for the Eastern Mediterranean Region, African Index Medicus, etc. Knowing the basics of these databases will help research scholars and authors to enhance their writing skills and help in publication their research work.


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