Indexing & Archiving
The Open Journal of Biomedical Research is in its infancy at the moment and it is indexed in some of the scholarly article indexing services. However, it is the intention of the Editorial Management to start applying for the major relevant indexes (e.g. DOAJ, Emerging Sources Citation Index, Scopus, and PubMed) after publishing enough articles (or for enough time) to qualify for indexing. We are taking all possible measures in accordance with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing to ensure that we are easily accepted for prominent indexes. We do not believe in fake indexes and do not intend to be indexed by any of them. For the time being, different SEO measures were taken to ensure that journal content is discoverable through popular search engines (e.g. Google Scholar).
The Open Journal of Biomedical Research believes in the importance of the long-term preservation of scholarly content. We are also responsible for ensuring that the effort invested by its authors and reviewers is not lost in case of any unfortunate event causing the journal to cease publishing. University libraries were traditionally the ones responsible for preserving scholarly articles. However, one of the challenges that appeared with Open Access journals (regardless of their many other advantages), is that someone needs to ensure their long-term preservation. To this end, several archiving services were established to take on this mission.
The Open Journal of Biomedical Research through Digitodontics Publishing is registered and archived by the National Library of France (BnF) (https://www.bnf.fr/fr). Since 2010, BnF has been equipped with a tool for the permanent preservation of digital documents, i.e. SPAR (Système de Préservation et d’Archivage Réparti), which complies with the OAIS (ISO-14721, reference model for an open information archiving system) and NF Z42-013 (relating to the preservation and integrity of documents within a computer system) standards. This digital store, duplicated on a back-up site, hosts in particular dematerialized documents from the legal deposit as well as digitized documents from the Gallica digital library. We also intend to subscribe to an additional commercial service if the need arises.
The Open Journal of Biomedical Research’s participation in these services ensures that its content remains accessible on the internet even if any of its journals stopped publishing. It is important to also note that the Open Journal of Biomedical Research’s assignment of DOIs to its articles as well as requiring our authors to create ORCID accounts (see DOIs & ORCID), both help in supporting the integrity and long-term preservation of our articles.