Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Cancer journal removed from MEDLINE - how and why do journals get deselected?
I was lucky enough to attend two CE classes at Midwest Chapter meeting earlier in the month. Both were on data and all presenters spoke about RetractionWatch, a website that aims to "track retractions as a window in the scientific process". Since learning of the site, I've been subscribing to their updates.
Just today a post was published about Oncotarget, an oncology journal with a slightly questionable past. Recently it was "deselected" from MEDLINE. While the facts aren't all out there, Joyce Backus, NLM's Associate Director, suggests that those curious about why can look at the criteria and make our own judgements about why this journal is no longer indexed in MEDLINE. It's an interesting read: http://retractionwatch.com/2017/10/25/widely-used-u-s-government-database-delists-cancer-journal/#more-52309.