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  • Types of articles published
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Overview

ISSN


2225-2002 (PRINT)
2225-2010 (ONLINE)

 

 

Focus and scope


The African Journal of Laboratory Medicine, the official journal of ASLM, focuses on the role of the laboratory and its professionals in the clinical and public healthcare sectors,and is specifically based on an African frame of reference. Emphasis is on all aspects that promote and contribute to the laboratory medicine practices of Africa. This includes, amongst others:

  • laboratories
  • biomedical scientists and clinicians
  • medical community, public health officials and policy makers
  • laboratory systems and policies (translation of laboratory knowledge, practices and technologies in clinical care)
  • interfaces of laboratory with medical science
  • laboratory-based epidemiology
  • laboratory investigations
  • evidence-based effectiveness in real world (actual) settings.

 

Historic data


The African Journal of Laboratory Medicine was launched in association with the African Society of Laboratory Medicine (ASLM) and AOSIS in 2011. ASLM strives towards bridging the communication gap between physicians and laboratory personnel by fostering communication, laboratory capacity, quality standards, education and infrastructure by means of the publication of the African Journal of Laboratory Medicine. The journal encourages scholarly exchange amongst biomedical scientists and clinicians, public health officials, the medical community and policy makers across Africa and casts a deserving spotlight on African medical laboratory researchers. The journal publishes original research, scientific letters on matters of general interest, in-depth and critical reviews, opinion papers and case studies. We welcome your submission to the journal.

 

 

Publication frequency


The journal publishes at least one issue each year. Articles are published online when ready for publication and then printed in an end-of-year compilation. Additional issues may be published for special events (e.g. conferences) and when special themes are addressed.

 

 

Types of articles published


Read full details on the submissions guidelines page.

 

 

Open access


This is an open access journal which means that all content is freely available without charge to the user or his/her institution. Users are allowed to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of the articles, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without asking prior permission from the publisher or the author. This is in accordance with the Budapest Open Access Initiative (BOAI) definition of open access. Learn more about the journal copyright, licensing and publishing rights.

 

 

Review process


The journal has a double-blinded peer review process. Manuscripts are initially examined by editorial staff and are sent by the Editor-in-Chief to two expert independent reviewers, either directly or by a Section Editor. Read our full peer review process.

 

 

Marketing


AOSIS has a number of ways in which we promote publications. Learn more here.

 

 

Membership


AOSIS is a member and/or subscribes to the standards and code of practices of several leading industry organisations. This includes the Directory of Open Access Journals, Ithenticate, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association, CrossRef, Portico and the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Learn more here.

 

 

DHET Accreditation

The journal is DHET accredited because it is listed on the following approved indexing services:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA

Indexing Services

All articles published in the journal are included in:

  • DHET SA List
  • SciELO SA
  • African Index Medicus
  • Norwegian Register for Scientific Journals, Series and Publishers, Level 1
  • Thomson Reuters Web of Science Other Coverage, Emerging Sources Citation Index, ESCI
  • Directory of Open Access Journals
  • EBSCO Host
  • GALE, CENGAGE Learning
  • ProQuest
  • Hinari
  • PubMed Central

We are working closely with relevant indexing services to ensure that articles published in the journal will be available in their databases when appropriate.

Archiving

The full text of the journal articles is deposited in the following archives to guarantee long-term preservation:

  • Portico
  • AOSIS Library
  • SA ePublications, Sabinet
  • South African Government Libraries

AOSIS is also a participant in the LOCKSS (Lots of Copies Keep Stuff Safe) initiative. LOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from AOSIS and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware. The URL to the LOCKSS Publisher Manifest for the journal is, https://ajlmonline.org/index.php/ajlm/gateway/lockss. Please inform us if you are using our manifest as we would like to add your name to the list above.

Journal Impact

A journal's Impact Factor was originally designed in 1963 as a tool for libraries to compare journals, and identify the most popular ones to subscribe to. It was never intended to measure the quality of journals, and definitely not the quality of individual articles.

The Impact Factor is a journal-level measurement reflecting the yearly average number of citations of recent articles published in that journal. It is frequently used as a proxy for the relative importance of a journal within its field; journals with higher Impact Factors are often deemed to be more important than those with lower ones. Therefore, the more often articles in the journal are cited, the higher its Impact Factor.

The Impact Factor is highly discipline-dependent due to the speed with which articles get cited in each field and the related citation practices. The percentage of total citations occurring in the first two years after publication varies highly amongst disciplines. Accordingly, one cannot compare journals across disciplines based on their relative Impact Factors.

We provide several citation-based measurements for each of our journals, if available. We caution our authors, readers and researchers that they should assess the quality of the content of individual articles, and not judge the quality of articles by the reputation of the journal in which they are published.

 

Citation-based measurement  

2016

Journal Impact Factor, based on Web of Science (formerly ISI)

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CiteScore, based on SCOPUS, Elsevier

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Source-Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier

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Scimago Journal Rank (SJR), based on SCOPUS, Elsevier

n/a

H-index, based on Google Scholar

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