The results of the 2011 Pan African Medical Journal Author’s Survey 2011 are now available for download.
PAMJ conducted its first survey targeting authors who have submitted a manuscript to the journal since its inception in 2008. The objective of the survey was to improve PAMJ overall processes (submission, review,
publication, dissemination and monitoring). More specifically, through this survey, we wanted to get baseline information about PAMJ authors’ profile and expectations, to identify strengths and weaknesses of PAMJ processes, to identify areas of PAMJ future development and their potential, and to formulate actionable recommendations for improvement.
The survey included 16 questions and was carried-out using SurveyMonkey from May 10 to June 10 2011. 237 out of the 346 authors invited participated (response rate 68%).
The survey showed that the journal attracts all categories of authors, although most of them have less than 5 years of publishing experience. Overall, authors had a positive experience with PAMJ submission and review processes and found the interaction with the editorial staff very helpful and effective. The strongest motivators for publishing with PAMJ were: no-cost, indexation in PubMed and the quality of publications. In most cases, authors heard from the journal through colleagues and are very willing to publish again with the Journal
It appeared from the survey that PAMJ is gaining status as an attractive venue for medical and public health publications on the continent. Authors are overall enthusiastic about PAMJ online Manuscript Submission System, article review and processing, communication with the editorial office and quality of the publication. The first PAMJ author survey provides baseline information to be monitored on a yearly basis (Next
Survey in May-June 2012).
The editorial team is grateful to all those who accepted to participate in the survey
The survey report is available for download here .
News - Published on 20-Jun-2011