Scholarly Publishing Round-up June 2022

Learn more about a PACM report, how to select a journal for publication and journal metrics.

Need a PACM report? The NIH Public Access Compliance Monitor (PACM) provides an institution with the current compliance status of all journal articles that apply under the NIH Public Access Policy.

PACM Reports are available upon request. Reports can be run using the following:

  • PI name
  • Award Number
  • PMID

To request a report, please contact Cathy Sarli or Amy Suiter.

Not sure which journal to select for publication? One indicator of journal quality is whether the journal is indexed by any major citation databases such as MEDLINE, Scopus, Web of Science or EMBASE. Indexing by MEDLINE is considered as a strong indicator of quality as MEDLINE has rigorous indexing standards.  See the List of Journals Currently Indexed by MEDLINE.  Scopus, Web of Science, and EMBASE also have quality benchmarks for indexing and may also be appropriate for your desired audience. For more information on selecting a journal, see: Selecting a Journal for Publication.

Another resource that may be helpful for authors is a report from the InterAcademy Partnership: Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences, 2022. A chart from the report, A Spectrum of Predatory Behaviours for Journals, outlines a list of markers (high risk to low risk) of quality for journals. A YouTube video is also available: Combatting Predatory Academic Journals and Conferences’ Report Launch.




Used with permission from the InterAcademies Partnership. The InterAcademy Partnership. Combatting predatory academic journals and conferences – Summary report. 2022.


Looking for journal metrics? The CiteScore 2021 values based on publication and citation data from Scopus are now available. Check the Scopus Sources list for values and for more information on the CiteScore, see: CiteScore 2021 value are now live!

The Journal Impact Factor 2021 values based on publication and citation data from Web of Science will be released at the end of June and available through Journal Citation Reports.

Journal metrics are one tool that can be used to help you identify highly-cited journals in your field but are only one factor in the decision of where to publish. For more information on selecting a journal, see: Selecting a Journal for Publication.


Schuler KW, Kodukulla MI, Rosenblum CI, Meinhardt N, Sellnow RC, Parker T. Parallel publication of articles and congress presentations for industry-sponsored research: strategies for success. Curr Med Res Opin. 2022 May 27:1-6.

Horby P. Why preprints are good for patients. Nat Med. 2022 Jun;28(6):1109.

Clase CM, Dicks E, Holden R, et al. Can Peer Review Be Kinder? Supportive Peer Review: A Re-Commitment to Kindness and a Call to Action. Can J Kidney Health Dis. 2022 May 1;9:20543581221080327.

Rees L, Flynn J. Supportive peer review: Why and how to constructively review a paper. Pediatr Nephrol. 2022 May 17.