Some years ago, Medwave was facing difficult times. While it had been included in the MEDLINE catalog in 2014 and subsequently in Scopus, submissions were neither numerous nor research oriented. Furthermore, the Journal—then financed by sister companies facing financial difficulties—was under increasing constraints to fund its operations. That is when the editorial leadership decided that it was time to move on to a new financial model based on author processing charges, much like most other open access journals in the Anglo-Saxon world. An editorial of the time explained the reasons behind this significant change .
Last year, 2020, brought us life-changing events worldwide. People, governments, and organizations were challenged to find adequate responses to the coronavirus pandemic. The Journal was no exception to this. We immediately issued a Call for COVID Papers free from publication charges for the most significant research arising in the region regarding the novel coronavirus. 2020 also brought us a much-awaited opportunity to—finally—renew and revamp our systems, publishing platforms, and editorial practices and policies. We submitted a grant proposal to a Ministry of Science funding line designed to strengthen the editorial quality of local scholarly journals. Our proposal included major technological and editorial quality improvement interventions based on cutting-edge technologies and significant automatization of editorial processes. Closing in on Christmas Eve, we were informed that we had won our proposal. The project began in the early days of 2021, and we expect to conclude the main interventions by the third quarter of the year. Implementation will be gradual, and some will be visible relatively soon than later.
In what does the project consist of? Here are the main areas we are currently working on, which will significantly impact the journal quality in all spheres. Some of these enhancements will not be noticeable by our readership (back-office upgrades), while others will be seen and appreciated by readers, authors and peer reviewers.
Having a solid financial foundation makes all this possible. Public funding also contributes to the feasibility of carrying out long-overdue projects. We earnestly hope that our readers and authors will be happy to see that Medwave is constantly improving its systems, processes and standards for the benefit of the healthcare community of the Americas and the rest of the world.
The author has no competing interests to declare regarding the contents of this editorial.
Language of submission
Fondo de Publicación de Revistas Científicas (2021), FP200001.
Citation: Bachelet VC. Entering a new decade: The Journal leaps forward with revamped platforms and renewed editorial processes. Medwave 2021;21(05):e8247 doi: 10.5867/medwave.2021.05.8247
Publication date: 29/6/2021
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