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Croat Med J. 1999 Dec;40(4):508-14.

Small scientific journals from small countries: breaking from a vicious circle of inadequacy.

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Croatian Medical Journal, Zagreb University School of Medicine, Salata 3, 10000 Zagreb, Croatia.


In this editorial we describe the confounding factors that contribute to the poor international recognition of small journals: author pool, review process, finances, language, and visibility. These factors originate from relative scientific inadequacy of the local environment and close a positive feedback loop (vicious circle) of journal inadequacy. We argue that small journals may provide important information and outline the ways in which they can be assisted.

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