FW: Publish or Perish

Eugene Garfield eugene.garfield at THOMSONREUTERS.COM
Thu Jul 11 12:03:18 EDT 2013

 Dear colleagues: I am sending you a copy of a recent email I received from Ron LaPorte of the University of Pittsburg. Please contact him directly with any questions. I cannot verify or dispute any of the statements he has made. Best wishes. Eugene Garfield

-----Original Message-----
From: Ronald E. LaPorte, PhD [mailto:super1 at pitt.edu] 
Sent: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 9:45 PM
To: super1 at pitt.edu
Subject: Publish or Perish

Supercourse newsletter
July 10, 2013

Mentoring and the Central Asian Journal of Global Health cajgh.pitt.edu

We, in the Supercourse decided that it is time to improve opportunities
for publishing for scientists in both developed and developing countries.
We established the first "mentored" research journal, where we help
authors to improve the quality of their publication while the authors
submit their work for publishing. With this journal we help authors to
make their articles of publishable quality. Our new journal is called the
Central Asian Journal of Global Health (CAJGH) and can be accessed at
cajgh.pitt.edu It is an open access journal, but authors are not charged
for publishing. This journal is a joint undertaking between scientists
from Nazarbayev University and the University of Pittsburgh. It has been
originally supported by USAID and currently supported by Nazarbayev
University with the University of Pittsburgh (under the direction of Rush
Miller, Director of Library System) providing open access publishing
platform. It does not cost authors to publishing in the CAJGH. Our goal is
develop a leading peer reviewed journal in Central Asian region, Eurasian
region, and around the world.

"Publish or perish" is a phrase coined to describe the pressure in
academia to rapidly and continuously publish academic work to sustain or
further one's career. The number, quality, and impact factor of your
publications are common criteria used for academic promotions, raises,
awards, etc. We need to publish to communicate our research findings and
raise awareness about our work, but some of us are having difficulty
publishing. Publishing is a great source of academic inequities. In the
year 2011, USA scientists published over 127000 articles in the area of
medicine, while scientists in Tonga published only 3. Scientists in many
developing countries are doing high quality research but experience
problems with publishing due to many barriers, including English language
skills, not knowing where to submit their research work, research methods
barriers, no statistical support, etc. How can we cost effectively improve
access to journal publishing for scientists around the world?

We have built a journal with a new approach to publishing where we help
authors to make sure that their articles reaches publishable quality.  The
Central Asian Journal of Global Health (www.cajgh.org) is a biannual
journal aimed at those in the fields of public health and medicine.
Specifically, it focuses on the geographic region where publication is
limited, and not much scientific attention is paid, Central Asian
countries. This region has wonderful opportunities for publishing, as it
has many knowledgeable scientists, scientific resources, a new attitude
towards expanding scientific capacity, but overall few publications. In
addition to research in Central Asia, there is a global health arm which
encourages submissions from other countries. Central Asian Journal of
Global Health is a fully peer-reviewed online open access journal, English
language journal edited by the key developers of the Global Health Network
Supercourse project (www.pitt.edu/~super1).  This is the first journal of
its kind in Central Asia. (To read more about Central Asia, please visit
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Central_Asia). It provides forum for
discussion for all aspects of public health, medicine, and global health
in Central Asia and around the world. Central Asian Journal of Global
Health is dedicated to publishing material of the highest scholarly
interest, and to this end we have assembled a distinguished Editorial
Advisory board. We welcome contributions from established researchers,
especially those working on cutting edge questions, but we are also keen
to act as a supportive environment for new investigators and with those
who never published in English language journals. While this journal is
open access, authors do not have to pay to publish. The journal was
originally supported by USAID and currently supported by Nazarbayev
University and the University of Pittsburgh (for open access publishing

Ancient Silk Road, or trade road connecting Europe and Asia, went through
most of today's Central Asian countries. Trade on the Silk Road was a
significant factor in the development of the civilizations of China, the
Indian subcontinent, Persia, Europe and Arabia. We believe that Central
Asian science will be developed as a key contributor to expanding
biomedical knowledge around the world.  By contributing to CAJGH,
scientists from around the world can help us reach that goal.

It will take about a year for our journal to obtain traditional impact
factor.  However we can use another metric called Google Page ranks
(http://www.pitt.edu/~super1/lecture/lec26131/001.htm) which is a ranking
of the impact of web pages in the space of the Internet.  We were very
surprised and pleased that when we searched on central Asian Journals
there were 30 million sites found and CAJGH was number 1.  Even more
impressive is that when on searches on global health journals, there are
300,000,000 sites found, and CAJGH was number 8. We thus are having a
large impact in the area of global health and we are exceeding

Over the past two years, we developed a network of over 1300 individuals
interested in journal development. If you are interested in CAJGH
development and publication opportunities, please let us know. We plan to
become one of the leading and most cited health journals in 5 years.

We are currently collecting articles for Issue #3 of CAJGH. We are looking
forward to your contributions!!! We are accepting traditional research
papers, review papers, viewpoints, editorials, etc.  Please visit us at

Please read one of our inaugural editorials at

We would like to thank our Kazakhstan collaborators, including Drs. Shigeo
Zhaksybai Zhumadilov, Sholpan Askarova, and Shalkar Adambekov.

There are three difficulties in authorship: to write anything worth
publishing, to find honest men to publish it, and to find sensible men to
read it.
Charles Caleb Colton

"Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and
not merely the absence of disease or infirmity" (WHO)
Best Regards,
Faina, Ron, Zhaksybai, Shalkar, Sholpan, Aiym, Kyle, Sean, Rob, Eugene,
Francois, Nicholas, Ohanyido, Gil, Mita, Ismail, Eric, Kawkab, Vint, Ali,

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