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Assessing the quality of pharmacy journals accessible to community pharmacists

Schwertmann, C, Curtain, C ORCID: 0000-0001-5029-7541 and Peterson, G ORCID: 0000-0002-6764-3882 2021 , 'Assessing the quality of pharmacy journals accessible to community pharmacists' , Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, vol. 46, no. 5 , pp. 1343-1348 , doi: 10.1111/jcpt.13444.

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What is known and objective: Low-quality journals are problematic for the scientificcommunity. They may not provide thorough editorial and peer review services, andmay spread low-quality information. Community pharmacists are limited in researchtime and resources, and are particularly at risk to access low-quality information published in some journals. This may negatively impact their professional decision-makingand patient care. This study aimed to assess pharmaceutical journals readily accessibleto community pharmacists and classify those journals using multiple quality criteria.Methods: A Google search was performed using defined English and German keywords. The following quality indicators were utilized: (i) whether the journal was listedon a blacklist or whitelist, (ii) whether the journal or its publisher was a member of apublishing organization, (iii) evaluation of details on the journal's website, (iv) indexation of the journal, and (v) use of journal metrics.Results and discussion: Three hundred and eight journals were analysed; 105 (34%)were classified as “high-quality” and 203 (66%) were classified as “other”. Fortysix journals (15%) were listed on a blacklist and 152 journals (49%) were listed ona whitelist. Most journals were headquartered in India (39%), followed by the USA(24%) and Europe (20%). Journals classified as “high-quality” charged higher open access article processing charges (APCs) (median APC: USD $960; interquartile range(IQR): USD $27 to USD $3,000) than journals classified as “other” (USD $100, IQR:USD $13 to USD $547), p = 0.003. Similarly, journals indexed in established databases (MEDICUS, MEDLINE, PUBMED, Embase, Science Citation Index Expanded,or SCOPUS) charged higher APCs (median APC: USD $600, IQR: USD $4 to USD$2,500) than journals indexed in non-standard databases (median APC: USD $100,IQR: USD $41 to USD $581), p = 0.001.What is new and conclusion: The results indicate that community pharmacists areat risk of accessing journals of questionable quality. Patient care may be negativelyimpacted by community pharmacists basing their professional decisions on evidencegained from some sources of lower quality. Community pharmacists and other pharmacists and researchers can use the tools and quality indicators provided in this studyto preliminarily determine the quality and reliability of a journal to assist their professional decision-making and patient care.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Schwertmann, C and Curtain, C and Peterson, G
Keywords: evidence- based practice, pharmaceutical care, pharmacist consultation, pharmacists, pharmacy, pharmacy practice
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
ISSN: 0269-4727
DOI / ID Number: 10.1111/jcpt.13444
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