Pediatric journals on the Internet


The objective of this study was to evaluate the structure and contents of the websites of the major journals in general pediatrics. A comprehensive search of the Internet was carried out to identify all pediatric journals in English that are listed in the Scientific Citation Index. Websites of 11 journals in general pediatrics were found, and their Web pages were systematically compared. Two of the appraised websites provided free on‐line access to the full journal text, seven had online abstracts, and all provided the table of contents. The contents and abstracts covered varying periods, mostly just a few years back. Most of the journals offered easy search and other navigational options, but only a few allowed electronic submission of manuscripts.

Conclusion: We conclude that in the era of immense growth and dissemination of information. aimed either at medical professionals or their patients, general pediatrics journals are lagging behind. The pediatrician today remains dependent on hospital libraries and their limited and sometimes cumbersome capabilities. Only a few of the pediatric journal websites can serve as an efficient online source for updating the knowledge. Further developments in the future should allow for improved services.


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