About This Journal
Aims and Scope
The Marshall Journal of Medicine is a peer-reviewed, online, open-access journal that aims to expand knowledge of rural health care for practitioners, educators, researchers, and policymakers around the globe. The journal publishes articles related to basic and translational research of relevance to clinicians and scientists practicing rural medicine in an effort to inform best practices and improve health outcomes for patients in Appalachia and other rural areas worldwide. Article types include original articles, brief reports, case reports, methodology papers, letters to the editor, and evidence-based reviews. This journal content spans a wide range of rural health-care topics, including preclinical and clinical studies related to primary care and medical subspecialties (e.g., oncology, dermatology, cardiology, neurology, and orthopedics) as well as studies pertaining to health-care delivery, health-care provider education, and public health issues (e.g., addiction, infectious disease, and access to care). The editorial board is particularly interested in expanding the journal’s regional focus to a greater national and international focus
The Marshall Journal of Medicine publishes four quarterly online issues and provides free, or open, access to all content. Authors may self-archive a final accepted version of their article on any Open Archives Initiative-compliant institutional/subject-based repository. On average, the Marshall Journal of Medicine completes the peer-review process and notifies the author of the initial decision within 4-6 weeks of submission. If the article is accepted, authors are able to make minor edits to their article based on reviewers’ comments before publication. If the article is rejected, the editor will communicate the reasons and indicate whether re-submission is advised.
Discovery and Digital Archiving
The Marshall Journal of Medicine (MJM) is indexed in Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) and participates in industry-standard discovery and preservation tools. MJM is preserved in CLOCKSS and Portico, the two leading preservation archives that guarantee persistent access for the very long term. Articles from the journal are placed in the world’s major library catalogs and databases (OCLC Worldcat, ProQuest’s Summon, Ex Libris’s Primo, and EBSCO Discovery). Articles also receive Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) from the CrossRef organization to ensure they can always be found.