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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : CJA March 2012
31 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 42 Number 1 March 2012 To the Editor RE: Peters R, Ebrall P. Embracing Tomorrow through Information Democracy. Chiropr J Aust 2011; 41:153-4. I just read with interest the editorial by Dr. Peters and Dr. Ebrall published in the December 2011 issue of the Chiropractic Journal of Australia (41:153-154). I was expecting to fnd an acknowledgement of the full indexing of CJA (and its predecessor, the Journal of the Australian Chiropractic Association) by the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL). You wrote: We really have the power to transform chiropractic literature from being an obscure collection of articles tucked away in what one reader recently verbalised to the Assistant Editor as "that blue magazine" to where every article and every author becomes a player on the global stage, indexed and instantly available by the sheer power of the internet. And yet, on your editorial page, you state: CJA is fully indexed by the InfoRMIT, the British Library Complementary Medicine Index, the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), MANTIS and the Index to Chiropractic Literature … I applaud your decision to offer CJA electronically to your members. But in your editorial you imply that indexing is lacking. I just checked our statistics and you may be interested to learn that your journal records have received the third highest number of clicks through database searches and the ICL Web pages, exceeded only by clicks to ICL’s Facebook page and to Google Books. Further, our Site Meter indicates that Australians are quite heavy ICL users. ICL has a global reach and we have discovered a way to make all the database records accessible through Google. We host an Open Access Library, a Facebook page, a Twitter account, a LinkedIn group and an embryonic YouTube channel. Since December 2011 we can even offer our users the capability to translate search results into 50 languages! ICL is a free service and an international effort. It is produced by the Chiropractic Library Collaboration, a sub- group of the Association of Chiropractic Colleges. I am Chair of this Collaboration, and Co-Editor of ICL along with Phyllis Harvey (Palmer College of Chiropractic). The Chair of our Index Committee is Annette Osenga (Life Chiropractic College West). Our indexers are from Canada, the United States, England and New Zealand, and we work very hard to ensure that the peer reviewed journals created by the chiropractic profession are fully indexed (with abstracts, subject headings and links to full text where available), and that indexing is done on a timely basis. I invite you to check out the indexing of your journal at http://www.chiroindex. org. Yours sincerely, Anne Taylor-Vaisey MLS Reference Librarian Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College Co-Editor and Web Editor, Index to Chiropractic Literature In Reply The writer raises several matters that are highly relevant to information literacy and we thank her for this. We also hasten to say it certainly was not our intention to appear to overlook the indexing of the Journal in the Index to Chiropractic Literature (ICL), a process which is greatly valued. The editorial was to some extent driven by two matters of specifc relevance to indexing; the perceived lack of visibility of the Journal outside Australia, and the elitism of some within the research community who have an unhealthy reliance on the indexing system known as PubMed. It is of interest to note that Australian’s generate the third highest number of clicks within ICL, and in turn this raises the question as to why North America is lower, especially in light of the greater number of chiropractors, academics and researchers in that region? This fnding goes to the heart of the question of visibility which may in turn refect a diminished level of information literacy in that community. Notwithstanding this, the Journal is delighted with the number of quality manuscripts now being submitted by writers based in North America and we feel that the recent developments with ICL will enhance visibility leading to higher readership and increased submissions. The point we attempted to make was that by implementing our own changes we hoped to contribute to this shift in consciousness. The second matter is more sensitive and thus more diffcult to address. On more than one recent occasion the Journal has had a manuscript withdrawn so it could be submitted to a journal that was indexed in PubMed. Indeed, we are aware of an academic or two in Australasia who wish to be perceived as ‘researchers’ and who have stated they prefer not to submit to a journal that is not indexed in PubMed. Added to this is the Australian Government’s measurement system of university performance which tried, and failed, to ‘score’ the quality of published research based on a range of measures that largely do not exist in the chiropractic literature, such as ‘journal impact factor’. In turn this induced a sense of paranoia within the research community which was addressed through a range of manufactured outcomes to the extent the Government has signifcantly refned the way it now takes its measures of research performance. It is this colourful milieu that drives a journal to evolve and it is rewarding to us as editors to note the parallel evolution of ICL. Perhaps it is the signifcance of ICL’s invigoration that we need to better understand and embrace. For example, your move to make all records available through Google Books is ground-breaking. Letter to the Editor
CJA June 2012