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Transitioning the Journal of the LSMS in 2019

Wednesday, December 5, 2018   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Christopher LeBouef
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For 174 years, the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society has been providing valuable scientific articles and information to physicians. Established in 1844, the Journal is one of the oldest periodicals of its kind in the country, featuring scientific information on clinical trials and treatments. Originally founded as the New Orleans Medical and Surgical Journal, the publication was "devoted to the cultivation of medicine and the associated sciences." In 1953, the name was changed to the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society. No matter what the name, the Journal is not only true to its original cause, but it has adapted to meet the needs of today’s physician.

Continuing a proud tradition, the purposes of the Journal have been to serve as a repository of articles of interest to physicians and to serve as a means of communication among the members of the Louisiana State Medical Society. In keeping with the mission of the Journal to meet the needs of today’s physician, in 2019 and beyond, the Journal will transition to a membership publication for member news and information to keep LSMS members informed with the ongoing issues facing the practice of medicine in Louisiana and away from publishing scientific peer-reviewed medical manuscripts indexed in PubMed.

Through its 174-year history, the Journal has published some truly remarkable works in the field of medicine. Keeping with trends of other state medical societies, the Journal is no longer indexed in PubMed and will only occasionally publish medical manuscripts from section editors without a PubMed ID number. The Journal transitioned to an electronic-only format in 2013 to strive to retain its status as one of the oldest medical journals in the country. Since then, there has been a shift in trends with respect to medical society publishing and indexing in the PubMed database. As of today, only four other medical societies are indexed in PubMed, including the New England Journal of Medicine.

Thank you for helping make the Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society one of the longest running medical journals in the country. We look forward to providing the LSMS membership with a printed publication again in 2019.

Any manuscripts that have not been accepted for publication into the November / December 2018 issue of the Journal are released to submit to another Journal.

Thank you for your interest in the Journal.