Kuwait Medical Journal and Its Operational Procedure
History & Circulation
called the Journal of the Kuwait Medical Association, the Kuwait
Medical Journal (KMJ) was established in 1967. The name of the journal
was changed to Kuwait Medical Journal (KMJ) and the format and style
were modified with the March 1998 issue. We applied for listing
as a signatory journal to the Vancouver Convention, which was approved
on January 28, 1998. We are also listed in the Index Medicus for
the WHO Eastern Mediterranean Region (IMEMR). Currently, the KMJ
is issued quarterly and regularly in March, June, September and
December. It has a paid circulation of about 7,000, of which 40%
is in the Arab world and 60% international.
The journal accepts scientific articles related to clinical or laboratory
investigations of relevance to medicine. Reviews, articles, case
reports, brief communications, book reviews and letters to the editor
are all accepted for consideration. Basic science studies are published
under the Section on Experimental Medicine.
A three-stage peer-review process has been adopted. All submissions
are first screened by the editorial staff to exclude those of obviously
poor quality, with inappropriate formats, and whose subject matter
is not within the scope of the journal.
English Language and Statistical Consultants then review those which
have passed the first stage.
After this initial screening, each manuscript is 'blinded' and sent
to at least two reviewers - of which there are currently about 150,
the list of which is kept in the Editorial Office. Many of these
reviewers are presidents of Royal Colleges, Regius Professors (UK),
Departmental Chairpersons and Directors of Institutions. Each manuscript
is reviewed for appropriateness, originality, adequate documentation
of conclusions, presentation of data and adequacy of references.
In addition, the reviewers are asked to provide extensive comments
to the editors and to the author(s).
Reviewers are chosen for their proven expertise and their own publishing
and scholarly records. Individual reviewers are delegated to deal
with a given manuscript according to their own field of interest.
Each reviewer is sent on average 2 to 4 articles per year.
The Editorial Board as well as the International and the Regional
Advisory Boards' members are eminent researchers in medical sciences
and clinical practice.
Approximately 200 manuscripts are submitted per year, including
papers on original research, review articles, case reports, descriptions
of practice and letters to the editor. At this time, the rate of
immediate acceptance is less than 5%. Sixty-five percent are accepted
after minor to major revisions, and 30% are rejected.