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Scholarly Publishing vs. Predatory Publishing: Health Sciences

This guide is to help authors determine if a journal is scholarly or predatory, an important distinction for rank and tenure applications.

Recommended journals for Physician Assisstant


Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants:

ISSN: 1547-1896

Online ISSN: 0893-7400

Frequency: Monthly

Ranking: Medicine General and Internal 140/154Impact Factor: 0.452

MDLinx – physician assistant

The journal articles listed in this extensive list contains articles that the editors consider germane to the field of physician assistant but I didn’t see any journals with the phrase ‘physician assistants’ in the title. Perhaps consider publishing in a more general medical/health journal?

The journal of physician assistant education

Peer Reviewed: Yes        Open Access: No X

Description:        Dedicated to advancing PA education by publishing scholarly manuscripts germane to PA educators and by providing a forum for the sharing of ideas and innovations that will enhance the education of PA students.


Country:              United States

Language:           English

Publication Frequency:  Quarterly

Content Types: Academic / Scholarly

The scientific Journal of Physician Assistant Education is included in the Scopus database. Based on 2018, SJR is 0.334. Publisher country is US. The main subject areas of published articles are Education, Medical Assisting and Transcription. (SJR is a quantitative measure of the frequency on average with which articles in a journal have been cited in a given period of time.)

Elsevier has a good explanation of various impact factor algorithms and their validity:

Physician Assistant Clinics

Physician Assistant Clinics aims to provide an authoritative and continuously updated clinical information resource that covers all of the relevant PA specialties. This series will give PAs deep insights into the latest advancements in their fields and show how they are applicable in practice. Our clinical review articles address the key points, diagnosis, prognosis, clinical management, and complications of disease and techniques, evidence, and controversies in the field.

Journal Metrics:

CiteScore: 0.02 ℹ

SCImago Journal Rank (SJR): 0.101 ℹ

Directions for authors:

Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants

The JBJS Journal of Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants (JOPA) is an academic resource that delivers ongoing orthopaedic education for physician assistants (PAs) and nurse practitioners (NPs) by providing them with a unique forum to share their knowledge and experiences. JOPA publishes clinically relevant content across all orthopaedic subspecialties to advance the knowledge of orthopaedic PAs and NPs.

I don’t see any impact factor listed on this site.

Predatory Publishing in Health Sciences

When one predatory publisher gets identified and closes shop another one pops up in its place, usually using the same staff, editor, and policies as the one it replaces. This process is so much easier for online journals to do this than the print publishers.  It's rare for these over-night entrepreneurs to give up on such a lucrative stream of revenue. Insight Medical Publishing (iMedPub LTD) is part of the OMICS group.

DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)