ASCP Journal Lab Medicine Receives Prestigious Distinction

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MEDLINE Index Pivotal Step Toward Becoming a World-Class Research Journal for Lab Professionals

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The American Society for Clinical Pathology’s Lab Medicine has been accepted for MEDLINE indexing from the National Library of Medicine. This prestigious distinction provides an important step in the publication’s quest to become a world-class research journal for laboratory professionals.

The MEDLINE index of published papers is maintained by the National Library of Medicine, and is the primary database searched by PubMed. Starting with the Winter (February) 2014 issue, articles published in the print edition of the journal, as well as select online articles, will be accessible through PubMed and will receive a PubMed identification number (PMID).

“This distinction represents the culmination of over two years of effort and is the most prominent milestone in the Journal’s 44-year history,” said Roger Bertholf, PhD, editor in chief.

Approximately 13,000 to 14,000 biomedical titles are currently published throughout the world; only about 5,300 of the titles are indexed in the MEDLINE database. ASCP had applied for MEDLINE indexing of Lab Medicine several times in the past.

In response to feedback from previous applications for indexing, Lab Medicine has been overhauled over the past two years and changed from a monthly periodical to quarterly issues. It also received a fresh, new design format that focused on original research and review articles. Dr. Bertholf, appointed editor in chief in 2012, reorganized the Editorial Board to include associate and assistant editors within designated specialties, including clinical chemistry, hematology, and molecular pathology, who would have a more significant role in the review of manuscripts. The first issue of the redesigned Lab Medicine was Vol. 43, No. 5 (Summer 2012).

A few months later, the new Lab Medicine website was launched to complement the printed journal. Individuals seeking continuing education (CE) and practical advice can find all that they need on Lab Medicine online.

With the indexing distinction, the journal hopes to further elevate its stature to become the premier publication for clinical laboratory sciences and recruit high-stature authors producing leading research that advances the profession.

“Most high-profile authors want to see their articles in PubMed and, with this achievement, we will now be able to recruit the very best papers from the very best authors,” Dr. Bertholf said.

Lab Medicine is part of ASCP award-winning journals, news magazines, e-newsletters, and books that further the progress of science by reporting new research and best practices to improve diagnosis, patient care, and outcomes.

About the American Society for Clinical Pathology:

Founded in 1922 in Chicago, ASCP is a medical professional society with more than 100,000 member board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologists, pathology residents and fellows, laboratory professionals, and students. ASCP provides excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of patients, pathologists, and laboratory professionals. For more information, visit

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