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What is CytoJournal?

CytoJournal is an Open Access, peer-reviewed, PubMed Indexed, predominantly online journal that publishes cutting edge research articles and information related to all aspects of diagnostic cytopathology, including complementary topics such as molecular cytopathology.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris – Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, ProQuest, TdNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:
DOAJ, EMBASE/ Excerpta Medica, PubMed Central, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS, Science Citation Index Expanded

Impact Factor® as reported in the 2018 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2019): 1.042

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


While advertisements are crucial to this journal to be able to keep all content free for everyone, ethical considerations are in place to ensure the integrity of the journal and its content:

  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

CytoJournal is supported by an elaborate Editorial Board which includes experts with variety of expertise and interests from diverse regions of the globe.

Cytopathology is a well-established diagnostic sub-specialty of pathology. Instead of using surgically removed tissue to arrive at a diagnosis it attempts to identify diagnostic and prognostic information from dispersed cells obtained by non-invasive or minimally invasive techniques. An example, and its greatest success story thus far, is the role it has played in the battle against cervical cancer. Indeed, the Pap smear introduced by George Papanicolaou has contributed immensely to the early diagnosis and significantly decreased mortality of cervical cancer.

Free flow of scientific information is crucial for the advancement of disease diagnosis and management in the developed and developing world. CytoJournal as an Open Access, online journal, quality controlled through traditional peer review processes and the first of its kind in the field of cytopathology. It should positively influence the advancement of the scientific community around the world.

National Institute of Health (NIH) now has a policy to mandate publication of NIH funded research in open access journals http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/PubMed/ with list of journals http://publicaccess.nih.gov/submit_process_journals.htm in which such funded research is allowed to be published. CytoJournal is the only cytopathology journal in this list.

Additional benefits of an online journal include rapid turnaround time, real time publication, significant cost savings, and a reduction in the environmental burden in the production and disposal of a print publication. At present, none of the existing journals in the field of cytopathology belong to this category.

Till 23rd June 2008, CytoJournal was published by BioMedCentral. All the articles published till then were processed by BioMedCentral

Content overview

Types of articles in CytoJournal include the following:

  • Research article - reports of data from original research.
  • Methodology articles - present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available.
  • Case reports - reports of clinical cases that can be educational by discussing a diagnostic dilemma and reporting relatively rare phenomenon or clinical association.
  • Quiz case- Presenting a clinical case to communicate teaching point(s) by presenting it in a quiz format to generate an inquisitive interest for educational progress.
  • Review - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of CytoJournal; these articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
  • CytoJournal Monograph related review series - comprehensive, authoritative descriptions of any subject within the scope of CytoJournal; these reviews are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the CytoJournal Monograph committee and peer-reviewed under leadership of CytoJournal Monograph Editorial Board.
  • Editorials - short, focussed and opinionated articles on any subject within the scope of CytoJournal; these articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, such as recent research findings, and are often written by opinion leaders invited by the Editorial Board.
  • Book reviews - short summaries of the strengths and weaknesses of a book; they should evaluate its overall usefulness to the intended audience.
  • Letters to the editor - short, focussed and opinionated brief letter on any subject within the scope of CytoJournal; these articles are usually related to a contemporary issue, written by readers.

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Once an article is accepted, it is published in CytoJournal immediately as a provisional PDF file. The paper will subsequently be published in both fully browseable web form (HTML), and as a formatted PDF. Tthe HTML of the article will then be available through CytoJournal and PubMed Central, and will also be included in PubMed.

Articles in CytoJournal should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal.
The following citation:

Cytojournal 2004, 2:1

refers to article 1 from volume 2 of the journal.
As an online journal, CytoJournal does not have issue numbers. Each volume corresponds to a calendar year.
To keep up to date with the latest articles from CytoJournal, why not register to receive alerts? Registration also enables you to customise your subject areas of interest, store your searches, and submit your manuscripts.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to CytoJournal using the online submission system. Full details of how to submit a manuscript are given in the instructions for authors.

General policies of  CytoJournal

CytoJournal is committed to ensuring peer-reviewed biomedical research is Open Access. That means HTML of published CytoJournal articles are freely and universally accessible online, they are archived in at least one internationally recognised free access repository, and its authors retain copyright, allowing anyone to reproduce or disseminate articles, according to the CytoJournal copyright and licence agreement.

PubMed s articles are archived in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature

CytoJournal is able to deliver summaries of frequently updated content via Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds. These are accessible via RSS button on the homepage. Click here for more information about RSS feeds.

If you would like to help raise awareness of CytoJournal, why not download the journal's leaflet and poster? You will need Acrobat Reader to open them.

For further information about general policies please see the instructions for authors.

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Medknow Publications, a publisher of open access peer-reviewed, scientific journals, is committed to the improving the visibility and accessibility of the science from the developing world. Its endeavor in continuously re-inventing the publishing methodology for about a decade has resulted in high quality peer-reviewed scholarly journals. Medknow pioneers in 'fee-less-free' model of open access publishing and provides immediate free access to the electronic editions of the journals without charging the author or author's institution for submission, processing or publication of the articles.

Medknow, with over 65 print + online journals, is probably the largest open access publisher of print journals in the world which does not charge author or author institution for submission, processing or publication of articles. Each journal published by Medknow has its independent website. The websites use the OpenURL standard, making it easy for libraries to link users as directly as possible from citation to the full text of the article. These journals are searchable from DOAJ (www.doaj.org) and are part of HINARI. All the journals provide RSS feeds which is also ATOM enabled. All the issues are also available in XML format. The open access policy has resulted in more than a half a million article downloads in a month for all the journals. Cytopathology Foundation has collaborated with Medknow Publications to publish 'open access' cytopathology literature in CytoJournal as its new platform


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