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Table 6 Editorial and publishing standards in Eastern Mediterranean journals (n = 244)*

From: Bridging knowledge translation gap in health in developing countries: visibility, impact and publishing standards in journals from the Eastern Mediterranean

Standard (No. evaluation items in category)† No. (%) journals with at least one missing item from the evaluation category No. (%) journals with at least one unclear item from the evaluation category
Bibliographical information on the cover page (4 items) 66 (27.0) 0
Information about editorial structure (8 items) 238 (97.5) 2 (0.8)
Information about the publication within the journal (9 items) 244 (100.0) 1 (0.4)
Information in the ‘Information for Authors’ section (9 items) 198 (81.1) 48 (19.7)
Composition of the first page of published articles (11 items) 243 (99.6) 7 (2.9)
Structure of published original research (8 items) 4 (1.6) 5 (2.0)
References and notes (4 items) 2 (0.8) 0
Abbreviations (1 items) 0 0
Advertisements (1 items) 0 0
  1. *Country of journal publication: Bahrain (n = 2), Egypt (n = 55), Islamic Republic of Iran (n = 86), Iraq (n = 4), Jordan (n = 5), Kuwait (n = 4), Lebanon (n = 6), Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (n = 3), Morocco (n = 3), Oman (n = 2), Pakistan (n = 41), Palestine (n = 2), Qatar (n = 2), Saudi Arabia (n = 10), Sudan (n = 3), Syrian Arab Republic (n = 3), Tunisia (n = 4), United Arab Emirates (n = 4), Yemen (n = 2), and Germany (n = 1), Italy (n = 1) and UK (n = 1).
  2. †Detailed presentation of data for individual evaluation items is available in ( Additional file 4: Table S3).