Analysis of Open Access Journals in Urology: A Scientometric Sketch

  • Munugala Srinivasulu Research Scholar, Department of Library and Information Science, Sri Krishnadevaraya University, Anantapuramu, Andhra Pradesh, India
  • Chandran Velmurugan Chief Librarian, Meenakshi Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Keywords: Bibliometrics, Scientometrics, DOAJ, OA, Urology, Open Access Journals, Urologic Symptoms, Genito-Urinary Surgery, Library Science


An open access scientific journal is a peer-reviewed publication that is available for free online, allowing users to search, read, copy, share the link, download, and print full-text research papers. Urology is a medical practice that focuses on urinary tract problems in both men and women. An urologist is a physician who specializes in the urinary system. Back in the day, doctors would examine a patient’s urine for evidence of their illness. Urology, often known as genito-urinary surgery, is a surgical and medical specialty that focuses on the male and female urinary tract organs. This paper has analyzed the urology open access journals which are available in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals). The results reveal that DOAJ indexes 12 open access journals published by Elsevier and followed by 8 journals are published by Wolters Kluwer Medknow. The other publishers such as Hindawi Limited 5 journals, Karger Publishers 4 journals. It is found that there are 37 blind peer review journals followed by 32 double blind peer review journals and 11 peer-reviews journals respectively indexed in DOAJ database. It is discovered in the study that maximum journals (74) in Urology are without DOAJ seal and only 8 journals have got the desired DOAJ seal, which represents as a symbol of certification and high publishing standards.

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