Which Polish periodicals in aesthetic medicine and cosmetology meet the criteria of a scientific journal?

Radoslaw Spiewak, Agnieszka Zabiegala

Department of Experimental Dermatology and Cosmetology, Faculty of Pharmacy, Jagiellonian University Medical College, Krakow, Poland

Source: Spiewak R, Zabiegala A. Ktore polskie czasopisma z zakresu medycyny estetycznej i kosmetologii spelniaja kryteria czasopisma naukowego? Estetol Med Kosmetol 2011; 1(1): 7-15. (In Polish)


Among fundamental prerequisites for the development of aesthetic medicine and cosmetology as rightful disciplines within Polish science is the possibility of communicating original research results in scientific journal. Aim: To study which Polish periodicals devoted to the topics of aesthetic medicine or cosmetology fulfil criteria of a scientific journal. Material and methods: Polish periodicals devoted to aesthetic medicine or cosmetology were identified by means of a query submitted to the National Library catalogue that indexes all Polish publications. Periodicals whose titles contained stems "estet" or "kosmet" (Polish spelling), "cosmet", "esthet" or "aesthet" were analysed for the presence of features characteristic of scientific journals, including the possibility of publishing original research articles by independent authors, peer-reviewing of submitted articles, presence of a board of experts with academic grades who warrant the scientific quality, and indexing in secondary sources of scientific information (Medline/PubMed, EMBASE, Scopus, ISI Web of Knowledge, Google Scholar, Polish Medical Bibliography). Results: We have identified 23 active Polish periodicals within the topics of aesthetic medicine or cosmetology. Of these, only four have fulfilled the criteria of a scientific journal: Academy of Aesthetic and Anti-Aging Medicine, Dermatologia Estetyczna (Aesthetic Dermatology), Dermatologia i Kosmetologia Praktyczna (Practical Dermatology and Cosmetology) and Polish Journal of Cosmetology. Conclusions: The existence of Polish-language scientific journals devoted to aesthetic medicine and cosmetology enables the development of these disciplines within Polish science. However, the access to the content of these journals is limited, and there is a lack of an interdisciplinary journal allowing for unrestricted communication between representatives of various professions active in aesthetic medicine and cosmetology. To remove this impediment, we propose a new Open Access journal Estetologia Medyczna i Kosmetologia (Medical Aesthetology and Cosmetology) as a platform for unrestricted and rapid interdisciplinary scientific communication between Polish researchers active in this area.

Key words: aesthetic medicine, cosmetology, scientific journals, bibliography, bibliometrics.

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Document created: 25 October 2011, last updated: 26 October 2011.