Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Libyan Journal of Medicine (ljm) is a peer-reviewed, Open Access, international medical journal aiming to promote heath and health education by publishing high-quality medical research and data in the different disciplines of medicine.

ljm was founded in 2006 by a group of enthusiastic Libyan medical scientists who looked at the contribution of Libyan publications to the international medical literature and saw that a publication outlet was missing. To fill this gap they launched ljm as a tool for transferring current medical knowledge to and from colleagues in developing countries, particularly Libya and other African countries, as well as internationally.

As of 2010 ljm is published by Co-Action Publishing. The journal is still led by a group of Libyan physicians inside and outside Libya but also enjoys support as well as recognition from the international medical community.

ljm publishes Invited Editorials, Original articles, Review articles, Case Reports, Letters to the Editor, and also features Brief communications and ABC-articles which are written for medical students and a general audience on a disease, procedure or treatment.

We constantly work to improve the journal’s ranking and impact factor.

The 2015 figures are as follows: ISI Journal Citation Reports® Ranking: Medicine, General& Internal: 69/151

Impact Factor: 1.429

SJR: 0.23, ranking: category Medicine (miscellaneous)


Section Policies


Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed


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Review Articles

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Original Articles

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Case Reports

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Special Articles

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Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Libyan Journal of Medicine are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief. When articles are not felt to be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified within approximately two weeks. Articles that are felt to be appropriate for full review are assigned to at least two peer reviewers. Where the Editor-in-Chief has not made the final decision, the Senior Editor who has been responsible for the review process is named on the published article.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Libyan Journal of Medicine adheres to a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

In addition, papers may be rejected directly by the Editors if judged to be out of scope or if scientifically or formally sub-standard.

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data, or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or formalities is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.


Publication Frequency

All articles are posted online immediately they are ready for publication. All articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay.


Open Access Policy

ljm is published under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial 4.0 Unported License. Authors retain the full copyright to their work. For more information see the copyright section.

Articles are published immediately upon the final corrections of the master proof having been made. All articles are assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier). 

ljm is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.libyanjournalofmedicine.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:





This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with PubMed Central, CLOCKSS and Portico.


Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).