The purpose of this study is to explore the journals accredited by the “Teaching Hospital Evaluation Academic Journal Accreditation Standard” of the Taiwan Joint Commission on Hospital Accreditation; TJCHA. The bibliometrics method was adopted to analyze articles under the scope of accredited medical journals published in Taiwan from 2012 to 2014.
The research participants include 7,343 articles and 198,270 entries of references, which are used to explore the characteristics of journals accredited by the TJCHA and analyze the relevance among the authors, the institutions they serve in, and the evaluation system.
The results of the study reveal that:
(1) The medical journals accredited by the TJCHA and published in Taiwan are under the impact of the evaluation review provisions.
(2) The types of the journal papers have gradually become original article based.
(3) The authors’ profession is mostly physicians, accounting for 76.01%; the non-medical profession category consists of mostly professors or other medical administrators, followed by nurses, medical examiners, and pharmacists.
(4) Co-authors are common occurrences, while cross-institutional co-authors exceed 60%.
(5) Among the top 25 with a high degree of relevance with the evaluation results and the number of articles published by authors using their institution name, 19 are medical centers and six are regional hospitals.
(6) Journals that have been accredited have higher external visibility and yearly increases in publications, while the number of citations is limited by the publication criteria for various types of articles.
Based on the research results, the recommendations proposed include:
(1) It is recommended the TJCHA increase the scope of accredited journals for the non-medical profession category.
(2) Units intending to publish journals may also refer to related information.
(3) For the hospital paper award acceptance system, table columns may be increased.
(4) Publishers may include ORCID in necessary columns designated for publishing author information.
(5) The TJCHA may establish an evaluation of accredited journal bibliographic database.