John Wiley & Sons to publish Medical Journal of Australia under new partnership

US publisher John Wiley and Sons has entered into a partnership with the Australasian Medical Publishing Company to publish the Medical Journal of Australia, the official magazine of the Australian Medical Association, the two organisations have announced.

The announcement

AMPCo and Wiley announce new publishing partnership

 John Wiley and Sons Inc.,) today announced its partnership with The Australasian Medical Publishing Company Pty Ltd (AMPCo) to publish the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA). The MJA is produced by AMPCo, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) — the most influential membership organisation representing registered medical practitioners and medical students of Australia.

In the top 20 general medical journals globally, the MJA is the leading general medical journal in the Asia–Pacific region. The MJA covers issues surrounding Australian health care, clinical research and practices and developments within medicine. Wiley will assume online publishing and distribution responsibilities in January 2019. The partnership will provide institutional customers with access to the MJA via the Wiley Online Library platform.

Laureate Professor Nicholas Talley, AC, the Editor-in-Chief of the MJA said, “Australia deserves a great journal that represents and promotes the world-class medical research coming out of Australia. The goal of the MJA is editorial excellence, growing our impact and global presence while maintaining the relevance of the MJA to Australian medical and allied health researchers and clinicians. The MJA will maintain the editorial independence it has enjoyed since its foundation in 1914. Content selection, review and development, and scientific and copy editing will continue to be performed in-house by our dedicated team of medical, structural and scientific editors”.

MJA research articles and content related to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health will continue to be freely available to all readers. An MJA app will also be launched, and back issues will be digitized and available on Wiley Online Libraryfrom 2019.

“Wiley is the leading publishing partner for academic society and association journals,” said Delores D’Costa, Executive General Manager of AMPCo. “Wiley has the technology, global reach and customer relationships and infrastructure to support our strategic goals of growth in our subscriber base, readership and discoverability beyond the Australian market. The MJA team looks forward to this exciting new chapter in the history of Australia’s premier medical journal, sustaining its commitment to improving Australia’s health by delivering evidence needed for effective and efficient health research, practice and policy.”

“As the leading publisher of medical journals from Australia, Wiley is delighted to be partnering with AMPCo to publish the MJA,” said Deborah Wyatt, Vice President of Society Services, Asia–Pacific, Wiley. “We look forward to engaging with the MJA’s editorial team to help amplify the real-world impact of their published research in important areas such as public and Indigenous health.”

“We at Wiley are thrilled to be working with AMPCo,” said Brian Napack, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wiley. “The MJA, under the leadership of Professor Nicholas Talley, is a very prestigious addition to our health science publishing family. We are looking forward to working together to further develop the journal’s global impact.”

AMA members can continue to access the Journal electronically via the MJA.com.auwebsite. The print format of the MJA will continue to be published and distributed as a benefit to AMA members and paid subscribers by AMPCo.

From a John Wiley media release


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