Medknow Publications

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Medknow Publications
Parent companyWolters Kluwer
Country of originIndia
Headquarters locationMumbai
Publication typesAcademic journals

Medknow Publications also known as Wolters Kluwer Medknow or simply Medknow, is a publisher of academic journals on behalf of learned societies and associations. Previously an independent Indian publisher, Medknow is now part of within Wolters Kluwer's Health Division, and is part of Wolters Kluwer India.

Medknow is not a member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Some, but not all of its journals are listed in the Directory of Open Access Journals. The publisher briefly appeared on Beall's list in 2011, but was taken down, being described as "[a] publisher for many well-respected Indian professional societies and is disseminating abundant, high-quality research."[1]


Medknow Publications was founded in 1997 in Mumbai, India by Devkumar Sahu. Sahu opted for the open access model of publishing services. In 2006, Medknow had 33 scientific technical and medical journals in its portfolio, at the time, one of the largest open access publishers of medical content in the world.[2]

Medknow's first online venture, the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine from India, grew from a 2001 print circulation of 300-400, to an estimated 4,000 visitors per day.[citation needed] Medknow hosted its first editorial conference at KEM Hospital, Mumbai-India in September 2004.[citation needed] In 2005, Medknow signed its first international journal entitled, Annals of Thoracic Medicine.[citation needed] By 2010, Medknow celebrated its 100th journal added to its portfolio.[citation needed]

Medknow was acquired by Wolters Kluwer in December 2011, extending its publishing partnerships in China, the Middle East, and other regions. As of August 2016, Medknow publishers over 370 medical society journals in over 40 specialties.[3]

In 2013, John Bohannon submitted a fake paper to the Journal of Natural Pharmaceuticals, published by Medknow, as part of the Who's Afraid of Peer Review? sting investigating open-access publishing. The journal accepted the fake paper,[4] and was subsequently closed by Wolters Kluwer, citing 'deep concerns'.[5]

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  1. ^ Beall, Jeffrey. "Beall's List of Predatory, Open-Access Publishers, 2012 Edition" (PDF). University of Denver. Retrieved 2 February 2019.
  2. ^ Noronha, Frederick (24 October 2006). "Good News from India: Open Access Journals Work!". The Communication Initiative Network. The Media Development Network. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Wolters Kluwer Health acquires Medknow". 7 December 2011. Retrieved 9 August 2016 – via Reuters.
  4. ^ Bohannon, John (4 October 2013). "Who's Afraid of Peer Review?". Science. 342 (6154): 60–65. doi:10.1126/science.342.6154.60. PMID 24092725.
  5. ^ Basken, Pauk (4 October 2013). "Critics Say Sting on Open-Access Journals Misses Larger Point". The Chronicles of Higher Education. Retrieved 2019-02-02.

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