Nepalese Medical Journals

History of scientific medical journal publication in Nepal

In 2013, Journal of Nepal Medical Association (JNMA) celebrated golden jubilee. Founder Chief Editor of JNMA, Dr. Mrigendra Raj Pandey wrote, “My article was published in Indian Heart Journal way back in 1957 and became the first, which inspired me further and ultimately gave birth to JNMA in 1963”.1 JNMA is the first and oldest medical journal in Nepal published since 1963. In subsequent years, Journal of Institute of Medicine (JIOM) and Journal of Nepal Paediatrics Society (JNEPAS) began publishing.  In September 1998, NDA began publishing Journal of Nepal Dental Association (JNDA) during its first dental conference.

Pubmed Indexed Medical Journals of Nepal

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Over the years, many other popular indexation services have developed. These include MedLine, PubMed, EMBASE, SCOPUS, EBSCO Publishing’s Electronic Databases, SCIRUS among others. “PubMed” is just the website, and indexing is actually from the “Medline.”  2

As per February 19, 2018: 3

  1. JIOM (Journal of the Institute of Medicine) – JrID 28148
  2. JNMA (Journal of Nepal Medical Association) – JrID 29896
  3. NMCJ (Journal of Nepal Medical College) – JrID 31715
  4. KUMJ (Kathmandu University Medical Journal) – JrID 32360
  5. JNHRC (Journal of Nepal Health Research Council) – JrID 37846
  6. Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology – JrID 38557
  7. Nepal Journal of Epidemiology – JrID 42241
  8. AJMS (Asian Journal of Medical Sciences) – JrID 43280

The list is subject to change with time.

NEPJOL Indexed Journals


NepJOL (Nepal Journals Online) is a database of journals published in Nepal, covering the multidisciplinary subjects including biomedical sciences. NepJOL provides information on each participating journal, including aims and scope, contact details and general information. It also provides Tables of contents and abstracts (where available) for all articles published within these journals. 4

Asian Journal of Medical Sciences
Birat Journal of Health Sciences
Health Prospect: Journal of Public Health 
Health Renaissance (Biomedical Journal of BPKIHS)
Janaki Medical College Journal of Medical Science
Journal of Advances in Internal Medicine
Journal of Chitwan Medical College
Journal of College of Medical Sciences – Nepal
Journal of Gandaki Medical College
Journal of General Practice and Emergency Medicine
Journal of Institute of Medicine
Journal of Kathmandu Medical College
Journal of Lumbini Medical College
Journal of Manmohan Institute of Health Sciences
Journal of Nepal Health Research Council
Journal of Nepal Medical Association
Journal of Nepal Paediatric Society
Journal of Nepalgunj Medical College
Journal of Nobel Medical College
Journal of Patan Academy of Health Sciences
Journal of Pathology of Nepal
Journal of Psychiatrist’s Association of Nepal
Journal of Society of Surgeons of Nepal
Journal of Universal College of Medical Sciences
Kathmandu University Medical Journal
Medical Journal of Shree Birendra Hospital
Med Phoenix – Official Journal of National Medical College, Birgunj
Nepal Journal of Dermatology, Venerology & Leprosy
Nepal Journal of Epidemiology
Nepal Journal of Medical Sciences
Nepal Journal of Neuroscience
Nepal Journal of Obstetrics and Gyaecology

Nepal Orthopaedic Association Journal
Nepalese Heart Journal
Nepalese Journal of ENT, Head and Neck Surgery
Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology
Nepalese Journal of Radiology
Orthodontic Journal of Nepal
SAARC Journal of Tuberculosis, Lung Diseases and HIV/AIDS

SCImago Journal Ranks (SJR), 2016

scimago journal rank

Journal ranking is widely used in academic circles in the evaluation of an academic journal’s impact and quality. SCImago Journal Rank is developed by SCImago from the widely known algorithm Google PageRank. This indicator shows the visibility of the journals contained in the Scopus database from 1996. It takes into account for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from. 5

  1. Nepalese Journal of Ophthalmology (SJR 0.208)
  2. Nepal Medical College Journal (SJR 0.199)
  3. Journal of Nepal Health Research Council (SJR 0.190)
  4. Kathmandu University Medical Journal (SJR 0.184)
  5. Journal of Nepal Medical Association (SJR 0.158)
  6. Journal of Nepal Pediatric Society (SJR 0.140)

To acquire comprehensive idea about the status of scientific medical publications in Nepal, read the review here.

2 thoughts on “Nepalese Medical Journals

  1. Dr. Sulabh Kumar Shrestha


    NMJ (Nepal Medical Journal), an official medical journal of Nepal Police Hospital is currently in pipe-line.

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