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  About the Society

The Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences is a not for profit organization which was established in 1999. Through honouring scientists who significantly contributed to the development of medical services, the Award drives the advancement of these services substantially. In this regard, the Award recognizes excellence through the greatly diversified international, regional and local Awards.

In the same vein, the Award firmly believes in the importance of scientific research, hence the "Medical Research Grant" program was established to be at the forefront of funding local health research in UAE. In 2012 the Award also released "Hamdan Medical Journal", a concise scientific and medical periodical, covering all fields of medical and health sciences in printed and electronic versions and serving as a publishing platform for original research as well as continuous medical education.

In 2003, the Award established the Centre for Arab Genomic Studies, which started a totally unique database for genetic disorders in Arabs (CTGA). The latter grew to become one of the largest ethnic-based database on genetic disorders in the world.
Additionally, the Award developed mechanisms that help advance continuing medical education through organizing and sponsoring several CPD. The website is http://www.hmaward.org.ae/

  About the Journal

Hamdan Medical Journal, a publication of Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences, is a peer-reviewed print + online Quarterly journal. The journal's full text is available online at http://www.hamdanjournal.org/ . The journal allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. 

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Baidu Scholar, CNKI (China National Knowledge Infrastructure), EBSCO Publishing's Electronic Databases, Ex Libris Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, Netherlands ISSN centre, ProQuest, TDNet, Wanfang Data

The journal is indexed with, or included in, the following:

Journal Ethics

Wolters Kluwer and Journal/Association are committed to meeting and upholding standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit www.Medknow.com/EthicalGuidelines.asp

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

This is an open access journal, and articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 License, which allows others to remix, tweak, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Digital Archiving

Wolters Kluwer Medknow provides for long-term digital preservation through two primary partnerships, Portico and CLOCKSS.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publically accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

CLOCKSS will enable any library to maintain their own archive of content from Wolters Kluwer Medknow and other publishers, with minimal technical effort and using cheaply available hardware.

Ahead of Print policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Wolters Kluwer Medknow has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.


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  • "Pop-up" and "banner" ads appear on a random, rotating basis. The advertiser has no control or input over the pages where their ads appear.
  • The Editorial Board has full and final approval over the content of all advertisements.
  • Advertisers will never be shown any manuscripts or other content prior to publication.

  Scope of the journal

Hamdan Medical Journal (HMJ) is an international, peer-reviewed, open access, and general medical journal. It had been established by the Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Award for Medical Sciences in 2012 and is published quarterly in print and online. 

HMJ’s mission is to assist clinicians, nursing staff, medical practitioners,  researchers as well as students in their quest to improve health care internationally, but with special emphasis on the Eastern Mediterranean and Gulf region. This goal is accomplished by:

  • Supporting and improving the creation of medical publications of clinical work as well as of research performed in the region mentioned-above
  • Providing continuous medical education in general medicine by invited state-of-the-art reviews.
  • Assisting young clinicians, researchers as well as medical students with their first experiences in medical publishing.
  • Offering a platform for a permanent exchange of knowledge, opinions, and experiences of health care workers in the region who are either practicing already on a high level of medical care or who still require improvement or support due to their specific political and/or economic conditions.

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