Professor Jelinek founded the journal now known as Emergency Medicine Australasia (EMA) in 1989, and became Emeritus Editor in 2003. He was awarded the prestigious College Medal from the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in the same year. This was for his role in the development of academic emergency medicine in Australia and New Zealand, in part reflecting his efforts in establishing the journal. What began as a small quarterly bulletin produced in-house grew into a robust peer-reviewed journal indexed in Index Medicus and MEDLINE. In 2009 it was picked up by Thomson Reuter Journal Citation Reports, receiving its first Impact Factor (IF) from the Institute for Scientific Information of that organisation in 2010. The IF reflects the average number of times articles published in science and social science journals are referred to in the wider medical literature each year. Journals publishing more important papers that are more frequently cited get higher IFs, and so the IF is often used as a measure of the relative importance of a journal within its field. EMA scored 0.901, which places it 11th out of 19 international emergency medicine journals, many of them established for much longer periods, and supported by much larger organisations. This IF placed EMA first in southern hemisphere emergency medicine journals. This was an outstanding achievement for the journal, Professor Jelinek and the team of people he has worked with for the last 21 years.
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