About the Journal
Atena Journal of Urology is an online-only, open access journal. This journal is committed to publishing high-quality research articles that contribute to advancing urology worldwide. The editors-in-chief of the journal are responsible for the application of the editorial policy and management.
This journal has a continuous publishing model. One volume is published every year and the papers are added to the current volume immediately after acceptance.
The journal is indexed/abstracted in: Google Scholar
Mission Statement: We aim to improve the health and quality of life of people with urological conditions, through innovation, education, research guidance and promotion.
Vision: To provide an integrated multi-platform for publication of research and educational material, for discussion of current ideas in urology and for patients‘ engagement and education. We aim to be the number one urology platform for patient centered peer-reviewed publications of written, audio and video materials.
Why another urology journal?
We aim to create an urology journal that has the patient in the centre. We aim to listen to our patients. We want to empower them to define the “questions” they want to be answered or the problem that they want to be sorted out. There is a different question and answer or solution when asking different stakeholders: healthcare providers, doctors, trainees, and patients. We want to answer the problems defined by the patients with validated research methods and solutions designed by experts. The answer to the question might be a systematic review of the literature or it might require to design a randomised controlled trial to offer solution to an existing problem. We would provide value by helping patients define the question or the problem, by facilitating to put together a network of medical experts with patient groups, charities and other funding organisations to design and run the clinical trial, to publish and promote the information in a patient friendly way.
We aim to be super patient focused to define the problems that our patients want sorted out or the questions they want answered.
We live in a digital era with multiple platforms, where patient can be empowered to be active and engaged to make the change. The patients can help at every stage of the process, process that is supervised, facilitated and accomplished by medical and research experts. We aim to be number one urology platform for patient centred peer-reviewed publications of written, audio and video materials so that we can accomplish our mission to improve the health and quality of life of people with urological conditions.
DIGITAL PRESERVATION POLICIES
Atena Journal of Urology, through digital preservation methods, ensures the intellectual content of electronic archival documents for long periods of time, maintaining their integrity, authenticity, inalterability, originality, reliability and accessibility.
Differences between preservation and backups
It is of utmost importance that authors interested in publishing in Atena Journal of Urology know the difference between digital preservation and backup.
Backups are a protection mechanism against unforeseen events such as disk breakage or data loss due to exceptional situations such as blackouts, server disconnection, etc.; it basically protects the information published on the server (digital resources plus catalog information) and the digital resources in the process of being published, in a comprehensive and systematic manner.
For its part, digital preservation is not about backing up server data or daily work material, but about safeguarding the high-quality digital resources that will be needed in the future. The preservation copies usually consist of an integral recording of the material annually or from the year on different media than the work platforms.
In both cases, by means of redundancy algorithms, it is verified that the data is maintained as recorded.
Definition of preservation policies
Atena Journal of Urology establishes digital preservation as the responsibility and commitment of all the personnel involved in its editorial management. Its policy to carry it out is governed by:
- The storage of digital resources with great care.
- The use of preservation strategies such as data rejuvenation, migration, technology preservation and digital archeology; with the pertinent evaluations to verify the effectiveness of the same.
- Encapsulation of the preserved information along with descriptive metadata.
- Self-documentation based on the codification of the preserved information, without reference to external documentation.
- Self-sufficiency insofar as it minimizes dependencies on systems, data or documentation.
Atena Journal of Urology uses LOCKSS and CLOCKSS, it also uses different international repositories such as Google Scholar and Library of Science.