Creating a student medical journal
Ivana Vodopivec describes how she created a student medical journal in a small country, starting from scratch
Launching an international student medical journal in a small country such as Croatia seemed a doubtful project, but we were reassured by the example of the Student BMJ, which shows how appealing, influential, and effective a student medical publication can be. We concluded that the formula for success lies in the creativity, originality, and acquaintance with the readership's needs and wishes.
Firstly, we wanted to give a national and regional perspective on medical student concerns. Already existing medical students' magazines in Croatia cover students' topics at a level of individual medical schools. On the other hand, the student BMJ has developed a worldwide audience. We saw our place as somewhere in between. Similarly to our parent journal, the Croatian Medical Journal, which acts as the bridge between the small scientific communities and mainstream science,1 we aimed to provide an international forum for students from small scientific communities.
Secondly, we were