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Menace of Predatory Journals and Choosing the Right Journals for biomedical Research
28/04/2018 To 28/04/2018

Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur organised one day CME entitled "Menace of predatory Journals and choosing the right journals for biomedical research papers" on 28th April 2018 .
CME aimed at enhancing the knowledge and skill sets of researchers, Clinicians through an extensive exposure on approaches for formulation of research protocol ,appropriate study design ,statistical methods and its critical appraisal.
Dr. Sudhanshu Kacker, Vice Dean, Research, RUHS, welcomed the dignitaries, eminent resource faculties and participants.
Eminent speakers like Dr. V.M. Katoch,Former Director General,ICMR, New Delhi; Dr. N.C Jain, Scientist G & Head, Division of HRD, ICMR Head quarters New Delhi ; Dr Neelam Vaney, Director Professor, Department of Physiology. University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi; Dr. Rajeev Gupta, Chairman, ARDU, RUHS, Jaipur and Dr. Babban.

  1. In the Inaugural session, talk was delivered by Dr. V.M. Katoch, Former Director General , ICMR, New Delhi on "Predatory Journals - A threat to original Research."
    Dr. Katoch emphasized on the threat of predatory journals. He explained the term Predatory journal .He added that publications and improving the benchmark of medical research is must. Dr. Katoch spoke about the young and new journals. New journals which are appropriate in regards to required standards should be encouraged. Choosing good journal and filtering is important. The goals of a researcher should be to publish a paper which is cited by other researchers in their study.
  2. Second talk session was delivered by Dr. N.C. Jain, Scientist G & Head, Div of HRD ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi on the topic. Growing Menace of Predatory Journals'. He began his talk by explaining the research output of Scientists. He apprised the participants of the given major P' s of research which include Process development, product development, patents, publications, projects, profits, program. Dr. Jain talked about ISSN; S & T Journals in major databases, web of science core collection, scopus content coverage guide. He explained' Publish or Perish syndrome', Peer review and Review literature, Breakdown of Research cultures, research misconduct.
    Dr. Jain also discussed various ways to check and avoid predatory journals some of which are DOAJ, OASPA, COPE, WAME, etc and indicators to select right journal.
    At the end, some suggestions were included in his talk like Institution Publication committee, dedicated head for article processing, charges for publication of research papers of high impact factor Journals. The lecture proved to be very informative for the participants.
  3. Next captivating talk was delivered by Dr. Neelam Vaney, Director professor, Department of Physiology, University College of Medical Sciences, Delhi and editor of renowned IJPP Journal, on the topic "What Editors look for in an article".
    In her talk Dr. Neelam explained the importance of publishing an article. She clarified various roles like that of an editor- decision fair play, Confidentiality; a reviewer -contribution to editorial decision, promptness, disclosure & conflicts of interest; author -report standards, data access and retention. Authors should submit their articles to right journal and to one journal only. He/she should not submit salami articles, should check vocabulary, grammar and be self critical.
    Dr. Neelam emphasized that an editor wants a paper which is interesting ,exciting, should deal with advancement in knowledge, true and accurate.
    The editor functions as a FILTER. Dr. Neelam talked about reviewing process, peer review, importance of cover letter, title, and abstract. The reasons behind instant rejection includes in appropriateness for journal, lack of novelty, descriptive rather than a mechanistic work.
    She ended her talk by explaining the term Acceptance: A - attention to details, C- Check your work, C- consider reviewers comment, E- English must be as good as possible, P- Presentation is important, T- Take your time with revision, A- Acknowledge those who have helped you., N- new original & previously unpublished, C- critically evaluate your own manuscript, E- ethical rules must be obeyed.
  4. The fourth session went on by Dr. Rajeev Gupta MD, PhD, Chairman ARDU, RUHS, Jaipur on the topic "Ways to get your published paper noticed".
    He started his talk by giving important tips for getting a paper noticed, some of which are to write a clear paper, to write a lay summary and post it somewhere, to tell press office about it, prepare social media circle.
    To get paper noticed, there should be proper data collection and interpretation, one should find the right journal , should think and write well, sit down with colleagues, social media, conference presentation, researcher groups and newspapers should be involved.
    Collaboration is very important to get published paper noticed. To maximize an article visibility, one should find the right journals, get it published, make it easy to find, conferences, media relations should be maintained, there should be scholarly collaboration networks (ORCID, Scopus author profiles, LinkedIn ) and monitoring of article is important.
  5. Post lunch session was an interactive session between the participants and resource speakers like Dr.N.C Jain, Dr. Neelam Vaney, Dr. Babban.
    The session was made thought provoking by questions posed by the participants . This was followed by narration of answers by the speakers.
  6. Vote of thanks was delivered by the Principal ,RUHSCMS , Dr.Sudhanshu Kacker.
  7. Felicitation ceremony was carried out with certificate distribution to the participants by the guest speakers.

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