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Now, Medical Publications, Journals under Medical Council of India scanner

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Now, Medical Publications, Journals under Medical Council of India scanner

New Delhi: Publication in Journals is an important aspect of the development of a medical practitioner’s career. Such publications including of original research, not only highlights  the academic bent of a doctor but in recent times have become a mandatory rule if a doctor wishes to move ahead in his/her academic career

The Medical Council of India (MCI), through its Minimum Qualifications for Teachers in Medical
Institutions Regulations has linked the publication of research as an essential requirement for appointments and promotions of teachers in medical institutions in India. While the basic rationale behind the essentiality of medical research publications has been that quality of teaching improves when medical teachers are involved in research, the purpose stood somewhat defeated when the said requirement led to the flourishment of the business of journals where publications could be received by paying a cost.

The council, aware of the growing menace, has addressed the issue in its recent meeting of the Postgraduate Medical Education Committee held in January 2018. The committee members observed

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There has been a mushroom growth of journals, purely as business venture. They publish substandard articles and there are complaints that such publications are done for monetary considerations. MCI has become an indirect promoter of their business interests by making publications compulsory for promotion. It was noticed that 3-4 articles by same author have been published in same issue of the journal and at times, the author is not able to tell even the title of the article published under his name.

The very purpose for which certain number of publications were made compulsory for promotions thus stand defeated.

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To nip the problem in the bud, the committee has decided that the council will now draw out the list of journals, which will be accepted as research articles for the purpose of benefit in promotions.  After detailed deliberations, the Postgraduate Committee resolved that –

1. A Committee of three experts be constituted by the President in each subject which will draw a list of standard journals by name (not by indexing or impact factor) and articles published only in those journals will be accepted as research articles for the purpose of benefit in promotions.

2. A Standing Committee of MCI be constituted by the President which will hear representations from those journals which may feel left out in the first list and the Committee will have the power to include or exclude any journal from the list at any time.

The matter may be placed before the General Body, the minutes of the meeting added.

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    Dr Deepali garg March 1, 2018, 7:36 am

    If someone is so interested in research work then it should be realised first that no one is superhuman and can do a lot of good quality work in short period say few those who have a long list of publication must be seen with question mark , wether they actually did a upto the mark quality work or not, second thing is that how it is humanly possible to do good research work and clinical work , which they supposed to do , simultaneously.these fake publication housees are just because of this blind race of adding n number of publication to doctor cv.rather than doing futile exercise to do sctrutiny of publisher ,one should effort to scruitiny of articles which are submitting by candidate, wether they are good or make essential publication will give rise to take work only, nothing else.publications should not be mandatory

  2. The observations by the MCI in respect of quality of medical journals are true. Suggested mechanism is a good beginning. Something is better than nothing. The committee may deliberate more on the issue and suggest best strategy. I am privy to few publications which were done by a faculty for the sake of promotion on the subjects not of his/her domain.

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    Dr Mangal M Jain February 28, 2018, 3:47 pm

    This is ridiculous to draw a list of journals considered to be standard by the select committee for publications of articles/research work. There are possibilities of \’n\’ number of biases from publishers, editors, reviewers of such journals based on authors, research topic, place of research, lag period etc. Instead, MCI can constitute its own review committee that shall review all those articles published by prospective candidate for appointment, promotion ECT irrespective of journals in which these articles are published.

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    Dr Dyutimoy Datta February 28, 2018, 7:33 am

    Promotions must be delinked from Publications. Points for every single activity of a Faculty must be sole criteria, after completion of specific duration in a Post, for promotions. Such activities include number of lectures, practicals, Dissection, Examinations and handling administration, not only for MBBS Course but also the different courses in the menu of modern day Indian Medical Colleges which is forced on a Faculty for retaining job. MCI must address such Ground Level issues instead of trying to become an indexing body for journals. Not all Monkeys are good at juggling and circus.

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    Dr.Basavaraj Modi March 2, 2018, 10:36 am

    Yes, it high time that promotions are delinked from research paper publication.
    We all know that many of medical institutions in India still lack research facilities. The publications that we see nowdays are sham, cooked up. It has not helped the faculties to enhance the academic standards. On the contrary it has helped mushroom growth of publication houses and substandard journals.

    Let MCI strictly enforce the availability of research work facilities in all medical institutions.

    Instead of publications, it strictly adhere to make participating in academic activities such as conferences, seminars, symptoms etc compulsory till every medical institution improves it\’s research facilities say in 5years.

    I know now faculties are paying money to get research papers published. Publishers are benefitted but not the faculty, not the institution!

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    Dr Dyutimoy Datta February 28, 2018, 7:22 am

    The funny part is that now it will all be a straight dealing between bribe giver and bribe receiver. Hence indexing and impact factor does not matter for a journal.
    Way to go, Indian Medical Education Business Industry has never been more robust. To hell with Standards of Indian Medical Education.
    The three \’MONKEYS\’ will report to \’GANDHIJI\’ to take Indian Medical Education Standards to newer levels ???.

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