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CLINICAL INVESTIGATION / ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year : 2015  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 12  |  Page : 794-800

Current views and practice of faculty members and consultants regarding 'Publications in India': A cross-sectional study


1 Department of Anaesthesia, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India
2 Department of Preventive and Social Medicine, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India
3 Department of Radiodiagnosis, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka, India

Correspondence Address:
Madhuri S Kurdi
Department of Anaesthesia, Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences, Hubli, Karnataka
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0019-5049.171567

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Background and Aims: There is an increasing enthusiasm and pressure to submit scientific articles to journals for publication due to official policies. This has led to increased stress on authors and editors and in issues like plagiarism. We planned a cross-sectional study with an aim to explore the current publication related views and practice of faculty members and consultants. Methods: We conducted a questionnaire based prospective survey with 22 questions divided into parts. Print and electronic versions were sent to around 18,270 members in total, a majority of whom were anaesthesiologists and 600 members responded to our questionnaire. A database was created and analysed using Microsoft Excel. Results: About 80% felt that online journals were better read than print journals. Eighty eight percent agreed that publications improve academic skills. The Medical Council of India requirements to publish in reputed journals were cited as the main reasons for plagiarism. The publication rule had become a burden for 46% respondents. Review articles were most likely to be read though clinical investigations were considered to be of maximum academic significance. Review/publishing time followed by author requirements and journal indexing were the points our respondents liked to see most when choosing a journal for article submission. Conclusion: Our survey results depict the current author related views and trends in publication practice which may guide in evidence-based policy making.


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