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How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? (14) Medical Council of India (2)

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Subject: [hifa] How can health research from LMICs be made more accessible? (14) Medical Council of India (2)

The editors of several Indian journals have taken up this matter. It was discussed by a team of them, when we had the conference of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) in October last year. Some of them got together and wrote this article

And interestingly, every journal editor agreed to carry the article. So if we search PubMed by the title "The Revised Guidelines of the Medical Council of India for Academic Promotions" - we will find the same article in 12 Indian journals today, and more may still carry it.

The said article definitely talks about the "online only" journals (suggesting that they need to worry about predatory journals), but also addresses a whole lot of issues in the MCI circular. (Example authorship and more)

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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
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Vasumathi Sriganesh
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HIFA profile: Vasumathi Sriganesh was a medical librarian in the 1990s. In the year 2007 she set up a Not-for-profit Trust, which she has named QMed Knowledge Foundation. Along with her colleagues in QMed she regularly conducts workshops in literature searching and reference management, as these skills have never been prioritized in medical education in India. She is also a regular faculty on these topics, in Research Methodology workshops all over the country. She hopes that the Foundation's activity will help the current generation of students value the need for an effective search as a component of the practice of Evidence Based Medicine. In early 2014, she has started delivering lectures to consumer groups on 'How to search online for reliable health information'. She also works with INFORMER (a student body) and the South Asian Cochrane Centre, whenever there are opportunities to help. Vasumathi is a member of  the HIFA Challenge Group, which promotes communication, understanding and advocacy among HIFA participants and beyond, to move progressively towards our shared vision: “Every prescriber and user of medicines will have access to reliable information on medicines to protect their own health and the health of others”.     vasu AT 

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