Selection of good medical journals for publication an innovative approach
The Medical Council of India, the apex body for regulating medical education in India came out with the criteria of research publications for the promotions to the posts Associate Professor and above (2 publications for Associate Professor and 4 for Professor on a cumulative basis) for the first time in 2009 with the intention of promoting and encouraging research among faculties of Medical Colleges. However, the requirement of publications was only desirable and not mandatory for a transitory period of 5 years from 24th July 2009 and mandatory after that date. In 2010, it further refined the criteria of requirement of publications as “2 Research papers in indexed/national journal as first/second author for Associate Professor and 4 for Professor on a cumulative basis” This was followed by a mad rush among academia to publish leading to a pandemic of publications. However, the MCI had not given the details as to which indexing sites the journal should be indexed with. 1,2 This gave rise to the genesis as well as mushrooming of predatory journals from 2010 onwards which started exploiting the situation to make money and began publishing anything and everything the researchers sent without proper review leading to a “garbage in garbage out situation”.
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