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LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Year : 2019  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 48-49

PubMed indexing of Indian Journal of Pain: Too much in the way of expectations or too little in terms of original scientific research data


Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication9-Apr-2019

Correspondence Address:
Prof. Ashok Kumar Saxena
Department of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, Dilshad Garden, Delhi - 110 095
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/ijpn.ijpn_20_19

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Saxena AK. PubMed indexing of Indian Journal of Pain: Too much in the way of expectations or too little in terms of original scientific research data. Indian J Pain 2019;33:48-9

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Saxena AK. PubMed indexing of Indian Journal of Pain: Too much in the way of expectations or too little in terms of original scientific research data. Indian J Pain [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 19];33:48-9. Available from: http://www.indianjpain.org/text.asp?2019/33/1/48/255710

Sir,

My heartfelt thanks to various learned authors in the past for sending their well-prepared manuscripts on innumerable aspects of the basic mechanism of pain and advances in pain management. However, obviously, they are all expecting a PubMed indexing of Indian Journal of Pain (IJP) and I do hope that soon we are meeting their expectations or is it like a placebo, we are too much in the way of expectations or too little in terms of original scientific research data.

It's a time-tested adage that the outcome of any actions is absolutely based on our thoughts and behavioral pattern and I am sure we all have the ability to have a complete grip on our thoughts in the direction of PubMed indexing of IJP. After all, just remember that luck favors only those who are determined on positive action and mission. On positive thinking, inspirational American author Vincent Peale has said that “You can decide yourself into failure or into success, into mental turmoil or mental peace, into unhappiness or into happiness.”

Similarly, our journal IJP should strive for excellence to be able to achieve PubMed indexing.

Today, India, of course, suffers a severe shortage of doctors, with a government allopathic doctor serving an average of 11,082; which is 11 times the WHO recommended 1:1000 doctor-to-population ratio. However, a well-trained pain specialist serving how many in India's population is anyone's imagination?

Hence, obviously PubMed indexing of IJP shall also go a long way in convincing MCI for the recognition of “Pain Medicine” as a specialty in all the medical colleges across the nation.

Any journal that is already PubMed indexed, means it is tailwinds for attracting the finest original research manuscripts. Fortunately, over the past few decades, a variety of indexation channels have been incorporated into practice [1] and these include PubMed, Medline, SCOPUS, EMBASE, SCIRUS, EBSCO, Publishing's Electronic Databases, and Google Scholar, for verifying citations in addition to large number of regional and national types of Index Medicus such as African Index Medicus. That day is not far off when IJP shall be indexed in PubMed.

As of December 2018, PubMed (offered free to the public since June 1997) has >29.1 million articles on record since 1966, selectively to the year 1865, and very selectively to 1809. Furthermore, 5 lakh new articles are for addition on an annual basis. Conventionally, a PubMed identifier is a unique integer value starting at 1 that is allocated to each PubMed record.

Furthermore, an unofficial tool such as MEDOC can sometimes be utilized to access PubMed data.[2]

It is to be noted that if the proportion of cancer-related articles in PubMed [3] have risen from 6% in 1950s to 16% in 2016; it is anyone's imagination that up to what percentage the pain-related articles have risen from those in 1950s to those in 2019 till date.

Other indexation channels that have recently erupted include DOAJ, Open J-Gate, Index Copernicus, Expanded Academic ASAP, Primo Central, Genomics Journal Seek, ProQuests, Hinari, Ulrich's International Periodical Directory, SIIC Databases, Summon by Serial Solutions, and few more. Now, the question that arises is that are these indexation channels equally relevant to those established earlier? Obviously, it requires a debate and detailed discussion, among the chief executive editors of various medical journals, including IJP.

All of us are aware of the intricacies of impact factor (IF) which has received flak for possibility of manipulation, and moreover, IF is not to be expected for all indexed journals. The established norm is that IF is solely reserved for journals included in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (new name-CLARIVATE ANALYTICS). Hopefully, we are quite optimistic that one day IJP shall be included in the Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports (new name-CLARIVATE ANALYTICS).

There is a complexity that there are variety of standards and criteria, for being indexed in PubMed Central (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pub/addjournal) and for being listed by MedLine (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/pubs/factsheets/j_sel_faq.html), yet results reflected by PubMed show both and depict no differentiation between the two. Moreover, the challenge for health-care providers is where the order is that the ultimate credential for in academic recognition of a publication is a PubMed number.

Cortegiani et al. report that researchers should verify journals with extreme degree of caution, with relevance to editorial board, indexing, location, IF, or alternatives, and ethical rules before uploading their manuscripts to open access journals.[4]

The greatest gift that an author can give is their research publication in an indexed journal because when you give someone your time spent on a publication, you are giving a segment of your lifetime to that person who will cherish the time spent on reading that particular publication of yours.

Hence, we should look forward to forthcoming opportunities for PubMed indexing of IJP and work with a sparkle in our eyes and twice the zeal to chase the dream once again for PubMed indexing of IJP. Any kind of negative force should not overpower our strength. As a matter of fact, even the “Incy wincy Spider” in our nursery rhyme, never gave up and finally climbed up the wall again. Hence, all of us must use a pulverizer before we go to bed, put our heart, mind, and soul to chase the dream of PubMed indexing of IJP.

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Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

 
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Lu Z. PubMed and beyond: A survey of web tools for searching biomedical literature. Database (Oxford) 2011;2011:baq036.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Dynomant E, Gorieu M, Perrin H, Denorme M, Pichon F, Desfeux A. MEDOC: A Python wrapper to load MEDLINE into a local MySQL database. CoRR abs/1710.06590; 2017.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
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Reyes-Aldasoro CC. The proportion of cancer-related entries in PubMed has increased considerably; is cancer truly “The emperor of all maladies?” PLoS One 2017;12:e0173671.  Back to cited text no. 3
    
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Cortegiani A, Longhini F, Sanfilippo F, Raineri SM, Gregoretti C, Giarratano A. Predatory open-access publishing in anesthesiology. Anesth Analg 2019;128:182-7.  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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