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Indian J Ophthalmol. 2010 Mar-Apr;58(2):101-4. doi: 10.4103/0301-4738.60070.

Masters theses from a university medical college: publication in indexed scientific journals.

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Department of Pathology, University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital, University of Delhi, Delhi-95, India.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

The thesis is an integral part of postgraduate medical education in India. Publication of the results of the thesis in an indexed journal is desirable; it validates the research and makes results available to researchers worldwide.

AIMS:

To determine publication rates in indexed journals, of works derived from theses, and factors affecting publication.

SETTINGS AND DESIGN:

Postgraduate theses submitted over a five-year period (2001-05) in a university medical college were analyzed in a retrospective, observational study.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Data retrieved included name and gender of postgraduate student, names, department and hierarchy of supervisor and co-supervisor(s), year submitted, study design, sample size, and statistically significant difference between groups. To determine subsequent publication in an indexed journal, Medline search was performed up to December 2007.

STATISTICAL ANALYSIS:

Chi square test was used to compare publication rates based on categorical variables; Student's t-test was used to compare differences based on continuous variables.

RESULTS:

One hundred and sixty theses were retrieved, forty-eight (30%) were published. Papers were published 8-74 (33.7+/-17.33) months after thesis submission; the postgraduate student was first author in papers from 26 (54%) of the published theses. Gender of the student, department of origin, year of thesis submission, hierarchy of the supervisor, number and department of co-supervisors, and thesis characteristics did not influence publication rates.

CONCLUSIONS:

Rate of publication in indexed journals, of papers derived from postgraduate theses is 30%. In this study we were unable to identify factors that promote publication.

PMID:
20195030
PMCID:
PMC2854438
DOI:
10.4103/0301-4738.60070
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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