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J Postgrad Med. 2019 Jul-Sep;65(3):169-170. doi: 10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_278_19.

A graduate's perspective on medical student journals.

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College of Medicine, Alfaisal University, Riyadh - 11533, Saudi Arabia.

Abstract

Medical student journals (MSJs) refer to a cluster of entirely student-led periodicals that publish student-authored articles. A recent review showed that MSJs characteristically employ a student-friendly and feeble peer review process, which is largely associated with poor quality of published articles. Herein, as a graduate medical student, I call on peer medical students to make an informed decision in refraining from submitting their research work to MSJs for four primary reasons. These reasons, generally, include: 1) opaque peer-review process, 2) lack of MEDLINE® indexing, 3) absence of official journal impact factor scores, and 4) poor article visibility and exposure to scientific community. Furthermore, I encourage students to take advantage of the existing opportunities provided by the professional MEDLINE®-indexed journals in disseminating their research work. These opportunities include: 1) the absolute welcoming calls for student-authored contributions, and 2) the designated 'student contribution corners'. Lastly, I succinctly highlight the joint duties of medical schools, undergraduate research committees, institutional review boards and mentors in publishing the student-authored research work in the professional journals, rather than the MSJs.

KEYWORDS:

Publication; medical student journals; research

PMID:
31267987
DOI:
10.4103/jpgm.JPGM_278_19
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