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Dr Bhanu K Bhakhri

"The Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) has been in operation since almost a decade. It has contributed a huge number of peer reviewed articles, across a spectrum of medical disciplines, to the medical literature.
Its wide based indexing and open access publications attracts many authors as well as readers
For authors, the manuscripts can be uploaded online through an easily navigable portal, on other hand, reviewers appreciate the systematic handling of all manuscripts. The way JCDR has emerged as an effective medium for publishing wide array of observations in Indian context, I wish the editorial team success in their endeavour"



Dr Bhanu K Bhakhri
Faculty, Pediatric Medicine
Super Speciality Paediatric Hospital and Post Graduate Teaching Institute, Noida
On Sep 2018




Dr Mohan Z Mani

"Thank you very much for having published my article in record time.I would like to compliment you and your entire staff for your promptness, courtesy, and willingness to be customer friendly, which is quite unusual.I was given your reference by a colleague in pathology,and was able to directly phone your editorial office for clarifications.I would particularly like to thank the publication managers and the Assistant Editor who were following up my article. I would also like to thank you for adjusting the money I paid initially into payment for my modified article,and refunding the balance.
I wish all success to your journal and look forward to sending you any suitable similar article in future"



Dr Mohan Z Mani,
Professor & Head,
Department of Dematolgy,
Believers Church Medical College,
Thiruvalla, Kerala
On Sep 2018




Prof. Somashekhar Nimbalkar

"Over the last few years, we have published our research regularly in Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research. Having published in more than 20 high impact journals over the last five years including several high impact ones and reviewing articles for even more journals across my fields of interest, we value our published work in JCDR for their high standards in publishing scientific articles. The ease of submission, the rapid reviews in under a month, the high quality of their reviewers and keen attention to the final process of proofs and publication, ensure that there are no mistakes in the final article. We have been asked clarifications on several occasions and have been happy to provide them and it exemplifies the commitment to quality of the team at JCDR."



Prof. Somashekhar Nimbalkar
Head, Department of Pediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad
Chairman, Research Group, Charutar Arogya Mandal, Karamsad
National Joint Coordinator - Advanced IAP NNF NRP Program
Ex-Member, Governing Body, National Neonatology Forum, New Delhi
Ex-President - National Neonatology Forum Gujarat State Chapter
Department of Pediatrics, Pramukhswami Medical College, Karamsad, Anand, Gujarat.
On Sep 2018




Dr. Kalyani R

"Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research is at present a well-known Indian originated scientific journal which started with a humble beginning. I have been associated with this journal since many years. I appreciate the Editor, Dr. Hemant Jain, for his constant effort in bringing up this journal to the present status right from the scratch. The journal is multidisciplinary. It encourages in publishing the scientific articles from postgraduates and also the beginners who start their career. At the same time the journal also caters for the high quality articles from specialty and super-specialty researchers. Hence it provides a platform for the scientist and researchers to publish. The other aspect of it is, the readers get the information regarding the most recent developments in science which can be used for teaching, research, treating patients and to some extent take preventive measures against certain diseases. The journal is contributing immensely to the society at national and international level."



Dr Kalyani R
Professor and Head
Department of Pathology
Sri Devaraj Urs Medical College
Sri Devaraj Urs Academy of Higher Education and Research , Kolar, Karnataka
On Sep 2018




Dr. Saumya Navit

"As a peer-reviewed journal, the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research provides an opportunity to researchers, scientists and budding professionals to explore the developments in the field of medicine and dentistry and their varied specialities, thus extending our view on biological diversities of living species in relation to medicine.
‘Knowledge is treasure of a wise man.’ The free access of this journal provides an immense scope of learning for the both the old and the young in field of medicine and dentistry as well. The multidisciplinary nature of the journal makes it a better platform to absorb all that is being researched and developed. The publication process is systematic and professional. Online submission, publication and peer reviewing makes it a user-friendly journal.
As an experienced dentist and an academician, I proudly recommend this journal to the dental fraternity as a good quality open access platform for rapid communication of their cutting-edge research progress and discovery.
I wish JCDR a great success and I hope that journal will soar higher with the passing time."



Dr Saumya Navit
Professor and Head
Department of Pediatric Dentistry
Saraswati Dental College
Lucknow
On Sep 2018




Dr. Arunava Biswas

"My sincere attachment with JCDR as an author as well as reviewer is a learning experience . Their systematic approach in publication of article in various categories is really praiseworthy.
Their prompt and timely response to review's query and the manner in which they have set the reviewing process helps in extracting the best possible scientific writings for publication.
It's a honour and pride to be a part of the JCDR team. My very best wishes to JCDR and hope it will sparkle up above the sky as a high indexed journal in near future."



Dr. Arunava Biswas
MD, DM (Clinical Pharmacology)
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Calcutta National Medical College & Hospital , Kolkata




Dr. C.S. Ramesh Babu
" Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) is a multi-specialty medical and dental journal publishing high quality research articles in almost all branches of medicine. The quality of printing of figures and tables is excellent and comparable to any International journal. An added advantage is nominal publication charges and monthly issue of the journal and more chances of an article being accepted for publication. Moreover being a multi-specialty journal an article concerning a particular specialty has a wider reach of readers of other related specialties also. As an author and reviewer for several years I find this Journal most suitable and highly recommend this Journal."
Best regards,
C.S. Ramesh Babu,
Associate Professor of Anatomy,
Muzaffarnagar Medical College,
Muzaffarnagar.
On Aug 2018




Dr. Arundhathi. S
"Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR) is a reputed peer reviewed journal and is constantly involved in publishing high quality research articles related to medicine. Its been a great pleasure to be associated with this esteemed journal as a reviewer and as an author for a couple of years. The editorial board consists of many dedicated and reputed experts as its members and they are doing an appreciable work in guiding budding researchers. JCDR is doing a commendable job in scientific research by promoting excellent quality research & review articles and case reports & series. The reviewers provide appropriate suggestions that improve the quality of articles. I strongly recommend my fraternity to encourage JCDR by contributing their valuable research work in this widely accepted, user friendly journal. I hope my collaboration with JCDR will continue for a long time".



Dr. Arundhathi. S
MBBS, MD (Pathology),
Sanjay Gandhi institute of trauma and orthopedics,
Bengaluru.
On Aug 2018




Dr. Mamta Gupta,
"It gives me great pleasure to be associated with JCDR, since last 2-3 years. Since then I have authored, co-authored and reviewed about 25 articles in JCDR. I thank JCDR for giving me an opportunity to improve my own skills as an author and a reviewer.
It 's a multispecialty journal, publishing high quality articles. It gives a platform to the authors to publish their research work which can be available for everyone across the globe to read. The best thing about JCDR is that the full articles of all medical specialties are available as pdf/html for reading free of cost or without institutional subscription, which is not there for other journals. For those who have problem in writing manuscript or do statistical work, JCDR comes for their rescue.
The journal has a monthly publication and the articles are published quite fast. In time compared to other journals. The on-line first publication is also a great advantage and facility to review one's own articles before going to print. The response to any query and permission if required, is quite fast; this is quite commendable. I have a very good experience about seeking quick permission for quoting a photograph (Fig.) from a JCDR article for my chapter authored in an E book. I never thought it would be so easy. No hassles.
Reviewing articles is no less a pain staking process and requires in depth perception, knowledge about the topic for review. It requires time and concentration, yet I enjoy doing it. The JCDR website especially for the reviewers is quite user friendly. My suggestions for improving the journal is, more strict review process, so that only high quality articles are published. I find a a good number of articles in Obst. Gynae, hence, a new journal for this specialty titled JCDR-OG can be started. May be a bimonthly or quarterly publication to begin with. Only selected articles should find a place in it.
An yearly reward for the best article authored can also incentivize the authors. Though the process of finding the best article will be not be very easy. I do not know how reviewing process can be improved. If an article is being reviewed by two reviewers, then opinion of one can be communicated to the other or the final opinion of the editor can be communicated to the reviewer if requested for. This will help one’s reviewing skills.
My best wishes to Dr. Hemant Jain and all the editorial staff of JCDR for their untiring efforts to bring out this journal. I strongly recommend medical fraternity to publish their valuable research work in this esteemed journal, JCDR".



Dr. Mamta Gupta
Consultant
(Ex HOD Obs &Gynae, Hindu Rao Hospital and associated NDMC Medical College, Delhi)
Aug 2018




Dr. Rajendra Kumar Ghritlaharey

"I wish to thank Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), for asking me to write up few words.
Writing is the representation of language in a textual medium i e; into the words and sentences on paper. Quality medical manuscript writing in particular, demands not only a high-quality research, but also requires accurate and concise communication of findings and conclusions, with adherence to particular journal guidelines. In medical field whether working in teaching, private, or in corporate institution, everyone wants to excel in his / her own field and get recognised by making manuscripts publication.


Authors are the souls of any journal, and deserve much respect. To publish a journal manuscripts are needed from authors. Authors have a great responsibility for producing facts of their work in terms of number and results truthfully and an individual honesty is expected from authors in this regards. Both ways its true "No authors-No manuscripts-No journals" and "No journals–No manuscripts–No authors". Reviewing a manuscript is also a very responsible and important task of any peer-reviewed journal and to be taken seriously. It needs knowledge on the subject, sincerity, honesty and determination. Although the process of reviewing a manuscript is a time consuming task butit is expected to give one's best remarks within the time frame of the journal.
Salient features of the JCDR: It is a biomedical, multidisciplinary (including all medical and dental specialities), e-journal, with wide scope and extensive author support. At the same time, a free text of manuscript is available in HTML and PDF format. There is fast growing authorship and readership with JCDR as this can be judged by the number of articles published in it i e; in Feb 2007 of its first issue, it contained 5 articles only, and now in its recent volume published in April 2011, it contained 67 manuscripts. This e-journal is fulfilling the commitments and objectives sincerely, (as stated by Editor-in-chief in his preface to first edition) i e; to encourage physicians through the internet, especially from the developing countries who witness a spectrum of disease and acquire a wealth of knowledge to publish their experiences to benefit the medical community in patients care. I also feel that many of us have work of substance, newer ideas, adequate clinical materials but poor in medical writing and hesitation to submit the work and need help. JCDR provides authors help in this regards.
Timely publication of journal: Publication of manuscripts and bringing out the issue in time is one of the positive aspects of JCDR and is possible with strong support team in terms of peer reviewers, proof reading, language check, computer operators, etc. This is one of the great reasons for authors to submit their work with JCDR. Another best part of JCDR is "Online first Publications" facilities available for the authors. This facility not only provides the prompt publications of the manuscripts but at the same time also early availability of the manuscripts for the readers.
Indexation and online availability: Indexation transforms the journal in some sense from its local ownership to the worldwide professional community and to the public.JCDR is indexed with Embase & EMbiology, Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, Chemical Abstracts Service, Journal seek Database, Indian Science Abstracts, to name few of them. Manuscriptspublished in JCDR are available on major search engines ie; google, yahoo, msn.
In the era of fast growing newer technologies, and in computer and internet friendly environment the manuscripts preparation, submission, review, revision, etc and all can be done and checked with a click from all corer of the world, at any time. Of course there is always a scope for improvement in every field and none is perfect. To progress, one needs to identify the areas of one's weakness and to strengthen them.
It is well said that "happy beginning is half done" and it fits perfectly with JCDR. It has grown considerably and I feel it has already grown up from its infancy to adolescence, achieving the status of standard online e-journal form Indian continent since its inception in Feb 2007. This had been made possible due to the efforts and the hard work put in it. The way the JCDR is improving with every new volume, with good quality original manuscripts, makes it a quality journal for readers. I must thank and congratulate Dr Hemant Jain, Editor-in-Chief JCDR and his team for their sincere efforts, dedication, and determination for making JCDR a fast growing journal.
Every one of us: authors, reviewers, editors, and publisher are responsible for enhancing the stature of the journal. I wish for a great success for JCDR."



Thanking you
With sincere regards
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Ghritlaharey, M.S., M. Ch., FAIS
Associate Professor,
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Gandhi Medical College & Associated
Kamla Nehru & Hamidia Hospitals Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462 001 (India)
E-mail: drrajendrak1@rediffmail.com
On May 11,2011




Dr. Shankar P.R.

"On looking back through my Gmail archives after being requested by the journal to write a short editorial about my experiences of publishing with the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR), I came across an e-mail from Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor, in March 2007, which introduced the new electronic journal. The main features of the journal which were outlined in the e-mail were extensive author support, cash rewards, the peer review process, and other salient features of the journal.
Over a span of over four years, we (I and my colleagues) have published around 25 articles in the journal. In this editorial, I plan to briefly discuss my experiences of publishing with JCDR and the strengths of the journal and to finally address the areas for improvement.
My experiences of publishing with JCDR: Overall, my experiences of publishing withJCDR have been positive. The best point about the journal is that it responds to queries from the author. This may seem to be simple and not too much to ask for, but unfortunately, many journals in the subcontinent and from many developing countries do not respond or they respond with a long delay to the queries from the authors 1. The reasons could be many, including lack of optimal secretarial and other support. Another problem with many journals is the slowness of the review process. Editorial processing and peer review can take anywhere between a year to two years with some journals. Also, some journals do not keep the contributors informed about the progress of the review process. Due to the long review process, the articles can lose their relevance and topicality. A major benefit with JCDR is the timeliness and promptness of its response. In Dr Jain's e-mail which was sent to me in 2007, before the introduction of the Pre-publishing system, he had stated that he had received my submission and that he would get back to me within seven days and he did!
Most of the manuscripts are published within 3 to 4 months of their submission if they are found to be suitable after the review process. JCDR is published bimonthly and the accepted articles were usually published in the next issue. Recently, due to the increased volume of the submissions, the review process has become slower and it ?? Section can take from 4 to 6 months for the articles to be reviewed. The journal has an extensive author support system and it has recently introduced a paid expedited review process. The journal also mentions the average time for processing the manuscript under different submission systems - regular submission and expedited review.
Strengths of the journal: The journal has an online first facility in which the accepted manuscripts may be published on the website before being included in a regular issue of the journal. This cuts down the time between their acceptance and the publication. The journal is indexed in many databases, though not in PubMed. The editorial board should now take steps to index the journal in PubMed. The journal has a system of notifying readers through e-mail when a new issue is released. Also, the articles are available in both the HTML and the PDF formats. I especially like the new and colorful page format of the journal. Also, the access statistics of the articles are available. The prepublication and the manuscript tracking system are also helpful for the authors.
Areas for improvement: In certain cases, I felt that the peer review process of the manuscripts was not up to international standards and that it should be strengthened. Also, the number of manuscripts in an issue is high and it may be difficult for readers to go through all of them. The journal can consider tightening of the peer review process and increasing the quality standards for the acceptance of the manuscripts. I faced occasional problems with the online manuscript submission (Pre-publishing) system, which have to be addressed.
Overall, the publishing process with JCDR has been smooth, quick and relatively hassle free and I can recommend other authors to consider the journal as an outlet for their work."



Dr. P. Ravi Shankar
KIST Medical College, P.O. Box 14142, Kathmandu, Nepal.
E-mail: ravi.dr.shankar@gmail.com
On April 2011

Important Notice

Editorial
Year : 2020 | Month : June | Volume : 14 | Issue : 6 | Page : AB01 - AB02

Anecdote from Editors Desk Anecdote 6- A Curious Case of Ethical Misconduct

Mainak Dutta

1. MS, FACS, Department of Otorhinolaryngology and Head-Neck Surgery, Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India; Senior Editor (National) Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research, New Delhi, India.

Correspondence Address :
Dr. Mainak Dutta,
88, College Street, Kolkata-700073, West Bengal, India.
E-mail: duttamainak@yahoo.com

Abstract

Few weeks back I was invited to review a case report (article A) by the Editorial team of Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR). It was an international submission that dealt with cochlear implant candidacy in two children with relatively uncommon clinical situations of bilateral cochlear dysplasia associated with multiple dysplasia/hypoplasia/aplasia of the vestibular system, vestibulo-cochlear nerve and facial nerve. These are known challenges for a cochlear implant surgical team regarding decision-making and the surgical procedure itself, and thus the article promised an interesting read. While midway in the review process, I received another e-mail from JCDR requesting me to review a second article (article B) which, according to the Editorial Assistant who seemed little alarmed and confused, had the same authors as in article A, and had some overlapping imaging and clinical description. I accepted the review request and went on to review and compare both the articles simultaneously. Both the articles were de-identified by the journal while being sent to me.

While reviewing, the Magnetic Resonance (MR) and Computed Tomography (CT) images attracted my attention, not because they were novel or revealed something exceptional, but they appeared to be forged. The quality and print of the images in both the papers were highly suspicious. Most of the MRI and CT images, including the three-dimensional reconstruction of the vestibular system, appeared to be reprints of scanned or photocopied versions of the original, probably from some old-edition textbooks. The use of superimposed symbols (arrows) used by the authors were in contrast with the “in-built” annotations already there in the original version of the photographs. One of the “in-built” annotations even included Latin terminologies (“aplasia n. cochlearis” for cochlear nerve aplasia), something that modern medical literature seldom, if ever, uses. However, a plagiarism check using a freely available tool of the text of article A revealed a “100% unique” result. But, on careful plagiarism check of article B and subsequent cross-analysis of the suspicious highlighted results, it could be ultimately concluded that article B is an almost facsimile of another paper (article C) published one year back in a different journal, from the same geographic region, and in all possibilities, from the same group of authors. Almost, because article C had a different Title and Abstract, but from the Key words onwards, there was little to differentiate the two papers (B and C) in the overall presentation. Article B described three patients, all of whom were the same as in article C (with some alteration in the text), and one of them, a 4.5-year-old boy with spina bifida aperta, was also included in article A. This child had been described in all the three articles. The text of article A was cleverly edited such that it escaped the plagiarism check. The MRI and CT images overlapped as necessary in the three articles, and were identical in all respects, including the annotations, making them a curious example of unabashed permutation and combination of textual and photographic documentation across submissions. The journal that published article C was open-access (OA), and was in its first year of publication. The article was poorly edited, as evident from the printer’s devil in the Title, and the imaging fraud went undetected, questioning the rigor of the review and Editorial process. A search in the updated Beall’s list revealed the publisher to be a predator one (1).

The review process of the two articles for JCDR opened up a Pandora’s box that exposed several facets of ethical misconduct in medical literature. It is evident that the two articles A and B have been submitted simultaneously for review, and were independently copied from article C (one a verbatim copy, the other in essence). While the former constitutes duplicate submission, the latter is a clear example of self-plagiarism. The white paper published by iThenticate® on the ethics of self-plagiarism defines it as “a type of plagiarism in which the writer republishes a work in its entirety or reuses portions of a previously written text while authoring a new work” (2). Thus this could be the ideal example of “literary theft” both in entirety and in portions.

One may argue: how can one steal his/her own copyrighted property? Here lies the deep malady in the authors’ misunderstanding of the OA policy, and the ethics associated with its legal implications. The concept of being OA presently rules the medical publishing industry. It has its own set of merits, discussing details of which is beyond the scope of this Editorial. In short, in the OA policy, “the author(s) and right holder(s) of such contributions grant(s) to all users a free, irrevocable, worldwide, right of access to, and a license to copy, use, distribute, transmit and display the work publicly and to make and distribute derivative works, in any digital medium for any responsible purpose, subject to proper attribution of authorship…..” (3). The system is mediated through the many licenses of the Creative Commons, the common minimum of which simplifies the application as “This license lets others distribute, remix, adapt, and build upon your work, even commercially, as long as they credit you for the original creation.” (4) Here, “others” may involve the authors themselves, but the reference list in either of the articles A or B never acknowledges article C as a source material. The authors need to understand that mere holding the copyright as allowed in the OA publication model does not authorise them to reproduce their work without proper citation (self-citation, that is to say), and claim it as fresh and novel. Furthermore, irrespective of whether the authors retain the copyright, there is a palpable difference between the maximum extent of credited material that can be borrowed within the “fair use” allowance (2), and “self-plagiarism” as laid down by the Chicago Manual of Style. It states: “one should never quote more than a few contiguous paragraphs or stanzas at a time or let the quotations, even scattered, begin to overshadow the quoter’s own material” (6). By such standards, which perhaps are more ethical than legal, these three articles under discussion are blatant examples of self-plagiarism and violation of the principles of OA policy.

And misconducts like these cannot be unforced. Lack of awareness should not be an excuse when senior faculty members are involved as contributing authors, especially in today’s era of easy access of information through the worldwide web. Had not the authors submitted article B prior to the end of the Editorial review of article A, it would have been very difficult to detect the duplicate submission and the act of plagiarism, as the text in article A was quite cleverly crafted, if not the imaging photographs. Checking plagiarism of the photographs is not easy, and the reviewer has to count on his/her intuition and experience for such practice.

At the end of the day, the authors’ intent and integrity need to be questioned behind such deliberate practices of ethical misconduct. At the same time, the market of the predator journals is gaining foothold in medical publishing under the veil of being OA. And the two seem to be made for each other, lead a symbiotic relationship, and together pamper research malpractices that mislead the scientific and user community with fabricated, unoriginal and erroneous outcome. Choosing a predator journal is the easiest avenue to get published with minimal effort that helps the authors meet publication deadlines with the hope of career advancement. These journals demand exorbitant article processing charges citing the inherent advantages of being OA, with minimal, if any, Editorial processing. Not only are the principles of OA in its wider perspectives get defeated in the process, many young researchers fall prey to this system, getting lured and wooed by the florid promises of “quick review” (?) and “immediate publication”. And the rest, generally the senior ones, knowingly participate in this fraudulent system with study outcomes that do not exist at all.

The three articles I discussed here serve as a suitable example for this, where, with the photographic documentations copied and forged, there should be every reason to believe that the clinical events presented did never exist! The OA journal where article C was published did not reveal any information regarding the Creative Commons licence policy neither in its website nor in the article pages. The result is the unholy nexus between the two corrupt ideas, and the defeat of the research ethics and the science of medicine.

JCDR takes a strict stance on such malpractices. Articles submitted in this journal undergoes careful pre-review screening, and are subjected to rigorous, double-blinded peer review. Any ethical issues are noted, and serious malpractices are severely dealt with. Not only are such articles summarily rejected without further processing, the authors are not allowed to let go with impunity. They are blacklisted and prevented from further submissions in the journal. It has always been our effort to bring genuine research data to our readers, and this anecdote Editorial series puts forward some examples on one of the many ways we do it.

Keywords

Forgery, Plagiarised photograph, Self-plagiarism

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DOI: 10.7860/JCDR/2020/12623.13806

Date of Submission: May 24, 2020
Date of Peer Review: ---------------
Date of Acceptance: ---------------
Date of Publishing: Jun 01, 2020

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