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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 Dermatolgy,
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
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,
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,
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
(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)
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.
On April 2011

Dear team JCDR, I would like to thank you for the very professional and polite service provided by everyone at JCDR. While i have been in the field of writing and editing for sometime, this has been my first attempt in publishing a scientific paper.Thank you for hand-holding me through the process.

Dr. Anuradha
On Jan 2020

Important Notice

Neonatal Database

PSANZ 2008 Abstract Presented

Development of an Open Source Integrated Clinical and Audit Neonatal Database
Callander I1, Kluckow M 2, NICUS3
1- Liverpool Hospital Sydney
2- Royal North Shore Hospital Sydney
3- Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Study (NSW & ACT)

NICUS data (includes ANZNN data) has been collected in a purpose built database since the beginning of 2007. This follows an extensive review of data system requirements and methodology at the National Perinatal Data System Planning Workshop in 2004. The new Neonatal Database has been constructed with minimal funding using MS SQL Data Server to house data, and MS Access as the user frontend. The system has been implemented in all 10 member tertiary hospitals with no significant cost required. Data is entered as DateTimed records where possible, using the OHIO (Observational Historical Investigations Outcomes) Principle and Audit Outcomes are then derived. NICUS Data collected since 1992 is archived in the new database and is available for comparative analysis using either the built-in reporting module (graphical outputs included) or powerful adhoc pivot table analysis from MS Excel. Data for other audits including ANZNN can be exported. The Clinical module of the Neonatal Database, is a quasi live data entry system designed to assist in day to day clinical management as well as generate discharge summaries. Initially implemented at Liverpool Hospital, this module is being progressively taken up by other units and has the functionality to manage patients as they move between hospitals. The NICUS Audit Officers have the ability to see auditable clinical data, correct it and lock it after discharge. The Neonatal Database is available for ANZNN member hospitals free of charge, however a strong case can be made for the formation of a consortium allowing for improved development. The open source model allows maximum flexibility and adaptability, but requires local IT support to implement.

Neonatal Database Screenshots:

You may enlarge the screenshots below in a new window by clicking on them.

Clinical Module:
This is the first screen after logging on and shows the current inpatient list. Babies can be moved to different bed locations from this screen. Enter the baby data screen by double clicking...
More recently a handover module has been created specifically for nursing handover and moves quickly from patient to patient with extra tools for planning and tasking.
Worksheet printout with derived clinical information plus freetext additives
Patient Data Screen: Patient descriptives along top
Current treatments, results and active problems down left side (calculated from data on the fly).
All Tabs show intially; Birth, Pregnancy and Mother Tabs are hidden by default after 3 days (they can be made visible by clicking on the perinatal summary that is generated from them)
The Jaundice Tab is hidden after 10 days (made visible by clicking on Jaundice info on left side.
Patient Data Screen looks like this after 10 days.
The Admissions Tab has 3 separate areas -
Admission: The where why and how of each admission (if multiple admissions - click on one of interest)
Planning: Future screening of brain, eyes, hearing, Immunisations, Planning of transfers
Discharge: Where to and under who's care. Followup plans and Generation of Discharge Summary (one per admission)
Respiratory diagnoses and treatments.
Respiratory support
Blood gases
Treatments with effect on respiratory system
Chest Xrays (XRay image files may be linked to these reports)
As the FiO2 and MAP/CPAP/PEEP are being changed during daily activities these values are being recorded so that they can be reviewed graphically against respiratory support / treatments by clicking on the "Graph" button on the Respiratory tab.
Growth parameters with graphing of weight and HC
Fluid intake - both intravenous and enteral
Maternal & Baby Blood Group and Coombs, causes of jaundice
Bilrubin levels (in umol/l - mg/dl would be minor change in a stored procedure)
Treatments of jaundice
Temporal graphing of Bilirubin level versus treatment against customisable gestation dependant lines for phototherapy and exchange transfusion.
Other Tab - includes Cardiac (incl echo results), Neuro (incl EEG), NEC and Freetext problems.
Problems entered as freetext are able to be datetimed to admissions, and will show on worksheets and in the discharge summary.
Treatments & Procedures
Treatments: Medications, Volume expanders and blood products, Vaccinations, Therapeutic hypothermia, Jaundice Treatments (also viewable on Jaundice tab)
Catheters: Venous & arterial lines, pleural drainage, urinary catheter Surgical Procedures (ICD-10 coded)
Test Results
Blood Tests: (these are entered manually at present, although if these were available electonically then importation would be possible
Infection screening: Multiple culture sites and organisms (pending and negative options)
Brain Imaging:Ultrasound, MRI & CT (image files may be linked to these examinations)
Eye Examinations:(retinoscope images could be easily linked as for brain images)
The Na+, Hb, WCC (Neut), Plat results can be reviewed graphically against relevant treatments by clicking on the "Graph" button on the Test Results tab.
Automated links to Image & Other files associated with patient (Files must start with MRN)
As well as having specific image files linked to XRays, Ultrasounds & MRI's you can have Images and Documents linked to a patient non-specifically
Discharge Summary
generated from the data plus freetext other problems. Created in MS Word with option for using own hospital letterhead.
Of course it is then editable for the final product. Can copy the charts from the database into windows clipboard and paste into summary if desired. The database records that the summary was generated (with audittrail)
Audit Module:
Subset of the clinical dataset is mainted at a high level of accuracy by the designated audit officer. It can be seen whether the clinical discharge summary has been completed (the notes are no longer needed)
The mode of data entry is very similar to the clinical module, but is cut down in quantity.
Respiratory and Feeding outputs are able to be seen before final closure and locking of the baby record with the generation of a new record in the audit table (calculated summary data outputs).
Followup Module:
The Followup module has been created specifically for the follow-up of premature infants according the the requirements of NICUS NSW. The list shows clinic appointments in chronological order. Assessments of Growth and Development are recorded here to enable the association of outcome data with inpatient data.
Reports Module:
As this database is capable of having data from multiple institutions (linked live OR imported) there needs to be thought about who should be able to see data from outside the users intitution. SQL server has security capabilities that make this very straight forward.
Outputs can be separated as local or pooled with other institutions.
It is also very easy to have and Excel spreadsheet that is dynamincally linked to a query within the database that allows specific reports to certain users.
Monthly Unit Report with calculated occupancy broken down by level of care.
Benchmarking between hospitals (large scale comparison of audit data)
This interface is extremely powerful and enables complicated analysis from within the module.
Of course adhoc reporting is still possible using a query analyser tool.
Line charts (customisable for Year or Gestation on X axis) also available as well as bar charts. If these charts are copied and pasted into other office applications (Word, Excel, Powerpoint) then the data is also within the object (ie not just a graphic)
Admin Module:
Update user access, hospital defaults, change lookup tables, enter SQL code (able to make backend structural changes from here) plus access to the actual tables, forms and code (if permission allows).
Electronic Logbook:
This is currently set up for medical staff to log procedures, counselling and education sessions (linked to the actual procedure within the database wherever possible). There is no reason this could be broadened to non-medical staff.
The logbook can be exported to an excel spreadsheet for transportability.
Data Queries from external applications:
It is easy to connect to the data (with permission) from outside the database. Shown here is an Excel spreadsheet that displays a PivotTable and Chart. The chart can be sent as it is to anyone however if the spreadsheet can connect to the SQL Server (with permission) then the data can be refreshed and the table manipulated; then if you double click on a grouping the individual babies can be displayed (you have to see it live to believe it).
Follow-up and Family Support Modules:
The Followup module and Family Support module have been implemented for specialised purposes and can be used as a template for those who would like to create an add-on module for themselves.
Each hospital can configure which assessment tools will be administered at their institution and make them available. The growth measures continue from the inpatient period and are graphed with centile charts against corrected age.

Certificate of Authenticity and Copyright

Obstetrix Data Import:

If your hospital uses the 'Obstetrix' database (Australia only), we have commissioned a one-way import program (perinatal data seeds a new record in the Neonatal Database) - contact Dr Martin Kluckow for details (one off payment AU$1000 required to retrieve initial outlay)

Last Updated : 5 Dec 2015
First Published : 5 Feb 2007