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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 103

Publish and flourish

Retd. Director and Superintendent, Regional Institute of Ophthalmology- Govt. Ophthalmic Hospital, Egmore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Date of Web Publication26-Dec-2017

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Dr. K Vasantha
Trupthi Apartments, Marshall Road, Egmore, Chennai - 600 045, Tamil Nadu
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_26_17

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Vasantha K. Publish and flourish. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2017;55:103

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Vasantha K. Publish and flourish. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2017 [cited 2020 May 26];55:103. Available from: http://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2017/55/2/103/221451

Presenting papers in conferences appears very attractive since we get response from the audience immediately. Questions are asked and we can reply or counter personally. Appreciation is also received immediately. But now, publications are needed for getting a placement in medical colleges. Promotions are also linked to publications. This has fortunately improved the interest in publication of research papers. This trend is better for the general clinicians as everyone is not free to attend all conferences.

But are we taking journals seriously? I am raising this query because of what I noticed recently when I was going through a very old journal. In that journal published in 1915, an article clearly describes all the signs and symptoms of excessive meibomian secretion. We are talking of ocular surface disorders only now. Same way, there are articles suggesting simple remedies such as using potassium iodide for inflammations. These volumes are very much there in Regional Institute of Ophthalmology. If we had taken pains to go through old journals, we could have studied these conditions even more and published more number of papers which would have earned a lot of accolades very easily.

We may not be able to do advanced research work like number of molecules of acetylcholine in the nerve endings. However, we have an immense amount of clinical material. Even when we consider some rare disease, we will have a reasonable number of individuals to study that disease in detail. Scientific work regarding those disorders can be more readily done compared to other countries with meager population.

Even newspaper articles may give ideas to do research work. When there was a tsunami in our state, there was a news item mentioning that the dead bodies recovered from the sea will not be infective as the high sodium content of the sea water would have killed the organisms and hence the corpse will not be contaminated. This triggered the idea of using hypertonic saline for corneal ulcers. We found that it was helpful in treating bacterial corneal ulcers. A paper was also presented in Singapore APAO conference and the paper was well received and attracted some discussion, and some suggestions were also given to us. We also used collagen cross-linking for corneal ulcers and found that it was not that useful. But, these research works were not sent for publication. Retrospectively, I feel it should have been done.

In order to publish, we need very meticulous records, which is lacking in many institutions. Now, of course with medicolegal issues, this problem is getting settled. It also involves diligent work to come to a clear-cut conclusion which sometimes may be negative. Negative results should not make us feel that that paper need not be sent for publication as this may reduce unnecessary work by others.

Finally, I feel that our present editorial team headed by Dr. Nirmal Frederick Thomas is taking a commendable effort to bring out a journal which will be appreciated by every ophthalmologist. Their work to get our journal indexed immense patience and continuous persuasion. My sincere appreciation and best wishes for continued publications goes to the whole team. This is a new beginning which I hope will be never ending.


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