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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 259

Credit where credit's due

Department of Cornea and External Disease, Disha Eye Hospitals Pvt. Ltd., Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Submission15-Jun-2019
Date of Acceptance23-Aug-2019
Date of Web Publication11-Nov-2019

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Aditya Pradhan
Department of Cornea and External Disease, Disha Eye Hospitals Pvt. Ltd., 88 (63A), Ghoshpara Road, Barrackpore, Kolkata - 700 120, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/tjosr.tjosr_53_19

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Pradhan A. Credit where credit's due. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2019;57:259

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Pradhan A. Credit where credit's due. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res [serial online] 2019 [cited 2020 Sep 26];57:259. Available from: http://www.tnoajosr.com/text.asp?2019/57/3/259/270691

I read with great interest the case report published by Madhivanan et al.[1] I congratulate the authors for the good documentation and achieving good cosmesis in the patient. However, two things about this case report are very disturbing.

  1. There is no acknowledgment anywhere in the case report regarding the work done by me with respect to this technique. At KERACON 2017 I first showed the use of the dermal micropigmentation tattooing machine for corneal tattooing. Furthermore, a physical poster on the short-term outcomes of this machine was displayed at AIOC 2018, and it was among the top 10 innovations at “Think Under the Apple Tree” session at AIOC 2018. Many corneal surgeons across India are now using this machine to achieve better cosmesis in end-stage eyes
  2. The source of in the case report is also not acknowledged. The image was clicked by me for use in my presentation and also for the better understanding of my colleagues in the Tattooing WhatsApp interest group.

The principle of fairness and the role of personal recognition within the reward system of science account for the emphasis given to the proper allocation of credit. Citations serve many purposes in a scientific paper. They acknowledge the work of other clinicians, direct the reader toward additional sources of information, acknowledge conflicts with other results, and provide support for the views expressed in the paper.[2]

I urge the Editor and the Editorial Board to make the peer-review process more stringent.

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Madhivanan N, Aysha PA, Nishanth S, Madhivanan N. White to black: Keratopigmentation. TNOA J Ophthalmic Sci Res 2019;57:68-70.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences, and National Academy of Engineering. The allocation of credit. In: On Being a Scientist: Responsible Conduct in Research. 2nd ed. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press; 1995.  Back to cited text no. 2


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