Resources For You

We present a collection of resources useful for searching health sciences literature, writing and reporting of research and some collections of articles & websites. Some resources are created by QMed, others are mostly well known resources available online.


Resources Useful for Searching


Tutorials

QMed Tutorial – 1: Introduction to Literature Searching

Before you actually search, it is important to know how to do a search using scientific methods of searching. This is a web based tutorial which is useful both to people visiting this site directly or to those who have heard our Founder – Vasumathi Sriganesh’s lecture on literature searching.  It tells you how to classify any information resource into one of three types and helps you understand which type you need to check out for your query. It also covers five elementary tips on Searching PubMed, and then gives a brief introduction to evidence based resources

Special notes:

1. A medical librarian from Seattle, USA especially commended this one as the easiest she found amongst many, to help her teach literature searching, when she had to do programs in another developing country. The same librarian nominated our Founder, for the ICLC, Evidence into Practice Award

2. This resource has also been listed in “HealthConnect International’s Training Resources Bulletin of Aug 2012


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QMed Tutorial – 2: PubMed – Basics

PubMed is an “Index” or a pointer to references in around 4800 medical journals. It is compiled in the National Library of Medicine, USA and is updated every day! Here is a web based tutorial that is easy to follow step by step to learn how to search correctly and greatly reduce irrelevant results


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Indexes

IndMED

An index to the bibliographic details of articles from Indian journals, created by the National Informatics Centre, India


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PubMed

An index to the bibliographic details of articles from around 4800 journals. References & abstracts are free. Full text access depends on the policies of the respective publishers


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Clinical Trial Registries

Clinical Trials Registry-India (CTRI)

The Clinical Trials Registry- India (CTRI), hosted at the ICMR-National Institute of Medical Statistics (NIMS), is a free and online public record system for registration of clinical trials being conducted in India that was launched on 20th July 2007.


ClinicalTrials.gov

This is an initiative of the U.S. National Institutes of Health and is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.


WHO International Clinical Trials Registry

This is a platform to ensure that a complete view of research is accessible to all those involved in health care decision making. This will improve research transparency and will ultimately strengthen the validity and value of the scientific evidence base.


Journal Collections

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

A collection of articles from over 8000 Journals, of which over 900 are Health Sciences Journals – all of which are Open Access.


MedIND

A collection of journal websites, all Indian and all available free online.


Medknow Publications

A collection of over 200 journals, many of them Indian and almost all being open access.


Practice Guideline Compilations

National Guideline Clearing House

NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Contains detailed information on clinical practice guidelines.


National Institute for Health and Care Excellence – Guidance

NICE Guidance is an initiative from NICE UK.


Directories

Indian Medical Sites

A Directory of Indian Medical Sites, created by QMed Knowledge Foundation. It lists over 3000 Indian websites in the field of health and medicine. Classified into over 40 categories and searchable in different ways, it is an easy to use resource


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Resources Useful for Reporting of Research


COPE: Committe on Publication Ethics

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics. Authors and publishers. Membership is open to editors of academic journals and others interested in publication ethics. Editors and publishers can seek advice on how to handle cases of misconduct,  from COPE. While COPE will not directly investigate such cases, it provides advice and encourages editors to request the appropriate institution to investigate the case. 

The website also has a good number of flowcharts, guidelines and more, on publication ethics. For members there is a full fledged E-Learning tutorial. And there is more – a database of all cases discussed in the past, so that there are examples we can learn from. 

COPE was established in 1997 by a small group of medical journal editors in the UK and now has over 10 000 members worldwide from all academic fields. 

 


EQUATOR

The EQUATOR (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research) Network is an international initiative that seeks to improve the reliability and value of published health research literature by promoting transparent and accurate reporting and wider use of robust reporting guidelines. There are nearly 300 guidelines to help you report different types of research.


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ICMJE: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

The ICMJE is a small group of Medical Journal Editors who work on recommendations for Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. These recommendations answer almost any questions regarding journal publications, authorship issues and lots more. 


WAME: World Association of Medical Editors

Established in 1995, WAME (pronounced “whammy”) is a voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals from countries throughout the world. This group seeks to bring together medical journal editors, encouraging cooperation and enhanced learning. Membership in WAME is free and all decision-making editors of peer-reviewed medical journals are eligible to join. Membership is also available to selected scholars in journal editorial policy and peer review. WAME has more than 1900 members representing more than 1000 journals from over 9 countries

 

Resources Useful for Writing


Tutorials

QMed Tutorial – 3: Introduction to Medical Writing

Directed at undergraduates, this resource turned out to be equally useful to anyone who is new to medical writing. It is also useful for anyone planning to attend a medical writing workshop. Covering just the bare essentials, it makes it much easier for anyone to learn more about medical writing, without being flooded with too much at a time.

We request people to spread the message about this primer to all UG students, PGs who are about to embark on their thesis and to anyone interested in writing. Suggestions are of course welcome!

Special notes:

This resource has also been listed in “HealthConnect International’s Training Resources Bulletin of Aug 2012


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Writing guidelines

COPE: Committe on Publication Ethics

The Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) provides advice to editors and publishers on all aspects of publication ethics. Authors and publishers. Membership is open to editors of academic journals and others interested in publication ethics. Editors and publishers can seek advice on how to handle cases of misconduct,  from COPE. While COPE will not directly investigate such cases, it provides advice and encourages editors to request the appropriate institution to investigate the case. 

The website also has a good number of flowcharts, guidelines and more, on publication ethics. For members there is a full fledged E-Learning tutorial. And there is more – a database of all cases discussed in the past, so that there are examples we can learn from. 

COPE was established in 1997 by a small group of medical journal editors in the UK and now has over 10 000 members worldwide from all academic fields. 

 


ICMJE: International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

The ICMJE is a small group of Medical Journal Editors who work on recommendations for Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. These recommendations answer almost any questions regarding journal publications, authorship issues and lots more. 


WAME: World Association of Medical Editors

Established in 1995, WAME (pronounced “whammy”) is a voluntary association of editors of peer-reviewed medical journals from countries throughout the world. This group seeks to bring together medical journal editors, encouraging cooperation and enhanced learning. Membership in WAME is free and all decision-making editors of peer-reviewed medical journals are eligible to join. Membership is also available to selected scholars in journal editorial policy and peer review. WAME has more than 1900 members representing more than 1000 journals from over 9 countries

 

Resources Useful for Extra Reading


Articles featured in QMedCONNECT

This link above takes you to a “PubMed Collection” we have created, including all articles featured in our newsletter and blog. The articles cover topics like medical education, medical writing, research and publications.

If you wish to see our brief comments on each article, please do visit our Blog. For every article, we have added these comments, in the context of the need for our research environment to change

 


Guidelines Published in Indian Journals

This link leads to a bibliographic collection of guidelines published in Indian Journals. We created this collection in PubMed and will keep updating the same as new guidelines get added. Old articles have been retained for historical interest.