QMedCONNECT Newsletter: October-December 2018


Dear friends 

October, November and December have been months of various activities, lots of them internal.  However small an organization is, there are just so many processes that need strengthening and more. 

We have also worked at promoting our ELearning course - "Mastering PubMed". That has been a lot of effort, and still needs more! Of course there has been the routine of lectures. Added to all this, I have had to leave Mumbai a couple of times for long durations, due to some family commitments. And so - we have not been able to have any regular workshops. We hope that 2019 will be a faster paced year. We hope to create more ELearning courses and make them all very productive

A final word - starting 2019, we will be putting up a short report of activities on our website, every month. We will do this instead of sending out a newsletter. Items like Interesting Articles and Do You Know, are anyway available through our blog posts. The objectives of the newsletter will be met through our blog posts. Do make sure you are subscribed to our blog


Interesting Article

The Pressure to Publish More and the Scope of Predatory Publishing Activities : Armen Yuri Gasparyan, Bekaidar Nurmashev, Alexander A. Voronov, Alexey N. Gerasimov, Anna M. Koroleva, George D. Kitas J Korean Med Sci. 2016 Dec; 31(12): 1874–1878. Published online 2016 Sep 22. doi: 10.3346/jkms.2016.31.12.1874 PMCID: PMC5102848

In this article, Gasparyan and others discuss a very important issue- the scope of predatory publishing in details. For instance, they discuss how a recent MEDLINE analysis brought to light the questionable practice of renowned authors publishing more than one research paper per ten working days. This has resulted in hundreds of articles by scholars who are well placed in influential posts, and can easily publish their journals. You will also learn some alarming truths- a blog article, for instance, reveals that predatory journals exploit articles of inexperienced authors from poor research environments, who value quantity over quality of their publications. To read this article, visit here. 

More interesting articles here

Do You Know

In this edition of Do You Know, we discuss Dropbox-  an incredibly useful app for moving files between computers, or keeping a copy of your most important files in the cloud. However, that isn’t all Dropbox is great for; it is also useful for helping students keep their files as mobile as they are. It allows you to access your work from anywhere, so long as you have the files stored in it’s system. This means that you could be stuck with a desktop and still be able to access your work from Any system. If you own a laptop and are working on a project or an article, you can drop the associated files into your Dropbox, and after it syncs, it’ll be online and ready for you to use at any other computer. One of the most convenient features of Dropbox is that you can access your files not only from the Dropboxes synced with your account, but also from Dropbox’s website. Dropbox is also a collaborative tool where more than one person can edit a file simultaneously.

To know more about Dropbox and its features, read our blog post here

So, as huge supporters and users of Dropbox ourselves, we encourage you to try its features here!


From QMed’s Calendar


• Fortis- 5th October- 40 participants

• ESIPGIMSR Research Methodology Workshop - 10th October - 15 participants

• KEM Research Methodology Workshop- 16th October - 50 participants

• Association of Surgeons of India – ASICON 2018 - Literature Search- 27th December

• Bombay Hospital College of Nursing - Literature Search- 18th December - 30 participants

• Grant Medical College & Sir JJ Groups of Hospitals -Literature Search- 12th December - 50 participants

• YMT Ayurvedic Medical College and Hospital  -Literature Search- 12th December- 40 participants


Achievements / Milestones

In October - We got the first Institutional subscriber (AMASI) for our ELearning Course - Mastering PubMed.
We delivered our 400th lecture at the Fortis Institute of Nursing, for their student nurses.
In November - Over 6200 people registered for our ELearning course – “Mastering PubMed”.
In December - Twenty five people successfully completed our ELearning course - "Mastering PubMed - Basics"


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