QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

September 2021

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What do we have for you this month?

• An interesting blog post from the founder

• Literature links on observances this month:

     National Nutrition Week, World Patient Safety Day, World Alzheimer's Day, World Day of         Deaf and World Heart Day

• Useful resources: Publons, MedRxiv, OSF, NEI Media Library, SciRide Finder, Public Health       Information Library, NCI Visuals Online and NLM Visual Human Project

• Five interesting articles that came into our alerts this month.  

The QMed Team 


From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts


Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month highlights the intense need for training in information literacy, searching and referencing in the health professions education. QMed is working in these areas but we have reached out only to a fraction of India's population in this domain. We need to reach out to thousands more. 

A matter of concern...

The other day I got an email from a doctor who is doing some important research on a topic. The doctor wondered why s/he got different results while combining two terms with AND and OR
(Term 1 AND Term 2) versus (Term 1 OR Term 2)

I have also had researchers emailing me asking - I am getting unmanageable results - could you check my strategy please? And I discover completely wrong usage of Boolean operators and Truncations

More queries - typically from PG students / Guides

• "Should I search my topic on Google and PubMed?"

• "In PubMed is it enough if I just put down the keywords?"

I get calls for help with Systematic Reviews - some of them have no clue and believe that writing a systematic review is an easy option compared to conducting and reporting a primary research initiative.

One such query for a systematic review assistance came with a specific plea for a manipulation that would tamper with the evidence!

All these are of great concern and need to be tackled NOW.

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of September had five observances. We searched PubMed for articles of interest in each of these areas. We have provided links to searches that we did on each topic. The search results retrieve reviews and systematic reviews that are available free.  

National Nutrition Week (1st -7th) – 1St Sep - PubMed results    Our FB post

World Patient Safety Day – 17th Sep - PubMed results    Our FB post

World Alzheimer's Day – 21st Sep – Systematic Reviews- PubMed results    Awareness & Promotion-PubMed results  Our FB post

World Day of the Deaf – 26th Sep - PubMed results    Our FB post

World Heart Day – 28th Sep - PubMed results    Our FB post

From our Social Media Posts - Do You Know


Publons. Wouldn't it be amazing if we had one software to keep all our research material in place? The more scattered everything is, the more difficult it becomes for us to keep track of the work we have done! Organization is an important criteria for success, and today, we are sharing a platform that can help you achieve just that! Say hello to Publons! Publons is the a web-based platform that allows you to keep track of your publications, citation metrics, peer reviews, and journal editing work all in one place. It's quick and simple to keep up with, and can be used as proof of your research outputs, and provides valuable insights into your publication and review history. To know more, visit https://publons.com/about/home  FB Post

MedRxiv is a website that delivers unpublished eprints in the field of health sciences. It provides unpublished papers in the fields of medicine, clinical research, and allied health sciences to readers at no cost. medRxiv has been a significant avenue for the distribution of COVID-19 research. Authors may submit an updated version of their article to medRxiv at any moment prior to acceptance for publishing in a journal. Manuscripts are accessible, substantiated, and searchable by many search engines and third-party services once they are uploaded on medRxiv, and they cannot be deleted. medRxiv has also been indexed in PubMed from February 2020. Google scholar may also be used to locate articles. To know more, visit https://www.medrxiv.org/content/about-medrxiv  FB Post

OSF is a free, open platform to support your research and to help you collaborate with others in the world. You can search for published papers, grey literature - conference presentations, preprints, trial registries and details of research being done in specific institutions. While doing your research you can store your data and any other details in OSF. Every item you store gets its own link – and you can ensure that you do not lose any file. You can look for collaborators and share your files. You can collect and analyze data in OSF. You can publish your research as a preprint. And you can measure your research impact from this stage itself – by measuring downloads and view counts. For more, visit www.osf.io FB Post

The NEI Media Library is a free multimedia library created by National Eye Institute. The collection offers entertaining, scientifically correct eye health pictures and films. All of the pictures and movies in the collection are free for use. Anybody may use them for free in health campaigns, publications, and other health-related items in print or online as long as they give NEI credit, and commercial usage is not permitted. You may even contact them if you're searching for a particular picture or video, and they may be able to add it to the collection. We found this intriguing! For more, visit https://medialibrary.nei.nih.gov/  FB Post

SciRide Finder - http://finder.sciride.org/- is a novel search tool that does not search the full text or metadata - the areas that most search engines do. Instead SciRide Finder is a facility where the "searched area" or the "search corpus" (as it has been called) - is only the Cited Statements in a publication. Cited statements are sentences (or short paragraphs) that authors quote or paraphrase from other publications. These areas obviously contain condensed information from other research publications. The results of a SciRide Finder search are presented as a list of Cited Statements with the respective reference from which the statement was cited. SciRide Finder searches only full text resources and hence only PubMed Central Open Access articles. This method can of course be used for any full text database. The idea behind searching Cited Statements is that it offers researchers a deeper searching experience. To learn more about SciRide Finder - here is an article from Nature -https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-24571-0#Sec12  FB Post

Public Health Information Library- Often, healthcare information is based on visual interpretations—diagrams and representations that provide us with the data we need. The Public Health Image Library provides access to images from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Public health professionals, and others can use access this for reference work, teaching, presenting, and public health messaging. Quick Search, Image ID Search, and Advanced Search are all available. There are additional search suggestions to assist you in doing quick and advanced searches. Learn more at https://phil.cdc.gov/default.aspx  FB Post

NCI Visuals Online - Visuals Online from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) has a range of photos and illustrations that can be used by health professionals. Visuals Online presently has more than 3000 pictures available. Most of the pictures in this collection are in the public domain and not protected by copyright. A public domain picture is free to use and reproduce. However, ALL reprinted pictures should credit NCI as the author, source, and/or source of the image. To know more, visit https://visualsonline.cancer.gov/   FB Post

NLM Visual Human Project. We found this topic to be so interesting! The NLM Visible Human Project has produced three-dimensional, anatomically accurate renderings of a human male and female body that are publicly accessible. A public-domain collection of cryosection, CT, and MRI images taken from one male corpse and one female cadaver is made available by the VHP. From 2019, you do not need a license to access the images, and can download them from the website! It is a great reference for the study of human anatomy. To know more, visit https://www.nlm.nih.gov/research/visible/visible_human.html  FB Post

From our Social Media Posts- Interesting Articles

Interesting Articles


Interesting articles that came up in our alerts this month


  1. Logullo P, de Beyer JA, Kirtley S, Struthers C, Collins GS. Reporting guidelines should be free to publish, read, and use. J Glob Health. 2020 Dec;10(2):0203107. doi: 10.7189/jogh.10.0203107. PMID
  2. Mehdiratta L, Bajwa SJS, Kurdi MS, Bhattacharya PK. Research in COVID times-Innovations, revolutions and contentions. Indian J Anaesth. 2021 Apr;65(4):277-281. doi: 10.4103/ija.ija_285_21. Epub 2021 Apr 15. PMID
  3. Rice DB, Skidmore B, Cobey KD. Dealing with predatory journal articles captured in systematic reviews. Syst Rev. 2021 Jun 11;10(1):175. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01733-2. PMID
  4. Hendrickson CD. Teaching Critical Appraisal Through the Lens of Study Design in Journal Club. J Endocr Soc. 2021 Apr 19;5(8):bvab072. doi: 10.1210/jendso/bvab072. PMID
  5. Harding L, Marra CJ, Illes J. Establishing a comprehensive search strategy for Indigenous health literature reviews. Syst Rev. 2021 Apr 19;10(1):115. doi: 10.1186/s13643-021-01664-y. PMID

Lectures & Webinars this month

Webinars this month:

24th September – Webinar on Literature Searching – Indian Society for Clinical Research (ISCR) - 115 participants


QMedCourses News

We present some current statistics about the overall progress of our courses.



Total Enrolled

Information Resources & Literature Searching (IRLS)



Introduction to Referencing (IR)



Mastering PubMed (PM)



Reference Management with Mendeley (RMM)




Testimonials for QMedCourses

Course: Information Resources & Literature Searching 
I think this is the best online course for young researchers and for those research enthusiasts who want to pursue and base their careers involving research. Dr. Md. Mubasheer Ali, Apollo Tele Health Services

Course : Introduction to Referencing

I've noticed how ma'am explained the need for referencing from very basics. This helped me realise it's worth even more. Hriturima Baidya, UG Student, Dr. Baba Saheb Ambedkar Medical College, Delhi

Course : Mastering PubMed

This is the BEST online course I've taken on any online platform. I learned immensely about literature reviewing from this course. Thank you QMed, and Vasumathi Madam for such an informative and comprehensive course. Anushka Hardas, Dept. Library Science, Sidra Medicine, Doha.

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley

The course was very helpful. It offered a great insight into reference managemnet. It would be more hepful if you coud provide a course on the new version of Mendeley. Meghna Joseph, MBBS, Pediatrics, Kerala.


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