QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

November 2021

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What do we have for you this month?

• Two blog posts from our founder

• Literature links on observances this month:
World Immunization Day, World Pneumonia Day, World Diabetes Day, World Prematurity Day, World Antibiotic Awareness Week and World COPD Day.

• Useful resources: Covidence, Rayyan, Scite, Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS)

• Six 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 some interesting points about PubMed Central (PMC) - the need to search it separately, and about our collaborative attempts to help UG students with writing systematic reviews under the guidance of experienced mentors

PubMed Central - a part of PubMed but we should search it separately too!

For quite long I had assumed that since PubMed Central (PMC for short) was included in PubMed, one did not have to search the PMC database - https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/ - separately.

PMC is an "archive" of free biomedical and life sciences journal articles. Journal articles are added and archived in PMC from three sources

• Journal publishers / Publishing societies

• Author manuscripts deposited by authors - as mandated by funders

• Digitization projects - where NLM has collaborated with publishers to archive historical literature - scanning articles and preserving them

From June 2020, PMC has also started including preprints that report NIH funded results

So in terms of the "database records", PubMed comprises citations and abstracts only, whereas PMC comprises full text articles. Both PMC and PubMed have started including preprints since 2020. PMC has an author manuscript collection where an article could be from a journal that may not be otherwise included in PMC. And the Historical digitized collection has several records that are not part of PubMed.

Read more.

Medical students authoring systematic reviews - our mentoring experience

In May 2021 a young doctor - Vinayak Mishra - approached QMed. He had completed his medical degree and experienced that it was difficult to get mentors if he wanted to author a systematic review. He asked us if he could work on a collaborative project with us where QMed would take care of its major area of helping with the search strategies and he would coordinate with senior mentors and help students to author reviews.

We started off in earnest. We currently have two groups of authors - medical students - working on two separate reviews.  Vinayak created groups, invited them to apply, spoke with them, screened their applications and chose them. He coordinated with doctors who promised to be mentors. Two groups working on separate topics, buzzed with activity. One group is currently at the data extraction stage and another in the screening stage.

And yet - we learned some lessons:

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of November had seven 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.  

World Immunization Day – 10th Nov - PubMed results Our FB

World Pneumonia Day – 12th Nov – PubMed results Our FB

World Diabetes Day – 14th Nov - PubMed results

New Born Care Week: 15-21st Nov - PubMed results Our FB

World Prematurity Day – 17th Nov - PubMed results Our FB

World Antibiotic Awareness Week(18th-24th) - PubMed results Our FB

World COPD Day – 21st Nov - PubMed results

From our Social Media Posts - Do You Know

Covidence was founded in 2014 as a non-profit organisation. Covidence is a tool for doing systematic reviews. It assists you in importing citations from your reference management, screening titles and abstracts, uploading references, screening complete texts, creating custom tables for data extraction, populating risk of bias tables, and exporting findings. Visit the academy at https://www.covidence.org/covidence-academy/ The main site: https://www.covidence.org/

Rayyan is a free web tool for researchers working on systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other knowledge synthesis projects. It streamlines the screening and selection of studies for these types of projects. It also makes importing studies from EndNote Export, RIS, CSV, and PubMed XML easy - they are all supported by Rayyan. Each collaborator must create their own account. Rayyan's admins will manually review the information you enter on the form. You can start a new review by clicking "New review..." on the home page of the app. Hit the "create" button after entering the review's title and optional description. When you visit Rayyan, you'll see this review in the "My Reviews" section. The "My Reviews" tab will only show reviews that you have written. On the left side menu of the tool, you will find lists all of the library's bibliometrics (such as publication type, journal name, author, year of publication) information. If all reviewers report exclusion criteria in the same way, the information can be found in the 'Exclusion Reasons' section of the left-side menu. To know more, visit https://www.rayyan.ai/

Scite is a tool for identifying and analysing scientific articles using Smart Citations. Smart Citations show users how a publication has been mentioned by providing the context of the citation as well as a classification stating whether it provides supporting or contrasting evidence for the cited assertion. Using Scite, scholars can identify research that interests them and learn how those papers are cited by others. The scite badge beneath each result indicates how many other articles cited it and how many times it was supported, mentioned, or contrasted by those citing publications. To know more, visit https://scite.ai/search

Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS). In 2017, the Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) framework was launched by INASP and African Journals Online to provide certification and assistance for journals housed on the Journals Online platforms in the Global South. These six stages are: three stars; two stars; one star; no star; new title; and inactive title. Among the assessment's results are the following: 1) A record of each journal's evaluation. 2) An assessment sent to the journal editor on any areas of the journal that need improvement. 3) A link to a paper (on the journal website) that explains what the JPPS level signifies in terms of the journal's publishing processes and standards at the time of evaluation. To know more, visit https://www.inasp.info/JPPS

From our Social Media Posts- Interesting Articles

Interesting Articles


Interesting articles that came up in our alerts this month:

1. Chatterjee K, Das NK. Informed Consent in Biomedical Research: Scopes and Challenges. Indian Dermatol Online J. 2021 Jul 14;12(4):529-535. doi: 10.4103/idoj.IDOJ_83_21. PMID

2. Kaur M, Sharma HB, Kaur S, Sharma R, Sharma R, Kapoor R, Deepak KK. Comparison of two formats of journal club for postgraduate students at two centers in developing critical appraisal skills. Adv Physiol Educ. 2020 Dec 1;44(4):592-601. doi: 10.1152/advan.00111.2019. PMID

3. Qureshi R, Han G, Fapohunda K, Abariga S, Wilson R, Li T. Authorship diversity among systematic reviews in eyes and vision. Syst Rev. 2020 Aug 27;9(1):192. doi: 10.1186/s13643-020-01451-1. PMID

4. 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

5. Tripathy JP. Is publication ethics becoming a casualty of Covid-19? Indian J Med Ethics. 2021 Jan-Mar;VI(1):1-3. doi: 10.20529/IJME.2020.092. PMID

6. Shrivastava SR, Shrivastava PS. Promoting the Conduct of Medical Education Journal Clubs in Teaching Medical Institutions. Avicenna J Med. 2021 Aug 31;11(3):156-159. doi: 10.1055/s-0041-1735126. PMID


Great news this month!

AIIMS Guwahati and AIIMS Kalyani have asked us to enrol their MBBS Students for our courses! This is like a dream come true for us.  We believe that if UG students get thorough with literature searching and referencing activities, it will be far easier for them when they start doing their PG courses. We hope all medical colleges will follow suit!


Lectures & Webinars this month

Webinars this month:

For QMedCourses registered users:

• 12th November – Basics of Literature Searching

• 27th November -  Advanced Literature Searching


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 

This course explained new and useful concepts to me in an organized manner. What an impressive support work! Kudos to you and your team, and keep up the good work. Sameer M Yaragudi, UG Student, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (Supported by Foundation For Excellence).

Course : Introduction to Referencing

Through this course I acquired basic knowledge of referencing which will be extremely helpful in my future research experiences. I appreciate the way ma'am explained the difficult to understand concepts in such an easy manner. I felt satisfied. Efa Khan, UG Student, GSVM Medical College.

Course : Mastering PubMed

The course was really helpful. QMed has provided a comprehensive course on PubMed and literature searching. The course helps make literature searching easier and more efficient. Meghna Joseph, MBBS, Pediatrics, Kerala

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley

This course is useful because it was basic knowledge for me and it will be really very useful while doing research. Course duration is not lengthy, so it is not boring. It was interesting because after each course there is a quiz and you also get a certificate that's give us energy to participate into the next course. Shohidul Islam, UG Student, JIPGMER SSKM HOSPITAL (Supported by Foundation For Excellence)


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