QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

December 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 AIDS Day, International Day of Disabled Persons, International Universal Health Coverage Day and International Day of Epidemic Preparedness

• Useful resources: OpenDOAR, Sherpa Romeo & Sherpa Juliet, Research Square and DeLCON

• Seven 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 shares her delight - as two medical colleges have had their Undergraduate students enrol for our courses. And about a professor of a medical college who went through mentoring for a systematic review search strategy. Both posts highlight the need for the teaching of literature searching & referencing skills right from the UG days.

AIIMS Guwahati and AIIMS Kalyani - follow them!

In the last week of November we got an email from AIIMS Guwahati – one of our registered institutions. In the email they indicated that they wanted to provide access to our courses to their MBBS students. We were delighted.

Just as we were getting over the euphoria, on the next day we got a similar request from AIIMS Kalyani! Both institutions have mentioned that they would make the first two basic courses mandatory for all their MBBS students.  Our delight just doubled!

Read more.

A Professor learnt systematic review search strategies from QMed. More need to.

In the last couple of years there is a spurt in the number of students and faculty wanting to do systematic reviews. We do notice that many initially think this would be easy as this is secondary research about papers, and not primary research done on patients.

But one area where they get stuck (and sadly often get away with a not so good job) - is the searching for studies. However there are those who believe in learning and we are happy to share the story of one Dr Girish - a Professor from a medical college. He shares about his interactions with QMed:

I recently completed a Masters in Epidemiology program from a reputed international university. I chose to do a systematic review as my final project to graduate. Doing a literature review was an essential component of this project.

The University mandated that I do the literature search on my own. I could take a librarian's guidance, but could not get the search done by one*

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of December had four 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 AIDS Day -1st Dec - PubMed results Our FB Post

International Day of Disabled Persons – 3rd Dec - PubMed results Our FB Post

International Universal Health Coverage Day – 12th Dec - PubMed results 

International Day of Epidemic Preparedness – 27th Dec - PubMed results Our FB Post

From our Social Media Posts - "Do You Know?"

The OpenDOAR Directory of Open Access Repositories is a global directory of open access repositories. They host repositories that make academic outputs and materials available for free and open access. A member of the editorial staff has to thoroughly read and process each repository record in OpenDOAR. It can be searched by location, content, and other criteria. OpenDOAR manages material submissions and is reliant on the discretion of its personnel.  To be listed in OpenDOAR, a repository must adhere to their policies. This includes the free availability of the site, so you don't have to pay to view the material. The site must be free of access restrictions, so that you do not need to login/register.  Finally, the site must be fully accessible, so that the whole, unabridged form of the content may be accessed. To know more, visit https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/opendoar/about.html

Sherpa Romeo and Sherpa Juliet : Sherpa Romeo is an online resource that collects and presents open access policies from publishers and journals throughout the world. Where possible, a dedicated team provides summaries of self-archiving licences and terms of rights granted to authors on a journal-by-journal basis. Users can do searches based on the title of the journal or the name of the publisher. Sherpa Juliet is a searchable database that serves as a single point of contact for up-to-date information on funders' policies and criteria for open access, publication, and data archiving. Basically, it is an online database of open access rules approved by academic funding organizations. It is managed as part of the SHERPA suite of open access services. A form allows users to recommend revisions to the records or the addition of a new funder.
To know more, visit https://v2.sherpa.ac.uk/romeo/

Research Square is a platform for transdisciplinary preprints and author services. You can share your work early in the form of a preprint, solicit input from the community, and improve your article using our tools and services. You can also find potential collaborators and learn about advancements in your profession. Preprints in Research Square are free to post, are published in full-text HTML, are indexed in Google Scholar, Meta, Researcher, Europe PMC, PubMed (Covid-related research), and Scite, and are screened for complete author information, appropriate declaration statements, and potential human health risks. Research Square enables you to obtain recognition for your work as soon as you believe it is complete. You can publish your findings as a preprint online, receive early feedback, and begin making adjustments before they are peer reviewed in a publication. To know more, visit https://www.researchsquare.com/

The DBT e-Library Consortium (DeLCON) is an Electronic Journal Consortium. The Consortium now consists of 17 DBT Institutions, including ICGEB, New Delhi, and 18 North Eastern Region (NER) Institutions.  DELCON subscribes to around 1000  journals. American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB), American Society For Microbiology (ASM), Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press Journals (CSHL), and Taylor & Francis (T&F) are among these. All of these are available to DeLCON Consortium Members via the DeLCON Portal. Users can also browse and access paper abstracts. To know more, visit http://delcon.gov.in/eresources.php

From our Social Media Posts- Interesting Articles

Interesting Articles


Interesting articles that came up in our alerts this month:

1. Oermann MH, Wrigley J, Nicoll LH, Ledbetter LS, Carter-Templeton H, Edie AH. Integrity of Databases for Literature Searches in Nursing: Avoiding Predatory Journals. ANS Adv Nurs Sci. 2021 Apr-Jun 01;44(2):102-110. doi: 10.1097/ANS.0000000000000349. PMID

2. Alguire PC. A review of journal clubs in postgraduate medical education. J Gen Intern Med. 1998 May;13(5):347-53. doi: 10.1046/j.1525-1497.1998.00102.x. PMID ; PMCID

3. Rajhans V, Mohammed CA, Ve RS, Prabhu A. Revitalizing journal clubs: Millennial perspectives for enhancing student learning and engagement. Educ Health (Abingdon). 2021 Jan-Apr;34(1):22-28. doi: 10.4103/efh.EfH_69_20. PMID

4. Belfi LM, Dean KE, Sailer DS, Kesler T, Jordan SG. Virtual Journal Club Beyond the Pandemic: An Enduring and Fluid Educational Forum. Curr Probl Diagn Radiol. 2021 Sep 8:S0363-0188(21)00132-8. doi: 10.1067/j.cpradiol.2021.07.001. Epub ahead of print. PMID

5. Padala PR, Jendro AM, Padala KP. Conducting Clinical Research During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Investigator and Participant Perspectives. JMIR Public Health Surveill. 2020 Apr 6;6(2):e18887. doi: 10.2196/18887. PMID

6. Rethlefsen ML, Kirtley S, Waffenschmidt S, Ayala AP, Moher D, Page MJ, Koffel JB; PRISMA-S Group. PRISMA-S: an extension to the PRISMA statement for reporting literature searches in systematic reviews. J Med Libr Assoc. 2021 Apr 1;109(2):174-200. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2021.962. PMID

7. Eftekhar Ardebili M, Naserbakht M, Bernstein C, Alazmani-Noodeh F, Hakimi H, Ranjbar H. Healthcare providers experience of working during the COVID-19 pandemic: A qualitative study. Am J Infect Control. 2021 May;49(5):547-554. doi: 10.1016/j.ajic.2020.10.001. Epub 2020 Oct 6. PMID


Lectures & Webinars this month

Webinars this month:

For QMedCourses registered users:

• 11th Dec – Reference Management / Mendeley

• 18th Dec – Basics- 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 

It opened my mind and made it easy for searching. It also cleared all my doubts and taught all the basics which I didn't know before. I think this is a good source of information for all medical professionals. Amandeep Kaur, Faculty-Dep Anatomy, AIIMS Guwahati

Course : Introduction to Referencing

Content is very student friendly and the course is wonderful. Rishab Komal, UG Student, AIIMS Guwahati

Course : Mastering PubMed

Doing this course made me aware of many useful methods. The best thing I liked about this course was clarity of Vasumathi Ma'am's talk, the pace at which she taught and examples used to reemphasize the strategies. Muthuraman N, MD, Christian Medical College, Vellore

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley

This course helped to understand the use of Mendeley for reference management. The videos are short, addresses very specific topics, making it easy to view them and maintain attention and concentration. Also it is easy to revise. Anindita Mahanta, Faculty-Dep Physiology, AIIMS Guwahati


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