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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 810-811

Publication performance and research output of neurology and neurosurgery training institutes in India: The true picture of King George's Medical University


Department of Neurology, King George Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication6-Oct-2015

Correspondence Address:
Ravindra Kumar Garg
Department of Neurology, King George Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.166562

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Sharma PK, Malhotra HS, Garg RK. Publication performance and research output of neurology and neurosurgery training institutes in India: The true picture of King George's Medical University. Neurol India 2015;63:810-1

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Sir,

I want to congratulate Dr. Madhugiri for his wonderful paper entitled “Publication performance and research output of neurology and neurosurgery training institutes in India: A 5-year analysis.”This article generated a lot of interest among readers of Neurology India.[1] This article reflects how well Indian premier institutes are doing in the field of research and at the same time served as an eye opener for others. I would like to make a few comments on the methodology and also bring the attention of readers to the possible reasons for the under- or over-representation of several Indian institutes or medical colleges.

It would have been better if the initial search criteria would have included PhD in neurosciences besides DM, MCh, and DNB in neurology/neurosurgery/neurosciences as many institutions take PhD students who are involved in basic research only and are not involved in patient care. There are organized basic neuroscience research facilities available at a few institutes only. Thus, students may prefer these premier institutes of India to carry out their basic research. This factor may introduce bias in the evaluation of the number of original articles originating from some institutions. Probably a break up of the original articles into clinical and basic neurosciences would have given a better picture.

The institute websites are not an ideal method for collecting data regarding the number of faculty members working in a particular department because most of the websites have not been updated for a long time. Instead, the respective Heads of Departments should have been contacted through mails to get the required information.

I would also like to attract the attention of all the readers and Dr. Madhugiri for the inadequate representation of our department as far as the number of original articles published during the specified period is concerned. From 1 January 2010 to 31 December 2014, our department published 161 articles (PubMed search as on 27 June 2015; search term used “Department of Neurology, Medical University, Lucknow“). We manually detected 14 additional articles, taking the total tally of publications to 175. During this period, the department published 59 original articles which were indexed in the Pubmed database. In another article published in the same issue, a note which mentions that we had published 170 articles in the last 5 years, is proof of our productivity.[2] These articles were focused primarily on central nervous system infections such as tuberculous meningitis, neurocysticercosis, Japanese encephalitis, dengue viral infections, leprosy, and subacute sclerosing panencephalitis. We feel that this error could have possibly been because of the change in the name of this university from Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Medical University to King George's Medical University in 2012.

We tried to reanalyze our data as per the methodology and the results are being presented in a tabular form [Table 1] and [Table 2]. Dr. Madhugiri may reanalyze the data in the light of the new suggestions so that a clearer picture can be presented to the readers.
Table 1: Publication performance of Department of Neurology, KGMU, Lucknow

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Table 2: Citation performance of Department of Neurology, KGMU, Lucknow

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1.
Madhugiri VS. Publication performance and research output of Neurology and Neurosurgery training institutes in India: A 5-year analysis. Neurol India 2015;63:338-46.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Sharma PK, Garg RK, Malhotra HS, Shukla R, Verma R. Department of Neurology, King George's Medical University, Lucknow: The journey continues. Neurol India 2015;63:414-8.  Back to cited text no. 2
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