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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 64  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 722-723

Scientific publications and emerging Indian neuroscientists

Department of Neurosurgery, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication5-Jul-2016

Correspondence Address:
Atul Goel
Department of Neurosurgery, Seth G.S. Medical College and K.E.M. Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0028-3886.185380

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Goel A. Scientific publications and emerging Indian neuroscientists. Neurol India 2016;64:722-3

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Goel A. Scientific publications and emerging Indian neuroscientists. Neurol India [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Jul 8];64:722-3. Available from:

Neurology India is a proud possession of Neurological Society of India. It provides an opportunity to Indian neuroscientists to present their work to an International audience. Scientific publications are a result of advanced clinical thought process articulated in a lucid and scientific manner. More than an art of writing or a command over the English language, it is the will of a neuroscientist to go beyond a line and get on to the next level in the widely open academic field. Any scientific publication is an outcome of involvement and understanding of the subject and is a feather in the cap of the writer. A good scientific publication has the power to direct and change the existing thought and it can contribute to the growth of the subject very significantly. The status of a neuroscientist in the academic eyes is assessed by the quality of his publication. The citation of the article by other authors is a reliable parameter to gauze the strengths and contributory effects and the acknowledgement received by his/her publication. Although Neurology India is a forum of presentation of Indian work, most Indian neuroscientists prefer to publish their best work in more recognized and higher impact International journals. The analysis of the nature of articles published in Neurology India is an indicator of the quality and direction of work being done but does not present the comprehensive view of Indian contributions to the world of neurosciences.

Neurology India was amongst the first journals of the world to adopt online submissions and peer review processing of articles. Such online processing of manuscripts was done by Neurology India before other journals like Journal of Neurosurgery and Neurosurgery adopted this technology. The journal has been amongst the first to follow an open access model. Although Indian contributions dominate, Neurology India is an open scientific platform for International participation. Neurology India has been a forum for free thought and expression, intellectual vigor, rewarding research, and an abiding camaraderie. In such a democracy of intellect (Jacob Bronovisky's phrase), no one is superior or inferior, wise or other- wise, but one and all are fellow travelers in the search of clinical clarity, investigative efficiency, operative competence, and fiscal wisdom.[1] What is relevant to India must be able to be extrapolated to all other countries, big or small, developed or developing, to the manifest benefit of patients. “The most important person in the operation theatre is the patient,” aphorized Russel John Howard.

Neurology India gives expression to neurology and neurosurgery and research related to both. Procedural studies, statistical analyses, and case reports dominate, with frequent sparks of some originality. Curricular texts are aplenty, but original texts of international standards have also appeared, characterized by linguistic excellence, clarity of pictures, and bibliography. It is well known that the neuroscientists of India are overwhelmed by clinical overload leaving little time to think, evaluate and contribute. But in an evolving and fiercely competitive field, such excuses are no longer to be accepted. Whilst we celebrate the strengths of volume of our clinical material and boast of our numbers and eventually our technical skills, we need to convert this advantage into high quality publications. All in all, neuroscience in India has come of age and promises to do progressively better and is raring to put its best foot forward. Recent publications from India have been significantly more impactful and the level of competitiveness in writing is visibly high. Young Indian neurosurgeons are currently involved in high intensity work in the field and have the potential to lead and dictate. Effective, original and contributory publications are the only accepted and recognized parameter that will evaluate the international standing in the field. The openness of thought and access of current scientific material leave little to arbitrariness and speculation. If one is good, it will be known loud and clear. If one has to be competitive, one has to produce and write. If our neuroscience community has to 'shine,' the quality of our publications has to be our only showcase. My message to the young Indian neurosurgeons is that 'We can do it.' If we will, we will.

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Goel A, Kothari M. Academics and Indian neurosurgery. World Neurosurg 2013 79 (5-6):632-5.  Back to cited text no. 1


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