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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 59

Current concepts on research and publications

Dean, King Khalid University College of Dentistry, Abha, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication5-Jun-2014

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DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.133901

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Al-Shahrani I. Current concepts on research and publications. J Dent Res Rev 2014;1:59

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Al-Shahrani I. Current concepts on research and publications. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Jan 27];1:59. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2014/1/2/59/133901

It is indeed a great pleasure to pen an editorial for the Journal of Dental Research and Review (JDRR), which is an official research journal of Dr. D.Y. Patil Vidyapeeth, Pune; Dr. D.Y. Patil Dental College and Hospital, Pimpri, Pune. The publication proves in itself to be a remarkable noble work of knowledge transfer domicile for researchers in the field of dentistry, which is due called for by a premier institute within India.

Following the receipt of this invitation, I thereby decided to cognize our fraternity with ongoing trends on scientific research and respective publication. In view of same, I would put forth my points as descriptive notes for an idea dwelling note, which can be a benchmark for development of research work later on a similar subject.

Today, publication of research work is highly competitive and demanding province where majority of academicians have their polestar located. Their aim is so far set to explore the scientific domain (area of research interest) and publish the same exigently before a counterpart colleague with similar interest would void the title's noble accreditate. Of late, in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Ministry of Higher Education is expanding and exploring the fields of current concepts in publication and research. Since, academic research aims to provide solutions for many current problems the data collection and analysis presented in this journal addresses the extent to which such benefit could be utilized in practice. As of now, there are a total of 24 dental schools in Saudi Arabia, with an average of 1100 dental graduate each year. This workforce would be at the forefront of tackling the high prevalence of dental diseases in Saudi Arabia. Researchers among them will ultimately aim at proposing and implementing suitable processes and policies to identify means of upgrading research and publications in the kingdom.

Similarly, in recent years, the topic of interest for research have been moving eccentric from clinical practice defined scrutiny to neoteric science viz., material science, molecular biology, tissue engineering, nanotechnology, bioinformatics, microbiotechnology, bioremediation, etc., which receives great attention since it signifies to be modish and has great potential for inquisition. Although the impact of these subjects would definitely be patient centric and help in clinical practice once accepted. However, the access to areas aforementioned is meager and not available for all. Hence, the trend is set for collaborations in order to access the same and devise a win-win situation for the involved entities. Furthermore, if the facilities are available and the access to same is achievable; researchers today grip the opportunity of multicentric evaluation since the same proves to be more authentic and acceptable to the guild. Hence, the involvement of individuals has increased significantly whereby due credit needs to be given to all indulged for exploration of facts. Thus, apart from being competitive it has also become more dependent which loses its identity of being capacitive which conventionally was the system followed. The rationale for such existence should also be given to the rapidly growing technology which should be a variable to be blamed. However, the blame needs to be tested against its advantages which are unavoidable and its nonexistence will certainly lead to chaos.

If one closely analyses as to what is drafted over, it seems that the entire system today is interdependent and the failure of one would prove to be disastrous for the entire complex. At the end, I would direct my note to an old known phrase "publish or perish," which clearly defines the need of this complex system. This entire setup is deemed necessary for the survival of academicians or else they would become extinct.

Finally, I would like to wish JDRR to have a great and successful life ahead.


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