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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 109

Research and publication: Needs for global collaborations

Dean, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Date of Web Publication8-Dec-2014

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Thakib A Al-Shalan
Dean, College of Dentistry, King Saud University, Professor, Department of Pediatric Dentistry, Riyadh
Saudi Arabia
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-2915.146482

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Al-Shalan TA. Research and publication: Needs for global collaborations. J Dent Res Rev 2014;1:109

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Al-Shalan TA. Research and publication: Needs for global collaborations. J Dent Res Rev [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Oct 2];1:109. Available from: https://www.jdrr.org/text.asp?2014/1/3/109/146482

Research and experimental development involves innovative work undertaken on a systematic basis in order to build knowledge and use this knowledge to conceive new applications. In order to produce knowledge, the quality of research must always be elevated for it to be appropriate outside the research background with inferences that may go globally. The study should provide results that would affect the policy and project application.

Research forms the basis of the program guidelines and development in different areas of our life. The power of research is taken from the fact that it is empirical: Rather than merely conceiving if the study might be effective or that it could work. Researchers design studies that give legislators the actual information, wherein decisions are based. Furthermore, a well-conceived research produces results that can be studied by peers, methodologies can be duplicated, and knowledge can be useful for everyday situations.

The research levels or sometimes called hierarchy of evidence are studies assigned based on the methodological quality of their design, validity, and applicability to patient care. The nature of research, medical problems, and ethical limitations may affect the levels of evidence. How the levels of evidence should be reported and how the literature should be organized will help the research achieve the highest levels of evidence for a particular clinical hypothesis.

Research studies and scholarly projects of academicians, clinicians, students and residents are essential activities that should be encouraged and supported. Researchers should conduct cutting-edge scientific research, research on health and clinical services and educational research. Each research fulfils professional and community objectives by its contribution to the knowledge aiming to improve the health of the community all over the world.

To enhance knowledge, researchers should work as a team to know how best to address the world's problems. This is an important issue that must be considered these days. With the developments in communication via internet, researchers from different parts of the world should combine efforts and exchange thoughts and ideas as well as results and future research plans. The major success of research studies depends on the iteration: The process of returning again and again to the research questions, methods, and data, which leads to new ideas, revisions, and improvements. This can be significantly improved by well-structured commutation between researchers in different research questions. In my belief, research associations and societies as well as professional associations should establish global research groups where researchers from all over the world get access to these groups.

International collaboration of the specialist knowledge worldwide is a fundamental requirement for competitive research and science. The research and science are global just like the challenges and problems they seek to address. Collaborative research involves university researchers, community members, and policymakers. They discuss the knowledge that each partner brings to better understand the complex problems faced by their communities and know how to design and implement research-based responses to those problems. Researchers can network their research projects internationally in order to attain synergies, improve expertise and accomplish innovations.

Finally, researchers should contribute to research by being part of the review process of manuscripts submitted for publications. Scientific journals select scientists based on their research background as reviewers. Review process takes time and efforts … this is known … but what is the alternatives? I encourage scientists and researchers to be part of publication's process by sparing part of their time to review manuscripts sent to them.


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