Overview of Workshop on Scientific Writing
Scientific Writing is an art which needs the understanding of key elements of presentation, analysis and discussion. This includes developing a proposal/ grant application to undertake research, writing a report after completion of the study and writing a manuscript for a scientific journal. Communication of research findings is essential for progress of any scientific process. An important criterion that determines the quality of research is the reputation of the journal in which it is published. Publishing in highly rated journals is, therefore, important to the scientists as well as their research institutions. In order to publish in good journals, not only the quality of data and analysis is of significance, the role of the written text as well as crispness of presentation of the results of the research work is equally important. Publishing research results is an integral part of a Researcher’s Professional life. However, writing is not every researcher’s favorite activity, and getting a paper published can be a very tedious and time-consuming process. Fortunately, many of the obstacles along the writing and publishing path can be avoided by following some simple guidelines and practices. (Location shifted)
The Workshop basically aims at helping the participants to develop their writing and presentation skills, enhance their confidence to publish in good quality journals and present their work to international audiences. The course will also cover various other aspects of scientific publications including manuscript submission, ethical issues, peer-review, post-review revision, proof corrections, skills required as potential reviewers of manuscripts and online and open-access publications.
Writing scientific articles requires adequate knowledge about where to publish and what to publish. Important aspects include appropriate presentation of data, its analysis, literature review, discussion of findings as how this paper advances the scientific understanding of a particular aspect specially in the context of public health and clinical usage, what is still left to be done and what to do next. A clear and transparent reporting of research finding is essential to avoid misinterpretation of the study results. This workshop is intended to impart researchers, mainly the faculty of medical institutions affiliated to Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, with basic skills in scientific writing and get introduced to standard reporting guidelines for publishing findings from different areas of medicine and related health sciences.
The core objective of the workshop is to equip the researchers with set of skills for improving their capacity in research writing for converting their data into publishable material of high quality in the form of articles, journals and books.
Major Workshop Content:
• Types of research papers (Original research, review, short communication, technical note, comments, etc.)
• Structure of a research paper (Abstract, introduction, experimental/theoretical, results and discussion, conclusion and references)
• Writing a report/Writing for a scientific journal reporting Guidelines.
• Process: Submission to medical journals, Peer reviewing and responding to peer reviewers' comments.
• Literature review.
• Analysis of results.
• Referencing methods/ Bibliography: Vancouver and Harvard style.
• Types of journals – how to select appropriate journal for different research areas of medicine.
• Understanding various indexation methods: pubmed, Scopus citation index, h-index etc. Google scholar citations, Impact factor,
Requirements for grant submission.
• Other important aspects.
Rajasthan Medical Council has accorded 04 credit hours for participants of workshop
The workshop is open to the faculty/ Researchers of Academic Institutions Affiliated to RUHS . Participants can take a print out of the attached format for filling registration form and send scanned copy of filled form through email to : firstname.lastname@example.org
Number of seats: As limited number of Seats are available, selection shall be on basis of Research Inclination of Applicant.
Venue: Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur
Registration dates: Opens on: 01/11/2016 Closes on : 15/11/2016
Workshop Coordinator: Dr. Sudhanshu Kacker, Vice Dean (Acad. and Res.) RUHS, Jaipur.
For Registration and Details Contact:
Dr. Sudhanshu Kacker, Prof. & Vice Dean (Acad. and Res.) Ph. 9983723535
Dr. Sunil Gupta, Assistant Professor, RUHS Ph. 9414338772
Dr. Reshu Gupta, Assistant Professor, RUHS Ph. 9928298565
Dr. Setu Mathur, Assistant Professor, RUHS Ph. 9799942484
About Resource Faculty
Faculty for the workshop includes stalwarts with expertise in Medical Teaching and Research as well those with deep involvement in publication and dissemination.
Dr. Rajeev Gupta :
Dr Rajeev Gupta is currently Chairman, Preventive Cardiology, Internal Medicine and Research at Eternal Heart Care Centre and Research Institute, Mount Sinai New York Affiliate, Jaipur, India. He is Chairperson of Academic & Research Development Unit at Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur and Co-Chair of Hypertension Group at Indian Council of Medical Research, New Delhi. His others positions are Distinguished Scientist, Birla Institute of Scientific Research, Jaipur and Chair, Centre for Development Communications NGO, Jaipur. He teaches medicine for National Board of Examinations, Government of India and was faculty in medicine (Professor) at Mahatma Gandhi Medical College affiliated to Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, Jaipur. He is pioneer in cardiovascular epidemiology in India. Jaipur Heart Watch study, which he began in 1990 and still leads, is the longest ongoing cardiovascular epidemiological study in the country. He is a member of steering committee of such landmark international epidemiological studies such as PURE, INTERSTROKE, CREATE, etc. He has participated in numerous path-breaking national and international research studies and clinical trials. He is a member of Global Burden of Disease Study Network, University of Washington, Seattle, USA. He has more than 800 scientific publications of which 500+ are original articles and reviews in peer reviewed journals including Lancet, New England Journal of Medicine, BMJ and Circulation. His research funders include National Institutes of Health, USA (NHLBI and NIDDK), and Indian Council of Medical Research and Department of Science and Technology, Government of India.
Dr. V.K. Srivastava :
Dr.V.K.Srivastavais Scientist – G and Head of Division of Publication & Information, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) Hqs, New Delhi. Dr Srivastava is administrative head of division for all publication works of ICMR including IJMR. Nature of his work involves collection, collation, analysis, editing of scientific reports from ICMR Institutes/ Centres and publication. In his long career, Dr Srivastava has contributed to a large number of ICMR publications including reports, monographs and compendium of ICMR research papers during the recent years. He has more than 100 publications in national and international journals to his credit. He is member of various scientific organizations and societies including National Academy of Vector Borne Diseases etc. He was also member of subcommittee for preparation of consensus document for management of buccal mucosa cancer.
Dr. G.S. Toteja :
Dr GS Toteja is currently Scientist G and Director, Desert Medicine Research Centre ( DMRC -ICMR). He is also Head of Nutrition Division at ICMR Headquarters, New Delhi. He has been associated with Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for nearly three?
decades. He is Doctorate in Life Science and has been involved in several times bound multi centre Task Force studies including those on nutritional problems of tribal populations, micronutrient deficiencies, Food safety issues. He has coordinated studies in establishing several food safety standards, also in carrying out multi-centric studies on nutritional deficiencies in several states of India, on nutrition and cardiovascular health and many other important related aspects. Dr Toteja is a member of various committees and sub
committees of Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Indian Council of Agricultural Research and Bureau of Indian Standards on Food Safety. As a Director of DMRC, Jodhpur he has made intense efforts to network universities and medical colleges with ICMR/DHR system by organizing Rajasthan conclaves and also organizing interactive meetings. The establishment of Model Rural Health Research Unit (MRHRU) of Department of Health Research (DHR), a partnership of ICMR, SMS Medical College and State services in a time bound manner is among his recent significant contributions. He has several publications and also reports to his credit on various aspects of nutrition – deficiencies and safety including on Pesticides and aflatoxins.
Dr. Anju Sharma :
Dr Anju Sharma is Scientist G and Editor -in – Chief, Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR). She did her PhD from School of Life Sciences, Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi and eight years of Post-doctoral Research at JNU &Department of Neurology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi. She joined ICMR in 1988 in the Division of Publication & Information and has been associated with various ICMR publications including The Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) and has worked in different capacities of Assistant Editor, Associate Editor of the IJMR before becoming Editor-in Chief of IJMR in 2012. IJMR, one of the oldest Biomedical Journals in the country with 103 glorious years of uninterrupted publication, since January 1912.IJMR has the highest impact factor among biomedical journals from India and she has played significant role in the recent evolution of this prestigious journal. Dr Anju Sharma has led the publications of several special issues of IJMR during its centenary year. She is having special interest in field of Neurobiology, Neurochemistry and Neurophysiology. She has numerous publications in National and International Journals and has written Chapters in Text Books. She is life member of various National and International Associations including World Association of Medical Editors(WAME)
Dr. V.M. Katoch :
Dr. V. M Katoch did his MBBS-1974 (Shimla), M.D. 1978 (AIIMS, New Delhi); VA Medical Centre, Long Beach, CA, USA (1980-81) ; National Institute for Medical Research, London, UK (1984-85); other specialized trainings; Joined Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) for Talent Search Schemes (TSS) Fellows; posted at JALMA Agra in 1978, Director of this Institute in December 2001- Nov 2008 ; Served as Founder Secretary of Department of Health Research (DHR) & Director-General, ICMR ; Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Govt of India, from 18th Nov 2008 to 28th February, 2015. Currently: NASI-ICMR Chair on Public Health Research at RUHS, Jaipur
Dr. Katoch has developed and implemented over 25 extramural projects from DST, DBT, ICMR etc. He is developer of modern methods of rapid diagnosis of TB, leprosy, DNA chips; DNA fingerprinting methods etc.; contributed to expansion of mandate of JALMA from leprosy to all mycobacterial diseases.
As the founder Secretary of new department, played important role in developing and implementing five new schemes to accomplish nine new business – (i) establishment of multi-disciplinary research units (MRUs) in government medical colleges ( with focus on NCDs, RCH, gender issues etc; (ii) Model Rural Health Research units (MRHRUs three partners - medical college, state services and ICMR/ other apex institutes for taking the technology to people- (iii) Virology Research Laboratories in states and medical colleges (iv) Scheme for Human Resources for Health Research focus on medical colleges ; (v) Grant in Aid scheme for projects focused on intersectoral collaboration and coordination. ICMR, 10th function of DHR and an 104 year old ( established 1911) reputed autonomous organization, which saw a major drive towards modernization earlier, gave major thrust on innovation and translation ; establishment of Tribal Health Research forum with focus on tribal and marginalized communities; Vector Borne Diseases Forum etc. during these years.
Dr Katoch has contributed over 280 research papers in Indian and foreign journals. He is recipient of various awards : Young Scientist Award of IAMM 1985; Shere-I-Kashmir Sheikh Abdulla Memorial Oration Award 1989; Dr.CGS Iyer Oration Award of ICMR 1990; Erwin Stindl Memorial Oration Award of German leprosy Relief Organization 1991; Dr. S.C. Agarwal Oration Award of IAMM 1994; Dr. Manu Patel Prize of IADVL 1999; JALMA Trust Fund Oration Award 1999 of ICMR, IAMM Endowment Award 2003; Ranbaxy Science Foundation Award 2004; UC Chaturvedi Life Time Achievement Award 2009; Mellanby Oration 2009; Vishwanathan Oration 2009; Maj Gen. Sahib Singh Sokhey Oration 2009; Excellence in technology award of ISC 2011 ; PC Ray Award 2012 etc. ; Dr Katoch is fellow of national science academies of country : National Academy of Sciences (FNASc); Fellow of National Academy of Medical Sciences (FAMS); Fellow of Academy of Sciences, Bangalore (FASc); Fellow of Indian Academy of Science (FNA) .
Dr. Kiran Katoch :
Dr. Kiran Katoch, is Former Director of National JALMA Institute for Leprosy and Other Mycobacterial Diseases( ICMR), Tajganj, Agra (UP), and was developer & In charge Model Rural Research Health unit at Ghatampur, Kanpur. She did MBBS (1974)and MD ( General Medicine)- 1979 from SMS Medical College, Jaipur; She has received several research trainings as a Talent Search Scholar of ICMR during 1975-78 on clinical haematology, genetics and cell biology, biostatistics, immunology, biochemistry and instrumentation etc. In her total research experience of more than 37 years; she worked for 34 years leprosy, about12 years on TB, and other health problems of rural population. After completion of MD and various research trainings as a Talent Search Fellow of ICMR she was posted at Central JALMA Institute for Leprosy in 1979 and since then have been working at the Institute on various posts, rose from Research officer Director and Scientist G.
Dr Kiran Katoch has developed and implemented several extramural projects on leprosy and TB from WHO, GOI (CTB), GOI (CLD); DBT, ICMR etc. She has published over 160 publications on leprosy, TB ; in various reputed journals; 52 as first author/; remaining as co author. She has Presentations in approx 100 international and national conferences/ workshops/ symposia etc. Her major achievements include (i) Developed and evaluated several important regimens for treatment of leprosy , (ii) Contributions towards better understanding of systemic involvement in leprosy by investigations on cardiovascular, central nervous system and autonomic nervous system in leprosy cases; (iii) Evaluation of protective effect of vaccines against leprosy and TB. (iv) Played active part in the establishment of epidemiological studies on leprosy, tuberculosis at Ghatampur ( Kanpur). This programme has been expanded and developed into a Model Rural Health Research Unit. Department of Health Research (DHR), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. She has been member / chairperson of Research Advisory Committees in several states, ICMR, DHR etc.
Dr Kiran Katoch has received various Awards and Honors of repute like Dr. CGS Iyer Oration Award of ICMR, 1989; JALMA Trust Fund Oration Award of ICMR, 1994, VASVIK Award 2002 of Vividhlaxi Audhyogik Samshodhan Vikas Kendra , Sher-e-Kashmir Sheikh Mohammed Abdulla Oration Award 2009. She is fellow of National Academy of Sciences (India) and National Academy of Medical Sciences.
Dr. Bharti Malhotra :
Dr. Bharti Malhotra isSenior Professor, Department of Microbiology, SMS Medical College, Jaipur & Nodal officer Advance Research &TB lab & Dean Faculty of Medicine Rajasthan University of Health Sciences, State lab coordinator IDSP. She is also head of State level Virology Laboratory of Department of Health Research, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare ( MoHFW), Govt of India which is one of the flagship programme of MoHFW.
Prof Bharati Malhotra did MBBS and MD (Microbiology)from SMS Medical College Jaipur and has 25 years of experience as a teacher and researcher. Major areas of her research pertain to tuberculosis and other mycobacterial diseases as well as medical virology. She is currently working on International projects including one on rapid diagnosis of MDR-TB and other CDC project on viral hemorrhagic fevers in collaboration with NIV, Pune etc. She has been Principal Investigator of projects from ICMR/ MoHFW on tuberculosis, virology. She has recently completed an extramural project on Grade I Virology laboratory of ICMR which has led to development of DHR laboratory. She developed and implemented an ICMR project on Molecular Epidemiology of Tuberculosis in slum areas of Jaipur. She is also a PI/ Co-PI of national projects from agencies including ICMR/ DHR eg. Identification of mutations in Epidermal Growth Factor Receptor [EGFR] using FNAC Cell Blocks in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer [NSCLC] patients; Crohn's disease in India: A multicenter study from a country where intestinal tuberculosis as well as Johne’s Disease is endemic. During the last five years she has published more 25 research papers in national and international journals. She has organised many workshops and CMEs related to HIV, TB and Virology. She is member of IAMM, HISICON and other professional bodies.
Dr. O.P. Singh :
Dr OP Singh is presently working as Scientist-G in National Institute of Malaria Research (NIMR- ICMR), Dwarka, New Delhi. His primary research interest focuses on identifying molecular basis of insecticide resistance in mosquitoes and drug resistance in malaria parasites, developing molecular diagnostic tools for identification of mosquitoes sibling species (which can't be differentiated morphologically) as well as for monitoring of insecticide resistance in malaria vectors. He is currently involved in projects on “Molecular population genetic analyses of Anopheles fluviatilis T—ICMR Vector Science Forum project (2014-2016) and Molecular basis of insecticide resistance in Aedesaegypti—DBT funded project (2014-2017). Dr OP Singh has published several papers on these aspects in national and international journals.