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- v.36(1); Jan-Mar 2015
Ayurveda research publications: A serious concern
Vaidya rajesh kotecha.
Vice Chancellor, Gujarat Ayurved University, Jamnagar, Gujarat, India. E-mail: moc.ytisrevinudevruya@ofni
Teaching from the time immemorial has been considered as a noble profession. Teaching, Research, and Publication are the three basic components ( TRISTAMBHAS ) that one need to take care in the system of education. Traditionally, new knowledge is disseminated through research papers published in peer-reviewed journals. Currently, peer-reviewed publications by the researchers are the measurable index of their performance. To showdown the credibility, an institution should have a good number of quality publications over a time scale. A good and responsible university will always reorient itself and generate good quality papers. Considering the impact of good publications in the field of science, certain universities such as Savitribai Phule Pune University has come out with a comprehensive policy on research publications, primarily to curb the growing tendency to publish papers in dubious and predatory journals, which, in turn, lowers the quality of research and affects the reputation of an institution.[ 1 ] Such stringent policies developed by Savitribai Phule University are needed in current times and all universities should come forward to take measures that curb academic pollution.
But, whether such policies will work in the field of Ayurveda? It is a difficult question to answer. Despite of larger investments in Ayurveda researches and a huge number of Ayurveda PG/PhD Scholars coming-out every year, they failed to publish the outcome because of many reasons. Lack of good journals to encourage Ayurveda research publications may be one of the reasons.
On the other hand, it is well known that professional advancement of a scientist can be obtained by publishing good quality research. The system of promotions in universities also depends on the papers published by an individual in an academic calendar. In such a scenario of publication driven promotions, annual appraisals, and lacking of Ayurveda journals, mushrooming of casual or spurious or predatory journals is witnessing. Such academic black market guarantees the researcher, a publication over the night. This ultimately produces a poorly taught generation, which is a serious concern to the society and to the science.
Current Scenario of Ayurveda Journals
Unfortunately, the scenario is discouraging. There are only few journals in the field of Ayurveda that understand and encourage Ayurveda concepts and researches. AYU managed by IPGT and RA Jamnagar, JAIM by the Institute of Ayurveda and Integrative Medicine, Bangalore, and ASL by The Ayurvedic Trust, Coimbatore are the only three Ayurveda journals indexed with PubMed and PubMed Central. Another journal, IJAR was started with great expectations, but was closed with certain administration wrangles. There are few more journals that exclusively encourage Ayurveda works [ Table 1 ].
Few other journals that encourage Ayurveda works
In addition, certain journals such as Indian Journal of Natural Products and Resources, Indian Journal of Traditional Knowledge, and Journal of Scientific and Industrial Research of NISCAIR also support Ayurveda researches to some extent.
The scenario is pathetic and painful. There is a need to conduct training programs on research methodology, create awareness about predatory journals, and develop scientific writing skills to Ayurveda professionals.[ 2 ] On the other hand, there is no encouraging atmosphere for aspiring young researchers of Ayurveda. If enthusiastically someone wants to communicate their publications to foreign journals, they cannot meet the expenses.
In such situation, to uplift Ayurveda researches and publications, Ministry of AYUSH and other responsible authorities for AYUSH Education should think and take immediate actions to define a roadmap that will go ahead for a long. The two important issues that may help in uplifting the Ayurveda researches are:
- Appointing Bio-statistician in all the Ayurveda research centers and Post Graduate education centers and hospitals
- Establishing a PUBLICATION CELL at central level.
Undoubtedly, this step will uplift and disseminate Ayurveda potentialities throughout the world. The initiation should be focused on:
- At the outset, have extended discussions with the scientific community to assess the requirement for new journals and establishing a publication cell
- Identify potential individuals/agencies/universities/institutes that can be given the responsibility to manage journals
- Fix number of journals and handover responsibilities
- Appoint manpower and provide facilities
- Organizing the journals punctually and periodically
- To be certain that the contents of journals get into the abstracting and indexing journals
- To improve citations for the publications (as high citations are always appreciated against publications in IF)
- To decrease the time lag in between the acceptance of a paper and its publication.
- To reach-out to universities/students and inspire them. Discuss the reasons for the lack of good publications and restructure entire strategy to achieve this. Try to define and develop a smooth strategy, so that administration wrangles cannot come in the way of good research
- Teach ethics to researchers and encourage young researchers and faculty to contribute
- Must design a mechanism to assess the quality of publications while selecting best universities and institutions
- Categorizing journals: Merely adding an adjective “National” or “Global” or “International” cannot qualify a journal to become truly international. There is a need to categorize journals for assessing the quality of publications
- Keep a check on universities/individual institutions (annual reports of institutions focusing on publications) for grading/allotting funding to further researches, etc
- Unfortunately, the education system of India in the present scenario is much considered about technical aspects and least preferred towards developing the communicating, writing, and publishing skills. It may be one of the reason, many scientists does not like to write or have poor writing skills.
This is the right time; that the Ministry of AYUSH come forward and take appropriate pro-active steps, design a strategy for optimum outcome in the area of research publications in Ayurveda.
International Journal of Ayurvedic Medicine
Review articles, madhuca longifolia var. latifolia (roxb.) a.chev: a plant with medicinal boon, the nutraceutical value of horticultural crops, role of withaferin a in the management of breast cancer: a comprehensive review, screening of phytoresources from the romanian flora with medical applications against covid - review, integrative approach on post covid-19 and infertility: a literature review, vatsanabha (aconitum ferox wall. ex seringe): a known visha but potent medicine w.s.r. rasa ratna samuchchaya, decade-wise rasayana prayoga in female reproductive health - a conceptual study, research articles, a druggability study to probe immunomodulatory unani plants as active inhibitors of pseudotyped particle cell entry, comparative evaluation of dashamula saindhavaa sarpi as nasya (nasal administration) versus oral administration in the management of ardhavabhedaka (~migraine): a randomized parallel group clinical study, variations in the severity of symptoms, das28, and disability index among different vata predominant deha-prakriti individuals of amavata (~rheumatoid arthritis) - an analytical observational study, a comparative study on the effectiveness of pathadi churna and protein powder in karshya (undernutrition) among preschool children, network pharmacology and molecular docking-based activity of hemidesmus indicus (l.) r.br. in acute myeloid leukemia : a computational study, development and validation of uv-spectrophotometric method for estimation of vinpocetine in marketed formulation and nanoformulation, a comparative study of structural properties and antacid activity of some commercial samples of shauktika bhasma, a survey of ethnomedicinal plants used for urinary tract infection (uti) and kidney stone in the nalbari, sonitpur and tinsukia districts of assam, india, a comparative clinical study on the effect of vachadi avaleha versus mustakadi avaleha in the management of pratishyaya (~recurrent rhinitis) in school going children: a single-blind randomized control trial, analytical study and preparation of praval garbha pottali, comparison of the two extraction methods of fruit pulp of aragvadha (cassia fistula linn.) by hptlc, effect of methanolic extract of ventilago maderaspatana leaves on liver function markers and histopathology of liver tissue in streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats, fuzzy set qualitative methodology for identifying the critical process parameters and quality attributes in the manufacturing of arogyavardhini rasa, ethnozoological survey of non conventional food items and their therapeutic use by the traditional healers of dhemaji district of assam, north-east india, new validated ultra high performance liquid chromatographic method for estimation of quercetin, standardisation of kuvalayaghrta: a potential nootropic supplement, palmar dermatoglyphic profile in jatyaandh - a pilot study, comparative analytical evaluation of pruthvisara taila prepared by two different methods, efficacy and safety of vicia faba l. extract compared with levodopa in management of parkinson’s disease and an in‐silico phytomedicine analysis, evaluation of acute toxicity of rasaparpati - an ayurvedic mercurial compound in albino rats, a comparative pharmaceutical study of abhrasindoora by traditional and contemporary method, an in vitro study of cytotoxicity of organophosphate insecticides (imidacloprid, profenofos, dichlorvos) and natural products (neem oil and dashparni ark) on human peripheral lymphocytes by mtt and trypan blue assay, clinical study of maricha kshaudra yoga in the management of vataja kasa (dry cough), clinical evaluation of pleurotus florida (white oyster mushroom) – chatraka in the management of vitamin d deficiency, characterisation of shirashulahara lepa – a non-codified formulation, clinical study of add on effect of triphaladaruadi kwatha (vangsenokta) along with antidiabetic drug in management of prameha (non-insulin dependent diabetes mellitus- niddm), importance of swa anguli pramana in health assessment: insights from cross-sectional study on aayama relationship, an open non randomized clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of tachyspermum ammi powder - oma chooranam in the management of moolam (internal hemorrhoids) among out-patients attending ayothidoss pandithar hospital, national institute of siddha, chennai, case reports, ayurveda management of global developmental delay (bala samvardhan janya vatavikruti) by collaborative approach of shaman and bhrimhana chikitsa in ayurveda-a case report, ayurvedic management of asthimajja gata vata w.s.r to avn of head of femur – a case study, efficacy of yashtimadhu ghrit matra basti in post-operative management of ano-rectal cases – a case series, ayurveda management in diabetic neuropathy vis-à-vis prameha upadrava–a case study, role of panchakarma in the management of spinal canal stenosis - a case study, management of abhighatjanya apabahuka (traumatic frozen shoulder) by ayurveda: a case study, purgation therapy (bhedhi) in the treatment of trigeminal neuralgia and evaluation using siddha diagnostic tool neerkuri and neikuri – a case study.
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