Saudi Journal of Anaesthesia

: 2020  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 271--272

Global contribution of Indian authors in various critical care journals: An Eye-opener

Ankur Sharma1, Varuna Vyas2,  
1 Department of Trauma and Emergency (Anaesthesiology), All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India
2 Department of Pediatrics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Jodhpur, Rajasthan, India

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Dr. Ankur Sharma
Department of Anaesthesiology, 3rd Floor, OPD Block, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Basni, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Sharma A, Vyas V. Global contribution of Indian authors in various critical care journals: An Eye-opener.Saudi J Anaesth 2020;14:271-272

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The number of publications in the field of critical care has continued to grow over the years.[1] Good quality papers are being published from around the globe to critical care journals. Indian researchers have also been increasingly involved in publishing various papers on different sections of critical care. Although Indian authors' contributions have increased in international journals over the years, input is still scarce. There are approximately around 15 exclusively critical care-related journals (indexed in PubMed) worldwide.

We searched for the input of Indian authors in some of the leading critical care journals such as American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (AJRCCM), Intensive Care Medicine (ICM), Critical Care Medicine (CCM), Critical Care (CC), Annals of Intensive Care (AIC), Pediatric Critical Care Medicine (PCCM), Critical Care and Resuscitation (CCR), Journal of Critical Care (JCC), Neurocritical Care (NCC), Journal of Intensive Care (JIC), Current Opinion in Critical Care (COCC), Critical Care Clinics (CCC), Journal of Intensive care medicine (JICM), Critical Care Research and Practice (CCRP), and Seminars in Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine (SRCCM). All of the above journals are PubMed indexed, the database we searched. Each corresponding author's country of origin was also searched. We used relevant journal acronyms as mentioned in PubMed along with search terms “India.”

Searching was carried out on 31 July 2019. A total number of 15566 articles were published in AJRCCM, 58529 in ICM, 45132 in CCM, 4318 in CC, 8374 in AIC, 4181 in PCCM, 1222 in CCR, 3515 in JCC, 2097 in NCC, 392 in JIC, 1822 in COCC, 3862 in CCC, 1208 in JICM, 277 in CCRP, and 1371 in SRCCM. It was found that the Indian authors made a very small contribution: 0.0026% in AJRCCM, 0.00013% in ICM, 0.0012% in CCM, 0.0005% in CC, 0.0023% in AIC, 0.01674% in PCCM, in 0.0016% in CCR, 0.01792% in JCC, 0.0066% in NCC, 0.03571% in JIC, 0.0010% in COCC, 0.0015% in CCC, 0.0074% in JICM, 0.02527% in CCRP, and 0.0029% in SRCCM. Furthermore, numbers of articles in which corresponding author is from India are also very less [Table 1].{Table 1}

In today's critical care practice, there is a strong need to introduce a significant cultural and clinical transformation in the design of critical care studies. Qualitative research must be reasonably appreciated, supported by a conceptual framework and should be feasible in practice. Moreover, a stronger knowledge of studies performs a significant role in potentially affecting the younger generations. The reliability of the academic and research projects presented for publishing must be taken precautions, as quantitative floods could potentially undermine the true advancement the discipline has made. This is how developing countries such as India can make a huge turnaround in critical care literature around the world.

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