Jose Bonilla-Cruz
Jose Bonilla-Cruz
PhD.
CIMAV
Titular Researcher
Monterrey, Nuevo León, México

Publish or perish!.

Publish or perish!. This statement is often used in the science world, but how often we need to publish without diminishing the "high quality" of some scientific work?.
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Dr. Rumi Khajotia
Dr. Rumi Khajotia
MBBS (Bom), MD (Bom), MD (Vienna), FAMA (Vienna), FAMS (Vienna)
International Medical University/Seremban General Hospital
Consultant Pulmonologist
Seremban, Malaysia
3mon ago
I do not believe in the urgency of the term, 'publish or perish' because the hallmark of a good doctor is how well he can diagnose and treat patients, not merely of how successfully he can publish papers in various journals. Period!

There are scores of doctors who rarely publish due to various reasons such as a busy work schedule or not inclined to make the effort, and are in reality excellent clinicians. So if they do not publish it doesn't mean that they are not good doctors.

I feel, the best combination would be one where a doctor excels in clinical medicine and publishes occasionally whenever he has something important to share with his medical colleagues. Just publishing paper-after-paper without interest in clinical medicine would defeat the primary purpose of being a doctor, namely, that of treating patients.

However, pure medical research is of course a different subject altogether.
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Dr. Roddy Hiram
Dr. Roddy Hiram
PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
Unfortunatly what you decribe here doesn't apply to doctors in chemistry, or physics, or pharmacology etc,
As they are not doctors in medicine, they have to publish if they want to keep their position and relevance in their field.
3mon ago
Dr. Rumi Khajotia
Dr. Rumi Khajotia
MBBS (Bom), MD (Bom), MD (Vienna), FAMA (Vienna), FAMS (Vienna)
International Medical University/Seremban General Hospital
Yes, obviously I am referring to publishing among medical doctors who are actively practising clinical medicine. For other branches of science the reasons and compulsions for publishing would certainly be different.
2mon ago
Dr. Roddy Hiram
Dr. Roddy Hiram
PhD
Montreal Heart Institute
Post-Doctorate Fellow
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3mon ago
I really appreciate this topic, because it is the main problem of our generation of experts. Some excellent young researchers have few publications in high-quality journals and are in competition with researchers with numerous publication in medium to a low impact-factor journal. Which one would be preferred for an academic position?
Difficult to answer, in terms of Number.
However, when needed to be hired for a Job, one thing that never fails, is the way you defend yourself in the, sometimes neglected, cover letter, or motivation letter ...
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Dr. Aly Farag El Sheikha
Dr. Aly Farag El Sheikha
PhD
Department of Biology, Faculty of Science, McMaster University
Researcher
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
3mon ago
The science is science, in my opinion, all scientific media should respect and consider that.
Dr. Chunming Cheng
Dr. Chunming Cheng
PhD
The Ohio State University
Senior Research Associate
Columbus, OH, United States
3mon ago
It is a big problem in the current system!
Mr HARISHCHANDER ANANDARAM
Mr HARISHCHANDER ANANDARAM
PhD
Research Associate
Bioinformatician
CHENNAI, TAMILNADU, India
3mon ago
Publication is important but it should not be forced.It has to come out of their own interest.Impact factor relates to the quality of journal and the citation index relate to repute of the institute.I prefer a factor called review index i.e 10 experts in the particular field should perform a critical review of the work after publication to justify the impact of the article.
Dr. Paschal Mdoe
Dr. Paschal Mdoe
MD, PhD
Haydom Lutheran Hospital
Director of Hospital Services & Head of Research
Manyara, Tanzania, United Republic of
3mon ago
There is no straight answer to this question, but I think for a keen scientists, publishing at least annually is adequate. Adequate and enough time to design and conduct quality research is a pivot to a high quality publication with significant knowledge contribution.
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