We need to introduce modern technology in medical journals-Lutfullah Kakakhel

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 We need to introduce modern technology
in medical journals - Lutfullah Kakakhel

KMU VC has given complete independence to Chief Editors
to run and manage their respective journals-Akhtar Sherin

PESHAWAR: We need to introduce modern technology in medical journals to keep pace with the developments taking place at a fast pace. This was stated by Prof. Lutfullah Kakakhel former Vice Chancellor of Kohat University of Medical Sciences. He was speaking at the dinner reception organized to celebrate Ten Years of successful publication of Khyber Medical University Journal. It was a part of the Fourth National Conference of Pakistan Association of Medical Editors hosted by the Khyber Medical University from March 3-4th2018. All the journals, he said, should go on Open Journal System or other similar programmes which offer numerous advantages and accelerates the whole process of Publications.

Prof. Lutfullah Kakakhel who is an expert in Information Technology, it may be mentioned here had helped start using OJS for their journal from the very first day. He also conducted an orientation course for the editors of medical and science journals at Higher Education Commission many years ago to acquaint them with the OJS. He also showed a small gadget which he said has large data base including thousands of articles, over four hundred books and numerous other features which are useful for the researchers.


Khyber Medical University Journal celebrated its 10th year of successful publication during the 
Fourth National Conference of Pakistan Association of Medical Editors held at Peshawar recently. 
Picture sows Prof. Arshad Javed VC KMU presenting a Memento to Prof. Lutfullah Kakakhel former
VC of KUST who was the chief guest at this occasion.

Prof. Akhtar Sherin Chief Editor of Khyber Medical University Journal speaking at the occasion said that they started this journal in 2008 as KUST Medical Journal and later it was renamed as Khyber Medical University Journal. Prof. Lutfullah Kakakhel was the moving spirit behind this venture and we started using OJS from the very first day. Prof.Tariq Mufti had joined us as Principal of the Medical College and we also benefitted from his experience as he had been working as Chief Editor of Journal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad. Terms of Reference for running the journal were approved by the Board of Studies and maintaining quality was our aim. Unfortunately soon after, Prof. Lutfullah Kakakhel was kidnapped by the Taliban and we ran into trouble. When the journal was published it was also the last day of Prof.Tariq Mufti and we hosted a farewell lunch for him. He also highlighted the problems they had to face. Prof. Hafeezullah and Prof. Saleem Khattak also helped us a lot. Prof.Arshad Javed the present Vice Chancellor of KMU, he further stated, has now given complete freedom and autonomy to the Chief Editors to run and manage their respective journals and there is no interference by the administration at all.

Prof.Tariq Mufti in his speech on the occasion recalled his efforts for Journal of Ayub Medical College. He also paid tributes to late Dr. Muhammad Ilyas who was a qualified, competent cardiologist but he was neglected by his colleagues. He was keen researcher and he encouraged me to write. He also commended the encouragement and support he had from Prof.A.J.Khan the founder Principal of Ayub Medical College, Abbottabad.

Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and Secretary EMAME highlighted the contributions made by late Prof.Tahir Saeed Haroon to promote the discipline of dermatology and earn respect for dermatologists in the society and recognition for this specialty. The occasion was used to offer Fateha for the departed soul who also served as President of Pakistan Medical Journalists Association which was later renamed as PAME. He had contributed a lot to promote medical journalism in the country as well.

Dr. Jamshed Akhtar who took over as the new President of PAME in his speech highlighted the importance of maintaining standard and quality of manuscripts accepted for publication. Recently HEC, he said, has derecognized twenty journals. We need to move forward, give due emphasis to logic and philosophy. Efforts should be made that all our medical journals move to W category of the HEC recognized medical journals, he remarked.

Prof. Arshad Javed Vice Chancellor of KMU said that in the new set up in PM&DC he has been given the responsibilities to chair the Curriculum and Journals Committee. We need to change the rules of PM&DC, revise the Evaluation criteria and this is a rare opportunity to make some important changes and bring the PM&DC Journals Evaluation criteria at par with that of HEC. We have provision and Vice Chancellors of various universities have nominated three editors to this committee, hence with their input, he was hopeful of making some positive change, he added.

On second day of the conference, workshops were organized on Epidemiologic study designs and basic statistics, essentials of scientific manuscript submission to medical journals, Online Journal Management System and Peer Review.

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