PJMD organizes seminar on Journal publishing and scientific writing at ZMU

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PJMD organizes seminar on 
Journal publishing and 
scientific writing at ZMU

By Prof. Saeeda Baig

KARACHI: Pakistan Journal of Medicine and Dentistry (PJMD), in collaboration with Pakistan Association of Medical Editors(PAME) and Ziauddin Medical University organized a one-day seminar on “Medical University Journal: Myths & Realities” at the Ziauddin University Clifton campus, on Saturday, 18th January 2020.

The programme started with an introduction to PJMD preface including scope and editorial system by Managing Editor (Ms. Sadia Farrukh). Then editor of the journal Prof. Dr. Saeeda Baig welcomed the participants. The three guest speakers included Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid, Chief Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences (PJMS), Prof. Dr. Fatema Jawad, Editor-in- Chief of Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) and Prof. Dr. Jamshed Akhtar, Editor of Journal of College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (JCPSP) and president of PAME.

Prior to the start of the seminar Dr. Jamshed Akhtar conducted an interactive session with participants for discussion on seminar objectives, perspective of participants in running a medical journal and their expectations from seminar. Almost around 80 participants attended the seminar which included Professors, Associate and Assistant professors, post graduate trainees and medical resident officers, some of whom were also part of editorial board of PJMD.

PAME in collaboration with Ziauddin Medical University organized a workshop on Journal
publishing and scientific writing at ZMU on January 18, 2020. Prof. Saeeda Baig was the
host while Prof. Jamshed Akhtar President PAME had taken the initiative for this academic
activity. Picture shows the facilitators from (Left to Right) Dr. Fatema Jawed Editor-in-Chief
JPMA, Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and Prof. 
Jamshed Akhtar President PAME being presented mementoes by the organizers. Senior 
faculty members of ZMU 
Prof. Talat Mirza, Prof. Zahida Memon, and
Prof. Serajuddaula Syed are also seen in the picture.

Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid (Chief Editor, PJMS) was the first speaker who talked about justification for taking out medical journal by a university, editorial board selection: justification for inclusion and editorial policies: transparency and accountability. His key points, motivational and interactive session provided useful insights on factors responsible for success of the journal.

Dr. Fatema Jawad (Editor in Chief, JPMA) was the next speaker who in her presentation highlighted articles triage and publication misconduct. She also discussed how to on improvement of the quality of publications, increase in journal impact factor and its continuation in the relevant field which helped the participants in enlightening their knowledge.

Prof. Dr. Jamshed Akhtar (Editor, JCPSP) was the third speaker who highlighted the salient features of an original article? How to write it and what are HEC & PMC Requirements? He concluded the session by emphasizing the importance of medical writing and how much important it is to publish the research. The interactive session was followed by lively discussion wherein the speakers responded to the questions raised by the participants. The future recommendations were also noted by the PJMD team which included Managing editor and Assistant editor.

Prof. Zahida Memon Chairperson of postgraduate committee presented vote of thanks. Later mementoes to the speakers were presented by the editors of the journal: Prof Dr. Saeeda Baig and Prof. Dr. Talat Mirza.

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