Sticks to its earlier stand but Invites PAME delegation for online meeting

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HEC responds to PAME communication
Sticks to its earlier stand but Invites
PAME delegation for online meeting 
Webinar being organized through ProQuest
and Emerald for training of editors and this
activity says will continue

ISLAMABAD: Dr. Muhammad Tahir Ali Shah, Director R&D, Higher Education Commission, Government of Pakistan has responded to the communication sent to the HEC by Pakistan Association of Medical Editors (PAME) regarding accreditation of Health Science Journals. While sticking to their earlier stance on this issue, he has however invited all the three Editors who had signed the letter sent to HEC i.e. Prof. Jamshed Akhtar, Dr. Fatema Jawad and Mr. Shaukat Ali Jawaid for an online meeting to discuss these issues.

In an e-mail message received today on April 23rd 2020, is being reproduced below verbatim for the sake of record as well as information of editors of health science journals in particular and members of the medical profession in general.

“With Reference to your letter NIL dated April 20th, 2020 addressed to Worthy Chairman HEC Islamabad on above mentioned subject. Thank you for reaching out and sharing the commitment to enhance quality of research and publications in the country. I would like to clarify your concerns underscored in the referenced letter as follow:

1. Option to enter frequency of journal in online application form was already available. However, another option as per demand has also been added.

2. As per revised policy, HEC will provide financial grants to national recognized journals for following purposes:

      (a) External peer review fee (national/ international).
      (b) Registration with one or more well reputed abstracting/indexing agencies.
      (c) Website maintenance, OJS or similar platform.

3. Details of bank account has only been added for record. Audited income and expenditure statement is required for release of financial grant.

4. As for as qualification of Editorial board is concerned, in case of medical, FCPS/FRCS/MCPS degree is also allowed.

5. This will invite lots of conflict of interest issues. It is very difficult to believe that someone will not interfere in review process. Yes, it takes a lot of research and effort to reach to that level of Editor, but one should be able to sacrifice the attraction of publishing in their own journal.

6. Again conflict of interest issues.

7. Administration of journal should take prudent measures to improve quality of journal at per with best international standards to attract international authorship.

8. HEC is facilitating capacity Building workshop for Editors of Research Journals in order to improve the quality of research journals and get indexed with well reputed indexing agencies including Scopus and Web of Science.

9. HEC has organized webinar with ProQuest and Emerald for training of editors of national research journals. This activity will be continued in future as well.

10. It is indeed a matter of concern for HEC that our national journals are lagging behind in competing with international journals. The revised policy is primarily focused to encourage our national journals in Y and X category to achieve scoring threshold for W category by improving academic quality of research publications in line with international standards.

11. You may get a fresh certificate from competent authority of university/institute regarding ownership of journal stating that this is an official journal of university/institute.

We appreciate your input on this matter of national importance and hope you will continue to suggest improvement for betterment. Also HEC will appreciate if we can arrange an online meeting with your good-selves in next week on subject matter. Kindly share possible date and time for this purpose.”