Comment regarding the article “Comparative metrics of neurosurgical scientific journals: What do they mean to readers?”
- Department of Neurosurgery, Avicenne Military Hospital of Marrakech, Mohammed V University in Rabat, Marrakech, Morocco.
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“The best way to predict the future is to create it” [Abraham Lincoln].
The team of James Ausman is to be congratulated for their article entitled “Comparative metrics of neurosurgical scientific journals: What do they mean to readers?” recently published in Surgical Neurology International.[
Bibliometrics is a meta-science that takes science as its object of study. It concerns three elements of scientific activity: its inputs, its outputs, and its impacts.[
It is obvious that scientific publishing has positive consequences on the medical education and training, scientific innovation, and ultimately on the population’s healthcare. Peer-reviewed medical journals are an important, established, and credible means for scientific communication which is an essential support for researchers and the medical community. Historically, academic journals are also used in the benefit of permanent and transparent forum for the presentation, review, and discussion of research and not to make money. Both readers and authors are important for the survival of academic journals. However, journals’ authors are generally not paid. Among many other reasons of writing, there are the continuing medical education, the promotion to an academic position, and the gain of international recognition as experts in a particular field.[
In many developing countries, it is frequently difficult to search, access, and share scientific information. There are some difficulties attributed to many reasons, in particular, the lack of publication culture, the unfamiliarity with the English language, the lack of financial resources and qualified personnel, as well as the lack of recognition, motivation and incentives.[
Furthermore, the young generation of medical doctors, faculty members, and researchers tend to use easier open access publications. Nonetheless, under the pressure of publishing articles as soon as possible, the “Publish or Perish syndrome” can quickly turn into “Publish and Perish syndrome” where the rules (Code of Publication Ethics) are not respected in many predatory online journals (known as write-only publishing or deceptive publishing).[
In conclusion, the involvement of young neurosurgeons in medical writing will surely improve the quality of their scientific work and their practice, and of course, bring definite benefits for the patients. The culture of medical writing and publications must go through initial training. With the development of online journal publishers and scientific social media platforms, knowledge increases, and we need new strategies to be in a much better position than our seniors.[
I am very grateful for the opportunity to learn from Professor James Ausman and to work with him and Professor Nancy Epstein in a true international academic journal.
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