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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 110


Department of Surgery, Mount Zion Medical College, Adoor, Kerala, India

Date of Submission03-Oct-2021
Date of Decision16-Oct-2021
Date of Acceptance16-Oct-2021
Date of Web Publication15-Nov-2021

Correspondence Address:
Y M Fazil Marickar
Department of Surgery, Mount Zion Medical College, Adoor, Kerala
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ksj.ksj_48_21

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Fazil Marickar Y M. Editorial. Kerala Surg J 2021;27:110

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Fazil Marickar Y M. Editorial. Kerala Surg J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2022 Jun 26];27:110. Available from: http://www.keralasurgj.com/text.asp?2021/27/2/110/330412

Dear Surgeon Colleagues,

As we are going through the saga of establishing a Journal for Kerala in an indexed format, we have to go through various hurdles, trying to teach the younger generation of the procedures for preparing a paper for scientific publication. With this idea in mind, the editorial board is conducting certain sessions for the postgraduate students and interested authors for training in organising the research data, coding them in Excel files, preparing the Excel file for statistical packages, transferring files to the statistical package and performing the common statistical tests, namely 16 in number, including:

Experience has shown that statistics is not to be afraid of. Statistics is not to be left to the discretion of the statistician. The clinician has to learn the basics of Statistics so that the statistical approach toward the subject can be more clinically oriented and more fruitful in the ultimate presentation of data and reaching conclusions.

I exhort the new authors to follow the protocols of SCARE guidelines for surgical case records, CONSORT for clinical trials study, STROBE guidelines for original articles and PRISMA for meta-analysis and ARRIVE for animal research.

Another significant issue that is facing the new others is the extortion of money by the publishing groups. As an academician, I feel that the payment of money for scientific publications is unethical unwarranted and avoidable. If financial resources are available, they may pay; however, for budding authors, who want to get papers published in indexed journals, it is very unreasonable to demand money. This irregularity has to be stumped in the bud. Kerala Surgical Journal continues to publish without any payment from any of the authors. I hope the world scientific community will open up to the academic aspects of publications rather than limit publications to biased company-sponsored corporate publications.

May I request all aspiring authors to submit the papers online through the website at review.jow.medknow.ksj.

With best regards to all and sincere prayers for a COVID-protected environment for all.


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