Press Release: The Peace Initiative – A JPMS Project
“Peace Initiative” is a project by the Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (JPMS) to promote peace between the two great nations, Pakistan and India. JPMS has been promoting peace through its platform in the past and recently it has joined the event “Celebrate India, Pakistan Independence Days for Peace, August 14-15, 2012”. The slogan of the event is “Pray for peace between India and Pakistan on August 14th and 15th, inspired by the power of prayer when done in numbers”. This event is being hosted by Swati Sharan.
In future, JPMS plans to contribute more for peace between the two nations through its platform.
Details of the Event:
This is a two-day event, worldwide for peace between India and Pakistan, on the occasion of Pakistan and India’s Independence Days. You can participate in it where ever you are and in whatever way you choose. You do not need to be present physically. Just dedicate a few moments on both days in your own way towards peace between India and Pakistan. If you can’t join an event, do your own thing dedicated to peace – light a candle, meditate, pray, fly a kite, cook a meal, make a piece of artwork or write a poem.
This idea is inspired by the fact that although many questions remain about ‘independence’, Indians and Pakistanis have for many years come together at Wagah border on Aug 14 and 15 to celebrate each other’s Independence Days together and call for peace between the two countries. Since not everyone can be physically present at the border on Aug 14/15, we invite supporters of peace to dedicate a few moments wherever in the world they are, at any time on Aug 14 and 15, towards peace between India and Pakistan. The idea for this comes from the “Pray for Peace Between India and Pakistan” initiative started in 2011 by Swati Sharan.
Do share your ideas and efforts here, in order to make it more of a collective initiative. Let’s coordinate to make this year’s celebrations more visible. Please join in where ever you are.
For any questions regarding the event, kindly email at: [email protected]
Join the event on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/events/185174041611282/
Link for details: http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=824
Note: The details of the event have been taken from the Event Page.
JPMS Participation in the Event:
- JPMS will promote the event via its subscribers at different social media platforms. Since, most of the subscribers are healthcare professionals, the message of the peace will be highlighted in the medical community.
- JPMS Medical Blogs will invite articles/blogs pertaining to the collaboration between the medical communities of India and Pakistan.
- To celebrate the event, an article will be published from the JPMS editorial on Aug 14-15, 2012 to highlight how the medical community can be a part of the peace process between the two nations.
- The event and its logo and link will be placed in the partners’ page of the official website.
- Editorial members and volunteers will be notified via an email about the event and will be persuaded to participate in the online event.
- Video conference on the independence days between the doctors to create greater understanding.
Background of JPMS:
Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (www.jpmsonline.com), currently indexed in 27 international databases, was launched in January 2011 by Dr. Haris Riaz and Dr. Anis Rehman from Dow Medical College, Pakistan. JPMS is unique in the sense that it takes the word “student” in a broader aspect since learning is a life-long process. Hence, JPMS is one of the few journals which have an editorial team of learned professors, dedicated young doctors and enthusiastic students, who belong to Pakistan, India, USA, Greece, Australia, UAE, Saudi Arabia, UK, Iran, Egypt and China.
The Peace Initiative:
Majority of the editors and reviewers are from India and Pakistan. They have been working together for a more than a year and maintain friendly yet professional relationships. It has been a great learning process for editorial members from both the countries, who have been benefiting from each others’ expertise and building life-long friendships. JPMS has friendly and professional people and the focus is always on merit and standards. The Head of JPMS News Section is Dr. Soumyadeep Bhaumik from Kolkata, India (who has previously served as a Sub-Editor for Journal of Indian Medical Association (IMA) and is currently the Resident Editor in Your Health of IMA). Others from India associated with the journal are Dr. Yatan Pal Singh Balhara (Lady Hardinge Medical College and Smt. SK Hospital New Delhi, India), Dr. Muhammad Tariq Salman (Era’s Lucknow Medical College, Lucknow, India), Dr. Sourabh Aggarwal (Mission Hospital, Shahkot, Jalandhar, India), Mushtaq Chalkoo (Government Medical College, Srinagar, India), Ritesh Singh (College of Medicine and JLM Hospital, West Bengal, India), and Noushif Medappil (Calicut Medical College, Calicut University, Karela, India).
JPMS has also been promoting internationally and publishing conference proceedings. Recently, it has promoted Konference-2012, an Indian conference held in March 2012 at KPC Medical College and Hospital, Kolkata, India. This is another effort to bring the two brotherly nations closer.
Health-India, one of the largest health news portal in India, published a story on JPMS (based on a press release made by JPMS). The story highlights how JPMS is promoting peace between the two nations.
What Makes JPMS Different?
Although it was started from Pakistan, it has been publishing more articles from India rather than the home country. From the published articles, 30% of the contributions have been from India; on the contrary, only 25% from the home country, Pakistan. The reason is that JPMS gives equal opportunities to the researchers from both the countries and articles are published purely on the basis of merit through an independent and standard peer-review process. The journal is a member of Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE), UK and follows high ethical standards for publication. It has published articles from India, USA, UK, Greece, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Oman, Mexico, Australia, UAE, China, Singapore, Iran, Pakistan and Kenya.
It is worth mentioning that JPMS has a wide reach through social media, advanced SEO and website visits, blogs, mobile apps for Android, Nokia and a web app for iPhone and iPad. It is one of the few medical journals which is completely free as there is no submission fee, publication fee or online access charges of any kind.
JPMS Medical Blogs – For Medical Professionals and General Public:
JPMS Medical Blogs is an initiative to provide a platform for students, doctors, professionals, general public and the policy makers where they can discuss the updates pertaining to medical literature and healthcare related issues. The sub-continent has many medical blogs; however, the authenticity of the information posted there is always a question. Each article published in JPMS Medical Blogs has to be reviewed by two practicing doctors, one of which is an editor from JPMS to ensure that the information is medically correct.
Since JPMS is a supporting organization of Healthcare Information for All, HIFA 2015, an organization based in UK, it affirms the objectives of free healthcare information for everyone.
Developing countries have limited access to research journals. If correct and accurate information is given to doctors from developing countries, their need for scientific knowledge can be addressed through this blog. Moreover, it presents research in a simple language so that common people and doctors, who do not have much knowledge and understanding of the statistical methods, can benefit from the scientific literature. Join the blog team as an editor or a regular contributor.
JPMS International Medical Writing Contest 2012:
JPMS is organizing this event to promote the culture of writing and reading, which has declined recently. The organizing committee has members from both India and Pakistan. The jury includes renowned scholars from across the globe, namely, Asim A. Shah, MD (Associate Professor and Associate Chief of Psychiatry, Harris County Hospital District & Ben Taub General Hospital, Houston, TX, USA), Muhammad Amer, MD (Assistant Professor, Department of General Internal Medicine, Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA), Vasumathi Sriganesh, MLIS (CEO, Quality Medical (QMed) Knowledge Foundation, Mumbai, India) and Dr. Kulsoom Ghias, PhD (Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Undergraduate (MBBS) Program, Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan). The last date to submit an article for the event is August 15, 2012. The event has received overwhelming response from many countries from South Asia and other regions.
The future plans of JPMS include bringing researchers together from both countries and publish quality research and articles from this region. Long term goals include acquiring reputed indexations and securing a high impact factor. The goodwill and sense of bonding among researchers and doctors will hopefully make India and Pakistan together accomplish the goal of making the world “More Healthy, More Friendly”.
Dr. Anis Rehman
Member, Governing Body, JPMS
Associate Chief and Founding Editor,
Journal of Pakistan Medical Students
Journal Website: www.jpmsonline.com
Blog Website: http://blogs.jpmsonline.com
Journal Email: [email protected]
Blog Email: [email protected]