Philosophy of Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (JPMS)
Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (JPMS) is not just a journal, but a philosophy to revolutionize medical community from the developing world, particularly from South Asia. It is different from other journals in that it has a philosophy based on certain core principles, which are detailed blow:
Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (JPMS) is an online, free, open-access, peer-reviewed, quarterly, international journal formed in January 2011 by medical students, Haris Riaz and Anis Rehman, who graduated from Dow Medical College (DMC) Karachi, Pakistan in 2011. The name implies that it was started by the Pakistani medical students. However, the word “Students” does not limit JPMS to publishing articles from students only. It received immense response with the addition of Dr. Rehan Qayyum, MD., as the Senior Chief Editor, who is a faculty member and director of Gene Star Project at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD, United States. Dr. Qayyum is renowned for his research work on Aspirin with 25+ publications in top-titer American journals. He severs as the Associate Editor of Journal of Hospital Medicine and peer reviewer of many top journals like Annals of Internal Medicine. His addition gave confidence to the founders to work harder for their dream.
Unofficial Impact factor (IF) of 1.0 for 2011:
Journal of Pakistan Medical Students (JPMS) published 15 cite-able articles in 2011. To maintain high quality of the content, it came at the expense of a high rejection rate of 78%. The quality of content is being increasingly recognized by the academic contributors. To date, the journal has received 19 (11 external and 8 internal citations) from the peer reviewed scientific journals. For the year 2011, JPMS articles received 9 external citations and 6 internal citations (15 citations for 2011 articles/15 cite-able articles published in 2011=1.00 IF for 2011), which make the unofficial impact factor to be 1.00; highest for any journal from Pakistan and comparable to the prestigious journals from South Asia. JPMS team plans to work even harder to maintain and achieve a reasonable impact factor (IF). (As published in a medical news blog, Medicalopedia.org)
Links to JPMS citing articles can be found at:
We feel proud that JPMS has achieved such heights in such a short duration, thanks to the JPMS contributors and support from the scientific community across the globe.
1. Promoting Research:
Medical literature expands at the rate of 6-7% each year, while South Asia contributes 1.2% of the literature despite being 20% of the worlds’ population. The prime reason for founding JPMS, was to promote research in the developing countries particularly Pakistan. JPMS has been successful in encouraging medical community specifically medical students to take part in research and aspire to publish papers in international peer-reviewed journals.
2. Open Access and Free Journal:
JPMS has given a platform to the researchers from developing countries to publish articles for free in an open access journal. Today, it is impossible for the researchers from South Asian countries to publish in Open Access journals because of their high publication fees (US 500-1500$ per article). JPMS is purely free of cost. Accessing an article costs money (US 25-50$), while JPMS stays Open Access and free for all. Anytime, anywhere, and anyone can download the PDF copy of an article with just one click. JPMS is also listed in DOAJ — Directory of Open Access Journals.
3. Science Volunteer:
Aspirin was first formed in the liquid form in early 1810s. In 1853, for the first time, a scientist named Charles Frédéric Gerhardt treated acetyl chloride with sodium salicylate to produce acetylsalicylic acid. In 1897, scientists at Bayer, a pharmaceutical company, began investigating aspirin to convert it in solid form and by 1899, Bayer had branded this drug worldwide as Aspirin – a potent pain-killer. In the 1960s and 1970s, John Vane finally discovered the mechanism of action of aspirin, while clinical trials from the 1960s to the 1980s identified anti-platelet effects of Aspirin and proved its cardio-protective effects. It took approximately 150 years to finally have a drug that prevents 30% of cardiac events. Have we ever thought how many hours did the scientists invest? Since we have been benefiting from Science in our everyday life, it’s our moral obligation to give back to medical science. JPMS is a way to do that! At JPMS everyone is a Science Volunteer who puts in hours to contribute their part for science.
4. Student Journalism:
JPMS is the first journal where medical students can be editors and work independently under supervision of an experienced editor. Management and public relations are mostly led by students, which is unique to JPMS. Hence students have an opportunity to learn editing, reviewing and management skills and work in a friendly teamwork environment.
5. Sign of Peace:
JPMS was featured in Times of India and Aman Ki Asha for bringing the two nations closer by providing a platform for Indian and Pakistani medicos to work together for a greater cause, promote research in South Asia and other developing countries.
6. Writing Culture:
Writing culture is an unpopular entity in the South Asian medical community. JPMS Medical Blogs is an initiative where medics can write on scientific topics to everyday problems they face. It’s the first medical blog from the region to focus on medical issues. Each article has to be reviewed by a physician scientist. Furthermore, JPMS International Medical Writing Contest 2012 was another step forward to promote the writing culture. A total of 150 articles were submitted and 80 were finally published at the JPMS Medical Blogs’ Website. The event was chaired by two editors, one from India and one from Pakistan and jury members included renowned scientists named, Dr. Asim A. Shah, MD (Associate Professor at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, USA), Dr. Muhammad Amer, MD (Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA), Vasumathi Sriganesh, MLIS, (CEO of Quality Medical (QMed) Knowledge Foundation, Mumbai, India) and Dr Kulsoom Ghias, PhD (Assistant Professor and Vice Chair of the Undergraduate (MBBS) Program at Aga Khan University, Karachi, Pakistan).
JPMS Distinguishing Qualities:
1. What makes JPMS international?
JPMS has been publishing articles from 20+ countries with editorial having editors from 15+ countries who work as a team in a friendly environment, which makes JPMS one of its kind. Although it was started from Pakistan, it has published less than 25% articles from Pakistan. JPMS receives submissions from all across the world. JPMS has always proved its slogan of “Don’t work for us but with us”.
2. Ethical Standards:
JPMS holds the highest ethical standards in publication ethics. It is a member of Committee of Publications Ethics, UK and holds representation at the World Association of Medical Editors, USA, since 2011.
3. Quality of Articles:
International editorial from 15+ countries and publication of articles from 20+ countries speaks for the experienced editorial. In 2011, our acceptance rate was 22% which is comparable to the international journals. It’s highest as compared to other Pakistani journals, which have acceptance rate of 50%+. JPMS has published many funded lab-based researches including an interesting study from Egypt. JPMS has been honored to have Dr. Richard Lehman, who blogs reviews at BMJ and is currently a faculty member at Yale University, School of Medicine, New Havens, CT, USA to write an editorial for JPMS.
Unlike many journals, JPMS gives its staff members, the flexibility to work from home via internet and video conference. Hence, JPMS allows our editors and family members from 20 different countries to work together.
5. Brand of Authenticity:
The name of JPMS, as a brand stands for authenticity. The scientific information that JPMS publishes has to be unique and scientifically correct and current.
6. Financial Assistance:
JPMS is thankful to its dedicated editors who have contributed financially. Philanthropic notion of the editors and students from Dow Medical College, Pakistan, is worth mentioning, although it never received any formal funding from any institution or association.
JPMS seeks indexations in reputed services in the near future and will continue publishing quality articles and enhance the team with likeminded people to bring a research revolution in the developing world.
By Founding Editor, Anis Rehman, MD.