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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 23-24

A dental professional's personal experience as an author: Innovational and educational approach


Department of Dentistry, Government Taluk Head Quarters Hospital, Malappuram, Kerala, India

Date of Submission19-Apr-2020
Date of Acceptance12-Feb-2021
Date of Web Publication13-Apr-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Thorakkal Shamim
Shangrila” Parappanangadi, Malappuram - 676 303, Kerala
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/MJ.MJ_10_20

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Shamim T. A dental professional's personal experience as an author: Innovational and educational approach. Mustansiriya Med J 2021;20:23-4

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Shamim T. A dental professional's personal experience as an author: Innovational and educational approach. Mustansiriya Med J [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Dec 4];20:23-4. Available from: https://www.mmjonweb.org/text.asp?2021/20/1/23/313656



Dear Editor,

This paper highlights the biographical sketch of a dental professional from India as an author to innovate and educate upcoming dental professionals in India. Scientific publications are considered as a colloquium to communicate with the readers of the globe to gain recognition as experts in a particular field at national and international levels. The authors should acquire essential qualities such as love of writing, love of words, imagination, motivation, and professionalism for good scientific publication.

The primary objective of the study is to self-audit the role as a potential author to promote dental publishing using educational and innovational approach. Bibliometric analysis of the research made by the author was retrieved from the site ResearchGate.[1] Only articles published by the author were included, while chapters, preprints, and presentations were excluded in the study. Research was divided into innovational and educational topics. The study period was from July 30, 2008, to July 30, 2019, where the author worked as Dental Assistant Surgeon in following institutions, respectively, Taluk Head Quarters Hospital, Nilambur, India, and Taluk Head Quarters Hospital, Malappuram, India.

[TAG:2]Role as Innovator in Dental Publishing [Table 1][1][/TAG:2]
Table 1: Innovational articles

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The author is a 42-year-old male government dental professional from India. This is his 10 years' experience as an author to innovate and educate upcoming dental professionals in India. His life was influenced by ethical principles and religious background of Islam nurtured by parents. His writing skills was improvised and encouraged by the mentors and teachers when he was doing Masters in Dental Surgery (Oral Pathology and Microbiology) from 2005 to 2008 at a Government Dental School in India. During that period, he published his first book (Review of Oral Pathology with Explanatory Answers), a multiple-choice questions book for undergraduate students for the subject oral pathology.[2]

As an innovator, the author had worked on topics such as forensic odontology, iatrogenic lesions of teeth and associated structures in the oral cavity, orofacial pain, psychosomatic disorders pertaining to dentistry, spindle cell neoplasms of the oral cavity, oral manifestations of endocrine disorders, and dental indices. He had done library dissertation on forensic odontology during his postgraduate period, and there was no working classification for forensic odontology based on relationship with dental specialties. He had proposed working classification for forensic odontology in 2011, and its detailed review about above classification in 2012 and study to support the classification was ascertained.

The psychosomatic disorders of the oral cavity were the essay topic during his postgraduate period, and there was no literature on the working classification about psychosomatic disorders of the oral cavity in PubMed. He had made an attempt to propose working classification for psychosomatic disorders in 2012 and revised the classification based on the personal communications received in 2014. Later, he re-revised above classification in 2017 based on a new psychosomatic entity occurred in his life.

[TAG:2]Role as Educator in Dental Publishing [Table 2][1][/TAG:2]
Table 2: Educational articles

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As an educator, the author had made articles on publication ethics, oral health, oral pathology, workplace, and current issues pertaining to India. He had lucky to pictorially illustrate clinical photographs of moon molars in congenital syphilis in a pathology journal where the existing literature supports only evidence from museum specimens. He had encountered an occupational hazard in the workplace, and it was published to motivate dental professionals to stick on Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines.

Even though he had behind unethical principles of publication such as plagiarism and predatory journals, he was once caught for plagiarizing article about plagiarism and he admitted his mistake and the article was retracted.[3]

Every year, he refines his writing skills by attending workshops on publishing organized by specific associations. Even though the author is working as a dental professional in a Hospital, he is finding time to educate and innovate the upcoming dental professionals to safeguard the ethical principles in publishing. Courage and honesty of the author may take center stage to halt unethical practices of publishing.

Declaration of patient consent

The authors certify that they have obtained all appropriate patient consent forms. In the form the patient(s) has/have given his/her/their consent for his/her/their images and other clinical information to be reported in the journal. The patients understand that their names and initials will not be published and due efforts will be made to conceal their identity, but anonymity cannot be guaranteed.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.

Author has presented this study as a poster in (Impact 2019) the National Conference of Medical Editors held by the Medical Journal Armed Forces India and Indian Association of Medical Journal Editors at the Armed Forces Medical College, Pune, from September 13 to 15, 2019.



 
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1.
Shamim T. ResearchGate. Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Thorakkal_Shamim/research. [Last accessed on 2019 Jul 30].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Shamim T. Review of Oral Pathology with Explanatory Answers. 1st ed. New Delhi: Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers; 2007.  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.
Shamim T. Development of a guideline to approach plagiarism in Indian scenario. Indian J Dermatol 2014;59:473-5.  Back to cited text no. 3
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