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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 13  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Social Accountability of Research Publications in Journals


Research Coordinator, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica, West Indies

Date of Submission04-Mar-2021
Date of Acceptance24-May-2021
Date of Web Publication06-Aug-2021

Correspondence Address:
Arvind Babu Santosh Rajendra
Oral and Maxillofacial Pathologist, Research Coordinator, School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Mona, Jamaica
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DOI: 10.4103/jofs.jofs_58_21

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The aim of all journals is to publish high-quality evidence-based research. The research mainly focuses on scientific impact on fields and professions. Thus, a journal is an indicator of scientific advancement in the society, in academia, and in professionals, and should be able to connect with the common man. As journals continue to publish, they need to demonstrate greater alignment with being socially accountable .

Keywords: Journal, professionals, public, publications, research, social accountability


How to cite this article:
Rajendra AS. Social Accountability of Research Publications in Journals. J Orofac Sci 2021;13:1-2

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Rajendra AS. Social Accountability of Research Publications in Journals. J Orofac Sci [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Nov 30];13:1-2. Available from: https://www.jofs.in/text.asp?2021/13/1/1/323358





The aim of all journals is to publish high-quality evidence-based research. The research mainly focuses on scientific impact on fields and professions. Thus, a journal is an indicator of scientific advancement in the society, in academia, and in professionals, and should be able to connect with the common man.[1] As journals continue to publish, they need to demonstrate greater commitment with health needs of society.[2]

Socially accountable research focuses on research that addresses priority health concerns in a community or nation. Socially accountable research is the one that engages with community-oriented studies which can assist in the promotion of health awareness or strengthen policy-making decision through scientific findings to enable the government and other stakeholders about health needs of public.[3] Here, I refer to “Social accountability of research publications in journals” as specific efforts taken by an author and/or journal to communicate their scientific findings in a socially responsible manner which will engage policy makers, societies, global citizens, academic institutions, or fellow researchers/clinicians and have a social impact. Policy makers, academic institutions, researchers, and clinicians usually subscribe to various journals, to keep updated on the latest information, and having more socially accountable journals would support the development of more socially accountable policies and curricula. The main objective of writing this editorial is to stimulate thought on how scientific journals can be connected to the common man so as to improve knowledge and awareness of health-related topics.

I encourage editors to create a YouTube channel for their journals. Editors should encourage their authors to submit a Vodcast document (maximum of 15 minutes in length) upon acceptance of their manuscript. The suggested content areas of the Vodcast presentation are: title, authors of the research, Digital Object Identifier (DOI) code of their manuscript, background and rationale, aims and objectives, methods, key results, discussion, patient/general audience education, conclusion, and references. Vodcasts will increase the visibility of their findings by policy makers, societies, academic institutions, fellow researchers and clinicians.

Case report publications easily convey socially accountable messages. I suggest that editors encourage their authors, upon acceptance of their manuscripts, to submit Podcasts files (maximum 5 minutes in length) that focus on patient education associated with their case. Podcasts have proven the perfect tool to share knowledge and information.[4],[5] These Podcasts are to maintain patient confidentiality. The message identified in the Podcast is to focus on educating the common man about the disease presented in their case report. Editors should collaborate with local, regional, national, or international broadcast houses/organizations as audio partners for sharing these patient education Podcasts.Both the Podcast and Vodcast contents are to be reviewed similarly to the peer-review process for submitted manuscripts. The quality of the content must adhere to ethical and professional principles and the protection of the privacy of patients must be self-evident.

To conclude, my aim is not to redirect or restrict socially accountable research from being published in a journal but every published article should provide socially accountable messages derived from their publication. I trust that Podcasts and Vodcasts will serve as essential tools to connect research publications with the common man.

Acknowledgment

The author thanks Dr Thaon Jones, Director of School of Dentistry, Faculty of Medical Sciences, The University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, West Indies.

Financial support and sponsorship

Nil.

Conflicts of interest

There are no conflicts of interest.



 
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