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Getting published in peer-reviewed journals

An interesting article appears in the December 2011 issue of the International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (vol. 40, issue 12, pages 1342-1345) titled “Getting published in peer-reviewed journals,” by G. Dimitroulis. The author opens by saying “Writing a paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal is a rewarding experience. Even though there are no direct financial incentives for publishing in peer-reviewed journals, thousands of manuscripts are produced each year which compete for the limited journal space available worldwide. In other words, there is a sense of pride and achievement behind every published journal article that has its own rewards for which money plays no role.” Journal articles can be published to help comment or criticize the work of others, to synthesize and build a consensus about what is presently known, to announce new work, to serve as training for those postgraduate students, to further one’s career, to help attract funding, and even just by the desire to have one’s name appear in print. The author mentions that most oral and maxillofacial surgery literature that is evidence based is that of retrospective case series with a comprehensive review. The author points out that it can be hard to convince […]

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The Lack of Importance of Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residency Programs

A current article in press 2011 (at the time of this writing) will appear in the Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery. The article is titled Attitudes and Opinions of Residency Directors and Residents About the Importance of Research in Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Residences by Ali E. Mohammad, Al M. Best, and Daniel M. Laskin. The conclusion of the article is quite grim The failure of all residency programs to provide actual research experience for their trainees has resulted in a decrease in the contributions that such programs have traditionally made to the literature and the advancement of the speciality. It is important that steps be taken to reverse this trend. The article describes a study that was conducted to determine the research status done by residents in oral and maxillofacial surgery training programs.  A questionnaire was developed for both program directors and residents and sent to 101 oral and maxillofacial surgical residency programs in the U.S. in 2008. Forty-three percent (44) of program directors responded and 29.1% of residents (277 of 951) responded to the questionnaire. A real startling result about this study is the question that was asked to both program directors and oral and maxillofacial surgery […]

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