Indian editors urge medical council to rethink publication guidelines for academic promotions

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 21 January 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i344
  1. Cheryl Travasso
  1. 1Mumbai

Members of the Indian Association of Medical Journal Editors have voiced their concerns about the Medical Council of India’s (MCI) current guidelines on academic promotions, which do not recognise e-journals as accepted publications, in a joint special editorial published in leading Indian journals.1

In India, promotion to associate professor and professor in medical colleges and institutions requires the candidate to publish at least two research articles, and the MCI issued an order in September 2015 to clearly define what constituted a research publication.2 It said that publication in e-journals (those without a print …

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