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Mandatory publication in India: setting quotas for research output could encourage scientific fraud

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 15 September 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i5002
  1. Roosy Aulakh, associate professor
  1. Department of Paediatrics, Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, Chandigarh-160030, India
  1. drroosy{at}

It does nothing to incentivise high quality research and may weaken the evidence base

A report this year that highlighted the poor research output from most medical institutions in India has sparked debate in the Indian and global media.1 2 3 It showed that about 60% of the country’s 579 medical institutions have not published any research in a decade.1 This led the Medical Council of India (MCI), which is presently under close parliamentary scrutiny, to update its guidelines to require at least four research publications to attain a post of associate professor and eight for the post of …

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