Challenges of Medical Journal Publication: A Case of Medical College Journal in Northern Bangladesh

Authors

  • Md. Matiur Rahman Chief of Health Sector, TMSS, Bogura
  • Md. Kaoser Bin Siddique Coordinator (Research & Training), TMSS Grand Health Sector (TGHS), TMSS, Bogura
  • Mohammad Mahbub Ur Rahim Coordinator (Research, Planning & Development), TMSS Grand Health Sector (TGHS), TMSS, Bogura

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.62865/bjbio.v15i1.88

Abstract

Abstract: Bangladesh experiences unique challenges in publishing medical research in peer reviewed and high-impact international and national journals. These hurdles come from a combination of factors, including lack of healthcare professional to meet healthcare demand of large number of populations, limited research funding, inadequate research training, and a lack of mentorship for aspiring researchers. Additionally, the language barrier, particularly with English as the predominant language of scientific communication, poses a significant obstacle. Consequently, Bangladeshi researchers often struggle to meet the rigorous standards and competitive landscape of international journals. TMSS Medical College Journal (TMCJ) has also been experiencing some challenges since it has been started in July 2013. Therefore, based on the TMCJ own experience, this study was designed to explore the challenges of medical journal publication. The aim of this study was to explore the challenges of medical journal publication of a medical college in Northern Bangladesh.  This qualitative study was conducted in Bogura, Northern Bangladesh. Study participants were journal editors, advisors and editorial board members and authors of TMCJ. The journal and participants were selected purposively. An interview guideline was used to collect in-depth data from eleven providers. This study found lack of quality research papers for publishing each and every issue of the journal. Quality research paper includes well written methodology, analysis, findings, proper citation and language. One of the journal editors (KII-01) mentioned that “We are not receiving a sufficient number of manuscripts, and those we do receive are not publishable.” Associated factors of receiving less paper for publications were more emphasis given on serving patients and students, lack of interest in research, limited research funding, inadequate research training, and a lack of mentorship for young researchers. The potential interventions for removing barriers were enhance research funding, strengthen research training programs, promoting English language proficiency and foster mentorship opportunities. Lack of quality research papers is one of the major challenges for publishing medical journal. By overcoming these barriers, Bangladesh can enhance its contribution to the global body of medical knowledge and improve healthcare outcomes for its population.

Author Biographies

Md. Matiur Rahman, Chief of Health Sector, TMSS, Bogura

PhD, MPH, MBBS. 

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6179-3372

Md. Kaoser Bin Siddique, Coordinator (Research & Training), TMSS Grand Health Sector (TGHS), TMSS, Bogura

MPH, MSS, BPT.

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0336-2694

Mohammad Mahbub Ur Rahim, Coordinator (Research, Planning & Development), TMSS Grand Health Sector (TGHS), TMSS, Bogura

MPH, MBBS. 

ORCID ID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2061-2026

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Published

2024-03-18

How to Cite

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Rahman MM, Bin Siddique MK, Rahim MMU. Challenges of Medical Journal Publication: A Case of Medical College Journal in Northern Bangladesh. BJBio [Internet]. 2024 Mar. 18 [cited 2024 Jun. 24];15(1):1-5. Available from: http://bjbio.bioethics.org.bd/index.php/BJBio/article/view/88

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