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Journal of Advances in Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2456-8899, ISSN: 2231-0614 (Past),Vol.: 27, Issue.: 2

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Determinants, Hindrances, and Motivators to Choose Journals in Which to Publish AMONG Researchers in a Tertiary Care Hospital

 

A. S. Adoga1, B. I. Akhiwu2*, H. O. Akhiwu3, E. I. Agaba4, M. P. Chingle5, T. Afolaranmi5 and J. Musa6

1Department of Ear Nose and Throat Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital/University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

2Department of Dental and Maxillofacial Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital/ University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

3Department of Paediatrics, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Plateau State, Nigeria.

4Department of Medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital/University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

5Department of Community Medicine, Jos University Teaching Hospital/University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

6Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Jos University Teaching Hospital/University of Jos, Plateau State, Nigeria.

Article Information

Editor(s):

(1) Dr. James Anthony Giglio, Adjunct Clinical Professor, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, School of Dentistry, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia, USA.

Reviewers:

(1) Lolita Rapoliene, Klaipeda University, Lithuania.

(2) Paulo Roberto Barbosa Evora, University of São Paulo, Brazil.

Complete Peer review History: http://www.sciencedomain.org/review-history/25541

Abstracts

Background: Publication of articles in peer-reviewed journals is a major way to disseminate current information on various medical topics. We sought to identify the factors that act as determinants of the choice of a journal by researchers in a tertiary center as well as the hindrances and motivators to publish.

Materials and Methods: This was a cross sectional study performed at the Jos University Teaching Hospital a federal academic medical referral center that has specialist in the specialties of medicine, surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and dentistry. We distributed a structured self-administered questionnaire to 81 members of the medical staff who were researchers working with the University of Jos and at the 2017 annual general meeting of The Medical and Dental Consultants Association of Nigeria (MDCAN) and consented to participate in the study. SPSS statistical software version 18 was used for data analysis.        

Results: We identified that the visibility of a journal, specialty covered, frequency of publication, recommendation by a colleague, and no costs to publish are the major factors that determine choice of journal for publication.  Dissemination of knowledge was found to be the major motivator to publish. However lack of time and cost of publication are major hindrances to publication.  Respondents said that a suitable academic environment, research mentorship, and promotion are major factors that would enhance and encourage publications.

Conclusion: We identified that the visibility of a journal, specialty covered by the journal and frequency of publications are the major factors that determine choice of journal for publication. If the major hindrances to publication can be adequately addressed and the motivations to publications promoted, more articles would be published from this region where research and publications are currently under-represented.

Keywords :

Choice of journals; determinants; hindrances; motivators; research personnel; questionnaires.

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DOI : 10.9734/JAMMR/2018/41618

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