Journals are one of the significant aspects for academicians, professionals and in expert communities across the world. There are thousands of research articles published each year in different fields of science. The journals in the medical field, play a significant role in the growth of a medical student and a clinician, as these research articles publish the exemplary work done in several laboratories and institutions, which helps them in developing or improvising a treatment and exploring new avenues of research.

Journals are published periodically, often issued monthly. Each periodical issue is numbered, which helps in citing the article, to help the reader to find it more quickly.

Types of Literature published in a Journal:

  • Research articles
  • Systemic reviews
  • Meta-analysis
  • Case studies
  • Guidelines

A journal helps professionals to:

  • Be updated in a particular field of study
  • Find out solutions for a specific problem
  • Know about the cause, clinical features, course of a disease
  • Understand the fundamental aspects related to the disease
  • Generate ideas to carry out further research work

Journal Presentation:

Presenting a journal is imperative in today’s current learning system. New techniques and tools are constantly percolating, and these research articles are the first revelation of these new advancements made in research. Extracting knowledge from these papers is a little difficult, but it can get easy by gaining the essential skill which can be improved with diligence and practice.

 Following the systemic approach to read a journal:

While reading this research articles can be cumbersome and time-consuming, following a systemic and logical approach to clearly understand the article always helps the reader. Begin your reading, from the Title to get an understanding of the paper followed by the Abstract. The abstract provides some clues into the paper, this gives a high-level overview of the paper. It’s always better to spend some time skimming through the paper to look at the criteria’s included, the kind of study and methodology deployed in the study, followed by the Results and Conclusion.
Preparing a journal presentation:

Preparing a journal presentation requires attention to detail to the entire research article. Highlighting the rationale of the study, clearly understanding the design (case-control, cohort…etc.), describing the patient enrolment, criteria included and excluded, the treatment regimes, and the data handling and statistical results and conclusion.

This further enhances the ability of the reader to understanding the relevance of the paper and what they want the audience to absorb from the journal presented. As, this not only helps the reader in gaining knowledge in the subject but also to makes appropriate choices, in finding the right article, for the target audience.

It is highly recommended, to go through several articles which include different approaches of study for eg., Randomized control trials (RCT’s), clinical trial, systemic reviews, meta-analysis, case studies and guidelines to have a detailed understanding of the subject.

Students gain a lot from reading journals because it enhances their skills of identifying the pros and cons of the study, understanding the results and conclusion, finding out the unanswered questions and highlighting the broad summary, and making critical judgements, thereby improving their knowledge in that particular field.

We at OSHERM, always strive to incorporate a continuous learning model for the students which not only helps them in their academics but also helps them in building a successful career in the field of ART. 

We have weekly sessions on different journals in reproductive medicine. Presenting a journal prepares a forum with experts for better discussions, enhancing better judgement, engaging in idea generation to carry out new research work, and improving their quality of study and equipping them to devise innovative treatment regimes for their patients.