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CME second batch contact session
from January 20th

LAHORE: The second four day contact session of Certificate in Medical Editing course at University of Health Sciences starts from January 20th and will last till January 23rd 2021. Over forty candidates from all over Pakistan are registered for this course.

The facilitators during the course include Dr. Fatema Jawad Chief Editor of Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA), Mr.Shaukat Ali Jawaid Chief Editor of Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences, Dr. Masood Jawaid Associate Editor Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences and Prof. Akhtar Sherin Chief Editor of Khyber Medical University Journal. Prof.Ali Madeeh Hashmi an eminent psychiatrist from King Edward Medical University is also being invited as a guest speaker on second day of the course. Final date for the submission of assignment portfolio by the candidates will also be decided during the course besides the likely dates for the final Viva examination.

WHO Guidelines related 
to COVID19 Pandemic

What should we do about travel?

How can countries decide whether to impose or lift measures on travel to or from another country? WHO has updated its guidance on international travel using a risk-based approach. There are many factors to consider, such as volume of traffic, the transmission scenarios in each country, and health system capacities. WHO has step-by-step guidance for countries to assess the options?

How do we keep people safe when masks and gloves are in short supply?

Health workers are still facing shortages of personal protective equipment (PPE) one year since COVID-19 first began. To respond to this urgent need, WHO has updated its guidance on the rational use of PPE. Based on the latest science and information available, it is a guide for authorities to protect health workers and patients alike.

WHO advises against the use of hydroxychloroquine and lopinavir/ritonavir for COVID-19 patients?

This was the latest update to WHO’s guidelines on COVID-19 treatments. This recommendation applies for all patients – regardless of disease severity. It is based on the joint findings from 30 trials with 10 000+ patients worldwide.

Trust and social cohesion – powerful tools to fight COVID-19

Until biomedical tools such as vaccines or treatments are widely available, people’s behaviours and their willingness to follow public health and social measures remain the most powerful tools to stop the spread of the virus. WHO has released its global risk communication and community engagement strategy to tackle COVID-19 by working towards trust and social cohesion.

Bad news for researchers
Leading medical journals
increase Publication charges

NEW YORK: There have been some disturbing developments as regards some shifts in publishing recently. According to the WAME List Serve Nature has announced Euro 9,500 open access fee; researchers from Low and Middle Income Countries LMICs are crying foul. Another leading medical publisher Elsevier has followed Nature by stating that Cell Press journals will include APCs of US$ 8,500 for Cell but will waive open access APCs for all 69 Group-A countries in the Research4Life program and reduce the APC by 50 percent for the remaining 57 Group- B countries.

Wiley has also announced Purchase of Hindawi for a total purchase price of $298 million.

From July 2021 eLife will only review manuscripts already published as preprints.

Changes to Journal Impact Factor announced for 2021 Clarivate Analytics will (at last) use the online publication date rather than print date for calculating impact factor, but will transition to the new policy over the next two years, affecting impact factors for about half its journals. According to another report Elsevier has signed San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA).

Yet another interesting development reported has been the availability of Software helping editors? Frontiers has developed software to automate some screening work. The creators of a scientific search engine have released software that automatically generates one-sentence summaries of research papers.

Senior Executives of PharmEvo witnessing the Virtual Calendar Launch meeting.