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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 483
Research to knowledge


Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospitals, Golden George Nagar, Chennai, India

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Date of Web Publication2-Nov-2013
 

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Gopikrishna V, Krithikadatta J, Suresh N. Research to knowledge. J Conserv Dent 2013;16:483

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Gopikrishna V, Krithikadatta J, Suresh N. Research to knowledge. J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Jul 15];16:483. Available from: http://www.jcd.org.in/text.asp?2013/16/6/483/120931
Our journal has evolved enormously since the time it was made an online peer-reviewed journal in 2007, providing an international platform to showcase national research. This has also attracted research publications from other countries. Significant milestones over the past 6 years include increased number of pages and issues to include more articles, indexing with PubMed in 2010, scientific inputs from international stalwarts in the form of guest editorials, and invited reviews. The next level to progress from here is to improve on citation of articles published in our journal. Citation of an article published in JCD speaks about the quality of research work and the usefulness of the information from that article. This is considered to further knowledge dissemination.

Research work predominantly could fall into three categories: Need to know research work, nice to know research work, and noncontributory research work. The difference between the first and the last category is that; the first one explores a significant novel research idea and the latter is usually for the sake of research. The former attracts citation and the latter does not. The former translates into immediately useable knowledge and the latter merely adds to existing knowledge. Hence, it should not alone be our choice but also be our responsibility to contribute to meaningful knowledge through our research work.

The primary exercise while conducting research or writing up completed research work or reading published research work is critical appraisal of existing literature. It is imperative to know what to look for in each section of an article, analyze the merits and demerits of its contents, and assimilate the information. Many articles with a good rationale are found lacking a sound methodology to execute the research question. Another area of serious concern is the statistical section that is often regarded as mere figures and numbers instead of seeing it as information that is to be interpreted and discussed. These problems arise because we ignore reading these sections while appraising an article. Diligent reading will improve our skill in rationalizing the content. Once the "how was it done (methodology)" and "what did it show (results)" is understood, "why this happened (discussion)" can easily be elucidated.

A well-prepared study results in a well-conducted study, a well-conducted study usually results in a well-written article, and an article that reads well sits well in the minds of readers. What sits well in the minds of readers reflect in their future clinical practice and/or research, and what drives future research become citations. So let us strive to drive future research through our journal and make an impact on the global canvas.

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Correspondence Address:
Jogikalmat Krithikadatta
Department of Conservative Dentistry & Endodontics, Thai Moogambigai Dental College and Hospitals, Golden George Nagar, Chennai
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.120931

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