EDITORIAL BOARD OF ARCHIVES OF DENTISTRY

Editor in chief : Dr. Menon Prasad Rajagopal
Associate editors : Dr.Ajay Kumar Haridas
Dr. P.C Sunil
Dr.Jyothirmai.J
Dr.Karthika J
Dr.Arya.S
Dr.Pradeep Samuel
Dr.Anu Sushanth
Dr.Binu Nathan
Dr.Sajid Ahammed
Dr.Celestina Dawn

PUBLISHING AT THE COST OF IDEAS

“Publish or perish”, that seems to be the catch phrase. Science has advanced in the modern age through meticulous documentation, analysis, stringently devised animal and clinical studies. Dentistry like any other science is witnessing an enormous boom in publications. The intense pressure upon faculty and post graduate students has in a very big way contributed to this boom. This has come at a cost, the cost of genuine ideas.

Research publications are nowadays mere statistical jugglery. Research on a genuine idea is a painstaking process. Promoting genuine research is merely lip service paid by successive governing bodies both state and central. We can do much by emulating the western model of higher education where research is both financially and professionally satisfying. The conception and execution of a genuine research idea not only requires ingenuity but also excellent infrastructure and funding of the institution. More often than not these are palpably absent in an average dental institution especially the developing world.

This disturbing trend of pseudo publications will have a negative impact on the advancement of the science by stifling genuine research and ideas.

Dr Menon Prasad Rajgopal
Editor in Chief