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Yesterday, I opened 6 journals belonging to
different medical undergraduate and postgraduate
institutes of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and read the current
issues of all of these. Out of total 76 total articles published
in the recent issues of all these journals, only 4
were labelled as Randomized controlled trials (RCTs).
The rest of articles were all descriptive research mostly
frequency studies. All these 4 RCTs were non-blinded,
without proper randomization, statistical analyses
and poor representation of data. Then I searched a
few international medical journals and checked their
impact factors. The impact factor of Lancet was 47.8
(2016), New England Journal of Medicine was 72.4
(2016), and JAMA was 44.05 (2016). I thought, Why we
cannot conduct good quality research and high quality
research papers in our journals? Why our journals have
After going through some of the articles, editorials
and systematic reviews to find the answers of the above
questions, along with personal experiences, some of the
reasons for poor research can be divided into system
level, institution level and individual level insufficiencies1.
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