Indian Journal of Dental Research

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2017  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-

The need for international collaborative effort in Indian dental research


SM Balaji 
 Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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S M Balaji
Executive Editor, Indian Journal of Dental Research, Director and Consultant Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon, Balaji Dental and Craniofacial Hospital, Teynampet, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
India




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Balaji S M. The need for international collaborative effort in Indian dental research.Indian J Dent Res 2017;28:2-2


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Balaji S M. The need for international collaborative effort in Indian dental research. Indian J Dent Res [serial online] 2017 [cited 2019 Aug 24 ];28:2-2
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International collaboration has always been an integral part of research. Such collaborations are helpful to disseminate knowledge, share clinical resources, technological advancements, training in essential skills as well as to advance the understanding the disease process and the treatment boundaries. The huge dental industry and oral health-care consumer industry are always on the look for successful collaborations worldwide.[1] Yet, there are always some impediments, especially ethical issues in such collaborations, but they can be overcome by education and sensitization programs.[2]

Traditionally, Indian dentistry had one of the highest degrees of international collaboration. In the year 1996, we had about 12.5% (one in eight) of all published Indian dental manuscripts' documents in Scopus database being associated with international collaboration. This increased to 26.92% (a little more than 1 in 4) in 1999 that progressively decreased to the lowest in 4.19% in 2010 (about than 1 in 24) and placed at 9.62% in 2015.[3] This fluctuating variation in international collaborations is a cause of concern. This trend needs introspection – the collaborative efforts are not sustained and rather extend only for short or single or a couple of publications. On the contrary, a true collaborative effort needs to be long-lasting and continuously productive in nature.[4] The present evidence reveals that most of international collaboration in Indian dental circles does not fulfill these objectives.

In the recently concluded meet organized under the International Association for Dental Research (IADR) – Asia Pacific Region (for which I was the President), IADR-Indian Division on the topic of “Dental Research Promotion and Priorities in Asia Pacific Region,” this topic came for discussion in part. Through this editorial, I call upon all members of IADR-Indian Division, ISDR, and Dental faculties engaged in dental research to involve themselves in true, sustained, and long-lasting international collaborations. This would help us on a longer run to deliver better oral health care to our population as well as advance our field of dentistry.

I envisage that the forthcoming IADR - World Congress on Preventive Dentistry (http://www.iadr.org/i4a/pages/index.cfm?pageid = 4703#.WL-GU9 L5jDc) would be a nice opportunity to network and develop such long-lasting collaborations. I hope all IADR-Indian Division members and ISDR members would join us for this program as well as our forthcoming annual meeting at New Delhi in the month of September–October later this year.

References

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2Robison VA. Some ethical issues in international collaborative research in developing countries. Int Dent J 1998;48:552-6.
3Available from: http://www.scimagojr.com/. [Last accessed 2017 Mar 01].
4Cartes-Velasquez R, Manterola C. Impact of collaboration on research quality: A case analysis of dental research. Int J Inf Sci Manage 2017;15:89-93.