Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology

LETTER TO EDITOR
Year
: 2021  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 394--395

Publishing case reports in oral lesions: Tug of war in three directions!!!


Sudeendra Prabhu, Syed Mohammed Miqdad 
 Centre for Forensic Odontology, Department of Oral Pathology, Yenepoya Dental Collge, Yenepoya, Deemed to be University, Mangalore, Karnataka, India

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Sudeendra Prabhu
Centre for Forensic Odontology, Department of Oral Pathology, Yenepoya Dental Collge, Yenepoya, Deemed to be University, Mangalore, Karnataka
India




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Prabhu S, Miqdad SM. Publishing case reports in oral lesions: Tug of war in three directions!!!.J Oral Maxillofac Pathol 2021;25:394-395


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Madam,

Publishing unique case reports of oral lesions/tumors is a very easier, initial and the best way of training postgraduates about manuscript writing and submitting it for high-impact journals, especially for the specialties of oral medicine, oral surgery and oral pathology. Considering our huge population and the prevalence of diverse oral lesions, all the academicians in these specialties get very good opportunities for publishing them in scientific journals. However, the most common issue which all of us encounter is with claiming the authorship.[1]

In an academic setup, oral medicine department postgraduates and faculty will be the first ones to notice and provisionally diagnose the lesion clinically with appropriate radiographic evaluation. Later, the patient will be referred to oral surgery, where the differential diagnosis is considered and incisional or excisional biopsy is being done and the specimen will be sent to oral pathology. Oral pathologists will process the specimen and will provide the final histopathological diagnosis, based on which the clinicians will plan the further course of treatment or follow-up.

It is obvious that coordination of all these three specialties is very important and thus the best and appropriate treatment will be rendered to the patient. The contribution from all the three specialties is equally significant and cannot be compared or undermined.

However, when it comes to publishing these case reports, there will be always a controversy regarding the authorship and the order in which the authors' name has to be listed in the manuscript. Since most of the specialty councils or the accreditation bodies give more weightage points to the first author/corresponding author, it is a never-ending discussion to claim the first authorship.

Although ICMJE[2] and CARE[3] have put forward very standard guidelines for authorship credentials, all the three specialty members can contribute significantly to the manuscript and naturally claim the first authorship. We have come across many panel discussions, symposiums and seminars on authorships, yet no conclusion could be arrived and we need to accept that such problems continue to exist in each and every institution.

In this regard, we wanted to suggest few guidelines, which can be considered with respect to publications of case report:

Including Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology, most of the journals restrict the number of authorship for case reports to only 3–5,[2] which has to be increased to minimum of six as three faculties and postgraduates, who handled that particular case from each department can be accommodated in each case reportA triple-”O” panel, having senior members from all the three specialties, can be set up in each institution, which can overview the interdisciplinary publications and authorshipsSpecialty councils and accreditation bodies can be requested for consideration of equal weightage points for all the authors in a case report.

If we cannot formulate/follow such kind of guidelines, this process will remain unresolved as “Tug of war in three directions.”

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References

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2International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Available from: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/. [Last accessed on 2021 Sep 15; Last updated on 2019 Dec 31].
3Riley DS, Barber MS, Kienle GS, Aronson JK, von Schoen-Angerer T, Tugwell P, et al. CARE guidelines for case reports: Explanation and elaboration document. J Clin Epidemiol 2017;89:218-35.