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Jamia Students’ out-of-the-box initiative for an open scientific publishing

Publishing the research in a peer-reviewed science journal may sometimes be more arduous and time taking than the time spent on actual research.

Muniba Faiza, a student of Msc. Bioinformatics (2014 – 2016) in Department of Computer Science, JMI says “there are currently two problems a researcher in every subject area face outright – one is to keep themselves updated in the subject area and other is to get their contribution published”.

Faced with this challenge, Muniba, her seniors and classmates took out to fix the problem. , “Scientific publishing is totally broken – an actual experiment in Bioinformatics may hardly take a weeks’ time if right resources are available, despite of this fact a paper usually takes three to five months in review and two to three months in publishing thus, wasting time. We aim is to fix that”, says Tariq Abdullah, co-founder of Bioinformatics Review.

In October 2015, equipped with high end website, an Android app and a dedicated team working day and night – Muniba and team started an E-journal named Bioinformatics Review. The hard work has paid off and Bioinformatics Review is one of the most visited Bioinformatics journals in India. Later Dr. Prashant Pant from University of Delhi joined in as editor-in-chief. Today, Bioinformatics Review has scientists in its panel from prestigious organization such as University of Washington – USA, University of Nottingham- UK, University of Saskatchewan, Canada, University of New York , USA,  ICGEB – New Delhi, AIIMS – New Delhi, GalaxoSmith Kline – USA and more.  With very simple review process and the papers published in Bioinformatics Review are indexed in most research database including Google Scholar.

With over 100 thousands reads a month, the team is rejoiced and preparing to celebrate its first anniversary of success in their small office in New Friends Colony. According to Dr. Prashant Pant, “The real success of this team has been its ability to adapt in the face of challenges.”

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