Qatar University Student Medical Journal (QUSMJ) recently organised a workshop on “How to Review Articles”, aimed to encourage students to publish their research projects and to familiarise them with the rigorous scientific publication procedure, starting from writing and submitting papers, sending to reviewers, addressing the reviewer comments, and resubmitting the paper to the journal for publication.

The workshop also highlighted the importance of scientific rational thinking and the features that editors look at while reviewing a scientific paper and provided tips to analyse and assess a scientific paper.

Initiated by students from QU College of Medicine (CMED), the event drew the participation of 74 faculty and students across QU Health colleges — Health Sciences (CHS), CMED, and Pharmacy (CPH).

The event’s programme included presentations delivered by CHS Assistant Professors Dr Maha Al Asmakh and Dr Kendra Guilford, CPH Associate Professor Dr Ahmed Nadir Mohamed Kheir and CMED Assistant Professor​ Dr Farhan Cyprian. They discussed many topics such as “Types of articles”, “Journal review process”, “The Editor-in-Chief: What Exactly Does S/he Do?”  and “Peer-review process”.

Commenting on the workshop, QU Vice President for Medical and Health Sciences and CMED Dean Dr Egon Toft said:

This early exposure and engagement of our students in scientific research and its publication will definitely distinguish them and encourage them to become life-long learners and leaders. The workshop comes in line with QU Health learning approach that integrates research, education and clinical care in a unique manner, which contributes to providing the health care sector in Qatar with highly-competent health professionals.’

Dr Maha Al Asmakh said:

In science, no matter how spectacular the results are, the work is not complete until the results are published.’

Year 2 medical student and QUSMJ Editor-in-Chief Anas Ashour said:

The workshop’s significance rises from the importance of exposing students at early stage of their education to scientific research, and training them on its related practices. We look forward to publishing the first issue of the Journal in 2017, and we encourage young researchers to submit their papers as we provide them with a realistic opportunity to get their work published.’

QUSMJ was lately founded, operated and organised by students under the supervision of faculty advisors and approval from QU Health Cluster. The Journal will publish research papers authored by undergraduate students in Qatar and the region in the field of medicine, pharmacy, and health sciences. Undergraduate researchers are encouraged to submit their papers online.