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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 18  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 279  

Can't find your article online? Have you used the right keywords??


Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2014

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Ashish Sham Nichani
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.134555

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The problem with communication is the illusion hat it has occurred"

George Bernard Shaw


We all know how important a publication has become in our lives. It can be a cause for celebration for us and confers credit, which can lead to academic and social rewards. A publication marks the end of one stage in a project or research study, and the beginning of review by our peers.

There is a great diversity and number of articles available for the reader today and for your article to be visible to the right audience you must provide the correct key words. If you don't do so or if there is great variation in the key words used by you, electronic identification of such articles would be inconsistent, with low sensitivity and specificity, ultimately leading to your article not being found or being listed at the bottom of the search results online.

Most journals require the author to identify three or four key words, which represent the major idea of the paper. These are used for indexing purposes and must be selected from the Index Medicus Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) controlled vocabulary thesaurus. It consists of sets of terms naming descriptors in a hierarchical structure that permits searching at various levels of specificity. The MeSH thesaurus is used by NLM for indexing articles from 5,400 of the world's leading biomedical journals for the MEDLINE ® /PubMed ® database. [1] You can use MeSH to build a better PubMed ® query as search queries use MeSH vocabulary to find items on a desired topic. Search results are displayed in relevance - ranked order, therefore, when a user's search matches a MeSH term, that term is displayed first. Remember key words go below the abstract and each journal has its own limit on number of key words. You should separate them with commas and should not use capitals. Some journals may instruct you to avoid choosing as key words any words already in the title. Key words must be arranged alphabetically.

Your words best convey your meaning. Rather than "counting every word," you should "make every word count." You must remove every useless or extra word. Choose key words thoughtfully which deliver information with clarity, readability nonambiguity.

Aim "to inform, not to impress." And remember they are not just words they are key words!

 
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1.U.S. National Library of Medicine. Medical Subject Headings. Available from: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh. [Last accessed on 2014 May 02].  Back to cited text no. 1
    

 
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