Students pursuing Bachelor of Pharmacy at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, have been challenged to sharpen their writing and research skills as young scholars, and to further explore publishing their findings in reputable journals as a way of developing a competitive career profile that will set them a cut above the rest in their quest for career growth.
Publishing in recognized journals accords one several benefits: it is a rigorous and vibrant platform to share research outputs; contribute to knowledge production, besides giving one a cherished opportunity to impact the industry (read the healthcare system in the country) in terms of policy, particularly if the research output reveals findings with policy implications that may lead to the redefinition of the practice.
Speaking to School of Pharmacy students and faculty, Friday, November 3, 2019 during the Pharmaceutical Journal of Kenya (PJK) seminar presentation on Journal Publishing, the Chief Guest, Dr. Peter Mwangi Mugo, a researcher at KEMRI and member of the editorial board of PJK, further said, published research findings could help policy makers to implement findings that provide solutions that could shape the country’s healthcare system.
He therefore urged pharmacy students to consider submitting their research papers to the Pharmaceutical Journal of Kenya for publication, noting, his main objective was “to create awareness amongst students about the Pharmaceutical Journal of Kenya, and journal publishing process. The journal is posted by the Pharmaceutical Society of Kenya, a professional body for players in the pharmaceutical industry.
During the Career Talk, Dr. Mugo shared important tips on the process of writing articles and the steps that students who are keen on submitting articles to journals need to be conversant with, especially, submissions targeting PJK, where he serves as a member of the editorial board.
Members of faculty who were present included; Dr. Isaac Kimani, Dr. Boniface Thuo, and Dr. Godfrey Mayoka. They shared useful information that will help the students to be attuned to the rigors of publishing, and urged them to take up the challenge and expressed readiness and availability for consultation in the School.
Dean, School of Pharmacy, Dr. Alex Mureithi, appreciated Dr. Mugo for accepting to come to JKUAT to speak to the School of Pharmacy students, noting, “the world is moving into research” and the journal publishing skills were critical to the students’ advancement.
While Dr. Mayoka reminded the students that, “If you want to be successful, you have to stand on the shoulders of giants, that’s the opportunity provided by the career presentation today.”
The besides thinking about prospects of publishing research findings in referred journals, Dr. Mayoka cautioned them against falling prey to publishing opportunities presented by “predatory journals” which are not keen in advancing knowledge production and research but financial gains.
Mbau Gitau, speaking on behalf of students, reflected on the steady growth of the School of Pharmacy, describing the trajectory as “amazing” and appreciated all the faculty for providing guidance and support to students.
During the discussion, pharmacy students showed great interest in the process of manuscript submission, how to write and develop captivating objectives, abstracts, styles of writing titles among other topics relevant to publishing.