A demo program on JGate Plus was held on February 7, 2018, at Amrita School of Pharmacy, Kochi. The resource person for the program was Mr. B. S. Ravishankar, Training Consultant from Informatics Publishing Limited, Bangalore. The demo was organized as an awareness and training program for faculty members and students of Amrita School of Pharmacy on ‘JGate Plus’, the online journal database and ‘Medicines Complete’, the online book database by Royal Pharmaceutical Society, UK.
The program was attended by faculty members, students of M.Pharm. Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, B.Pharm. third and fourth year, Pharm.D. third and fifth year and Pharm.D. interns of Amrita School of Pharmacy.
The program was divided into three sessions.
The first session started with a warm welcome to Mr. Ravishankar by Ms. Lakshmi R., Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice, Amrita School of Pharmacy. The participants of this session were faculty members and PG students. Mr. Ravishankar started with an introduction to JGate and then detailed the use of various search tools in the database and the importance of creating an account in JGate. In between, he also gave a brief talk regarding various indexing sites such as Mendely, Endnote and also about journal ranking by impact factor and SJR. During the session he demonstrated how to open an account in JGate and the same was initiated by faculty members and PG students. Mr. Ravishankar briefed how to retrieve data from Medicines Complete using its search tools. The session ended with a vote of thanks by Akhil Suresh, M.Pharm Pharmaceutics.
The afternoon session commenced for fourth year B.Pharm., along with fifth and sixth-year Pharm.D. students. Mr. Ravishankar started his session with a powerpoint presentation and then he gave a detailed training on JGate and Medicines Complete. The session ended with a vote of thanks by Ms. Anagha C. C., a Pharm.D. intern.
The third session featured third-year B.Pharm. and Pharm.D. students. There was a commendable interaction and participation by students during this session. Two students created their accounts in JGate. The session ended with thanksgiving by Sreelakshmi SanilKumar of third-year Pharm.D.
The program helped to inculcate the value of using various journal database to find research articles. It also gave awareness about the authenticity of various research articles published in a journal database and in Google.
It was recommended that all members who browse JGate shall create an account through which they can save their search article and use it even if they are outside the campus through their personal computer, laptop and mobile. Overall, the session provided lot of information to students and faculty which was greatly appreciated by them.