A demo programme on JGate Plus was held at Amrita School of Pharmacy on February 7, 2018. The resource person for the programme was Mr. B. S. Ravishankar, Training Consultant from Informatics Publishing Limited, Bangalore.

The demo was organised as an awareness and training programme 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 programme was attended by faculty members, students of M.Pharm. Pharmaceutics, Pharmacology, Pharmacy Practice and Pharmaceutical Chemistry, students of B.Pharm. 3rd and 4th year and Pharm.D. 3rd and 5th year and Pharm.D. interns of Amrita School of Pharmacy. The programme 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 and PG students. Mr. Ravishankar started with an introduction on JGate and then detailed the use of various search tools in the database and the importance of creating an account in JGate. He also gave a brief talk regarding various indexing sites such as Mendely, Endnote and 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 on how to retrieve data from Medicines Complete by using its search tools. The session dispersed for lunch with a vote of thanks by Akhil Suresh, M.Pharm. Pharmaceutics.

The afternoon session commenced for 4th year B.Pharm. 5th and 6th year Pharm.D. students. Mr. Ravishankar started his session with a powerpoint presentation and then gave a detailed training on JGate and Medicines Complete. The session ended with a vote of thanks by Ms. Anagha C. C., Pharm.D. intern. The third session started with the audience of 3rd year B.Pharm. and Pharm.D. students. There was a commendable interaction and participation by students during this session, during which two students created their account in JGate. The session ended with the thanks given by Ms. Sreelakshmi Sanilkumar, 3rd year Pharm.D.

The programme helped to inculcate the value of using various journal databases 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 should create an account through which they can save their search articles and use them even if they are outside the campus through their personal computer, laptop and mobile. Overall, the session provided lot of useful information to students and faculty which was greatly appreciated.

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