OA Medical Journal Publishes Terrible Poem about Colitis

The International Journal of Medical Science Research and Practice (IJMSRP) is a new medical mega-journal that is probably published out of India, though the "contact us" page for the journal neglects to list a location. This journal is notable for publishing a one-page article that is a horrible poem about colitis.  /  The poem is entitled "Ulcerative Colitis," written by Dr. Sanjeev Narang, a professor in the — perhaps fittingly — Department of Pathology at the Index Medical College in Indore, India.   Here are the first two lines of the poem:  Begins in the rectum and backwards it goes No mercy to any part of colon it shows.

Is this picture pirated?

The International Journal of Medical Science Research and Practice (IJMSRP) is a new medical mega-journal that is probably published out of India, though the “contact us” page for the journal neglects to list a location. This journal is notable for publishing a one-page article that is a horrible poem about colitis.

The poem is entitled “Ulcerative Colitis,” and it’s written by Dr. Sanjeev Narang, a professor in the — perhaps fittingly — Department of Pathology at the Index Medical College in Indore, India.

Here are the first two lines of the poem:

Begins in the rectum and backwards it goes
No mercy to any part of colon it shows.

 

Ulcerative Colitis poem

A screenshot from the PDF version of the poem.

I’ll spare you the rest, but I warn you — it’s painful to read. The poem is so, um, asinine that even the most dedicated open-access activists will demand a paywall.

The journal itself is new. It has a slick appearance, with rotating images of pretty females on its home page. It includes an editorial board, but no affiliations are listed. I have added it to my list. The doctor who alerted me to the journal said the poem is likely the best article in the issue, a reference to the poor quality of the others.

Here is a PDF version of the article.

23 Responses to OA Medical Journal Publishes Terrible Poem about Colitis

  1. Tom Spears says:

    Hey, it has more medical poetry! Here’s one:

    Riedel’s thyroiditis is chronic and rare
    Structures adjacent also, it does not spare.
    Contracted is the gland and hard as stone
    With compressive symptoms, patient does morn.
    On females between 40-70 it picks
    Carcinoma of thyroid it mimics.
    Multifocal fibrosclerosis of reason unknown
    To fibrosis, widespread the patient is prone.
    Fibrocollagenous tissue is dominant
    And thyroid parenchyma is not prominent.

    And more… I’m not sure what “morn” means in this context. Probably meant “moan.” Better peer review would have caught it.

  2. P Canning says:

    They are open access but their copy right form states “……Upon acceptance by International Journal of Medical Science Research and Practice, all copyright ownership for the article is transferred to International Journal of Medical Science Research and Practice. “

  3. odettechair says:

    Hi Jeffrey,

    google now offers an image search facility so it is simple to right click on an image and find the source. Below is the result for the image you question.

    regards,

    Alan Richardson Odette Research Chair, University of Windsor

    https://www.google.ca/search?tbs=sbi:AMhZZisJBqwVy0psKDpBbJUQaPGp_1dZ9aGdSmYkw5_1tiYAsUhCwzEBDuPZPT1zUMtoIpFWfuAcjk-HoGA5F_1oyKTue_1EHc9MKQ51QRIyaklQZGd_1O4xHmg2LjImZVrJmkKeFLrPIN4yJeJq3kdARPw5Eh7tLr6-ZgrbQyw4ENzxXfW4IhrHYiAPhOlOjCYhoBBFtWnblGesi-oHiLQjlbKyb6Yr0mgAgeHrZgkBWX2Ev-Si2iLR_1gypgyLQmbJx9ORZsAnxNs8upQxaI3zkSbEEVPNSYppiD9dPZKoxF4NeCLZ_13tismQBTwNXEEKcrQbM5r8ntPtiGc0GVDWa3o7JU3DBTpTBFvnU3Z47uGgKxaZwT-BBsTQuW–1dmIABhjfpjChRUZcty_1LPE_126dW93mj8WNPXzMHToHslyMs6ujY_15XIcdckkc0aNhAQH1Vg7V5CN4zA_1ECek7zV-0CHprk6aVhscGkIS71NO3EyJ1xdZY0Q4RBokZdidXUiTGJi33SPMprkL71l_1Ss3tw4BaZ14q88eHdNrxre6hAUOrq0f6qcj79NIjuLzaO9OfkjhJA5pZgU-oS5ODHzZJl8bP4f8YCY0gv2X6fJMjxRbvpLg9FE822Qm0ibxuqo2WDUt93LFvWSa3GdYPQ1KlJtjunKcSdYYrqSOH6Ewqio1QoF_1nj-gURyDPeRK4DGDQMcqKcyfjUHunKfbwpdnkCHiY18AbZDrS3cyzn5P-2ta5Ff-me_1G9xTt2cZbE1L16Y6oycA1hbTctF4Y0_1yd4KVdt0ywrC–582-p_1a64ie_1vpR8EYfCKjDiQSNuqe1Rg8JtEqZr1ku8M58t5xQjbQCfof77x9qYhZsN3J-0r_1yK2cEojRLSN-WNAYJsS9BnBw9iNetVXDiowICC1ab3DHulGxl4KlbIm-tzFnJLNGT2allCzaW8aN9LE_17HTlzIehIEHF6Gw-SXBBANe4u0RbGi09dzRJ9IzsQQ3cQ3t0KJX-p-jDIrfqEp5acWi8NYTQ473BgUE2R122VwN_1xmrw-n00Xr1xHHP1BmN9VCknG97P1FokGLQYvapV0jNQzNvgQP88deP8ArvmX2yYVodSHO8R4AnevWRlptDqP-Cm5cNJqDB6f5HP2OGhACAGIUdif6plqTv1sEIL-u1EglKhQYanDs7wNNpFiElyOz1_1bfE9ddblT9j-GXdok4D9S7y98VV6UwxgtqzNyoCZ2fapKuzJdCA59R4-d0K9yjoIA94DqxwfYUMBMmWweMwYYLBVRKJkuEAs3QqKZWYLDCWdTCRvBAFxUOH41CobmOWIJT2ybSZoPqzQ6XzklRDRCAahm6h51ne_15QPDZxwJzl9lXo7s9IgjCoREEXo1RacliplwX85SeXwKvYJHih6jBOpHxTb6ueUmzheFq8BjPnPKsEGU8eIhwICKVKg8xs7KUddEDREm-SCxjB3EbBzr8XR_19yikXqa-0LRWB

  4. J.J. says:

    ‘The poem is so, um, asinine that even the most dedicated open-access activists will demand a paywall’

    I love that kind of humor, thanks for the good laughs!

  5. Jeff Shrager says:

    I love that the masthead catch phrase is “committed for excellence” ;-)

  6. MK says:

    I found the image (reversed) at the Chronic Pain and Medical Marijuana website (apparently Canadian), though the title of the webpage implies it was picked up from elsewhere as a stock photo:

  7. herr doktor bimler says:

    As the Beatles wrote in their lyrics,
    The girl with Colitis goes by.

  8. Amos Kimemia Kanyora says:

    Hi, I have one of your followers and I would like to improve my research and publish with right journal. Can you assist me in establishing if  this journal is good (International Organization of Scientific Research (IOSR). thank you in advance

    • I have the International Organization of Scientific Research included on my list here. I find this to be a low quality and questionable publisher, and I recommend that you NOT submit your work to this publisher’s journals.

  9. Terrible poems you’ll find on its pages.
    But to read them you won’t have to shell out your wages.

    The “International Journal of MSRP”
    Check it out now – you’ll find it’s all free!

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  12. Katrin says:

    At least the poem is good for a laugh.

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  14. The tool TinEye (www.tineye.com) is quite good at determining which pictures are stock fotos or from the Wikimedia Commons.

  15. dr.r.n.rao says:

    hi Dr. Jeffrey Beall
    Today I came across a article published in the guardian magazine and it was written by a scientist who expressed his reservations about some reputed journals like nature and science. I hope it would be a good read for all researchers.
    Kindly click on the following link to reach the article
    http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2013/dec/09/how-journals-nature-science-cell-damage-science
    Waiting for your response
    Dr.Rao

    • Right, he has an interest in one publisher, so he is trashing the competition.

    • J.J. says:

      Funny, from eLife’s (the author’s own journal) website one can read this:

      “eLife editors want early-career scientists to thrive – to receive clear and constructive input on papers, quick decisions, and great exposure. In addition to pain-free peer review, we offer early-career scientists a letter of recommendation from one of our senior editors.”

      ‘clear and constructive input on papers’ as opposed, I guess, to the obscure, subjective and unconstructive comments one receive when submitting to N, S or C.

      ‘quick decisions’ how is this achieved? Less scrutiny? Or are they implying reviewers and editors of other journals are slacking off and postponing decisions on purpose?

      ‘pain-free peer review’ to my knowledge, the best way to pain-free peer review is submitting quality papers, how is their journal different?

      ‘we offer early-career scientists a letter of recommendation from one of our senior editors’ Why? What does this has to do with publishing? Who is so in need of a letter of recommendation that they are willing to purchase one from an unknown scientist?

      The truth is that Nature and Science are certainly not perfect, but they have very high standards of acceptance because they are in a position of power. As a consequence, not everybody can publish there. Creating other journals is fine, but the NCS-bashing is unnecessary.

  16. dr.r.n.rao says:

    Dear Dr.Beall
    Here are the two interesting articles on impact factor of journal, kindly express your opinion in this regard.
    http://sciencecareers.sciencemag.org/career_magazine/previous_issues/articles/2013_05_17/caredit.a1300105
    http://theconversation.com/do-not-resuscitate-the-journal-impact-factor-declared-dead-14480
    Waiting for response
    Dr.Rao

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