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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Nigerian journal of experimental and clinical biosciences: Created to redefine the art of scientific publishing


Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu, Nigeria

Date of Web Publication30-Dec-2013

Correspondence Address:
Eghosa Edorisiagbon Iyare
Department of Physiology, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu
Nigeria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2348-0149.123936

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Iyare EE. Nigerian journal of experimental and clinical biosciences: Created to redefine the art of scientific publishing. Niger J Exp Clin Biosci 2013;1:1-2

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Iyare EE. Nigerian journal of experimental and clinical biosciences: Created to redefine the art of scientific publishing. Niger J Exp Clin Biosci [serial online] 2013 [cited 2019 May 21];1:1-2. Available from: http://www.njecbonline.org/text.asp?2013/1/1/1/123936

It is with immense pleasure that I present the maiden edition of the Nigerian Journal of Experimental and Clinical Biosciences (NJECB). This journal was conceptualized by a group of energetic young scientists (backed by internationally renowned mentors) who are experts in their chosen fields and are desirous of a paradigm shift in the very art of scientific publishing. The importance of this shift can never be overemphasized as a recent publication in Science magazine on a sting operation conducted by John Bohannon [1] on some open access journals clearly showed the flaws and glaring lack of quality control in the peer review process.

NJECB is published by Medknow, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health. Medknow is one of the largest open access publishers worldwide with nearly 200 medical journals in its portfolio. Medknow journals are well accessed by students, researchers, clinicians, and other healthcare professionals worldwide. Authors and reviewers in this maiden volume and issue cut across researchers in the developing and developed world suggesting that the journal has assumed an international status right from the outset.

That the global trend now is the development of drugs from plants is no longer in doubt. This was recently underscored by the World Bank grant of $8m to the University of Jos, Nigeria, [2] for the establishment of an African Centre of Excellence for Phytomedicine Research and Development for the production of drugs from plants. In support of this trend, the journal will also accept articles on studies on medicinal plants in both animals and humans as long as it concerns the effects on the physiological systems.

In this maiden volume and issue, I present one review article, nine original articles and three case reports. In their review article of the literature on frontal sinus fractures (FSFs) using a computerized literature search of PUBMED and MEDLINE for publications on the clinical anatomy and management of FSF, Kanu et al. observed that FSF, which may result from high velocity impacts such as motor vehicle accidents and assaults as well as blunt or penetrating force, account for 5-15% of all maxillofacial injuries and are associated with 32% of pan-facial and maxillary injuries. The authors also noted that in addition to the classical management protocols, there are also several recent protocols with greater emphasis on the naso-frontal outflow tract.

Nubila et al., working with Telfairia ocidentalis, observed a sub-acute inhibitory effect on coagulation in healthy albino rats by a possible antithrombopoietic activity of the plant. They thus suggested caution in its consumption by individuals with bleeding disorders. They also reported that Ocimum gratissimum induces a dose- and duration-dependent hematopoietic activity when methanolic crude leaf extract are administered to male albino rats. In their study on the frequency distribution of hemoglobin variants among Yorubas residing in Ibadan, they also observed that the HbAA was the most prevalent with a frequency of 65.3% followed by HbAS (24.1%), HbSS (5.5%), HbAC (4%), and HbSC (1.1%). They also noted that the females had higher frequencies in HbAA, HbAS, and HbSS, whereas the males had higher frequencies in HbAC and HbSC. The reasons and significance of these variations were also discussed.

Okojie et al., in their evaluation of memory status following administration of Depo-Provera in female Wistar rats, observed that natural progesterone and its synthetic counterpart, medroxyprogesterone acetate (MPA), impair memory probably by alteration of the GABAergic system in the cognitive brain regions in menopausal rats. This, according to them, may suggest a detrimental effect of the use of hormonal therapy. Studying the neurobehavioral characteristics in actively lactating and nonlactating Wistar rats, Oyekunle et al., observed some behavioral deficits such as reduced locomotor and exploratory behaviors in nonpregnant and nonlactating rats, which they suggested could be due to the reduced plasma concentration of the hormones prolactin and oxytocin.

Using ethanolic leaf extract to assess the impact of Azadirachta indica (AI) on biliary flow rate and bile composition in rats, Ofem et al. reported that AI leaves increased the rate of bile secretion in rats with the possibility of a dose-dependent modification of the composition. Singh et al. reported that the ethanolic extract of Cedrus deodara exhibited significant antihyperglycemic activity coupled with lowering of some biochemical markers like SGPT, SGOT, cholesterol, and triglycerides in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. Studying the variations in the lateral and posterior view of the pinna in Ilorin metropolis, Alabi et al. noted that the pinna increases in length and decreases in width with increasing age and that males had larger pinnas compared with females. They also noted a significant role for ethnicity in the variations.

Finally, Parvez and Al-Hassan reported a case of Carvajal syndrome, a variant of Naxos disease in two Saudi siblings admitted in their pediatric intensive care unit while Mukhopadhyay et al. and Sharma et al. reported cases of nonsyndromic hypohyperdontia in a 12-year-old girl and protagonist role of oral atropine in organophosphate poisoning, respectively.

On behalf of the editorial board, I wish to sincerely thank all those who have contributed in one way or the other in actualizing this maiden edition especially the authors and reviewers who have keyed into our mission and vision of projecting to the world, from a developing country, a journal renowned for global research excellence and for the redefinition of the art of scientific publishing. It is our sincere belief that with the technical knowhow and expertise of Medknow and Wolters Kluwer Health, our vision and mission will be actualized in no distant time!

Thank you!!

 
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1.Bohannon J. Who′s Afraid of Peer Review? Science 2013;342:60-5.   Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.Available from: http://www.vanguardngr.com/2013/11/unijos-wins-8m-dollars-world-bank-grant-research/ [Last accessed on 2013 December 5].  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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