Indian Journal of Rheumatology

: 2017  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 61-

Reporting and publishing research in the biomedical sciences

Molly M Thabah1, Vinod Ravindran2,  
1 Department of Medicine, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India
2 Centre for Rheumatology, Calicut, Kerala, India

Correspondence Address:
Vinod Ravindran
Centre for Rheumatology, Calicut, Kerala

How to cite this article:
Thabah MM, Ravindran V. Reporting and publishing research in the biomedical sciences.Indian J Rheumatol 2017;12:61-61

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Thabah MM, Ravindran V. Reporting and publishing research in the biomedical sciences. Indian J Rheumatol [serial online] 2017 [cited 2022 Nov 29 ];12:61-61
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Editors: Peush Sahni and Rakesh AggarwalEdition: Revised 1st Edition, 2016Publisher: The National Medical Journal of India, New Delhi, IndiaISBN: 9788192815411Pages: 326Price: Not stated

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