Bengal Physician Journal

by Nandini Chatterjee

Aims & Scope

Bengal Physician Journal (BPJ), the official publication of Association of Physicians of India; West Bengal Chapter, is a peer-reviewed, open access journal aims to publish original research papers, review articles, rare and novel case reports, and clinical techniques from all specialties of Medicine.

Ownership and Management

Bengal Physician Journal (BPJ) is owned and managed under the auspices of Association of Physicians of India; West Bengal Chapter, and Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd is the publisher.

About the Society

Association of Physicians of India; West Bengal Chapter.

The Association of Physicians of India is a professional body of consultant physicians formed in 1944. Its members are physicians with postgraduate qualifications in different specialties. Currently, the membership of the association is 19,500.

API West Bengal Branch was born in 1975. The pioneers who played a pivotal role in this regard were the eminent physicians of that time. Prof (Dr) J C Banerjee was the first president, and Prof (Dr) Shyamal Sen was the founder secretary of the Branch. The designation of the president was changed to Chairman in 1994. The API WB Branch office was at 8 Creek Row on a rental basis during its inception. Over time, the members of the Branch decided to have their own office by purchasing a flat at Moon Plaza, 62, Lenin Sarani, 2nd Floor, Flat No-2D, Kolkata 700013, which is the present address of the Chapter. The membership strength is 1095, and the organization is gradually expanding in all directions. 
Many city branches have, by this time, formed their respective executive bodies under the supervision of the main API West Bengal Chapter at Kolkata. API Siliguri Branch, API Murshidabad City Branch, API Malda City Branch, API Nadia-Kalyani City Branch, API Alipurduar City Branch, and API Cooch Bihar City Branch have already hosted various API activities and CME programs in their respective areas.

Association of Physicians of India, West Bengal Branch, registered under the West Bengal Societies Registration Act. 1961 (No. S/80005 of 1995-96) aims to promote and advance medical and allied sciences. It regularly arranges CME, symposia, and conferences. The Bengal Physician Journal (BPJ), the official publication of the Association of Physicians of India; West Bengal Chapter, is a peer-reviewed, open-access journal that aims to publish original research papers, review articles, rare and novel case reports, and clinical techniques from all specialties of Medicine from physicians across the globe. The association also upholds social issues and takes part in philanthropic activities.

About the Publisher

Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers (P) Ltd is committed to supporting health, medical and dental research communities across continents. Jaypee Journals, a division of Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers is one of the largest medical publishers in the world and provides high-quality open-access journals that are trustworthy, authoritative, and accessible to researchers. We provide high-quality support at all stages of the publishing cycle so that we can help researchers publish their work. We are the partners of success for researchers through global standard publishing as well as open access.

Publication Frequency

Bengal Physician Journal (BPJ) is open access journal publishing three issues per year focusing on all specialties of Medicine.

Digital Preservation / Archiving:

Bengal Physician Journal (BPJ) provides for long-term digital preservation through PORTICO.

Portico is a leading digital preservation service worldwide. The content is preserved as an archival version and is not publicly accessible via Portico, but is provided when required under specific conditions, such as discontinuation of the collection or catastrophic failure of the website.

Copyright and Licensing

Under Creative Commons the Authors retain ownership of the copyright for their content. The authors assign exclusive commercial re-use rights of the article to the Publisher.

All open access articles published are distributed under the terms of the CC BY-NC 4.0 license (Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International Public License as currently displayed at http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/legalcode) which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, for non-commercial purposes, provided the original work is properly cited.

Authors have to mandatorily submit the Open Access License Agreement Form when submitting the manuscript.

Articles published under this arrangement are made freely available online upon publication without subscription barriers to access. Users of such published articles are entitled to use, reproduce, disseminate, or display these articles for personal, research and educational use provided that:

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Open Access Policy

A comprehensive outlook on open access policy that we follow:

Open access refers to the practice of making peer-reviewed scholarly research and literature freely available online to anyone interested in reading it at no cost and with limited restrictions with regards to reuse.  Open access publications are freely and permanently available online to anyone with an internet access. The journal allows unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium (which is non-commercial), provided the article is properly attributed. All the articles are published, without any technical, financial, gender limitations, in an agreed format on the journal website and deposited in archive and indexing databases as applicable to the journal. All articles are assigned a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), thereby making it fully citable and searchable by title, author name(s) and the full text.

Why open access publishing?

Restricted access to scientific research and advancements through subscription pay wall hinders communication within the scientific community. Moreover, restricted access can also hinder the education and dissemination of scientific knowledge to the aspiring younger generations who are keen to pursue a career in science. Increased productivity and development of science can only be achieved by diffusing knowledge and providing the facilities for creating permanent repositories such as Open Access.

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Accepted Manuscript

The accepted manuscript (AM) is the peer reviewed version (not the final published version) as accepted for publication by the journal that includes modifications based on reviewers’ suggestions. This version excludes copy editing and type setting changes.

The journal does not recommend the authors to upload AM to their personal website/ institutional or other non-commercial subject-based repositories.

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Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

This Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement is based on the Code of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors as per Committee on Publication Ethics, 2011, ICMJE & WAME. Please visit Policy page for more details.

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Journal Detail

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    Speciality General Medicine
    DOI
Editor-in-Chief

Dr Nandini Chatterjee
MBBS MD FRCP FICP
Professor
Department of Medicine
IPGMER/SSKM Hospital, SSKM Hospital Rd, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-7729-812X
rivuc23092006@gmail.com

Associate Editors

Dr Atanu Chandra
MBBS MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Bankura Sammilani Medical College, Bankura, West Bengal, India
chandraatanu123@gmail.com

Dr Sattik Siddhanta
MBBS MD DM
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
IPGMER/SSKM Hospital, SSKM Hospital Rd, Bhowanipore, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
drcalmed@gmail.com

Editorial Committee
Dr Jyotirmoy Pal
MBBS MD FRCP FICP
Professor
Department of Medicine
College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
j_pal2004@rediffmail.com

Dr Ashish Saha
MBBS MD FICP
Professor
Department of Medicine
JNM Hospital Kalyani, Nadia, West Bengal
asissaha2008@gmail.com

Dr Pijush Kanti Mandal
MBBS, MD (Medicine),FDI,FICP
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Malda Medical College & Hospital, Malda, West Bengal, India
pkmbmoh@gmail.com

Dr P S Karmakar
MD, DNB, DIP. CARDIOLOGY
Professor
Department of General Medicine
College of Medicine and Sagore Dutta Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
parthamed@yahoo.co.in

Dr Sekhar Chakrabarti
MBBS MD FICP
Consultant Physician
General Medicine
Ashokanagar, Parganas, West Bengal, India
dr.schakra@yahoo.com

Dr Saikat Datta
MBBS MD FRCP FICP
Professor & Head
Department of Medicine
Maharaja Jitendra Narayan Medical College and Hospital, Coochbehar, WestBenagal, India
dr_saikat@rediffmail.com

Dr Udas Ch Ghosh
MBBS MD DNB FICP DTCT
Professor
Department of Medicine
Medical College Kolkata, West Bengal, India
udasghosh23@gmail.com

Dr Partha Sarkar
MBBS MD FICP
Professor & Head of Department
Department of General Medicine
Tamralipto Govt Medical College and Hospital, Tamluk, West Bengal, India
https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2825-6820
drpartha04@gmail.com

Dr Chiranjita Phukan
MBBS MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Guwahati Medical College, Guwahati, Assam, India
chiranjita7j@gmail.com
National Advisory Board
Dr Shashank Joshi
MBBS MD DM (Endo)
Senior Endocrinologist
Department of Endocrinology
Joshi Clinic, Mumbai
shashank.sr@gmail.com

Dr Bidita Khandelwal
MBBS MD
Professor & Head
Department of Medicine
Sikkim Manipal Medical College & Hospital, Gangtok, Sikkim, India
drbidita@gmail.com

Dr Jayanta Panda
MBBS MD
Professor & Head
Department of Medicine
SCB Medical College & Hospital, Cuttack,Odisha, India
drjayantapanda@gmail.com

Dr Manotosh Panja
MBBS MD DM (Cardiology)
Ex Professor
Department of Cardiology
SSKM Hospital & IPGMER, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
mpanjasci@gmail.com

Dr Amal Kr Banerjee
MBBS MD DM (Cardiology)
Ex Consultant Cardiologist
Department of Cardiology
SSKM Hospital & IPGMER, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
dramalcsi09@gmail.com

Dr R N Sarkar
MBBS MD (Medicine)
Ex Professor and Head
Department of Medicine
Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
drrnsarkar09@gmail.com

Dr M Tiwaskar
MBBS MD (Medicine)
Consultant Diabetologist
Editor , JAPI
Consultant Physician & Diabetologist, Karuna Hospital, Boriwali West, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
tiwaskar@gmail.com

Dr Apurba Kr Mukherjee
MBBS MD (Medicine)
Ex Professor and Head
Department of Medicine
R G Kar Medical College & Hospital, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
drmukherjee31@gmail.com

Dr M K Roy
MBBS MD DM (Neurology)
Formerly Professor
Department of Medicine
Calcutta National Medical College, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
mrinalk_roy@yahoo.com

Dr G S Wander
MBBS MD DM (Cardiology)
Professor & Head
Department of Cardiology
Dayanand Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
drgswander@yahoo.com

Dr D P Singh
MBBS MD (Chest)
Professor & Head
Department of Chest Medicine
Medical College, Bhagalpur, Bihar, India
drdpsingh_ang@yahoo.co.in

Dr Dwijen Das
MBBS MD
Professor & Head
Department of Medicine
Tejpur Medical College & Hospital, Tezpur, Assam, India
drdwijendas@yahoo.co.in

Dr Pradip Bhowmik
MBBS MD
Professor & Head
Department of Medicine
Agartala Medical College & Hospital, Agartala, Tripura, India
pradeepagt2017@gmail.com

Dr Y P Munjal
MBBS MD
Medical Director, Banarsidas Chandiwala, Institute of Medical Sciences,
Chandiwala Estate, Kalkaji, New Delhi
Past President, API
ypmunjal@yahoo.com

Dr K K Pareekh
MBBS MD
Shri Krishna, 1, A-8, SFS, Doctor’s Enclave, Talwandi, Kota 324005, Rajasthan, India
Past President API
drpareekapicon2019@gmail.com

Dr A Muruganathan
MBBS MD
Consultant Diabetologist
Department Diabetology
Coimbatore
a.muruganathan@gmail.com
International Advisory Board

Dr Roman Jaeschke
MD FRCP
Professor
Epidemiology
McMaster University, Krakaw, Poland
jaeschke@mcmaster.ca

Dr Sohail Md Arafat
MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Bangabandhu Sk Mujibar Rahaman University of Medical Sciences, Bangladesh
arafat2001@gmail.com

Dr Ganaka Senaratne
MD FRCP
President
Department of Medicine
Srilankan College of Medicine, Colombo, Srilanka
ganakasenaratne@gmail.com

Dr M P Kafle
MD
Nephrologist
General Secretary
SIMON, Chabahil, Kathmandu, Nepal
mpmpkafle@iom.edu.np

Managing Editor

Ms Richa Solanki
Managing Editor
Jaypee Brothers Medical Publishers, New Delhi, India
richa.solanki@jaypeebrothers.com

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