|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 53-54
Bidding adieu to International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research
Devinder Mohan Thappa
Department of Dermatology and STD, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry, India
|Date of Web Publication||19-Dec-2016|
Devinder Mohan Thappa
Department of Dermatology and STD, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Puducherry - 605 006
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Thappa DM. Bidding adieu to International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research. Int J Adv Med Health Res 2016;3:53-4
With the January–June 2016 edition of “International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research” (IJAMHR), I had completed 3-year term of the outgoing editorial team. It has been a wonderful experience to work as editor-in-chief with a committed team of associate editors and advisory board members. I express my gratitude to each one of them for sharing their valuable time and skills. At this moment, I would like to recount the memories related to the setup and emergence of this esteemed journal of our institute.
In October 2013, I was appointed as Professor-in-charge and Head, Faculty Publications, by the Director Dr. T. S. Ravikumar to boost up publications in Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research (JIPMER) and to set up an institute journal [Figure 1]. A JIPMER Journal Advisory Committee under the chairmanship of Dr. S. C. Parija the Dean (Research) was constituted to give shape to the new journal, later named as “International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research,” a multispecialty journal with its publisher Wolter Kluwer Medknow Publications Pvt. Limited. Content structure and instructions to authors were framed and put up on the web for online submission of articles in January 2014. As a consequence of that, the first issue was released in June 2014 and the second issue in December 2014. Critical remarks from the faculty related the first and second issues of journal excited the editorial board members, which led to the development of standard operating procedures for the journal. This led to streamlined processing of further issues and publishing these issues on the web with the approval of Director, JIPMER.
|Figure 1: Dr. Devinder Mohan Thappa, Editor, International Journal of Advanced Medical and Health Research, 2014–2016|
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My previous experience on editorship with “Indian Journal of Pediatric Dermatology” 2004–2008, “Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy” an Indexed publication with Medline and Science Citation Index Expanded 2009–2013, “Indian Clinical Updates-Dermatology” 2009–2012 enriched my knowledge in handling journals which helped me in setting up of this journal. Reviewer panel was created and updated with the help of faculty members - Dr. Nidhi Singh and Dr. Munisamy Malathi, Assistant Professors in the Department of Dermatology and Sexually Transmitted Diseases. Senior and junior residents of my department assisted in copyediting and proofreading of these articles in every issue. I express my thanks to each and every one of them for their painstaking effort. Being a journal in which all medical specialties can submit their articles, it was a tough task to handle these manuscripts, but then the editorial board members chipped in with their expertise to carry out the assigned works on time. Before handing over the journal to the next editor, Dr. Vikram Kate, Professor-in-charge, Publications, and Professor and Head, Surgery in July 2016, I had brought out all the five issues on time. As per the plan, it is hoped that after 3 years in running, it will be considered for indexing with PubMed or PubMed Central with the help of our publisher.
It is a difficult task to attract quality original articles, especially with a newly established journal. I hope that there will be an increasing flow of original as well as review articles by experts in future. This will help us increase the frequency of publication from two issues in a year to four issues in a year. I enjoyed the fact that each of the subsequent issues was better than the earlier one. I will certainly be missing the moment of happiness that occurred on receiving a good quality original article and with the announcement of a new issue release on the smartphone.
To be in vogue with the current trend of scientific communication wherein researchers and clinicians increasingly access, read, and share scientific papers online, we started this journal primarily as an online journal with print copy on demand. With the rapid strides in research methods and the complex research devices that generate immense scientific material, the differentiation of truth from artifacts has become a challenge for scientists and editors alike. There is a need to strengthen the screening tools which check for plagiarism in submitted manuscripts. Many a times, these scientific frauds may be picked up by astute peer reviewers rather than these screening tools. In this regard, I would like to particularly acknowledge the peer reviewers who critically evaluated the articles for our journal. I thank them for agreeing to review devoting their valuable time and providing constructive criticism to improve the quality of the articles. Despite its shortcomings, peer review works well most of the time if it is properly and judiciously used. Hence, IJAMHR needs dedicated reviewers. Since the journal receives a variety of articles, some articles require focused specialist. To build up the database of reviewers of diverse research interests, we have been actively pursuing the policy of recruiting new researchers. The system allows inviting reviewers from distant places.
Young scientists need be encouraged to publish and also review., This can be achieved by mentors and seniors by conducting workshops on scientific writing and reviewing for all postgraduates. We need to encourage submitting authors to comply with research reporting guidelines (CONSORT guidelines for clinical trial reporting, PRISMA guidelines for reporting of systematic reviews with meta-analysis approach, MOOSE guidelines for meta-analysis, STROBE guidelines for observational studies in epidemiology, and SAMPL guidelines for basic statistical reporting). These initiatives will improve the reporting, transparency, consistency, and quality of research publications.
As we know that the breakthroughs in technology are being applied to the process of publication also, hence, we need to gear up for this change. With the fast changing landscape of electronic publication and how people are accessing information, new publication techniques need to be adapted to stay ahead. The fast-paced electronic publishing environment offers many opportunities for publication to prosper but with some hazards.
It seems like yesterday that I had taken over the editorship of the IJAMHR, but my journey with IJAMHR spanned nearly 3 years and had come to an end. As I hand over the journal to the new editorial team led by Dr. Vikram Kate, Professor and Head of Surgery at our institute, I wish the new team the very best for future endeavors. They are gifted and skilled researchers (some of them have worked with me as associate editors and advisory board members), and hopefully, they will bring new energy and new ideas to the journal. Dr. Vikram Kate who had served as an advisory board member with the present team ensures a continuum. I am sure that under his leadership, IJAMHR will attain newer horizons.
Last but not least, I acknowledge the generous support provided by the staff of JIPMER to settle bills on time and the publisher Wolter Kluwer Medknow Publications Pvt. Limited-for timely publication of the issues. In addition, thanks are due to the previous Director, Dr. T. S. Ravikumar, and the former Dean (Research) and the current Director, Dr. S. C. Parija for his critical inputs and continued support.
Finally, I would like to bid adieu with the following quote:
“No permanence is ours; we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.”
-Hermann Hesse, The Glass Bead Game
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