Year : 2017 | Volume
: 4 | Issue : 1 | Page : 1-
IJAMHR: Looking ahead
Vikram Kate1, Tamilarasu Kadhiravan2,
1 Editor-in-Chief, IJAMHR
2 Editor, IJAMHR
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Kate V, Kadhiravan T. IJAMHR: Looking ahead.Int J Adv Med Health Res 2017;4:1-1
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Kate V, Kadhiravan T. IJAMHR: Looking ahead. Int J Adv Med Health Res [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Dec 14 ];4:1-1
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The last issue (July-December 2016) of the Journal witnessed a change of guard at the editorial office, and Dr. Devinder Mohan Thappa, past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal, has passed on the baton to us. Current issue of the Journal is the second one to be brought out by the new editorial team. Three full years have passed by since the inception of the Journal, and the new editorial team has settled down in office. This is an opportune time to pause for a moment and reflect on how we want this young journal grow up to be in the future.
In the immediate future, we envisage the Journal to grow into a more desirable publication, if not a popular one, where authors would like to publish, readers look forward to the next issue, and peer-reviewers are happy to offer their services pro bono. We are acutely aware of our accountability to the authors, readers, and the public at large. We try our best to ensure that what we accept for publication is sound science that has been ethically conducted and transparently reported. The large body of anonymous peer-reviewers helps us a lot in this endeavor. Peer reviewers are like the roots of a plant – they are invisible, but the role they play is vital. Our criteria for acceptance are spelt out explicitly in the updated information for authors. In short, we do not try to prejudge the importance of the findings. Science is cumulative, and progress is incremental. Rather, we are bothered about validity and integrity. We try to hand down our editorial decisions quickly and in a fair manner. We will also continue to be responsive to the needs of authors who require help improve the reporting of their otherwise good scientific work.
During the short experience of running this Journal over the past 1 year, we have had a fairly good exposure to a range of submissions. One observation that we would like to share with our authors is that, by and large, the manuscripts submitted to the Journal are reasonably good on science but have a good scope to improvise when it comes to reporting. Well-conducted studies are sometimes reported in a telegraphic manner with limited clarity, leaving the editors and reviewers wonder how things were actually carried out, and what was observed. We want the manuscripts to be accurate, brief, and clear. Editors and reviewers are seldom swayed by flowery prose and tall, but unsupported claims. Many times, authors reproduce lengthy sentences ad verbatim from other sources, which would be construed as plagiarism. We are conscious of the fact that few of our authors are native English speakers. However, this practice should be avoided. At IJAMHR, all submissions are subjected to a plagiarism check before being released for peer review, and once again before acceptance. Likewise, we have encountered instances of duplicate publication and multiple submissions. Given that medical writing and publication ethics receive limited attention in medical schools, we have a long way to go before things improve on this front. The Journal shall remain ever vigilant against such practices.
Before we conclude, we take this opportunity to place on record our sincere appreciation of the efforts by the Executive Editor of the Journal and Director, Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research, Prof. S.C. Parija, and the editorial team for their constant inputs in taking the Journal to new heights. We will always be grateful to the previous editorial team for initiating, establishing, and nurturing the Journal. We are confident that we would uphold the values and adhere to the high standards set by our predecessors, while attempting continuously to push the envelope to bring you the best.