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GUEST EDITORIAL
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2-3

A quantum leap for Kerala journal of ophthalmology


Department of Ophthalmology, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication11-Nov-2016

Correspondence Address:
Barun K Nayak
Department of Ophthalmology, P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Center, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0976-6677.193881

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Nayak BK. A quantum leap for Kerala journal of ophthalmology. Kerala J Ophthalmol 2016;28:2-3

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Nayak BK. A quantum leap for Kerala journal of ophthalmology. Kerala J Ophthalmol [serial online] 2016 [cited 2019 May 26];28:2-3. Available from: http://www.kjophthal.com/text.asp?2016/28/1/2/193881



We are in the era of evidence-based medicine, the key factor of which is the scientific/scholarly journals which help in the dissemination of knowledge. The value of a journal is judged by its robust peer-review process, indexing with various agencies, regularity of publication, and last but not the least its impact factor. A good scoring on all the aspects mentioned above adds to the value of the journal, which affects the preference of authors for publication. The demand for publication is increasing exponentially due to the requirement of publications in indexed journals for promotion, especially for teaching positions. In today's electronic era, there are many indexing agencies which are effective and have a widespread reach. However, everyone perceives a journal as “indexed” only if it is indexed with PubMed, which is US based (National Medical Library) and is the continuation of the “Index Medicus,” the oldest source of indexing in the pre-electronic era. Hence, we can safely say that PubMed indexing is the ultimate goal of any scientific journal. This is no easy task, what with thousands of existing journals, the number of which increases everyday. I am glad that the Editor and the entire Editorial Board of the Kerala Journal of Ophthalmology has set a target of indexing this journal with PubMed.

I am sure it would be of interest to all to know the constant efforts and hard-work required for indexing with PubMed. I do not exaggerate when I say that everyday many new journals are being launched. The majority want to get it indexed with PubMed from day one, but it has to be understood that getting indexed with PubMed is a process, which is very difficult to achieve as the demand is very high and the capacity. In the existing scenario, PubMed also has to be choosy and looks for “quality” in the journal content. Needless to say this cannot be judged by just the first couple of issues. This situation worsens as the general psychology is that no author wants to submit his/her quality research in a journal which is not indexed with PubMed. Before indexing, PubMed also pays attention to regularity of publication, the robustness of peer-review process, the quality of articles published, and the editorial board members' profile and their standing in the field. Usually the journals of National societies have a wider reach and get a preference. I am also glad that this journal will be published in collaboration with Medknow Publication and Media Pvt Ltd., as efforts from the publishers also help in getting early indexing with PubMed.

Simultaneously, I also want to highlight certain difficulties faced by editors of Indian journals.[1] Any scientific journal can be either publisher-owned or society-owned. Most Indian journals are society-owned, wherein editors provide honorary service and do not have much training or experience in the field of publication. The editor has to multitask. Right from handling the manuscript, to handling the review process, to accepting/rejecting articles based on reviewer's comments. These editorial responsibilities are further burdened with tasks like management of finances, generation of revenue, and ultimately, the printing and posting of journals.[2] No society provides a well-established system and office which is essential to run the affairs of the journal smoothly. The editors who are first-timers are left on their own to sail through difficult waters. On the other hand, the publisher-owned journal's editors are not burdened with anything other than the actual editorial work. A system is provided to run the office, finances are managed by the publisher, and to top it all, the editors are paid for their job. Having served as an honorary Editor of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO) for 6 years (2005–2011) and also as the Honorary Founder Editor of Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research (JCOR) for the past 4 years, I have understood the difficulties and intricacies of editorship involving Indian journals. I would strongly like to put across that only those who have a passion for this kind of work should take up the responsibility of becoming an Editor.

Generation of funds for running the journal is a real problem. The main source remains advertisements by companies. Indian journals do not charge the authors for publication, in spite of being Open Access journals. Subscriptions do not generate much revenue as society-owned journals are sent free to all the members. Submission of quality research is also a major issue with the authors, unless the journal is indexed with PubMed. However, one has to realize that unless good research is published in the journal, PubMed indexing is not possible. All this, thus makes it a catch-22 situation.

Publication of quality articles in any journal largely depends on the thorough and speedy review process, which the journal possesses. However, it is very easy for a new journal to get a beating on this account also because it becomes very difficult to find good reviewers for non-indexed journal in the early stages. More so because the reviewers provide honorary services on a voluntary basis.

This editorial may be seen as my guidance to editors of Indian journals, so that they take up or handle their assignments knowing all the shortcomings of the job at hand. Also, I would like to keep the society members informed on the hardships which the editor faces and the dedication which is required from him/her to make the journal a success, and then toiling without rest to maintain the journal at its position.

 
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1.
Nayak BK. Nuances of starting a new medical journal. J Clin Ophthalmol Res 2013;1:135-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
  Medknow Journal  
2.
Stranack K. Starting a new scholarly journal in Africa. Public Knowledge Project; 2006.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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