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Year : 2011  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

My journey as a "Chief Editor"

President Elect, RSACP Past Chief Editor, JOACP

Date of Web Publication11-Feb-2011

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Tej K Kaul
President Elect, RSACP Past Chief Editor, JOACP

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Kaul TK. My journey as a "Chief Editor". J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2011;27:1-2

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As the baton of "Chief Editor" of the prestigious JOACP passes on to the next able person in Col (Dr.) Mukul Kapoor, I wish to reminisce my odyssey of Ten (10) years in medical journalism. My close relationship with the journal began in 2001, when I took over the reins and ever since the journey has been a great learning experience, challenging, yet fascinating and immensely enjoyable, interspersed with a few difficult moments. This enriching experience helped us to evolve our scientific temperaments and flair for writing, as we coped with the nuances of scientific publication. I vividly remember 27th Nov 2001, when at the GBM held during the annual RSACP conference at PGI Chandigarh , I was assigned the duty of "Chief Editor" of JOACP by a voice vote. The journal was in dire straits and to restart it looked a Herculian task. I do not know what the then stalwarts of RSACP particularly Prof. H.L. Kaul, Prof. P. Chari, Dr. G.P. Dureja, found in me to entrust this job to me. However at that point of time I remembered a wise man's saying" Editing is largely an amateur business. One day you are a Professor of Cardiology, the next without any training- you are the editor of a million pound journal". This gave me the encouragement to go ahead. I I was fortunate to have complete support of our Principal Dr. S.C. Ahuja & the Anaesthesiology faculty at DMC Ludhiana, which I was heading at that time. With me they too became some sort of an editor just overnight. Teamwork, association co-operation, sincerity & the willingness to work together were the ingredients of success. However circumstances demanded change of Editorial team at various stages of my tenure. Although all Editors including Associates & Assistants were of great help, but Dr. Avtar Singh, Dr. Anju Grewal & Dr. Gaurav Kuthiala stand apart upright.

The journal sincerely made efforts in the past ten years to uphold the integrity of good science and ethical publishing. In this context we affiliated and shaped our editorial policies in accordance with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines on Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts [1] and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) Guidelines on Good Publication Practice that address standard format of scientific writing and submission, study design, authorship, peer review process, redundant publication, duties of editors and guidelines for managing misconduct. [2] I also attained the membership of WAME (World Assosciation of Medical Editors).

The aim has been to publish original articles with clinical and scientific integrity, as a continual scientific journal. The broader endeavor has been to disseminate scientific peer reviewed information which can bring in a beneficial change in clinical practice.

Thus we widened our kaleidoscope by publishing peer reviewed research and clinical work in all branches of anaesthesiology, pain, critical care and perioperative medicine including the application to basic sciences. We added newer sections like innovative new equipment, clinical pharmacology apart from review articles, research papers, brief communications, case reports, correspondence (letter to editor), book reviews and obituaries. JOACP has been published in time & very regularly since I took over, improving the quality of paper as well as printing, each issue having about 150 pages bearing approximately 50 publications including 3 to 4 from outside the country. Inspite of a large number of medical journals getting published in every nook & corner of the world, there remains a monumental information glut in the publishing world. There is always an underlying fear of missing a gem due to processes that thwart quality in scientific publications. We did sincerely address ourselves to it.

All along, our intent has been to uphold the ethical principles of scientific publication. There have been incidences of duplicate publication, data fabrication, plagiarism,authorship issues, conflict of interests, marketing relations with pharmaceuticals and other ethical violations. These were aptly dealt with as part of our difficult yet pertinent decisions. A hawk's s eye remained on all, always, including the editors / reviewers for any editorial misconduct.

The tremendous strides have been our march to eco friendly system, from hard paper to paper- free process, wherein we introduced electronic submission & electronic editorial processes. The highlights of our efforts were the greater visibility of the journal due to its new dynamic & interactive webpage ( ). JOACP by now is indexed by various indexing agencies like EMBASE/Excerpta Medica IndMED, Chemical Abstracts Services, Primary Care Electronic Library, Health and Life Sciences,Indian Science Abstracts & Index Copernicus. We started the correspondence with Pub-Med & the process is underway. All these have resulted in anaesthesiologists of SAARC Countries preferring JOACP as the first choice for sending their articles. We always tried to treat our authors with all fairness & professionalism: No appeasement & No harshness.

We strived to enhance the standards of scientific publishing by incorporating stringent double blind peer-review systems. This process though not well oiled, with inherent delays, gradually did take care of upgrading the quality of the articles. Continual education of our authors has been the strength of the journal as we wished to tap the vast clinical material into meaningful science. Despite these efforts at improving the content of submitted articles, there have been incidences of unbiased rejections which went as high as 25 to 30 percent which was essential to maintain standards in scientific publication.This earned me many enemies. However we hope that by introducing a milestone of professional publishing with the help of 'MedKnow' 1 publications we shall be able to provide prompt, highly efficient editorial / publication processes for higher impact factors of our journal. My negotiations with 'MedKnow' 1 for over 1½ years to get the best deal led to the MOU, ultimately approved & signed by the Secretary & the new Chief Editor. The next issue of JOACP is planned to be brought out with the assistance of 'MedKnow', thereby furthering professionalism in JOACP.

Editing JOACP has taught me many things academically as well as administratively. This job being the highest academic chair was highly satisfying. Interaction with stalwarts of the profession globally was a great boon. However I had to surrender being elected unanimously as "President Elect" of RSACP, of which JOACP is an official publication. Serving JOACP in any capacity is great honour & privilege. My services for the upliftment of JOACP can always be banked upon.

For any venture, finances are extremely important for it's success. Advertisers remain the main source & back bone. Dealing with advertisers has been a challenging task, many a times frustrating & even humiliating. Inspite of all limitations we managed to save quite a few lacs for RSACP. The financial support rendered by Dr. Manju Bhutani, Dr. Rebecca Jacob and Dr. P. Chari was always a morale booster. I must also put on record the continuous support provided by Mr. Rakesh Gupta of "NEON" & Ms Sadhna Nayyar of "Hansraj Nayyar Medical India." Thanks are also due, to Mr S.K. Jain / Mr Balwinder Kumar of Swami Printers, Ludhiana who inspite of many hiccups ensured that the issues were ready well ahead of time all these years.

I thank you all, our readers, writers, peer reviewers & advertisers for the kind encouragement and support to bring JOACP in 27th year of publishing, making it possible for us to keep serving an ever growing readership. We have promoted the growth of our society the "Research Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology." The membership increasd almost three times since I took up its reins. The editorial office and board members have always shared a common goal of improving and maintaining the interests of the journal. We are assured that these traditions shall continue to enhance the prestige of both the society and the journal. Champions of research community and academicians need to support JOACP always.

In the end I request you all to evaluate and analyze my contribution towards JOACP and guide me towards achieving excellence in all efforts.

"Let us keep the windows of our mind open.

Let Air and Sunshine (Knowledge) come in from all directions"

- Rigveda

Long Live RSACP

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1.International Committe of Medical Journal Editors. Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals [online]. [accessed 2010 Apr 18]. Available at: [Accessed 2010 Dec].  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Committee on Publication Ethics. Guidelines on good publication practice. Available at:} [Accessed 2010 Dec].  Back to cited text no. 2


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