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EDITORIAL
Year : 2011  |  Volume : 27  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-4

From the desk of the new editor


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Date of Web Publication11-Feb-2011

Correspondence Address:
Mukul Chandra Kapoor
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Kapoor MC. From the desk of the new editor. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2011;27:3-4

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Kapoor MC. From the desk of the new editor. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Jan 24];27:3-4. Available from: http://www.joacp.org/text.asp?2011/27/1/3/76607

The Journal of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology has changed hands. Dr Tej K. Kaul nursed the journal meticulously over the last decade. The journal built repute under his stewardship and kept the flag of the Research Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology flying. The passing of the baton to the new editorial board entails a responsibility of not only maintaining the level of excellence achieved but to strive to improve the journal. We promise to make every effort to follow the strong traditions put forth by our predecessors and to meet the expectations of the honourable members of the society and the esteemed readers of this prestigious journal. It will be our endeavour to ensure that the journal's name reaches unfathomed heights.

The publication of an article begins when one or more people decide to write a manuscript with an aim to communicate their work or opinion to the scientific fraternity. The message may be in form of their original work, an interesting case or cases, a review of literature of an important/recent subject, or to voice their opinion on a matter. Publication also heralds recognition for the author and undoubtedly enhances his standing in the profession. Early in my career, I was educated to the concept of 'Publish or Perish.' The academic scientific enterprise rewards those with the longest CVs and the most publications. [1] The desire to publish also ensures that the authors keep themselves updated with the latest research and clinical practices.

An issue plaguing our country is the paucity of quality medical publications. There is an unbelievably large clinical workload with vast opportunity for research of high scientific value. Academics takes a back-seat due to restrains of clinical work. Clinicians should make an effort to overcome this constraint and reap the benefits of this clinical 'gold mine.' There is also an unfortunate belief amongst non­publishers that some people 'work', whilst other only 'publish' and that the 'twain of publishing and work can never meet.' It is my firm belief that this does not hold true and 'the twain can definitely meet.' No credible publication is possible without due work on the subject.

Publication has also been very low on the priority of institutions running professional academic courses in our country. As a result, the credibility of the research work and the dissertations submitted by their students is viewed with suspicion. The medical profession control authorities have recently notified publication in peer-reviewed journals as requisite pre-qualification to appear in the exit examination of the post-graduate courses and for selection to faculty positions. As a result, journals have started receiving large number of manuscripts for possible publication. The responsibilities of the editorial boards have thus become enormous. The rejection rates have risen and so has the dissatisfaction levels amongst those who have submitted these manuscripts. The editorial board is bound to maintain standards and ensure that the best possible work is published in the journal. The primary responsibility of the Editorial Board is to the readers. A manuscript accepted for publication therefore needs to meet exacting standards and be of educative value.

Peer-review of manuscripts is an inescapable scholarly process. An efficient, confidential, and consistent peer review system is essential to ensure credibility of the journal in the scientific community. The journal will follow a closed peer-review system and the identities of peer reviewers will be protected. No manuscript will be accepted for publication unless it has been reviewed by at least three peer-reviewers. In case a manuscript is raw but contains good clinical or research material, it does not deserve a rejection. The members of the peer-review process shall strive to mentor it into a viable publishable article. The editorial board will ensure that the review process is unbiased, objective, prompt, of high quality and confidential.

An important objective of a medical journal is to influence the thinking and clinical practice of the readers. Respect for ethical standards is essential for the publication to reap true benefits. The strictness in standards is justified, as communication to our peers must be truthful and ethically correct. By publishing issues related to clinical settings, the authors have an impact on thinking of the reader, create a conviction that the author is concerned about this issue and that he has experience in it. [2]

Publication, however, can suffer from the malady of falsehood to some extent. Under pressure to improve their professional status, authors often fall prey to double publishing, falsehood publishing, data fabrication, plagiarism and self plagiarism. [1],[3],[4] The editorial board shall take all necessary steps to prevent such an occurrence in the journal. All submissions to the journal will be routinely processed by a software system for detecting plagiarism. In the unfortunate event of detection such a publication, punitive action will be initiated against the concerned. We propose to strictly adhere to the publication guidelines recommended by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (available on the website http://www.publicationethics.org/).

Healthy debate will be encouraged. Readers are requested to respond with cogent suggestions/criticism of published material or voice their opinion on the subject matter. Authors of criticised material will be given an opportunity to respond. The Editor will ensure publication of criticism unless he has convincing reasons not to do so.

No journal's success can be attributed to the editorial board alone. The editorial board merely facilitates the running of the journal and possibly plays the role of a referee as in a sport. The journal's standing is judged by the quality of articles published and their educative value. A journal thus thrives on excellence of its contributors. I am sanguine that the contributors shall continue to take pride in publishing their worthy work in this journal.

New contributors need to be encouraged to widen the readership base of a journal and improve the visibility of the journal. Inexperienced writers need to be encouraged and guided by the peer-reviewers to shape their articles. Senior members of the fraternity need to encourage newcomers to be more forthcoming in sending their valuable work for publication. The Editorial Board solicits your continued patronage to this valuable cause. We request you all to ensure that the journal's readership and contributor base widens further.

 
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1.Neill US. Publish or perish, but at what cost? J Clin Invest 2008; 118: 2368  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.Reyes BH, Palma JH, Andresen MH. Ethics of medical journal publications. Rev Med Chile 2007; 135: 529--533  Back to cited text no. 2
    
3.Shafer SL. Retraction notice. Anesth Analg 2009; 108:1351  Back to cited text no. 3
    
4.Shafer SL. Retraction Notice. Pasted on website of Anesth Analg http://www.anesthanalg.org/ Accessed on 21 Nov 2010  Back to cited text no. 4
    




 

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