|Year : 2021 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
An Odyssey of an Editor: Adieu & Best Wishes JOACP!
Editor In Chief, JOACP Professor, Anaesthesiology, Dayanand Medical College and Hospital, Ludhiana, Punjab, India
|Date of Submission||18-Mar-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||18-Mar-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||10-Apr-2021|
Prof. Anju Grewal
Department of Anaesthesiology, Dayanand Medical College & Hospital, Ludhiana -141012, Punjab
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Grewal A. An Odyssey of an Editor: Adieu & Best Wishes JOACP!. J Anaesthesiol Clin Pharmacol 2021;37:1-2
As I bid adieu to JOACP as its Editor-in-Chief (EIC), I wish to briefly reflect on my journey which began in 2002 as an Assistant Editor, continuing to a consistent trek along the challenging path of an EIC, finally to this point in time where I pass the baton in 2021 to our able colleague Dr. Pradeep Bhatia, Prof and Head at AIIMS Jodhpur, India.
Despite the immense uphill tasks and challenges, it has been an enriching and gratifying journey wherein I learnt the ropes of editing not only from formal workshops but also from my mentors, teachers, multitude of competent editors, my departmental colleagues, and all my production editors with their respective teams at Medknow and Wolter-Kluwers-Medknow.
My initial years of assistant and associate editorship were engrossing, laborious, and indeed laid the foundation for my role as EIC later. I have been fortunate to work under the able leadership of Dr Tej. K. Kaul, Dr Mukul Kapoor as my former EIC's of JOACP. Their valuable insights have helped me evolve and handle efficiently the various roles that I worked in during my association with JOACP. I shall forever treasure the valuable lessons learnt from them!
In addition to my luminary predecessors, JOACP and myself have had the privileged blessings, and guidance of many senior leaders in the field of Anesthesiology, notably Prof. Avtar Singh, Prof. Rebecca Jacob, Prof. Neerja Bhardwaj, Prof. Anjan Trikha, Prof. Pankaj Kundra, Prof. Narayana, Prof. Sandhya Yaddanapudi, Dr. Sukhminder S Bajwa, Dr. Rakesh Garg, Dr. Rakhee Goyal, Dr. Anurag Tewari….to name a few among the countless worthy stalwarts who have contributed immensely to JOACP's current stature.
JOACP is an official publication of the Research Society of Anaesthesiology Clinical Pharmacology (RSACP). I wish to put on record the unwavering trust and support that I received from all the esteemed members of the Governing body of RSACP with a special gratitude to Prof. Dr Naveen Malhotra who indeed fiercely supported JOACP , managing it's finances and many administrative fronts at all times. Indeed, its with pride I introduce him as our handling Editor of our upcoming special issue on “Pain -Acute and Chronic,” which will have international and national flavors to savor for all our readers.
As I took over as EIC, I had the proud privilege to work with the leading experts in the field of Anesthesiology and form a formidable editorial team with them which grew from strength to strength helping JOACP overcome many obstacles to reach the highest rankings among all Anesthesiology journals across our country, then among our sub-continent Asia and also to establish itself as an entity to reckon among world rankings. We proudly got indexed with Emerging Sources Citation Index during my tenure as EIC and hope to get an official Impact factor very soon in near future. We have made some mandatory requirements essential to enhance the rigour of science published in JOACP like adherence to ICMJE guidelines, CTRI registrations, IEC approvals, patient consent forms for case reports, use of structured reporting guidelines for various article types, and plagiarism check---all of these being included upfront at the time of submission. We have upheld the ethical aspects of publication by always abiding with the COPE regulations.
This arduous odyssey has been possible because of the formidable teamwork of our proficient Associate and Section Editors. Indeed, the multifaceted, dynamic, and versatile team of Associate Editors, Section Editors, Specialty Editors, National and International editorial board members have been JOACP's biggest strength. Each one of them have ably assisted me all along---advising, backing, and above all working tirelessly to engineer the rise of JOACP as we all see today. Their contributions especially their toil into our special supplement issues, will go down into the annals of history as one of the best among any journal chronicles! Though I am unable to name them individually here because of paucity of space, they have been JOACP's sturdiest advocates and architects. I humbly bow my head in gratitude to each one of them for their constant zeal and endeavors for excellence.
Equally vital has been the role of our reviewers for the quality reviews from their busy clinical schedules and above all our loyal authors and avid readers, all of whom helped the journal progress into a quality reckoner resource for anesthesiologists across the globe. I appreciate all our authors grace, patience, and persistence during the editorial process.
The editorial process changed tremendously for me as I moved from a manual postal mode to email based process and then finally to manuscript management system. All along our dynamic Wolter-Kluwer- Medknow publishing team helped us tide over the technical hiccups. I would humbly thank all of them, especially Mr Vikas Chawla and our conscientious Production editor Mr Bilal Khan who have helped steer the journal to the highest standards of publication. JOACP has now an evident international visibility!
As I delve on our laurels there have been many unfulfilled pledges, prominent among them being our turnaround times which grew inadvertently longer because of a myriad of reasons, few of them beyond our control. Nevertheless, we have sincerely dedicated our time, expertise, and energies to this altruistic work. In our quest for excellence, we shall continue to burn the midnight oil and sustain the fountain of knowledge by our precious contributions.
I am confident that my next successor EIC Prof Pradeep Bhatia shall overcome all hurdles and indeed keep the graph of JOACP's performance going up exponentially. My vision for JOACP is to see it getting indexed with Medline and continue being a trustworthy resource for all researchers and academicians worldwide.
Humble Gratitude to the Almighty for giving me the strength to walk sturdily on this onerous path, with a special word of thanks to my family for bearing with me and to all my dear friends and colleagues who kept me motivated all along.
Wishing JOACP great innings ahead!
Long Live JOACP & RSACP!