Year : 2019 | Volume
: 24 | Issue : 4 | Page : 235--236
VISTAS of the future
Ashoke Kumar Basu
Professor and Head of the Department, Department of Pediatric Surgery, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Prof. Ashoke Kumar Basu
Department of Pediatric Surgery, Institute of Child Health, West Bengal
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Basu AK. VISTAS of the future.J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg 2019;24:235-236
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Basu AK. VISTAS of the future. J Indian Assoc Pediatr Surg [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Nov 13 ];24:235-236
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At the onset, let me congratulate the members of the Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons on the successful and unhindered publication of the Journal of Indian Association of Pediatric Surgeons (JIAPS) for 25 years. The Journal has not only reached its silver jubilee, it has also improved on its look, scientific content, status in the scientific world and has been instrumental in establishing the position of Pediatric Surgeons of India firmly in the world map, thanks to the untiring efforts of all the editors-in-chief, reviewers, and authors.
I will make a small assessment of the performance of our Journal over the last one and a half decades, the period during which our Journal has become available on internet. The members' subscription of our Journal has increased from 800 to 1650. The number of our nonmember subscribers has increased from 30 per year to about 200 per year. The viewership of our Journal has climbed up to almost 80,000 per volume. This number does not include the number of viewers accessing the hard copy of our Journal. A large number of Pediatric Surgeons all over the world are interested in our Journal, and we must utilize this opportunity to improve the Impact Factor of our Journal.
The number of new submissions in our Journal is 250 per year, and we publish four issues in a year. We publish about 32 original and review articles and four editorials per year. I propose that from the 25th year, we start publishing six issues per year. For this, I request the members to submit more original articles and increase the number of submission to 300 per year.
We receive a number of articles from all over the world, including the USA, UK, Japan, Europe, Turkey, Middle-East, Pakistan, and Africa. Unfortunately, the turnaround time of these articles are very high and their acceptance rate is very low due to their nonadherence with norms and standard of our Journal. At present, we follow a policy of performing multiple peer reviews prior to accepting or rejecting any article. The Editorial Staff has graciously accepted this increase in their workload as it encourages and enables publishing works of young authors and authors working in remote and less endowed places.
We receive many articles pertaining to subjects on which articles have already been published either in JIAPS or Indian Pediatrics. The authors must search for articles published on similar subjects in Indian journals and use the previous publications in their list of references. Some correlation or mentionable references can always be established. The number of keywords in original articles should be at least six. This will increase our strike index. As I have mentioned in my previous editorial, every article should be checked by the senior author for content and language. The title of the articles should be interesting and catchy. The abstract should be written in such a way that it includes all the information about the scientific content in brief. Plagiarism, as always, will not be tolerated.
I am urging all the teachers imparting training in Pediatric Surgery to contribute at least two original articles every year to enrich our Journal. This will also enable our Journal to avoid criticism that some centers get preference when, in reality, only a few centers contribute quality articles to our Journal regularly.
I would also like to highlight that more than 20 articles by our members have been published in foreign journals over the last 2 years. On behalf of JIAPS, I extend hearty congratulations to the authors of these articles. At the same time, I request these authors to send similar articles for publications to JIAPS as well.
Special mention must also be made of our publication on Posterior Urethral Valves published in JIAPS (Vol. 24 No. 1), which, I am proud to say, has received worldwide acclaim.
Indian Surgeons are second to none in skill and technique. However, we are yet to establish ourselves as leaders in the International Medical Community due to the absence of publication of the results of our surgeries which are often superior to the rest of the world. It is true that Indian doctors are over-burdened by their clinical work, but we have to find time to keep clinical records and write-up papers of our experiences and evaluations. The Journal and its Editorial Board eagerly await submission of such materials for publication, and I urge the Pediatric Surgeons of this country to utilize this opportunity to publish their work through our own Journal. It is only through such publications that Indian doctors can establish their evidence-based achievements in the International Forum. Just as the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has recently proved its capabilities, we must also make our mark in the Scientific Community.
I thank Dr. Uday Sankar Chatterjee for helping me in literature search.