|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 94-95
Fostering collaboration between journals: Growing together for a better future for science
Durga Prasanna Misra, Vikas Agarwal
Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||8-Jul-2019|
Dr. Durga Prasanna Misra
Department of Clinical Immunology and Rheumatology, C-Block, 2nd Floor, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rae Bareilly Road, Lucknow - 226 014, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Misra DP, Agarwal V. Fostering collaboration between journals: Growing together for a better future for science. Indian J Rheumatol 2019;14:94-5
Scientific journals strive toward a common objective of reporting honest and transparent science. In case of medical journals, the common goal further extends to bettering the understanding of disease, and as a result, its treatment, thus benefiting patients. Editorial boards of journals often share editors, who play a key role in helping attain such objectives. In this context, collaborations between journal editors help arrive at a common ground, with emerging journals learning the art of scientific editing from newer ones. Such was the motivation for a meeting of editors of the Indian Journal of Rheumatology (IJR) and Rheumatology International (RI), on the sidelines of a major international conference (Rheumatology 2019) at Birmingham, United Kingdom, in May 2019 [Figure 1].
|Figure 1: The Editors of Indian Journal of Rheumatology (Dr. Vikas Agarwal, Dr. Durga P Misra) along with the Editors of Rheumatology International (Dr. Armen Y Gasparyan, Dr. Durga P Misra) at Birmingham, United Kingdom|
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The editors discussed recent trends in scientific publishing and their implications for the respective journals. The need to accurately identify authors and editors through the use of common identifiers such as the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) was discussed. For the editors, this helps verify the credentials of the authors and avoid falling prey of scientific misconducts such as fake authorship and hacked peer review. The use of such unique identifiers also helps authors keep track of papers that they might have authored with slight variations in their names. The RI already asks for ORCID from all authors, and the IJR has also recently adopted this approach. Further, the IJR is in the process of acquiring and presenting ORCID of editorial members as well. Peer reviewers are critical gatekeepers for scientific publishing, and collaborations between the editors of journals have resulted in sharing peer reviewers across RI and IJR. This helps enhance the quality of science in an emerging journal like the IJR, learning from RI, a leading player in the field. In particular, the extraordinary contributions of a few international reviewers for the IJR (Dr. Olena Zimba, Dr. A Mangalam, and others) were greatly appreciated by the editors in this meeting. The potential for integrating with Publons, which helps automatically record reviewer contributions, was also discussed. Particularly, the need for editors and reviewers to seek plagiarism, beyond that just detected by similarity checking software, by carefully reading through and between the lines of published manuscripts, was discussed. Further measures aimed at ensuring the uniformity and adoption of best practices at scientific journals, as espoused in the Sarajevo declaration, were also discussed. The IJR shall strive toward adoption of the recommendations of the aforesaid declaration of scientific editors, including transparency of editorial policies, and an emphasis on loco-regional needs of the South East Asian region.
Since the IJR is a platinum open access journal, it has to remain aware about the recent trends in open access publishing. An important recent achievement of the IJR in the past year was the indexing in the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), under the stewardship of its previous Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Vinod Ravindran. The IJR shall strive toward maintaining the standards required for DOAJ indexing while also simultaneously strive toward indexing in the PubMed Central, which shall also enhance its visibility. The indexing of the IJR in Scopus and the Emerging Sources Citation Index are important, independent affirmations of quality while ensuring its global visibility and outreach. In view of recent incidences of research fraud being reported worldwide, the IJR has also recently constituted a Research Integrity Committee to investigate future allegations against published manuscripts or their authors in the journal, in a transparent manner. Furthermore, the need to carefully check the fulfillment of ethical norms by all submitted manuscripts, including case reports, was emphasized. The implementation of strict peer-review processes shall help the IJR ensure that the published material conforms to the strictest standards of scientific rigor, as well as validity and reliability.
The changing times necessitate a progression from just printing and circulating journals, to actively promoting them on social media platforms, where both doctors and patients can be aware of the recent developments in their specialty. In this regard, the recent steps taken by the IJR to institute social media editors and accounts in Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram were also discussed, and future endeavors to possibly include video articles or video summaries of published work on channels such as YouTube were also discussed. Finally, the editors acknowledged the many ways a journal like RI has helped update the standards of an emerging journal like the IJR, over the past few years. We hope such collaborations continue in the future and also hope to help any other emerging journals, in this or other specialties, to update their standards.
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