Indian Journal of Rheumatology

: 2017  |  Volume : 12  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 126--127

Publishing or perishing: For the Best; for the Worst!

Vinod Ravindran1, Durga Prasanna Misra2, Vir Singh Negi3,  
1 Centre for Rheumatology, Calicut, Kerala, India
2 Department of Clinical Immunology, SGPGIMS, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Department of Clinical Immunology, JIPMER, Puducherry, India

Correspondence Address:
Vinod Ravindran
Centre for Rheumatology, Calicut - 673 009, Kerala

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Rheumatology is an upcoming specialty in India.[1] The Indian Rheumatology Association is committed to propagation and consolidation of this specialty in India and the Indian Journal of Rheumatology (IJR); its formal publication is one of the means to achieve those objectives. The IJR serves as an important avenue for dissemination of scientific information from India in this field. The growth of IJR has, however, not exactly been in parallel with the growth of the specialty in the country. In a recent article,[2] we highlighted many challenges faced by our journal. Here, we wish to discuss some other pertinent issues and opportunities for a better future of our journal.

With increasing training opportunities in rheumatology in our country,[3] the trainees often represent young authors who are involved in research and have due incentives in writing and getting published. The journal serves as an ideal means for such authors to disseminate their clinical observations and research. The editorial members of this journal diligently focus on mentoring such young minds. Whereas workshops on scientific writing conducted all over the country by the journal's editorial team serve as general means of doing this, reviewing and editing the submitted articles is another important avenue. It is imperative in today's world to inform and educate youngsters regarding the current problems in scientific publishing such as predatory publishing[4],[5],[6] and plagiarism[7],[8] so as to prevent them from falling foul of such scientific malpractices. Also, adherence to ethics of scientific publishing, such as seeking informed consent and ethical clearance for studies, needs to be impregnated in young minds that are likely to be eager to get published. The editorial team of the journal makes constant endeavors toward this during the peer-review process.

The false but widely held perception of superiority of one indexing agency over the others is one of the barriers the journal is trying hard to overcome. This barrier hampers the chances of journal getting quality submissions from institutes within India, though recently, submissions from overseas have increased where the value of journal's indexing by SCOPUS or EMBASE is equally appreciated. The journal itself is at the crossroads of its evolution toward becoming a reputed international journal with Indian flavor. Therefore, it is important to reiterate that, along with fulfilling the relevant requirements as set out by the Medical Council of India,[9] the journal has also been included in the “whitelist” of journals published by the University Grants Commission, New Delhi.[10] As a consequence of the aforementioned, original articles published in the journal shall be acceptable for the purpose of academic promotion. Growth of a journal is no easy feat and relies significantly on the contributions from the established specialists in a given field; hence, we hope to be able to receive more and better manuscripts from our colleagues in India. This in turn shall hopefully bring fruits to our collective efforts of getting the journal enlisted by some other indexing agencies such as Medline.

We hope to have an enhanced visibility of our journal in international circles, and it is important that our colleagues keep on flying the flag of our journal high internationally too. As the journal has a focus on publishing quality data from India, appropriately and ethically referencing work from India published in the journal shall not only enhance the visibility of Indian rheumatology in the international forum but also help increase the prestige of the journal.

The aforementioned article[2] was published in an emerging journal with challenges and opportunities much akin our own. Therefore, though it can be appreciated that our journal's current position in this respect is not unique, the fact remains that our journal has been in existence for more than 20 years and now faces intense competition from a spurt of many journals happened since. The future of this journal is a challenge not only to the current editorial board but also to the future generations of rheumatologists in this country. We hope that our journal succeeds in its lofty objectives of being a lodestar for generations of rheumatologists, both Indians and those from abroad, of highlighting its Indian and Southeast Asian flavor, and of disseminating far and wide their singular experience in dealing with the challenges of this specialty.


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