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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 33  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1
 

A time to change


Editor, Indian Journal of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication2-Jan-2017

Correspondence Address:
Rajeev Kumar
Editor, Indian Journal of Urology, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.197328

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At the risk of sounding hackneyed, I quote Heraclitus the Greek philosopher from 500BC that “change is the only constant in life,” simply to remind us that it often takes someone looking in from outside to awaken us from slumber and force us to “smell the coffee.”

The Indian Journal of Urology (IJU) has made some changes. We have redesigned our cover, our page layouts and added new sections to impress our readers and encourage them to read us a bit more. For reminding us of the need for change, we thank Omar Akhtar, a member of our society, who did an analysis of the journal and suggested we needed a face lift. It was also suggested that we move to social media, akin to what a number of our peers have done. We chose to tread cautiously in that direction, partly because we are still learning the ropes on apps that our children handle better than us and partly because we worry about our ability to generate sufficient content for those forums. The reach of social media is immense. The current generation of readers seeks the bulk of its information through online platforms. However, this also requires that we use utmost care in what we state on such platforms and all content should be editorially curated, something which is not easy for a small society journal to achieve.

The proliferation of scientific journals is increasingly pushing editorial offices to try and find ways to remain relevant to their readers. For a journal, being read and respected is possibly more important than metrics that measure publication statistics. For small journals like the IJU, which anyways do not feature high on metrics, this becomes the sole raison d'être. Maintaining editorial freedom, guiding authors on publication practices, providing a forum for showcasing research, and giving readers the best content possible remain the primary aims. The changes we have made in the journal aim to address these aims. Two new sections include Round-Up, a summary of important publications from around the world, and What's Inside, a summary of articles in the current journal issue. For readers with limited time, these should serve as appetizers for the journal.

“Change” seems to be the buzzword around the world. From new currency notes locally to political upheavals internationally, we seem to be in the midst of a process that questions existing dogmas and wishes to try out something new. In urology, one of the most important changes in the next year may be the availability of new robotic platforms which have the potential to bring down costs through competition.[1] Despite the benefits of this technology, its penetration remains low primarily due to costs. Competitive pricing may help make it available to a larger number of patients. Another area of change may be in the interpretation of copyright laws governing scientific publications. A legal case pertaining to photocopying of parts of textbooks has the potential to impact scientific publications including journals in our country.[2]

As in the previous years, the journal editorial board has selected the best original articles and most effective reviewers of 2016 for recognition at the IJU awards ceremony and their brief resumes are published in this issue. We remain grateful to all our reviewers and hope that you, our readers, will continue to find us a useful resource.

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Conflicts of interest:

There are no conflicts of interest.

 
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Pedersen A. J.P. Morgan HealthCare Conference 2016: Surgeons about to Get New Surgical Robot Alternatives to Da Vinci System. Available from: http://www.medicaldevicedaily.com/servlet/com.accumedia.web. Dispatcher?next=bioWorldHeadlines_article&forceid=91841. [Last accessed on 2016 Dec 13].  Back to cited text no. 1
    
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Hebbar P. Delhi University Photocopy Kiosk Wins Copyright Case Against Publishing Giants. Available from: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2016/09/16/delhi-university-photocopy-kiosk-wins-copyright-case-against-pub. [Last accessed on 2016 Dec 13].  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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