Year : 2013 | Volume
: 29 | Issue : 4 | Page : 271--272
The last editorial
Nitin S Kekre
Department of Urology, Unit II, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore - 632 004, Tamilnadu, India
Nitin S Kekre
Department of Urology, Unit II, Christian Medical College and Hospital, Vellore - 632 004, Tamilnadu
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"Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending"
As 2013 draws to a close and we get ready to welcome 2014, the Indian Journal of Urology would enter a new era under the dynamic leadership of the new editor Dr. Rajeev Kumar, Additional Professor of Urology at AIIMS, Delhi. It is unbelievable how fast time has moved on as I now pen my last editorial as the Editor-in-Chief of the Indian Journal of Urology. I have thoroughly enjoyed my stint as an editor. It has been a challenging but satisfying journey.
I took over as the editor at a time of crisis. In the words of the then secretary Dr. Ajay Kumar, the Indian Journal of Urology had been hit by a tsunami. The journal's publication had stopped completely, and apart from the cessation of publication, it faced multiple problems like the loss of manuscripts, issues not getting printed on time, insufficient revenue generation, and the journal not attracting readers. This crisis provided an opportunity to make a clean break from the past.
The objective was to improve the quality and content of the journal and ensure on-time publication, as well as to make it an internationally visible and readable journal. So, my search began for a publisher who could offer these services and act as a catalyst in improving the quality of the journal. This search led me to Dr. D. K. Sahu, the then proprietor of Medknow.
Dr. D. K. Sahu had founded Medknow a few years earlier and had pioneered a system of publishing open-access academic journals. I met Dr. Sahu and we discussed the ways to restructure the Indian Journal of Urology. We had three primary objectives - open access, online submission of manuscripts with online peer review, and regular on-time publication. Open access was important because India and the developing world should not pay for knowledge which is rightfully theirs and which can make a difference in patient care. A system of online submission and peer review solved the problem of lost manuscripts and inordinate delays which marked the earlier system. All this and regular publication were necessary to get the journal indexed in PubMed. The importance of indexing on a popular online database for a journal cannot be overstressed. It permits search ability and the opportunity for the article to be cited. Authors are also more likely to send their research to an indexed journal. It, therefore, signifies a journal of superior quality. We were fortunate to get the Indian Journal of Urology indexed in PubMed. In an effort to improve the scientific content, we introduced a series of invited review articles and symposiums from eminent national and international urologists on current and controversial urological topics. They became very popular with both the postgraduates and the practicing urologists. I am extremely thankful to all those who accepted my invitation and became guest editors for these symposiums. During those difficult times, I was lucky to receive help and support from a great editorial team. Apart from the people who are in the present editorial team, Dr. Bobby Viswaroop served as an assistant editor for the initial issues. I remain indebted to all the colleagues who served on the editorial board and supported the Indian Journal of Urology every inch of the way. The readership has now grown considerably and the authorship is now international.
I have never ceased to be amazed by the peer review system. Anonymous reviewers review the submitted articles selflessly and without hope of recognition or reward. It remains an enduring symbol of their commitment to academics. I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the reviewers of the Indian Journal of Urology.
Indian Journal of Urology was traditionally being supported by the Urological Society of India and I would like to thank all the office bearers of Urological Society of India during the last 8 years who have offered unqualified support to the Indian Journal of Urology.
The future remains bright. Academic publishing has to evolve with technology. Increasingly, readers will access content on handheld devices. Printed issues, while reducing in importance, will still remain relevant. Journals will have to balance the demands of a wide array of readers.
I also recognize that a lot more needs to be achieved. The journal needs to get indexed with Science Citation Index and improve its impact factor. I hope that Indian Journal of Urology would become the number one urological journal of Asia. I am more than confident that Dr. Rajeev Kumar, with his editorial skills and support of the society and the members, would achieve this dream in the near future. I would like to end with a quote by Walt Disney, "If you can visualize it, if you can dream it, there is some way to do it."
I wish him and the editorial team a very bright future.
Wish you a very happy and a prosperous 2014.