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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 561-562  

State of the Journal: My thoughts on the past and the future

Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Date of Web Publication4-Oct-2013

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Ashish Sham Nichani
Department of Periodontology, AECS Maaruti Dental College and Research Centre, Bangalore, Karnataka
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-124X.119271

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This issue marks the fifth of JISP in this calendar year and is in accordance with my promise to increase the frequency of publication of our journal from a quarterly to a bi-monthly one. It also marks the end of my term as Editor. JISP and I have grown together over the past 3 years. One of the first things that we did was get the Journal registered with Registrars of Newspapers for India. This not only safeguarded our title but also got us a reduction in postage costs. The first issue of 2011 saw the Journal being abstracted/indexed in the Health and Wellness Research Centre, Health Reference Centre Academic and Indian Science Abstracts in addition to the existing databases. The July-September 2011 issue saw it being added to SCOPUS and the October-December 2011 issue to IndMed, which supplements international publishing agencies like PubMed. August 2012 saw JISP being available on OvidOpenAccess, offering important peer-reviewed open access content through the OvidSP platform, a leading information search platform used by more than 12,000 institutions globally. 2013 saw the Journal being included as a part of the China National Knowledge Infrastructure (CNKI), an e-publishing project approved by the Press and Publications administration of PRC and backed by Tsinghua University and the National Science Library. Primarily, the library is a service organization and acts as a repository and hub of access to knowledge resources. It receives and retains all scientific periodicals which may be of use to the country, and is a national repository for reports of scientific work both published and unpublished.

Going ahead our aim would be to get the first impact rating by the ISI Journal Citation Report for JISP. However, more important than an impact score is the significance of the published science. With close to approximately 300-350 submissions every year and space to publish about 150-180 papers from this year onward, we do have to make decisions not only on validity and novelty, but also on what we judge to be a priority for our readership. These decisions are perhaps the most difficult, and in some ways the most subjective, for editors to make and for authors to understand. JISP has always endeavored to draw on the best of the disciplines in addressing topics that are of interest to our readers.

To publish good articles, the editorial process needs to be efficient and complete. We have been able to make dramatic improvements in the editorial process this year. Our average turnaround time from the date of submission to the date of publication has improved. In achieving a rapid turnaround, we have never compromised the quality of the published science; we have simply eliminated the dead time between steps in the review process. We have also added members and therefore expertise to our Editorial board and have increased the number of international reviewers. This has allowed for more efficient processing and review mechanisms. By expediting the review process, it is our hope that we will be able to focus more attention on enhancing the quality of submitted manuscripts and making the process more attractive for authors who wish to submit high-impact work to the Journal. The numbers of submissions have increased every year over the past 3 years. The Journal has become a truly international journal, with many our submissions coming from outside the country. Our circulation has remained very steady despite a general decrease in print subscriptions among most other journals.

In each of the last 3 years, the Journal has experienced substantial enhancements, most of which have been the results of intensive planning and the hard work of many individuals in the Editorial Board, the Journal office, and at the Publisher. I must thank Past Presidents, Dr. Lalit Mathur and Dr. Mohd. Faizuddin, and current President, Dr. Santhosh Sreedhar for their continuous guidance; Dr. Balaji Manohar at the Head Office for his untiring support and my friends and colleagues at JISP for the journey that we have shared over the past 3 years. My fellow Assistant Editors and reviewers have shared graciously in the workload and have maintained tough but consistent standards regarding what is acceptable for publication. The In-house team at Wolters-Kluwer Medknow, have worked tirelessly to maintain the Journal's reputation. Lastly, I am grateful to you, the contributors, and subscribers to JISP. You are the main reason for the Journal's success. I humbly acknowledge and accept any lapses on my part and apologize for them and I am sure that JISP will get even better in the years ahead. Looking forward to meeting you in Kochi.

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