|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 389-390
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar - 201 201, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
|Date of Web Publication||29-Aug-2019|
Editor, Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology, Professor, Department of Periodontology, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Kadrabad, Modinagar - 201 201, Ghaziabad, Uttar Pradesh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Kumar A. Au revoir. J Indian Soc Periodontol 2019;23:389-90
As I write my last editorial for the current term, I hope that I have been able to discharge my duties as Editor of this prestigious journal in a reasonable and objective manner. My thoughts go back in time when I took over as an Editor. I was given this responsibility mid-term by the Executive committee (E.C.) of Indian Society of Periodontology (ISP) on 20/08/2017 at Pune due to some administrative issues. The issues of Journal of Indian Society of Periodontology (JISP) were pending from September-October 2016. I had the backlog of 7 issues and also I was supposed to get the future issues on time as soon as possible after clearing the backlog. I was given this responsibility with little hope and more with “apprehensions” in the minds of all who had entrusted me with this responsibility. The apprehension was whether I will be able to complete this humungous task of bringing out 7 back issues, process the pending manuscripts and get the journal on time.
There were other issues also which needed attention. The advertisers were getting disinterested, and the authors were losing patience as there was no response from editorial office about the manuscripts submitted. There were anxieties about the indexing status of the journal. All the members of E.C. were anxious about the future of the journal including our respected Hon. Secretary Dr. Kolte, and Past Editor, Dr. Nichani who had genuine concerns about the complexity of the task and my ability to execute this assignment within limited time period.
With the grace of God and blessings of my mother and my teachers at Bapuji Dental College, Davangere, immense help and support from President ISP (2017-18) Dr. Nitin Dani, Hon. Secretary Dr. Kolte, President elect Dr. Anil M (2017-18), Past Editor Dr. Nichani, Past President Dr. Ashish Jain, the unflinching support of EC during the trying times, the editorial board, and especially the reviewers who cooperated with me and authors, we were back on time with January-February issue of JISP, released on Feb 28, 2018. Within 5 months we cleared all the backlog and were out with current issue of 2018.
Dr. Kolte provided me with all the possible support and help. He helped me at every stage from the time I have taken over, in spite of being extremely involved and busy with the Secretary's duties. His calm demeanor in dealing with issues, needs a special mention. Dr. Nichani taught me how to run the office of editor, mentored me and spent countless hours on mobile clearing my doubts in the initial days of my taking over, and till date, helps me out in each and every complex matter which arises.
I must mention all the advertisers who continued their support to our journal by publishing the ads as soon as we were on time in 2018. A special mention for ICPA and Mr. Rohit Mehta, for his continued support even in 2017 when there was a backlog. ICPA supported us even when issues were not being published and the company did not withdraw their ads.
A special thanks to Dr. Mansi Bansal, Assistant Editor, and Dr. Manish Khatri, Business manager for sharing my responsibilities and helping me out in every way possible. Dr. Sujata, my better half, for bearing with me in the initial days of taking over, when I was spending almost 8-9 hours every day on laptop to clear the back log.
We have tried very hard to reduce the response time to authors. At present, we have no backlog of manuscripts. We are trying to process every manuscript as soon as possible. We could see the positive effects of reduced response time in 2018 when we had record number of manuscript submissions to JISP. The reduction in this response time from editorial office led to the highest number of submissions (of manuscripts) in the history of JISP. The average number of manuscripts submitted per year from 2008 to 2016 was 328 with highest being 502 in 2014. We had 765 manuscripts submitted in 2018. At the time of writing this editorial, we already have had 440 submissions in 2019.
Another change which we have been able to bring is, the publication date of journal to 1st day of the month of release. For example, the earlier issue (July –August 19) issue went online on July 1, 2019. We have been maintaining this release date from last 6 issues.
I am also happy to mention that in last 10 years, our journal has received manuscripts from authors across the world from over 60 countries. The journal has received articles from North and South America, Europe, Africa, Australia and of course Asia.
Last but not the least, the person who needs a special mention is Mr. Hussain Sheikh, my point of contact at Medknow. He has worked equally hard with us from the time I have taken over. If we were on time in 5 months and cleared all the backlog, the credit equally goes to him. He has kept all the deadlines we have given to him. He has worked beyond his working hours to bring issues online when we were clearing the backlog. That we were able to do, what we did, would not have been possible without the cooperation of Mr. Hussain at Medknow.
As of now, the editorial table has no backlog, no pending manuscripts to be processed and next 2 issues ready to be published with accepted articles. I hope that the incumbent, who will come in, would be able to maintain this and would take the journal further and achieve greater heights and bring glory to the journal.
It has been a great learning experience. I must thank Dr. Ashish Jain, Dr. Kolte and Dr. Dani again for having shown confidence in a novice like me who had no experience of handling any such thing earlier and giving me this opportunity full of challenges, which not only taught me how to handle pressure, but also brought the best out of me by challenging my competences at various levels.
There is no bigger joy, than, to keep the faith of people who showed confidence in me and having the satisfaction of completing an arduous task. It has been an experience which I will cherish for my life.
My best wishes for the incoming Editor who would take over in November 2019 and steer the journal for next three years.
“God always answers Our Prayers. Either He Changes the Circumstances or He Supplies Sufficient Power to Overcome Them.”