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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1

Completing a milestone


P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mumbai- 400016, India

Date of Web Publication3-Dec-2013

Correspondence Address:
Barun Kumar Nayak
P.D. Hinduja National Hospital, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mumbai- 400016
India
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DOI: 10.4103/2320-3897.122622

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Nayak BK. Completing a milestone. J Clin Ophthalmol Res [serial online] 2014 [cited 2022 Jun 26];2:1. Available from: https://www.jcor.in/text.asp?2014/2/1/1/122622

Watching an infant grow is always exciting and so is the case with our journal, the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research (JCOR). With great pride and a sense of satisfaction we are entering into the second year of publication. When we conceived the idea of initiating a new peer-reviewed journal, certain apprehensions were expressed. Will you get any submissions? Will you get reviewers to review the manuscript submitted to JCOR, a new journal? Will you get enough funds to run this journal? Will ophthalmologists give recognition to this journal? Will researchers give recognition to this journal? Will anyone subscribe to this unknown journal? These were some of the doubts expressed by many stalwarts in the field. However, in the same breath, they also encouraged me that my experience as editor of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO) and my deeper understanding of all aspects of medical publication will come to great use. I was confident that a committed editorial board along with my immense experience gained while handling all the affairs of IJO will go a long way in tackling all the obstacles faced by a new journal. When I look back, I realize that all the apprehensions of failure were mythical, and the success of this journal, our baby, is here for all to see.

Let us look at some of the statistics. Till the writing of this editorial, JCOR had 186 submissions, a satisfying figure from any standard. There was no scarcity of reviewers as we have more than 218 reviewers in our database with majority of them being from overseas. The average time taken by the reviewers is 18.92 days, which is quite encouraging. Researchers want their work to be published fast, hence they are concerned about the manuscript processing time. I am happy to report that the average time for acceptance of an article from submission is 77.61 days, which is lesser than any peer-reviewed ophthalmic journal in the country. This fact has already been noticed by many authors, who are very enthusiastic in submitting their research to JCOR.

If the feedback from the ophthalmologists of the country is any indication of its popularity, then I am quite happy about its acceptance by them. Although, the journal is sent free of charge to the members of the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society (MOS), my office has got more than 500 requests from nonmembers for the complimentary copies of issues number 2 and 3 each. Due to financial constraints, we were able to entertain only 150 requests each for both the issues. My humble suggestion to all those who have liked the journal is to become a life member of MOS so that the JCOR can be sent to them life long without any charge. The application form for membership of MOS can be downloaded from the website www.mos.org .

The JCOR is an "Open Access" journal, hence the full text can also be accessed free of charge at www.jcor.in. The recognition of JCOR is also confirmed by the fact that many libraries have already subscribed it.

Funds are always a problem for new journals. Due to the active involvement of our editorial board members and a financial commitment given by the parent organization (MOS), we did not face any funding problem even in the first year of its publication.

We are also committed to train the ophthalmologist of the country in the field of conducting research and scientific writing. To fulfill this aim we conducted a 3-day Research Methodology Workshop at P. D. Hinduja National Hospital, Mumbai in the month of May 2013, which was attended by 75 doctors from all over the country. The delegates were from a wide spectrum of specialties such as anesthesiology, general medicine, obstetrics and gynecology, optometry apart from ophthalmology. The next such Research Methodology Workshop has been planned for May 2014 in Mumbai. I have also received requests for conducting such workshops in the future from various parts of the country.

I want to train the prospective doctor who can take the job of editor, JCOR, in the future. Anyone who is interested and willing to undergo a rigorous training for a period of 2 years, can contact me for the same. However, a commitment of at least 2 hours per day would be needed over a period of 2 years. I can assure you that it will be rewarding and self satisfying.

Finally, I thank all the authors, reviewers, and advertisers who have supported us in our endeavor to make this dream a reality. I humbly seek your continued support in the future.




 

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