Year : 2017 | Volume
: 20 | Issue : 4 | Page : 333-
As I sign off
Satish V Khadilkar
Department of Neurology, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Satish V Khadilkar
Department of Neurology, Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, Mumbai, Maharashtra
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Six years have flown by and the journal is now 20 years old. Tending to this adolescent from its 14th to 20th years has been an interesting and challenging task. These were perhaps the formative years for the journal. During this time, all the issues could be published on time, and we designed one supplement every year on themes of broad interests. Initially, the number of case reports much outnumbered everything else, but over these few years, there has been a paradigm shift in the types of manuscripts that are received by the journal. Particularly, in the last 2 years, indigenously carried out studies on problems of local importance and review articles on prevalent problems in India have been forthcoming. The study design and methodology has been steadily improving. This is indeed encouraging as this forms the core of growth of the science of Indian neurology. Still, hypothesis based manuscripts are fewer than the descriptive and observational studies, but I am positive that this will change in due time.
For a journal, the mandate is as important as its standing. For the Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, the mandate is to be the platform for work carried out by Indian neurologists on neurological issues pertinent to our local situation; as well as to benefit the science of neurology. I am happy that we have successfully nurtured this mandate and most of our published manuscripts follow these guidelines. New sections like “how I do it,” mini-series and residents' corner have attracted attention. Furthermore, we have kept an eye on the parameters of the journals' success. The best-known parameter is the impact factor. The journal's impact factor rose from 0.44–0.95 in these 6 years, every year registering a small increment. The impact factor is set to go up but will need best research contributions from our members and possibly, more reviews. All the other conventional indices such as the H index, proportions of citable to cited documents, international collaborations etc., have shown satisfactory movement over these 6 years.
There is some concern about the fact that we are not able to publish as many case reports as we would like, and in our populous country, many noteworthy cases are encountered. Case reports also give easy opportunities for residents and trainee doctors to learn and also to write and in future, the executive committees of the AIAN and IAN will deliberate on the viability of another platform toward this goal.
I have been fortunate to have a great working team and have enjoyed full trust and support of the executive committee of the Indian Academy of Neurology. A journal is only as good as its reviewers, and we have had a strong reviewer panel of over 1350 experts from all over the world. Their contribution toward maintaining the standards of the journal is invaluable and is much appreciated. In the initial years, the Medknow and later the Wolters Kluwer publications have proven rock solid with their systematic approach. They have been open to interactions, reviews from time to time and have changed the formats as per needs of the journal. As you will see, the last two issues incorporate the newer format.
As I sign off, I would like to thank all the individuals at the Grant Medical College and the Bombay Hospital Institute of Medical Sciences, seniors, colleagues, friends, and well-wishers who have silently helped me in this endeavor. I am indebted to my wife and children who never objected to my waking up early in the morning and spending many hours on the journal's work, for 6 years!
The next editor, Dr. Vinay Goyal inherits a full grown adult and will have to handle different tantrums, but I am sure he will be up to the task. I wish him, his team and the journal, for which we all stand, a brilliant and fulfilling future.