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EDITORIAL
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2
 

The journal in a new avatar


Editor in Chief

Date of Web Publication17-Jun-2016

Correspondence Address:
Pradeep Kumar Bhatia
Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, Jodhpur, Rajasthan

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0973-0311.183574

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How to cite this article:
Bhatia PK. The journal in a new avatar. Indian Anaesth Forum 2016;17:1-2

How to cite this URL:
Bhatia PK. The journal in a new avatar. Indian Anaesth Forum [serial online] 2016 [cited 2017 Mar 28];17:1-2. Available from: http://www.theiaforum.org/text.asp?2016/17/1/1/183574


”The Indian Anaesthetists' Forum” is the India's first online Journal of Anaesthesiology, Critical Care and Pain Medicine, being published since January 2000. Till date, more than 175 case reports and review articles have been published.

We have now taken on a new publisher - Wolters Kluwer. The publisher will provide an online manuscript submission and review system, automated E-mail notifications and reminders, and double-blind peer-review process. We will now also publish scientific studies, letters to the Editor, short communications, etc., in addition to case reports and review articles. To submit articles, authors should register on our “Online Manuscript Management” site(http://www.journalonweb.com/theiaforum).

”The Indian Anaesthetists' Forum” is already indexed with DOAJ. The next goal of the journal is to get it included in the other major indexes (e.g. Medline, Science Citation Index Expanded, and Scopus). For indexing to be accepted, the journal will be judged on the quality of articles published, peer-review process, and the journal's regularity. We are confident that with your support, we will soon get the journal indexed with major indexing agencies, though in the process, the rejection rate could be high.


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Basic principles

In addition to the merit of the article's content, its presentation has a major impact. The article should be logically structured and written in a coherent but simple style. Correct grammar, spellings, and the quality of the images, tables, and references are important to the quality of the paper and the impression it makes on the reviewers.

Writing papers can be difficult for those whose first language is not English. It may be advised to take the help of someone who is comfortable with English writing. The publisher of this journal also helps in editing the manuscript.

The authors should carefully review the “instructions for authors” available online at the journal's home page and follow them carefully to prevent outright and immediate rejection. Although violation of these rules generally does not mean the manuscript cannot be resubmitted, it may result in delays. Expanded guidelines in “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors are available at http://www.icmje.org.

The authors may assess whether similar articles have been already published in the journal. If so, the manuscript is less likely to be considered for publication.

Clinical studies should ideally be registered (e.g., with http://www.clinicaltrials.gov) before the trials begin. The article should state the approval obtained from the Institutional Review Board/Ethical Committee. Informed consent and protection of patients' identities must be assured. The article should describe the sample size calculation, method of randomization, and primary end points. Ensure that the statistical analysis is appropriate, and that it is accurately described in the manuscript.

Careful literature search should be performed to identify similar topics for the discussion section and to generate a reference list. The manuscript should refer only the most recent or largest sample size publications and “landmark” studies. Ensure that the references are correct. Mistakes in the references (spelling, title, and names) reflect poorly on the quality of the work. Check the reference details with the actual source, and make sure that you have read a source when you cite it.

Ethics

It is unethical to lift content from others' work or to falsify data. Plagiarism leads to loss of credibility of the author(s) as well as the journal. Reuse of published figures or tables should be accompanied by permission from the copyright holder/publisher.

When a study is industry-funded, the author has the responsibility of declaring it and ensuring that the data are clean and the presentation is unbiased.

You should not simultaneously submit the same manuscript to more than one journal at a time.

Manuscript decisions

Sometimes, an article might be rejected even before sending to reviewers. The “Rapid Rejection” of articles is generally due to repetition of the already published studies with well-known facts or due to incorrect methodology. Other possible decisions include rejection after peer review, revision (without guarantee of acceptance even if all the revisions are done), technical modification (e.g., to remove authors name from the text file), and accept with revisions.

Author responses

If an article is rejected, it should not be taken personally. Avoid sending a letter of plea or anger to the editor. This can create a negative reputation among the editors of the journal. It is best to revise the manuscript according to the comments made by reviewers and to resubmit it to another journal. It is even more important not to give up; otherwise, the manuscript will never be published. This requires perseverance and careful consideration of where to resubmit the revised article.

Reviewer errors in assessment

Quality peer review plays an important role in the decisions to accept and publish an article. Reviewers can also make mistakes and may have their biases for an article, and different reviewers may have different opinions on an article. A good review not only helps the editor in making a decision about the manuscript, but also helps the author(s) to improve their work. The reviewers should be constructive and concise in suggesting how to improve the article, refrain from negative comments, be polite, and be on time.

Although getting an article published may be difficult and require perseverance, success in the process leads to a well-deserved feeling of accomplishment and encouragement to follow-up with more publications. Needless to say, career advancement is also associated with good quality publications.




 

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