|Year : 2008 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
The journey continues
and so we evolve
Barun Kumar Nayak
P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai - 400 016, India
|Date of Web Publication||21-Dec-2007|
Barun Kumar Nayak
P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Veer Savarkar Marg, Mahim, Mumbai - 400 016
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Nayak BK. The journey continues
and so we evolve. Indian J Ophthalmol 2008;56:1-2
Three years ago, when the new team took over the editorial responsibilities of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO), the vision of our team was expressed in the first editorial.  When I look back, I feel satisfied with the evolution of IJO in the last three years.
The number of issues published in a year has increased from four to six in the year 2007. While this gave more opportunities for authors to publish their research, the editorial office had to work harder to cope with the increased workload. The number of articles published in 2007 has increased to 181 from 79 articles published in 2005. The percentage of accepted articles (43% in the year 2005 to 37% in the years 2006 and 2007) has remained nearly unchanged, indicating no compromise in the quality of articles accepted.
The increase in the frequency of publication of IJO, coupled with the increase in our membership in these three years has resulted in the almost doubling of the number of copies of IJO printed per year (30,800 copies in 2005 to 60,500 copies in 2007). In spite of the extra burden on the finances (printing and postage cost of the 100% increase in number of copies) and the decrease in color processing charges (borne by the authors) by more than 80%, the editorial office is maintaining a self-sufficient and comfortable financial position. Furthermore, the financial model developed is ready to take up any further burden involved in implementing new ideas in the interest of the journal and the association.
We had undertaken the gigantic task of uploading our website with full text of all back issues of IJO from its inception in 1953. I am happy to report that more than 80% of articles published have been digitized and made available online on our website. This has increased the visibility of all the articles published so far. Retrieval is now easy and free unlike many other international journals due to our "open access" policy  and website linkage with PubMed /MEDLINE. All this has resulted in increased citation of the articles published in IJO [Table - 1], a real value addition to the authors. This puts the authors at par with authors of any other peer-reviewed journal.
Our website www.ijo.in has many special features. It has an "open access" policy providing access to the full text of an article absolutely free of cost. The articles can be instantaneously translated into eight different languages (Japanese, Chinese, Korean, French, German, Spanish, Dutch, and Portuguese) for non-English speaking readers. It also provides the citation as well as access history of all articles. The popularity of this website can be judged by the fact that it has over 2000 visitors daily. In addition to this, IJO attracts readers from all the parts of the world [Figure - 1].
IJO stands at the fifth position in the Google directory among all Ophthalmology journals in the world (http:// www.google.com/Top/Health/Medicine/Medical_Specialties/Ophthalmology/Journals/). It also stands at the second position in the Google directory of all Indian biomedical publications (http://www.google.com/Top/Regional/Asia/India/Health/Publications/).
IJO has been included in the " Science Citation Index Expanded" since January 2008. This is a very prestigious achievement as only six biomedical journals from India are listed in this index. This indexing will provide the official "Impact Factor" of IJO  from the year 2010. Apart from this, IJO is also indexed with PubMed/MEDLINE, Excerpta Medica/EMBASE, Biological Abstracts, SCOPUS, CAB Abstracts and Index Copernicus. This in turn has increased the visibility and accessibility of articles published in IJO.
The number of submissions has increased by more than 100% in the last three years [Figure - 2]. There are many authors from abroad who have submitted their articles to IJO. We have increased our list of reviewers in the last three years [Figure - 3] for better quality control of accepted articles. [Figure - 3] clearly shows the significant increase in the number of international reviewers.
Given the availability and popularity of the Internet even in remote areas of India, we are happy to announce that from the year 2007, manuscript submission and management has gone completely online at www.journalonweb.com/ijo. This has made the processing of submitted manuscripts smooth, fast and transparent [Table - 2]. The mean number of days taken for the acceptance of an article has reduced from 253.82 days in 2005 to 83.15 days in 2007. Authors can themselves trace the progress of their manuscript online.
To give our journal an international look, a new cover design was implemented and has been appreciated by all members.
In order to improve the quality of research and writing skill of authors, two research methodology workshops have been conducted by the IJO editorial office in association with P. D. Hinduja National Hospital and the Medical Research Centre, Mumbai. Inspired by the positive feedback of the first two workshops, we have planned a third workshop in the last week of January 2008. This has helped in the improvement of the quality of authorship and review.
Last but not the least, keeping in view the difficulty we experienced during the initial period of setting up an editorial office, I propose to further develop and pass on the efficient, full-fledged, permanent working system that we have established. This would enable a smooth transition for any future editorial team, whenever it may be required.
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Nayak BK. Changing times, evolving responses. Indian J Ophthalmol 2005; 53:1-3.
Nayak BK. Humanity's Quest for Knowledge - Open Access- The IJO Initiative. Indian J Ophthalmol 2005;53:85-6.
Nayak BK. The enigma of impact factor. Indian J Ophthalmol 2006;54:225-6.
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