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Year : 1968  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Fifteen Years

Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, India

Date of Web Publication22-Dec-2007

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S N Cooper
Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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Fifteen years of editing for a new journal in Ophthalmology has been a memorable experience for the Editor. The journal which at one time appear­ed ' to be fighting a losing battle has not - only survived but is gaining in strength and quality for it is the journal of the All-India Society, for the So­ciety and by the Society. At last we find that less and less of the better articles are finding their way to foreign journals and more and more are com­ing our way. That required confidence is now beginning to get established. The impact of the many Research Institutions that have been established is considerable and as the Editor had once remarked in his presidental address at Amritsar, with the creation of well-paid full-time professorships, self-deny­ing, hardworking able men will be available ready to create in an atmosphere of co-operation of allied sciences, laboratory facilities and a training in con­trolled observation and experimentation. The birth of such a cadre of young creative scientists in our speciality is now apparent and it is through the columns of this their own journal that they will achieve maturity, through a little guidance from us.

The editor views with particular interest the impact of a comparatively lesser known school from the South, the Pondicherry school which has con­tributed several papers of late on clinical research of a high degree of ex­cellence, a kind of research for which there is abundant scope in India which can be carried out at a comparatively low cost.

The only regret on the part of the Editor is the delay in bringing out the issues. It is more because of printing difficulties, and the recent strike in the printing presses of Bombay has almost paralysed the progress. Attempts are being made to get the journal published at least at two places to make up for lost time and we still hope to be able to bring out at least four issues for 1968 by the end of the year, as the material is ready for publication.

Recently it has been our practice to publish articles on similar subjects in the same issue. Our trahoma, glaucoma and mycotic-infections numbers have been well received. This year three special issues are getting ready-(1) Orbital Tumours, (2) Injuries of the Eye and (3) Immunology in Ophthalmo­logy. Readers are invited to contribute original articles for these special issues if they have the material.

Three new features are to be introduced from this volume. The first is about the recording of references at the end of an article. A new system on the Continental style has been adopted and circulated to all the members as a supplement to the August 1967 issue. It will be put in execution from this issue.

The second is about reviving the section on Literature Reviews, which has been placed in the hands of Dr. A. V. Madangopal.

It will not be an exhaustive review of the literature available in ophthalmology. Only those articles that have a more lasting interest and which may have to be referred to from time to time for clinical purposes will be reviewed. No classification is attempted but a variety of subjects are chosen so that a large section of our readers may be benifitted.

The third feature will be "WHAT WOULD YOU DO?" Under this head, one or two or more cases that offer a challenge to diagnosis, prognosis, treatment etc. sent= by different readers will be presened. In the following issues answers to these received from members and readers will be edited and printed. One such case is dealt with in this way in this issue to set the ball rolling. The choice of selecting the case for presentation and the answers to them will be entirely that of the editors.

On behalf of the editorial board we thank all the contributors who have helped us through the weaning and teething stages of the journal.


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