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Year : 1994  |  Volume : 42  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 107

Is IJO needed ?


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Gullapalli N Rao

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Rao GN. Is IJO needed ?. Indian J Ophthalmol 1994;42:107

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Rao GN. Is IJO needed ?. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1994 [cited 2022 Dec 3];42:107. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1994/42/3/107/25678

The word 'proliferation' aptly describes the enormous increase in the number of scientific journals during the past two decades, This is partly to meet the demand generated by the explosion in scientific knowledge and the need for effective global communication of this new information. The field of ophthalmology Is no exception,

What role does a journal like Indian Journal of Ophthalmology have in the present scenario? I debated at length on this question before accepting the responsibility of editing this Journal, With one and a half years and six issues of the Journal, a half-way point in the three-year term, I feel that I should share my feelings with you on this subject, Three factors convinced me to accept the responsibility, The first and the most important is the inaccessibility of international journals to most of our ophthalmologists and others involved in eye care, The second factor is the need for an effec­tive forum to publish the work done in India that may be more relevant to our problems. The third is the concept of exposing our readers to the scholarly works of some distinguished ophthalmic scientist­-writers from around the world.

The next question then is, Have we accomplished these goals? With regard to providing valuable information to most ophthalmologists, we probably have been successful. This conclusion could be drawn from the feedback we have had from our readers.

In relation to the second objective, on the contrary, the experience has been less enthusiastic. The response from our academicians has been disappointing with only a trickle of manuscripts coming for consideration leaving us with very little choice for inclusion in the "Original Articles" section. The only reason that I could think of was either lack of emphasis on publication or submission of the work to "more prestigious" journals. However, I do not find much evidence to the latter, With a fair peer review system backed up by high editing standards, I hope that our academicians and prac­titioners alike will share their original and interesting observations with our readers.

Nothing could have ensured the realization of the third objective than the scholarly contribution of Narsing Rao. His review articles have set new standards for our Journal, Sohan Singh Hayreh's article, "Retinal Vein Occlusion," in this issue of the Journal, is yet another example worth emulating by those of us who have a penchant for scientific publication. The article is a reflection of his lifetime Interest in the subject, which has led to a major breakthrough in the understanding of its pathogenesis and management, These contributions should serve as models for those who wish to contribute to the "Current Ophthalmology" section.

The supportive participation of the ophthalmic industry through its ever-increasing advertisements, is yet another index of continued encouragement, We gratefully acknowledge their partnership.

Overall, there seems to be a positive feeling about the Journal and we welcome more Interac­tion with all of you. If most of the readers feel as good about the Journal as I do, the answer will continue to be in the affirmative for the question, Is IJO needed?


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