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Year : 1996  |  Volume : 44  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 67

The state of the journal


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Gullapalli N Rao

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Rao GN. The state of the journal. Indian J Ophthalmol 1996;44:67

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Rao GN. The state of the journal. Indian J Ophthalmol [serial online] 1996 [cited 2022 Nov 26];44:67. Available from: https://www.ijo.in/text.asp?1996/44/2/67/24590

As a new editorial board assumes its duties, it is time to review the progress of the journal during the last term. Due to the efforts of our superb editorial board, the journal made significant progress. We started with a clear agenda aimed at bringing the best possible information in the most scientifically acceptable form to our readers. Publication of the journal on schedule was also a goal.

The general scheme that was initiated regarding the contents proved to meet the requirements of the majority of our readers. More investigators are beginning to consider the journal as an option for publishing their work as reflected in the steadily improving quality of the articles. The review articles in the "Current Ophthalmology" section are an excellent example of the benefits of collaborative effort. Another section that found favour with most readers was "Ophthalmology Practice".

On behalf of all the subscribers to the journal, I would like to place on record our gratitude to all the members of the editorial board and to contributors of invited articles. They have helped to enhance the image of the journal substantially.

As we begin a new three year term, a new section on "Community Eye Care" has been added in response to a need. While we have ophthalmologists and institutions practising state of the art eye care on the one end, at the other end are many underserved areas across the country where even the most basic eye care is scarce. Many organizations have evolved successful models to deliver eye care in these areas and that information needs to be disseminated. The Community Eye Care project in the Purnea District of Bihar that appeared in this issue clearly illustrates it.

Eye research is a relatively neglected area in India. In recent years, however, we have seen growing interest with the development of some small islands of excellence matching International standards. A good index is the increased number of presentations, from India, at the annual meeting of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) meeting, considered to be the premier eye research meeting in the world. What is now needed is the increased availability of this information to Indian Ophthalmologists. We plan to initiate a section covering the frontiers of research to address this need.

The new editorial board is constituted to match the requirements of the journal. This team has to shoulder a heavy burden as what will happen in the next three years will determine, to a large extent, the position of our journal among ophthalmologic journals in the 21st century.


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