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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 63  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 179

Reviewers: The unsung heroes of publication

Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Chairman, Managing Director, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Wadala (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication13-May-2015

Correspondence Address:
Sundaram Natarajan
Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Chairman, Managing Director, Aditya Jyot Eye Hospital Pvt. Ltd., Wadala (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-4738.156895

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Peer review is one of the crucial quality control appliances that keep a check on the manuscripts that get published in any scientific journal and reviewers are the backbone of this peer-review process. Traditionally, the peer review process at the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology has been a blinded review process; where the reviewers and the authors are blinded to each other's identities. There have been recent modifications to this process - experiments that other journals have attempted. This includes "unblinding" the review process - or an open review system; publishing articles with minimal screening and allowing for public commenting. In the entire process from submission to publication; the single most important person in my opinion is the reviewer.

Just as there is a code of ethics binding on the author, there is a similar responsibility on the reviewer as well. Ethical reviewing, giving priority to the scientific content of a manuscript above all other considerations, validating the submitted research and finally ensuring that the authors too adhere to the tenets of ethical research; all of this within a time frame. Moreover, this herculean task without any reward or public acknowledgement. Truly the reviewers are the unsung heroes of publishing.

Carrying forward this concept, the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology is in the process of instituting a "best reviewer" award, an award that acknowledges the efforts of reviewers and appreciated their contribution in forwarding scientific publishing. A framework will soon be put in place which record the number of manuscripts reviewed, the quality of the review and the duration for review; with the entire process being transparent, in keeping with the ethos of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology. With this endeavor, we hope to give credit where it is due and also reward the silent workers who keep this academic juggernaut on the right track.

In continuation with the theme of ocular oncology, which the February issue of Indian Journal of Ophthalmology highlighted; this issue too features excellent review articles by prominent Indian ocular oncologists. Furthermore, Dimaras has also written a comprehensive review article on the genetics of retinoblastoma in India. Mulay et al. in their comprehensive review on primary vitreoretinal lymphoma have thrown light on the recent diagnostic modalities for lymphoma. In what is one of the most comprehensive commissioned reviews for Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Honavar and Manjandavida have succinctly documented the entire spectrum of ocular surface tumors. Lingam Gopal has encapsulated his vast experience of treating intraocular tumors in another review article on the treatment options for intraocular tumors.

I hope you find this issue an intellectually stimulating and an engrossing one.


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