|Year : 2020 | Volume
| Issue : 7 | Page : 1237-1238
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology - A new direction
Santosh G Honavar
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana, India
|Date of Web Publication||25-Jun-2020|
Dr. Santosh G Honavar
Indian Journal of Ophthalmology, Centre for Sight, Hyderabad, Telangana
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Honavar SG. Indian Journal of Ophthalmology - A new direction. Indian J Ophthalmol 2020;68:1237-8
“The great thing in the world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving.”
– Oliver Wendell Holmes
Greetings from the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO). It has been just over three years since the new Editorial Board assumed office. Our dream was to make IJO bigger, brighter and better, to support and represent the soaring academic aspirations of Indian ophthalmologists and chronicle the beautifully unfolding growth story of Indian ophthalmology.,,, We had resolved to work on the quality of the scientific content; timely, objective, and dispassionate review process; and transparency and punctuality in every aspect of the publication pipeline of the Journal.,,,
| At the Halfway Mark|| |
Over the last three years, we seem to have made some good progress, and we still have about three more years to complete the term. A significant proportion of prominent and high-quality India-centric research is finding its place in IJO. The total number of submissions in a year has rapidly increased from 1013 in 2016 to 1318 in 2017, 2140 in 2018, and 2415 in 2019. We have had 2075 submissions already in thefirst 6 months of 2020 [Figure 1]. Despite the rising numbers, we are trying our best to adhere to the promised timeline of thefirst decision in about six weeks for most of the manuscripts. Average time from manuscript submission to the final decision (including review, revision, and re-review) has been reduced from the 2016 baseline of 202 days to 96 days in 2018 and further optimized to 79 days in 2019. Because of an increased number of submissions, despite maintaining a steady acceptance rate, the number of published articles has gradually increased – from 268 in 2016 to 713 in 2019 [Figure 2].
|Figure 1: Graphical representation of number of manuscript submissions to IJO over the years|
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|Figure 2: Graphical representation of number of manuscripts published in IJO over the years|
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IJO Reviews, a curated complication of Review Articles as an eBook, is a new initiative. You must have already received thefirst volume of IJO Reviews on e-mail and you will continue to receive it every 6 months. Thefirst IJO Supplement on Community Ophthalmology was published in February 2020. Special issues on Uvea, Refractive Surgery (in association with the International Society of Refractive Surgery), Ocular Surface, and Neuro-ophthalmology are on track.
In the recent months, IJO has kept pace with the unprecedented and rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation, by being one of the veryfirst journals to publish COVID-19 and ophthalmology-centric preferred practice guidelines, subspecialty consensus guidelines, operational strategies, innovations, and path-breaking original and translational research. All the COVID-19-related manuscripts have been fast-tracked for rapid peer review and publication.
IJO, we believe, is making an impact on the way ophthalmology is learned and practiced in India. We have had positive subjective and objective feedback on the improved quality, readability, and practicality of the manuscripts. About 50% of AIOS members access the monthly eToC within 72 hours after it is released. Online hits have touched an unprecedented high of 2,67,671 in May 2020. One of the objective assessments of a Journal's academic relevance is the Impact Factor, which has scaled up to 0.977 in 2019. Our current Scopus CiteScore is 1.60. Case reports, photo essays, and ophthalmic images increase the denominator for the calculation of the impact factor and potentially drive it down because of their relatively lower citations as compared to original articles and review articles.
| Quo Vadis?|| |
About half of the IJO submissions are brief reports, comprising of case reports, photo essays, and ophthalmic images. Remarkably, while about 75% of original articles and review articles are by consummate authors working in academic institutes with a prior research track record, over 70% of brief articles are by novice authors, either still in training or early practice. It is critical to balance the high-street science of original articles with the practical pearls that brief reports offer. In February 2020, the General Body of the All India Ophthalmological Society (AIOS) wisely approved to provide a dedicated channel for case reports, photo essays, and ophthalmic images by initiating a companion journal– IJO Case Reports, while the main IJO will concentrate on original articles and reviews. IJO Case Reports will help provide a stable and a broader platform for novice authors in training and practice and encourage them to publish. It will also help boost the impact factor of the main IJO and save costs to the Society by being only online once it matures and is indexed.
IJO Case Reports is conceived to be a quarterly publication starting in January 2021. Subsequently, it will be published in January, April, July, and October every year and will be mailed out along with the main IJO for that month. Beyond December 2020, the main IJO will not routinely publish Case Reports, Photo Essays, and Ophthalmic Images. It will be at the discretion of the Editorial Board, however, to showcase one or two best of brief reports in the main IJO or as part of Special Issues. All the submissions for Case Reports, Photo Essays, and Ophthalmic Images from July 1, 2020, will be considered only for IJO Case Reports. Online submissions for IJO Case Reports will begin from July 1. Manuscript formatting, style, and submission guidelines will remain the same for now. We will continue to accept these on the IJO online submissions platform until a new dedicated portal is set up. All the existing submissions until June 30 will be processed routinely and the decision, as appropriate, will be conveyed to the authors.
IJO has used the MedKnow Wolters Kluwer publisher portal JournalOnWeb for several years now. The changing submission dynamics and the need for a robust, contemporary, and smoother author-reviewer-editorial-publisher interface has encouraged Wolters Kluwer to design an all-new manuscript management portal, to which we will migrate in the next couple of months. We will communicate the details on e-mail and look forward to your support during the phase of transition.
Increased number of publications has pushed up our expenses, while the only sources of income to IJO remain AIOS contribution and advertisement support. The number of print copies has increased with the rising numbers of AIOS membership. Despite economizing on many fronts, the printing and mailing expenses have steadily risen. In these times of financial uncertainty, it has become even more important to contain the costs to stay healthy and afloat. In this context, we request the AIOS members to seriously consider Going Green and forgoing the print copy of IJO. The entire Journal will be delivered on your e-mail as a PDF file and as an eBook every month. That apart, everyone has ready access to the IJO website, which has a complete repository of articles, right from the veryfirst issue of IJO. To further sweeten the Go Green initiative, we are in the process of designing an IJO Application for Android and IOS, thus providing access on-the-go. You will soon receive a second round of request to Go Green, to which you may please respond favorably.
It has been a remarkably busy and exciting 2020 so far at IJO. Nothing has dampened our enthusiasm to bring to you the absolute best that Indian ophthalmology has to offer, on time, every time. We look forward to your indulgence and support as we transition to an all-new manuscript management portal and roll out the companion Journal IJO Case Reports and other new initiatives in the months ahead.
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