Year : 2019 | Volume
: 61 | Issue : 9 | Page : 355-
Om Prakash Singh
Professor of Psychiatry, WBMES and Consultant Psychiatrists AMRI Hospitals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India, India
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Singh OP. Editor Speaks.Indian J Psychiatry 2019;61:355-355
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Greetings from the Indian Journal of Psychiatry! My journey as the Editor of IJP has reached almost a year now and the time has come to share some of the changes that we have been able to bring about in the journal with the help of the Editorial Team and senior advisors.
Th journal is being published well within time and the long-standing problem of delayed publication seems to be over. This is of utmost importance if the journal has to progress further. Another long-pending issue of backlog of submitted manuscripts has also been resolved. Many articles submitted years before that were lying unattended were taken up after communicating with the authors and subjected to peer-review. In our effort to clear this backlog, we had to increase the number of pages of some issues well beyond the customary 100.
We have been able to increase. the number of issues to 6 from previous 4 effective from this year. I sincerely hope this will encourage our young researchers to submit more of their work to our journal.
Beginning from October-December issue, we have introduced colored fonts and images/graphs. We are also working on introducing new and varied cover designs as well as change in font of the journal text. All these are intended to improve the appearance of the journal so that our members find it more attractive and readable.
We promised that we would complete the review process within 2- 3 months. From October onwards we have been able to do this. But surprisingly, we are having paucity of articles from our own country. More articles are pouring in from neighbouring countries. I can understand that years of delay and uncertainty following submission to IJP may have frustrated many of you. But I assure you once again, all your submitted articles shall be definitely reviewed within the stipulated period. We seek more manuscripts and high-quality research papers to improve the standard of the journal. I understand rejections are painful but that is an integral part of the world of academic publishing and I can assure you that everything will be done in a transparent manner. We have also created the post of Ombudsman who will take care of complaints and ethical problems and assist the editorial office in performing its duties as per COPE and ICMJE Guidelines.
We have also made considerable changes in the “Instructions to Authors” section which are available in the journal website. The crux of these changes are directed to ensure parity with highly acclaimed international journals and emphasize brevity of content so that we can accommodate more of our young researchers.
I am lucky to be guided by our EC including President Ajit Vide, President elect Mrugesh Vaishnav, Honorary General Secretary Vinay Kumar, Treasurer Mukesh Jaggiwala, Past President Brig MSVK Raju and Past Secretary Gautam Saha.I am thankful to Editorial Board members, advisers and Journal Committee in guiding me. I can not express the gratitude I owe to editorial team, authors and reviewers. As you are aware our impact factor is now 1.061 and I thank authors for their contributions
This conference being held in city of Lucknow famous for its hospitality is going to be very rich in terms of scientific content. Organising committee led by Prof P.K. Dalal and Hemant Naidu has worked hard for making this conference memorable am also thankful to Adarsh Tripathi and team for arranging abstracts in proper order.
I thank you once again for giving me the opportunity to serve as the Hony Editor of the journal
Long live IPS!
Long live IJP!
Om Prakash Singh Professor of Psychiatry, WBMES and Consultant Psychiatrists AMRI Hospitals, Kolkata, West Bengal, India