Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences

EDITORIAL
Year
: 2020  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 4--5

Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences: A silver journey of 25 years


OP Gupta 
 Department of Medicine, MG Institute of Medical Sciences, Wardha, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Dr. O P Gupta
Department of Medicine, MG Institute of Medical Sciences, Sewagram, Wardha - 442 102, Maharashtra
India




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Gupta O P. Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences: A silver journey of 25 years.J Mahatma Gandhi Inst Med Sci 2020;25:4-5


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Gupta O P. Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences: A silver journey of 25 years. J Mahatma Gandhi Inst Med Sci [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 6 ];25:4-5
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We are responsible for a specialized body of knowledge that we must master, improve upon and pass on to the next generation.

– Hippocrates 5th century BC

The publication of Scientific Medical Journals, started around the 17th century, has since been rapidly increasing in volume. The use of medical journals as a source of continuous medical education and information about the latest developments in the field is considered to be better than the textbooks, monographs, or the newsletters. They not only keep medical personnel up-to-date with the current literature but also help them in practicing evidence-based medicine. The teaching faculty in academics is equally benefitted as they can critically review the worldwide medical literature.[1]

The Journal of Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences (JMGIMS) has entered in its 25th year of un-interrupted publication. It was the Silver Jubilee year (1994) of the Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences when Dr. Sushila Nayyar, Founder Director of the Institute and Former Union Health Minister, Government of India, suggested that we should publish a medical journal for all India circulation, wherein our faculty, junior doctors, and students could contribute toward their own professional development and that of others in the field by publishing their research work and freely exchanging and sharing their ideas with the medical fraternity across the country. The Journal would focus not only on the current trends and practices but also on new developments that may be taking place in all branches of medicine; on translational research and in medical education. It was a challenging job, but Dr. V. N. Chaturvedi, then Prof. and Head, Department of ENT, took it up, and in 1995, the first issue of the Journal was published and released at the hands of Dr. Sushila Nayyar. Dr. Chaturvedi, a person with insight, humor, and brilliance, continued as its Editor-in-Chief for the next 5 years. He worked hard to complete its official formalities, such as registration and getting ISSN number, and succeeded in attracting good editorials and original and review articles from the senior academicians and scientists across the country. He successfully published the Journal till the year 2000 when Dr. Mrs. P. Narang, Prof. and Head, Department of Microbiology, took over as Editor-in-Chief. She, with good command on language and excellent writing skills coupled with patience and wisdom of adopting the readers’ point of view along with upholding the author's voice, succeeded in publishing the Journal for the next 3 years. I was handed over the baton as Editor and Chief in the year 2003.

The scientific medical journals are available in large number, and their volume is increasing every day. The world's esteemed journals which are widely read and followed have enhanced credibility because of their high impact factors and quality articles. It is natural therefore that these journals are much sought after by the researchers who wish to be the lead authors in such journals so that their research work gets wider circulation and appreciation as well as citations. However, finding a place in such journals is also highly competitive. Recently, Medical Council of India has mandated and formulated certain guidelines regarding research publications necessary for selection, appointment, and promotion of teaching faculty in medical colleges in India. The guidelines insist that the publications should be in the indexed national and international journals. The purpose is to motivate scholars to focus on research early in their careers and learn to balance their achievement with other professional responsibilities. Successful publications bring credit to scholars and their institutions and help them in securing funds and other assistance for furthering their goals. However, this has created several limitations for aspiring authors wishing to publish their research work. Some authors have put forth some positive suggestions to ease out the situation for these young aspirants,[2] but still the young scientists/researchers have to strive hard and face several problems. First and foremost is the selection of right journal and avoidance of predatory journals which, on payment, are willing to accept and publish the articles within a short span of time without any peer review. These journals have cropped up due to the syndrome of “publish or perish.”[3] Articles published in such journals are not acceptable to the Medical Council of India. Second, there are a large number of journals and each has its own publication policy. Some of the journals take very long time to publish because they have a large input of contributions and processing of the article is very rigorous; only 6%–10% articles find place in the Journal. Other journals charge heavy fee for submission and publication. Now, the Open Access Journals are available where the articles go through the same process of editing, but publication is relatively easy though some of these journals are also paid journals. JMGIMS is a hybrid journal, i.e., it is a global Open Access Journal as well as print copies are also available. There is absolutely no charge for submission or processing of the article. There is neither any extra charge for the color photographs nor is there any charge for reading or even downloading an article. The Journal is indexed with good number of agencies and offers 100% electronic submission.

The value of any publication is determined by the impact factor of the Journal (the average number of citations to this article published in other indexed journals) in which it is published. The responsibility to achieve a good impact factor lies with the editor. The most essential aspect is peer review of the articles received for publication and rigorous editing. The text has to comply with the guidelines of the Journal. Careful proofreading eliminates the errors in the language, grammar, and punctuation. It also makes the phrasing precise and concise so that reading is enjoyable. At the same time, it is necessary to check for scientific accuracy, missing information, ethical considerations, conflict of interests, and also the relevance of the subject. All efforts have to be put in to have the articles checked for plagiarism and then to subject them to double-blind peer review to keep a check and balance on the original work and avoid any bias. As editors we have all enjoyed our task, and it has also been a great learning exercise for all of us. We are grateful to all our reviewers who have spared their valuable time to review the articles and provided important comments that helped the authors to improve upon their writings and make the manuscript worthy of publication. The mission of the Journal has been to promote excellence in medicine, keep physicians and healthcare professionals well informed, improve standards in the reporting of medical research, and contribute to the improvement of peoples’ health. There is a future plan to increase the frequency of publication, from bi-annually to quarterly, and to get the journal indexed with PubMed. With the quality of articles and the response that we are getting, I am very hopeful that we will soon succeed in this mission also.

Acknowledgment

On the occasion, when the JMGIMS has entered in its 25th year of un-interrupted publication. I would like to express my gratitude to our patrons, contributors, reviewers, readers, our honorable members of the editorial board, and the publishers for their continuous encouragement and dynamic support.

References

1Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3191655/. [Last accessed on 2019 Dec 25].
2The revised guidelines of the Medical Council of India for academic promotions: Need for a rethink. Indian J Occup Environ Med 2016;20:1-4.
3Available from: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/271798835_ ‘Publish-or-perish'_Syndrome. [Last accessed on 2019 Dec 25].