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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 53  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Helming the winds of change while standing on the shoulders of giants…

Prof. and HOD, Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Web Publication5-Feb-2019

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Dr. Puneet Batra
Department of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics, Institute of Dental Studies and Technologies, Modinagar, Ghaziabad - 201 204, Uttar Pradesh
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DOI: 10.4103/0301-5742.251574

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Batra P. Helming the winds of change while standing on the shoulders of giants…. J Indian Orthod Soc 2019;53:1-2

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Batra P. Helming the winds of change while standing on the shoulders of giants…. J Indian Orthod Soc [serial online] 2019 [cited 2019 Jun 17];53:1-2. Available from: http://www.jios.in/text.asp?2019/53/1/1/251574

“The world judges you by the choices you make, never once are the options for those choices revealed to the world” – with that quote, I would humbly honor and thank the outgoing editor, Dr. Sridevi Padmanabhan and her editorial team who have taken the journal forward braving all the hurdles and difficulties along with the way during their recently concluded tenure.

To be honest, this is still a surreal moment as I pen down my first editorial after taking over as the editor-in-chief of this prestigious journal, which represents our illustrious society. As I glance on the past and ongoing achievements of some of our members including my own mentors, I truly feel that I am as close to the stratosphere as possible hoisted by the greats of our society. Thus, I not only seek their blessings but their continued support during my tenure, which I already know, would be a challenging one to say the least.

Coming to the task at hand, the primary purpose for all the past editors and hence my own shall be to get the journal further recognized and disseminated in our international scientific community. Easier said than done right? Absolutely, let us not kid ourselves here with the tumultuous road ahead. To prepare for the role, I paid ode and homage to my postgraduate days – going back to the basics and searching for a reference source or a written commentary, which could be compared to the one that would lie ahead of the current team.

After some digging around, I found two articles[1],[2] which I found quite useful and would like to share the same to all our readers, especially the regular contributors and patrons, so that we may all as a society introspect and perhaps anticipate some of the curves and bumps expected. These articles in no way whatsoever are meant to blame an individual or a team or a process but to constructively critique what we have and streamline the problems for a better future.

The articles highlight the need to acknowledge the shortcomings of a journal and prepare a well-thought plan to remedy the same, with the key execution point lying in constant communication, support, and perseverance of each and every member of the society. This journal is not only the treasure house of the editorial team or the executive council members, but also belongs to each and every of us and thus we must rise and work together to make it a globally recognized one. Minor contributions such as providing timely reviews by the review board, including a JIOS citation in a manuscript submission to another journal or a national/international presentation; encouraging and actively participating in sending the valuable research contributions to the journal; ensuring a plagiarism check preceding the submission; and sharing the contents of the latest issue on social or professional media are all efforts, however frivolous as they may seem, which will ultimately help the journal transcend to another level. The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine and its associated society members yielding great results in the end diligently followed the same process.[1]

To keep it short and to conclude without driveling on further, as I look forward with great excitement to the next 3 years, I must state that I am but a humble servant to the heritage and tradition that is the IOS, who has been temporarily elevated along with his team to take a facet of the society that is the JIOS in the continuing forward direction which cannot occur without each and every member having faith and trust and getting behind the efforts of the editorial team for “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.”

  References Top

Yang CW. The Korean Journal of Internal Medicine's long road to being listed in the science citation index expanded. Sci Ed 2014;1:118-21.  Back to cited text no. 1
Yang HJ, Oh SJ, Hong ST. Impacts of the journal evaluation program of the Korean Association of Medical Journal Editors (KAMJE) on the quality of the member journals. J Korean Med Sci 2018;33:e305.  Back to cited text no. 2


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