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EDITORIAL
Year : 2017  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

MAMCJMS: The Challenges Ahead


Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication1-Mar-2017

Correspondence Address:
Deepak K Tempe
MD, FRCA, FAMS, Dean, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated Hospitals, New Delhi 110002, Delhi
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/mamcjms.mamcjms_11_17

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Tempe DK. MAMCJMS: The Challenges Ahead. MAMC J Med Sci 2017;3:1-2

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Tempe DK. MAMCJMS: The Challenges Ahead. MAMC J Med Sci [serial online] 2017 [cited 2017 Apr 25];3:1-2. Available from: http://www.mamcjms.in/text.asp?2017/3/1/1/201095

The long felt need of the Maulana Azad Medical College (MAMC) for having a scientific journal of its own was fulfilled with the launch of the MAMC Journal of Medical Sciences (MAMCJMS) in January 2015. Publishing a high-quality scientific journal is an academic activity of the highest order. Hence, this has been a landmark step in the history of MAMC. The support extended by the MAMC Society for Promotion of Research and the hard work put in by the Chief Editor, Dr. Pawanindra Lal, and the entire Editorial Board of the journal have been instrumental in the successful completion of the first 2 years of the journal. As the Chairman of the Editorial Board, I believe that it is apposite to look back and review the performance of the journal and make appropriate future plans for its betterment.

I am sure that the Editorial team has had a highly gratifying and enlightening experience. All the issues during these 2 years were published on time and appreciated by many. This is the first important move by any scientific journal, before it embarks upon the long and arduous journey that needs to be undertaken well before the journal establishes itself. Dr. Lal and some of the Editorial Board members have often spent long days (and nights) to complete the editorial work and give final shape to the articles, so that the timely publication of the journal was ensured. I must also acknowledge the help of the Editorial Board members and the guest reviewers in completing the review process of the submitted articles in a very efficient and speedy manner. It is their valuable criticism and comments that helped to convert the good articles into very good and some of them into excellent articles.

The MAMCJMS is still in its infancy, and the immediate responsibility seems to initiate steps to improve it further, so that it establishes itself as a respectable scientific journal in the field of medical sciences. All journals, especially the new ones, need continued modification, inspiration, and reformation to keep attracting the attention of the readership. Dr. Lal has already initiated several steps in this direction; one of which has been to change the color scheme of the cover each year. The altered get-up of the journal with each issue as well as the sections such as the interesting images and the tutorial seem to have worked well in this direction. This is evident from the fact that the journal has started receiving articles from all around the country and even internationally.

As most of us know, there have been attempts to assess journals in terms of their quality, which is related to the scientific content. With this objective, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) has developed a Science Citation Index (SCI) in the 1960s in the United States. The SCI impact factor produced by ISI is generally believed to be an index of a journal’s scientific quality. The impact factor reflects the frequency with which an average article in a journal has been cited in a particular year. The Editors of the leading journals strive hard to improve the impact factor of their journals. They introduce several changes to improve the impact factor. Although this is a good objective method for the evaluation of the quality of a journal, there are several problems with the concept.[1] One of them is the citation bias. Although the impact factor is important, I doubt how many readers actually wish to know the impact factor before they pick up a journal to read. Generally, every reader is interested in having access to the scientific material that is not only comprehensive, but also informative and keeps her/him updated in the subject. I believe that that should be the initial objective of the MAMCJMS, and then indexing with the leading libraries and improvement of the impact factor will follow naturally. In a nutshell, if one’s fundamentals are intact, the success follows.

The full text of the journal is freely available on the website http://www.mamcjms.in This has been one of the major reasons for the increase in the readership of the journal. The advantage of having an electronic tracking system in place right from the inception of the journal has also allowed fast tracking of the entire manuscript processing system. The other important way for increasing the readership further would be to increase the number of articles in the correspondence section. It not only helps to improve the impact factor of the journal,[2] but also gives the readership a feeling that MAMCJMS always has “something to offer to everyone.” As the readership improves and the submission rate increases, it would be prudent to increase the frequency of the journal from the current three to four times a year. As for me, my commitment to this journal is absolute, and I shall always be there to offer any kind of support.

I am confident that the Editorial Board will strive hard to raise the standard and reputation of the journal in the coming times, so that the eventual goal of making the MAMCJMS a leading scientific journal in the field of medical sciences is accomplished.

 
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1.
Smith G. Impact factors in anaesthesia journals. Br J Anaesth 1996;76:753-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
    
2.
Harmer M. A moment to reflect. Anaesthesia 2003;58:1159-61.  Back to cited text no. 2
    




 

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