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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 3-4
 

AIAN prepares for the new millennium


Editor, Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology, Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695011, India

Correspondence Address:
Sanjeev V Thomas
Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum - 695011
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-2327.22814

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Thomas SV. AIAN prepares for the new millennium. Ann Indian Acad Neurol 2006;9:3-4

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Thomas SV. AIAN prepares for the new millennium. Ann Indian Acad Neurol [serial online] 2006 [cited 2019 Nov 16];9:3-4. Available from: http://www.annalsofian.org/text.asp?2006/9/1/3/22814


The Annals of Indian Academy of Neurology (AIAN) is entering in to the tenth year of its publication. Prof. M. Gourie Devi and afterwards Prof. D. Nagaraja had rendered commendable services as editors during this period. Their untiring efforts have earned a unique position for AIAN in Indian Neurology. The journal is now poised to meet the challenges and demands of the new millennium. Rapid progress in electronic media and information technology has raised the standards of medical journalism. The turn around time from submission to publication of a manuscript is now measured in terms of days rather than in months, as it used to be a couple of years back. The concept of open access medical literature is now challenging the traditional views on copyright and access restriction to payment. Side by side, there had been considerable evolution in the bioethical principles of medical publications. Now there are more stringent guidelines that govern medical research, be it on human subjects or other species. Principles and practice regarding informed consent have undergone considerable evolution in the recent past. Professional bodies have brought out several guidelines and strategies to define and recognize unethical practices in medical publications. More and more journals are opting to use the term contributor rather than author. AIAN needs to imbibe these principles and set a faster pace for its activities, if it has to reach a critical locus in medical journalism.

The population of India now stands at 1,067,421,100 out of the world population of 6,355,543 400 (16.8%).[1] Our geographic location, genetic and ethnic composition and socioeconomic condition have considerably influenced the epidemiology of neurological disorders that we have to bear with. India can boast of one of the best academic programs that train doctors to practice neurology in any part of the world. Neurologists and neurosurgeons practicing in India would have come across a wider variety of disorders than their counterparts practicing in more developed countries. Yet our contributions to academic neurology are far from desirable levels.[2] We have a wealth of clinical material that needs to be documented and written about. It is not uncommon that good manuscripts are returned by journals published from abroad because the subject matter is not relevant to their readers. I am convinced that we need more journals of high standard that would offer global attention to our academic activities and provide platforms for wider discussion. Doctors practicing here have access to only limited resources to update them on issues that they encounter regularly. There is an urgent need for journals that focus on such practical issues in a realistic manner. The AIAN would hopefully fulfill these roles shortly.

I would like to thank all the members of the Indian Academy of Neurology (IAN) for unanimously electing me to edit the journal for the next three years. The Executive Committee of IAN and my colleagues in Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute of Medical Sciences and Technology (SCTIMST), Trivandrum have encouraged me to take up this formidable mission. We intend to work as a team in order to bring AIAN to higher standards. Our first task is already accomplished. It was to set up an exclusive web based online system to take care of the entire editorial process from manuscript submission to publication. Simultaneously, we are bringing out the online version of the journal with full text access free of charge. The next goal is to get the journal indexed in major databases such as National Library of Medicine, USA, Embase etc. We have adopted the editorial policies recommended by the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). This would automatically set the scientific and ethical standards of publication of AIAN to international standards. The guidelines on good publication practice brought out by WAME and Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) ensure that the editorial process is transparent and unbiased. Secondly we have adopted the uniform guidelines for manuscripts for medical journals . This would simplify the preparation of the manuscript for AIAN and ensure that the articles meet all the scientific and ethical standards of international medical journalism. Authors need to state that studies involving human beings or animals conformed to the prescribed ethical standards and declare any potential conflict of interest for them.

I have constituted the editorial board from among my colleagues in the Department of Neurology, SCTIMST, Trivandrum, in order to make the system work efficiently and smoothly. The Editorial Advisory Committee had been reconstituted with eminent neurologists from within India and abroad, with a view to achieve international standards for the AIAN. Each manuscript would be sent to two reviewers (one from inside the country and second from abroad) who are currently working on the relevant area. Authors can now onwards upload their manuscripts at the online submission center on the website. This procedure is effortless and inexpensive to the author. It would also expedite the editorial process considerably. We hope that the turn around time from submission to final decision would be less than three months, and to possible publication, less than six months.

We have also added several new features to the contents of the journal in order to make it more relevant to the practitioners as well as residents. There would be more comprehensive review articles on subjects of clinical interest or practical importance. We would also like to publish more technical reports on procedures and protocols. In due course of time, we hope to publish more original articles and case series. There are also plans to bring out supplements on selected topics of practical importance. The journal should be a platform where the readers could debate on contemporary issues related to practice of neurology. The new column - 'Humour in white coat' offers an opportunity for the readers to share some of their amusing experiences in the clinics. There is also scope to publish in the journal some of your artistic talents in painting and photography.

We hope to bring out the journal regularly on a quarterly basis. Medknow Publishers, Mumbai, who had been publishing some of the best Indian medical journals, have agreed to publish AIAN on behalf of the IAN. You will notice their excellent professional expertise in the new design of this issue as well as the on the website. The new format of the journal is not only delightful but is easier on the eyes. For the first time, the journal has its own website: www.annalsofian.org. The new website offers facilities for online submission of articles, viewing and downloading articles from any published issue and contacting the editor. We hope to add more features that would make this website more than just the home page for the published copy of the journal. Please visit this website and give us your valuable feedback.

What is written as articles spring to life, only when there is active response from the readers. Please make liberal use of the 'Correspondence' column to express your views, experience and comments related to the articles published. The AIAN should be a dialogue rather than a monologue, where we could mutually enrich each other. Please write to the editor about any local developments that deserve wider attention, or about forthcoming conferences and workshop or any unfortunate demises amongst our fraternity. This is our journal and let us share it with each other.

 
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1.http://www.populationworld.com/ accessed on 11 March 2006.  Back to cited text no. 1    
2.Nagpaul PS. Contribution of Indian universities to the mainstream scientific literature: A bibliometric assessment Scientometrics 1995; 32:11-36. http://www.springerlink.com/openurl.asp? genre=article&id=doi:10.1007/BF02020186  Back to cited text no. 2    




 

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