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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69

The future is bright

Department of Burns, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Safdarjang Hospital and VM Medical College, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication2-Aug-2014

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Dr. Karoon Agrawal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2348-2125.137892

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Agrawal K. The future is bright. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2014;1:69

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Agrawal K. The future is bright. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal [serial online] 2014 [cited 2019 Sep 16];1:69. Available from: http://www.jclpca.org/text.asp?2014/1/2/69/137892

It was a nostalgic moment for us when the inaugural issue of "Journal of Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies" (JCLPCA) was formally released during the 13 th annual conference of Indian Society of Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies on February 15, 2014 at the historic city of Lucknow. This was a dream come true. Every delegate and member of the society showered loads of praise for the content as well as the aesthetics of the journal. Each and every one promised to support the future issues in every possible way. This open access journal was popularized through Yahoo groups, related associations, newsletters and through personal contacts.

The greatest support for the journal has been the executive body of ISCLPCA. They have extended unstinted support especially financially. This is much better than what we were dreaming. I am truly excited to see the response. Simultaneously, I am a little concerned about the high-rejection rate of the articles. The silver lining is some of the reviews and original articles. Looking at them I wonder, are we really one issue old! Please keep submitting your good original paper to improve the status of our journal, your journal.

In the last 5 months since the release of the first issue of the journal, we have received 43 submissions; 10 original articles, 9 review articles and 24 case reports. The case reports are not valued publications. Only in exceptional situations, the case reports are published in journals of repute. I would request the authors for submission of more original research articles.

The editorial board of the journal, after deliberation and discussion, decided to republish some of the good articles from the older publications of the society, provided the article is restructured and made relevant to present time, modified to suit the format of the new journal, and all the authors are willing to publish it after peer review. Six articles were selected for publication. The authors were requested to submit the modified articles, but none of them responded to the request. Hence the old articles will not find a place in the future index of the journal.

The editorial board is determined to maintain the high standard of the journal. We also intend to establish our identity on the international platform of publications with the help of members and contributors. We have already received three international submissions. The day is not far when we will see an indexed journal in JCLPCA.

I notice that the majority of the articles submitted are by post-graduate residents. They are writing case reports with review of relevant literature. I am impressed with the enthusiasm of postgraduate residents for writing for our journal. But, unfortunately, sometimes they are not guided properly to design a good article. Hence the rejection rate is very high. Training period is the right time to motivate and train our residents in the art of writing. Now the onus is on the teachers. Please do create an atmosphere conducive for writing and publishing. In older times the cleft caregivers were busy managing patients, "writing" was the last priority. Hence we lack the habit of publishing.

To improve the writing habit, paper publishing should be made mandatory during postgraduate and postdoctoral courses. I will even go a step further and would suggest replacing "thesis" with "publication of papers" as a prerequisite for appearing in outgoing final examinations. This will change the scenario.

I am sure the birth of this open access journal will create a positive atmosphere for writing and publishing within its scope. I have no doubt that the future of this journal is very bright.


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