|Year : 2014 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Why a need for a new journal on cleft and craniofacial?
Department of Burns, Plastic and Maxillofacial Surgery, Safdarjang Hospital and VM Medical College, New Delhi, India
|Date of Web Publication||5-Feb-2014|
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Agrawal K. Why a need for a new journal on cleft and craniofacial?. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2014;1:1-2
To write is human, to edit is divine - Stephen King
I am indebted to the Indian Society of Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies (ISCLP and CA) for deciding to publish the "Journal of Cleft Lip Palate and Craniofacial Anomalies" as its official publication. This was being thought about right from the inaugural national meeting at Mumbai 13 years ago. However only now it was considered an appropriate time to make a beginning.
Whenever a new concept or product is launched, the usual questions that come to every one's mind are why there is a need? And is it relevant? On web search there are 5,652 indexed and non-indexed journals enlisted in PubMed; 5,080 being indexed with index Medicus. My guess is that for every indexed journal there must be at least equal number of non-indexed medical publications around the world. On exploring the world-wide web, index Medicus and PubMed, I could come across only one title on the subject of interest and that is "The Cleft Palate and Craniofacial Journal" (CPCJ). This journal is publishing interdisciplinary articles within a single publication. This is truly maintaining a very high standard of publication with good impact factor of 1.24. However, this is the only one. Due to the paucity of publications in this field, most of the cleft related material is published elsewhere in Plastic Surgery, Maxillofacial, Orthodontic, Pediatric Surgery, Dental and Speech Language Pathology Journals. Hence, the need for a second English language journal in this field is undeniable.
Cleft and Craniofacial Anomalies are unique congenital anomalies. The management requires a large team of specialists working in tandem to create a normal individual - physically, psychologically and socially. At present the research publications are spread over many specialty journals. This makes it difficult for the interested readers from a variety of disciplines involved in the care of patients with cleft anomalies. As the knowledge, information and avenues of research evolve, new areas will be explored. In the process of evolution of any specialization, new publications are essential with the objective of publishing articles related to the subject. The specialty of cleft and craniofacial anomalies is growing by leaps and bounds. Hence, there is an urgent need of more than one such journal to publish the results of all the research happening in this field.
At a rough estimate there are over a million cleft patients in India. Every year over 35,000 new such patients are added to the community. Meaning thereby there is a huge clinical data base in our country to explore, ponder over, research and report. In spite of this our colleagues are not able to publish their work as CPCJ has set a very high standard. In a country such as ours-the situation is different, the patients are different, the community differs in many ways, the language is different and hence the reporting will be different. I feel that the reviewers and editors from the developed world may not be able to understand and perceive the differences and hence may not be able to gauge the importance of publishing some of the important material from developing countries. Another set of issues are the problems with language and writing skills. Thus despite good quality and quantity of clinical material our science is seldom published in journals being published from the west because they fall short when measured by their yardsticks.
Sadly, due to poor acceptance rate of our articles in journals published from the west, Indian cleft surgeons and care providers are a disappointed lot and do not write as much as they should and they can. Hence, the ISCLP and CA have rightly decided to publish this journal as an official publication of the society. This will open-up a new and friendly avenue for publications not only for Indian researchers, but also for others all over the world. The ISCLP and CA want this to be a first rate, international scientific journal and the editorial board is committed to a rapid turnaround of the submitted articles.
The objective of this new journal is to create a favorable atmosphere of reporting, collecting and analyzing the data and publishing the new information. This will also bring the cleft team together to publish their researches under one umbrella for the better access to the cleft care giver community.
The journal website was launched on 21 st September 2013 by our publisher. The submission started by mid-October and within 3 months the introductory issue has taken the final shape and is ready for printing. All the manuscripts have been reviewed by a minimum of 2 reviewers and the editor-in-chief. The final product is in your hand without compromising on the quality of the manuscripts. This is an unprecedented speed of reviewing and editorial processing. I take this opportunity to thank all the reviewers for their selfless contributions for a journal can be only as good as its reviewers. They do a thankless job and offer their precious time to enrich the publication by their valuable inputs. To the future authors I can assure a much unbiased approach while reviewing their precious research and an atmosphere of trust and sincerity from the part of my editorial board. I will from time to time fall back on the experience of our National and International contributors to enrich this newly born journal. On my part I can assure you wide dissemination of your point of view, professional peer review, rapid publication, author friendly editing and putting your research in the context by appending it with editorial or invited commentaries.
Our Editorial Board aspires to select, through peer review, the highest quality science. To achieve this, our entire peer review and publication process will be thorough, objective and fair. Almost every aspect of this process will involves important ethical principles and decisions, which are seldom explicitly stated and even less often shared with the readership. We believe that our journals' reputations depend on the trust of readers, authors, researchers, reviewers, editors, patients, research subjects, funding agencies and administrators of public health policy. This trust, we believe, is enhanced by describing as explicitly as possible the journal's policies to ensure the ethical treatment of all participants in the publication process.
Decisions about a manuscript will be based only on its importance, originality, clarity and relevance to the journal's scope and content. Studies with negative results despite adequate power, or those challenging previously published work, will receive equal consideration.
Now it is up to the innumerable Smile Train units and other Cleft centers to send their best work to our journal. It is your journal and for you, so please give it your whole hearted support.
Research, innovate, write and report or else REPENT.