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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 88-90

A giant leap for Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research (JCOR)


Department of Ophthalmology, P D Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission10-Nov-2020
Date of Decision12-Nov-2020
Date of Acceptance12-Nov-2020
Date of Web Publication4-Dec-2020

Correspondence Address:
Barun K Nayak
Department of Ophthalmology, P D Hinduja National Hospital and Medical Research Centre, Mumbai, Maharashtra
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/2320-3897.302205

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The year 2011 was a special year in my life because it was in this year that I completed my 6-year journey as the Editor, Indian Journal of Ophthalmology (IJO),[1] a journey which was very satisfying and fulfilling. I vividly remember each step I took and each milestone I crossed, all along learning and assimilating information on the various aspects of being an editor and managing a scientific journal. The steady progress of IJO toward becoming a publication to reckon with on the world platform was a colossal achievement and a matter of pride. By the end of my 6-year stint with the journal as the editor-in-chief, I was brimming with information and ideas. Friends and colleagues suggested that I should start a new scientific journal of my own. I too saw the potential in the idea. However, my thoughts and passion for sharing information as an educator, made me realize that the only way to channelize the experience I had garnered over the years was to utilize it for the benefit of the ophthalmic fraternity. Listening to my conscience, I dutifully opted for the larger interest of the ophthalmic fraternity by starting the good work in my “Karma Bhoomi,” Maharashtra. When I think back, I can say that my journey started when I became the Editor of The Journal of Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association for the official publication of Bombay Ophthalmologists Association in 1996, wherein I completely revamped the publication in terms of looks and content. This journey went on for 3 years and played a big role in my developing an interest in the field of medical publication. Backed with the experience of The Journal of Bombay Ophthalmologists’ Association in 2004, I launched Journal of Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society (JOMOS), which was the official publication of the Maharashtra Ophthalmological Society (MOS). I continued my work with JOMOS even while I was the Editor for IJO. All in all, with tremendous enthusiasm supported by the vast knowledge and experience of being an editor for three successful medical journals for so long, I decided to replace and launch a new journal which would be peer reviewed with an international potential. The idea was enthusiastically supported by all the senior members of MOS, led by Dr. Anil Kulkarni. Thus, this idea was conceived in 2012 which resulted in the birth of the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology and Research (JCOR) in the year 2013.

Late Dr. Babu Rajendran, a visionary in his own right, and the Past President of All India Ophthalmological Society, had doubts about the journal and simply put a question to me “Why, yet another journal”? At the time, I had nothing much to offer as explanation, though I did believe that there was a need for a journal which has a blend of publication of quality research along with providing educative material for the comprehensive ophthalmologist as well as postgraduate students. Fortunately, he did not pursue the topic further with me, until he read the first editorial in the inaugural copy of JCOR.[2] He personally called to convey that he had got the answer to his question. I was touched with his encouraging words, and his action reinforced the belief in my plans for JCOR. I have to mention here that launching JCOR was neither a straightforward nor an overnight phenomenon. Much of 2012 was spent in thinking, re-thinking, and chalking out plans for the process. Today, when I look back at the 8 successful and uninterrupted years of publication, I am happy that my decision was worth all the efforts.

Between 2013 and today, a lot of water has flown under the bridge and the journal has grown from strength to strength in many ways, with national and international reach, which is evident from [Table 1], [Table 2], [Table 3].[3]
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I have nurtured the journal like a baby and now after 8 years when JCOR is being viewed as second to IJO among Indian ophthalmic journals, I must say that it is a huge achievement for any state society publication to be compared to a national journal.

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners: Badu Scholar, China National Knowledge Infrastructure, EBSCO Publishing’s Electronic Databases, Ex Libris-Primo Central, Google Scholar, Hinari, Infotrieve, National Science Library, ProQuest, TdNet, IndMed, and Wanfang Data.

Very recently, I experienced another moment of pride in my journey when our application for JCOR to be indexed in the Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ) was accepted after meticulous scrutiny from the DOAJ authorities, after having fulfilled their criteria. This now meant that any article published in JCOR would be recognized by the erstwhile Medical Council of India. This, in particular, would be very beneficial for promotional purposes for authors and doctors in teaching jobs. Having achieved this, JCOR is now working toward getting indexed with PubMed, which takes a while as it is the oldest indexing system.[4] However, I must accept that for that to happen we at JCOR will have to further upgrade our standards. We need to be publishing at least thirty original articles each year, all of which have been approved by an ethics committee. Needless to say, henceforth, even processing of articles without the approval of an ethics committee may not be possible for JCOR. There should be no hindrance in choosing JCOR as the first choice for publication of the quality research done by the authors, now. I remember how JCOR faced a Catch-22 situation some years ago when authors with quality research were reluctant to submit their work to this journal due to its indexing status. However, everyone should realize that one of the criteria of indexing approval is publication of quality research papers. Now with the DOAJ indexing status, I am sure that there will be no constraint for authors while submitting quality research to JCOR.

Reviewers make an integral and important link in the chain of editorial process. Today, there is a need for many more dedicated and prompt reviewers for judging the articles. I appeal to all eligible and potential reviewers to come forward enthusiastically and be an active part of this wonderful journey.

Achieving financial independence for the journal is another goal. Up until around 2 years ago, we were independently sourcing the finances to keep JCOR afloat. However, now the time has come for soliciting help from not just MOS, but also from each and every member of the society. Maharashtra is a huge state and MOS boasts of having the largest and most influential number of members compared to any other state society in India. I would like to reach out to all the members of MOS and appeal to them to contribute to the journal not only through submission of quality articles but also by fetching advertisements.

As you are aware, JCOR is a journal which has adopted an “open-access” policy from inception. The decision of adopting this policy was never taken for any financial reason, but simply to make education and knowledge freely available to all those who are interested, irrespective of whether they could or could not afford to subscribe for this journal.

The pandemic situation has forced us to give a hard look at reducing the number of hard copies (print version). In view of making a systematic assessment before coming to a decision of the exact print run, I have devised a simple and effective plan. Henceforth, MOS members will have to opt-in for receiving the hard copy of JCOR at the end of each year (October–December) for the next year. However, the soft copy will be available to all on the journal’s website. I am sure that the members must have received a communication from the MOS secretariat to this effect. Although opting for open access may seem as a disadvantage given the fact that many are used to reading hard copies, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that international journals which adopt open-access policy recover the cost of the journal by charging heavily from the authors while giving free access of the journal to its readers. However, we charge neither the authors nor the readers, thus creating maximum advantage not only for the readers but also for the authors, as their work is widely disseminated across the world without any financial hindrance.

We had a humble beginning of 49 submissions in 2012, but it quickly swelled to around 110 every year till 2019. I am happy to announce that just after the indexing with DOAJ, we have seen a sudden surge in submissions, which has gone up to 245 by the end of October this year, and there are still 2 months to go till 2020 comes to an end.

I humbly appeal to every MOS member to share a sense of pride in the progress of JCOR which has earned a prestigious status among ophthalmic journals of the country. Let us take a pledge to support JCOR and set an example to the country that this publication of MOS is our pride and a promise to ourselves keep this jewel in the crown of MOS, shining forever.



 
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Maniar RH, Nayak BK. The IJO journey: Learn, educate and evolve. Indian J Ophthalmol 2011;59:1-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Nayak BK. Nuances of starting a new medical journal. J Clin Ophthalmol Res 2013;1:135-6.  Back to cited text no. 2
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Nayak BK. A fledgeling journal. J Clin Ophthalmol Res 2013;1:1.  Back to cited text no. 3
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Nayak BK. Time for assessment with a strong vision for future. J Clin Ophthalmol Res 2015;3:1-2.  Back to cited text no. 4
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