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Chief Editor, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat, India
Chief Editor, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, B.J. Medical College, Ahmedabad, Gujarat
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Desai C. Bidding Adieu….Indian J Pharmacol 2017;49:1-1
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“Change is inevitable. Change is constant”
Editors come with a limited mandate and period. Established in 1969, the Indian Journal of Pharmacology bears a rich lineage of editors and editorial teams with valuable contributions to the sustenance and progress of this journal. It has been a special yet unplanned privilege to lead this prestigious journal. After 4 years as Chief Editor of Indian Journal of Pharmacology, it is time for a change. Such an opportunity and privilege are uncommon; that sparks an emotion of gratitude. The learning curve has been steep, enriching, and exciting.
A journal mirrors the contemporary research and viewpoint in the respective specialty, and Indian Journal of Pharmacology is no different in this regard. The journal has catered to pharmacologists from various disciplines. It has evolved over years, reflecting the changing trends and priorities in pharmacology research. Although “Indian,” its global reach is evident in its readership and author statistics. It has remained a vital educational resource and publication destination for the researchers, notwithstanding the mushrooming of several journals, during this period.
Certain changes and developments in the journal are worth a mention. It has been our collective vision to make the journal reader-friendly while maintaining its scientific tenor, with a message for the readers that research published in the journal is “doable,” novel yet replicable and an important contribution to pharmacology. While we have not conducted formal reader or author surveys that evaluate their reading and journal preferences, the statistics of most cited and “popular” articles as well as the informal feedback we received from readers and authors helped us understand their preferences. The gradual shift from experimental to clinical research including pharmacovigilance and pharmacoepidemiology reflects the contemporary shift in pharmacology research across the world. Educational research is yet in infancy in India and deserves a better impetus. We have made a humble beginning by publishing educational research in pharmacology with a special supplement dedicated for this purpose. “Drug Watch,” a section dedicated to adverse drug reaction case reports, was initiated by my predecessor and continued to evince interest among authors and readers alike. Guest editorials from pharmacologists of repute and from stakeholders at IUPHAR mark the growing visibility of the Indian Pharmacological Society and the journal in India and abroad.
Its a pleasure to acknowledge and thank all those who have been contributing to the success of this journal. I had the support of a team who did the lion's share of work and helped shape the journal to the current form. My gratitude to the team who bore with my demands for timelines and quality as also the queries of authors and subscribers. Not to forget the “invisible” yet strong force of peer reviewers who reviewed the manuscripts selflessly and diligently. I and my team also thank the Indian Pharmacological Society for this rare privilege.
An editor, it is said, makes few friends and more “enemies.” We would have saddened many a researchers with rejections but I guess thats a professional hazard that comes with the job. I bid adieu to all with a profound sense of gratitude. The 48-year journey of IJP has been eventful from the print version to the open access, indexed journal on http://www.ijp-online.com, from print versions to e-copies, from postal submissions of manuscripts to online submissions, thanks to the progressive efforts and vision of my predecessors. It is a source of satisfaction to know that I am handing over the journal in good repute and financial health. While passing the baton to able hands of the incoming Chief Editor, Dr. Bikas Medhi, I wish him good luck for continuing success of the journal.