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Year : 2007  |  Volume : 10  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 91-92
Goodbye, Farewell, Adieu............


Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi., India

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Tempe DK. Goodbye, Farewell, Adieu............ Ann Card Anaesth 2007;10:91-2

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Tempe DK. Goodbye, Farewell, Adieu............ Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2007 [cited 2020 Feb 20];10:91-2. Available from: http://www.annals.in/text.asp?2007/10/2/91/37932


Looking back at my professional life, I am compelled to believe that being the Chief Editor of the Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia (ACA) has been one of the greatest privileges. Five years ago, when the responsibility was given to me, I considered it not only a great honour, but also a huge challenge. Over the years I found it to be a highly gratifying and enlightening experience, which I enjoyed thoroughly. The ACA was in its infancy and still beginning to establish itself when I took over. Dr. Mehta, my predecessor had given it a tremendous start and set a benchmark. My immediate responsibility was to maintain this impetus and then take steps to improve the journal further so that it established itself as a respectable journal in the field of Anaesthesiology. Thus, my goal was to get the journal indexed with the Indian Medlars Centre and then subsequently with the National Library of Medicine.

All journals, especially the new ones, need continued modification, inspiration and reformation to keep attracting the attention of the readership. I, therefore, altered the get-up of the journal and introduced some new sections, such as the tutorial and interesting cardiothoracic images. In addition, the formatting and presentation were also amended. The members of the Indian Association of Cardiovascular Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA) appreciated the transformation and subsequently, the journal was indexed with the Indian Medlars Centre in the year 2005. The efforts to improve the text and quality of the presentation were continued and the reward came by way of the ACA getting indexed and included in the National Library of Medicine's MEDLARS system. I consider this as a huge success and it gives me a sense of satisfaction in having accomplished the initial goals that I had set out for the journal. No doubt, this task has been possible due to the continued support of the entire Editorial Board as well as the office bearers and the members of the IACTA.

As you know, the quality of a scientific journal is assessed by the impact factor. Although this is an objective way of evaluation of the quality of the journal, there are several problems with it. [1] As far as my views on the impact factor are concerned, I still stand-by the ones published earlier. [2] It is important to keep offering the scientific material that is informative and help the reader to update his knowledge in the subject. By pursuing this objective, the ACA has been indexed with the MEDLINE and I do believe, the same would be useful for future growth and recognition of the journal. In a nutshell, if you do your basics right, the success follows.

Now that the journal has earned the recognition for itself, it is apposite to review the future plans for betterment of the journal. The full text of the journal is freely available on the website http:// www.iactaonline.org . This has been one of the major reasons for increasing the readership of the journal. However, in the current era of electronics and communication, an electronic manuscript tracking system seems to be a necessity rather than a luxury. It has now been introduced by most journals and the ACA should seriously consider changing over to this system. The system allows submission of all new manuscripts as well as the entire review process of the article electronically. It brings down the paper work and the time spent on completing the entire review process. The other important consideration should be to increase the correspondence section. It helps, not only to improve the impact factor of the journal [3] , but also gives the readership a feeling that ACA always has 'something to offer to all of them'. Finally, it should be our aim to increase the frequency of the journal. I now pass on the responsibility to my successor, Dr. Murali Chakravarthy, who, I believe has even greater responsibilities to fulfill. As for me, my commitment to this journal is absolute and I shall always be there to offer any kind of support.

I have been assisted during my tenure by the very efficient Editorial team; the assistance of Prof. A. Tomar has been exceptional and we have often spent long days (and nights) carrying out the editorial work and giving final touches to the articles. I must also acknowledge the help of the Editorial Board members and the guest reviewers in completing the review process of the submitted articles in a very efficient and speedy manner. It is their valuable criticism and suggestions that helped to convert the good articles into very-good and many of them into excellent articles.

So, I bid farewell to this prestigious and most promising responsibility of my professional life and leave you in the capable hands of Dr. Chakravarthy.

 
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1.Smith G. Impact factor in anaesthesia journals. Br J Anaesth 1996; 76: 753-754.  Back to cited text no. 1  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
2.Tempe DK. Meeting the challenges. Ann Card Anaesth 2005; 8: 103.  Back to cited text no. 2  [PUBMED]  [FULLTEXT]
3.Harmer M. A moment to reflect. Anaesthesia 2003; 58: 11591561.  Back to cited text no. 3  [PUBMED]  

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Correspondence Address:
Deepak K Tempe
Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, G.B. Pant Hospital, New Delhi.
India
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0971-9784.37932

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