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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1  

Striving toward excellence

Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012, India

Date of Web Publication24-Jan-2014

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B R Mittal
Department of Nuclear Medicine and PET, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.125759

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It gives me immense pleasure in writing this communiqué as the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Journal of Nuclear Medicine (IJNM), the scientific face of Indian nuclear medicine in global arena. The year 1986 saw the launch of IJNM as the official publication of the Society of Nuclear Medicine, India (SNMI), with Maj Gen N Lakshmipathi, VSM - a stalwart of nuclear medicine - as its first Editor-in-Chief. Coincidentally the same year, I opted for nuclear medicine as my medical specialty. The growth of IJNM and my career has been parallel, and both have seen many ups and downs. Several stalwarts, namely Dr RD Lele, Dr OPD Naronha, Dr Ravi Kashyap, and Dr Anshu Rajnish Sharma, have trod the path as editors at the helm of IJNM, with the zeal and vision to take the journal to new heights. The past 4 years have witnessed a major change in the nature and content of the journal. The tie-up with Medknow and indexing with Indian Science Abstracts, IndMed, MedInd PubMed, Scopus, Scimago Journal ranking, etc., has been a historic landmark for the journal. There has been continuous increase in its visibility and citations. The data provided by Wolters Kluwer Health (Medknow) for the brief period after indexing shows 215 documents considered for the h index, and 3 have been cited at least thrice in Scopus citation review. There has been manifold increase in the manuscript submission. The year 2012 saw submission of 71 papers only, which more than doubled to 176 in the following year (2013). One-third of these submissions were from overseas. The publishing schedule of the journal has been maintained meticulously. The journal website visitors have also increased tremendously with almost 85% of the visitors accessing the site for the first time. Surprisingly, maximum readers were from the USA, followed by India, and UK ranks third. The journal aims to achieve excellence in research and education as well as dissemination of knowledge related to all aspects of molecular imaging and therapy and also newer developments in conventional imaging. This will acquaint the readers to keep pace with the advances in the ever-expanding field of nuclear medicine.

It would be my earnest endeavor to make IJNM like mirror, reflecting the professional scenario of our country. Over the next few years, I shall strive hard to make our journal shine bright on the horizon of global platform. Though the journal continues to aim at its primary readership, it needs to provide a wider platform to anyone interested in nuclear medicine imaging and radionuclide therapy in our country and abroad. The journal belongs to SNMI, and we wish to reach out to the members of the society for their feedback regarding the ways to improve the quality of journal. There is constraint of space in the journal and we need to be selective in our acceptance of manuscripts. As the new Editor-in-Chief, it would be my major priority to ensure rapid review and fair decision of the submitted manuscripts. The Editorial Board and the publisher are committed in providing a more transparent review process, as well as tracking of the process on the website. All accepted manuscripts are published online ahead of print. Being online makes these articles visible to the professional readership around the world and the articles can be downloaded by the professionals in India. The main task for the Editorial Board and for me is to raise the bar up to the expectations of our readers. Future issues of the journal may also include consensus statements and practice guidelines.

The objectives of the journal can never be accomplished by a single individual, but it could be done by the collective efforts put in by the members of the fraternity at large. We trust that every member of the society or the readers of the journal will be with us and constantly guide us through this journey. My goal is to ensure that the contents of this journal are useful and of interest to its readers. I am confident that IJNM will be able to achieve its goals and will be successful in attaining the high standard of excellence in science and education.
"In the science the credit goes to the man who convinces the world, not to the man to whom the idea first occurs"

- Sir William Osler

I, along with the team associated in bringing out the journal promise to fulfill the dream, as can be quoted in the words of Neil Armstrong, "A small step for man is a giant leap for mankind." Long live the SNMI and IJNM!


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