|Year : 2013 | Volume
| Issue : 5 | Page : 436-437
Medical journal and IJA publication in India
S Bala Bhaskar
Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, Karnataka, India
|Date of Web Publication||22-Oct-2013|
S Bala Bhaskar
Department of Anaesthesiology and Critical Care, Vijayanagar Institute of Medical Sciences, Bellary, Karnataka
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Bhaskar S B. Medical journal and IJA publication in India. Indian J Anaesth 2013;57:436-7
There are atleast 100 medical journals published in India although there are no clear records available of the publication details of some of the older journals. With the advent of internet and online publication, there is an explosion in number of publications, hastened by need for mandatory publication by the academicians and the interests of growing publishing market.
The Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) is among the oldest medical Journals in India and in Asia, and is in the 100 th year of publication. It was first published in 1913; the quality and popularity of the journal rose with increasing readership and indexing by various agencies of repute.  After IJMR, probably the next major publication was of the Indian Medical Association, launched as "Indian Medical World", in March 1930. The name of the journal was changed to "Journal of the Indian Medical Association" (JIMA) from September 1931. Its circulation is the largest in India, around 2 lakhs per issue.  Indian Journal of Surgery is the official publication of the Association of Surgeons of India, established in 1938. The Journal of the Association of Physicians of India (JAPI) was first published in 1952 and the diamond Jubilee of Journal of Association of Physicians of India was celebrated last year. The JAPI recovered from severe financial crunch but has turned into a self-sustaining body with its own office with dedicated staff. 
The Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (ISA) is among the oldest associations of the medical professionals in India, founded in 1947. The Indian Journal of Anaesthesia (IJA) was first published in 1953 and is now in its diamond jubilee year.  With 20,000 members in ISA, the IJA is also among the largest circulated journals in India. IJA is largely funded by ISA but like JAPI, our aim is attain an independent status financially with increase in frequency of publication to once a month. This is possible with active co-ordination among ISA, IJA and all the members.
There is a surge in number of indexing agencies around the world both at the governmental level as well as private as it facilitates the researchers to access the abstract of the articles in the relevant field and to disseminate the information worldwide. Strength of the academic content, timed multiple technical and peer review, quantity of articles in pipeline and on-schedule publication are the important criteria for indexing by renowned indexing agencies such as Pubmed. IJA is a Pubmed indexed journal and slowly but surely gaining more and more citations.  IndMED indexes peer reviewed medical journals published from India, covering about 100 journals indexed from 1985 onwards. 
The editing and printing of journals was for a long time totally manual and was a highly tedious process. With the widespread use of computers and related software, there have been dramatic changes in all the fields of publication and printing. The time duration for editing and reviewing process has greatly shortened. Printing and graphics have also undergone sea change, with quick and efficient proofing, proof corrections and printing of copies in thousands in no time. The technical services related to editing, publishing and printing are provided by various publishing agencies, which help the medical profession in attaining and maintaining high standards in publication. The Indian Journal of Anaesthesia (IJA) entered into a mutually beneficial agreement with Medknow Publications in February 2010 and has had a fruitful relationship with it. The services provided by Medknow have complemented the IJA's rise in popularity as evidenced by increase in access to and citations of articles published in IJA. The total citations and citations per article published in IJA is the second highest in Asia.  The next goal is to achieve significant impact factor for IJA. There is need to appreciate the hard work put in by past editors of IJA; scanned images of the pages from old issues of IJA are being published in the present issue of IJA and for next four issues.
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