On looking back through my Gmail archives after being requested
by the journal to write a short editorial about my experiences of
publishing with the Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research
(JCDR), I came across an e-mail from Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor,
in March 2007, which introduced the new electronic journal. The
main features of the journal which were outlined in the e-mail were
extensive author support, cash rewards, the peer review process,
and other salient features of the journal.
Over a span of over four years, we (I and my colleagues) have
published around 25 articles in the journal. In this editorial, I plan
to briefly discuss my experiences of publishing with JCDR and
the strengths of the journal and to finally address the areas for
My experiences of publishing with JCDR: Overall, my experiences
of publishing withJCDR have been positive. The best point about
the journal is that it responds to queries from the author. This may
seem to be simple and not too much to ask for, but unfortunately,
many journals in the subcontinent and from many developing
countries do not respond or they respond with a long delay to the
queries from the authors 1. The reasons could be many, including
lack of optimal secretarial and other support. Another problem
with many journals is the slowness of the review process. Editorial
processing and peer review can take anywhere between a year to
two years with some journals. Also, some journals do not keep the
contributors informed about the progress of the review process.
Due to the long review process, the articles can lose their relevance
and topicality. A major benefit with JCDR is the timeliness and
promptness of its response. In Dr Jain’s e-mail which was sent to
me in 2007, before the introduction of the Pre-publishing system,
he had stated that he had received my submission and that he
would get back to me within seven days and he did!
Most of the manuscripts are published within 3 to 4 months of their
submission if they are found to be suitable after the review process.
JCDR is published bimonthly and the accepted articles were usually
published in the next issue. Recently, due to the increased volume
of the submissions, the review process has become slower and it
?? Section can take from 4 to 6 months for the articles to be reviewed. The
journal has an extensive author support system and it has recently
introduced a paid expedited review process. The journal also
mentions the average time for processing the manuscript under
different submission systems – regular submission and expedited
Strengths of the journal: The journal has an online first facility in
which the accepted manuscripts may be published on the website
before being included in a regular issue of the journal. This cuts
down the time between their acceptance and the publication.
The journal is indexed in many databases, though not in PubMed.
The editorial board should now take steps to index the journal in
PubMed. The journal has a system of notifying readers through
e-mail when a new issue is released. Also, the articles are available
in both the HTML and the PDF formats. I especially like the new
and colorful page format of the journal. Also, the access statistics
of the articles are available. The prepublication and the manuscript
tracking system are also helpful for the authors.
Areas for improvement: In certain cases, I felt that the peer review
process of the manuscripts was not up to international standards
and that it should be strengthened. Also, the number of manuscripts
in an issue is high and it may be difficult for readers to go through
all of them. The journal can consider tightening of the peer review
process and increasing the quality standards for the acceptance
of the manuscripts. I faced occasional problems with the online
manuscript submission (Pre-publishing) system, which have to be
Overall, the publishing process with JCDR has been smooth, quick
and relatively hassle free and I can recommend other authors to
consider the journal as an outlet for their work.
Dr. P. Ravi Shankar
KIST Medical College, P.O. Box 14142, Kathmandu, Nepal.
I wish to thank Dr. Hemant Jain, Editor-in-Chief Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research (JCDR),
for asking me to write up few words.
Writing is the representation of language in a textual medium i e;
into the words and sentences on paper. Quality medical manuscript
writing in particular, demands not only a high-quality research,
but also requires accurate and concise communication of findings
and conclusions, with adherence to particular journal guidelines.
In medical field whether working in teaching, private, or in corporate
institution, everyone wants to excel in his / her own field and get
recognised by making manuscripts publication.
Authors are the souls of any journal, and deserve much respect. To publish
a journal manuscripts are needed from authors. Authors have a great responsibility
for producing facts of their work in terms of number and results truthfully and an
individual honesty is expected from authors in this regards. Both ways its true
“No authors-No manuscripts-No journals" and “No journals–No
manuscripts–No authors”. Reviewing a manuscript is also a very responsible
and important task of any peer-reviewed journal and to be taken seriously. It needs
knowledge on the subject, sincerity, honesty and determination. Although the process
of reviewing a manuscript is a time consuming task butit is expected to give one’s
best remarks within the time frame of the journal.
Salient features of the JCDR: It is a biomedical, multidisciplinary (including all medical
and dental specialities), e-journal, with wide scope and extensive author support. At the
same time, a free text of manuscript is available in HTML and PDF format. There is fast
growing authorship and readership with JCDR as this can be judged by the number of articles
published in it i e; in Feb 2007 of its first issue, it contained 5 articles only, and now
in its recent volume published in April 2011, it contained 67 manuscripts. This e-journal
is fulfilling the commitments and objectives sincerely, (as stated by Editor –in –chief
in his preface to first edition) i e; to encourage physicians through the internet, especially from
the developing countries who witness a spectrum of disease and acquire a wealth of knowledge to publish
their experiences to benefit the medical community in patients care. I also feel that many of us have
work of substance, newer ideas, adequate clinical materials but poor in medical writing and hesitation
to submit the work and need help. JCDR provides authors help in this regards.
Timely publication of journal: Publication of manuscripts and bringing out the issue in time is one
of the positive aspects of JCDR and is possible with strong support team in terms of peer reviewers,
proof reading, language check, computer operators, etc. This is one of the great reasons for authors
to submit their work with JCDR. Another best part of JCDR is “Online first Publications”
facilities available for the authors. This facility not only provides the prompt publications of the
manuscripts but at the same time also early availability of the manuscripts for the readers.
Indexation and online availability: Indexation transforms the journal in some sense from its local
ownership to the worldwide professional community and to the public.JCDR is indexed with Embase & EMbiology,
Google Scholar, Index Copernicus, Chemical Abstracts Service, Journal seek Database, Indian Science Abstracts,
to name few of them. Manuscriptspublished in JCDR are available on major search engines ie; google, yahoo, msn.
In the era of fast growing newer technologies, and in computer and internet friendly environment the manuscripts
preparation, submission, review, revision, etc and all can be done and checked with a click from all corer of the
world, at any time. Of course there is always a scope for improvement in every field and none is perfect. To progress,
one needs to identify the areas of one’s weakness and to strengthen them.
It is well said that “happy beginning is half done” and it fits perfectly with JCDR. It has grown
considerably and I feel it has already grown up from its infancy to adolescence, achieving the status of standard
online e-journal form Indian continent since its inception in Feb 2007. This had been made possible due to the efforts
and the hard work put in it. The way the JCDR is improving with every new volume, with good quality original manuscripts,
makes it a quality journal for readers. I must thank and congratulate Dr Hemant Jain, Editor-in-Chief JCDR and his team
for their sincere efforts, dedication, and determination for making JCDR a fast growing journal.
Every one of us: authors, reviewers, editors, and publisher are responsible for enhancing the stature of the journal.
I wish for a great success for JCDR.
With sincere regards
Dr. Rajendra Kumar Ghritlaharey, M.S., M. Ch., FAIS
Department of Paediatric Surgery, Gandhi Medical College & Associated
Kamla Nehru & Hamidia Hospitals Bhopal, Madhya Pradesh 462 001 (India)