|Year : 2011 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1
IJEM: The global face of Indian Endocrinology
Sanjay Kalra1, Rakesh Sahay2, AG Unnikrishnan3
1 Department of Endocrinology, BRIDE, Karnal, India
2 Osmania Hospital, Hyderabad, India
3 AIMS, Kochi, India
|Date of Web Publication||12-Mar-2011|
Department of Endocrinology, BRIDE, Karnal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Kalra S, Sahay R, Unnikrishnan A G. IJEM: The global face of Indian Endocrinology. Indian J Endocr Metab 2011;15:1
|How to cite this URL:|
Kalra S, Sahay R, Unnikrishnan A G. IJEM: The global face of Indian Endocrinology. Indian J Endocr Metab [serial online] 2011 [cited 2020 Sep 24];15:1. Available from: http://www.ijem.in/text.asp?2011/15/1/1/77562
Indian endocrinology is coming of age. From the humble beginnings in 1971, when 12 stalwarts had joined hands to form the Endocrine Society of India (ESI), the association has grown to nearly 700 members, spanning both basic research and clinical science. Indian endocrinologists provide yeoman service to the public through academic institutions, private practice, corporate sector and government organisations such as the Armed Forces and Railways. Indian endocrinologists now prefer to serve within their country, rather than migrate abroad, and can be found busy at work in many small towns and districts of the nation.
Yet, Indian endocrinology lacks a global face. As a society, the ESI is not very active at the international level. We have token representation at the International Society of Endocrinology, and are not considered a strong force in the endocrine meetings held at Asian, Asia-Pacific, or global levels.
The excellent work done by Indian researchers in endocrinology, therefore, often goes unnoticed. In spite of abundant clinical material, hard work and sincerity, Indian endocrine research has not been able to make an impact commensurate with its potential.
Much of the fault lies within us. We pay scant attention to documentation and often sacrifice quality for quantity. Often, we miss out on a few essential steps, such as ethics clearance and patient consent, which prevent us from publishing our results in reputed journals.
Lack of support from allied professions, such as professional medical writing, statistics, and imaging, means that our written research often has an 'amateur' feel, making it look less serious and valued.
Suboptimal international networking makes it difficult for our researchers to enter the 'old boys club' of reputed endocrine journals, creating an unseen barrier for publication.
As Indian endocrinology matures, however, we need to assert ourselves. One way to do this is by having a strong, effective communication medium. The Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (IJEM), the official journal of the ESI, is one such channel of communication. As it enters its 15 th year of publication, IJEM is gearing up to establish itself as the global face of Indian endocrinology.
A strong and robust journal will function as a mirror of Indian endocrine research, taking our work and findings to fellow clinicians and scientists across the globe. A strong journal will improve the perception of Indian science, and also enhance our standing at international level. It will also attract talent from abroad, and from other allied specialties, thus strengthening our networking with the rest of the world.
For creating an impressive journal, we need impressive articles. Clinical material, reviews, updates, and original articles pertaining to all subspecialties of endocrinology should be showcased to the world through this medium.
The article by Kalra S, Baruah M, Unnikrishnan AG, Sahay R in this issue of IJEM, makes an attempt to characterise the contributions made to IJEM during 2007-2009. It sets a benchmark for the journal, with which future issues and volumes will be compared. It also stimulates all stakeholders in IJEM to improve the quality and quantity of their contributions. This should make the journal an effective and respected global face of Indian endocrinology.