Year : 2016 | Volume
: 20 | Issue : 1 | Page : 3--4
Our journal: Arjuna's choice, Eklavya's voice
Sanjay Kalra1, Ambika Gopalakrishnan Unnikrishnan2,
1 Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana, India
2 CEO and Endocrinologist, Chellaram Diabetes Institute, Pune, Maharashtra, India
Department of Endocrinology, Bharti Hospital, Karnal, Haryana
|How to cite this article:|
Kalra S, Unnikrishnan AG. Our journal: Arjuna's choice, Eklavya's voice.Indian J Endocr Metab 2016;20:3-4
|How to cite this URL:|
Kalra S, Unnikrishnan AG. Our journal: Arjuna's choice, Eklavya's voice. Indian J Endocr Metab [serial online] 2016 [cited 2020 Feb 16 ];20:3-4
Available from: http://www.ijem.in/text.asp?2016/20/1/3/172264
Our vision: To fulfill the mandate of the constitution and bye-laws of the Endocrine Society of India.
Our mission: To foster, encourage, and publish endocrine and metabolic research relevant to the Indian context.
Indian history records the episode of Eklavya and Arjuna, both of whom were skilled at archery. Eklavya was from a disadvantaged background, and had no access to coaching or facilities. He learnt his art by creating a statue of his guru, Dronacharya in the forest that he lived in. Arjuna, on the other hand, was a privileged prince, who received education and coaching from his preceptors, Kripacharya and Dronacharya.
Indian endocrinology has spread beyond the confines of academic institutions and corporate hospitals, and is now available across the length and breadth of the country. While this welcome trend creates opportunities for growth of clinical endocrinology, it also throws up an added responsibility of ensuring uniform development of the specialty. Both Eklavyas, who practice endocrinology in remote, or nonacademic settings, and Arjunas, who work in teaching institutions, need access to continuing medical education and updates in research. One-way in which this can be done is by providing a common platform to all endocrinologists, irrespective of whether they are Eklavyas or Arjunas, to share their knowledge. This is what the Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism (IJEM) has tried to achieve.
Our journal, the IJEM, now in its 17th year, completes 5 years of online existence in December 2015. We are indexed in Pubmed, SCOPUS, and other leading global indexing agencies as well. In parallel with the growth of Indian Endocrinology, the authorship and readership of IJEM have increased manifold. Our authors, both Eklavyas and Arjunas, belong to all segments of endocrinology. IJEM is proud to publish editorials, reviews and original articles from leading institutes of India while providing print space to authors from nonacademic hospitals, and nonendocrine specialties. Our authorship crosses national boundaries as well.
The IJEM currently (as of 1October, 2015) has 2284 registered authors, from over 40countries. 23% of all manuscripts and 27% of original articles are from abroad, with Iran, Nigeria and Egypt submitting the most. Reviewers, numbering 241, from 30 nations, work diligently and contribute to ensure that the quality of our articles is maintained. The USA, Iran, and Pakistan contribute the largest number of reviewers outside of India.
Our National Editorial Board includes over 30 Indian academicians while the international board is honored to have 30 names, representing 25 nationalities. Over100,000 readers have accessed at least eight of our issues, with the most popular ones gathering 1.5 lakh hits. In fact, the enthusiastic response to the early South Asian guidelines  facilitated the formation of South Asian Federation of Endocrine Societies, work on other South Asian initiatives, and release of the Dhaka Declaration (2015).
Complacence, however, is the forerunner of failure. Much more needs to be done to ensure that IJEM achieves global respect in the field of endocrinology. Applying for an impact factor is a milestone that we hope to achieve in the coming years. As we strive continually to improve our standards, we need to keep all Eklavyas and Arjunas in our ambit.
To future editors, authors and reviewers, we convey this ancient Multani blessing:
"May you never sit idle", May IJEM continue to fulfill its vision and mission while ensuring that it provides a voice to the Eklavyas of Endocrinology, while remaining endocrine Arjunas' choice.
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