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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2  

Publication process at Lung India: Some FAQs and the editorial perspective


Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, SMS Medical College Hospital, Jaipur, India

Date of Web Publication16-Jan-2013

Correspondence Address:
Virendra Singh
Division of Allergy and Pulmonary Medicine, Department of Medicine, SMS Medical College Hospital, Jaipur
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.106117

PMID: 23661907

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Singh V, Sharma BB. Publication process at Lung India: Some FAQs and the editorial perspective. Lung India 2013;30:1-2

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Singh V, Sharma BB. Publication process at Lung India: Some FAQs and the editorial perspective. Lung India [serial online] 2013 [cited 2014 Apr 17];30:1-2. Available from: http://www.lungindia.com/text.asp?2013/30/1/1/106117

With great affection and enthusiasm from all of us in helping our much loved journal, the Lung India has completed 30 years in August 2012. [1],[2] We are entering a fresh year 2013 with this publication.

Publication process has become more and more demanding task over the years. We must appreciate the efforts of young and dynamic as well as experienced reviewers, authors, and readers in making this daunting task look astonishingly easy. We are now receiving increasing number of good articles from reputable institutes from all over the world. Similarly we have a growing list of reviewers as new referees are added every time when a manuscript is sent for a fresh peer review process. Referees are subject experts and are selected on the basis of the subject of manuscript. We try to help this process in making flawless and unbiased judgments that are very important for the health of the scientific literature.

Plagiarism used to be a serious issue over past few years. We highlighted this issue in some of our previous editorials and the post graduate education desk. [3] The effect of this propagation of information was quite obvious. Last year we received relatively clean manuscripts with hardly any plagiarized text. This is positive change in the behavior of authors and deserves great appreciation from all of us. We think that lack of awareness is the most important reason behind such behavior.

Your feedbacks in the form of letter to editor or the emails are extremely important for us and the website personnel to bring about continuous improvement in the journal. Last year we received most intelligently written comments, letters and emails on different subjects. Most significant are those commenting on the publication process. We want to highlight some of the queries or suggestions we received on improvement of the journal's publication process during past year.


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We are already publishing articles on the website as web-publication, which usually appears a month earlier than the print issue. e-publication of all the accepted articles is a very good suggestion. This will encourage the authors to submit more articles in Lung India as their articles will be published within a short time. But, many accepted articles need major editing before these can be put on the web. Many authors in fact do not bother to make any changes in their articles once the articles are in preaccepted phase. Most of the corrections are regarding small issues such as confirmation of author's names and the department, providing short running title, correcting key words, minor defects in figures or tables, rectifying order of references, and checking mistakes in the citation of references. Both editorial and publishing teams have pretty hard time in finding out and correcting arbitrarily written references. It is the responsibility of authors to provide correct references written exactly in the journal's style. One should also note that preaccepted is not equivalent to final acceptance. Therefore, we request all the authors having their articles in preaccepted phase to be very vigilant in making author revisions based on the points just mentioned above. Please give due attention to the queries marked by 'Qs', for example, Q1, Q2, Q3, etc., on your manuscript. If you have any difficulty in answering these queries you can contact us or the publishing team through email as many times as you require.

If the quality of articles in this phase is improved we can directly put these articles as e-publication. We can also allow comments/letter from readers on the e-published articles. Some of the comments/letters can thus be published in the same print issue.


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We do not yet have any specific rules regarding priority publication but we think that any article containing an urgent issue related to public health policy making may be considered for quick publication. In addition, the reviewers surely would give full weightage to the most significant scientific work. Such articles are less likely to be stuck in the publication process due to small issues. Other articles of high scientific values and nicely written articles may not be published earlier but definitely need appreciation. For this we have already started Lung India awards in 2010, which are given in various categories during National Conference on Pulmonary Diseases (NAPCON) conference. [4]

The Lung India awards for year 2012 were given away during award session of Indian Chest Society's annual general body meeting held at NAPCON conference in Orissa. A team of three experts constituted the awards committee. All the original articles and letter to editor were ranked on the basis of predefined objective parameters. The website records were analyzed for selection of the best referee and the prompt referees. Dr. Naveen Kalra of Radiodiagnosis department of PGIMER, Chandigarh was selected for the best original article award. Dr. Nayanjeet Chaudhury of Population Services International, New Delhi, Dr. Yatan Pal Singh Balhara of National Drug Dependence Treatment Centre (NDDTC) AIIMS, New Delhi, and Dr. George D'souza of Tobacco Cessation Clinic, Department of Chest Medicine, St. John's Medical College Hospital, Bangalore were selected for the outstanding original article awards. Dr. Sibes Kumar Das of Department of Respiratory Medicine, Medical College, Kolkata was rewarded with the best letter to editor award. Dr. S.K. Chhabra of Patel Chest Institute, Delhi received the best referee award. The prompt referees' awards were given to Dr. S.K. Sharma of AIIMS, New Delhi, Dr. Arun Madan of Sharda Medical College and Hospital, Noida, NCR, and Dr. Ramakant Dixit, JLN Medical College, Ajmer. We congratulate them and wish all of them a great success in their future carrier.

Another interesting suggestion that we received recently was that to improve the quality of submission we should organize workshops on review and publication process during NAPCON conference. This is a wonderful suggestion and we will communicate it to the appropriate authorities before the next conference.

Many authors communicated to us to know in which issue their article is appearing. Manuscript list depends on manuscript type, for example, Original article, manuscript number, for example, xxx_13, and the availability of completed manuscripts just before the process of preparation of an issue. We have a major limit imposed on the total number of articles published per issue. Only six-to-seven articles can be selected from each of the categories. At present the 'Ahead of print' list at the website contains articles to be published in any of the next 2-3 issues. This is creating confusion for many authors. We have asked the publishing team to put only those articles in 'Ahead of print' list, which are destined to be published in the immediate next issue.

We acknowledge the sincere contribution of young authors and reviewers especially Dr. Sajal De of Department of Tuberculosis and Respiratory Diseases, Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Medical Sciences, Sevagram, for providing important feedbacks on improvement of the publication process.

We on behalf of the editorial team, wish you all much affection, health, and happiness in New Year. We wish and pray that the year 2013 and beyond will be better than the past years.

 
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1.Singh V. Lung India: 30 years of my association. Lung India 2012;29:203-4.  Back to cited text no. 1
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2.Jindal SK, Shankar PS, Vijayan VK, Kamat SR, Deivanayagan CN. Down the memory lane: Lung India three decades. Lung India 2012;29:205-11.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Sharma BB, Singh V. Ethics in writing: Learning to stay away from plagiarism and scientific misconduct. Lung India 2011;28:148-50.  Back to cited text no. 3
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4.Singh V. Lung India awards. Lung India 2012;29:1.  Back to cited text no. 4
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