It is with a great sense of accomplishment that I report to the Readership that the Journal of Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (JOBIP) has now been accepted by the National Library of Medicine to be included in the Index Medicus!
Compared with the enormous expansion of the subspecialty of interventional pulmonology and the ongoing contributions of bronchoscopists to the welfare of our patients, this is indeed a much smaller step. Nevertheless, the road to this milestone has been rather long and arduous. To be specific, it has taken 19 years, 76 issues, and over 10,000 pages of scholarly publications.
Credit certainly goes to the individuals who paved the path for this journey, starting with the founders of the American Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology (AABIP). Following in the footsteps of Dr Shigeto Ikeda and the World Association for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, this team of American interventional pulmonologists laid the foundation for this important subspecialty of pulmonary medicine. Dr Udaya B. S. Prakash’s unyielding pioneering efforts during his reign as Editor-in-Chief of JOBIP between 1994 and 2003 made the Journal popular internationally. He deserves the highest recognition for this achievement. His leadership, guidance, encouragement, and tutelage have been invaluable in attaining this goal.
This achievement would not have been possible without the unwavering support from the past and present presidents of AABIP. Essential to this historic event has been the exemplary teamwork of the many editorial boards appointed over the years. The associate editors and the recent appointment of Dr David Feller-Kopman as Associate Editor-in-Chief have also been instrumental in pulling this endeavor over the finish line.
Inclusion in the Index Medicus is testimonial to the much-deserved recognition of our subspecialty. Worthy contributions by interventional pulmonologists are receiving attention from related specialties and societies, scientists, scholars, administrators, policymakers, industry, and insurance companies alike. In my opinion, this reward speaks more about our clinical contributions than of our publications. It certainly uplifts the status of our association and instates us as a worthy peer among other reputable organizations.
As I gaze into the crystal ball the future is bright. JOBIP will continue to grow qualitatively and quantitatively. As it maintains its status as an official journal for both the American and World Associations for Bronchology and Interventional Pulmonology, it will be the first choice for publishing for all those involved with pulmonary procedures throughout the world.
AABIP has enjoyed its largest membership in recent years. This special status of the Journal will further expand the membership. The Journal will bring related subspecialties, such as anesthesiology, thoracic surgery, thoracic oncology, otolaryngology, and pediatric pulmonology, closer together through their scholarly efforts. We will continue to consider invited reviews and timely controversies. In collaboration with sister societies, we will actively participate in establishing guidelines and consensus statements. We will continue to publish the printed version of the Journal for the time being, yet work toward offering an online version at a much-reduced rate to bronchoscopists from around the world. JOBIP should also facilitate the academic ambitions of bronchoscopists in a prompt manner worldwide.
Now included in the Index Medicus, our work has just begun. This special status brings in a solemn responsibility: the responsibility of supporting the art of bronchoscopy with science. We will deliver this with the highest publishing standard to maintain its international popularity.
Lung ailments are a difficult challenge, especially for developing countries. Our efforts will always be in line with international issues. Our recommendations shall remain patient-focused and cost-effective during this era of escalating health care cost. We plan to include a linguist, biostatistician, and a medical economist on our editorial board to address the increasing need for such expertise. I believe strongly that the quality of our work, which will directly impact the welfare of our patients, will rate and rank our Journal.
Once again, on behalf of the entire editorial board of JOBIP, I would like to express our sincere thanks to the founders of our organization, the contributors, the reviewers, and all other supporters for this accomplishment and for entrusting us with the prestigious responsibility. Last but not the least, Ms Claretha Bradford, Secretary-JOBIP, also deserves a huge vote of thanks for her tireless efforts in guarding the quality and punctuality of our publication.
This one small step by the JOBIP will hopefully be a giant leap in the pursuit for excellence in bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonology.