More than 5 years have passed since the publication of the first issue of Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal. This journal has been launched as the official Journal of the Egyptian Paediatric Surgical Association (EPSA). The vision of Annals of Pediatric Surgery was clear: ‘to be recognized as one of the outstanding international pediatric surgical journals’. The name of the journal was chosen carefully to indicate this global vision, and not to be limited to only one national pediatric surgical association.
One year later, the journal was recognized as the official journal of the Mediterranean Association of Pediatric Surgeons during the 6th Congress of Mediterranean Association of Pediatric Surgeons, which was held in Barcelona from 19 to 21 October 2006. In the same year, the Pan African Pediatric Surgical Association (PAPSA) indorsed the journal during the biennial PAPSA meeting in Mombasa, Kenya on 23rd November 2006. The Pan Arab Association of Pediatric Surgeons approved the journal as the official Journal of the PAPSA in Abu Dhabi on February 2008. This rapid recognition increased the responsibility to maintain and to steadily develop the journal.
When the journal was born, a question was raised: do we really need a new journal in the presence of three well-known international journals of pediatric surgery? Professor Alexander Holschneider, the former Editor-in-Chief of the European Journal of Pediatric Surgery, clearly answered this question in his preface to the inaugural issue. Professor Holschneider stated that ‘the reasons for founding the Annals of Pediatric Surgery are quite clear. Only a very few manuscripts written by pediatric surgeons from the Middle Eastern or African countries are accepted by international journals, the vast majority is published in local journals or only in the abstract booklets of local or regional congresses. A regional journal edited by a well-known Paediatric Surgical Association with an excellent international reputation could be a stimulus for many investigators to prepare clinical data not only for a local or regional conference but also for a wider public and could intensify the efforts in clinical and basic research of a country. The rejection rate of the international journals is high and the publication time is long. This could be different in this journal. Besides, publications in a national or a regional journal could be of importance for the personal carrier of an individual Pediatric Surgeon’ .
During the past 5 years, the Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal has striven to fill an important niche that provides focus to clinical care, technical innovation, and clinical research. As Professor Azizkhan mentioned ‘the sustainability and longevity of this exciting journal will clearly depend on a steady stream of consistent high-quality contributions by pediatric surgeons that the readers find of interest’ .
Despite several difficulties and challenges, the Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal continued to achieve its mission ‘to serve as a high quality scientific venue to publish and promote scientific works related to surgical care of children, and to help regional general and specialized pediatric surgeons to bring their research to light and to make it to be more visible to the global pediatric surgical community’ .
Currently, this journal is indexed at the Index Copernicus International (http://journals.indexcopernicus.com), the index Medicus WHO EMR (http://www.emro.who.int/emrjorlist), and the African Journals Online (http://ajol.info/index.php/aps/index).
On October 2010, a huge step forward was achieved. According to the highest potential for international acceptance, the Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal was nominated by the Academy of Scientific Research and Technology (ASRT)/Egyptian National Scientific and Technical Information Network (ENSTINET) for inclusion in an agreement with Wolters Kluwer Health | Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW), which is considered to be one of the eminent medical publishers worldwide. The publisher, in cooperation with the ASRT/ENSTINET has chosen the Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal in that agreement.
LWW will provide the journal with a peer review and editorial management software system to facilitate the review and publication processes. The journal will be published under the LWW imprint and will be included in the list of LWW journals. LWW will promote and market the journal as part of that core list and load the journal on the Ovid platform for sale and distribution globally. The publisher will follow all processes leading to global citation, reporting, rating, and indexing and will create a new journal website for the Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal.
Starting with the current issue, the journal format and style have been entirely changed. The magnificent picture showing King Akhenaton and his beautiful wife, Nefertiti, carrying their royal children, who were portrayed by ancient Egyptian artists for the first time, was retained on the cover (Fig. 1) [3-4].
I would like to thank all members of the editorial board, reviewers, staff at editorial office, and all authors for their support toward this journal. Special thanks is owed to the staff at ENSTINET and LWW who are working hard at this critical stage of the development of the journal. I hope Annals of Pediatric Surgery journal will continue to serve not only pediatric surgeons in the Middle East and North Africa but will also be an important conduit for scientific information on a very broad international level.
1. Holschneider A. Preface. Ann Pediatr Surg. 2005;1:1
2. Azizkhan R. Preface. Ann Pediatr Surg. 2006;2:1
3. Elhalaby E, Hashish ACarachi R, Young DG, Büyükünal C. Egypt. A history of surgical paediatrics. 20091st ed London World Scientific Publishing Co. Pte. Ltd:135–151