As the year draws to a close, my term as editor too is nearing an end. What an exhilarating, educational, satisfying, and emotional journey it has been. To be honest, this does bring mixed emotions to the mind: A tinge of sadness since over the years, I had thoroughly enjoyed this gratifying yet challenging job of editing; at the same time, I feel happiness in knowing that I have done the job to the best of my abilities and will leave the chair - knowing that the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology is in a better place thanks to the efforts of my predecessors and my editorial team.
On a personal front, is has been a period of tremendous growth. My circle of acquaintances, friends, and colleagues was earlier largely restricted to vitreoretinal surgeons. In the past few years as an editor, I have had the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from stalwarts of every specialty such as neuro-ophthalmology, corneal diseases, oculoplastics, and pediatric ophthalmology. These interactions have more often than not, left me enriched and humbled. In particular, one event that I enabled to create stands out for me which, I consider a small personal milestone was the World Editor's Meet - a common platform for editors of ophthalmology journals worldwide to meet, discuss issues and understand each other. Meetings like these were very insightful as it made me realize that problems such as plagiarism and recruiting good reviewers are universal issues that almost every journal seems to face. In addition to this, the scourge of predatory journals is another malady that lurks around, preying on the unsuspecting novice author.
On occasion, I have had the opportunity to come across such immaculately written review articles that have passed through from submission to publication unchanged that has left the editorial team and reviewers amazed. On the other hand, there have been some reviewers who have responded with such insightful, exhaustive, and brilliant reviews – that those reviews themselves could be articles on their own! Of course, there have been some submissions that unfortunately have been so poorly written, that they could separately be published under the section “how not to write a manuscript!” Thus, each day and every step of the editorial process has been a learning experience. It has truly been an honor being at the helm of this wonderful journal, knowing that what the editor allows to be published in this journal can potentially change the way ophthalmology is practiced.
More importantly, working with our section editors and reviewers – many of whom are young – has left me very assured that the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology's future lies in safe hands.
1. Thomas R. Reducing endophthalmitis in India: An example of the importance of critical appraisal Indian J Ophthalmol. 2010;58:560–2
2. Ravindran RD, Venkatesh R, Chang D, Sengupta S. Reply to “reducing endophthalmitis in India: An example of the importance of critical appraisal” Indian J Ophthalmol. 2011;59:412–4