“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings”
–William Arthur Ward
One of the last tasks for me as the Editor of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology is writing this editorial. In the past, this journal's editorials have been about important scientific issues such as predatory journals, ethics in publishing and impact factor as well as clinically relevant subjects such as pharmacovigilance, ophthalmic genetics, smartphones in ophthalmology, and the importance of ergonomics at the workplace. An editorial of a scientific journal is usually meant to express a point of view, persuade readers or perhaps constructively criticize situations, or at times, praise and recommend decisions that affect the readers at large. This editorial, however, is unlike these: no praise, criticism, or persuasion; this editorial is about gratitude.
I thank the readers of the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology and the members of the All India Ophthalmological Society for reposing their faith in me and allowing me to serve them in the best way I could as an editor to this journal, which is an institution in itself. I wish to express my gratitude to the hundreds of authors who have chosen the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology to be the platform to share their research on. The journal's section editors and reviewers have done a phenomenal job in assessing over a thousand papers each year for the past 3 years consecutively. I express my gratitude to them and my editorial team - Dr. Chaitra Jayadev, Dr. Radhika Krishnan, Dr. Akshay G. Nair, and T R Nagaraj who have worked often times at odd hours against deadlines to deliver. The editorial team at MedKnow also deserves compliments - especially Pritesh Sheth and Mangesh Kamble for bearing with our idiosyncrasies and doing a great job.
While I can assure the readers that the journal's peer-review procedure and editorial integrity remain unblemished, I do not harbor any illusions that the journal's submission and publishing processes are perfect. From the feedback gathered, we have refined the submission process over the past few years, and we have also shared the issues with the incoming editorial team who, I trust, will rectify it further to create a smooth and seamless publishing experience for authors.
Scientific publishing is all about bringing to light new data, facts, and interpretation that lead to a better understanding of science itself. I know that in the past few years, the Indian Journal of Ophthalmology has done just that – truthfully and without prejudice, pride, and politics. I sincerely hope that it remains forever the future direction of this journal as well.
I welcome Santosh Honavar whom I have known for many years as an astute clinician and a methodological researcher. His scientific approach will benefit the journal immensely.