Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

They Also Serve Who Stand and Wait

Academic journal article Indian Journal of Psychiatry

They Also Serve Who Stand and Wait

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Byline: G. Swaminath

My predecessor, Dr. T S S Rao, taking over as Editor of the Indian Journal of Psychiatry (IJP), began[sup] [1] by quoting John F Kennedy "Change is the law of life...." Little did he or any one of us realize then how ironically prophetic that quote would be. The editorial board of the IJP was propelled into transformation by circumstances. The schedule of the publication of our journal was pushed into disarray. This turmoil enforced a period of a few months when the journal seemingly went into slumber. Bringing it back to the pace required to produce a quality output entailed the expenditure of great time and effort and the editorial team had to work frenetically to succeed in bringing out the last two issues in a time span of two months.

It is fashionable to keep patting the editorial team on the back, for a job voluntarily chosen. In the process, the actual contributors to the quality of the journal, mainly the triad of authors, reviewers and the publishers are rarely acknowledged.

Authors have chosen the IJP as a platform to disseminate the results of their research. Others have shared with us their wisdom or their vast knowledge. Some have shown us their literary creativity. Their involvement requires our gratitude. They have chosen to link their accomplishments with the journal and they should be complimented.

The reviewers do a thankless job of reviewing manuscripts behind the scenes. Their contributions are usually taken for granted. Their output, usually invisible, ensures the quality of the final product. It is, however, a humbling experience to witness the passion which many reviewers put into their work, the meticulousness with which they go through every line and sometimes comment on (and even painstakingly correct at times) the grammar and construction. I have had occasion to go through the comments of one overseas reviewer, a researcher on the topic of the submission, who literally rewrote the English of the manuscript, as he opined that the article, which was from another culture with deficient psychiatric infrastructure, had merit but would not pass through due to poor language. …

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