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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 50  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 69-70

Need for the publication of a national association's journal by a professional and commercial publishing organization

1 Ex-Assistant Professor, Seth G. S. Medical College and KEM Hospital, Visiting Consultant Occupational Therapist, C/o NM Medical, Malad, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
2 Director and Consultant, Occupational Therapy and Rehabilitation, Rehabcare, Lucknow and Deenbandhu Rehabilitation Center, Ayodhya, Faizabad, Uttar Pradesh, India
3 Director and Occupational Therapist, Comprehensive Therapy Centre, Ex-Dean, Pad. Dr. D. Y. Patil College of Occupational Therapy, Nerul, Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Web Publication9-Nov-2018

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0445-7706.244547

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Solanki PV, Srivastava AK, Oberai S. Need for the publication of a national association's journal by a professional and commercial publishing organization. Indian J Occup Ther 2018;50:69-70

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Solanki PV, Srivastava AK, Oberai S. Need for the publication of a national association's journal by a professional and commercial publishing organization. Indian J Occup Ther [serial online] 2018 [cited 2022 Oct 6];50:69-70. Available from: http://www.ijotonweb.org/text.asp?2018/50/3/69/244547

The Indian Journal of Occupational Therapy (IJOT) is an esteemed, national, scientific, peer-reviewed, quarterly, official publication of All India Occupational Therapists' Association (AIOTA), started by the first editor Dr. Kamla Vishnu Nimbkar in 1955. The journal received its ISSN registration number in 1956. Since then, it is being published regularly till date, with the year 2018 embarking its 50th volume.

Scientific journal of any national health-care organization acts as a strong pillar, in disseminating the evidence- and research-based knowledge, which guides professional practice and further research. Since its inception, IJOT, as any other Indian national health-care publication, has been in print form till the year 2000 and has gradually entered the electronic platform in the web world since the past two decades or so, i.e., since 2001 in the national databases of Indian medical journals at the link: http://medind.nic.in/. The ever-demanding need of the fastest growing digital world has necessitated the availability of IJOT in digital form too, for faster and authentic dissemination of scientific knowledge as well as optimizing the standards of this publication for occupational therapists globally.

Over the past few decades, the scientific publication community has evolved intensely, with many new reformations coming up almost annually. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, a small working group of general medical journal editors, has laid down the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and these are revised annually.[1] These ever-changing recommendations demand that all national health-care journals adhere to these guidelines for improvising the standards and quality of publication and thereby the authenticity of the journal.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH)-chartered committee of the National Library of Medicine, i.e., the Literature Selection Technical Review Committee, has laid down the set criteria to review and endorse biomedical and health-related life science journals for including in MEDLINE® database.[2] The primary criterion as per the committee is to create a journal's website. As per this criterion, the IJOT website was first developed in the year 2016. The NIH-chartered committee also demands eXtensible markup language-tagged citation data, which require a trained and professional personnel as well as the software, which comes with an added cost. These tasks require a lot of backlog work to be refined and also to prospectively reform newer working methods as regards journal publication.

The University Grants Commission (UGC) has drafted the scope, coverage, and methodology criteria used for preparing the UGC-approved list of journals.[3] It is mandatory for any Indian journal to be listed as approved, for the purpose of career advancement scheme and direct recruitment of teachers and other academic staff as required under the UGC (minimum qualifications for appointment of teachers and other academic staff in universities and colleges) Regulation, 2016. These criteria require advanced skills, expertise, software, and full-time personnel to devote many hours for improvising the standards, quality, and indexing status of a journal. Currently, IJOT is listed in the UGC database under the subject: Health science, with the journal number: 20827, and is being reviewed further by the UGC committee, for the latest upgrades.

IJOT's editorial work since inception has been managed by the occupational therapy editors and officials of AIOTA on an honorary basis. Most of the officials, being full-time occupational therapists, are currently required to devote lot many hours for the journal's honorary activities due to many reformations required as per global criterions, for improvising the standards of the journal, especially the online transformation and indexing procedure. Due to time constraints, requirement of a skilled and expert personnel, and software for indexing purpose, a need was felt unanimously in the IJOT Editorial Board meeting to outsource the journal publication work to a commercial and professional publishing house, which was also approved in the AIOTA Executive Meeting. Hence, the IJOT work is being outsourced to Wolters Kluwer India Private Limited since IJOT 2018: Volume 50, Issue 3, onward.

Medknow with its operating office at Mumbai is a publication house of Wolters Kluwer India Private Limited, which provides publishing services for peer-reviewed, online, and print-plus-online journals in medicine, on behalf of societies and associations, with a focus on emerging markets. Medknow helps medical societies disseminate research, thus supporting the transformation of research into knowledge. It operates based on the open-access model of publishing services, thus providing unrestricted online access to peer-reviewed scholarly research, and offers publishing services to over 350 medical society journals in over 40 specialties.[4]

The IJOT board aspires to achieve all its targets and goals, as defined and recorded, based on ICJME, MEDLINE®, and UGC Regulation, 2016, with the proactive and professional support from Medknow group of Wolters Kluwer India Private Limited, as outsourced, mutually agreed, and signed memorandum of understanding in May 2018.

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International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. About ICMJE. USA. Available from: http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/. [Last accessed on 2018 Aug 02].  Back to cited text no. 1
FAQ: Journal Selection for MEDLINE® Indexing at NLM. USA. Available from: https://www.nlm.nih.gov/lstrc/j_sel_faq.html. [Last updated on 2018 Jul 23; Last accessed on 2018 Aug 02].  Back to cited text no. 2
Scope, Coverage and Methodology Used for Preparing the UGC-approved List of Journals. University Grants Commission. New Delhi, India. Available from: https://www.ugc.ac.in/journallist/methodology.pdf. [Last accessed on 2018 Aug 02].  Back to cited text no. 3
©Wolters Kluwer (India) Private Limited. India. Available from: http://www.medknow.com/. [Last accessed on 2018 Aug 28].  Back to cited text no. 4


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