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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 59  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 20

IJMR - A flagship journal of ICMR enters into centenary year

ICMR, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi, India

Date of Web Publication22-Mar-2013

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R Kant
ICMR, V. Ramalingaswami Bhawan, Ansari Nagar, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/0022-3859.109484

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In the early part of the 20 th century, when India was reeling under the ravages of many life-threatening diseases like malaria, filariasis, kala-azar, plague, tuberculosis, leprosy, etc. and medical research was gradually gaining momentum with the opening of many research institutes of highest standard including Indian Research Fund Association (erstwhile Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) in 1911, there was no journal to disseminate the scientific knowledge. Also, most of the work carried out in India was being published in British journals or remained buried in the files of the government offices. A new era in biomedical research was started in the year 1913 to fill this gap, when Indian Journal of Medical Research (IJMR) was started by the ICMR (then IRFA). The journal was mandated to publish research work conducted in India related to public health and hygiene, prevalent communicable and infectious diseases, etc. The first issue of the IJMR was published in July 1913. Sir Pardey Lukis, the then Director General, Indian Medical Services (IMS), was the first editor of the IJMR.

IJMR was initially started as a quarterly publication with four issues in a year from 1913 to 1957, but with effect from 1958 it was made bimonthly and from 1964 became monthly and is continuing with the same periodicity. During the period, between 1954 and 2006, 18 supplements on the topics ranging from toxemias, hepatitis, and Kyasanur Forest Disease (KFD) to 100 years of malaria research and streptococcal research to HPV were brought out and 22 special issues on topics ranging from cholera, dengue, chikungunya, malaria, and aging to tuberculosis research and from leishmaniasis to metal toxicity and HIV/AIDS were published between 1964 and 2011. Special sections on maternal and child nutrition, cardiovascular disease research, and hemoglobinopathies were also brought out between 2009 and 2011. More extended contributions on special subjects were published as special number known as Indian Medical Research Memoirs, a supplementary series to the IJMR, and a total of 38 volumes on topics like plague, kala-azar, medicinal plants, rabies, filariasis, malaria, and anopheline mosquitoes were brought out between 1924 and 1954. All the articles published in IJMR, since its inception, have now been made available in pdf format in searchable interface with online editorial processing and management system.

With effect from July 2012, when IJMR has entered into its centenary year; it still remains the top most biomedical journal in India, even after 100 years of its history, and has maintained high quality of all global standards and is indexed by all major global awareness and alerting services. The current Impact Factor of IJMR is 1.837, which is the highest among Indian biomedical journals. It is expected that IJMR will continue to benefit vast global biomedical fraternity and attain new heights in the coming years.

The Editor - in - Chief of the British Medical Journal, Dr. Fiona Godlee visited the Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital, Mumbai with her team of Editors on the 7 th February 2013 and interacted with the faculty of the institutes and editorial board members of the Journal of Postgraduate Medicine.


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