Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012, India
Department of Clinical Pharmacology, Seth G. S. Medical College and K. E. M. Hospital, Parel, Mumbai - 400 012
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Kshirsagar N. Foreword.J Postgrad Med 2004;50:163-163
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The twin institutions of the Seth GS Medical College & KEM Hospital established in1926 have completed 78 glorious years. During this period, they have been torch bearers of medical excellence. Apart from being in the forefront of patient care and research, one of the pioneering achievements of the staff society of these institutions has been the Journal of Postgraduate medicine which completes 50 glorious years.
This remarkable journey of the Journal has been marked by trials and tribulations. This multidisciplinary journal was started in 1955. It was the vision of Dr. RG Dhayagude that a journal be brought out where the work done at the institutions could be disseminated and shared with a wider audience. During the silver jubilee celebration in 1951, Dr. Dhayagude raised sufficient funds to set up a research society, which in turn funded a quarterly journal. The sad demise of Dr Dhayagude in 1954, did not enable him to see his dream reach fruition and the first issue of the journal was then dedicated to his memory. Over the last few decades, several editors have helped make the journal what it is- Dr NM Purandare, Dr UK Sheth, Dr RS Satoskar, Dr SD Bhandarkar and Dr Alan Almeida and Dr K Radhakrishna Murthy. Apart from the chief editors, many associate, assistant, consulting and managing editors have contributed to the phenomenal success of the journal.
The journal has many firsts to its credit. It was the first journal in India to start a web based article submission and tracking system, the first in India to adopt an on-line manuscript management system, and the first society-run journal in India to provide a CD with every issue. Today, the journal receives submissions from all over the world, has an international panel of reviewers with over 1500 experts, and is indexed with a large number of bibliographic databases. Accolades have also poured in including a 7 point rating (PageRank) by Google, Excellent Medical site and Golden web award.
Writing, editing and publishing are the heart and soul of research. For the benefit of society at large, information from a study should be made available to it and be accessible by it easily. Dissemination of research work is imperative for it to become knowledge. With this view in mind, the editorial board has organized an International conference on medical writing, editing and publishing from 23rd-26th September 2004. The conference is the first of its kind in a developing country and has drawn faculty from far and wide. The topics and the faculty has been aptly chosen to navigate the medical community through the ocean of scientific communication.
From here on, the journal embarks upon a journey that will lead to its centenary and I do hope that this will be marked by many more laurels and milestones. I also wish this conference a grand success.
With best wishes,