Indian Journal of Pain

: 2022  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 69-

From the desk of new editor-in-chief

Samarjit Dey 
 Editor-in-Chief, Indian Journal of Pain

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Dr. Samarjit Dey
Associate Professor, Department of Anaesthesiology, AIIMS Mangalagiri, Andhra Pradesh-522503

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It is my great pleasure to write this first Editorial for the Indian Journal of Pain as the new Editor-in-Chief. I must say that the new role requires filling the great shoes of my predecessors, right from its inception in 1985 as “Indpain,” with Dr. Sudharshan Yajnik. On behalf of the Editorial Board of the Indian Journal of Pain, its authors, reviewers, and readers, I would like to thank our outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Hammad Usmani, who has invested significant efforts to advance the profile of the Indian Journal of Pain. I shall strive to keep the wheel rolling and keep up the momentum of growth. Although I anticipate huge challenges in this dynamic era of too many scholarly journals, I am committed to improving the quality of publications, increasing the impact factor, and keeping the journal relevant in the field of pain medicine. We as the editorial team hope to provide a pleasant submission experience for the authors, aim for a shorter submission to decision time, and shall strive to respond to any authors' concerns in a timely manner. The methodological quality of publications has improved dramatically over the last 10–15 years, influenced by reporting standards guidelines such as CONSORT (parallel-group randomized controlled trials), STROBE (observational epidemiology), STARD (diagnostic accuracy), and PRISMA (systematic reviews); details are freely available through the EQUATOR network (Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research; We encourage all authors to work to these standards. Such emphasis on methodological rigor is vital to ensure that conclusions reached from publications contained in the Indian Journal of Pain are valid and reliable. We warmly welcome submissions from the scientific community and industry partners. I also do appreciate the indispensable contribution of the reviewers and guest editors to deliver these objectives. With the Journal's strong foundation, this Editorial Team sees no need for a revolution. We shall continue to implement reforms and referendums that move us incrementally toward our goal of getting the Indian Journal of Pain indexed.

We are also in the process of experimenting with new article formats, including clinical image section (which is included in the current issue), which would aid more contributions from the private practitioner's forum. Additional supplements catering to special interest group in neuropathic pain, minimally invasive pain and spine interventions, radiofrequency ablation in pain medicine, regenerative medicine, etc., have also been planned. We are also planning few workshops for scientific writing to be organized by the Indian Journal of Pain under the umbrella of the Indian Society of Pain (ISSP).

I am fortunate to be supported by an efficient team. My perception is that early and mid-career pain physicians should be encouraged to take responsibilities to take the journal to greater heights. Let us not oblige the supremacy anymore. The young and robust editorial team work incredibly hard, particularly in the assessment and processing of submitted articles. Our association with our publisher Wolters Kluwer-Medknow has been wonderful, ensuring we are at the forefront of burgeoning in the specialized domain of publishing. The Indian Journal of Pain has been backed by the ISSP, and stalwarts in the field of pain medicine have provided it unquivering support. We are fortunate to have them as ambassadors for the journal. We are also in talks with a stellar cast of experts to be on our international advisory board, which comprises individuals of the highest standing in pain medicine.

Long live Indian Journal of Pain and ISSP.