|Year : 2012 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Farewell from the Chief Editors
Rashmi Shah1, Rama Vaidya2
1 Ex Senior Deputy Director, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (ICMR), India
2 Dean, Medical Research Centre, Kasturba Health Society, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
|Date of Web Publication||20-Jul-2012|
Ex Senior Deputy Director, National Institute for Research in Reproductive Health (ICMR)
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Shah R, Vaidya R. Farewell from the Chief Editors. J Mid-life Health 2012;3:1-2
The Indian Menopause Society was launched in 1995 by the foresight of the founder members; Dr. Urvashi Jha as the Founder Secretary and Dr. Rama Vaidya as Founder President along with many eminent multidisciplinary experts like Internists, Surgeons- Orthopedic and Breast Surgeon, Rheumatolost, Psychiatrist, Medical endocrinologist, and Oncologist. It was then decided that it would be mandatory to maintain the multidisciplinary nature of the society and its chapters as the society will grow. This is reflected in the specificity of multidisciplinary theme areas and spectrum of topics covered at the annual meetings of the IMS. IMS has continued to grow and progress by leaps and bounds under the leadership of subsequent presidents and their enthusiastic executive team members. By the year 2009, it was time for the rapidly growing vibrant young society to have its own journal. The Journal Committee was formed in 2009 during Dr. Sunila Khandelwal's Presidential tenure with Dr. Khadelwal as the founder editor. During the learning curve, as the final shape was being given to the multiple facets of the journal, help came from various quarters from within the society and some of the editors of the other journals. Initiating the journal was a great learning experience with our share of anxiety, to get the journal on its feet. Starting work from scratch, right from deciding on the publisher for the journal, to designing the cover page and giving a name to the journal was a herculean task. Finally, we were very joyful when the first issue of "Journal of Mid-Life Health (JMH)" was released in August 2010. Subsequently messages of appreciation came from various quarters with best wishes for its continuity and sustenance of its quality. 
We were very happy to have selected Medknow Publications and Media Pvt. Ltd, a leading international publishing company in the area of health science, as our publishers. Medknow is one of the largest open access publishers of print journals in the world which does not charge author or author institution for submission, processing or publication of articles. Medknow has successfully put in place an original electronic manuscript submission and peer review system. There was immense satisfaction when just after 3 issues were released that JMH got included in Pubmed.
Dr. Sahu, Managing Director of Medknow had personally extended help in the initial days of JMH, which had shortened our learning curve and had soon made us independent while assuring his helping hand during trouble shooting. Though it was disappointing to learn that Dr. Sahu had decided to bid adieu to all of us and as Medknow journals were ready for one step ahead through a global partnership. He informed us that Medknow has been acquired by Wolters Kluwer, a leading global information provider. Wolters Kluwer is known throughout the world as the authoritative source of current, highly regarded information and research tools. We hope that the journal will continue to benefit and grow with the expertise and marketing network of Wolters Kluwer as well as their sensitivity for the needs, aspirations and expectations of the physicians and scientists of developing countries.
A few words of comments and suggestions to the members of our society. We are happy that the journal has also started getting manuscripts from authors from outside India. However, we request the society members to share their observational data and/or results of planned studies through JMH by submitting their manuscripts to the journal. It was this hope expressed by the founder editor that Indian experience in the area of menopausal health-care will not only get generated but shared through the society's own journal. Several e-mail exchanges and an intense debate amongst members following a news Item about one Bharati Devi, a 66 years old, giving birth to triplets prompted us to invite Dr. Parul Kotadawala to write his view point on the subject of "Grand Mother Pregnancies".  We sought several members' opinion about the topic and wrote an editorial on motherhood beyond biological boundaries.  Majority of the members expressed that we should follow limiting IVF-ET services up to 45 years, the age limit formally outlined in ICMR guidelines for Assisted Reproductive Techniques. We encourage and invite members to express their views on important topics related to menopausal health issues in "View Point" section or through letters to editors of the journal. It is timely that a work shop on medical writing is now being organized by the society. This will certainly facilitate and enhance abilities for scientific writing amongst members of the society.
JMH is a peer-reviewed journal. We have been fortunate to get the submitted manuscripts reviewed by member/nonmember multidisciplinary experts. However, often there are delays because we don't get responses of their acceptance to review within stipulated time frame of 21 days. It seems that the other national and international journals are also experiencing similar difficulties to motivate experts to review the manuscripts submitted to their journals. Time constraints with competing priorities might not be providing enough inclination to do more work and at times for intellectually less satisfying rewards.
The time has now come for the committee to hand over the charge to the new team in August 2012. We take this opportunity to thank Dr. Sunila Khandelwal and the Executive Committee Members to have had the faith in our ability to initiate the journal.
It has been a pleasure to have worked with all the individuals who contributed in the release of the first five issues published to date. This includes those who submitted manuscripts, reviewers, section editors and the entire team of Medknow and recently the team of Medknow Publication and Media Pvt. Ltd a division of Wolters Kluwer. It may not be possible to thank everyone individually, but we would like to express our appreciation to all who have made important contributions to the quality of the journal.
It is with great joy and pride that we pass on this responsibility to our successors, Dr. Sonia Mallik, Dr. Duru Shah and their team. We are sure that they will take the JMH to greater heights.
Being Editors of JMH has been a privilege and a learning experience. As the saying goes, "All good things must come to an end."
| References|| |
|1.||Journal of Mid-Life Health. Words of appreciation. J Midlife Health 2010;2:100-1. |
|2.||Kotdawala P. Grandmother pregnancies: A medical hara-kiri? J Midlife Health 2010;1:38-40. |
|3.||Vaidya R, Shah R. "Brave old" motherhood: Beyond biological boundaries. J Midlife Health 2010;1:3-4. |