I present this overdue issue with an apology—the delay was due to conditions beyond my control. However, in the interim I realized that IJAR has achieved a status of its own—among my peers, seniors, as well as young and enthusiastic students. I have already received the 167th article in this year, and it is time to revisit some statistics.
The Journal is a quarterly, peer-reviewed, international publication of the Department of AYUSH, Government of India offering free access to its contents. “Born” on the 12th of September 2008, it has been online since 5th March 2009 with the first issue being the Jan-March 2010 one. Apart from PubMed (since July 2010), the IJAR is also indexed in other services, allowing for a wide access to the literature published.
IJAR was envisaged to offer a common platform for publication of research in Ayurveda, promote a research culture among students of Ayurveda, update research in traditional medicine in the country and abroad, and have a special section for research students giving them a direction for their future goals.
The Journal works fully online—through an interactive Web site—allowing authors, reviewers, the editorial board as well as the journal administration to access articles and follow through the progress. We have been receiving a steadily increasing number of articles over the years (2009:67 2010:225 2011:166) and have an approximate rejection rate of 45% on an average. And although we have an acceptance rate of around 40%, we actually publish around 20% of these due to space constraints.
The statistics show that the turnaround time is around 3 months. Interestingly, we have more than 650 authors registered with the site and more than 330 have actually submitted manuscripts. More than 30 manuscripts are from abroad (almost 20 being original articles).
Although this appears to be a rosy picture, there is still much to do to improve quality of the manuscripts submitted. Apart from language and grammatical issues, efforts are needed at a national level to elevate the level of the research methodology—the Journal runs articles on statistics to aid students to use the appropriate statistical tools in their research. Adequately powered studies are needed to improve the quality of the research. The maximum manuscripts are pharmacology papers and I believe we should in the next year attract more basic Ayurveda papers that address questions that explore mechanisms of some basic concepts in Ayurveda (even Ayurvedic pharmacology).
We must strive to get cited more in the coming years—the dream is to get more authors, more reviewers, and finally some sort of impact factor.
I must thank all my current referees and the editorial board who have been the pillars of strength for this journal and I cannot thank them enough. All the credit for the success of IJAR goes to all these individuals .