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EDITORIAL
Year : 2012  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 73

From the Editor's desk


BDS and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Mumbai, India

Date of Web Publication10-Oct-2012

Correspondence Address:
Rajiv S Khosla
BDS and Diplomate of the International Congress of Oral Implantologists, Mumbai
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0974-6781.102203

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Khosla RS. From the Editor's desk. J Dent Implant 2012;2:73

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Khosla RS. From the Editor's desk. J Dent Implant [serial online] 2012 [cited 2014 Aug 30];2:73. Available from: http://www.jdionline.org/text.asp?2012/2/2/73/102203

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"The sole function of education is to open the way to thinking and knowing, and any journal worth its name must serve that end exclusively."

When we flip through the pages of a new implant journal, what is it that attracts our attention? Where do we land initially or at least read the abstract of? Chances are that clinical articles are the first halt. Of course, many of us, as clinicians, want to enhance our repertoires with newer techniques and also improve upon the techniques that we already use. Different implant hardware companies make different types of implant surfaces, different screw attachment systems, etc. Perhaps, an unbiased article would lead the reader to try using a different system, if only to make it easier with the prosthetics, or to enhance the creation of an emergence profile, or facilitate impression taking, etc.

Underlying all these clinical practicalities is the foundation of basic and clinical research. The justification of our implant procedural efforts and anticipated high success rates should be based on the outcomes of basic research. Without these research articles, the evidence of which a clinician is supposed to rely on to substantiate various clinical procedures, he/she would land in uncertain territory. After all, our work is not pipe-fitting or carpentry, although it may seem to be just that at times. Some research articles can even capture our visual senses because of the photos or finite element analyses documentation, while others may appear to be "dry" because of the lack of pictorials, especially if graphics do not apply to these specific projects. Such research articles help to lay the foundation for the success of our clinical endeavors, stimulate our minds, and bring us back to why we learned histology, physiology, and biochemistry.

Obviously, a professional publication would not exist without contributors and you can rest assured that the Journal of Dental Implants is not lacking in submissions. Nor is it lacking in balance, inclusion, global representation, or integrity. The journal's integrity requires that there be no bias by the editors. Once a manuscript has been accepted to become a full-fledged article, each author/co-author must disclose their industry affiliations. We also have to rely on contributors whose submissions are original, not having been published elsewhere, and not having succumbed to plagiarism. Once the stage of integrity is set, the global arena of inclusion and representation must be considered. Implant dentistry is not the domain of one region. There are many researchers and clinicians worldwide, who have the knowledge and experience and whose stories make it worthwhile to share with ISOI members as well as other readers. Also, there can be no room for elitism. A helping hand needs to be extended to the neophyte contributor. After all, every famous clinician was once a first-time author. This requires editorial acceptance and nurturing.

Indexing and abstracting services facilitate the broadest dissemination of information by pointing researchers to articles that are relevant to the field. Once a journal is launched and has a track record of timely publication and solid content, it is appropriate to contact indexing and abstracting services for consideration. Scientific "peer review" has been defined as the evaluation of research findings for competence, significance, and originality by qualified experts who act as sentinels on the road of scientific discovery and publication. Their reviews attempt to ensure the quality of scientific information, an act essential to reducing misinformation and confusion. The peer-review and indexing process has helped us select a great proportion of original articles of high quality for the benefit of our members. We now have many paid subscribers, who eagerly look forward to the release of the new issue (the web announcement and release always precedes the print edition). We have an online manuscript processing system in place, which allows submission of articles with tracking of their progress till the proof stage. Each issue of the journal goes to the libraries of the 300 odd dental institutions in India and the study rooms of scores of dentists whose major treatment paradigm involves implant dentistry, and has now become an important tool for spreading the ISOI's message far and wide.

 
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