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EDITORIAL  
Year : 2022  |  Volume : 25  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 131-132
Time to say goodbye….


Department of Anaesthesiology, Specialty Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anaesthesia, Sanjay Gandhi Postgraduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

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Date of Submission21-Mar-2022
Date of Decision26-Mar-2022
Date of Acceptance30-Mar-2022
Date of Web Publication11-Apr-2022
 

How to cite this article:
Tewari P. Time to say goodbye…. Ann Card Anaesth 2022;25:131-2

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Tewari P. Time to say goodbye…. Ann Card Anaesth [serial online] 2022 [cited 2022 May 25];25:131-2. Available from: https://www.annals.in/text.asp?2022/25/2/131/342858




My tenure as editor-in-chief ends on 26th March 2022 and I must confess that the last two years were roller coaster years. COVID had affected each and every one on a high scale and now the populace wants relief from this scourge. The cover photograph of this issue of Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia (ACA) is a line sketch by a nurse Shweta Yadav in the background aptly showing that vaccination throughout the world had lent a sustentative approach to tackle corona virus and it seems retreating but it is not gone yet. The recent reports from few eastern Asian countries of increase in cases have started ringing the warning bell that everything still is not the previous normal. Those who got affected are continuously showing post-COVID signs and symptoms and reporting to hospitals for their new ailments and exacerbation of co morbidities. In the same cover photograph, the two figures are that of post-COVID patients with the dilated heart on TEE and the X-ray Chest (PA view) with worsened pulmonary hypertension.

During these two years, the other major change had been a total revamp with placed new manuscript submission and processing portal by Medknow (Wolters Kluwer) for its journals including ACA. There had been many and major problems during the process and had drawn the authors, the reviewers, and the publication department including me as chief Editor to a level of exasperation. Although the publishers along with the concerned IT team consistently worked to rectify these devils but still few problems remain and I am sure that they will also be addressed very soon.

Despite all the above ACA had gained in the Impact Score as the number of submission of good articles had increased and that has also resulted in an increase in the citation index. It still remains as a completely free journal for the authors and solicits color photographs and video clips submission along with the articles. ACA is the official journal of Indian Association of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Anaesthesiologists (IACTA), and therefore, it gets all the support from one of the best academic societies in the world, which is dedicated to a prominent area of cardiothoracic and vascular specialty. The IACTA members have not only contributed with significant research manuscripts but also with intriguing cases in the form of letters and reports. Any journal has its soul in the robust blinded external peer review system and at present ACA has a strong reviewers panel having members from all around the globe.

Sustained progress also brings in new challenges and I think the two immediate that face ACA are the yearly number of issues and the increase in cost of publication. As the number of quality manuscripts from around the world is increasing, sometimes I feel that the quarterly publication is falling short of the need and the expectations of the authors and this needs to be discussed in IACTA if the number of the issues may be increased to six per annum. This exercise will bring in the second challenge of the publication cost, as we all know the expenditure to bring out a quality issue along with the color photographs, and the supportive data in the form of video loops have grown a lot. ACA is, at present, not sharing this cost with its authors in any form and only IACTA bears the entire financial burden but I think that will prove to be difficult in not too distant future. In that direction, we have made a move by adding a nominal, yearly print copy subscription for the members of IACTA though the online version is completely free. We have stopped any charge on downloads and this will be compensated with this online subscription. However, I am not in favor of taxing authors with publication fees but every member can think of contributing in the form of donations or voluntary reading charges to ACA so that it continuously maintains and further scales up its standards.

IACTA has completed the selection process for the chief editor ACA and the incoming Dr. Mukul Chandra Kapoor is a professional to the core and we all have reposed faith in him that he will do justice with the available resources and take ACA further up the ladder in next 5 years.

I thank all the association members, the executive council members, ACA board members, Indian College of Cardiac Anaesthesia members, and all those from Medknow (WK) publishing house, especially Ms Neelam d'souza the Sr. Production editor with whom I was in constant touch to keep this ACA juggernaut moving without any hitch despite some glitches.

I personally thank all the authors and the reviewers all around the globe for bearing with us at ACA and I hope will keep on patronizing it with their timely inputs. IACTA has done enormous work on all and very diversified fronts and lot of credit goes to the present team of Secretary and Treasurer of the society. I personally thank our very dynamic and meticulous secretary Dr. Rajesh Arya in spearheading our efforts to streamline the finances, the website payment gateway and signing of renewal of contract, etc., for ACA. However, the irony is that this team will also relinquish the office in March 2022 along with me. I am very positive and hope that the incoming team will continue with this laid down fabulous tradition with aplomb.

In the end, I may say that no human is perfect and I may have fallen short sometimes, and therefore, I ask God to forgive me and keep on showing me the enlightened path to move on so that I can further contribute to the cause of our beloved society, the IACTA.

Thank you all!

Prabhat Tewari

Chief Editor, ACA (outgoing)



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DOI: 10.4103/aca.aca_58_22

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