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Year : 2006  |  Volume : 22  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97

Need of a journal for a learned society?

Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu, India

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Nitin S Kekre
Department of Urology, Christian Medical College, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0970-1591.26560

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Many readers have written to me asking if BJUI is going to replace IJU.I guess this question has risen due to the remarks of Mr. John Fitzpatrick, editor of BJUI in a recent editorial of the journal. As far as I know this is not true. From what I understand our president, Dr. Mahesh Desai is trying hard to ensure that a few international journals are easily available to the members of the USI. It is difficult to predict whether it would have an adverse impact on IJU. But it does raise an important question as to why the Urological Society of India should have its own journal. Why can't we just subscribe to journals which are already well established and are famous? Won't they easily fulfill the academic needs of practicing urologists and trainees? One has to agree that it will require considerable effort to ensure that IJU is well established, even at the national level.

What is the objective of IJU? I personally feel that the primary objective of IJU is to provide an educational resource and to be an outlet for scientific research of Indian Urologists. It should provide a media for publication of urological research carried out in our country. A few areas where we have ample opportunities to provide scientifically sound conclusions which are likely to be useful for the rest of the world include cost-effective treatment of BPH, management of genitourinary tuberculosis, management algorithm of penile cancer etc. Hardly any research has gone on to solve the problems which are important and are relevant to Indian scenario. Though we have not studied diseases like cancer penis and GU Tb, we are more keen to find out whether we should perform prostate biopsy in patients with low PSA. We are happy to follow western guidelines on the management of the diseases which are more common in our country. Though we have the necessary experience and subjects, our clinical experience is rarely translated into sound research. IJU can provide a platform for such work. So I think we can justify the role of IJU. But how does one manage the conflict between encouraging original contributions from India on one hand and to maintain the scientific quality and rigor on the other? Should we accept submissions even if they have poor scientific content, incorrect study design and inappropriate conclusions? The journal can and will help improving the language and grammar provided the contents are interesting. Also, the journal aims to provide a helpful critical review to improve the quality of the manuscripts. I would urge the authors to take the comments (favorable and unfavorable) in that sense. The ultimate aim is to ensure that articles are published provided that they have the scientific substance. But the policy of sending only papers that are "rejected" elsewhere to IJU is not going to help. It is not that we cannot produce quality research in India - it is evident from the standard of articles from India in the recent past that have been published elsewhere. As members of the USI if you wish to see your journal grow, you need to contribute and to be ready to be constructively criticized. Editors need contributions but all contributions cannot be published even in IJU, if they are substandard. I am sure all of you would give this a thought and help us to improve the overall quality of the journal.

The management of stricture urethra has changed dramatically over the years. Endoscopic urethrotomy seems to have become less popular and substitution urethroplasty is being offered by many urologists. I am grateful to Prof.Barbagli for his article describing the tricks of substitution urethroplasty using buccal mucosa. The review article by Dr. Rajiv provides an in depth review of varicocele and readers will find this useful in making management decisions.

Critical care is assuming increasing importance in the patient care management. Urosepsis in critical care is a very important issue both for urologists and the critical care specialists. Dr. Nagamani Sen, Professor of Critical Care has reviewed this topic and provides important clinical recommendations. I am sure all of you would find these articles interesting and informative.

With best wishes,


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