|FROM THE EDITORíS DESK
|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 4 | Page : 199
Sharmila Banerjee Mukherjee
Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, New Delhi, India
|Date of Submission||04-Nov-2022|
|Date of Decision||05-Nov-2022|
|Date of Acceptance||06-Nov-2022|
|Date of Web Publication||29-Nov-2022|
Sharmila Banerjee Mukherjee
Department of Pediatrics, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Associated Kalawati Saran Children's Hospital, Bangla Sahib Marg, New Delhi - 110 001
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Mukherjee SB. Reflections. Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2022;2:199
This is the last issue of 2022. We are about to complete 2 years of our existence. Things are falling into place: submissions are increasing, and the quality of articles has improved, but we still have a long way to go. I share some random thoughts that arose while preparing this issue.
The time for processing the manuscripts is taking longer than desirable. As Editor, I apologize to our authors for that. The delay occurs at various steps in the editorial process: with us – the editorial team; getting reviewers to accept the invitation and submit their comments within the stipulated timeline, and the author-reviewer/editorial team cycles required to refine the manuscript. We are working on this and hope that it improves. Till then, please bear with us.
Many clinicians do not submit cases that have not undergone genetic testing, presuming rejection. Having a confirmed genetic diagnosis definitely improves credibility. However, a well-worked-up case with corroborative clinical and laboratory evidence can be accepted sans genetic analysis, once the quality of writing becomes acceptable (i.e., the AAA syndrome). Similarly, some cases may be considered too mundane to merit publication (viz. tongue entrapment in a bottle), but they can provide a wealth of invaluable information to clinicians, who would remain oblivious regarding management unless they personally encounter such a case.
Then, we have cases that are more technically difficult to write about, like case series (which I touched upon in the previous issue) and referrals. Ask any resident – which patient is harder to present – the one who is medically naïve, i.e., without any antecedent visit to a facility; or the one who has bounced to – and – forth among doctors/hospitals; has undergone numerous tests; received multiple medication; and has minimal or no legible papers with documentation of events? The answer is obvious! The latter will be so convoluted that even, if you do manage to figure out what transpired during the patients' medical journey; converting the child's/parents narrative into a structured medical history, and presenting it in a logical and lucid manner is another major challenge in itself. It becomes an equally tough proposition for author/editor alike while writing/processing such a manuscript. On one hand, you have to respect the rules of the game, yet on the other, you also have to bend them a bit. The one-size-fits-all formula that works in nonreferred cases does not apply here. Much more work is required, including the number of editorial cycles required during manuscript processing.
The reason for highlighting these issues is because we view all our readers as potential authors. So when you read each case, do not simply appreciate the author's brilliant clinical approach used to arrive at the diagnosis, but also reflect on the subtle nuances employed in its presentation. After sieving through all the clinical information, the trick is to strike a balance between describing the salient positive and negative medical history and examination findings (sufficient enough to allow the reader to process them and consider potential diagnoses); while avoiding repetition and irrelevant details. In this issue, we have published five referrals; Wilke's syndrome, triple A syndrome, recurrent pleural effusion, cutaneous tuberculosis, and the radiology rounds. We would also like you to focus on the case series that we started publishing this year. Looking forward to some masterpieces for our upcoming issues in 2023. Happy New Year!
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