First of all, my unfeigned and unreserved congratulations to the Journal of Pakistan Medical Association (JPMA) for completing six decades of existence. It is indeed a momentous tour de force to continue publishing and maintain canonicals over such an era. JPMA is one of the only four Medical journals amidst hundreds published in Pakistan, which is Medline Indexed.
Publishing in the face of adversity which mainly comprise of financial restraints, inadequate office facilities and a scarce workforce are only a few of the myriad quandaries that the staff of JPMA has to face month in and month out. The proof of the pudding is sixty years of immaculate and perdured publishing.
I was privileged to be given the opportunity to join the "JPMA family" at the backend of 2007 when I moved to Karachi after being in the UK, for 17 years. I was welcomed with open arms by Dr Fatima Javed when I informed her of my interests and background in research and publication. By this time I was on the Editorial board of various journals including British Journal of Surgery, Cochrane Cancer Collaborative Group, Journal Committee of the Colorectal Disease etc. etc. During my subsequent 12 months in Karachi I reviewed several article for JPMA and has continued to do so after I moved back to UK in 2008.
Maintaining standards in the publishing "tableau" of Pakistan is no mean feat; certainly not for the faint hearted. A society where corruption is rampant in all sects of life, medical publication is no exemption. Articles are forged, results are fabricated and research methodology is taken for granted. Many of the articles that I have been asked to review are more than ample proof that the authors are extremely unfamiliar with research methodology. It is also more than evident at times that results are fabricated; with more than twenty years of experience in publication it is not difficult to sniff these out.
As a part of the JPMA team I want our journal to be the epitome of medical publication in Pakistan, an embodiment of ethical and virtuous practise. Publishing high quality medical literature is part of this pursuit. As a referee I take it as a resolute commitment to approbate only of articles that are of a good to excellent quality. I understand the constraints of data collection and limited research facilities available to researchers in Pakistan. During the process of referring an article these limitations are always taken on board, nonetheless we at the JPMA like to adhere to an archetype necessary for keeping the journal amongst the best in the country if not in the region.
During my three years as a referee for the JPMA I have had a wonderful experience of working with a dedicated team of professionals who are in the pursuit of excellence. It has been an honour to be part of this team and hope to continue to do so. In this day and age with mobile technology in the palm of one\'s hand, on the move, keeping in touch has never been a problem. May I wish the best of luck to the Editorial team, members, referees and office staff for the years to come.
This journal is a member of and subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics.