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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

Indian academy of pediatrics cares for you - Birth of a new journal: Indian pediatrics case reports (IPCaRes)

Department of Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India

Date of Submission11-Nov-2020
Date of Decision12-Nov-2020
Date of Acceptance13-Nov-2020
Date of Web Publication27-Feb-2021

Correspondence Address:
Piyush Gupta
Department of Pediatrics, University College of Medical Sciences, Dilshaad Gardens, New Delhi
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ipcares.ipcares_20_21

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Gupta P. Indian academy of pediatrics cares for you - Birth of a new journal: Indian pediatrics case reports (IPCaRes). Indian Pediatr Case Rep 2021;1:1-2

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Gupta P. Indian academy of pediatrics cares for you - Birth of a new journal: Indian pediatrics case reports (IPCaRes). Indian Pediatr Case Rep [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 May 8];1:1-2. Available from: http://www.ipcares.org/text.asp?2021/1/1/1/310206

This is a dream come true. Our beloved Ex-President Dr. Abdul Kalam rightly said that dreams are not what you see in sleep but are those that don't let you sleep. Moreover, this dream for launching a new platform for fulfilling the academic needs of practicing and budding pediatricians has disturbed my sleep for few years, right from the last days of my stint as the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Pediatrics (2008–2013). I realized that maximum space in the Journal was taken up for research-based articles, while most of our subscribers were practicing practitioners, who would rather benefit from reading interesting case scenarios.

Practitioners find the section of case reports most useful in their day-to-day practice. Further, they encounter many cases that they wish to share with colleagues and the readers who could benefit from their experiences. For a budding young pediatrician and/or a postgraduate, the case report section usually provides the first available opportunity to publish. Cases can be reported for (a) uncommon presentation of common disorders, (b) common masquerades of uncommon conditions, and/or (c) rarity or novelty. Case report is a very useful starting point/trigger for generating new hypothesis.

Unfortunately, the space available for publishing case reports in scholarly literature is gradually shrinking. The reasons are several folds. Case reports are placed at the bottom in hierarchy of evidence-based medicine and may not carry much weightage on the academic bio data of the author. Moreover, they do not contribute significantly to the impact factor of a journal.[1]

Several journals have de-linked the publication of case reports from the other category of articles.[2] Resultantly now, we have BMJ Case Reports as a sister Journal of BMJ and several others. Exclusive journals have been started for publishing case reports. PubMed enlists more than 150 journals devoted exclusively to case reports; of these, only a few are indexed in MedLine.[3] Not one of them is from India. On the flip side, many other case reports journals are “predatory” in nature. Their main aim is to collect article processing charges and promise quick publishing.[3] The quality of content is low because of inadequate peer review. Be sure about the publisher identity and location before you submit in such “bogus” journals. Indian Pediatrics Case Reports (IPCaRes) saves you from these journals.

Soon after assuming the charge as President-elect of IAP in January 2020, I proposed to start a new journal on similar lines. The Executive Board passed it unanimously. The implementation was promised by the Editor-in-Chief of Indian Pediatrics and his team. Wolters Kluwers were roped in as the publisher. Today, the first issue that you are enjoying is the result of the hard work put in by Dr. Devendra Mishra, Dr. Sharmila Mukherjee, and the IPCaRes team. The performance can be gauged by the fact that for the first issue we received 29 articles, and out of these 18 (62%) are being published. The Journal was aptly named as Indian Pediatrics Case Reports (acronymized as IPCaRes) to highlight that we care for you, we care for the young budding pediatricians and practicing pediatricians, we care for all those who are interested in authoring and reading the case reports, and we care for all those children, who are ultimately benefitted by publication of IPCaRes.

IPCaRes will strive to maintain the quality by sticking to a rigorous peer review. Authors are advised to follow the guidelines issued by the Journal. All case reports will follow the CARE guidelines[4],[5] for publishing the submission. We hope that in the coming years, IPCaRes will be indexed in major databases. The Journal will aim to cultivate scientific thinking, evidence-based medicine, and scholarly writing, recognized as the “intellectually challenging opportunities,” while publishing case reports.[6]

We await your constructive criticisms and comments for appropriate growth and development of this newly born Journal. The e-copy is being mailed free to all the members, in the true tradition of IAP disseminating knowledge as a custodian of child health.

“Hold fast to dreams; for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird, that cannot fly…” (Langston Hughes). I soar, for my dream is alive and kicking!

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  References Top

Firat AC, Araz C, Kayhan Z. Case reports: Should we do away with them? J Clin Anesth 2017;37:74-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
Kusters JG, Hall RH. Case reports may be declared dead by the Journal of Clinical Microbiology, but they are alive and well in JMM Case Reports. J Clin Microbiol 2016;54:502.  Back to cited text no. 2
Akers KG. New journals for publishing medical case reports. J Med Libr Assoc 2016;104:146-9.  Back to cited text no. 3
Gagnier JJ, Kienle G, Altman DG, et al. The CARE guidelines: Consensus-based clinical case reporting guideline development. BMJ Case Rep 2013;2013:bcr 2013201554.  Back to cited text no. 4
Dragnev NC, Wong SL. Do we CARE about the quality of case reports? A systematic assessment. J Surg Res 2018;231:428-33.  Back to cited text no. 5
Cromwell JC, Stern TA. Publishing case reports: Educational strategies and content recommendations. Psychosomatics 2019;60:361-4.  Back to cited text no. 6


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