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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2
African journal of paediatric surgery: A decade experience of continuous publication

Division of Paediatric Surgery, Department of Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, Jos, Nigeria

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Date of Web Publication20-Mar-2014

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Uba FA. African journal of paediatric surgery: A decade experience of continuous publication. Afr J Paediatr Surg 2014;11:1-2

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It is with much feeling of satisfaction that I am writing this editorial for the first issue of the 10 th year anniversary of the existence of African Journal of Paediatric Surgery (AJPS), with the opportunity to provide our esteem readers with a brief account of how AJPS is faring.

Many of you who will read this editorial in this, the first issue, of volume 11 of AJPS need to know that the Journal is just a decade old this year. Started like the mustard seed in 2004, AJPS has continued to grow in all its ramifications, against all thick and thin, to attain its current status, where it has created for itself a niche among internationally acclaimed biomedical journals focusing on the surgical aspect of child health.

It started out with the intention 'to provide a forum for all those concerned with the surgery of the new-born and children (especially in the developing world)'. Its aim was to 'bring together in one place, papers from many relevant faculties, for the promotion of research, postgraduate training and further/continued education in the surgery of new-borns, infants and children.' True to its vision and mission, AJPS has continued to provide readers with outstanding research reports in our areas of interest for the past 10 years!

The editors and I do not feel that rapid publication is the principal criterion by which we wish the Journal to be judged. We believe, rather, that the quality of the research papers that we published is more important. Our policy is based on the notion that there are many factors that contribute to the quality of a scientific journal, including tradition, the level of sophistication of the field, and the perception of the journal vis-vis other journals. To some extent, quality is reflected in the reject ratio of a journal, [1] and for many years AJPS has had one of the highest reject ratios among its contemporary publications. That has not changed a bit in 10 years later! In our continuing efforts to further enhance the quality of the journal, we seldom accept case reports now unless it is ground-breaking.

The past 7 years of AJPS had witnessed a paradigm shift in the publication policy, in conformity with modern reality; and that is the adoption of rapid publication policy. Authors of publications in a dynamic field such as medicine correctly feel that their work should be reviewed and published as quickly as possible. Our efforts to further strengthen the journal are producing measurable effects. Thanks to the hard work of the Editors, reviewers, and journal, the average time from initial manuscript submission to publication continues to be on the decline. The average time from submission to first decision decreased about 3 weeks during 2013 and the majority of manuscripts accepted are now published online within 25 days, which indicates a significant improvement in the processing of manuscripts. We will continue to strive to improve these times further this year. Going forward, we will continue to work towards and will hopefully achieve the steady year-on-year increase we have seen in the global readership of our journal over recent years.

The editors of AJPS will continue to try to serve our authors and readers accordingly, consistent with maintaining the high standard they have come to expect from this journal. We look forward with great anticipation to continued advances in delineating the emerging burdens of non-communicable causes of death in new-born infants and children, particularly childhood cancers, congenital anomalies, bowel obstructions, etc., and identifying effective strategies for their effective management. AJPS will continue to keep readers at the forefront of this important journey.

Finally, on a sad note, we are saddened by the death of Professor Alaa Hamza (Egypt) and Professor Festus Nwako (Nigeria), who served on the Board since the inception of the journal in 2004. We will miss their insights and contributions. May their gentle souls find perfect peace and rest.

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1.Glaze W. Editorial: Journal progress report. Environ Sci Technol 1990;24:1607.  Back to cited text no. 1

Correspondence Address:
Francis A Uba
African Journal of Paediatric Surgery, C/O Department of Surgery, Jos University Teaching Hospital, P.M.B. 2076, Jos, Plateau State
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DOI: 10.4103/0189-6725.129200

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