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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 17  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2
Quo vadis - The journey ahead for J Conserv Dent

Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Conservative Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

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Date of Web Publication1-Jan-2014

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Gopikrishna V. Quo vadis - The journey ahead for J Conserv Dent. J Conserv Dent 2014;17:2

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Gopikrishna V. Quo vadis - The journey ahead for J Conserv Dent. J Conserv Dent [serial online] 2014 [cited 2023 Jun 4];17:2. Available from:
First and foremost, I would like to thank each and every member of our fraternity for entrusting JCD to my editorial team for three more years (2014-2016). In the past six years (2008-2012), we had worked steadfastly in elevating the standards of our journal, [1],[2],[3] and the process of being elected for the third term was both an internal and external validation of our commitment to maintain excellence.

"Quo Vadis" is a Latin phrase meaning "Where are you going?" and is a question we would like to ask, ponder, and answer pertaining to the journey ahead for our Journal of Conservative Dentistry. The destination is clear and is to make J Conserv Dent one of the top international journals of our specialty. This objective is feasible only if all the three key components of a journal work seamlessly and efficiently. [4] These include: 'Quality of article submissions,' 'Efficient and fair review process,' and 'Publishing promptly.'

  1. Quality of article submissions: As of now, we are receiving an average of 400 submissions from 25 countries per year, and this number is growing exponentially. High impact articles that elicit higher citations would automatically propel a journal forward. Original research done as dissertations as part of our post-graduate curriculum number more than 500 per year in India! I urge and recommend fellow academicians that this research should be converted into publications to enrich our specialty and journal.
  2. Efficient and fair review process: The review process of an article should be fair, unbiased, and quick. In order to standardize this, the editorial board is coming out with the following two initiatives:

    1. One-day Workshop for reviewers of JCD: A one-day workshop is being planned for the reviewers of our journal, which would aim to standardize the review methods and processes. This workshop will provide them with information and tools for critical appraisal of research, bio-statistics, reference, and plagiarism check. We are planning to hold two such workshops this year. The first one will be held as pre-conference workshop during the PG convention at Chennai in June 2014 and the next one during the National conference at Jaipur in December 2014.
    2. Invitation for being part of Editorial Review Board of JCD: We are glad to extend an invitation for members of our national associations (IACDE and IES) who fulfill one of the following requirements to be included as part of the editorial board to peer review submissions for J Conserv Dent:

      1. Two first authorship publications of original research in the field of conservative dentistry and endodontics in Pubmed indexed journals.
      2. Professors in Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics in DCI recognized Postgraduate dental colleges of India.
      3. Heads of the department in Department of Conservative Dentistry and Endodontics in DCI recognized Undergraduate dental colleges of India. (Further information is provided on the website.)
  3. Publishing Promptly: Our endeavor is to make your research disseminate quickly and with the widest reach possible. In this regard, we are taking the following internal quality control measures:

    1. Article turnaround time: We are implementing measures that would make an accepted article be processed into a print version within 90 days. This would be at par with the best of international journal publication standards.
    2. Article In Press: We will be soon introducing an "article in press" section in our official website This section would provide list of articles to be published, which would help researchers immensely.

I take this opportunity to thank you all once again and request you to contribute intellectually in operative and endodontic voyage of JCD.

   References Top

1.Gopikrishna V, Krithikadatta J, Suresh N. Journal of Conservative Dentisty in now PUBMED indexed. J Conserv Dent 2010;13:1.  Back to cited text no. 1
2.Gopikrishna V. Enriching our archives. J Conserv Dent 2012;15:201.  Back to cited text no. 2
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3.Gopikrishna V. J Conserv Dent: Bi-monthly form 2013. J Conserv Dent 2013;15:309.  Back to cited text no. 3
4.Gopikrishna V, Krithikadatta J, Suresh N. Research to knowledge. J Conserv Dent 2013;16:483.  Back to cited text no. 4
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Correspondence Address:
Velayutham Gopikrishna
Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Conservative Dentistry, Thai Moogambigai Dental College, Chennai, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-0707.124081

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