Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
Journal of Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry
                                                   Official journal of the Indian Society of Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry                           
Year : 2013  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

Dental journals in India: A boon or bane ?

ND Shashikiran 
 Editor, Principal, People's College of Dental Sciences, Department Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Bhopal, India

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N D Shashikiran
Editor, Principal, People«SQ»s College of Dental Sciences, Department Pedodontics and Preventive Dentistry, Bhopal

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Shashikiran N D. Dental journals in India: A boon or bane ?.J Indian Soc Pedod Prev Dent 2013;31:1-2

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"Education is a social process, Education is growth.

Education is not a preparation for life, Education is life itself."

- John Dewey

Dental education in its general sense is a form of learning in which knowledge, skills, and habits of a group of people about dentistry are transferred from one generation to the next through teaching, training, research, or simply through autodidacticism. Generally, it occurs through any experience that has a formative effect on the way one thinks, feels, or acts.

As the old year merges into the new in seamless continuum, the work of delivering oral health care also continues uninterrupted. The standard of work may deteriorate if not fueled by new theories, methods, and tools. To enhance the standards of dentistry day by day in India, there has been wide research performed relating to all aspects of dentistry, which has been delivered to dental professionals all over India through conferences, workshops, seminars, scientific meets, continuing dental education, dental magazines, and periodically published dental journals.

Dental journals are periodically published, peer-reviewed scientific journals dedicated to the dissemination of new knowledge and information on all sciences relevant to dentistry and to the oral cavity and associated structures in health and disease. Indian Dental Journal was the first dental journal in India published in 1925 by Dr. R. Ahmed. He was the editor for the same journal till 1946. Since then, numerous dental journals have been introduced by various dental associations covering topics on general dentistry as well as specialty practice.

These journals helped dental professionals to access and gain information on recent advances in research related to newer materials, technologies, and rare case reports. Later in development, online access to various journals further improved the accessibility and, thus, provided helping hand to researchers and dental professionals.

In spite of providing great knowledge and information, dental journals in India pose lot of drawbacks such as literature pollution, and articles lacking authentication and proper standardization, which have put dental professionals in a stage of dilemma to fully rely upon them.

Further looking into it, another important loophole is delayed response to submitted manuscripts, late releases of issues by various journals, and giving no values to good research, which upset the enthusiasm of researchers to carry out further research, thus leading to a negative impact on young upcoming dentists who can be building blocks of Indian research.

I took over as the editor of our prestigious journal JISPPD during the General Body Meet held at AIIMS, New Delhi on 23/12/12. Our past editors have done a remarkable job in maintaining the high standards of our esteemed journal. My thanks go to Dr. V. V. Subbha Reddy and Dr. S. G. Damle, who pioneered new techniques for making the journal more accessible to all. I will work to the best of my ability to conjure the quality and standard of the journal and, in addition, ensure a prominal release of four periodicals of this journal.

Our aim is to enhance overall scientific knowledge and to stimulate excitement among the readers around its intellectual content. We intend to invite experts in the field to face off on the thorny issues confronting dental health care even as it endeavors to foster interdisciplinary and inter-professional collaboration. With the best wishes, the editorial office of JISPPD presents its first issue of 2013 to all its readers, hoping that the information provided to the targeted fraternity could build upon their clinical and research knowledge.