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Year : 1997  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2
The Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation: The New Look


Editor-in-Chief, Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

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Abu-Aisha H. The Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation: The New Look. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 1997;8:1-2

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Abu-Aisha H. The Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation: The New Look. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 1997 [cited 2020 Jun 4];8:1-2. Available from: http://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?1997/8/1/1/39394
The Journal has completed seven years of uninterrupted publication. While this is a relatively modest achievement by international standards, we feel it is a reassuring indicator that the Journal has succeeded in meeting its main objectives of serving as an edu­cational tool in the fields of Nephrology, Urology, and Organ Transplantation to phy­sicians and surgeons in a wide geographical area, extending from North Africa, across the Middle East, and to many countries in the Far East. The Journal also aims at displaying the activities of the Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT) to a wide audience in an objective scientific language. The wide readership of the Journal is indicated by the geographical spectrum of manuscripts reaching it for publication which covers most continents in the globe. Thus, over the last seven years we have published peer-reviewed articles from 36 countries.

The Editors of the Journal felt that it is time to have "a new look". The first question that was raised was "when the old is good, why go in for a change"? Well, when the year has changed, the century about to change and changes occurring by the dozen the world­-over, we felt that it was not unreasonable to desire a change. The last time we brought in major changes was in 1993, when the name and size of the Journal as well as the periodicity of publication were changed. Three years can be a long time and a change felt strongly desirable.

The second question was concerning the features of the Journal which should not be discarded/changed? It became immediately evident that one such feature was the bilingual nature of the Journal, which displayed the Arabic section in the same strength of present­ation as the English section. This feature was meant to emphasize the important purpose of having pride in the regional heritage as well as making the Journal a source of information to many administrators and policy makers who were not medically trained. The other feature which most of our readers liked was the convenient display of the contents on the cover page. While many Journals in this area display designs on the cover pages and push the tables of contents to the inner pages, our policy from the very beginning was to make the Journal an easy reference-source by the easy accessibility of the contents on the cover page. So this feature is to stay.

The next question was about the fount size and type? The unanimous opinion was that the currently used founts are good and comfortable to read. As such, we felt it unnecessary to change them. The paper size and the quality of printing were also decided to be left unaltered. The National Guard Printing Press has served this Journal for the past seven years and has done a wonderful job, both in the technical support of excellent and modern printing facilities and by way of the marvelous human relations we have had with them. We feel very much indebted to them for the great support we received in the production of every issue of the Journal during those years. While the Journal will be printed at the Al Madina Printing and Publication Co., Jeddah, from now on, the relations of SCOT with the National Guard Press will remain as good as ever for the mutual benefit of the scientific community. The experts at the new press also have advised us that we should continue using the same founts as before.

The regular scientific features of the Journal remain practically unchanged. We will continue to present to the readers editorials, original articles, reviews, case reports, SCOT data and country reports. The latter two categories are very salient items of the journal which highlight the achievements of Saudi Arabia and other countries in the region as well as world­wide about the progress made in renal replacement therapy. The cover design is clearly different. Not only is the lay-out of the title different, but also the colors are a new blend. While some of our readers might have wanted us to keep the previous appearance of the Journal, others have voiced their approval of the new look. We welcome the opinion of our readers regarding these changes. As always, their suggestions will be given maximum weight age and criticisms, if any, will be taken in the right spirit. After all, it is the readers who make this exercise worth its while.

We, at the editor's office of the Journal, are very grateful to the continuous support of our colleagues at the National and International Editorial Boards, the scientific reviewers and of course the unlimited support rendered by the Ministry of Health, and the management authorities at the National Guard Press, Riyadh and the Al Madina Printing and Publication Co., Jeddah. It is their unstinted co-operation that has enabled us to reach where we are currently.

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Correspondence Address:
Hassan Abu-Aisha
Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, P.O. Box 2925, Riyadh 11461
Saudi Arabia
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