Keywords: Saudi Arabia, Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation, Middle East, Publication, Manuscript review.
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Abu-Aisha H. Saudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation: 5 years experience. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl 1995;6:1-4
The Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation (SJKDT) is proudly entering the sixth year after five years of uninterrupted publication. The journal was launched in 1990 as the official publication of the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) and was called Saudi Kidney Diseases and Transplantation Bulletin. In 1994, both the bulletin and the publishing authority underwent transformation The NKF is now upgraded and has been renamed as Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT) and the bulletin has been renamed as a Journal and is now the official publication of SCOT.
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Abu-Aisha H. Saudi journal of kidney diseases and transplantation: 5 years experience. Saudi J Kidney Dis Transpl [serial online] 1995 [cited 2021 Apr 16];6:1-4. Available from: https://www.sjkdt.org/text.asp?1995/6/1/1/40890
Reflecting back on these past five years, we are pleased to report that the journal has succeeded in making continuous progress. There has been a steady increase in the number of manuscripts received [Figure - 1].
Most of our contributors are from the Arab world and the majority is from Saudi Arabia [Table - 1].
During the initial years, we found that the manuscripts received from many authors were not of acceptable quality and many of them needed several revisions and input of additional data to meet the standard of publication being envisaged by the editorial board. This, of course, put significant amount of work load on the editors. We are very happy to note that the situation has improved considerably now. At present, we have both a greater number of manuscripts coming in every month and also, they are better written as well as of higher scientific value.
All the articles published are peer reviewed by at least three professionals in the appropriate field. This is apart from the review by the members of the editorial team. During the weekly editors meeting reviewers are assigned for new manuscripts. Thus, a manuscript is usually mailed to the reviewers within ten days of its receipt. Articles are accepted when at least two reviewers recommend acceptance. A total of 119 reviewers have been involved from Saudi Arabia and abroad and their critical comments have helped us immensely in paper selection as well as achieving the desired standards. We take this opportunity to thank our reviewers for undertaking the responsibility and replying quite promptly with their valuable suggestions, opinions and comments. In those instances when the comments were forwarded to the author for improving or modifying their articles, the authors had always expressed their appreciation.
A matter of great importance in the publication of a scientific journal is the time taken to reach the decision regarding acceptance or otherwise of the manuscript for publication. We are happy to report that we had a relatively short waiting period for most of the articles. The mean period from receiving a manuscript to sending the letter of acceptance has been about 120 days. However, we are aware that in some cases, there were delays in the actual publication of a manuscript, but we were handicapped because we were publishing only three issues per year, the number of personnel actually handling the editing was limited, and in some instances the reviewers took rather a long time to reply. However, it is pleasant to announce that all these have improved now.
The SJKDT was started as a representative journal for the Middle East, primarily intended as a medium for the dissemination of knowledge of problems related to the fields of nephrology, urology and transplantation that are peculiar to this area. We have received manuscripts from many countries outside this region also [Table - 1]. We have published several review articles written by eminent people from USA, UK and France. We feel that for a higher specialty journal from this area we have done quite well if the number of articles received is taken as an index. Nevertheless, it is clear from [Table - 1] that scientists from most countries in the region are not contributing frequently enough to the SJKDT. We take this opportunity to extend our invitation to them.
We have received 198 articles till February 1995 out of which a total of 122 have been published, 51 are being processed and 25 have been rejected. This gives a rejection rate of 17% which reflects the hard work done by our reviewers. The break down of these articles according to category is given in [Table - 2]. There were 59 papers on adult nephrology, 21 on pediatric nephrology and 47 papers covered both adult and pediatric nephrology subjects. The details concerning the published articles based on the topic covered are given in [Table - 3].
In addition to the scientific articles, we regularly publish a column of SCOT Data which gives an overview of the happenings in the Kingdom, in the fields of dialysis and transplantation. We also publish a "News & Views" column with reports on the happenings in the field of organ transplantation in Saudi Arabia as well as in the other Middle Eastern and Islamic countries. Another feature that has been of significant importance is "Practical Procedure". Various common nephrological procedures have been covered in this section. Considering the fact that in Saudi Arabia we have a regular stream of new, young doctors joining the newly opening dialysis units every year, this feature has evoked great enthusiasm.
One of the highlights of the SJKDT is its Arabic section. The abstracts of all the articles published in every issue are translated into Arabic. In addition, selected articles are translated in full. In future, we plan to have full arabic versions of all manuscripts. We have also started publishing SCOT Data in Arabic.
The SJKDT was also the medium that carried the abstracts of the Second Congress of Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation, 1991, Sixth Saudi Urological Conference, 1991 and Seventh Saudi Urological Conference, 1992. Apart from this, a supplement was published on the occasion of the Third Congress of Arab Society of Nephrology and Transplantation held in Riyadh in December 1993. In the near future, we are coming up with a special issue on impact of hepatitis C on dialysis and renal transplantation and a supplement on organ transplantation in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
One of the hallmark achievements of the SJKDT is that it has been accredited as a medium of publication of scientific research by the King Saud University, Riyadh. This decision was taken in a meeting held on 1605-1413 H (13-11-1992 G). Also, we are currently in negotiation with ExtraMED for indexing the journal. Efforts are also on to get the journal included in Current Contents and other such indexing services. This will go a long way in spreading scientific information about the Middle East all over the world.
The SJKDT has wide circulation inside and outside the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Nearly 2,000 copies are distributed within the Kingdom to physicians and surgeons in the fields of nephrology and transplantation as well as those associated with brain death and organ procurement and cadaveric organ transplantation. Nearly 2,000 copies are mailed abroad, to reach similar categories of people. In addition, copies are mailed to leading libraries and institutions worldwide.
The Journal is printed at the National Guard Press, Riyadh and the quality of their work is laudable. The enthusiasm with which the staff at the press carry out their duties has gone a long way in the regular publication of the journal.
All these achievements have been made possible by the dedication with which all the members of editorial staff have carried out their responsibilities, at times under tremendous pressure. In addition, the support we have received from the various other institutions both inside Saudi Arabia as well as in the neighboring countries and from the reviewers is indeed noteworthy.
We are quite confident that the SJKDT will continue the success story it has achieved so far, and will become a leading vehicle for dissemination of information pertaining to scientific, social and ethical aspects of kidney and its diseases, dialysis and transplantation. It is also planned that the realm of work of the journal will be expanded to include publication of articles on transplantation of other organs as well.
Thus, reflecting back, one could feel quite satisfied with the achievements made by the journal both qualitatively and quantitatively.
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Thanks to Mr. Pedly F. Atienza and Mr. S. Mohammedali of SCOT for their valuable secretarial assistance.
Department of Medicine, King Khalid University Hospital, P.O. Box 2925, Riyadh 11461
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[Table - 1], [Table - 2], [Table - 3]