Year : 1994 | Volume
: 5 | Issue : 1 | Page : 1--2
A Dream Realised!
Abdul Rahman Al-Swailem
Founder-Editor, Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation, Saudi Arabia
Abdul Rahman Al-Swailem
Deputy Minister for Executive Affairs, Ministry of Health, Riyadh
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The long felt desire to have a peer reviewed journal on kidney and its disorders from this part of the word was fulfilled when the Saudi Kidney Diseases and Transplantation Bulletin (SKDTB) was launched by National Kidney Foundation (NKF) of Saudi Arabia in 1990. The last four years have witnessed regular publication of the bulletin and till now four volumes have been published, i.e., a total of 12 issues, at the rate of three every year. I am pleased to note that this periodical has moved from strength to strength in these years and has become an accepted medium for publication in the Arab World. A very notable development has been the accreditation received from the King Saudi University, Riyadh, recognizing the bulletin as a medium for publication of scientific material.
There are more than 4000 people in its mailing list making it one of the most widely distributed scientific journals from this region. The subscribers are spread over many countries in the Middle East and beyond. In addition, it is being mailed to all the hospitals in the Kingdom. It is also being sent to most of the university libraries around the World.
A journal has to be judged by the number of papers it receives. We feel that for a speciality journal from this area we have done well. From the large number of manuscripts received during the last four years we have published a total of 83 articles including 13 editorials, 6 review papers, 36 original articles, 14 case reports, 4 letters to the editors, 4 practical procedures, 1 each of country report, special article, brief communication and NKF protocol. All these papers were peer reviewed to ensure quality. A total of 55 reviewers were involved and their critical comments helped us immensely in paper selection as well as achieving the desired standards.
In addition to the scientific articles, we have also published the abstracts of the Second Congress of the Arab Society of Nephrology and Renal Transplantation - 1991, Sixth Saudi Urological Conference -1991 and Seventh Saudi Urological Con-ference - 1992 in the bulletin. Apart from this, we brought out a supplement on the occasion of the Third Congress of the Arab Society of Nephrology and Transplantation held in Riyadh in December 1993.
One of the highlights of the bulletin is its Arabic section. The abstracts of the articles in every issue are translated into Arabic language. Apart from this, a selected article is translated in full and published in every issue. We also have Arabic translation of one of our regular features namely SCOT Data, a feature in which the updated data in the field of Dialysis and Transplantation in Saudi Arabia is regularly published.
Thus, reflecting back, one could feel satisfied with the achievements made by the bulletin both qualitatively and quantitatively. The NKF, the official publisher of the bulletin was recently upgraded and renamed Saudi Center for Organ Transplantation (SCOT) encompassing the co-ordination and transplantation of all the organs. With this background, we felt justified in upgrading the SKDTB with the beginning of volume no. 5. Thus, the bulletin has been renamed Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation (SJKDT) and the periodicity has been increased to quarterly. A new ISSN number has also been allotted. We hope that this will help us in procuring better international recognition by inclusion in various indexing media. It will also result in publication of a greater number of articles thereby disseminating a greater amount of information to the practicing physicians particularly in this part of the world.
All these achievements have been made possible by the dedication with which the editorial staffs have carried out their responsibilities, at times under tremendous pressure. The bulletin 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 the duties has gone a long way in the regular publication of the bulletin.
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 note worthy.
I hope the journal will continue the success story it has achieved so far. We shall strive in the coming years to further improve the quality of the publication and the journal shall, God willing, become a leading vehicle for dissemination of information pertaining to scientific, social and ethical aspects of the kidney, its diseases as well as dialysis and transplantation. Your cooperation is solicited in this endeavour and your comments and criticisms are welcome.