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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 8  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-2

A tumultuous year

Department of Plastic And Reconstructive Surgery, King George's Medical University, Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh, India

Date of Submission07-Dec-2020
Date of Acceptance07-Dec-2020
Date of Web Publication13-Jan-2021

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Divya Narain Upadhyaya
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, King George's Medical University, 1, Shah Meena Road, Chowk, Lucknow-226006, Uttar Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/jclpca.jclpca_46_20

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Upadhyaya DN. A tumultuous year. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal 2021;8:1-2

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Upadhyaya DN. A tumultuous year. J Cleft Lip Palate Craniofac Anomal [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Jun 17];8:1-2. Available from: https://www.jclpca.org/text.asp?2021/8/1/1/306780

As the curtains fall on another year, it is time to reflect and ruminate on all that has happened in the year just past. The first thing, of course, that comes to one's mind is the COVID pandemic which swept across the world, killing and disabling people; crippling economies; and testing the preparedness and the resolve of the medical fraternity, research establishments, and government agencies alike. It was a war with an unseen enemy, with an invisible bullet, to which many of our colleagues fell, most of them unfortunately unsung, their families scarred forever. This invisible bullet was silent, deadly, and accompanied us to our homes, and endangered the lives of our loved ones. Governments wallowed in confusion, and often apathy, in the beginning of the year, and medical organizations gave conflicting advisories on how to fight this virus. It was an unknown enemy, and the ones who faced it first, like the first batch of soldiers landing on alien shores, fared the worst. As casualties mounted, and crematoriums overflowed with bodies, who were once people, men learned their lessons, and prevention and treatment guidelines were finally crystallized, but not before hundreds of thousands had fallen to this invisible enemy, and millions debilitated, rendered jobless, homeless, familyless.

COVID-19 is not over yet, and hospitals still overflow with patients, and doctors and health-care workers labor on in their fight against this resilient enemy. The health-care system is now stretched to its maximum, buckling, and nearly cracking under pressure, but holding on anyway. Doctors, nurses, and health-care employees are showing signs of fatigue, and stress disorders – no war can be fought on endlessly!! But, as they say, the night is darkest just before dawn. And as this editorial is typed, and goes to press, the much-awaited coronavirus vaccine is on the horizon, probably just around the corner, and hope fills the heart of people. We may live to see the end of this pandemic, after all, God willing!

But let me return to the journal.

The journey of our beloved journal has been no less tumultuous this last year. There was a mid-air change in guard, so to say, with all the attendant risks and difficulties, but we managed not to crash the “flight” of the journal. A new editorial board has been instituted, as you may have noticed, and we have gone to working on the engines of our journal right away. It is not just the “vibrant new look” and the new design of the cover page that the board has instituted, but other foundational changes that have been effected as well. The journal is now indexed with the Directory of Open-Access Journals, an achievement which has come about due to the incessant efforts of my able predecessors.

The journal has also made its foray into the arena of social media, a must do in these days, and now has its own Facebook group (https://www.facebook.com/groups/333357097718952/about), Twitter handle (https://twitter.com/jclpca), and an official YouTube channel (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC_E_Cbqle1s04DqCh_FMQCw?view_as=subscriber). The Facebook group has over 200 members, and more people join every day. The Twitter handle is followed by the who's who of cleft-craniofacial academics, and other prominent handles. The YouTube channel posted its first video sometime back, graciously contributed by Dr. Sushil Nahar, which was received warmly by the scores of people who saw it. The journal invites all its readers to be a part of its social media arms, join the group, follow the Twitter handle, and subscribe to the YouTube channel, and contribute videos to it if possible. The videos can be mailed directly to me at [email protected] These should be short, informative, and on topics, which are commensurate with the scope of the journal.

The journal is also looking forward to forging ties and academic collaborations with other cleft organizations, cleft charities, and research groups. Discussions with a few organizations are in the process, and we may have new academic partners soon.

The journal is uniquely positioned to accept academic submissions related to cleft–craniofacial care. Not only is it indexed now but is open access, has no publication charges, and is also one of the only two journals in the world dedicated solely to cleft and craniofacial anomalies. Readers must utilize this unique opportunity by contributing their work and encouraging others to contribute to the journal, thus maximizing the output potential of their work.

Besides academic papers, the readers and members of different cleft care organizations/cleft support groups and cleft charities can also support the journal financially. We invite everyone to please come forward and make a generous donation to the journal – it is, after all, your journal. The journal has been in touch with various donors and support groups, and we are happy to say that Smile Train, one of the largest cleft charities in the world, has come forward to help us and has contributed generously to support the journal. But this, in itself, shall not be enough. The journal has positioned itself strongly and has made a place for itself over so many years due to the hard work of so many capable people who have put in their labor for the welfare of the journal. We will need to continue doing so, if we are desirous of seeing the journal reach the heights it can reach.

We have already set off to our destination; with your help, we will reach there faster.

With Best wishes.


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