Year : 2007 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1
Launching of the Saudi Journal of Anesthesiology - A dream comes true
Amir B Channa, MS Takrouri
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|Date of Web Publication||5-Oct-2009|
|How to cite this article:|
Channa AB, Takrouri M S. Launching of the Saudi Journal of Anesthesiology - A dream comes true. Saudi J Anaesth 2007;1:1
The Saudi Anesthetic Association takes pride on launching this official journal of the association after its inception since 1989 following the publication of its quarterly newsletter since 1990 which was very well received by the anesthesiologists working in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia and abroad. After the start of publication of the newsletter it became clear to the editorial board that a journal could be published and since it was already in the bylaws of the Association to publish the association's journal, the long awaited daunting task to fulfill the dream has come true and finally the newsletter status is changed to journal and the journal is in your hands.
During publication of the newsletter, national and international contacts increased. This also gave an impetus to lot of research in the department of anesthesia at the faculty of medicine so much so that at least 20-25 papers were published each year in the national and international reputed journals and the annals of the world.
Regular general scientific meetings, monthly Journal clubs, yearly symposia, outreach courses and development of fellowship in anesthesia and ICU, opened the new vista for the progress of anesthesia in the Kingdom and avenues of international contacts. It also opened the constructive contacts and collaborations with international bodies like WAFSA to exchange the expertise and experience in modern anesthesia. Thus many researches were generated in the academic departments of the universities, and hospitals of the Kingdom.
The fellowship in anesthesia and ICU was started at King Saud University in 1988 followed by two other examining bodies, Saudi Board and Arab Board who also are producing the vast majority of the qualified anesthesiologists who have further excelled in their higher training in the UK, USA and Canada.
The number of the native qualified anesthesiologists in the Kingdom is rising. The local training programs are ensuring high quality postgraduate training and examinations. The cooperation between Saudi Arabia and North America made regular flow of talented Saudi physicians to get higher professional training in esteemed training centers. Since this youth is returning to the home land, it is very high time to lodge a scientific publication to address the local issues and develop anesthetic manpower and institute the quality care matching the international standards.
In the age of open access medical journalism and massive explosion in the field of science and information technology various medical associations in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia are already publishing very successful medical journals and annals. Some of them have even celebrated their silver jubilee and we hope that this journal will also play an important role to harness the contacts and links in the arena of anesthetic and intensive care world.
We are well aware of the fact that in these days of advanced technology the publication of reputed journal which could survive needs lot of support services like strong editorial board, peer review of quality manuscripts, financial assistance and thus vast readership both at national and international arena.
The editorial board knows the challenges and difficulties in starting and maintaining the quality journal and has been discussing the perspectives of peer review policy and strategies for nurturing the new authors to disseminate their research and knowledge and maintenance of quality and high standards of care in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Gulf and Middle East. The editorial board will try to solicit excellent articles that will pass rigorous review criteria. The editorial board will welcome all electronic communications, manuscripts, reviews and resubmission by electronic mail through the internet.
We sincerely hope that this new journal will pass all the milestones of its infancy very successfully and be the beacon for the enthusiastic young generations of this specialty.
Finally we are very grateful and feel extremely indebted to the national and international reviewers for their continuous mentoring, guidance, support and encouragement for development of a journal.
We are also aware of the fact that a big secretarial responsibility is being assigned to the secretarial board of this journal and thank them for their invaluable support.