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Year : 2001  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 173
Editorial


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Jankharia B. Editorial. Indian J Radiol Imaging 2001;11:173

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Jankharia B. Editorial. Indian J Radiol Imaging [serial online] 2001 [cited 2019 Nov 18];11:173. Available from: http://www.ijri.org/text.asp?2001/11/4/173/30508
The IJRI is the premier radiology journal in this country. It has a good production values and its quality compares with many of the international journals. The one major failing however is that it is not indexed. This is a vicious cycle. Because it is not indexed, we do not get the best papers written in India and the neighbouring countries; and because we do not get very good material, our prospects of getting indexed are dim. We could focus on tropical diseases and then try for indexing, but that proposal somehow has never been received with much enthusiasm.

Without indexing however, we are doomed to remain a second-class publication, important only to Indian radiologists. The story of our indexing (or non-indexing) however is interesting. In the late 60s, when every existing journal was being indexed, somehow we never applied. Obscure Indian journals were indexed at the time. Now of course, unless we do something unique, indexing is almost impossible.

In a broad sense this has to do with the direction and vision of the IRIA office-bearers. There are no mission statements and no definite goals that are set to be achieved. There are so many things that need to be done; lobbying with the Government to get laws made for preventing other specialities form practicing radiology; lobbying with the authorities to get customs duties for radiology equipment, films and contrast media removed; lobbying with the trade to make sure everyone gets a better deal; publishing best-practice criteria for radiologists to follow; standing behind member radiologists during medico-legal cases; representing the cause of radiology in the press, etc.

Over the last so many years, none of these issues have been discussed with any kind of gravity in any of our meetings. And if they have been brought up, some sub-committee or the other has been formed and the matter has then been consigned to the grave.

The practice of radiology is in great flux. Too many non-radiologists want to enter the field for various reasons. Hospitals are getting more and more aggressive with employee radiologists. The cost of equipment is only getting higher and higher and often impossible for private radiologists to bear. Unless we address these issues in detail at some point of time, we may have trouble just existing.

There are many other associations that are extremely pro-active with respect to their members. We are not. And in the end, this still brings us to that question that has been asked so many times. "Why should I become a member of the IRIA?" There really is no answer. The IRIA today really does not make a difference in the life or practice of a radiologist, unless he/she wants to be an office-bearer. This includes academic activities, the journal and practice issues.

We need to wake up! And fast.

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