Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry

: 2020  |  Volume : 36  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1--2

Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry – The show must go on!

Debasish Basu 
 Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India

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Debasish Basu
Department of Psychiatry, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012

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The show must go on

The show must go on, yeah

Inside my heart is breaking

My makeup may be flaking

But my smile, still, stays on

On with the show

The Show must go on, go on, go on….

Queen. The show must go on (Bohemian Rhapsody, 1991)

Time flies so fast! I still recall the day when I got a call from Dr. Sudhir Khandelwal and then from Dr. Rakesh Chadda (both Past Presidents of the Indian Association for Social Psychiatry) in October 2011, asking me if I was interested in taking over as the new Editor of the Indian Journal of Social Psychiatry. I was hesitant and reluctant. It was a big challenge! However, inspired by them and by others who I have the greatest respect for, I decided to take up the challenge. And now, here, we are in 2020. Almost a decade has passed. And your Journal is here. The show is going on!

As you are aware, your Journal is being published by Wolters Kluwer India Private Limited Publications from 2015 onward. Since 2016 all four issues of IndJSP are being published annually. Thus, the original scheme of the quarterly publication of your Journal has been finally resumed after a gap of two decades!

We have been able to maintain the quality of the publications by having a dedicated panel of peer reviewers. This is reflected by the monthly download statistics provided by the publishers from September 2015 onward. Starting from 700 to 800 downloads per month at that time, the recent months have clocked downloads of more than 40,000 per month! [Figure 1] charts the growth of downloads per month till October 2019.{Figure 1}

The other highlights of the Journal include more than 40% increase in number of articles submitted from 2015 to 2019 and the time taken from article submission to publication in Journal, which has reduced significantly from 11 months in 2015 to 5 months in 2019.

Regarding indexing, other than being indexed in the Directory of Open Access journals and Index Copernicus, an application has been made for indexing the Journal in Emerging Sources Citation Index. I have been regularly following it up with the publishers, but they have not yet confirmed the indexing. Eventually, these activities should lead to its inclusion in PubMed. Unfortunately, this is a dream which still remains unfulfilled as of today. This would remain a challenge for my successor.

Since the very beginning, I have been blessed by the constant support, guidance, and assistance of my gurus, mentors, advisors, my absolutely adorable editorial team, and the office bearers and executive council of the Association. I will fail in my duty not to specifically mention the names of Prof. Vijoy K. Varma, Prof. Sudhir Khandelwal, Prof. Rakesh Chadda, Prof. BS Chavan, Prof. P. Joseph Varghese, Prof. Roy Abraham Kallivayalil, Prof. TSS Rao, Prof. R. Srinivasa Murthy, Prof. Mohan Isaac, and other stalwarts who had believed in me and supported me through thick and thin. A special note of gratitude to the Executive editor Prof. Nitin Gupta and the Deputy editor Dr. Siddharth Sarkar, who stood with me like solid rocks of support all the time; without them, I simply could not function! A mere word of thanks is not enough. I am also grateful to all the many peer reviewers for their constant help and support.

As I wrote in one of my earlier editorials:

“Social psychiatry has always been a protagonist, an activist, a rebel of sorts. History has tried to downplay the “social” component of biopsychosocial in many ways, from the dark middle ages to the current biological era, but social psychiatry has always bounced back. It is now highlighted in even the most “medical” (read: Biologically oriented) of all scientific journals……A day may indeed come when psychiatry will cease to need its social advocates and will become only ONE psychiatry, which will be sans boundaries when there will be no need for “biological” versus “psychosocial” polarity or even territoriality. Till that time, however, we will still need to hold on to social psychiatry lest it is deprived of its due. The moment we become complacent, other forces will tend to downsize the social dimension of psychiatry and upscale the other dimensions. We need to be passionate about it.”[1]

I am sure my worthy successor will take your Journal to newer heights. I promise my inputs whenever I am felt to be needed. I have loved this work for 9 years and would be proud to be associated with it in future. As the famous British rock band Queen sang, although my heart breaks and my makeup flakes, my smile, my passion, and my resolve to make social psychiatry a visible and powerful force will stay on.

The Show must go on!


1Basu D. Social psychiatry: Why we (still) need to hold on to it. Indian J Soc Psychiatry 2014;30:1-4.