Simanta Talukdar1, Shyamanta Das2, Samrat Singh Bhandari3, Uddip Talukdar4, Devyani Borkataki5
1Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India, 2Department of Psychiatry, Gauhati Medical College Hospital, Guwahati, Assam, India, 3Department of Psychiatry, Sikkim Manipal Institute of Medical Sciences, Gangtok, Sikkim, India, 4Department of Psychiatry, Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed Medical College Hospital, Barpeta, Assam, India, 5Editorial Assistant, Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®)
An editorial on completion of ten years for the journal.
Keywords: Editorial. Years. Journal.
Correspondence: Dr. Shyamanta Das, MD, 10, CK Agarwalla Road, Ambari, Uzan Bazar, Guwahati-781001, Assam, India. firstname.lastname@example.org
Received: 15 May 2019
Revised: 2 June 2019
Accepted: 8 June 2019
Epub: 15 June 2019
Greetings from the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®)!
THE YEAR 2010
What engraves a particular year in mind defying the chaos of constantly changing lane of time? There were many significant events on the year 2010 like the other years. Noting the ten most important ones is a topic that deserves debate. Selection would vary across individuals, communities, interests, workspaces, governments, corporations, and countries. Ranging from official opening of the tallest man made structure Burj Khalifa in Dubai to the end of H1N1 pandemic declared by World Health Organisation or triggering of the Arab Spring, there were numerous remarkable occurrences. Here are our picks:
The Burj Khalifa is tallest among all of the man-made structures. It was opened officially in Dubai of the United Arab Emirates. Till this year, it has retained its record.
In cricket, Sachin Tendulkar becomes the first batsman to score a double century in one-day international. Till date, a total of ten double centuries have been scored in one-day cricket, eight in men’s and two in women’s.
A functional synthetic genome is created, announced by scientists. It is the first such living cell. A bacterium’s “genetic software” was constructed. Later, it was transplanted into a host cell. The creation is described as the first species having computer as parents.
The world was swept by the football World Cup fever. By hosting the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, South Africa became the first such African nation to do so. Fans from the other side of the globe had sleepless nights to catch up with the actions. Spain was crowned the world champions.[1,5]
“The H1N1 influenza pandemic is over”, declared the World Health Organization (WHO). There was return of worldwide flu activity to typical seasonal patterns. Immunity to the virus was developed by many people. Amidst criticism of WHO exaggerating the pandemic threat under influence from pharmaceutical companies, confirmed 2009 H1N1 deaths reached about 18,500. As many people dying of flu-related causes are not tested, the true number may be much higher.
Delhi of India hosted the 2010 Commonwealth Games. This XIXth edition saw participation form 71 Commonwealth nations and dependencies. It was the first time in India and the second time in Asia that the Games were held.
The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded to Liu Xiaobo for his struggle for fundamental human rights in China.[1,2]
Mohamed Bouazizi was a street vendor in Tunisia. He attempted suicide by self-immolation. It triggered the Tunisian Revolution. Later, led to the Arab Spring.
“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell”; it was a 17-year-old policy. In the United States military, homosexuals were banned from serving openly. President Barack Obama repealed it by signing into law.
Another event of the year 2010, as fleeting and silent as the fluttering of a butterfly’s wings, was the release of the inaugural issue of Dysphrenia. It was an in-house magazine having roots in 7+5=13, turned journal, and later rechristened to OJPAS®.
With the current July-December 2019, Volume 10 Issue 2 of OJPAS®, we have turned ten. We do not know whether we have stirred up a storm, like the fluttering of the butterfly in one part of the world has the potential to stir up a typhoon half-way across the world, according to chaos theory.
It is time to cherish the struggles that strengthened us over the years. It is time to cast light on our achievements. It is also time to introspect, reflect, and envision yet another decade ahead. But, above all, we are just happy to be ten!
Next year, we will be 11. We should comparatively feel happier next year. But, ‘turning ten’ seems to be the happiest! Naturally, the number ten has its unique significance.
In the decimal number system, ten is the base. For denoting numbers, the most common system is the decimal number system. Humans have ten fingers (digits). That is the reason for the choice of ten, it is believed.
A decade is formed by the collection of ten items (mostly ten years). In religion and philosophy, the Ten Commandments constitute a cornerstone of Judaism and Christianity. In Hinduism, Dashaavathar means the appearance of ten incarnations of Lord Vishnu on the earth. There are ten human Gurus in Sikhism.
In sports and games, ten track and field events form a combined event in athletics, called decathlon. In football, the team’s playmaker usually wears the number ten jersey. “Number 10” has become synonym for the player in that specific role, even without wearing that number. The referee counts to ten in boxing before declaring winner by knockout.
In the Rorschach inkblot test, there are ten official inkblots. There are ten different letters in Snellen chart.
As mark of celebrating the ten years of OJPAS®, the first and last authors have come up with an innovative design to commemorate the event (Figure 1).
Here, we are highlighting the influential articles published in the last ten years with highest number of citations (Table 1).
Moreover, the following articles are included in the PubMed (Table 2):
THE WAY AHEAD…
With the upcoming issues of OJPAS®, we are planning to focus on few less explored territories within the purview of LAMIC (low and middle income countries) perspective:
- Engaging with a larger audience beyond the medical faculty by connecting with related fields like social work, rehabilitation, and rights-based civil society organisations, and accepting contribution based on their experiences.
- Acknowledging the differences among communities within LAMIC, based on historical experiences of socioeconomic and cultural discriminations, and addressing the relevant issues through appropriate research.
- Ensuring inclusiveness in covering issues of different individual and collective identities based on ethnicity, language, gender and sexual orientation.
- Exploring intersectional ties in addressing relevant issues in the forms of collaborative studies and workshops.
Our gratitude to Team OJPAS® consisting of the editorial and advisory board members as well as the support staff, authors, reviewers, and readers, also the friends and adversaries, for sticking through thick and thin in this ten-year long journey. Let us now together stride ahead in our journey for the next ‘ten’.
Dr. Linda Cottler and the FOGARTY team, “INDO - US TRAINING PROGRAM IN BEHAVIORAL HEALTH ACROSS THE LIFESPAN” #D43 TW009120 (SS Bhandari, Fellow)
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- Mukherjee SB, Sahu KK, Sahu S. Stigma: knowledge of college going students about mental illness and reaction towards the persons with mental illness. Dysphrenia. 2014;5:106-13.
- Hazarika S, Roy D, Talukdar SK. A study of medication nonadherence in schizophrenia. Dysphrenia. 2013;4:123-6.
- Bhagabati D, Das B, Das S. Pattern of alcohol consumption in underage population in an Indian city. Dysphrenia. 2013;4:36-41.
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- Bhandari SS, Das S. Policy of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®) related to plagiarism. Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2019;10:1-2.
- Hazarika M, Choudhury P. Reflections on and discussions about ‘Luminous Life: A New Model of Humanistic Psychotherapy’. Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2019;10:87-90.
- Das S, Bhandari SS, Talukdar S, Dutta A, Barman N, Bhagabati D. An exploratory study from eastern India on neurological soft signs and spontaneous movement disorders in schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2019;10:3-8.
- Hazarika M, Bhagabati D. Father and son attachment styles in alcoholic and non-alcoholic families. Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2018;9:15-9.
- Das S, Das B, Hazarika M. Global psychiatry: a LAMIC perspective. Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2017;8:105-6.
Talukdar S, Das S, Bhandari SS, Talukdar U, Borkataki D. Ten. Open J Psychiatry Allied Sci. 2019;10:97-100. doi: 10.5958/2394-2061.2019.00040.5. Epub 2019 Jun 15.
Source of support: Nil. Declaration of interest: The authors are editorial board members of the Open Journal of Psychiatry & Allied Sciences (OJPAS®).
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