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Editorial ESONT Journal Issue 1

Editorial ESONT Journal Issue 1


It gives me great pleasure to introduce the first issue of the Journal of the European Society of Ophthalmic Nurses and Technicians. The European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons (ESCRS) Publications Committee, of which I am chairman, adds to its ever increasing list of publications with the addition of this peer-review journal to complement ESONT EuroTimes, which has been in existence for some years.
Ophthalmologists are merely part of the ophthalmic team which delivers visual healthcare to the public. We rely on the skills and practical care which ophthalmic nurses and technicians deliver so capably to all of us. Knowledge is the basis of all healthcare and we belong to that aspect of healthcare which is evidence-based.
Accordingly, all authors must follow the strict guidelines that are a requirement for acceptance of material for a peer-review journal. For example, all methodologies identified as being conducted or developed by the authors must have been so conducted or developed. Relevant prior material should be properly identified and referenced by standard bibliographic conventions. All work submitted must be the original work of the authors and should not plagiarise the work of others. Duplicate, repetitive or
redundant submissions are naturally prohibited. Quotation of previously published work is permissible
where relevant but only with prior permission of the owner of the copyright. Conflicts of interest should be disclosed.
The peer-review process is not perfect, but no better methodology of scrutiny of original work has been devised. The basis for peer review is the presumption of integrity and lack of bias by reviewers. Most peer-reviewed papers accepted for peer-review journals have been improved by the review process where shortening of a manuscript, attention to statistical correctness, advice to go back and prolong the study or over-hyping of the conclusions have been drawn to the author’s attention.
It is also implicit that authorship of papers should be limited to those contributors who have actually made a meaningful contribution and not just had a brief association with the work. Multi-centre studies deserve mention of all the collaborators but a simple case report should not involve more than one or two authors.

I anticipate that this journal will grow in stature and circulation, reflecting the important contribution it is expected to make. I wish it every success in attracting worthy material for publication and distribution to a wide international sector of ophthalmic nurses and technicians.

Colin Kerr
Executive Editor,
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