​​​Centre for Defence Sciences Research & Development 

- An Autonomous Think-Tank of Defence and Security Studies 

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF'S COLUMN


With the sense of fulfillment we wish to present this issue before you all with an apology of being late, but it was all because of some technical hiccups. We sincerely hope that our forthcoming issues would be in time.

We are happy that scholars from other countries, Amb. Karl F. Inderfurth, S. Amer Latif, Moonis Ahmar, Sriya Chakravarti and Indra Adhikari have contributed their wisdom to enrich the contents of this issue. We also thank John Hamre, President of Center for Strategic and International Studies at Washington, D.C. and Amb. Ashok Sajjanhar for their humble response and contribution for producing this international issue.  We are moving step-by-step and the congratulatory notes of our three Chiefs of Armed Forces indicate journal’s acceptance in military circles. We expect some more ‘thoughts’ from that section in our next issue.

The contributions, in this issue, have covered a wide variety of themes to broaden the scope of ‘defence and security’ and we hope to continue the same. We are pleased to report that we have received 79 manuscripts this time in comparison to 33 last year. Our impact factor has stayed above 2.4 for past 2 years. The average number of days from submission to initial decision in 2012 was 38; this is down from 51 days in 2009. So we continue to improve on most indicators. In this issue we have introduced some sections like report, lecture, article, strategic essay, commentary, doctoral work, book review and document to make journal more interactive and reader’s friendly.

Any success of this journal is because of quality reviews of our experts. We wish to welcome Amb. J. C. Sharma, Swaran Singh, S. A. Minam Jafri and Harsh V. Pant, as new members of our Panel of Experts. We are slightly upset to report that some members of Panel of Experts have stepped down because of their other commitments; we offer heartfelt thanks to these members for their valuable services.  

We also want to acknowledge, you dear readers, for your support as demonstrated by your subscriptions. Our hope is that readers like you will continue to consider Scholar’s Voice: A New Way of Thinking as an outlet for your thoughts and as a source of ‘trend setter’.

We are delighted that scholars like Uddipan Mukherjee, Rahul Bhonsle and Johann Samuhamand have respond to our vision in Scholar’s Voice: A New Way of Thinking. These responses make the journal more interactive to illuminate the controversies in our field. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you for your patience and support.                                                           

Dr. Jagdish P. Verma