The Chinese philospher Lao Tzu famously said that a thousand mile journey begins with one step. Although the earliest reliable historic reference to the philospher dates from 100 BCE, his saying still holds true today, as the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute (PVRI) moves one step ahead in its 8 year journey to increase the awareness and knowledge of pulmonary vascular diseases (PVD).
Its founders foresaw an open and non-hierachal idea exchange within the field of PVDs, unlimited by the censorship of accepted concensus. As the PVRI grew and evolved, its mission became more defined, and soon the Pulmonary Vascular Research Institute was established as a medical educational centre concerned with the research, education and awareness of PVDs worldwide, with a specific focus on the underserved regions of the world. This identity still holds true today, although admittedly, the PVRI has changed face- most notably in the introduction of this very journal. Following the successful PVRI Review (for details, please see the Annual Report on p.65 and Prof. Harikrishnan’s Guest Editorial on pp. 2-4), the PVRI Chronicle is a natural progression in the PVRI Publications initiative. The journal is divided into sections to fit the articles from a wide range of areas and perspectives, in order to form a truly inclusive view of the state of pulmonary vascular diseases and the actions of the PVRI and its members.
Recent advances in communication technology, the growing popularity of online publication and the increasing use of hand held electronic devices to access news and articles online have swiftly changed the nature and presentation of publications, journals, and even books. For a young institution like PVRI, adaptation to these developments is vital. So, reflecting the zeitgeist, the new journal is non-peer reviewed, bi-annual, available online and open access, with a likely print on demand feature. Additionally, PVRI Chronicle will expand its communcation potential into tablets and smartphones in the form of an app later this year.
Presided over by the PVRI Young Council, the journal is homemade in every way, meaning it is formatted, edited and published entirely by the Institute. This provides flexibility regarding adaptation and saves valuable time and costs. Additionally, this ‘at home’ approach to the formatting, as well as the technological advances, allow far more possibilities than any paper journal. The PVRI App can feature advanced versions of the PVRI Chronicle which could include videos, slideshows, animated figures, image magnification, hyperlinks, and feedback options.
It goes without saying that your support is invaluable. By reading this first issue of the PVRI Chronicle, and sending in submissions for upcoming volumes, you are an asset to the Journal and a major part of its success. The comments and feedback from the readership will help this very new editorial team create an effective platform of communication. Therefore, on behalf of the editorial board of PVRI Chronicle and the members of PVRI Young Council, I urge the senior fellows of PVRI to help us grow by stimulating your junior physicians, medical students, graduate students and post doctoral fellows to contribute articles to the PVRI Chronicle. After all, in the words of Henry Ford, if “coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success”, let us work together to make PVRI Chronicle a success.