Ropanasuri [roopânâ soo–ree] is an ancient Javanese Hindi of Bahasa Sansekerta (Sanskrit, Indo–Europe)[1] designating the healing knife, i.e., the surgical blade. The term was first proposed in 1967 by Professor Moenadjat Wiratmadja, a senior and the first plastic surgeon in Indonesia (1921–1980), and subsequently used in the symbol of the Indonesian Surgeons Association (IKABI). Besides, he expressed the noble of such a knife with the words, which is also in Sanskrit’s: sutiksna usada sudharma marga. Sanskrit: sutiksna implies blade/knife; usada means a condition of wellbeing; sudharma means prosperity, welfare; marga means people, human being.).Thus, it means ‘the surgical blade for the prosperity of human beings.’

In the 1970s, the surgeons who were the staff of the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, and also the faculty member of the Indonesian Surgeons Association who interested in writing (Bisono, Ibrahim Ahmadsyah) published the scientific articles in the surgical field and used the name of Ropanasuri as a tribute. Nowadays, it refers to the official journal of IKABI, with the attribute Indonesian Journal of Surgery.

In 2016, the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia, published the new academic journal using Ropanasuri differently: New Ropanasuri Journal of Surgery, aimed to publish the scientific articles of the staff as well as the residents following the international standard of publication. Publications are a requisite for all staff and the residents in the accomplishment of education and training in surgery. The launch was in line with the development of research in surgery and re-establishment of the scientific atmosphere in the Department as part of the mission to achieve the vision, namely infinite experience in the Department of Surgery FMUI by 2019.

The Journal published following the recommendation of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Available in open access journal, which digitally identified and accredited by the Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Directorate General, Research Empowering and Development. Signed by the Director of Intellectual Property Management, 2019.

[1] Sanskrit words in Sanskrit Sanskṛtabhāsa means perfect language. That is, the opposite of language Prakrit, or the language of the ordinary people (from Wikipedia, https://id.wikipedia.org)

Current Issue: Volume 4, Number 1 (2019)



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