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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1  

Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) in 2012 and Beyond

Consultant Dermatologist, Nirvana Skin Clinic, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication3-Jan-2013

Correspondence Address:
Shyam Verma
Consultant Dermatologist, Nirvana Skin Clinic, Makarpura Road, Vadodara - 390 015, Gujarat
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.105452

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Verma S. Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) in 2012 and Beyond. Indian Dermatol Online J 2013;4:1

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Verma S. Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) in 2012 and Beyond. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2013 [cited 2020 Jul 15];4:1. Available from: http://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2013/4/1/1/105452

We are delighted to come out with this first issue of 2013 for many reasons. This is going to be an issue that we will not forget soon for the same reasons. From this year, Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) becomes a quarterly. A journal that was born in 2009 and was meant to have two issues a year has bloomed into a robust quarterly solely because of the zeal with which Indian dermatologists and colleagues from all over the world have written for it. Large number of manuscript submissions means large number of reviewers and we have been lucky to have so many serious and discerning reviewers, who have given their time selflessly to improve the quality of the manuscripts. This year has seen a promising rise in the number of submissions. We hope to continue this trend in the future also. This relatively young journal has also achieved a milestone that many journals, much older still await eagerly. IDOJ got included on PubMed in late 2012 and we are ecstatic with this development, because we are getting more visibility internationally with this inclusion. We are also happy to share that the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology has agreed to dedicate a case in every issue. We thank the Director of the Academy, Dirk Elston, MD for his support.

Personally, as I complete three years as the journal's Founder Editor, I would like to reiterate the importance of case reports to our readership. There is an ongoing debate on case reports and their position in the publishing hierarchy in a scientific medical journal. Journals tend to give a somewhat controversial importance to 'Impact Factor', which is, simplistically put, calculated by the citability of articles contained therein. Since basic research and original clinical research articles are cited more often than case reports, journals that publish these articles get a higher impact factor that starts a cascade of events as we well realize. Many authors will aspire to publish in journals with a high impact factor. Revenues from advertisements too will be higher in journals with a high impact factor. To keep the impact factor high, case reports tend to get a somewhat inferior status and that undermines the importance of observing, documenting and publishing interesting rarities, unusual features, new treatment modalities, serendipitous discoveries, hitherto unknown side-effects and many other interesting features that case reports cover so effectively. IDOJ was started with the sole intention of getting more members of our community to share their experiences and expertise by documenting. We would like to orient this journal to being a journal, which readily accepts case reports, case series and other clinical experiences after an adequate peer review, not compromising on quality but not being too fastidious. While being included in PubMed was an important milestone to us in terms of visibility, Impact factor is not our priority at the moment. We, as a team are committed to a friendly submission process, peer review and as rapid an acceptance as possible after ensuring basic compliance with rules set by the journal. This is 'Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists' first ever complete online journal. It welcomes articles from across the globe. It aims to share clinical experiences in dermatology. Viva Clinical Dermatology! Thank you all for your interest and support. A new chapter in the history of this young journal begins with the New Year in more ways than one. Happy 2013.


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