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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 1  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 2 Table of Contents     

From the virtual desk of the editor

Consultant Dermatologist, Director, International Society of Dermatology, Vadodara, Gujarat, India

Date of Web Publication26-Nov-2010

Correspondence Address:
Shyam B Verma
Consultant Dermatologist, Director, International Society of Dermatology, 18 Amee Society, Diwalipura, Vadodara - 390 015
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2229-5178.73247

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Verma SB. From the virtual desk of the editor. Indian Dermatol Online J 2010;1:2

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Verma SB. From the virtual desk of the editor. Indian Dermatol Online J [serial online] 2010 [cited 2021 Jan 19];1:2. Available from: https://www.idoj.in/text.asp?2010/1/1/2/73247

It is an immense pleasure to be the founding editor-in-chief of this newborn Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ), which happens to be the first publishing cyber venture of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists, better known as IADVL.

We hope to participate in evolving this fledgling journal into a journal with a difference. IADVL has an official journal that has a current acceptance rate of 7%, which is an impressive number, proving the high quality of the publications that go through the rigors of final acceptance. However, it also means that for every 7 articles accepted, the studies of 93 authors and their teams are rejected. We realize that the strength of Indian dermatology lies in the vast clinical exposure that our community has, owing to the staggering population of our country. Moreover, private practitioners outnumber academicians by a ratio of more than 9:1, and it is these private practitioners who see the maximum number of interesting cases by virtue of sheer numbers. The journal is aimed at encouraging them to share and document their cases, their experiences, and their opinions. As Indian dermatology smartly marches into the international limelight, I am convinced that our visibility will be directly proportional to the amount of literature we share with our international colleagues. What better medium would we find to disseminate dermatology knowledge and information, besides the World Wide Web?

I request browsers of this site to become regular readers, regular readers to become contributors, and contributors to become flag bearers of IDOJ and the parent organization IADVL on the international platform. I encourage the dermatology community worldwide to do the same and to become members of IADVL, which is emerging as a major international force. Membership to this organization will also entitle you to participate in an electronic discussion group, Acad IADVL, which is a teaching and learning platform for dermatology in dark skin, owing to our population, which is essentially Fitzpatrick type IV and V, and is attracting a lot more attention on account of the widespread phenomenon of migration.

Like all maiden ventures this has been an uphill task. It has meant hours of poring over manuscripts in solitary confinement, thinking of adding various sections, rewriting several sections, following up with people, talking to publishers and in the process learning so much! Though an uphill task the view has been beautiful ! I cannot thank my editorial team enough, especially Drs. Ashique, Lahiri, Inamdar and Srinivas who lent a helping hand whenever I asked for help. This message would not be complete without thanking my wife and son for bearing with me and my laptop! A very special thanks to my father, Prof. Dr. Bhanu S. Verma, Founder Head of Department of Dermatology & Venereology, Baroda Medical College, Gujarat, who has been a special guiding force for me with his 55 years of active association with Dermatovenereology. He continues to bless me and show me the way.

Last but not the least, IADVL owes a word of gratitude to Prof. T.G. Gopinathan, retired professor from Calicut, Kerala, India, and a symbol of the popular Indian adage "Old is Gold", whose brainchild this journal is.
"Suswagatam", Welcome to IDOJ and its activities, and Viva IADVL!


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