|Year : 2018 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) going the print way!
Editor in chief, IDOJ, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, India
|Date of Web Publication||22-Jan-2018|
Editor in chief, IDOJ, Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Dogra S. Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) going the print way!. Indian Dermatol Online J 2018;9:1-2
Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) was started as start-up online (e-version) only journal by the Indian Association of Dermatologists Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL) in 2010. Over the years, IDOJ has made its respectable place among dermatology journals not only in India but at the global level with indexing in most standard agencies including PubMed Central. IDOJ has provided an excellent platform to showcase and learn clinical dermatology. Last year, we revamped our home page and layout of online published articles for an easy and better reading experience. Articles submission system and tracking of submitted manuscripts is being constantly improved for the benefit of authors. Manuscripts published in IDOJ have figured among top 10 articles in 2017 of all the journals published by Medknow/Wolters Kluwer (India) Pvt Ltd. Additionally, newly introduced sections such as dermoscopy received huge response from authors and readers. As Editor-in-Chief, I along with my editorial team have succeeded to significantly reduce the manuscripts turnaround time. Some sections have larger volumes of submissions, and hence there may be a delay to publish despite acceptance. Despite rapid growth, relatively short time to publication, and modest acceptance rate of 20% in 2017, the journal's editorial dedication to quality has remained consistently high. The editorial team has always shown ample patience and encouraged authors, particularly postgraduates and young dermatologists, to improve their manuscripts allowing several revisions with constructive comments. Looking back, we have come a long way and the future seems promising as well.
Over the past two years, there has been a constant debate in various journals on the circular issued by the Medical Council of India (MCI) in September 2015 regarding the requirements for the promotion of teaching faculty. The critics have highlighted several issues in the assessment of publication for medical teacher's promotion such as the exclusion of publications in “electronic-only” journals, awarding points only to “original research” papers and first or second authors, listing of indexing databases for journals, and categorizing journals as national or international., Considering the mandate of MCI regarding the requirement of publications in printed journals for promotion of teaching medical faculty, national executive committee of IADVL has proposed to make IDOJ a print journal from January 2018. This proposal was made by the national IADVL president Prof Y S Marfatia and supported by Prof Ramesh Bhat (president elect national IADVL) for the benefit of IADVL members after their recent meeting with MCI officials. We hope this can answer the concern raised by many, especially from the postgraduate teaching faculty in India. It may be seen as a retrograde step in present times while some of new journals started over the last few years like the PLoS group of journals and Biomed Central (BMC) journals are only online with a high impact factor and many prestigious old journals like the Journal of American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) and British Medical Journals (BMJ) are now having longer e-versions or some manuscripts with only e-version. It is hoped that MCI or the proposed National Medical Commission (NMC) will review its notification and differentiate national societies such as IADVL run official PUBMED indexed online (electronic) journals such as IDOJ from several fast mushrooming predatory journals that promise to publish manuscripts overnight with a fee and serve the purpose for faculty promotion in India. In the near future, further changes will take place in the journal format and content in line with rapidly progressing scientific environment, reader's preference, and digital innovations including review of its print version requirement.
I take this opportunity to congratulate the winners of the best published papers in IDOJ during 2017 in various categories as follows; original article by Akhtar S, Hassan I, Rasool F, Bhat YJ, Sheikh G. Occupational dermatoses among cottage industry workers of Kashmir Valley in North India. Indian Dermatol Online J 2017;8:181-5; case report by Grover C, Kharghoria G, Daulatabad D, Bhattacharya SN. Nicolau syndrome following intramatricial triamcinolone injection for nail lichen planus. Indian Dermatol Online J 2017;8:350-1; and letter to editor by Poornimambaa M, Asokan N, Augustine J. Utility of direct immunofluorescence in the diagnosis of small vessel vasculitis of the skin: A cross-sectional study. Indian Dermatol Online J 2017;8:515-7. The cash awards have been increased to 15,000, 10,000 and 5,000 INR, respectively, from this time onwards. The Skindia Quiz is running successfully and has completed 43 publications already.
Together we will continuously work hard to help authors in improving the quality of manuscripts and further reduce the turnaround time for manuscripts. We will try to provide rapid, unbiased, and meaningful peer-review and editorial decisions on time. I cordially invite authors to submit their precious original and first-hand manuscripts, which will help to achieve our goal of high-quality publication, SCIe indexing, and generation of an impact factor. Last but not the least; I thank all the contributors and reviewers for their unstinted support during the year, which is pivotal to the continued success and prominence of our journal.
Together let us take IDOJ forward to greater heights.
I wish you all a very happy, healthy, and successful New Year 2018.
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