Universal access to the Internet, with its remarkable ability to deliver information both instantly and free, has changed the way we search for information to stay up to date. All of us turn to our computers to find out what is going on in our fields of expertise. This has led to the impression that published material is less desirable and has decreased the demand for books and journals and reduced the need for doctors to submit manuscripts for publication.
With the American Journal of Dermatopathology (AJDP), we have tried to stay relevant by implementing several changes over the past couple of years. First, to facilitate, simplify, and expedite the process of submission, review, and final disposition of articles, manuscripts can now be submitted electronically. This means that authors can now expect a final decision about their articles in a matter of weeks rather than months. Second, we are now providing color photographs with no cost to authors. This has had a major impact on the number of submissions to the Journal.
New in 2010 was the Weedon Award of $1000, which will be awarded annually for the best article published in the previous year. This award is sponsored by the International Society of Dermatopathology to encourage dermatopathologists to publish their most interesting cases. In 2010, this honor was awarded to Drs. Lorenzo Cerroni, Lauren Pincus, Philip LeBoit, Timothy McCalmont, Roberto Ricci, Carlo Buzio, Lindy Fox, and Fergus Oliver for their article “Subcutaneous panniculitis-like T-cell lymphoma with overlapping clinicopathologic features of lupus erythematosus: co-existence of two entities?”
These changes have led to an increase in the number of manuscripts submitted and the number of articles published. To handle this increase, we began to publish 8 issues per year instead of the previous 6 issues. This still has not given us enough space to publish all of the worthy articles; thus, in an effort to make this information available, some articles will be published online. They can be accessed at the AJDP Website http://journals.lww.com/amjdermatopathology.
Also new this year, the Journal has begun to offer continuing medical education articles. Most of these articles are reviews, and we believe that they will facilitate our readers in obtaining continuing medical education hours.
The AJDP is part of the Pathology Network's Pn blog, which is a forum for opinions, questions, controversies, and discussion across the field of pathology. We encourage our readers to take advantage of this means of communication with their colleagues. You can access the blog also at http://journals.lww.com/amjdermatopathology.
As editor of the Journal, I hope that these changes will keep our Journal fresh, dynamic, and of great value to you, our reader. Please do not hesitate to contact me with your comments, opinions, and suggestions.
Omar P. Sangüeza, MD