Greetings from the new team! It gives me immense pleasure to take charge as the Editor-in-Chief (EIC) of the Indian Dermatology Online Journal. I am grateful to the Executive Committee of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists (IADVL) and the Journal Search Committee for their trust and confidence in me.
Indian Dermatology Online Journal (IDOJ) is one of the official scientific journals of the IADVL. Our mission has always been and will continue to be the pursuit of academic excellence. I have the deepest respect for my predecessors, Dr. Shyam Verma and Dr. Sunil Dogra, who accomplished the difficult task of founding and establishing IDOJ as an exceptional journal. The new editorial team is committed to follow in their footsteps and continue the momentum of the journal while retaining its best traits.
We currently receive 800–900 articles each year, and these numbers are growing over time. The IDOJ follows a strict blinded peer review process to ensure that we curate scientific content of the highest quality for our readers. The journal acceptance rate at present is around 24%. We take 85 days on average from submission to acceptance, and about 72 days from acceptance to publication. Though this is a reasonable period for any manuscript to be in print, with the help of our efficient and supportive reviewer base, we aim to cut down this time even further. We will try to expedite the process of getting ahead of print status so that articles can get cited and the authors get due credit at the earliest, even before it gets included in an issue.
From a content perspective, we are planning some additions and deletion of sections. We would like to introduce a procedural dermatology section with descriptions of surgical, laser, and cosmetic procedures, which will contribute to better patient care. This section can be useful for private practitioners and postgraduates alike. To encourage valued publications from the younger members of the fraternity, a section dedicated to thesis/dissertation-based original research articles, all of which will go through a complete peer review process, is in the pipeline. We also plan to give special mentions to the IDOJ quiz winners.
So far, the journal has been publishing reviews, symposia, original studies, brief reports, case reports, and letters to the editor in addition to many snippets such as “Through the Dermoscope” and quizzes. While these will continue, “Concise-Communications,” “Clinicopathologic Challenge,” and “Through the Lens” will be discontinued. The “Therapeutic Innovations” and “Resident's Area” features will be given special importance. All these changes will reflect in the author's instructions soon. We encourage authors to frequent the “author instructions” link on our homepage, “http://www.idoj.in,” for updates.
We admit that there are some glitches in the manuscript processing system, which is not a welcome thing. We regret the inconvenience and assure you that things will be sorted out for the best very soon as the technical team at the publishing house is on the job with utmost priority. Being an open-access journal, the articles published in IDOJ have wider visibility and more chances of citation. It will continue to be an open-access journal, enabling our authors to gain more exposure and reach.
I would like to express my gratitude to Dr. Sunil Dogra and his team for taking the journal to the level it is at today and for mentoring me for the last one year on the roles and responsibilities of the EIC. Thanks to Dr. K T Ashique, associate editor, for taking care of the production work and social media and bringing out both online and print issues of the journal on time.
I welcome Dr. Dipankar De, our additional associate editor, onboard the IDOJ team. He will be a valuable asset to the editorial team with his vast experience in research and publishing. I am thankful to the entire editorial board, old and new, for their counsel and for agreeing to continue to guide us in the coming years. Thanks to the section editors and reviewers who contributed their expertise in identifying the best articles for the journal. Finally, my sincere gratitude to the authors, who submitted their valuable research manuscripts to the IDOJ, revised and re-revised through the editorial decisions with utmost perfection and patience, until we had the final perfect versions that would be published. Without all of their support, it would not be possible to produce an informative and readable journal with valuable scientific content. Finally, thanks to our readers for continuing to show their interest and support for the IDOJ. We request your continuous feedback and suggestions to improve further.
We rely on all of your best wishes and best manuscripts for the IDOJ to attain greater heights.