|Year : 2022 | Volume
| Issue : 1 | Page : 1-2
Now it is time to say goodbye!
Department of Pediatric Dermatology, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
|Date of Submission||07-Dec-2021|
|Date of Acceptance||07-Dec-2021|
|Date of Web Publication||31-Dec-2021|
Department of Pediatric Dermatology, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata, West Bengal
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
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Dhar S. Now it is time to say goodbye!. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2022;23:1-2
After 9 years of my service as an Editor-in-chief, it is now time to hang up my boots. From January 2013 to December 2021 is quite a long journey, a journey that has extracted the best of my abilities in terms of hard work, commitment, devotion, sincerity, and most of all time!
When I took over as the Editor-in-chief in January 2013, the journal was literally struggling with a single issue published in 2012. In 2013, we could publish two issues. Submission of articles used to be very less those days. Gradually, the number of submitted articles increased, and in 2014, we could manage to publish three issues. It increased to four issues a year from 2015, which is being maintained till date. The volume of each issue also started swelling up with time, 50 pages on an average in 2014 and the first issue of 2015. From second issue onward, it became a healthy 75-page journal. In 2018, it became 80 pages and 2019 onward till date, by and large, 95 pages. This trend suggests that there was a slow but steady progress in the volume of issues of IJPD. It has been a real challenge to get good-quality original articles on a focused area such as pediatric dermatology, particularly after thorough scrutiny during stringent peer-review process. When I took over in 2013, the total number of submission of manuscripts was 57. The number gradually improved and in the last year (2020) it was 309. This year, the number has gone down. The online submission site of IJPD has been revamped and renovated. There were quite a bit of technical glitches and we have received many complaints of contributors not being able to upload their manuscripts online. I believe that is the reason of sudden dip in the submission rate to IJPD this year. Nevertheless, the journal has been able to publish some good original articles so far, and we sincerely hope to get more original works in the days to come.
The journal has gone from strength to strength over the last 9 years as there has been a significant improvement in its look, content, and quality of scientific stuff. This has been reflected in gradual national and global recognition of it in the form of indexing in Indian Science Abstracts, Inclusion in the list of Medical Council of India recognized Indian journals where publication will carry credit points for application/interview/ promotion in government jobs in medical sectors. The journal has also got indexed with DOAJ, Web of Science, and Emerging Sources Citation Index. I know PubMed indexing is only a matter of time now. I shall be happy to see that in the hands of my worthy successor Dr Resham Vasani and TEAM in the days to come.
Some of the CME/review articles have been contributed by global leaders with expertise in various fields of pediatric dermatology. Although their names feature in the “International Advisory Board” of IJPD, the manuscripts have been accepted after proper peer review as done for all other articles. Some of the finest articles have been contributed by Dr. Anthony J. Mancini, Dr. Carola Duran-McKinster, Dr. Carlo Gelmetti, Dr. John Su, Dr. Robert Sidbury, Dr. Tor Shwayder, Dr. Celia Moss, Dr. Tess McPharson, Dr. Tay Yong Kwang, and Dr. Leong Kin Fon to name a few. Several of them are authors of chapters in Global Text Books of Pediatric Dermatology and monographs.
The most important aspect in pediatric dermatology has been the spontaneous fascination and urge to get involved with the specialty among the new-generation dermatologists in India. This has happened despite lucrative cosmetic and aesthetic dermatology opportunities and a good number of dedicated young dermatologists are coming forward to join pediatric dermatology. IJPD is thankful to have got a galaxy of talented and hard-working young dermatologists working tirelessly for the journal. I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Deepak Parikh, the founding editor of IJPD for giving me the opportunity to work for Indian Journal of Paediatric Dermatoogy. My sincere thanks to Dr. Arun C. Inamadar, Dr. Rajib Malakar, Dr. Manish Shah, Dr. Raghubir Banerjee, Dr. Ramkumar Ramamoorthy and Dr. Sahana Srinivas for their continued support for IJPD.
The research methodology section has greatly improved by sincere and dedicated work of Dr. Sharmila Chatterjee and Dr. Amit Chattopadhyay. My heartfelt gratitude and thanks to them. I have always counted upon a group of younger colleagues of mine for their excellent review of submitted articles and correction of proof. I would like to sincerely thank Dr. Manjyot Gautam, Dr. Resham Vasani, Dr. Maitreyee Panda, Dr. Swetalina Pradhan, Dr. Divya Gupta, Dr. Ajit Barve, Dr. Anupam Das, Dr. Bhabani Singh, Dr. Neetu Bhari, Dr. Sikhar Ganjoo and a few more. Brilliant language editing has raised the bar of the journal and for this credit goes to Dr. Soumya Jagadeesan, Dr. Anuradha Kakkanatt Babu, Dr. Samipa Mukherjee, Dr. Indrashis Poddar, Dr. Samujjala Deb and Dr. Somodyuti Chandra. I take this opportunity to thank from the bottom of my heart all my extremely hardworking editorial board members, esteemed contributors, erudite reviewers, inquisitive readers, and enthusiastic subscribers for their valued contribution and patronage. Special thanks to Mr. Hussain Shaikh, Production Editor for his support and co-operation for timely publication of IJPD.
Someone who has worked for the journal all these years silently and behind the curtain, being omnipresent, solving small and big technical glitches day and night tirelessly is Mr. Tapas Kayal. I have no words to thank him, honestly.
A note of thanks to sponsors and all the well-wishers of IJPD.
I, on behalf of “Team IJPD,” sincerely thank all of you for your kind patronage of IJPD and hope you will continue to do the same in the days to come. I wish you all a very happy, healthy and prosperous 2022.
Long live IJPD!