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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 167-168
IJD® becomes the official organ of the Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology

Editor, Indian Journal of Dermatology, India

Date of Web Publication16-May-2012

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Koushik Lahiri
Editor, Indian Journal of Dermatology
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5154.96185

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Spring was ushered this year with a wonderful news. We were approached by the Secretary General of the Asian Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AADV), Dr. Steven Chow, with a proposal to assign the Indian Journal of Dermatoloy (IJD® ) as the official journal of the AADV.

Coming as it did on the heels of the Ranbaxy deal by virtue of which copies of IJD® are now reaching almost all the qualified dermatologists in the country, and after receiving our first impact factor from Thomson-Reuters, this was indeed exciting news for the journal.

The proposal was presented in the joint meeting of the Editorial and Advisory Board members of the journal at Jaipur on 11 February 2012, where, among others, Dr. C. R. Srinivas (Advisor and President, IADVL), Dr. Shyam Verma (Advisor and Editor, IDOJ), Dr. J.P. Ortonne (Advisor and Editor, JEADV) and Dr. Deepak Parikh (Advisor and Chairperson ISPD) were present, apart from Dr. Steven Chow (Advisor and Secretary General, AADV) himself.

The proposal was subsequently discussed threadbare in the first editorial board meeting on 5 March 2012, and was unanimously endorsed by the Executive Council of IADVL, West Bengal, the owner of the journal on 10 April 2012.

On 17 April 2012, AADV formally assigned the IJD® the unique honor of the official journal of AADV.

It would not be out of place to mention here some details about the AADV that may be interesting for our readers.

The AADV was conceived by the League of Asean Dermatological Societies in 2002 at the 10 th Regional Conference of Dermatology (Asian-Australasian) in Manila. The inaugural meeting of the AADV was held in Hanoi 2009, with the formation of its Foundation Board of Directors and the conferment of the first tranche of Foundation Fellows. The roll of Foundation Fellows shall close in 2012, following which Fellowship of the AADV shall be by application from qualified and distinguished dermatologists. Honorary Fellowships are conferred upon those persons whom the Board recognizes to have made significant contribution to Dermatology in Asia as well as globally. The Board of the AADV convenes the annual Asian Dermatology Summit at the invitation of national meetings in the region.

The AADV is a non-profit organization, and its corporate activities are domiciled in Hong Kong under the name of Asianderm Ltd. The secretariat of the AADV is managed by the secretariat services of the Academy of Medicine, Malaysia.

The mission statement of the AADV is "Sharing and Caring for Dermatology across Asia."

The AADV charter and objectives are lodged in the official website,

The AADV have embarked on a 1-year multicenter regional training program in Dermatopathology. It is open to qualified dermatologists and/or pathologists wishing to subspecialise in dermatopathology. Upon satisfactory completion of training, candidates are required to appear for an exit examination organized by the AADV in collaboration with the St. John's Institute of Dermatology, London, and the Department of Dermatology McKay Hospital, Taipei. Successful candidates shall be entitled to the award of an FAADV (Clinical Dermatopathology).

Funding for the AADV is via the Asian Skin Foundation, which was set up in 2010. Grants and other receivables are directed for the use of educational, research and development programs of the AADV.

As per the proposal, in pursuance of its stated objectives, the Board of the AADV would utilise the services of the IJD® to act as its official organ and to be the preferred journal to promote and publish work done by AADV fellows, members of the Asian Investigative Dermatology Group and other dermatologists of the region. In return, the AADV shall work to jointly promote the IJD® as the premier English-based peer-review dermatological publication in Asia.

Today, AADV has its presence in almost all the Asian countries.

The IJD® is the Asian dermatology journal with the longest history of uninterrupted continuous publication for the last 57 years and the first to be indexed way back in 1962, is proud to be associated with the AADV.

We sincerely hope that this mutually beneficial partnership will enhance published dermatology work from Asia.

The IJD® policy position on the AADV proposal is as below:

  1. As a gesture of goodwill the journal (IJD® ) will offer.

    1. Ex-officio two posts (President and Secretary General of AADV) in the journal Editorial Advisory Board.
    2. Additionally, AADV may nominate two members from different Asian countries for inclusion in the Editorial Advisory Board.
  2. The logo of the AADV shall be placed in a suitable and prominent position of the cover of the IJD®.
  3. As the official journal, IJD® will earmark six pages per year (may be one each in every issue/two pages every alternate issue/three pages in two issues or six pages in one issue) for AADV society news.
  4. IJD® has a mature, time-tested and robust review process. As per the policy, no regional/country-based preferential review process can be arranged.
  5. All the willing AADV members will receive the journal after payment of a subsidized yearly subscription.
  6. A mutually agreed exit policy to be framed to terminate this understanding between IJD® and AADV.
This partnership will be effective from this issue (Vol 57, Issue 3, May-June 2012) without any change of ownership or name of the journal.

We would like to share some more good news with the readers. We have been able to finalize the registration process of IJD® as our official trade mark. Therefore, from now on, we will write IJD®. Registration of Trade Mark No. is 1979142 (IJD® ). We are in the process of registering our logo as well.

We hope to receive the help and cooperation of our readers, reviewers, advisors and industrial partners as before to take this heritage journal from India to the next level of excellence.

Long live the Indian Journal of Dermatology (IJD® )


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