Indian Journal of Dermatology
: 2020  |  Volume : 65  |  Issue : 6  |  Page : 441--442

Time for next transformation

Dwijendra Nath Gangopadhyay 
 Editor, India Journal of Dermatology

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Dwijendra Nath Gangopadhyay
Editor, India Journal of Dermatology

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“Success is a measure of one's work by others;

SATISFACTION is self-evaluation.”

- Shri Shri Ramakrishna

Three years ago, blessed with the support of most of our members, I accepted the daunting task of editing the oldest living journal of Dermatology in Asia “Indian Journal of Dermatology,” first published in 1955. I was thrilled at the prospect but, with the long experience of working for IJD in almost all capacities since the days of letterpress and paper proof, also recognized the challenges of building on success and creating a legacy. In the long history of an exceptional heritage journal like ours, an individual editor's tenure is of limited relevance, but we needed to continue our journey to excellence.

When I took the reins, I set four clear goals: 1. strengthening the academic presence of the Journal (by increasing the quality of what we publish and raising the impact factor); 2. improving readability and attractiveness; 3. make the process of submission and review author-friendly, ensure a speedy turnaround; 4. increase brand name recognition and circulation worldwide, yet retain the character of the Journal. You will be the judge of whether I have succeeded on all these fronts, but I am delighted to present some factual outcome at the end of my tenure.

Let us start with the impact factor, which is calculated by Thomson Scientific for the journals it indexes and is published each year in Journal Citation Reports. This number is meant to reflect how important a journal is in its field. In the last 3 years, our impact factor showed a steady increase from 1.338 in 2018 to 1.523 in 2020 [Table 1]{Table 1}

Along with this, there is a steady decrease in the proportion of noncited documents, and an increase in the external citation, all showing an improvement in the quality of the journal articles

Since the number of submission has gone high steadily, the rejection rate of IJD has also increased in the last 3 years [Table 2] with reduction of the acceptance rate [Figure 1]. Unfortunately, many quality articles are getting rejected because of the stringent review process and space inadequacy. However, we ensured a timely and faster review process to ensure the articles are not delayed in our systemAs I have mentioned, we have considerably increased the efficiency of our review process, to make IJD an author-friendly journal. All indices of an efficient review process, including the time taken to review, days taken for an editorial decision, days from first submission to acceptance, and days from acceptance to publication, improved significantly in the past 3 years [Table 3]Another critical index of high performance of IJD was depicted in the recent SCImago Journal & Country Rank, where IJD was third among the dermatology journals from the Asiatic region for the year 2019, only after the IJDVL and the Annuls of Dermatology journal in the ranking systemWe are also pleased to mention that IJD retained its prowess for attracting good quality articles, including basic researches and original articles from all parts of the world [Table 4]One of the best things the present editorial board managed to achieve is timely (rather, ahead of time) release of all issues of IJD during my tenure. Much of the credit of this phenomenal success goes to our cooperative authors, efficient editorial team, erudite and responsive reviewers, and proficient publisher's team at Wolters Kluwer-Medknow.{Table 2}{Table 3}{Table 4}{Figure 1}

With this small note, it is now time for the much deserved “Thank you.” I am privileged to thank my editorial team for their tireless efforts and dedicated work. I am extremely happy and privileged to hand over the baton to Dr. Manas Chatterjee as the next editor and I am sure he will take the journal to further heights and help bring many more laurels to IJD. I take this opportunity to thank all the presidents, secretaries, and esteemed executive body members of IADVL, WB branch, over the last 3 years, for their support and cooperation during my tenure. I convey my sincere thanks to the office staffs, particularly our editorial manager, who came up with a solution to every problem I faced during these 3 years. I hereby, wish to record my thanks to all pharmaceutical houses who have supplied the necessary oxygen for the journal's survival. I finally want to thank you for selecting me as editor as also for your strong support of the Journal. The reader feedback was absolutely invaluable as we could make many major changes, as we always believed of faithfully serving the readership. I, on behalf of the entire editorial team, sincerely thank all of you for your kind patronage of IJD and hope you will continue to do the same in the days to come.

Before saying goodbye, let me tell you I am SATISFIED.

Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident.

- APJ Abdul Kalam

Long live IJD!