Year : 2021 | Volume
: 66 | Issue : 1 | Page : 1--2
Editor, IJD Professor & Head, Department of Dermatology, Command Hospital (Eastern Command), Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Editor, IJD Professor & Head, Department of Dermatology, Command Hospital (Eastern Command), Kolkata, West Bengal
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Chatterjee M. Stepping stones.Indian J Dermatol 2021;66:1-2
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Chatterjee M. Stepping stones. Indian J Dermatol [serial online] 2021 [cited 2021 Mar 2 ];66:1-2
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Towards the end of the last century, I joined IADVL West Bengal when I was posted to Base Hospital Barrackpore, only a touch above 30 km from my current workplace at Command Hospital Eastern Command, Kolkata. I remember that as only a few short years ago and how times have passed.
Having gone through several specialist and teaching tenures, I have developed some grey hair in the interim, and am now privileged to take over the reins of our prestigious IJD®.
The Journal has gone from strength to strength under the tutelage of previous editors and after re-indexing under Dr Sandipan Dhar's stewardship, has seen improved visibility when Dr Koushik Lahiri was at the helm of affairs. The journal has continued to grow in worldwide readership and submissions under my predecessor Dr Dwijendranath Gangopadhyay. With improving impact factor, the responsibility to further improve the profile of the Journal rests squarely on my narrow shoulders which will, I am certain, be bolstered by a very able team of editors along with an editorial advisory board compromising the crème de la crème of dermatology from all over the world.
The editorial team has undergone some amount of modification as is wont, with the introduction of a brand new statistical editor who is no stranger to IJD. Dr Amrita Sil, I am sure, would add value to the statistical evaluation of those manuscripts which need her attention. In addition, we now have two associate editors who have been part of the team and would, I am sure, enjoy their enhanced role. Dr Nilay Kanti Das and Dr Abhishek De are established academicians in their own right and their presence in the core team would bolster our efforts to try and take IJD to the next level. In addition, we have a very able team of deputy editors with a mix of a senior member Dr Sudip Ghosh, who needs no introduction to academic dermatology, to mentor the junior but prolific members of this team (Dr Anupam Das, Dr Indrashis Poddar and Dr Surajit Gorai). The associate and deputy editors would, with some bolstering as needed from members of the editorial board, be doing the job of assigned editors for manuscripts received. Henceforth, incoming manuscripts would be distributed among our assigned editors who would chaperone the manuscripts from then on till it reaches finality. This would help decentralize functioning, enabling faster processing of manuscripts. Once a manuscript reaches finality, the same would reach the desk of the editor for decision, which, if in the affirmative, would lead the manuscript to a group of language/image editors sourced from among our highly erudite editorial board. Some editorial decisions may be taken at this stage as well. It is only after this that provisional acceptance would be granted, following which, the usual process of preparation of pdf proofs, author check, would proceed. Thereafter, the manuscript would be allotted an issue, at which time, editorial proof reading from another group from our tireless members of the editorial board followed by final editorial check would ensue. A number of these processes may have to be conducted offline as of now and hence, may not be immediately obvious when authors log in to the system, for which we request some latitude for the time being. These process issues would be addressed in due course.
We plan to restart and streamline the process of placing manuscripts ahead of print online at the earliest. This would ensure that articles are available to readers before the material becomes out of date, in a rapidly developing field such as dermatology. In addition, a number of manuscripts previously marked for online only publication would find their rightful place in the next few months. Several manuscripts for which queries are being received daily would be acted upon in the next few weeks ensuring that authors are kept updated about the progress of their manuscripts within limitations mentioned in the end of the previous paragraph.
The onerous job done by the IJD Facebook admin group was stupendous and we have decided to recognize their hard work by formally inducting them on board as members of a new IJD social connect team. This team would primarily be involved in the day to day functioning of the vibrant IJD Facebook page in addition to improving the visibility of IJD in social media platforms. Members of this team would also assist in the working of the Journal per se. This team has been nurtured by Dr Koushik Lahiri, our esteemed editor emeritus, the founder of the IJD Facebook group, and has played a stellar role in popularizing IJD among the younger members of the dermatologic fraternity, not only in India, but around the globe. An enhanced role of this team, which has members from around the country, is envisaged in a progressively more digital world.
We are acutely aware of the areas we need to improve upon. Improvement in processing time and transparency in the progress of manuscripts would be paramount in the list of priorities that the current team would be taking up. With the introduction of a robust process and following up on how things are progressing on a regular basis, it is expected that over the next few months, we would be able to get up to speed with the handling of all matters related to the editorial process. The current state of working with two manuscript management systems, with both the old and new ones having manuscripts requiring processing, does make things unwieldy but change is challenging and it is in embracing change that progress lies. In these times of comparative ambivalence, we entreat patience from our authors and am sure that we will be able to address all their manuscript related issues to their maximum possible satisfaction.
On the readers front, I am certain that we will be able to deliver a journal that maintains and improves upon the high scientific quality standards that we are used to and I am sanguine that our publishers would continuously strive to improve upon the production quality standards that they would be proud of.
I am certain that with the support of the executive of IADVL, West Bengal Branch, the owners of the Journal, we will be able to scale the heights that the founder fathers of our beloved IJD had dreamed of.