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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 20  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 289


Editor-in-Chief, Department of Pediatric Dermatology, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

Date of Web Publication30-Sep-2019

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Sandipan Dhar
Editor-in-Chief, Department of Pediatric Dermatology, Institute of Child Health, Kolkata, West Bengal
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/ijpd.IJPD_92_19

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Dhar S. Editorial. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol 2019;20:289

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Dhar S. Editorial. Indian J Paediatr Dermatol [serial online] 2019 [cited 2021 Mar 2];20:289. Available from: https://www.ijpd.in/text.asp?2019/20/4/289/268403

The Indian Journal of Paediatric Dermatology (IJPD) has been going strong over the past 5 years, and we have been consistently publishing good quality original articles, case reports, letters to the editor, and comprehensive CME and review articles. 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. Over the past 9 months, lot of emphasis has been given on “Research Methodology” and “Statistics” sections of the submitted articles and rigorous editing is being done for this. This is planned to continue as we aim for methodologically sound articles published in IJPD. We have included two new sections over the past 1 year, namely “Review of Current Literature” and “Residents' Corner.” The former deals with pediatric dermatology articles from other journals relevant to current day's practice and on which reviewers give their thought-provoking opinion. The latter highlights important basic tests/signs or any particular bedside examination useful for residents and young dermatologists. The response of readers to both the sections is quite impressive. It has been a real challenge to get good quality original articles on a focused area such as pediatric dermatology, particularly after through scrutiny during stringent peer-review process. Nevertheless, the journal has been able to publish some good original articles so far, and we sincerely hope to get more original work in the days to come.

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 is somehow surprising to me because, despite lucrative cosmetic and aesthetic dermatology opportunities, 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.

Various new sections are being considered for the inclusion in IJPD as regular features. A section named “Advising the Patient” will feature a brief discussion of common issues/misconceptions/myths on common pediatric problems or skincare, etc., These topics will be discussed by an expert in lucid language that could be understood by a nonexpert/uninitiated reader. This discussion will aim to guide health communication between the specialist and patient in a way the patient can understand. At the end, there will be a set of frequently asked questions to test their perceived knowledge as “Self-Assessment.” Other sections proposed include “Research and Clinical Practice – Bridging the Gap,” “Pearls in Practice/Practical Snippets,” “Syndrome Page,” “Dermoscopy Section,” and “Signs in Pediatric Dermatology with Clinical Image.”

Our journal has started to establish its footprint in various social media, for example, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. Although there has been a revolution of exchange and sharing of knowledge from internet nowadays and knowledge is free, people need to learn from an authentic source about finer nuances of medical science. Hence, the role of sound articles in a medical journal can never be overemphasized because laypeople have access to it and can read it for their understanding.

I would like to sincerely thank all my extremely hardworking editorial board members, esteemed contributors, erudite reviewers, inquisitive readers, and enthusiastic subscribers for their valued contribution and patronage. I also take this opportunity to thank the publisher Medknow-Wolters Kluwer and their entire team for their dedicated and disciplined work for the journal.

A note of thanks to sponsors and all the well-wishers of IJPD.

Wish you all happy reading!


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