IJDVL is the highest rated scholarly journal (as per JIF published by Clarivate Analytics) published from India. The highest JIF of 3.030 was achieved 2 years back (2018). According to the JCR 2021, the current JIF (2020) is 2.545, the 5-year impact factor is 3.251, the journal immediacy index is 0.750, article influence score is 0.717 and normalized Eigenfactor is 0.40086. It is a platinum open access journal with no article processing charges and the full pdf text is available free to any user across the world. It is freely distributed as a hard copy to all members of the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists (IADVL), with its current membership base at 14,741. The total number of medical institutions across India numbering more than 450, one can only imagine the reach of our journal to our scientific community.
The number of page views of the journal website in the last 5 years has been 11,997,592. As per page views, half of our readers are based overseas. As per a current Google Analytics report, IJDVL has been viewed by readers from at least 209 countries during the past 6 months. As per Clarivate JCR 2021, the total number of citations of IJDVL in the past 5 years is 10,675.
More than half (52%) of our authors are from overseas. The diversity of our author base is reflected in the diversity of our published material, our highly cited articles representing areas as diverse as clinical dermatology, cosmetic dermatology, dermatologic oncology, pediatric dermatology, dermatologic surgery, dermatopathology, investigative dermatology, venereology and leprology. In order to cater to this diversity, we have an equally diverse pool of referees, almost half (48%) are drawn from overseas, representing a wide array of specialities and subspecialities. The articles are carefully vetted through a five-tier editorial process, by a 58-member strong editorial team, all of whom work on a purely voluntary basis.
As the flagship journal of IADVL, we have published systematic reviews and meta-analyses, consensus statements and practice guidelines which have improved quality of care in this country and widely across the world. We have a separate category exclusively for postgraduate dissertation-based original research studies (that follows the same rigorous peer-review process as other categories), to encourage and appreciate the research work of our dermatology trainees. Besides, our commitment to our residents and practitioners goes beyond the narrow outlook defined by impact factor, as manifested by some of our regular sections such as Residents’ Page, Quiz, Images in Clinical Practice etc, which have very little or no value regarding citability, but are immensely valuable resources in teaching and learning.