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About the Journal

The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology (IJDVL) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high-quality articles in the field of Clinical and Experimental Dermatology, Cutaneous Biology, Dermatological Therapeutics, Cosmetic Dermatology, Dermatopathology, Dermatosurgery, Pediatric Dermatology, Photodermatology, HIV Medicine. The journal is owned by the  Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists & Leprologists (IADVL), India and published by the Scientific Scholar.

Aims & Scope

Established in 1940, the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology (IJDVL, print ISSN 0378-6323, E-ISSN 0973-3922) is the official publication of the IADVL (Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists). It is a Bimonthly peer-reviewed journal that reaches all of over 10200 members of this organization as well as almost 200 medical colleges in India. The purpose of the IJDVL is to facilitate scientific dialogue amongst its members through the medium of publication of case reports, studies or letters as well as to deliver continuing medical education to its members and postgraduate students through reviews and other articles. While doing this the IJDVL is committed to include only adequately authenticated material that is of scientific value to the clinicians or postgraduates of this specialty in India.

History of IJDVL

In 1935-36, a journal named Indian Journal of Venereal Diseases was published and edited by Dr. U. B. Narayan Rao. In 1940, its name was changed to Indian Journal of Venereal Diseases and Dermatology, and it was published quarterly. In 1947 the Indian Association of Dermatologists & Venereologists was formed and its first national conference was held in Mumbai on 27th December 1947, with Dr. R. V. Rajam as the President and Dr. Narayan Rao as the Secretary. On this occasion, the Indian Journal of Venereal Diseases and Dermatology was renamed as the Indian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology but continued to be run by Dr. Narayan Rao until 1955. On 31st March, 1955 the Journal became the official publication of the Association. It had three editors: Dr. G. Panja, Dermatology Section; Dr. R. V. Rajam, Venereology Section; and Dr. U. B. Narayan Rao, Managing Editor. After the death of Dr. Narayan Rao in 1960, Dr. T. K. Mehta took over as the Managing Editor.

In 1973, at a conference held in Udaipur, the Indian Association of Dermatologists &Venereologists merged with the Dermatology Society, India to form the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists and Leprologists. The name of Indian Journal of Dermatology and Venereology was changed to Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology. Since then Dr. S. C. Desai, Dr. Bhaktavizam, Dr. (Mrs.) Rachel Mathai, Dr. J. S. Pasricha, Dr. S. G. Deshpande, Dr. Gurmohan Singh, Dr. K. Pavithran, Dr. Uday Khopkar, Dr. D. M. Thappa, Dr. M. Ramam and Dr. Saumya Panda have been the Chief Editors of the IJDVL.

Current Status

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.


Our audience includes Dermatologists, Cosmetologists, Venereologists, Leprologists, Trichologists, Pediatricians and Internists.

Review Process

IJDVL has a highly rigorous peer-review process that makes sure that manuscripts are scientifically accurate, relevant, novel and important. Authors disclose all conflicts, affiliations and financial associations such that the published content is not biased.

Editorial Team

The editorial board comprises a panel of experts from various disciplines of medical and allied sciences to provide their expertise and guidance in maintaining the clarity of content and focus of the purpose for the journal.

About the Editor

Archana Singal
University College of Medical Sciences and GTB Hospital
Dilshad Garden,
Delhi- 110095

Facts About the Journal

It is a peer-reviewed international journal with a double-blind review process. Its frequency of publication is Bimonthly, what that means is, it publishes the article once it’s accepted after peer review. The journal is published in both print and online formats.


An article published in the journal can be viewed without a fee by readers all over the world. The author also gets to retain copyright to the article and the figures. This allows authors to extend their exposure in the world of medical research and get worldwide recognition for their work.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is indexed with or included in the following:
MEDLINE/Index Medicus, Scimago Journal Ranking, SCOPUS, Science Citation Index Expanded, EMBASE/ Excerpta Medica, Indian Science Abstracts

Impact Factor® as reported in the 2021 Journal Citation Reports® (Clarivate Analytics, 2022):
Immediacy Index 1.151
2 year Impact Factor: 2.217
5 year Impact Factor: 3.242

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
EBSCO, Google Scholar, ProQuest, CrossRef, ReadCube, Portico

MEDLINE/Index Medicus
Science Citation Index Expanded

Journal Ethics

The Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology is committed to meeting and upholding the standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please visit our Ethical Guidelines section

Plagiarism Policy

The journal uses plagiarism check software (iThenticate) on the Editor’s and Reviewer’s panel in the manuscript management system which is used to check and control Plagiarism for each article under a double-blinded peer review process. Any manuscript, that is found to have plagiarism is rejected.

Archival Policy

We use PORTICO for our third-party repository for all articles published with us. All our articles are assigned a DOI number. We are members of

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology is an open-access journal, and manuscripts published are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 License (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0), which allows others to remix, transform, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Ahead of Print Policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.

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The mission of the Scientific Scholar is “Share, Learn and Improve”.