Indian Journal of Dermatopathology and Diagnostic Dermatology

: 2020  |  Volume : 7  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 1-

Growing pains and growth spurt

Rajalakshmi Tirumalae 
 Department of Pathology, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru - 560 034, Karnataka, India

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Rajalakshmi Tirumalae
Department of Pathology, St. John's Medical College, Bengaluru - 560 034, Karnataka

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Tirumalae R. Growing pains and growth spurt.Indian J Dermatopathol Diagn Dermatol 2020;7:1-1

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IJDPDD has entered its 7th year and 13th issue of its' publication. It has been fondly nurtured till now by the “neonatologist” Dr. Sujay Khandpur and the “pediatrician” Dr. Raghavendra Rao. Handling the pubertal hormone concoction at home has perhaps also equipped me for dealing with this “teenager”!

It is very heartening to note a steady increase in the number of submissions to the Journal over the past years. The balance is tilted toward case reports and letters, and we have to work toward publishing similar, if not equal, numbers of research and study articles. Many universities now require residents to have a research project presented and submitted for publication at the time of appearing for examinations. IJDPDD would like to tap this opportunity and start a “Resident's Corner” section, devoted to papers culminating from such projects. In fact, topics in Dermatopathology are eminently suited for resident research as one can reach meaningful conclusions with a well-stained hematoxylin and eosin slide and good clinicopathologic correlation, underscoring the value of team work. Further, the need for expensive ancillary testing in such projects is exceptional, obviating the requirement for funding. Capturing the interest of residents early augurs well for Dermatopathology in India.

There will also be an “Expert Speak” section, where proficient dermatologists and pathologists will encapsulate their experience in approaching a tricky diagnosis or the present contrary views on a contentious topic.

Another cause for concern relates to the images submitted, particularly the photomicrographs. With the advent of smartphone photography, there is a lot of variation in image quality. Whole-slide digital imaging is an accessible and economical means to ensure excellence, and we are seriously contemplating shifting to this format for case reports from the next issue. This also makes the job of the reviewers easier, and the cases so archived are a prized learning resource.

Ascending the hierarchy of indexing is a formidable challenge. Focus on expanding and enriching the content of our journal is a natural step in this direction; good things will certainly come to those who wait. I invite all of you to strengthen the hands of the new, eager editorial team by playing the roles of authors, reviewers, critics, and mentors, to maximize the growth spurt.