(Last Updated On: May 4, 2019)

JPDS online: what are the advantages?

Editorial, May 2018 Editorial

In this day and age, information is power and a physician can empower himself with digital information obtained from academic journals. When given a task to prepare a lecture, write a case report, and review current literature for a research assignment, one can easily access credible information from academic journals and databases. The “old school” style of spending the whole day at the library to retrieve valuable scientific information from print copies, has now been replaced by the convenience of a laptop, a tablet, a smart phone, and an internet connection.

The May 2018 issue of the JPDS is dedicated to all members of the PDS and hereby presented on its digital format. This endeavor was made possible through the initiative of our President Dr. Ma. Angela Lavadia and through the overwhelming support of the PDS officers and Board of Directors. In general, the format of the journal is similar to the previous print copies and to the best of our abilities; we made sure that the quality of the articles conform to the standards that had been laid down by my predecessors. However, the website interface is more modern with a millennial appeal, which has been influenced by famous dermatology online journals like the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, the International Journal of Dermatology, the Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology and Derm101.com.

And while every new endeavor has its pros and cons, I believe that the pros of utilizing an online scientific journal for research far outweigh the cons. The following are some of the advantages:

  1. The journal can be easily accessed

Within seconds, we can access the JPDS and other E-journals using our smartphones and an internet connection anytime and anywhere. In the clinic, one can easily search for similar cases to provide guidance in diagnosis and proper work-up of our patients. We can also immediately retrieve updated therapeutic guidelines for up-to-date management.

 

  1. The articles are highly credible 

Before articles are published online, the authors recognize that the manuscripts they submitted are credible and authoritative since citations and references are easily accessible to the reader and the facts can be verified from the original sources through links. The editorial staff also ensures that plagiarism content of each article has been analyzed and reduced to acceptable levels.  The clinical and dermoscopy photos, and photomicrographs are also screened prior to publication to come up with the best quality.

 

  1. Citation of research works is more possible

The aim of publication is to create public record of original discoveries and contributions to knowledge and to promote scientific communication between colleagues. Citation of a scientific work endows the author with a certain amount of prestige. Citations are barely possible if the print copies are limited to certain number and group of people only.  Publishing an easily accessed scientific paper can also  result to new fruitful scientific collaborations and academic promotion.

 

  1. Offering several research options

Academic online journals present several research options. The JPDS, for example will allow colleagues and young investigators to explore various examples of both clinical trials and the different types of observational studies. The theme of most recently published case reports would suggest which diseases are still interesting and publishable. The section on ABC’s (Application of basic concepts) in dermatological research aims to provide guidance on how to conduct proper research. The online journal also provide a wide variety of information to source from, which can be used for lectures and other forms of academic activities.

 

 

Johannes F. Dayrit, MD, FPDS
Editor-in-Chief
Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society