Monday, December 12, 2005

Indian Journal of Dermatology: new OA Journal

Announcement about non-LIS journals is a bit outside the usual scope of OA Librarian, but I thought this one might be of interest. Medknow Publications is a fully open access publisher, based in India. The business model is interesting - no article submission or processing fee, as with all of Medknow's journals.

Published since 1955, Indian Journal of Dermatology is one of the oldest journals dedicated to this particular discipline. Since its inception, the Journal publishes information relating to skin, its ailments and the different modes of therapeutics. It also carries articles on Leprosy, STI and HIV/AIDS. This was the first Indian Dermatology Journal to be indexed in Index Medicus and the first to enter the Internet. The web version was launched in November 2000 with abstracts of the published articles.

On 26th November 2005, during its Golden Jubilee celebrations (, a new website of the journal was launched with free access to the full text articles. The OA version of the journal has been brought by Medknow Publications ( The journal will provide immediate free access to its content. Similar to all the journals published by Medknow, there will be no article submission or processing fee.

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