Welcome to the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology International

As the newest American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) journal, the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology International (JAADi) is designed to address the needs and interests of the global dermatology community in its very broadest sense while keeping in mind our mission to not only educate dermatologists all over the world and to generate a global exchange of ideas, but – most importantly – improve outcomes for our patients.

Why JAADi? When the JAAD was founded 40 years ago, no one would have envisaged the current scale and scope of dermatologic research and innovation. The JAAD is now undoubtedly one of the top journals in dermatology, publishing a wide range of important and incisive manuscripts from around the world. Yet its mission has always been to reflect the interests of its primarily North American readership, and this means that large numbers of scientifically rigorous and methodologically sound manuscripts get rejected. As the Academy has become increasingly international – there are now more than 3,350 international fellows, representing 21% of the AAD membership overall – the need for a journal that can reflect this geographical diversity has become increasingly clear.

Increasing engagement within the international dermatology community is a necessity, and providing a forum to disseminate powerful and original research relevant to the international community is of critical value. Only by addressing the wide range of skin health issues facing the global community of dermatologists can we have the greatest impact on global public health, and only by exposing dermatologists to the full range of international research can we expect to push the limits of knowledge in our field.

One of the goals of the JAADi is not only to provide a voice for the global dermatology community, but also to serve as a meeting space for dermatology in the new millennium. The rate of high-quality scientific output from across the world continues to increase at a frenetic pace, and exploring new ways in which to rapidly provide access to this research is one of our mandates. By establishing a much-needed new avenue for publication for established and budding international researchers while also innovating in scientific content delivery, the JAADi will be able to have a major effect on both the content and context of international dermatology research.

Access is one of the cornerstones of the JAADi. As an open-access journal, every article, video, and image will be freely available to any reader in the world, at any time, on any device. Breaking down paywalls and providing clear and easy accessibility – the JAADi will be included in every major scientific index from PubMed to Scopus to Web of Science – means that the highest-quality global dermatologic research will be as accessible to a primary school student (and the next generation of dermatologists) as it is to well-funded researchers working in the ivory tower. This accessibility extends to the scientists hard at work producing this knowledge and asking the critical questions that underlie advancement in our field. Therefore, researchers from the more than 60 countries included in the WHO Hinari list are invited and encouraged to submit their work and apply for the article processing charge (already among the lowest in the industry) to be waived.

One side effect of the increased research output of dermatologists is the trend towards a greater reliance on extramural funding for dermatology researchers. Yet the importance of bottom-up innovation, with investigator-initiated trials and well-designed pilot studies by clinicians on the ground, has never been greater. Hopefully JAADi represents an important step in democratizing scientific publication in a truly meritocratic fashion. By streamlining everything from submission to the review and production processes, our goal is to provide an outlet that maximizes the impact of our authors’ work by serving as an incubator for innovative methods in research publication.

Further, I invite international dermatologists and researchers to sign up as reviewers for the JAADi (and the entire JAAD family of journals). Reviewing is not only a pro-social act (there can be no peer review without peers willing to review) but also an incredibly enriching experience. Look forward to future editorials on how to read, write, and review scientific papers, as these and other topics are at the very core of the JAADi’s mission.

Outstanding ground-breaking research is defined not by its funding source or geographical region, but by the quality of the questions asked and the methodology used. Emerging research centers around the world are addressing these issues, and the JAADi is proud to serve as a platform for publishing this important work.

The JAADi is owned by the American Academy of Dermatology, the largest dermatology association in the world, and published by Elsevier, the world’s largest publisher of scientific journals.

The JAADi welcomes intriguing original scientific articles, meta-analyses, systematic reviews, and research letters from around the world. The goal is to foster a sense of community while providing an outlet for the very best research, regardless of its source. Diversity and inclusion are not just trending topics for the JAADi, but part of its very raison d’être. I look forward to you joining me on this exciting journey!

Jonathan Kantor, MD, MSCE, FAAD

Jonathan Kantor, MD, MSCE, FAAD
Department of Dermatology
Center for Global Health
Center for Clinical Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine