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December 1, 1993

Experimental Dermatology

Author Affiliations

Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine Charleston

JAMA. 1993;270(21):2625. doi:10.1001/jama.1993.03510210111042

As an international journal intended for short but definitive, rapidly published reports, letters, and review articles, Experimental Dermatology provides a place for manuscripts that demonstrate new methodologies, thought-provoking ideas, and innovative research within the interdisciplinary scope of experimental dermatology.

Volume 1 consisted of five issues (half of the planned annual number), with six review articles and 27 original articles. The journal was designed for rapid publication of research, and the average elapsed time from acceptance to publication was a laudable 12 weeks.1 However, this interval is difficult to evaluate, because new journals usually have neither a significant backlog nor a dependable stream of new manuscripts. Indeed, five of the seven articles included in the backdated December 1992 issue had 1993 acceptance dates. The journal has subsequently reduced its frequency from ten to six issues per year for 1994. The acceptance rate for volume 1, which the editors reported in