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Actas 2012. The Future Begins Today
Actas 2012. El futuro empieza hoy
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J.M. Carrascosa
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Editor in Chief, Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas, Spain
Y. Gilaberte
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I. Belinchón, L. Ferrándiz
Deputy Editors, Spain
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Table 1. Reviewers in 2011.
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Dear Readers,

More than a year has passed since we, as members of the editorial board of Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas, began working enthusiastically on the publication of Spanish research in dermatology. We have been fortunate to have the continued, reliable support of Diego de Argila, the coordinator of our continuing medical education program, and of Gloria Aparicio, Javier Labandeira, and Javier Pedraz, who continue to achieve an admirably high level of quality in the Cases for Diagnosis section. In the History and Humanities section, Luis Conde Salazar and Rosa Díez help us to remember our beginnings and to reflect on the work of those who came before us, manifest, for example, in the Olavide Museum. A better understanding of our history gives a sense of direction to our present and future projects.

Our Editorial Journey in 2011

Actas continues to go from strength to strength. The decision of the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), received early last year and announced at that time, does not seem to have had a negative impact on our growth. In 2011, we received 425 manuscripts (15% more than in 2010), of which 51.6% were accepted for publication. At 48.4%, the rejection rate was 12% higher than in 2010. Altogether, 743 referees participated in the peer review process (an increase of 26% over 2010 and of 56% over 2009).

Despite the rise in both the number of manuscripts received and of reviewers, the average interval between manuscript submission and the initial editorial decision became shorter, continuing a tendency to decrease annually by 15% since 2009. In 2011, the first-round of review took an average of 43.2 days (compared to 50.7 in 2010 and 63.7 in 2009). This downward trend, which we hope to sustain, has been influenced not only by the generalized use of the Elsevier Editorial System for online submission but also by the editorial board's many hours of work and our referees’ willingness and commitment. At some point it will be essential to ascertain the maximum workload our current editorial structure can handle and what changes will have to be made to adapt to the needs and demands of a competitive international journal.

Actas has an international projection that extends beyond the journal's print readership and beyond our borders. At present, Latin America is the source of the majority of online consultations (43%), followed by Spain (39%). The growing number of articles submitted by Latin American authors, who are linked to us and each other by a common language, reflects the recognition of our journal as a forum for scientific publication and debate in dermatology in Spanish, emphasizing our responsibility in this task. However, like last year, we still face the challenge of increasing our journal's impact in Europe and the United States (18% of page views), despite the effort made by the Spanish Academy of Dermatology and Venereology (AEDV) in translating the journal into English and making the articles freely available through PubMed.

Thank You for Your Work

Our work has no meaning if you, the readers of Actas, are not interested in the articles published. Consequently, we are firmly committed to maintaining and improving editorial quality, but this is only possible thanks to the disinterested contributions from authors of both original and commissioned articles. The growing interest of Spanish dermatologists and ever larger numbers of foreign specialists in our journal means that we are attracting more important articles with greater scientific impact. Our thanks go to all our authors. At the same time, we would like to thank those who submitted manuscripts that were not published and express our regret. The number of manuscripts received now far exceeds the space available in the journal. In 2011, only 5 of every 10 manuscripts submitted were published, in most cases after significant changes proposed by the reviewers and the editorial team. Our aim is to sustain excellence in Spanish dermatology, and this leaves us no choice but to be selective, an approach guaranteed to enhance the quality of the journal and ensure that it gains a wider readership. We apologize to any authors whose articles took longer than average to review. Inevitably, some topics do pose particular difficulties in the review process, and we are bound to exercise caution when doubts arise.

Neither can we forget the disinterested contribution of the referees whose work ensures the scientific rigor of our publication. Quality peer review, which is increasingly becoming the norm, requires a generous gift of time and effort from our reviewers and their readiness can only be explained by their commitment to the overall undertaking Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas represents. Our thanks goes, therefore, to all the members of the journal's advisory panel, who are asked to review a number of articles every year. Likewise, we extend a heartfelt thanks to all our external reviewers. Table 1 lists all who served on the advisory panel and all the external reviewers for 2011. One of our objectives in the medium term is to make advisory panel participation a true reflection of the work of those dermatologists who choose to dedicate time and effort to the task of making Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas a better journal.

Table 1.

Reviewers in 2011.

Ingrid  Aguayo 
Miguel  Aguilar-Bernier 
José  Aguilera 
Antonio  Alcaide-Martín 
Víctor  Alegre de Miguel 
Janeth  Almaguer Chavez 
Francisco Manuel  Almazán Fernández 
Agustín  Alomar Muntañola 
Javier  Alonso Llamazares 
Mercè  Alsina Gibert 
Gloria  Aparicio Español 
Mariano  Ara 
Beatriz  Aranegui 
Marco  Ardigo 
Roberto  Arenas 
Salvador  Arias-Santiago 
José Carlos  Armario Hita 
Irene  Ballester Nortes 
Rosalia  Ballona Chambergo 
Ofelia  Baniandres 
José  Bañuls 
Didac  Barco 
Leo  Barco 
María  Barnadas 
Eulàlia  Baselga Torres 
Patricia  Bassas 
Julio  Bassas Vila 
Jesus  Bastida 
Isabel  Belinchón Romero 
Antoni  Bennàssar 
José  Bernabeu-Wittel 
Isabel  Betlloch-Mas 
Isabel  Bielsa Marsol 
Mar  Blanes 
Nuria  Blázquez Sánchez 
Aram  Boada Garcia 
Domingo  Bodet Castillo 
Pablo  Boixeda de Miguel 
Jesús Manuel  Borbujo Martínez 
Xavier  Bordas 
Ma Teresa  Bordel Gómez 
Leopoldo  Borrego Hernando 
Rafael  Botella Estrada 
Daniel  Brualla Palazón 
Miguel  Bruguera Cortada 
Agustín  Buendía Eisman 
Miguel  Cabanillas González 
Leticia  Calzado 
Francisco M.  Camacho-Martínez 
Minia  Campos Domínguez 
J. Manuel  Carrascosa Carrillo 
Cristina  Carrera 
Gregorio  Carretero Hernández 
Josep Manuel  Casanova 
Iván  Cervigón 
Antonio  Clemente Ruiz de Almiron 
Luis A.  Conde-Salazar Gómez 
Raquel  Conejero 
Beatriz  Consola Maroto 
Marisol  Contreras-Steyls 
Raul  Corbalan Velez 
Susana  Córdoba Guijarro 
Vicente  Crespo Erchiga 
Laura  Cuesta 
Diego  De Argila Fernández-Durán 
Jesús  de la Cuadra Oyanguren 
Pablo  de la Cueva Dobao 
Elena  de las Heras Alonso 
Raúl  de Lucas Laguna 
Magdalena  de Troya Martín 
Blanca  de Unamuno Bustos 
Luis  Dehesa 
Javier  del Boz 
Jesús  del Pozo 
Emilio  del Río 
Rubén  del Río 
L. A.  Diaz 
Tania  Díaz Corpas 
Rosa María  Díaz Díaz 
Blanca  Díaz Ley 
M.  Dmochowski 
Begoña  Echeverria 
Begoña  Escutia-Muñoz 
Agustín  España Alonso 
Altea  Esteve Martínez 
Teresa  Estrach Panella 
Carlos  Feal Cortizas 
Isabel  Febrer Bosch 
Natalia  Fernández Chico 
Ricardo  Fernández de Misa Cabrera 
Ma Teresa  Fernández Figueras 
Pablo  Fernández Peñas 
Carmen  Fernández-Antón 
Montserrat  Fernández-Guarino 
Marta  Ferran Farrés 
Lara  Ferrándiz 
Carlos  Ferrándiz 
Carla  Ferrándiz-Pulido 
Juan  Ferrando Barberá 
Eduardo  Fonseca Capdevila 
Maria José  Fuente González 
Irene  Fuertes 
Manuel  Galán Gutiérrez 
Fernando  Gallardo Hernández 
Domingo  García Almagro 
Begoña  García Bravo 
Marta  García Bustínduy 
Amaro  García Díaz 
Ignacio  García Doval 
Juan  Garcia Gavin 
M. Pilar  García Muret 
Ana  García Rabasco 
Marta  García-Bustinduy 
Pedro  García-Martos 
Irene  Irene García-Morales 
Jesús  Gardeazabal García 
Gloria  Garnacho-Saucedo 
Yolanda  Gilaberte Calzada 
Ana M.  Giménez Arnau 
Manuel  Ginarte Val 
Silvia  Gómez Bernal 
Elisabeth  Gómez Moyano 
Salvador  González 
Urbano  González Castro 
Ma Antonia  González Enseñat 
Miguel  González Gay 
Alfonso  González Morán 
Beatriz  González Sixto 
Rogelio  González-Sarmiento 
Jordi  Graells 
Ramon  Grimalt Santacana 
Aurora  Guerra-Tapia 
Tono  Guilabert 
Encarnación  Guillen-Navarro 
Rosa Marìa  Guinovart 
María Teresa  Gutiérrez Salmerón 
Felipe  Heras Mendaza 
Almudena  Hernández Núñez 
Angela  Hernandez-Martin 
Marta  Herrera Sanchez 
Carmen  Herrero Mateu 
Josep  Herrero-González 
Alicia  Hiraldo Gamero 
Pilar  Iranzo 
Rafael  Isa Isa 
Rosa  Izu Belloso 
Francisco  Jiménez Acosta 
Rafael  Jiménez Puya 
María  Jones Caballero 
Enrique  Jorquera Barquero 
Miquel  Just Sarobé 
Ana  Kaminsky 
Javier  Labandeira García 
Pablo  Lázaro Ochaita 
Lorena  Leal 
Vicente Manuel  Leis Dosil 
Mar  Llamas Velasco 
Beatriz  Llombart Cussac 
Pedro  Lloret Luna 
José Luis  López Estebaranz 
Víctor  López-Barrantes Trinchant 
Anna  Lòpez-Ferrer 
Ingrid  López-Lerma 
Arantxa  López-Pestaña 
Marta  Lorda 
Ana  Lucas 
M.  Magaña 
Laura  Mahiques santos 
Susana  Mallo Garcia 
Josep  Malvehy Guilera 
Cristina  Mangas 
Pilar  Manrique Martinez 
R.  Marcos 
Joaquim  Marcoval Caus 
Nuria  Martí 
Rosa María  Martí Laborda 
Silvestre  Martínez García 
Antonio  Martìnez Salio 
Alejandro  Martín-Gorgojo 
Ana  Martín-Santiago 
Antonio  Martorell-Calatayud 
José Manuel  Mascaró Galy 
Javier  Mataix Díaz 
Matías  Mayor Arenal 
Francesc  Messeguer 
Alberto  Miranda Romero 
Alma  Molina 
Jesus  Molina Cabrillana 
Carlos  Monteagudo 
Rafael  Morcillo Azcarate 
David  Moreno Ramírez 
Juan  Moya Amoros 
Cristina  Muniesa Montserra 
Eduardo  Nagore 
Adoración  Nieto García 
Jaime  Notario 
Almudena  Nuno-González 
Jorge  Ocampo Candiani 
Rosa  Ortega del Olmo 
Francisco Javier  Ortiz de Frutos 
Pablo  Ortiz Romero 
Sabela  Paradela de la Morena 
Cristina  Paradelo 
José Carlos  Pascual Ramirez 
Javier  Pedraz Muñoz 
Francisco  Peral Rubio 
Manuel  Pereiro Ferreiros 
Amparo  Pérez Ferriols 
Lidia  Perez Perez 
María  Pérez-Crespo 
Enric  Piqué Duran 
Jaime  Piquero Martin 
Gerad  Pitarch Bort 
Ramón  Pujol Vallverdú 
Ana  Pulido 
Ignacio  Querol Nasarre 
Aquilina  Ramírez-Santos 
A.  Ramos 
José Manuel  Ramos 
Marcia  Ramos-e-Silva 
Juan Antonio  Ratón Nieto 
Natalia  Rebollo-Domìnguez 
Pedro  Redondo Bellón 
Bosco  Repiso 
Luis  Requena Caballero 
Celia  Requena Caballero 
Jordi  Rex Caballe 
Miquel  Ribera Pibernat 
Luis María  Ríos Buceta 
Juan José  Ríos Martín 
Raquel  Rivera 
Clara  Rodríguez Carundo 
Carmen  Rodriguez Cerdeira 
Teresa  Rodriguez Granados 
Laura  Rodríguez Pazos 
Antonio  Rodríguez Pichardo 
Manuel Angel  Rodríguez Prieto 
José Luis  Rodríguez-Peralto 
Jorge  Romaní 
Guillermo  Romero Aguilera 
Elia  Roo Rodríguez 
Gaston  Roustan Gullon 
Andrés  Ruiz de Casas 
Diana Patricia  Ruiz Genao 
Ricardo  Ruiz Rodríguez 
Ricardo  Ruiz-Villaverde 
Elia  Samaniego 
Juan  Sánchez Estella 
Javier  Sánchez Pérez 
Manuel  Sánchez Regaña 
J. J.  Sánchez Ruano 
Ignacio  Sánchez-Carpintero 
Omar  Sangueza 
Onofre  Sanmartínn Jiménez 
Sara  Santos Magadam 
Jorge  Santos-Juanes Jimenez 
Tatiana  Sanz-Sánchez 
Sonia  Segura 
Esther  Serra-Baldrich 
Carlos  Serra-Guillén 
Cristina  Serrano-Falcón 
Xavier  Sierra Valentí 
R.  Silvarino 
Juan Francisco  Silvestre Salvador 
Yolanda  Sola 
Xavier  Soria 
Jorge  Soto de Delás 
Oscar  Suarez Amor 
Ricardo  Suarez Fernandez 
Rosa  Taberner 
J. C.  Tardio 
Antonio  Tejera Vaquerizo 
Fernando  Toledo 
Agusti  Toll 
Ma José  Tribó 
Anna  Tuneu 
Marta  Valdivielso Ramos 
Pedro  Valeron-Almazán 
Sergio  Vañó-Galván 
Francisco  Vázquez López 
Jesús  Vega Gutiérrez 
Manuel  Velasco 
Jesús  Vera 
Angel  Vera Castaño 
Asunción  Vicente Villa 
David  Vidal Sarró 
Ignacio  Yanguas 
Manuela  Yuste Chaves 
Pedro  Zaballos Diego 
Pamela  Zamberk 
Ander  Zulaica Gárate 

We would also like to acknowledge the work done by the editorial team at Elsevier Doyma—in particular the dedication of our editorial assistant Marisa del Barrio—and the invaluable support of the pharmaceutical industry, particularly in the current difficult economic climate.

Please accept our heartfelt thanks.

New Sections

In a changing and competitive world it is difficult to maintain a standard of quality without specializing and drawing on the expertise of the top professionals in each field. Therefore last year saw the creation of 4 new sections, each one representing a specific subspecialty of dermatology and coordinated by experts in each area. These new sections are Dermatologic Surgery and Cutaneous Laser Therapy (Manuel Ángel Rodríguez Prieto, Francisco Russo, and Magdalena de Troy), Dermatopathology (Luis Requena, María Teresa Fernández-Figueras, and José Carlos Pascual), Pediatric Dermatology (Ángela Hernández, Eulàlia Baselga, and Asunción Vicente), and Evidence-Based Dermatology (Urbà González, Kim Thomas, and Jaime Piquero). By involving some of the best area specialists more closely in the work of Actas, our aim was to increase the number and quality of articles in these subspecialties and to achieve a level of excellence in both general and specialist dermatology. We also hope to draw on everyone's enthusiasm in the search for new ideas and proposals, and to achieve a fairer, more enriching, and, if possible, more efficient review process. In some of these sections we intend to start working with new formats, including streaming video that will complement the text and allow us to fulfill the educational and informative aims of the journal to the best of our ability. Time will tell what the eventual scope will be of these and other initiatives.

Quality Indicators

It is only fair that the effort and influence of Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas should be recognized by quality indicators other than obtaining an impact factor. Statistics related to a number of measurable variables attest to our journal's successful implementation of good practices, and authors can refer to them when fulfilling requirements for career promotion and competing for official posts. The editorial board of Actas recently circulated a statement on this topic by way of info-AEDV; the statement was also sent by email to all authors and reviewers. Of particular interest is the fact that the journal is well indexed. It is presently included in Index Medicus/Medline, the Índice Bibliográfico Español de Ciencias de la Salud (IBECS, the Spanish Health Sciences Bibliographic Index), and the Índice Médico Español (IME, Spanish Medical Index). Furthermore, Actas has a Source Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) index of 0.450 and a SCImago Journal & Country Rank (SJR) of 0.048 based on the Scopus database. Also relevant is the presence of a large international advisory panel, and we emphasize the fact that research articles comprise 32% of the journal's content and that a growing number of submissions are coming from abroad. Furthermore, publication in Actas is accredited by the Spanish National Health System and the National System for the Accreditation of Continuing Medical Education (SEAFORMEC) (14.8 credits, 80hours).

Actas 2.0

The media and pathways through which information reaches the user today are vastly different from the ones familiar to those of us who have been in the field of dermatology for several decades. The traditional editorial structure can no longer meet the needs of a scientific community that does not settle for reading to learn, but which demands continuous training, updated information, and a forum where individuals can interact, discuss issues, share insights, and play a role in the communal project of Actas. What we are witnessing is a shift away from the classic vertical structure in which information is transmitted to users from academic institutions. Our future is a much more open, horizontal, and dynamic paradigm in which everyone can be a teacher and everyone should continue to learn. This is certainly an exciting adventure, but also a very demanding one. And Actas must respond to the challenge with leadership and excellence if we are to become a discussion forum of reference in a new communications culture that has clearly come to stay. Aram Boada, Juan Garcia Gavín, and Ana María Molina will work together on this new mission with the support of Patricia García Gavín, an online marketing expert who will help us meet the technical challenges. We trust that all of you will share our enthusiasm and support us in this new venture into an area where so much still needs to be done.

The challenges we talked about a year ago are now upon us. In addition to the rapid changes in the very concept of information, we are also facing new difficulties and challenges in our society and in this context Actas Dermo-Sifiliográficas will continue to meet the challenge of serving as the academic reference representing the excellence and leadership of the AEDV.

Please cite this article as: Carrascosa JM, et al. Actas 2012. El futuro empieza hoy. Actas Dermosifiliogr. 2012;103:85–9.

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