Editorial | Farewell

Oct – Dec 2010 | Vol. 16, No. 4
Almut Böer-Auer

After seven years under my editorship, this 2010 issue, volume 16, issue number 4, will be the last under my guidance. It is with very mixed feelings that I am writing these lines to you, members of the editorial board and readers of Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual.

When Dr. Ackerman decided to pass on to me the editorship of his journal, I was still a resident in dermatology at the University of Frankfurt and I was much less confident than he that I would be able to take over the huge task associated with this honorary post. Seven years later, however, I am extremely gratified by seven colorful volumes of Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual that have been brought to completion. I am grateful to every single author whose contribution has enriched the pages of the journal and has helped to make it as flavorful as it is. I am indebted to all colleagues who have served as reviewers and to the editorial staff for all technical services needed to ensure a high quality of publications. It has been a pleasure to work closely with all of you and I am deeply touched by the many heartfelt and encouraging notes and comments that I received over the course of these years.

After all, what do I consider my biggest accomplishments as the editor of Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual?

– Colleagues distributed all over the planet have been motivated to contribute to a journal not indexed in Medline with no impact factor and housed in a password-protected website.

– Controversial issues in dermatopathology, dermatology, pathology, and medicine in general have been addressed in editorials and in a section titled “Questions to colleagues.”

– Publications have been presented with no limitation on the number of color images of high quality.

– Series have been provided on topics addressed rarely in other journals of dermatology and dermatopathology such as embryology and lymph node pathology.

– Despite economic constraints, the journal has been sustained in the same quality after the passing of Dr. Ackerman.

And what was my biggest disappointment?

– The application of Dermatopathology: Practical and Conceptual to Index Medicus was rejected twice despite several adaptations having been made specifically to meet the inclusion criteria.

As you can see, the accomplishments outnumber greatly the disappointments and so it has been with the journal in general: The many positive interactions with colleagues near and far, dermatologists, pathologists, and dermatopathologists, have enriched my professional life immeasurably. I learned a lot from “my” authors and fellow editors and much of what I have learned has helped me in my daily work as a dermatopathologist at the Dermatologikum Hamburg. I am especially delighted that several of my trainees have made significant contributions to the journal and I hope that this encourages them to be academically productive in the future. Serious friendships have developed starting from correspondence related to the journal. All these valuable experiences have paid well for the countless hours that went into every single issue of Dermatopathology: Practical & Conceptual.

My mixed feelings are allayed because I have the great pleasure to announce that the journal will continue under the editorship of Prof. Harald Kittler from the Department of Dermatology at the University of Vienna. Harald is known to users of www.derm101.com as the author of a section devoted to Dermatoscopy and as a contributing member of the editorial board of Dermatopathology: Practical & Conceptual. Harald is a specialist of dermatology, dermatoscopy, and dermatopathology. He is an original thinker who has developed a new and unique approach to dermatoscopy and he is a devoted teacher who is training young colleagues in the field of dermatoscopy in Vienna and in many other places all over the world. Harald has a lot of new ideas for the journal and you will soon hear more about that from him. I am confident that you will support the journal under Harald’s editorship in the same way as you did in the past!

I congratulate Harald to his new challenging and extraordinarily gratifying position and I wish him Godspeed!

Almut Böer-Auer, M.D.
Dermatopathology: Practical & Conceptual (2004-2010)