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The Journal of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IADVL, Kerala) is an open-access peer-reviewed journal committed to publishing high-quality articles in the field of Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Leprosy and Dermatosurgery. The journal is owned by the Indian Association of Dermatologists, Venereologists, and Leprologists (Kerala), India & aims to present the most current information in the field that is relevant to the current practice.


The Journal of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IADVL, Kerala) aims to provide a platform for ideas in the practice of Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Leprosy and Dermatosurgery. It also aims to highlight new developments in the field.

Scope of Journal of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IADVL, Kerala)

Journal of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IADVL, Kerala) covers topics related to Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Leprosy and Dermatosurgery.


Our audience includes but not limited to Dermatologists, Venereologists, Leprologists, and Dermatosurgeons all over the world.

Review Process

JSSTD has a highly rigorous double-blinded peer-review process that makes sure that manuscripts are scientifically accurate, relevant, novel and important. Authors disclose all conflicts of interest, affiliations and financial disclosures such that the published content is not biased.

In-house submissions that contain the work of any editorial board member, are not allowed to be reviewed by that editorial board member and all decisions regarding this manuscript are made by an independent editor. In addition, these manuscripts are reviewed by two external reviewers. This is also disclosed in the published manuscript under the section of Conflict of Interest.

Editorial Team

The editorial board comprises eminent academicians and clinicians in Dermatology, Sexually Transmitted Diseases and Leprosy. Our editorial board members provide their expertise and guidance to the Editor-In-Chief in maintaining the clarity of content and focus of the journal’s purpose.

About the Editors

Dr. Sarita Sasidharanpillai

Dr. Sarita Sasidharanpillai


Additional Professor
Department of Dermatology & Venereology,
Govt Medical College,
Kozhikode, Kerala


Dr. K Pavithran


Professor and Former Head
Department of Dermatology and Venereology
Govt Medical College
Kozhikode & Senior Consultant MIMS
Kozhikode, Kerala

Facts About the Journal

JSSTD is a peer-reviewed international journal with a double-blind review process. Its frequency of publication is semiannual. The journal is published in Print + Online format.


A manuscript published in the journal can be read and downloaded by readers all over the world without any charges or fees. The author retains the copyright of the manuscript and the figures. This allows authors to extend their exposure in the world of medical research and get worldwide recognition for their work.

Abstracting and Indexing Information

The journal is registered with the following abstracting partners:
Google Scholar, ProQuest, ReadCube, CrossRef, Portico

Journal Ethics

Journal of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases (IADVL, Kerala) is committed to meeting and upholding the standards of ethical behavior at all stages of the publication process. We follow closely the industry associations, such as the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), that set standards and provide guidelines for best practices in order to meet these requirements. For a summary of our specific policies regarding duplicate publication, conflicts of interest, patient consent, etc., please click here.

Plagiarism Policy

The journal uses plagiarism check software (iThenticate) on the Editor’s and Reviewer’s panel in the manuscript management system which is used to check and control Plagiarism for each article under a double-blinded peer review process. Any manuscript, that is found to have plagiarism is rejected.

Archival Policy

We use PORTICO for our third-party repository for all articles published with us. All our manuscripts are assigned a DOI number from CROSSREF, and we are members of Crossref

Open Access Publication and Creative Commons Licensing

Journal of Skin and Sexually Transmitted Diseases is an open-access journal, and manuscripts published are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-Share Alike 4.0 License (CC-BY-NC-SA 4.0), which allows others to remix, transform, and build upon the work non-commercially, as long as appropriate credit is given and the new creations are licensed under the identical terms.

Ahead of Print Policy

Articles published online under the Ahead of Print model are considered published and can be cited and quoted using the DOI as the reference source. The journal has a policy that changes will not be made after publication of an article without following accepted procedures for making corrections to the scientific record.

Subscription Information

JSSTD is a semiannual publication and published manuscripts in the journal can be read and downloaded by readers all over the world without any charges or fees.

The journal is published in both print and online format. The Print copies are distributed to IADVL – Kerala members for free. The other readers can subscribe to the print version of the the journal –


Scientific Scholar LLC ( is a well-respected medical publisher that fully supports open access publishing models, Subscription and Society based journal models through its own in-house peer-review management system – EditorialAssist ( The head office of Scientific Scholar is in Rochester, NY, USA and has a subsidiary arm in India.

The mission of the Scientific Scholar is “Share, Learn and Improve”.