The Dermatology Online Journal (DOJ) was created in an effort to explore the educational potential of distributed hypermedia served via the World Wide Web. The journal is attempting to serve the dual role of providing relevant information and improving the way scholarly content is shared.
As the first open access online medical journal, the DOJ published its first issue in 1995. What began as a small publication of a few articles 1-4 times per year has now expanded into a monthly journal that publishes 20 articles or more per month. It has been peer-reviewed since inception and has been PubMed accessed for more than 10 years. The journal utilizes Portico as its repository. The DOJ is hosted by the California Digital Library, as part of the educational activities of the University of California, Davis and is viewable on dermjournal.org.
The DOJ has generated significant interest domestically and internationally. Since May of 2013, when the California Digital Library began hosting our journal, approximately 5000 manuscripts have been submitted, about 100 per year. We publish roughly 240 per year for an overall acceptance rate of 24%. Currently we have more than 700 reviewers in our reviewing database. These physicians are mainly academics and are from the US and all over the world. We publish a few articles every month in Spanish or Portuguese. Each month, we generate hundreds of thousands of requests (hits) and thousands of download requests. Our top referrers in order of frequency are: pathologyonlines.com, Google, eScholarship, Facebook, and nih.gov.