The Birth of JIDC…A new kind of Journal

In the beginning . . . there was . . . an Idea . . . JIDC

There is an old saying that “Success has a thousand mothers and failure has none”. JIDC, I am proud to say, has thousands of mothers, fathers, sons and daughters. Truly, thousands. The success is of JIDC is the fruit of the dedication and hard work of editors, mentors, proofreaders, page setters, reviewers, web designers, web wizards, translators,  and of course the authors who contribute their precious work to JIDC.

Interestingly, I am frequently asked how JIDC began. In a way it began overlooking a mountain in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, in May of 2006. A great number of my associates were attending a meeting—the first International Meeting of Infectious Disease in Central Asia, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan. We had many intense discussions on the problems facing scientists from developing countries attempting to publish in predominantly western journals and from these discussions evolved the unorthodox idea of a journal that was dedicated to scientists and infectious disease in developing countries.

Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan AdvanTours Photo

Many of us had long recognized that scientists and infectious disease science from developing countries were dramatically underrepresented in journals published in western countries. The underlying  science from infectious disease clinicians and scientists, we believed, was of a high calibre, but often the writing and presentation within manuscripts were not.  The solution, we summarized, in the majestic scenery of Bishkek, was to provide assistance in the writing and presentation of data for scientists’ draft JIDC manuscripts.  We thus added to JIDC a mentor system to guide and aid authors from developing countries with both writing skills and manuscript organization.

But alas, finances presented the greatest hurdle for scientists to publish and for the JIDC to function. Many journals require a payment of sorts to be made for accepted manuscripts to be published. The average going rate of $3,000 USD in western journals is manageable by western scientists, but the amount is simply out of the reach for many scientists and clinicians in developing countries. In fact, this may represent nearly one half a year’s wages in some developing countries. The JIDC, we declared, must be free of fees for those who cannot afford them. JIDC today is open access, free to submit, and the publication fee is waived for those who cannot afford the modest fee of 200 euros. The financial burden of maintaining JIDC is shouldered by volunteers of JIDC and grants from foundations and organizations such as the Foundation of Bank of Sardinia, Sardegna Ricerche, the University of Sassari, Shantou University Medical College, the Li Ka Shing Foundation, and the University Health Network in Toronto, Canada. Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to these people and organizations.

Through the months and years that followed the Bishkek meeting, JIDC was able to attract the dedicated team that now manages submitted manuscripts, reviews manuscripts, edits manuscripts, and publishes papers. The success of JIDC is the success of the many people who have joined in this exciting and rewarding journey! As we look forward to our fifth an

niversary in 2012, the future is in our hands and it is a glorious sunrise.

Salvatore Rubino, Editor in Chief humble servant…..

JIDC Website:  http://www.jidc.org/index.php/journal

JIDC Editorial Meeting 2011 in Stintino, Sardinia

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6 responses to “The Birth of JIDC…A new kind of Journal

  1. Dr Vinod Singh

    its marvelous to see the birth of jidc, congratulations to all the editorial members as well as Mesmer of jidc
    DR VINOD SINGH
    BARKATULLAH UNIVERSITY
    BHOPAL(M.P)
    INDIA

    • SAlvatore Rubino

      Thanks a lot Vinod, we should thanks all the authors, readers, editors, editorial member staff, reviewers, technical editor and webmaster that daily help JIDC to growth
      Salvatore Rubino, editor in Chief JIDC

  2. Thanks DR VINOD SINGH! Your kind words mean a lot!

  3. MAKE IT AVAILABLE TO ALL AND MAKE FREE TO ALL FOR PUBLICATION VIA REQUESTING CORPORATE/FIRMS/ORGANIZATIONS TO TAKE BURDEN OF ITS PUBLICATIONS!
    DR VINOD SINGH

  4. I am pleased to hear an interesting story of birth of JIDC. I wish its future endeavors. I am happy to found the growing interest of my friends and colleagues towards JIDC in Nepal. I have proud to be part of JIDC. I hope JIDC will for all in future,
    Yadav P. Joshi, MSc, MA
    Lecturer in Zoology
    Kantipur College of Medical Science Sitapaila, Kathmandu, Nepal
    Scientific Officer for South Asia, Biodyss, France (Member of Stop TB Partnership)

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