The Chinese Journal of Dermatology is sponsored by the Chinese Medical Association, edited and published by the Institute of Dermatology, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences(CAMS) and Peking Union Medical College (PUMC). It is a dermatological journal for senior and junior dermatologists, clinicians, and other medical research workers. The purposes of the journal are as follows: (1) to carry out general and specific policies of the national health work set by the Party and the Government, (2) to implement the policies of integrating theory with practice, and combining popularization with the raising of standards, (3) to report the major progress in clinical and scientific research of dermatology and venereology in our country, and (4) to promote the national and international academic exchanges in the field of dermatology and venereology. The contents of the journal in brief contain original articles and short articles on basic research in dermatology, the advances and experiences in prevention and treatment of various dermatoses, combination of traditional Chinese medicine with western medicine, dermatological surgery, cosmetic dermatology, new drugs, new techniques and new methods related to dermatology. The journal also publishes review articles, case reports (with photographs), collection of rare cases, brief communication, rapid communication, book reviews, commentaries, continuing medical education, letters and opinions. It also contains summary of international and national dermatologic conferences, report of foreign scholars, information and news. Colorful pictures are published with texts in each issue. The journal has been indexed or abstracted by the Biological Abstracts of the United States, the Chemistry Abstract, Science Citation Index, American Chemical Society, CAB Abstracts, Tropical Diseases Bulletin, Review of Aromatic and Medicinal Plants, Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases, the Western Pacific Region Index Medicus(WPRIM), and 10 kinds of domestic databases, mainly including Chinese Sci-tech Paper and Citation Database (CSTPCD), Chinese Science Citation Database (CSCD), A Guider to the Core Journals of China, Chinese Biomedical Literature Database on disc, Chinese Medical Current Contents, Chinese Academic Journal (CD-ROM), Wanfang Data-Digital Periodicals.