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Dear Friends and Colleagues, 

When ASDIN was formed in 2000, it was out of necessity, not convenience. For Nephrologists
interested in performing interventional and diagnostic procedures, there was no pathway to certification of individual physicians, no accreditation of training centers, no group to lobby for appropriate payment, no scientific meeting for presentations for physicians or associates to discuss the success and problems of our procedures, and no established journal  to allow us to publish articles to describe success of interventional therapy and potential improvements  in the devices and techniques.  

The creation of a journal suitable for publication of articles on dialysis access and diagnostic ultrasound
required the help of someone outside of the circle of our founders, and that person was Dr. Richard Sherman. He agreed to have ASDIN articles published in a special section of Seminars in Dialysis (SID), after review by our own Editorial Board. This was a great help, since SID was already listed on PubMed, and the journal had a high recognition among Nephrologists with a serious interest in the success of dialysis procedures. Since 2003, Seminars in Dialysis has been the official journal of our society and the main outlet for scientific publications. Cooperation with Dr. Sherman and Wiley-Blackwell has been a great benefit to our society and we owe both Dr. Sherman and the publishers a debt of gratitude. 

All practice of medicine becomes more specialized over time, and our membership is no different;
ASDIN members have increasingly focused their interests in the vascular access arena. Indeed, the number of “vascular access” manuscripts submitted to and published by ASDIN has far outpaced the number of manuscripts related to diagnostic ultrasound or PD.  Two additional factors weighed heavily in this decision: 1) many non-Nephrologic specialties are joining ASDIN and 2) there is increasing interest in interventional nephrology overseas.  For all of these reasons, but chiefly at the behest of our membership, the ASDIN Council recently voted to change our official journal from Seminars in Dialysis to The Journal of Vascular Access (JVA).  

JVA is the official journal of the Vascular Access Society (VAS), and is published in association with the Vascular Access Society of the Americas (VASA), the Vascular Access Society of Britain & Ireland (VASBI), the Australian Vascular Access Society (AVAS), the Japanese and Korean Societies for Dialysis Access and the WoCoVA Foundation. During the past year we have had extensive discussions with the JVA Editor Dr. Gallieni and the Wichtig Publishing staff, who have assured us that the submission process for journal articles will proceed  very much like that which occurred before.  ASDIN will retain its current Editors and Editorial Board and the ASDIN will retain control over which articles are published in this journal under ASDIN auspices. Articles originating from our members will be clearly identified within the journal format.  Beginning September 1, 2015 we ask that all articles submitted for publication in our official journal be submitted to JVA. When you submit articles to JVA’s submission site,, indicate that you wish to have the ASDIN Editorial Board review the article. 

Beginning in 2016, each member of ASDIN will automatically receive an electronic subscription to The Journal of Vascular Access, so that we can easily review our articles and those submitted by other societies dedicated to improvement in dialysis access and diagnostic nephrology. 

Stephen R. Ash, M.D., F.A.C.P.    

Editor-in-Chief, ASDIN                                                                                                                                                              


    The Journal for Vascular Access website

    JVA Submission Site

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