The journal is issued 12 times annually with contents including reviews, original articles and brief communications by domestic and foreign authors. The impact factor 2016 is 3.733, which ranks JDS as a top 10 dermatology journals worldwide. The journal is reviewed collaboratively by eminent academics from Japan, the United States, Europe and Asia. Professor Riichiro Abe became the Editor-in-Chief in 2018, furthering its reputation as an international dermatological journal.
The Society hosts an annual 3-day meeting featuring academic lectures and research presentations including the latest scientific findings. The Tanioku Kihei Memorial Award which was established in 1995 has been one of the key lectures at the event. Another key lecture is given by the awardee of the Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology Award (JSID Award). English has been the official language since 2009, which enables lively interactions among the attendees with more diverse backgrounds. There is also a ceremony for awards, such as JSID's Fellowship Shiseido Research Grant and the Diploma of Dermatological Scientist.
JSID's most prestigious award named "The Japanese Society for Investigative Dermatology Award (JSID Award)" is bestowed to enhance the motivation of junior PI researchers directly mentoring younger students/researchers. "The Diploma of Dermatological Scientist" aims at the cultivation and support of foreign students. "POLA PHARMA RISING STAR AWARD", "JSID's Fellowship Shiseido Research Grant" and "LEO Foundation Awards" are also offered to encourage JSID members in their dermatological research. In addition, JSID provides "ESDR/JSID Young Fellow Collegiality Awards", "SID/JSID Young Fellow Collegiality Awards", "ASDR/JSID Exchange Program", and "JSID/Montagna Symposium Travel Award" to enhance opportunities for international exchange and collegiality in collaborations with foreign dermatological societies.
The Society is associated with the Japanese Dermatological Association (JDA) domestically. On the other hand, JSID has organized International Investigative Dermatology (IID) meetings with the Society for Investigative Dermatology (SID) and the European Society for Dermatological Research (ESDR) every five years. This activity will be taken over by the International Societies for Investigative Dermatology (ISID) in 2023 along with its member societies.
JSID Kisaragi Juku ("the JSID Young Academician-Fostering Seminar") was launched in 2010, aiming to foster promising, enthusiastic young doctors as dermatological researchers. In 2017, JSID Aoba Juku ("the JSID Summer School"), was successively launched to increase the number of younger doctors who get interested in dermatological research, hoping to further intensify the research activity. Knowledge, techniques, information, and opportunities for interaction with other researchers are not always available to individual doctors. JSID believes providing those young intensive seminars can be one of the solutions to help change those circumstances. For both programs, JSID welcomes about 30 participants each all over the country.