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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • All submissions must meet the following requirements.

    • Cover Letter: Include title, a brief description of manuscript and its significance to dermatologists, explanation of any conflicts of interest, statement of funding sources, if any, and acknowledgments for grants and technical support). Include that the article has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere and must be original.
    • Title Page: Include title, full names, academic degrees, and academic institutional and relevant affiliation for all authors and name, address, and active email address for the designated corresponding author. List manuscript word count, figure word count, table word count.
    • Complete Manuscript: double-spaced Word or RTF file, pages numbered. Italics are used rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). References, figure legend and tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript (a table's size is limited to one full page).
    • The manuscript structure adheres to its respective guidelines listed in the Author Guidelines section.
    • Figures, images, and/or line art of appropriate size and of high resolution (300 dpi). Upload images one at a time as separate files (see size requirements in Author Guidelines section).
    • Text and references follow AMA style; references begin on a new page.
    • Describe conflicts of interests on the Conflict of Interest Statement (found on Each author must sign. Upload with submission.
    • Creative Commons License Agreement (click here) that is signed and dated by each author.

Author Guidelines


Upload all pertinent files and complete all metadata  on the Journal’s online Manuscript Management and Submission System on Do not forget to key in each author. Please do not send files via email, as this will delay the processing of your submission.

Language: Submit all text files in plain English and thoroughly check the manuscript for errors in grammar, sentence structure, spelling, and punctuation. If the text does not meet the Journal's standards for clarity of language, you will receive a communication form the Journal's editorial team via

File Format: We accept Word  or RTF files (font size 12 pt, including text in tables). Text should be double-spaced, line-numbered, and page-numbered. Individual tables should not exceed 1 single-spaced typed page. Eliminate all identifying properties from all files, as the submission will undergo double-blind reviews.

Authorship: A submitted manuscript is received with the understanding that it is an original contribution not previously published (except as an abstract or preliminary report) and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If your report has been published previously in meeting abstracts or conference proceedings, please declare that in your Cover Letter. All manuscripts will be checked for similar text and plagiarism.

Conflict of Interest Statement: A disclosure/conflict of Interest statement must accompany each manuscript. In the case of no conflict of interest, that statement may be declared in your Cover Letter in lieu of separately signed forms.

Creative Commons License Agreement: A signed License Agreement must accompany each manuscript.

Priority Claims: Please do not use priority claims in your reports, as they are unverifiable. Priority claims include language such as: “To our knowledge, these results have not been published...” and “We report on the first description of …"

Images: See instructions below for artwork and image specifications, table format, use of abbreviations, and supplementary material formats.

The Journal currently publishes articles in the following categories: Original Article, Review, Research Letter, Image Letter, Opinion, Commentary, Letter to the Editor, and Editorial. Article categories and descriptions follow. Adhere to article guidelines, as follows.


Original Article

  • Experimental study (randomized, nonrandomized trials)
  • Observational study (cohort study, case control study, cross-sectional study)
  • Large case series

Consult the  STROBE statement for observational studies; the CONSORT statement for randomized controlled trials; and the STARD statement for studies of diagnostic accuracy.

Key Message 
Outline the key message of your study in 2 or 3 sentences.

Structured (include 5 headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions).  Word count:  ≤250.

Main Text

  • Headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
  • Word count:  ≤3,000 excluding the abstract, references, figure legend, and tables.
  • Figures and Tables: ≤10 combined total.
  • References: Well balanced; no limit.
  • Keywords: ≤5.


  • Systematic Review; Meta-Analysis
  • Clinical Guideline
  • Narrative review*

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of high quality have a clearly defined search strategy and method, present a balanced, critical discussion, and use a well-defined method to identify and select relevant research and to collect and analyze data from the studies that are included. Consult the PRISMA reporting guidelines for meta-analyses. A complete, accurate, and in-depth Review aimed at improving decision-making in clinical medicine or medical education. It should be relevant to the field. The comparative or descriptive study accurately presents a balanced, critical discussion, and addresses a clearly formulated question relevant to clinical practice.

*Narrative or historical reviews are welcome, and authors are free to select attractive headings in them. An unstructured Abstract ≤250 words must be provided.

Key Message 
Outline the key message of your study in 2 or 3 sentences.

Structured (include 5 headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions).  Word count:  ≤250. 

Main Text

  • Headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. 
  • Word count:  ≤3,000, excluding the Abstract, references, figure legend, and tables.
  • Figures and Tables: ≤10 combined total.
  • References: Well balanced; no limit.
  • Keywords: 4-5 key words must be provided.

Research Letter

Small observational study or small case series written in response to content published previously in the Journal or a report on new information not readily available in textbooks for continuing medical education.

  • Abstract: None.
  • Title: Formulate the title to be engaging to the reader: concise, focused, and informative.
  • Headings: Must include the following 3 main headings: Introduction, Case Presentation, and Conclusion.
    • Introduction: Describe why the case is unique and what it adds to the scientific literature. Note: priority statements will not be published by the Journal.
    • Case Presentation: Describe important clinical and diagnostic findings and challenges and diagnosis.
    • Discussion: Section may be added; however, the case report must adhere to the 500-word limit.
    • Conclusion: Describe the primary “take-away” lessons of this case report.
  • Authors: ≤6.
  • Word count: ≤500, excluding references and figure legend.
  • Figures: ≤2; Table: ≤1.
  • References: ≤6.
  • Keywords: ≤5.

Image Letter

A case presentation consisting of one (1) image (clinical, dermoscopic, or histopathologic) that represents a “teaching point.” An Image Letter may report on new information not readily available in textbooks for the continuing medical education.

  • Abstract: None.
  • Title: Formulate the title to be engaging to the reader: concise, focused, and informative.
  • Headings: Must include the following 2 main headings: Case Presentation and Teaching Point.
  • Authors: ≤6.
  • Word count: ≤250, excluding references and figure legend.
  • Figure: 1; Table: 0.
  • References: ≤2.


Brief communication on important news in dermatology, ethics, or public health.

  • Authors: ≤6.
  • Word count: ≤500 excluding references, figure legend.
  • Figure or Table: ≤1.
  • References: ≤10.


A brief, provocative, opinionated communication on a controversial subject. Most commentaries are commissioned, but unsolicited commentaries are also welcome. Unsolicited commentaries will be peer-reviewed.

  • Authors: ≤6.
  • Word count: ≤1,000, excluding references, figure legend.
  • Figures and Tables: ≤10 combined total.
  • References: ≤10.

Letter to the Editor

Address the Edior-in-Chief with a brief communication discussing a recent article in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual.

  • Authors: ≤6.
  • Word count: ≤400, excluding references, figure legend.
  • Figures & Tables: 0.
  • References: ≤5.


Editorials will be published at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief.


Photographs and micrographs should be submitted as TIFF or maximum quality JPG files, RGB or grayscale color mode, with a resolution of 300 dpi and a maximum size of 3 MB. Crop all white space from around or between all images—single or composite.

Figures must be cited consecutively in the text and numbered in the order in which they are discussed. Legends should be brief and specific and placed on a separate page at the end of the manuscript document. Use scale markers within electron micrographic images. Indicate type of stain used in histologic images.

Line art (an image composed of lines and text, which does not contain tonal or shaded areas) should be scanned, if possible, in bitmap mode, 900-1200 dpi, and saved in TIFF format. If the line art file is only available in RGB or grayscale mode, supply at 500-900 dpi and save as maximum quality JPG. Combinations of photographs and line art (an image containing half tone plus text or line art elements) should be submitted in RGB or grayscale color mode, at 500-900 dpi, saved as maximum quality JPG.


Submission of supplementary material is allowed except for Review article types. Supplementary material may be material that cannot be included in the article because of length restrictions or because the file is too large or in a format that does not allow for its inclusion in the article (see acceptable formats below). Files including datasets, tables, or videos might be included as supplementary materials and will be linked to the published article, and must be freely available and accessible.

Supplementary material should be uploaded as a separate file during the submission process. As the supplementary material will not undergo peer review or editing, authors should ensure the conciseness and clarity of presentation. If more than 1 file is submitted, each additional file should be called out in sequence within the main text. Avoid adding the authors’ names, affiliations, or correspondence information in the supplementary files.

Do not include supplementary material in the reference section. Supplementary material will be listed at the end of the text as an appendix. Title each supplementary file with the prefix S (eg, Table S1, Figure S1).

The following formats for supplementary materials are acceptable:

  • PDF (preferable for supplementary figures and tables)
  • MS Word Document
  • MS Excel sheet
  • .mpg, .mp4, .mp3 multimedia files


A list of references should be provided at the end of an article. Follow the Journal’s citation style. The author(s) are responsible for the accuracy of the references. References must be cited consecutively in the text and be numbered in the order in which they are discussed. Reference numbers appear in brackets before the period in a sentence. Use journal name abbreviations if possible. Italicize journal names. For abbreviations of journal names, refer to List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus. This can be accessed at

Include PMID and/or DOI when available.

Sample References:

Journal article
Iuliano A, Strianese D, Uccello G, Diplomatico A, Tebaldi S, Bonavolonta G. Risk factors for orbital exenteration in periocular basal cell carcinoma. Am J Ophthmal. 2012;153(2):238–241. DOI: 10.1016/j.ajo.2011.08.004. PMID: 21982108.

Authors: If there are more than 6 authors to one reference, list the names of the first 3 authors followed by et al.

Online-only journals; no DOI
Marreiros HF, Loff C, Calado E. Osteoporosis in paediatric patients with spina bifida. J Spinal Cord Med. 2012;35(1):9-21. Accessed March 28, 2012.

Book chapter
Calonje E, Wilson-Jones E. Vascular tumors. In: Elder D, ed. Lever’s Histopathology of the Skin. 8th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott; 1997:889-932.

Entire book
Elder D, Elenitsas R. Lever’s Histopathology of the Skin. Philadelphia: Lippincott; 1997.

International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals. Updated December 2018. Accessed March 9, 2019.

Epi Info [computer program]. Version 6. Atlanta: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; 1994.

CANCERNET-PDQ [database online]. Bethesda, MD: National Cancer Institute; 1996. Updated March 29, 1996. Accessed June 26, 1997. Website Gostin LO. Drug use and HIV/AIDS. American Medical Association web site. Available at: Published June 1, 1996. Accessed June 26, 1997.


Tables should be self-explanatory and should supplement, rather than duplicate, the material in the text. Tables are limited to one typed page only. Tables should be cited consecutively in the text and numbered in that order. Include the table title, appropriate column heads, and explanatory legends (include definitions of any abbreviations used).


Abbreviations must be defined at first mention in text and in each table and figure. If a brand name is cited, manufacturer and address (city and state/country) should be supplied. For a list of standard abbreviations, consult the Council of Biology Editors Style Guide (available from the Council of Science Editors, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20814) or other standard sources. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use unless it is a standard unit of measure. Refer to drugs and therapeutic agents by their accepted generic or chemical names, and do not abbreviate the name. Use code numbers only when a generic name is not yet available. In that case, supply the chemical name and a figure giving the chemical structure of the drug. Consult the latest edition the Manual of Style by the American Medical Association for current usage.


Corresponding authors will be alerted via email when page proofs of copyedited articles are ready. Log into the Journal’s Manuscript Management and Submission System for updates. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that there are no errors in the proofs. Changes that have been made to make the article conform to Journal style should be allowed to stand if they do not alter the authors’ meaning. Proofs must be checked carefully and returned as requested in the cover letter accompanying the page proofs.


All primary authors and coauthors listed on the paper must have:

  1. Made significant contribution to the work reported.
  2. Shared responsibility, and accountability for the results of the work, for example, the conception, design, and acquisition of data, analysis, and interpretation.
  3. Shared in drafts or revisions of the paper.
  4. Reviewed and agreed on the final version.
  5. Agreed on the journal to which the paper will be submitted.
  6. Agreed that the corresponding author will be acting on their behalf for any communication about the paper during the submission, peer review process, and after publication.


All others who contributed to the work who are not authors should be named in the Acknowledgments, and their contribution(s) should be described. All those listed should be aware of it.


  1. Commentary

    Commentary: Brief provocative, opinionated communications on a controversial subject.

  2. Original Article
    • Experimental study (randomized, nonrandomized trials)
    • Observational study (cohort study, case control study, cross-sectional study)
    • Large case series
  3. Review

    Review:  Systematic reviews and meta-analyses accompanied by a  a structured abstract.

  4. Image Letter

    Image Letter: A case presentation to consist of one image (clinical, dermoscopic, or histopathologic) that represents a teaching point. 

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