MANUSCRIPT GUIDELINES

Upload all pertinent files and complete metadata (list all authors) on the Journal’s online Manuscript Management and Submission System on dpcj.org. Please do not send files via email, as this will delay the processing of your submission.

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 dpcj.org.

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.

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.

A signed Creative Commons License Agreement and 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.

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 …"

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

The Journal currently publishes, Research and Review articles, Editorials, Letters and Image Letters. Article categories and descriptions follow below.


SUBMISSION CATEGORIES

Research

Complete, accurate, and in-depth observational or experimental studies (eg, cohort, case-control, cross-sectional, registered randomized controlled trial, clinical series) that aim to improve decision-making in clinical medicine or medical education. Please consult the STROBE statement for observational studies; the CONSORT statement for randomized controlled trials; and the STARD statement for studies of diagnostic accuracy.

Abstract 

  • Structured; must include 5 headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. 
  • Must not exceed 250 words without citations. 

Text

  • Must include the following 5 main headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. 
  • Bulleted statements are encouraged but are not required.
  • Word count: 3,000 words or less excluding the abstract, references, figure legend, and tables. 
  • References: Well-balanced; maximum of 50.
  • Figures and Tables: Combined maximum of 10 total; include a table only if it presents new information; a single table should not exceed 1 page.
  • Key words: 4-5 key words must be provided.

Review

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of high quality that address a clearly formulated question relevant to clinical practice and that use well-defined methods to identify and select relevant research and to collect and analyze data from the studies that are included in the review. Please consult PRISMA reporting guidelines when constructing a Review.

Abstract

  • Structured; must include 5 headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. 
  • Must not exceed 250 words without citations. 

Text

  • Must include the following 5 main headings: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. 
  • Clearly describe search strategy and method.
  • Present a balanced, critical discussion of medical literature and data sources. 
  • Present a clear conclusion describing potential impacts on the standard of care.
  • May or may not include a PRISMA diagram.
  • Do not include supplementary material.
  • Word count:  3,000 words or less excluding the abstract, references, figure legend, and tables.
  • Figures and Tables: Combined maximum of 10 total; include a table only if it presents new information; a single table should not exceed 1 page.
  • References: Well balanced; maximum 50 references.
  • Key Words: 4-5 key words must be provided.

Narrative/historical reviews are welcome, and authors are free to select attractive headings in them. In the case of narrative/historical reviews, an unstructured abstract not exceeding 250 words must be provided.


Editorial, Opinion, or Commentary

May accompany papers or be brief, provocative, opinionated communications on a controversial subject. Most commentaries are commissioned, but unsolicited commentaries are also welcome. Unsolicited commentaries will be peer-reviewed. The word count should not exceed 2,000 words excluding the references, figure legend, and tables.

Abstract

No abstract should be provided.


Letter

A case presentation written in response to content published previously in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual or a short note reporting on new information not readily available in textbooks for the continuing medical education of dermatologists, dermatopathologists, and general practitioners.

A case report could be submitted as a Letter but must also adhere to the following guidelines.  

Abstract

No abstract should be provided.

Text

  • Title: Formulate the title of a Letter to be engaging to the reader, ie, concise, focused, and informative.
  • Headings: Must include the following 3 main headings: Introduction, Case Presentation, and Conclusions.
    • 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.
    • Conclusions: Describe the primary “take-away” lessons of this case report.
  • Word count: 500 words or less, excluding references and figure legend.
  • Figures: 2 figures maximum.
  • Tables: No tables.
  • References: 2 references maximum.
  • Key Words: 4-5 key words must be provided.

 


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 of dermatologists, dermatopathologists, and general practitioners.

Abstract

No abstract should be provided.

Text

  • Must include the following 2 main headings: Case Presentation and Teaching Point.
  • Word count: 150 words or less, excluding references, figure legend.
  • Figure: 1 figure maximum.
  • Tables: No tables.
  • References: 2 references maximum.
  • Authors: No more than 4 authors per Image Letter article.

Book Review 

Books and monographs will be reviewed depending on their interest and value to our readers. Most book reviews are commissioned, but unsolicited reviews are also welcome. Unsolicited book reviews will be reviewed by members of editorial board and may be sent to external reviewers. The word count should not exceed 1,000 words excluding references.


FIGURES / IMAGES

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.


SUPPLEMENTARY MATERIAL

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

REFERENCES

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 http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html.

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. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22330186. 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.

Website
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. http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/

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

Database
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: http://www.ama-assn.org/special/hiv/ethics. Published June 1, 1996. Accessed June 26, 1997.


TABLES

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 AND STYLE

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.


PAGE PROOFS

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.


JOURNAL SECTIONS

The following sections are highlighted in the Journal:

  • Allergology
  • Autoimmune & Blistering Diseases
  • Cosmetics & Aesthetic Dermatology
  • Dermatologic Surgery
  • Dermatopathology
  • Hair & Nail Diseases
  • Infectious Diseases & STDs
  • Inflammatory Diseases
  • Oncology (including Dermoscopy, Confocal & Skin Imaging)
  • Pediatric Dermatology

AUTHORSHIP

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.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

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