Instructions for authors
Our Dermatology Online – GENERAL INFORMATION
- The whole process of submission of the manuscript to final decision and sending/receiving proofs as well is completed online.
- Articles submitted to Our Dermatol Online must not contain any results that have been reported in any journals or books in any form. The articles must be authentic and should not contain manipulated data or fraudulent information and must not contain any results that have been, or will be, submitted to other journals. This also applies to direct translation between different languages.
- Our Dermatol Online requires that the submitted manuscript is solely from the author’s own work and not from the work of others, unless explicit permission has been granted. This includes text, figures and tables. Information from published articles must always be cited explicitly. Proper citation is to give the credit to the work that is originally published, not to follow-up work or reviews. Citations should be given close to the information within the sentences or at the end of the sentence, not after several sentences or near the end of the paragraph. Even when citations are given, exact copying of a whole sentence or paragraphs should be indicated by quotation marks. Furthermore, re-use of part of a published figure or table requires a copyright permission from the publishers that hold the rights. All re-published figures and tables should explicitly indicate the original source.
- Articles should describe results as accurately as possible, and avoid using statements of opinions as if they are facts. The manuscript should present the results in a direct way and avoid misleading or misunderstanding. It is important to discuss the significance of the results; at the same time, it is crucial not to over-interpret the results. Excessive or biased interpretation will not contribute to scientific progress and will mislead readers.
- Articles should present a balanced perspective through proper citation of relevant literature in the field, rather than a biased view. Although it is reasonable to favor a specific interpretation over others, it is important to consider opposing or competing hypotheses. Even when a postulate is supported by more convincing evidence or greater amount of data than others, alternative possibilities that cannot be eliminated should be discussed. Consideration of various possibilities does not weaken the conclusions, but offer the readers a more comprehensive understanding of the issue.
- To be considered an author, the person in question should have made direct and meaningful contributions to the article, should have contributed to one or more of the following aspects: (1) coordination of the research project, (2) design of the research plan, (3) carrying out experimentation and (4) data analysis. It is the corresponding authors’ responsibility to seek the permission from each author to publish the materials and to get consensus on the authorship before submitted to Our Dermatol Online.
The waiver policy for developing country authors
We encourage our authors living in developing countries to publish their papers with us.
A range of discounts or waivers are offered to authors, for example on fast-track submission.
- Original Articles: articles reporting the previously unpublished results of completed scientific experiments conducted by the authors, confirming or refuting a clearly defined research hypothesis. Original articles should be organized as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conflict of Interest, Acknowledgments, References. References no limited (but not less than 15);
- Review Articles: articles presenting the current state of knowledge on a given issue, with emphasis on current controversies, theoretical and practical approaches to the problem, etc., including a well chosen bibliography. A Review Article is normally 4,000–5,000 words (excluding Abstract and references). References no limited (but not less than 20);
- Case Reports: articles describing in detail the diagnosis and/or treatment of 1-3 patients, emphasizing unusual or difficult features of therapy in the case(s) described, within the thematic scope of Our Dermatology Online journal. References are limited to 20;
- Short Reports: short papers of investigations (e.g., descriptive studies) in health sciences organized in the same manner as full-length articles, but which contain 1000-1500 words or less (from introduction through discussion), with no more than 5-6 figures and 2 tables combined, and up to 15 references;
- Opinion Articles: descriptions of important issues, controversies, and opinions in the area of dermatology;
- Historical articles: presentation of important figures, movements, and advances in the field of dermatology. References no limited;
- Letters to the Editor: may report original data, discuss published articles, or present hypotheses. Letters are not to exceed 1000 words and 2 figures or tables, and 10 references – not to exceed 3 printed journal pages. Letters should not have an abstract.
- Letters to the Editor – Observation: contain very short case reports. Acceptance is contingent on editorial review. Observations are formatted with introductory sentences, followed by the following headings: Report of a Case and Discussion. Allowed a brief Introduction. Maximum length: 600 words.
- Letters to the Editor – Practical issues: practical issues on the medical topics with figures and/or tables.
- Clinical Images / Histopathological Images: Photographic descriptions of interesting or unusual clinical, radiologic, or pathologic phenomena. Organize the manuscript as follows: Title Page, Description, Figure(s) and References (optional). The main manuscript should be written in the format of a clinical vignette. Start with a short introduction followed by the case description including pertinent history, physical examination, clinical work-up, and outcome, as applicable. Clinical images should be limited to 300 words description, 0-7 references; Figures no limited. A maximum of 3 authors will be allowed. Clinical images must be accompanied by a statement of consent signed by the patient.
- Expert Commentary – Comment tho the Article: commentaries are written on invitation of the Editors, and narrowly focused on the articles published by the journal. They provide critical or alternative viewpoints on key issues and generally consist of a discussion of an article published in the journal. References are limited to 20-22
- What's is your diagnosis? – in only online section – Our Cases – http://www.odermatol.com/our-cases-2/ This section explores a case report in which the final diagnosis of the disease is questioned. It should include the following topics: Case report; Discussion; References. Allowed a brief Introduction.
- the full name of each author,
- the organizational affiliation of each author (workplace),
- the full title of the article in both English or in addition to any other language, in which work be written.
- 3-6 key words selected in accordance with the MeSH system as used in the Index Medicus (MEDLINE),
- the first author's full name, address, telephone and/or fax number, and e-mail address if available, for purposes of correspondence during the preparation of the manuscript for print,
- the sources of any material or financial support, in the form of grants, subventions, major donations, etc., if any.