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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.

  • 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 www.icmje.org). Each author must sign. Upload with submission.
  • Creative Commons License Agreement (click here) that is signed and dated by each author.