Author Instructions

The International Journal of Dermatology is a journal of continuing medical education. The editors welcome manuscripts dealing with cutaneous medicine and surgery and other subjects of interest to dermatologists.


Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission or during the review process.

English-language editing will:

  • Improve grammar, spelling, and punctuation
  • Improve clarity and resolve any ambiguity caused by poor phrasing
  • Improve word-choice and ensure that the tone of the language is appropriate for an academic journal.

For more information on this service, please visit

Manuscripts should be submitted via:

Questions regarding the International Journal of Dermatology can be sent to:

Rokea A. el-Azhary
Mayo Clinic Gonda 16
200 First Street SW
Rochester MN 55905
Tel: +1 507 284 2758
Fax: +1 507 284 2072

The journal is covered by Current Contents, Index Medicus, and Science Citation Index.

Contributions should be written for one of the following categories:

Case Report*
A report of 400-600 words, illustrated by no more than three illustrations. This category offers a means for rapid communication about a single subject.

Clinical Trial
An article of 700-1200 words concerning a drug evaluation. This category provides rapid publications and is meant to be a succinct presentation with a minimum of graphs and tables.

An editorial 700-1200 words in length with approximately five references. The author may express his or her opinion without complete documentation.

Clinicopathological Challenge
A photographic essay that includes both clinical and pathological photographs in color. The diagnosis and legends for the photographs should be listed after the references in the article. The article should be no more than 2-3 pages in length.

Letters to the editor and short notes. Contributions should not exceed 600 words, two figures, and 10 references.

Dermatological Surgery
An article relating to the surgical aspects of treatment (see Report for format). Article types may include Review, Report or Case Report Format.

An article about the methodology of curriculum and instruction in dermatology, about 2500 words.

A photographic essay that emphasizes one or two photographs, in colour. There should be accompanying text and references, but the entire article will appear on one printed page.

Pharmacology and Therapeutics
An article relating to the treatment of diseases and to the pharmacology of dermatologically related drugs. (Can include Clinical Trials, Reviews, Reports, Case Reports and Correspondence. The latter is preferred for reports of adverse drug reactions.)

An article on the history of dermatology or skin diseases; also a biographic account of an historic or noteworthy figure in dermatology.

An original article including, whenever possible, an Introduction, Materials and Methods or Case Report(s), Results, Comment, and References. A Structured Abstract of not more than 240 words must be included. It should consist of four paragraphs, labeled Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. It should describe the problem studies, how the study was performed, the main results, and what the author(s) concluded from the results.

A major didactic article that clarifies and summarizes the existing knowledge in a particular field. It should not be an exhaustive review of the literature, and references should not exceed 50 in number. Tables, diagrams, and selected figures are often helpful. The length is left to the judgment of the author, although it generally should not exceed 5000 words. Topics may include updates in clinically relevant basic science and cutaneous biology. A list of 10 questions should be listed at the end of the article to provide additional educational challenge to the reader.

Tropical Medicine Rounds
An article dealing with the diseases and special problems encountered by dermatologists working in the tropics. Article types may include articles in the Report or Case Report format.

Updates in Medicine
By invitation only. This contribution to the journal should be 700-1200 words in length with sufficient references to document important points. It is not essential that the contribution be heavily referenced as it is meant to serve as an update for dermatologists in various fields of medicine and is not portrayed to be an extensive or exhaustive review of the literature. However, it would be very helpful if pertinent and salient references are included, not only for documentation purposes, but also for additional reading.

Medical Genetics
Report, Review or Case Report formats

*No abstract required

Manuscripts should include a title page bearing the title of the paper, the author(s)' name(s), degrees, and affiliation(s), the category of the article, the number of figures and tables, and three key words for indexing purposes. The name and full postal address (including a street address), phone and fax numbers and an email address of the corresponding author who will be responsible for reading the proofs must also be given on the title page. The author(s) must also declare any affiliation or significant financial involvement in any organizations or entity with a direct financial interest in the subject matter or materials discussed in the manuscript on this page. This includes employment, honoraria, consultancies, or relevant stock ownership.  Pages should be numbered. Authors must keep a copy of their manuscript. Further information can be accessed at

Contributions are accepted for publication on condition that they are submitted exclusively to the International Journal of Dermatology, and all authors must give signed consent to publication in a letter sent with the manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief reserves the right to make literary corrections. Authorship implies a substantial contribution. Authors must inform the Editor-in-Chief of any possible conflict of interest capable of influencing their judgment. Perusal of unsubmitted data used may be requested by the Editor-in-Chief.

Papers accepted must be licensed for publication in International Journal of Dermatology and a completed Exclusive Licence Form must accompany every accepted paper. Authors will be required to license copyright in their paper to the International Society of Dermatology. Copyright licensing is a condition of publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been licensed. To assist authors an appropriate exclusive license form will be supplied by the editorial office. Alternatively, authors may like to download a copy of the form from the journal website at

When referring to a drug, please use the generic name approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration or recognized as the United States Adopted Name. At the end of the manuscript, please list the American Trade names.

All measurements should be according to the metric system. If confusion could result, please include other measurement systems in parentheses.

Refer to patients by number or letters; names or initials should not be used. Photographs of patients must be accompanied by a statement of consent signed by the patient.

References must be listed in the order in which they appear in the manuscript. References from journals should include: (1) name(s) followed by the initials of the author(s), up to four authors: if more than four authors, include the first three authors followed by et al.; (2) title of paper; (3) title of the journal as abbreviated in the Index Medicus; (4) year of publication; (5) volume number; (6) first and final page numbers of the article.

For example:
Gibson LE, Daoud MS, Muller SA, Perry HO. Malignant pyodermas revisited. Mayo Clin Proc 1997; 72: 734-736

References to books should include: (1) author(s) or editor(s); (2) chapter (if any) book titles; (3) edition, volume, etc.; (4) place of publication; (5) publisher; (6) year; (7) page(s) referred to.

For example:
Baran & Bawbers Diseases of the Nails and their Management. 3rd Ed; Oxford; Blackwell Science, 2001:38-41.

The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of all references; incomplete references may result in a delay to publication.

We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.
EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Tables should be typed, double-spaced with a heading, each on a separate sheet, and should only include essential information. Drawings, graphs, and formulas should be submitted on separate pages.

Send illustrations as tiff or jpeg files. In the case of photomicrographs, the stain type and original magnification should be stated. Each figure should bear a reference number corresponding to a similar number in the text. Illustrations that have previously appeared elsewhere must be submitted with a legal release from the holder of their copyrights, usually the original publisher.

To minimise the publication time of your manuscript it is important that all electronic artwork is supplied to the Editorial Office in the correct format and resolution. It is recommended that you consult the Illustration guidelines at: if you need advice on any aspect of preparing your artwork.

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, Blackwell Publishing will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted 2 months after publication. If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

In the full-text online edition of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full screen version. Therefore, the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

*To read PDF* files, you must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. If you do not have this program, this is available as a free download from the following web address:

For rights and permissions, please contact: Rokea el-Azhary, MD, Editor-in-Chief, at the address above.

The International Journal of Dermatology
is covered by Wiley Publishing's OnlineEarly service.

OnlineEarly articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. OnlineEarly articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of OnlineEarly articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so OnlineEarly articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

Author Services
NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley's Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article - once it has been accepted - through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production so they don't need to contact the production editor to check on progress. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

The Publisher [The International Society of Dermatology] and Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal; the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the publisher [The International Society of Dermatology] and Editors, neither does the publication of advertisements constitute any endorsement by the publisher [The International Society of Dermatology] and Editors of the products advertised.

The publisher's policy is to use permanent paper from mills that operate a sustainable forestry policy, and which have been manufactured from pulp which is processed using acid-free and elementary chlorine free practices. Furthermore, the publisher ensures that the text paper and cover board used has met acceptable environmental accreditation standards.