Instructions to Authors

All submissions must be clearly marked as original articles - 2,000-4,000 words (including references and tables/figures), brief communications - 1,000-3,000 words (including references and tables/figures), case reports - 750-1,500 words (including references and tables/figures), DermPearls - 750-1,000 words (including references and tables/figures) or letters - 700 words maximum (no figures or references).

Submissions should be submitted via JDD's online Manuscript Tracking System (MTS). MTS can be accessed at:

The MTS is an ultra-efficient addition to the editorial process that streamlines the submission and review processes for the editorial team, authors and peer reviewers. MTS will allow authors to view their submitted articles and the status of those articles at any time. Reviewers will be able to easily access all articles pending their review, as well as review articles quickly online.

Questions about submissions may be submitted to

Manuscripts, Figures, Photographs & Tables

Manuscripts: Microsoft Word is the preferred document format. Please do not center (fully justify) text and please do not enable line numbering. Do not use end-note or foot-note utilities, as manuscripts using these utilities may be returned. Please provide full affiliation information for each author and full, detailed author-specific conflict of interest disclosures; if nothing to disclose, please so state.

Figures/drawings: Illustrator EPS, version CS2 or older; CMYK or grayscale color space - do not use spot (PMS) colors; do not convert fonts to outlines.

Photographs: TIFF, JPEG or PNG; resolution 300 dpi or higher; CMYK or grayscale color space; image size at least 3.5" wide. Original photographs of high quality are acceptable but not preferred. If original photographs are submitted, identify the figure number on the back with lead author's name. If you wish to have photographs returned, please indicate.

Tables: Created in Microsoft Word, not embedded as an image. PowerPoint slides are not accepted.

N.B. All figures and photographs must be submitted as separate files in their source application; do not embed them in a text document.

Limited Copyright Transfer Agreement

In order to proceed with the peer review process, all authors must complete and sign the Limited Copyright Transfer Agreement, which must be uploaded into our system along with your submission. This form transfers copyright from authors to the Journal of Drugs in Dermatology only if the submission has been accepted for publication.


Please consult the latest editions of the AMA Manual of Style, Merriam-Webster's Collegiate Dictionary and Stedman's Medical Dictionary for the proper expression of numbers, punctuation, spelling, referencing, and all other matters of style.

A title page is to be provided and should include the title of the article, author names, and author affiliations. The affiliation should designate the department, institution (usually university or company), city and state (or nation). For administrative purposes, the title page should include the complete mailing address, telephone number and e-mail address of the corresponding author authorized to review proofs or confirm revisions, if necessary. The title page must also disclose any relevant conflicts of interest, financial or otherwise.

An abstract is to be provided, preferably 150-300 words. Please use only 1 space after periods at the ends of all sentences. Headers should either be bold or bold italics, not in all capitals.

Illustrations (photographs, drawings, diagrams, tables, and charts) are each to be numbered in 1 consecutive series of Arabic numerals (e.g., Figures 1 and 2; Tables 1 and 2). The captions for illustrations should be listed sequentially at the end of the main document. All illustrations must be complete and final, i.e., publication-ready. Please disclose all relevant conflicts of interest at the end of the article.


Following the AMA Manual of Style, each reference should be cited in the text with a superscripted Arabic numeral corresponding to the numeral listed sequentially in the reference list at the end of the article (e.g., as shown in the prior study.1). If there are more than 4 authors for a reference, list the first 3 followed by et al. in accordance with the punctuation below. Do not use the insert footnotes function in Microsoft Word.

Journal Article

Ito T, Moore JI, Koss MC. Topical application of CO2 increases skin blood flow. J Invest Dermatol. 1989;93:259-262.


Goodman A, Goodman L, Gilman A. The Pharmacologic Basis of Therapeutics. 6th ed. New York: Macmillan. 1980.

Chapter in a Book

Pathak M, Fitzpatrick T. Preventative treatment of sunburn, dermatoheliosis, and skin cancer with sun-protective agents. In: Fitzpatrick T, Eisen A, Wolffe K, eds. Dermatology in General Medicine. 4th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill. 1993:1689-1717.


National Psoriasis Foundation. Statistics. Available at: Accessed July 17, 2006.

Package Insert

Lamasil [package insert]. East Hanover, NJ: Sandoz PharmaceuticalsCorp; 1993.

Note: Use of the aforementioned style guides does not signify an endorsement of said products. Please do your best to follow the instructions herein, or your submission may be rejected.