Instructions to Authours

Turkish Journal of Dermatology, is a periodical published by the Turkish Society of Dermatology every three months. With the aim of communicating the scientific developments in its field, Turkish Journal of Dermatology, which is available for all our colleagues;features clinical, epidemiological and research studies about dermatological and veneral diseases, reviews, interesting case reports, presentations like “what is your diagnosis?”, articles related to clinical and practical applications, letters to the editor, and editorial reviews. It is a prerequisite for any prospective article to have a potential to be used as an original “source” and to be scientifically upper level, in order to be accepted.

The presentations presented during the scientefic meetings organized by the Turkish Society of Dermatology can be published as a supplement. This journal is published in Turkish and English. The articles written in Turkish should be in accordance with the Turkish Dictionary of Turkish Language Institute and the New Writing Guide.

This journal is published in Turkish. The articles should be in accordance with the Turkish Dictionary of Turkish Language Institute and the New Writing Guide.

The abbreviation of the Turkish Journal of Dermatology is “Turk J Dermatol”. In the international index and databases, the name of the journal has been registered as it is and abbreviated as Turk J Dermatol, it should be denoted as when referenced.

An approval of research protocols by ethic committee in accordance with international agreements (Helsinki Declaration of 1964, revised 2013 - available at http://www.vma.net/e/policy/b3.htm <http://www.vma.net/e/policy/b3.htm>, “Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals - www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html/) is required for experimental, clinical and drug studies. Studies performed on human require ethics committee certificate including approval number. For the manuscripts involving cases, a written informed consent should be obtained from the parents or the responsible persons and it should be indicated in the Materials and Methods section.

The authors should acknowledge and provide information at the end of full-text article before references on grants , contracts or other financial support of the study provided by any foundations and institutions or firms.

Manuscripts format should be in accordance with Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (available at http://www.icmje.org/)

Turkish Journal of Dermatology does not charge any article submission or processing charges.

The articles sent to be published in the journal shouldn’t have been published anywhere else previously. All the authors indicated in the article should take part in the article with collective signatures that show their scientific contributions and responsibilities. The works which had previously been presented during scientific meetings and which have abstracts that are not longer than 200 words in the conference books, are reviewed for eligibility with the condition that the names of the scientific meetings they are presented in are indicated. No royalty is paid for the articles sent to the journal and the author accepts that all copyrights of the article belong to the Turkish Society of Dermatology.

Turkish Journal of Dermatology is a journal based on double-blind peer-review principles. The scientific board guiding the selection of the papers to be published in the Journal consists of elected experts of the Journal and if necessary, selected from national and international authorities Editor has the authority not to publish or to return to its author for correction, or to re-arrange and edit those articles which do not meet the requirements of editorial rules. Articles which are sent, are published after the decision of the publishing board, after being reviewed by at least two advisors. They can be sent to a third advisor when necessary.

All manuscripts submitted to this journal are screened for plagiarism using the ‘iThenticate’ software. Results indicating plagiarism may result in manuscripts being returned or rejected.

Authors must provide a statement on the absence of conflicts of interest among the authors and provide authorship contributions.

In case of any suspicion or claim regarding scientific shortcomings or ethical infringement, the Journal reserves the right to submit the manuscript to the supporting institutions or other authorities for investigation. The Journal accepts the responsibility of initiating action but does not undertake any responsibility for an actual investigation or any power of decision.

Preparation of Manuscripts

Manuscripts can only be submitted electronically through the Journal Agent website (http://www.journalagent.com/jpr/?plng=eng) after creating an account. This system allows online submission and review.

The ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) number of the correspondence author should be provided while sending the manuscript. A free registration can create at http://orcid.org.

The Editorial Policies and General Guidelines for manuscript preparation specified below are based on “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations)” by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (2016, archived at http://www.icmje.org/).

Preparation of research articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses must comply with study design guidelines:

CONSORT statement for randomized controlled trials (Moher D, Schultz KF, Altman D, for the CONSORT Group. The CONSORT statement revised recommendations for improving the quality of reports of parallel group randomized trials. JAMA 2001; 285: 1987-91) (http://www.consort-statement.org/);

PRISMA statement of preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG, The PRISMA Group. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement. PLoS Med 2009; 6(7): e1000097.) (http://www.prisma-statement.org/);

STARD checklist for the reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy (Bossuyt PM, Reitsma JB, Bruns DE, Gatsonis CA, Glasziou PP, Irwig LM, et al., for the STARD Group. Towards complete and accurate reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy: the STARD initiative. Ann Intern Med 2003;138:40-4.) (http://www.stard-statement.org/);

STROBE statement, a checklist of items that should be included in reports of observational studies (http://www.strobe-statement.org/);

MOOSE guidelines for meta-analysis and systemic reviews of observational studies (Stroup DF, Berlin JA, Morton SC, et al. Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting Meta-analysis of observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group. JAMA 2000; 283: 2008-12).

In order for the article to be reviewed immediately, it must meet the requirements of the below mentioned writing rules:

a. Articles should be written with double space in 12 font size and right, left, upper and lower margins should all be 3 cm. Page numbners should be placed on the bottom right corner of every page.

b. The abbreviations used, should be followed by their original words written clearly in brackets right where they are used, and no special abbreviations should be used. Numerical data between 1 and 10 should be indicated by words while those above 10 should be indicated by numbers. However, numbers between 1-10 that have a descriptive word near them and the numbers at the begining of the sentences should be indicated by words. Figures and tables should be enumarated in the order of appearance in the text. The caption of the tables should be written above them while those of the figures should be written below. Research articles and article collections should not exceed 10 pages including the text, figures, tables and references, while short announcements and phenomenon presentations should not be longer than 5 pages.

c. The articles should have the below mentioned order:

Original Research

It should be organized as follows:

Cover Page: It is the first page and is organized separately. The Heading is written and should not be longer than 50 charecters including the complete and unabbreviated names of the authors, and their academic titles. Their related institutions, department and the city is written in this order. Studies conducted at multiple locations should be explained using symbols. At the bottom of this page, the name, address, e-mail address, mail address, telephone and fax numbers of the authors chosen for correspondence and who will make the corrections will be written. Also, if the study had previously been announced during a scientific meeting in line with the previously mentioned conditions or its abstract was released, this should be indicated as well.

Summary (Turkish): It should not exceed 200 words. This summary should include sub-titles of Objective, Methods, Results and Conclusions. A section that includes six key words that are compatible with NLM MeSH terms, should be presented under the summary.

Summary (English): With the condition that it meets the requirements of the above mentioned pages, this summary is in English. English Key Words should be compatible with Headings of Medical Subjects (Medical Subject Headings: MeSH). You can access Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) from this web. site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html.

Text: It should include Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Study Limitations and Conclusion sections. In this last section, it should be noted how the patient and the physician can benefit from the information produced and the effect of the negative or positive result on the existing knowledge. It could be particularly beneficial to divide especially the dicussion section into sub-titles. Pharmaceutical products should be indicated with their generic or commercial names (generic names are preferred). Commercial names should be written in capital letters and the producer company and the city should be indicated in brackets right after the commercial product name. If there will be any acknowledgements, in addition to scientific contributors, those who made a significant contribution to the flow of the study, and those who helped form the final form of the text should be mentioned.

This should be followed by references, tables and figures. Tables and figures should be at the end of the text. Every table should be in a separate page, and should be written in double space and should be enumarated by Arabic numbers according to their order in the text. A short description of the table content should be indicated above the table. There can be a maximum of 6 figures for every text. They should be enumarated by Arabic numbers according to their order in the text. Any dyes, marks, scales, unit of distance used in the figure (internal scale bar) used in the microscobic pictures should be indicated and a centimetrical template should be added for pathalogical pieces. Ethical rules should be followed, regarding patient pictures. Both histological and clinical photographs should be sent in digital format and should be suitable for printing. The figure numbers should be indicated in brackets in the text, and as a separate list after the references and the tables, captions of all figures should be provided. A permisson letter is required for figures which are reproductions.

References: Shown in a separate page with dobule space. References are enumarated according to their order of appearance in the text. They should be shown in brackets in the text, and should be at the end of the sentences. Periodical names should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus, and if they are not found in Index Medicus, complete name of the periodical should be given. When more than two consecutive references are indicated, only the first and last reference numbers should be indicated (e.g. 4-8). When there are four or more authors in the tag of the article which is shown as a reference, the first three names should be written and then “ark.” and “et. al.” terms should be used in Turkish and English references respectively. When there are less than three authors, names of all authors should be indicated. It is preferred that number of references do not exceed 50 for research articles, 100 for reviews and 15 for case reports.

Inaccessible references such as personal information, unpublished data, or data at the stage of publishing, should not be indicated here, but should be indicated in brackets in the text. “Abstracts” more than two years old should not be included in the references. Authors are responsible for the originality of their references.

References should be written in accordance with Index Medicus, as shown below:

For Journal Articles

Standard article
Stinco G, Bragadin G, Trotter D, et al. Relationship between sebostatic activity, tolerability and efficacy of three topical drugs to treat mild to moderate acne. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2007;21:320-5.

Supplement
Nanney LB, Caldwell RL, Pollins AC, et al. Novel approaches for understanding the mechanisms of wound repair. J Invest Dermatol 2006;126 Suppl:132-9.

Letter, Abstract and Editorial
Verma SB. Subcutaneous emphysema: a rarity in dermatology. J Eur Acad Dermatol Venereol 2007;21:248-9.

For Books

Single author
Cohen BA. Pediatric dermatology. 2nd ed. London: Mosby;1999.

Editors
Rietschel RL, Fowler JF, editors. Fisher’s contact dermatitis. 5th ed. Philadephia: Lippincott Williams&Wilkins; 2001.

For chapters in books
Zaenglein AL, Thiboutot DM. Acne vulgaris. In: BologniaJL, Jorizzo JL, Rapini RP, editors. Dermatology. 1st ed. St Louis: Mosby;2003. p.531-44.

For electronic media
Hunzeker CM, Fangman W, Latkowski JM. Folliculotropic mycosis fungoides Dermatology Online Journal. Available at:http://dermatology.cdlib.org/131/.

Review

In review, there should be the main text. Sub-titles that makes the subject easier to understand should be used. It would be helpful if the following are included in a review;content of the problem, historical information, basic information, method, animal and human studies, discussion, conclusion, suggestions and prospective studies. It is preferred when the author is experienced and has articles which have been referred to on an international scale.

Case reports

Case reports should not exceed 5 pages. It should include headings in English and Turkish, a summary in English and Turkish, keywords, introduction, case and discussion sections. Interesting reports where rare, or new case or a new partnership is defined and presentations where a new treatment method is used or where diagnosis and treatment is challenging, may be published.

In the, “what is your diagnosis?” type reports, there should be a short introduction, followed by a definition of the problem, reports of pictures and figures that constitute hints, definite diagnosis and the discussion part where this diagnosis is discussed and messages related to education are emphasized.

Articles of opposite / supporting views should not exceed three pages and the clinical practice articles should not exceed three pages including figures, pictures and references.

Letter to the editor

In this section, there can be articles written with the aim of criticizing and contributing to previously published articles. In addition to the letters including comments about the articles, the authors can present letters to the editor also about the issues of interest to the readers as well as cases which have educational value. Such letters should not include any summaries, references should be limited and should have a very basic format. The name and complete address of the author should be indicated at the bottom of the letter.

Editorial Comment

It aims to provide a short review of a research covered in the periodical, by a an expert considered as the author of that subject or by an arbiter making a comment on the issue. There will be a clinical meaning and short summary in the end.

Correspondence

Editor: Prof. Dr. Soner Uzun
Address: Akdeniz University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Dermatology, Antalya, Turkey
E-mail: sonuzun@hotmail.com