NOTE TO AUTHORS
The Asian Journal of Pediatric Dermatology (AJPD) is only available online. There will be no printed versions. All articles will be published online after proof corrections have been completed.

SUBMISSION INFORMATION
Manuscripts must be submitted online on the Asian Society of Pediatric Dermatology (ASPD) website. Any major word processing software may be used, and both DOS-based and Macintosh operating systems are acceptable.

All articles are subject to review by our editorial board and a team of experienced reviewers. The Editors and Editorial Board judge manuscripts suitable for publication, and decisions by the Editors are final. Material accepted for publication is copy-edited and typeset. Manuscripts are only accepted in the English language. Articles requiring extensive language editing may be rejected OR authors may be required to obtain professional assistance prior to submitting articles for review.

Proofs will be sent to the corresponding contributors for review and should be returned within 1 week of receipt. Changes to proofs are subject to final review of the editorial board.

Papers must be submitted exclusively to AJPD and are accepted on the understanding that they have not been and will not be published elsewhere. The Editors retain the right to modify the style and length of a contribution (major changes being agreed upon with the corresponding author) and to decide the schedule of publication.

Data Protection
By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication, including, when necessary, sharing with partners for production and publication. The society and publication recognize the importance of protecting the personal information collected from users in the operation of these services, and have practices in place to ensure that steps are taken to maintain the security, integrity, and privacy of the personal data collected and processed.

REQUIRED COMPONENTS FOR ALL MANUSCRIPTS
Any article submitted that does not match these requirements will be returned to the authors. All manuscripts must be double spaced with line numbers included.

Title Page
All submissions must include a full title page within their main manuscript document. The Title pages should include the following:

  • Full manuscript title
  • Names, affiliations and institutions of all authors. Authorship attribution implies a substantial contribution to the manuscript. Please include each author's name, their degrees (M.D., etc.), and their institutions
  • Full contact information of the corresponding author (address, e-mail and telephone number)
  • Keywords
  • Word Count, excluding title page and references
  • Conflict of Interest disclosure from all authors. These are areas of conflicts of interest: Financial support, interests or commercial associations, or potential competing interests. These may include but are not limited to equity or stock ownership, payments for conducting or publicizing studies, or consultant arrangements. If an author does not have a conflict of interest relevant to the content of the submission, please indicate "no conflict of interest".

Abstract
Except for Letters to the Editor, all submissions must include an abstract, clearly labeled as such. The abstract should precede the Introduction section of the manuscript. All Original Articles must have a structured abstract, not exceeding 250 words, and organized into the following sections: Background/Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions. For other articles, a one paragraph abstract up to 150 words is recommended.

Figure Legends
Any submissions that include one or more supplementary figures should include a list of figure legends within the manuscript document, placed after the references.

Figures and Illustrations
Colour illustrations are preferred, over monochrome illustrations. All supplementary figures, patient photos, photomicrographs, and illustrations must be sharply focused. They must have excellent colour balance and submitted as separately numbered TIFF or JPG files with a sufficient DPI and resolution to allow high resolution photographic quality. Photo montages can be submitted as 1 file.
Photographs of less than 300x300 DPI (1500 pixels) and less than 5" (125mm) in width will not be accepted. The dimensions are evident in the PDF of your files of your manuscript which you create for submission. The following are generally adequate for publication:

  • 65mm at 600DPI
  • 125mm at 300 DPI
  • 250mm at 150DPI
  • 500mm at 75 DPI

Resolution less than these specifications and/or papers submitted with photographs of unacceptable quality will not be considered.

ARTICLE TYPES
Original contributions may be submitted for consideration in the following journal sections:

  • Original Articles
  • Current Topic Reviews (by invitation)
  • Case Reports and Small Case Series
  • Letter to Editor

SPECIFICS FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION BY ARTICLE TYPE
ORIGINAL ARTICLES
Original articles can be clinical or epidemiologic studies, meta-analyses/systematic reviews, or case series (e.g. five or more patients with novel observations). The material should be presented as concisely as possible.

Requirements-

  • Title Page
  • Structured Abstract: A structured abstract, not exceeding 250 words, must be included and should be organized into the following sections: Background/Objectives, Methods, Results, Conclusions.
  • Text Body: The paper should include Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion. The text (excluding abstract and references) should not exceed 2,500 words. Do not cite more than 30 references.
  • Reports of clinical trials should adhere to the tenets of the CONSORT statement (JAMA 1996; 276: 637-639).

CURRENT TOPIC REVIEWS
Current topic reviews are only through invitation from the editors. These are intended to be concise up-to-date reviews which document and synthesize current information on specific topic areas such as new insights into a disease or group of diseases, therapeutics or new developments. Acceptance of topic reviews is contingent on peer review.

Requirements-

  • Articles should not exceed 3500 words and must not cite more than 50 references.

CASE REPORTS AND SMALL CASE SERIES
We welcome case reports and small case series (of up to 4 cases) of interest in this section. If 5 or more patients are reported, this should generally be submitted as an Original Article.

Requirements-

  • Text should not exceed 1,500 words
  • No more than 5 illustrations or tables
  • No more than 15 references
  • Abstracts must be limited to 4 sentences and must describe the case findings and significance of the report

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
This section offers a forum for response to articles previously published in the journal, such as an interesting observation or a short correspondence on a very unusual case.

Requirements-

  • Letters to the editor should not exceed 500 words
  • Maximum of 5 references
  • No more than one table or figure

GENERAL INFORMATION
Credits and Permissions
You must submit a Notice of informed consent and releases to publish photographs of recognizable persons with the manuscript. Informed consent is recommended to be documented and signed on the official AJPD patient consent form for publication. However, if this is not possible, informed consent can be documented on the author's institution consent form for publication.

Written permission must be submitted for use of non-original material (quotations exceeding 100 words, any table or figure) from author and publisher of the original material. Please credit the source in a text or table footnote or at the end of a figure legend.

Units and Abbreviations
All measurements should be in SI units with the exception of hemoglobin (g/dL) and blood pressure (mmHg.) Original observations recorded in other units should be stated, together with the appropriate conversion factors.

Standard abbreviations, without punctuation, are used. Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (1988) published by the Royal Society of Medicine and SI: The International System of Units (1982) from HMSO provide useful guides. Abbreviated words must be spelled out on first appearance in both summary and text. Abbreviations, used sparingly, should follow the first full spelling, in parentheses.

Drug Names
Generic names must be used. However, if authors desire to mention brand names, they may be inserted in parentheses.

Statistics
Methods should be referenced. Two-tailed significance tests should be used unless explicitly stated. Controls should be described as completely as experimental subjects.

Measures of location should be accompanied by measures of variability (e.g. mean and confidence intervals) as well as conventional probability values. Clinical trial reports should include the power of the study design.

References
Text citations should cite references in consecutive order using Arabic superscript numerals after the final punctuation in the sentence. All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance and should be as complete as possible. Sample references follow:

Journal article with 1-6 authorsSalgüero Fernández I, Nájera Botello L, Orden Martinez B, Roustan Gullón G.
Disseminated fungemia by Saprochaete clavata. Enferm Infecc Microbiol Clin. 2019; 37(4):283-284.
Journal article with more than 6 authorsAbsolon CM, Cottrell D, Eldridge SM, et al. Psychological disturbance in atopic eczema: the extent of the problem in school-aged children. Br J Dermatol. 1997;137(2):241-5.
Electronic journal articleCooper H, Farsi M, DO DD, DO RM. Cutaneous angiosarcoma of the leg. Dermatol Online J. 2019;25(12). https://escholarship.org/uc/item/3hq6r0b0
Journal article published online ahead of printVilsbøll AW, Kragh N, Hahn-Pedersen J, Jensen CE. Mapping Dermatology Life Quality Index (DLQI) scores to EQ-5D utility scores using data of patients with atopic dermatitis from the National Health and Wellness Study. [Epub ahead of print, Apr 15, 2020]. Qual Life Res.
https://doi: 10.1007/s11136-020-02499-1
SupplementsLagios MD. Evaluation of surrogate endpoint biomarkers for ductal carcinoma in situ. J Cell Biochem. 1994;19(suppl):186-188.
Abstract of a complete article taken from another publicationFalco NA, Upton J. Infantile digital fibromas [abstract taken from JAMA. 1996;275:1462b]. J Hand Surg Am. 1995;20:1014-1020.
Journal article with no named author or with a group nameCenters for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Licensure of a meningococcal conjugate vaccine (Menveo) and guidance for use - Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), 2010. MMWR Morb Mortal Wkly Rep. 2010;59(9):273.

Page Proofs
Authors will receive an e-mail notification with the PDF page proofs. Page proofs should be carefully proofread for errors. Online guidelines are provided within the system. No special software is required, all common browsers are supported. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 1 week of receipt of the email.

Copyright
If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Please contact the Editorial Office with any questions: publication@asianpedderm.com

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