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Submission Preparation Checklist

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.
  • I declare that all authors had a substantial contribution to the manuscript.
  • I declare that all authors approved the final version of the manuscript.
  • I declare that the manuscript is not under review in any other journal, and that has not been published in part or in whole in another journal.
  • I declare that the manuscript was not submitted before. If part has been presented at a conference, indicate on the title page the name, location and conference dates.

  • I declare that the article is original, that all statements presented as facts are based on research of the authors, who are responsible for it.
  • I declare that the manuscript, or in part to the whole, does not violate any copyright and does not violate any rights of privacy of patients.
  • I declare that there isn't on the part of the authors conflict of interest on statements made on this work.
  • Authors declare that by submitting the work for publication, share the copyright to the SPDV Journal.
  • All authors and contributors must include their ORCID Identifier.

Author Guidelines

Before you Begin


The title (and abstract and key words if applicable) must be submitted in both English and Portuguese.
Articles submitted to the Journal should be clearly written in English.
Submissions that do not conform to these instructions may be returned for reformulation and resubmission.


All articles in this journal are Open Access and meet the requirements of funding bodies or academic institutions. Each article published in the Journal is published under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0). Articles can be read, downloaded, printed, and shared.
Submission of an article for publication implies the authors’ consent to publication under the applicable Creative Commons license and the terms and conditions of the Publisher’s Licensing Agreement.
It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications.
Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to complete a 'Journal Publishing Agreement'. An e-mail will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Author rights: As an author you (or your employer or institution) have certain rights to reuse your work.
The Journal reserves the right to use plagiarism detection software on any submitted material.

Article Processing Charges

There is no Article Processing Charge (APC) or Article Submission Charge.


It is permitted to authors of Open Access articles to post the final, published version of their article in Open Access repositories or on other websites, in accordance with the Creative Commons license.


General Overview

Submission of a manuscript to the J Port Soc Dermatol Venereol implies that all authors have read and agreed to its content and that the manuscript conforms to the journal’s policies.

Manuscripts submitted for publication should be prepared in accordance with the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), updated in December 2015. This document is available at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/.
The Journal supports COPE (the Committee on Publication Ethics), which provides a forum for publishers and editors of scientific journals to discuss issues relating to the integrity of the work submitted to or published in their journals.


Standards of Reporting

The Journal advocates complete and transparent reporting of biomedical and biological research. We strongly recommend that authors adhere to the guidelines on data reporting established by the Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research (EQUATOR) network (http://www.equator-network.org). Checklists are available for a number of study designs, including:

  • Randomized controlled trials (CONSORT)
  • Systematic reviews and meta-analyses* (PRISMA) and protocols (PRISMA-P)
  • Observational studies (STROBE)
  • Case reports (CARE)
  • Qualitative research (COREQ)
  • Diagnostic/prognostic studies (STARD )
  • Economic evaluations (CHEERS)
  • Pre-clinical animal studies (ARRIVE)
  • Clinical Practice Guidelines (AGREE)
  • Quality improvement studies (SQUIRE)
  • Study protocols (SPIRIT)

*Authors of systematic reviews should also provide a link to an additional file from the ‘methods’ section, which reproduces all details of the search strategy. 

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed by two anonymous reviewers and the Editor. Final acceptance or rejection rests with the Editor, who reserves the right to refuse any material for publication.

Manuscripts should be written in a clear, concise, direct style, so that they are intelligible to the professional reader who is not a specialist in the particular field. Where contributions are judged as acceptable for publication on the basis of scientific content, the Editor and the publisher reserve the right to modify typescripts to eliminate ambiguity and repetition and improve communication between author and reader. If extensive alterations are required, the manuscript will be returned to the author for revision.

Manuscripts that do not comply with the instructions for authors may be returned for modification before being reviewed.


To give appropriate credit to each author, the individual contributions of authors should be specified in the manuscript.
The Journal defines an author as a person who has made substantive intellectual contributions to a published study to take public responsibility for it.
We recommend that the authors adhere to the authorship criteria of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). According to the ICMJE guidelines, to qualify as an author one should have:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group, alone, does not usually justify authorship.
Any person who does not meet all four of the listed criteria does not qualify as an author and should not be designated as such. The final author line up and order should be determined by all authors before submission and may not be changed without a written explanation and signed permission of all authors.
Each manuscript must have a corresponding author, who assumes full responsibility for the integrity of the submission as a whole, from inception to published article. The Journal reserves the right to clarify each author’s role, based on information collected from authors in connection with their submission.


Acknowledgements: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed (with their written permission) in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section with a description of their individual contributions. This requirement covers any editorial or authorship contributions made on behalf of outside organizations, persons, funding bodies, or persons hired by funding bodies.

Role of the Funding Source: All sources of funding should be declared as an acknowledgment at the end of the text. At the end of the Methods section, under a subheading "Role of the funding source", authors must describe the role of the study sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the paper for publication. If there is no Methods section, the role of the funding source should be stated as an acknowledgment.  If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.

Role of Medical Writer: When medical writers or editing services were used, their activities should be acknowledged, along with their source funding source. This information should be added to the Acknowledgments section. We require signed statements from any medical writers or editors declaring that they have given permission to be named in the Acknowledgments section.

Corresponding author 

The corresponding author will be the link withh the editorial team on behalf of all co-authors during the submission and review process. Any of the authors, but a single one, can be the corresponding author.

The corresponding author will comply with the requirements of submission and certifies that all authors have read and approved the final version of the manuscript and is responsible for filling formulars concerning authors' COI. 

The corresponding author informs the other authors on the decisions, reviewer's comments and other messagers from the Journal, and send corrections, certifying that authors have approved the final version of the manuscript.


The Journal of SPDV requests that all authors submit their ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) with the manuscript.

In order to get more information and to register your ORCID visit ORCID.org (https://orcid.org/content/collect-connect)


Patient and Other Consents

Appropriate written consents, permissions, and releases must be obtained where you wish to include any case details, personal information, and/or images of patients or other individuals in the J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL  in order to comply with all applicable laws and regulations concerning privacy and/or security of personal information. Studies on patients or volunteers need approval from an ethics committee and informed consent from participants. These should be documented in your paper.
"Blackout" bars or similar devices do not anonymise patients in clinical images: appropriate consent is needed.

Duplicate Submission and Publication

J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL  does not accept material previously published in printed or electronic form or manuscripts under consideration by another journal.
J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL  endorses the policies of the ICMJE in relation to overlapping publications

Plagiarism Policy

Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. We define plagiarism as reproduction of another work with at least 25% similarity and without citation. If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory, the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the Editor.



At the external peer review stage you will need to send signed copies of the following statements:

  • Authors' contributions
  • Conflicts of interest statements
  • Acknowledgments — written consent of cited individual
  • Personal communications — written consent of cited individual
  • Use of copyright-protected material — signed permission statements from author and publisher


Ethical Considerations

If the work involves the use of animal or human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html; EU Directive 2010/63/EU for animal experiments http://ec.europa.eu/environment/chemicals/lab_animals/legislation_en.htm; Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical journals http://www.icmje.org. Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with Human subjects. The privacy rights of human subjects must always be observed.

Publication of patient data and photographs must not enable the institution or individuals involved to be identified unless accompanied by written permission for their use from the individuals concerned.
For studies involving patients, a statement must be included to the effect that the study was conducted in accordance with the amended Declaration of Helsinki, that the local institutional review board or independent ethics committee approved the protocol, and that written informed consent was obtained from all patients. The name of the committee, the name of the chairperson of the committee (or the person who approved the protocol), the date of approval and the approval number should follow this statement in the Methods section. For multicentre studies, a list of the relevant approvals may be provided in a separate document to be published as supplementary material.


The text, tables, figures, and supplementary data of submitted manuscripts must not contain any details identifying patients or study participants, including names, initials, date of birth, Social Security numbers, dates, or medical record numbers, unless written informed permission has been obtained from the patient, guardian, or next of kin and copies provided to the Journal prior to publication.
If photographs of patients are used, they must be accompanied by written permission for reproduction or must not enable the patient to be identified. Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential, but patient data should never be altered or falsified in an attempt to attain anonymity.


Informed Consent and Patient Details

Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent, which should be documented in the paper. Appropriate consents, permissions and releases must be obtained where an author wishes to include case details or other personal information or images of patients and any other individuals. Written consents must be retained by the author and copies of the consents or evidence that such consents have been obtained must be provided. Unless you have written permission from the patient (or, where applicable, the next of kin), the personal details of any patient included in any part of the article and in any supplementary materials (including all illustrations and videos) must be removed before submission.


All previously published and copyrighted material, including illustrations, diagrams and tables, must be accompanied by written permission for reproduction from the copyright holders.

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest exists when professional judgement concerning a primary interest may be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain). Financial relationships are easily identifiable, but conflicts can also occur because of personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, or intellectual beliefs (examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding). All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. All authors must disclose, in the cover letter, any actual or potential conflict of interest.
If there are no conflicts of interest then please state this: 'Conflicts of interest: none'.
Failure to disclose conflicts might lead to publication of a correction or even to retraction.

Clinical Trial Results
J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL supports initiatives to improve reporting of clinical trials. This includes prospective registration of clinical trials in suitable publicly available databases. In line with ICMJE guidelines, J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL requires registration of all clinical trials that are reported in manuscripts submitted to its journals.
The ICMJE uses the World Health Organization (WHO) definition of a clinical trial, which is "any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects on health outcomes". This definition includes phase I to IV trials. The ICMJE defines health-related interventions as "any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome" and health-related outcomes as "any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants".

Registration of Clinical Trials

Registration in a public trials registry is a condition for publication of clinical trials in this journal in accordance with International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, http://www.icmje.org) recommendations. Trials must register at or before the onset of patient enrolment. The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article. A clinical trial is defined as any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects of health outcomes. Health-related interventions include any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome (for example drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, dietary interventions, and process-of-care changes). Health outcomes include any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events. Purely observational studies (those in which the assignment of the medical intervention is not at the discretion of the investigator) will not require registration.
The trial registration number (TRN) and date of registration should be included as the last line of the manuscript abstract.


Registration of Systematic Reviews

J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL supports the prospective registration of systematic reviews and encourages authors to register their systematic reviews in a suitable registry (such as PROSPERO). Authors who have registered their systematic review should include the registration number as the last line of the manuscript abstract.

Availability of Data

J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL strongly encourages that all datasets on which the conclusions of the paper rely should be available to readers. We encourage authors to ensure that their datasets are either deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) or presented in the main manuscript or additional supporting files, in machine-readable format (such as spreadsheets rather than PDFs) whenever possible. We require a data sharing statement at the end of every research manuscript. For trials of drugs or devices the statement must state, at a minimum, that the relevant anonymized patient level data are available on reasonable request from the authors.
Options for formatting the statement are suggested here:
"Data sharing: patient level data [and/or] full dataset [and/or] technical appendix [and/or] statistical code [and/or] available at [/doi] [with open access/with these restrictions] [from the corresponding author at ]. Participants gave informed consent for data sharing [or ... consent was not obtained but the presented data are anonymized and risk of identification is low ... or consent was not obtained but the potential benefits of sharing these data outweigh the potential harms because ...]"
If no such further data are available, please use this wording: "Data sharing: no additional data available."
This option is not available for trials of drugs or devices.

Authors may be required to provide the raw data for research papers when they are under review and up to 10 years after publication.


Submission of an article implies that the work described has not been published previously (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture or academic thesis or as an electronic preprint, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere, that its publication is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out, and that, if accepted, it will not be published elsewhere in the same form, in English or in any other language, including electronically.
All manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter. Assurance should be given in the cover letter that the manuscript is not under simultaneous consideration by any other publication. In the cover letter, the authors should declare their potential conflicts of interest and provide a statement on authorship.
To verify originality, your article may be checked by the originality detection service.

Submit your article

Please submit your article via https://revista.spdv.com.pt



In case of problems with submission, please contact:
Margarida Gonçalo
Dermatology Department, Centro Hospitalar e Universitário de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal

Support Contact


Manuscript Preparation

Use of word processing software

It is important that the file be saved in the native format of the word processor used. The text should be in single-column format. Keep the layout of the text as simple as possible.
To avoid unnecessary errors you are strongly advised to use the 'spell-check' and 'grammar-check' functions of your word processor.


Publication Types

J PORT SOC DERMATOL VENEREOL accepts the following publication types:
a) Original articles reporting clinical or basic research (clinical trials, cohort studies, case-control studies, observational studies)
b) Review articles (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses) of clinical or basic-science topics;
c) Clinical Case Studies/Case Reports;
d) Short reports on clinical or basic studies
e) Images in Dermatology;
f) Editorials, which are written at the invitation of the Editor and consist of commentary on articles published in the journal or on subjects of particular relevance;
g) Letters to the Editor, which consist of concise opinions on recently published articles;
h) In Memorium

Authors should indicate in the cover letter which manuscript type is being submitted for publication


Title page information

I. Title
The title should be given in both Portuguese and English and should be concise, informative, contain no abbreviations and not exceed 120 characters. The title may include a subtitle with a maxi­mum of 40 characters (including spaces).

II. Author names and affiliations
Where the family name may be ambiguous (e.g., a double name), please indicate this clearly. Present the authors’ affil­iation addresses (where the actual work was done) below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the author’s name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

III. Sponsors
All entities that sponsored the work should be listed.

IV. Corresponding author.
Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that phone numbers (with country and area code) are provid­ed in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address. Contact details must be kept up to date by the cor­responding author.
Present/permanent address. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.
Present/permanent address. If an author has moved since the work described in the article was done, or was visiting at the time, a 'Present address' (or 'Permanent address') may be indicated as a footnote to that author's name. The address at which the author actually did the work must be retained as the main, affiliation address. Superscript Arabic numerals are used for such footnotes.

V. Abstract and Keywords
A concise and factual abstract is required. An abstract is often present­ed separately from the article, so it must be able to stand alone. The abstract must be written in both Portuguese and English. It should not contain abbreviations, references, or footnotes.
At the end of the abstract, a maxi­mum of six keywords must be included, using the terminolo­gy appearing in “Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)” (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html).

VI. Structured Abstract
A structured abstract, by means of appropriate headings, should provide the context or background for the research and should state its purpose, basic procedures (selection of study subjects or laboratory animals, observational and analytical methods), main findings (giving specific effect sizes and their statistical significance, if possible), and principal conclusions. It should emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. The Introduction, Methods, Results and Conclusions will be followed.

VII. In original and review articles or case report a small text (no longer than 250 characters) should be added with "What does this study add" to be highlighted in the publication.

VIII.  The authors will also include in this title page, under the heading “Ethical disclosures” their statement on the Protection of human and animal subjects, the Confidentiality of Data, and the Right to privacy and informed consent.
The authors will mandatorily include one of the texts shown below for each one of the sections, depending on the characteristics of their article/research.

Protection of human and animal subjects. The authors declare that no experiments were performed on humans or animals for this investigation.
Protection of human and animal subjects. The authors declare that the procedures followed were in accordance with the regulations of the responsible Clinical Research Ethics Committee and in accordance with those of the World Medical Association and the Helsinki Declaration.

Confidentiality of Data. The authors declare that they have followed the protocols of their work center on the publication of patient data and that all the patients included in the study have received sufficient information and have given their informed consent in writing to participate in that study.
Confidentiality of Data. The authors declare that no patient data appears in this article.

Right to privacy and informed consent. The authors have obtained the informed consent of the patients and/or subjects mentioned in the article. The author for correspondence is in possession of this document.
Right to privacy and informed consent. The authors declare that no patient data appears in this article


Prizes and previous presentations

The authors should refer previous prizes and/or presentations of the study prior to manuscript submission.


Original Articles

Original articles are fully documented reports of original clinical or basic research that must describe full sets of interesting, original experiments in current research. Original articles should include the following sections: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if applicable), References, Tables and Figures.
Original articles should not exceed 4000 words, excluding up to 6 tables or figures and up to 60 references, a brief text no longer than 250 characters with "What does the study add?" and a structured abstract up to 350 words.

Article structure

Introduction: State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.

Material and methods: Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.

Results: Results should be clear and concise.

Discussion: This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is often appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

Conclusions:  The main conclusions of the study may be presented in a short Conclusions section, which may stand alone or form a subsection of a Discussion or Results and Discussion section.


Review Articles

Review Articles are comprehensive papers that synthesize older ideas and suggest new ones. They cover broad areas. They may be clinical, investigational, or basic science in nature. Although usually commissioned, we do occasionally accept unsolicited review articles on important and topical subjects with a particular focus on recent advances. Before submitting a review, we ask that you send the editors a brief outline (no more than 500 words) indicating the importance and novelty of the subject, and why you are qualified to write it. An invitation to submit does not guarantee acceptance.
Review articles should not exceed 4000 words, excluding up to 6 tables or figures and up to 100 references. An unstructured abstract up to 350 words and a brief text no longer than 250 characters with "What does the study add?" are needed.

Systematic Reviews 

Systematic Reviews can be presented in the Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion format. The subject must be clearly defined. The objective of a systematic review should be to produce an evidence-based conclusion. Methods should give a clear indication of the literature search strategy, data extraction, grading of evidence and analysis. We strongly encourage authors to comply with the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) guidelines (http://www.prisma-statement.org/).
Systematic review articles should not exceed 4000 words, excluding up to 6 tables or figures and up to 100 references. Structured abstract up to 350 words and a brief text no longer than 250 characters with "What does the study add?" are needed.


Clinical Case Studies/Case Reports

Clinical Case Reports should include the following sections: Introduction, Clinical Case, and Discussion and a brief text no longer than 250 characters with "What does the study add?" and an unstructured abstract up to 150 words. Clinical case studies should not exceed 2000 words excluding up 25 references.

We strongly encourage authors to comply with the CARE guidelines (http://www.care-statement.org/).

Short Reports on clinical, basic or translational investigation 


Editorials are normally written at the invitation of the Editor and consist of commentary on articles published in the journal or on subjects of particular relevance. Editorials should not exceed 1200 words and 15 references and may include 1 table and 1 figure. Abstract is not required.

Letters to the Editor

Letter to the Editor should consist of critical comments on an article published in the Journal or a short note on a particular topic or clinical case. Letters to the Editor should not exceed 600 words and 10 references and may contain one figure or table. Abstract is not required.

Images in Dermatology

This section is intended for the publication of clinical, radiological, histological, and surgical images related to dermatology and venereology.
Title should be no more than eight words. Authors should be no more than four. Images should be of high quality and educational value. Up to four figures will be published. Captions should be brief and informative. The text should not exceed 500 words, up to five references, and should include a short clinical history and relevant data from the physical examination, laboratory tests, and clinical progression as appropriate. Abstract is not required.

Quiz in Dermatology

This section is intended for the publication of clinical, radiological, histological, and surgical images that may be very relevant to establish a diagnosis in dermatology and venereology. Clinical data and photos should be concise to be included in a single page and enough to stimualte the reader to formulate a diagnostic hypothesis, that will be further discussed in a next page.
Title should be no more than eight words. Authors should be no more than four. Images should be of high quality and educational value. Up to four figures will be published. Captions should be brief and informative. Arrows or other symbols should be included as needed to facilitate understanding of the images. The text should not exceed 500 words, up to five references, and should include a short clinical history and relevant data from the physical examination, laboratory tests, and clinical progression as appropriate. Abstract is not required.

In memory

Original and concise article, written by invitation that approaches historical aspects of dermatologic interest, such as commemorations of outstanding events in the progress of medicine and particularly dermatology, biographies and commemorations regarding relevant personalities in national and international dermatology. The organization of the text is free, however it should not exceed 800 words, excluding illustrations and references that are limited to two and ten, respectively.

Article type



What’s new

Main text structure

Max. words




Original Article

Max. 350 words; structured (Introduction and Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusion)

 Portuguese and English

Up to 6

Portuguese and English

Max 250


Introduction; Methods; Results; Discussion; Conclusion; Acknowledgments, if any; References; and figure legends, if any


Total up to 6

Up to 60

Review Article

Max. 350 words; unstructured Portuguese and English

Up to 6

Portuguese and English

Max 250


Introduction; thematic sections at the discretion of the authors; Conclusion; Acknowledgments, if any; References; and figure legends, if any


Total up to 6

Up to 100

Systematic Review

Max. 350 words; structured

Portuguese and English

Up to 6

Portuguese and English

Max 250




Total up to 6

Up to 100

Case Report

Max. 150 words; unstructured Portuguese and English

Up to 6 Portuguese and English

Max 250


Introduction; Case report; Discussion; Conclusion (optional); References; and figure legends, if any


Total up to 4

Up to 25

Images in Dermatology


Up to 6 Portuguese and English




Total up to 4

Up to 5

What’s your  diagnosis?


Up to 6 Portuguese and English




Total up to 4

Up to 5







Total up to 2

Up to 15

Letter to the Editor


Up to 6 Portuguese and English




Total up to 1

Up to 8



 I.Citation in text
Please ensure that every reference cited in the text is also present in the reference list (and vice versa). The references should be listed using Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text.
References to personal communications and unpublished data should be made directly in the text and should not be numbered. Citation of a reference as 'in press' implies that the item has been accepted for publication.  Journal names should be abbreviated according to Medline style.
References to articles published in journals should include the first author’s name (surname and given name) followed by the names of the remaining authors, the article title, the journal name, and the publication year, volume, pages and the DOI.
Increased discoverability of research and high quality peer re­view are ensured by online links to the sources cited. Please ensure that data provid­ed in the references are correct. Please note that incorrect sur­names, journal/book titles, publication year and pagination may prevent link creation. When copying references, please be careful as they may already contain errors.
The references list should be added as part of the regu­lar text, never as a footnote. Specific codes from refer­ence-management software are not acceptable.

II. Format.
A detailed description of the formats of different reference types can be found in the “Uniform Requirements for Manu­scripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html). Selected examples are given below.
List all authors if there are six or fewer; et al. should be added if there are more than six authors. Article title, journal name, year, volume, and pages.
Reference Management Software: The use of EndNote is recommended to facilitate formatting of citations and reference lists. The journal output style can be downloaded from http://endnote.com/downloads/styles.

III. Reference style

Text: Indicate references by number(s) in superscript in line with the text. The actual authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given.
List: Number the references in the list in the order in which they appear in the text.

Journal Article:

Name(s) and initials of author(s). Article title. Journal name Year; Volume: Page(s). doi
Should the article have several authors, mention six of them at most; if there are more, list the first six followed by "et al"

Less than 6 authors

Canelas MM, Cardoso JC, Gonçalo M, Figueiredo A. Photoallergic contact dermatitis from benzydamine presenting mainly as lip dermatitis. Contact Dermatitis. 2010;63:85-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1600-0536.2010.01707.x.

More than 6 authors

Francisco V, Neves BM, Cruz MT, Gonçalo M, Figueiredo A, Duarte CB, et al. Effect of lipopolysaccharide, skin sensitizers and irritants on thioredoxin-1 expression in dendritic cells: relevance of different signalling pathways.  Arch Dermatol Res. 2010 ;302:271-82. doi: 10.1007/s00403-009-0993-z

Name(s) and initials of author(s)/Editors. Book title. Edition. City: Name of publisher: year of publication. page(s).
1.With author:
Atlas SW. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain and spine. 3rd ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2004.
2.With editor:
Coleman WP, Lawrence N, editors. Skin resurfacing. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins; 1998.

Chapter in Book:
Name(s) and initials of author(s) of chapter. Chapter title. In: Name(s) and initials of editor(s). Book title. City: Name of publisher, year of publication: pages.
Gasparro F, Edelson RL. Extracorporeal photochemotherapy. In: Krutmann J, Elmets CA, editors. Photoimmunology. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific; 1995. p.231-45.

Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant: Central Michigan University; 2002.

Scientific and technical report
Lugg DJ. Physiological adaptation and health of an expedition in Antarctica: with comment on behavioural adaptation. Canberra: AGPS; 1977. Australian Government Department of Science, Antarctic Division. ANARE scientific reports. Series B(4), Medical science No. 0126

Online Document
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Van Belle G, Fisher LD, Heagerty PJ, Lumley TS. Biostatistics: a methodology for the health sciences [e-book]. 2nd ed. Somerset: Wiley InterScience; 2003 [cited 2005 Jun 30]. Available from: Wiley InterScience electronic collection
3. Homepage/Website
Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/

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For a more complete explanation on this matter, it is advisable to read Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations), available at http://www.ICMJE.org.


Last revision: May 2021

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