Journal Policies

The policies of the journal are based on the guidelines set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( The journal follows the code on good publication practice, “Core Practice,”  set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (

Dermatology Practical & Conceptual is published by Derm101. Derm101 grants editorial freedom to the Editor of the journal.

All research articles published in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual are freely and permanently accessible online. Dermatology Practical & Conceptual applies a Creative Commons Attribution License (CCAL) to all works we publish ( The authors retain the copyright for their published work.

The Journal is a published quarterly each year with the exception of a Supplement at the Editor’s discretion:

Issue no. 1: January 31
Issue no. 2: April 30
Issue no. 3: July 31
Issue no. 4: October 30

At this time, no advertising for the Journal is permitted.

The Journal follows a double-blind review process to ensure an independent and critical assessment of all published works.


Steps for handling unethical authorship (plagiarism, ethical misconduct)

If allegations are well founded, the person(s) designated by Journal’s Editor will follow through on COPE Guidelines:

  • The authors of the paper will be contacted to request an explanation for the material in question.
  • The institution of the author will be contacted to investigate the issue (especially if a medical device or drug company is involved).
  • Based on the reply from the author(s), a determination by the Journal’s Editorial Board will be made:
    • If the paper is still in peer review, it will be sent back for author revision with the request to address the issue(s) or to rewrite the paper.
    • If the paper is already published, and the Editorial Board finds that the similarities are too extensive for revision, a rejection or a retraction may be appropriate.

Statements and opinions expressed in the articles published in Dermatology Practical & Conceptual are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the editorial board or the publisher. Although the editors and reviewers make every effort to ensure the validity of published manuscripts, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its editors or the publisher.