Journal Policies

EDITORIAL POLICIES

The policies of the journal are based on the guidelines set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org). The journal follows the code on good publication practice, “Core Practice,”  set forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (http://publicationethics.org/).

EDITORIAL INDEPENDENCE

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

OPEN ACCESS POLICY

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 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/). The authors retain the copyright for their published work.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

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

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The Journal adheres standards set forth by COPE in establishing and complying with conflict of interest guidelines.

All authors must declare and describe all and any conflicts of interest, professional or financial, when submitting a paper. A disclosure statement should included in a Cover Letter to the Editor of the Journal or can be downloaded from the ICJME and signed by each author and included in the submission.

Steps for Handling An Alleged Conflict of Interest 

  • The authors of the paper will be contacted to request an explanation for the material in question.
  • 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 will publish a retraction of the paper.

Patient Anonymity

It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’s anonymity be carefully protected unless written consent is obtained and submitted with the manuscript.

Institutional Review Board and Study Registration

It is the author’s responsibility to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. the authors’ Institutional Review Board or its equivalent must have approved of studies involving live human or animal subjects. All clinical investigations must have been conducted according to the principles of the Declaration of Helsinki. Clinical trials must have been prospectively registered in a registry that meets ICMJE criteria (available at http://www.icmje.org). The registry at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov meets such requirements.

SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT

The Journal adheres standards set forth by COPE in establishing and complying with scientific misconduct guidelines.

PLAGIARISM & ETHICAL MISCONDUCT

Steps for Handling Unethical Authorship

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.

Post-Publication Discussions and Corrections

If an error is discovered after publication, it will be corrected by an erratum, retraction or in-line (dated) correction. Reported errors will be investigated by the Editor or designated Editorial Board member and discussed with the authors. The appropriate correction will be made after this consultation. Articles will be retracted if there is evidence of unethical research, unreliable data, misconduct or plagiarism, or if there are sufficient mistakes to invalidate the article.

DISCLAIMER
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.