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Aim of the Journal. The European Journal of Pediatric Dermatology (EJPD) is aimed at promoting communication and cultural exchange between pediatricians and dermatologists in the common field of pediatric dermatology. The EJPD, established in 1991 as the post-graduate journal of the European Society for Pediatric Dermatology (ESPD), has been regularly publishing high-quality research articles and case reports regarding skin diseases of the child for three decades. Leading academicians, researchers, and clinicians from all over Europe and beyond participate in the Editorial Board, which also includes representatives of the ESPD.
Editorial Policy. The EJPD asks all submitting Authors to follow the “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals” (updated December 2019), issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and available at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations.
Authorship: According to the ICMJE’s Recommendations, authorship is based on the following 4 criteria:
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
- Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
- Final approval of the version to be published; AND
- 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.
All those designated as authors should meet all four criteria for authorship, and all who meet the four criteria should be identified as authors. Those who do not meet all four criteria should be acknowledged. Further recommendations on authorship are available at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html.
Reporting guidelines. The EJPD invites different kinds of articles: Original Research, Review Articles and Clinical Correspondence (including Case Reports). The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.
Overlapping publications. Authors should not submit the same manuscript, in the same or different languages, simultaneously to more than one journal. Authors should declare that their manuscript is original and that it has not been published in any other form before its appearance in the EJPD. If the study has already been presented at a meeting, this should be stated in the manuscript. When authors submit a manuscript reporting work that has already been reported in large part in a published article or is contained in or closely related to another paper that has been submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere, the letter of submission should clearly say so and the authors should provide copies of the related material to help the editor decide how to handle the submission.
Disclosure and conflicts of interest. Authors are required to disclose all relationships, activities and interests that are related to the content of the manuscript, including with both for-profit and not-for-profit third parties whose interests may be affected by the content of the manuscript. Disclosure represents a commitment to transparency and does not necessarily indicate a bias. To this purpose, Authors must fill in the EJPD Disclosure form (as provided by the Editors) prior to publication of the manuscript.
Author fees. No fees or charges are required for manuscript processing or for publishing materials in the European Journal of Pediatric Dermatology. When accepted, papers, photographs and other illustrations will be published free of charge. Moreover, the leading Author of the manuscript is entitled to a one-year free subscription to the European Journal of Pediatric Dermatology, upon registration.
Privacy and Ethical Review. Studies involving human subjects must have been approved by the relevant Ethical Review Board. Only numbers should be used to identify patients. When clinical data or photos allow to identify patients, the relevant informed consent forms should be included in the submission package. Studies involving animals should conform to the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals.
Structure of the manuscript.
Page 1 (Title page) should include the title, Authors’ full names (underlining the surname), institutional affiliations and locations, name, mailing address, telephone, and e-mail of the designated corresponding Author. Moreover, it may include the names of 2 recommended reviewers. Manuscripts submitted to all sections – except for Differential Diagnosis, Letters and Short Cases – must include a summary of about ten lines and up to five key words. To optimize articles for online search engines, key words must be based on the Medical Subject Headings browser, a controlled and hierarchically organized vocabulary produced by the US National Library of Medicine.
The abstract should provide the background for the study and should state the study’s purposes, basic procedures, main findings, and principal conclusions. It should finally emphasize new and important aspects of the study.
The text should be divided according to the IMRAD (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion) structure. EJPD is an English language journal and submissions must be presented in a style and grammar consistent with high standards of English publications. The Management Team will provide the translation into Italian to publish them in the Italian edition of the European Journal of Pediatric Dermatology.
References must only include the works that were cited in the text: only the most significant works, usually not more than 30, must be cited. References should be numbered consecutively in alphabetic order and identified as in-text citations by the corresponding Arabic numerals in round brackets.
References should be formatted according to the following examples:
- Bonifazi E., Meneghini C.L. 1980. Perinatal gangrene of the buttock: an iatrogenic or spontaneous condition? J. Am. Acad. Dermatol. 3 (6): 596-8.
- Gifford G.E. 1979. Interferon and the immune system. In: Waldmann R.H. (ed.), Clinical concepts of immunology, The Williams & Wilkins Co., Baltimore, pp. 218-26.
List all Authors when there are four or fewer. When there are five or more Authors, list the first three authors followed by “et Al.”.
Correspondence. The text and Figures must be submitted in electronic format by e-mail to email@example.com. Color images need to be in .jpg format, with at least a 300 DPI resolution.
Procedure for review. The corresponding Author will be informed by e-mail about the initial receipt of the manuscript, usually on the same day of its submission. The editorial staff will process the manuscript and send it to at least 2 internationally renowned reviewers, possibly including those recommended by the Authors. The Authors will receive the suggestions and comments of the reviewers and should conform to the latter, make the required changes to the original manuscript, and send the revised version of the manuscript by e-mail. Proofs will be directly read by the Editorial board which reserves the right to make minor modifications to the text.
The reproduction, even partial, of papers or photographs and other illustrations is not allowed without specific and written permission from the Editors.
Electronic publishing. EJPD is exclusively published on the web site www.ejpd.com/journal and powered by the Open Journal Systems platform.