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Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery

Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery

2017 Impact Factor: 1.212
2017 Ranking: 50/63 in Dermatology
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE
Published in Association with Canadian Dermatology Association

Kirk Barber, MD, FRCPC University of Calgary, Alberta, Canada
Managing Editor

Other Titles in:
Dermatology | Plastic Surgery

eISSN: 16157109 | ISSN: 12034754 | Current volume: 23 | Current issue: 3 Frequency: Bi-monthly
Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery aims to reflect the state of the art in cutaneous biology and dermatology by providing original scientific writings, as well as a complete critical review of the dermatology literature for clinicians, trainees, and academicians. The journal endeavours to bring readers cutting edge dermatologic information in two distinct formats. Part of each issue features scholarly research and articles on issues of basic and applied science, insightful case reports, comprehensive continuing medical education, and in depth reviews, all of which provide theoretical framework for practitioners to make sound practical decisions. The evolving field of dermatology is highlighted through these articles. In addition, part of each issue is dedicated to making the most important developments in dermatology easily accessible to the clinician by presenting well-chosen, well-written, and highly organized information in a format that is interesting, clearly presented, and useful to patient care.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

JCMS aims to reflect the state of the art in cutaneous biology and dermatology by providing original scientific writings, as well as a complete critical review of the dermatology literature for clinicians, trainees, and academicians. The journal endeavours to bring readers cutting-edge dermatologic information by featuring scholarly research and articles on issues of basic and applied science, comprehensive continuing medical education, and in-depth reviews, all of which provide theoretical framework for practitioners to make sound practical decisions. The evolving field of dermatology is highlighted through these articles.

  • Clarivate Analytics: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCIE)
  • PubMed: MEDLINE
  • Manuscript Submission Guidelines: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery (JCMS)

    This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the Journal’s submission site to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of the Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery will be reviewed.

    There are no fees payable to submit or publish in this journal.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    1. What do we publish?
    1.1 Aims & Scope
    1.2 Article types
    1.3 Writing your paper

    2. Editorial policies
    2.1 Peer review policy
    2.2 Authorship
    2.3 Acknowledgements
    2.4 Funding
    2.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    2.7 Clinical trials
    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    2.9 Data

    3. Publishing polices
    3.1 Publication ethics
    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    3.3 Open access and author archiving

    4. Preparing your manuscript
    4.1 Formatting
    4.2 English language editing services

    5. Submitting your manuscript
    5.1 ORCID
    5.2 Information required for completing your submission
    5.3 Permissions

    6. On acceptance and publication
    6.1 SAGE Production
    6.2 Online First publication
    6.3 Access to your published article
    6.4 Promoting your article
    7. Further information


    1. What do we publish?

    1.1 Aims & Scope
    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope: Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery is a bimonthly, refereed journal, which aims to reflect the state of the art in cutaneous biology and medical and surgical dermatology by providing original scientific writings, as well as complete critical reviews of the dermatology literature for clinicians, trainees, and academicians. The journal endeavours to bring readers cutting-edge dermatologic information by featuring scholarly research and articles on issues of basic and applied science, and in-depth reviews, all of which provide a theoretical framework for practitioners to make sound practical decisions. The evolving fields of dermatology and dermatologic surgery are highlighted through these articles.

    1.2 Article types
    Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery invites you to submit original research articles, reviews of
    dermatologic disease and\or therapy, visual dermatology, and clinical correspondence for inclusion in
    upcoming issues of the journal. Manuscripts must be original material, not under simultaneous consideration by another publication, and dealing with the clinical and research aspects of skin disease and skin biology. Brief presentations reporting new or unusual information or procedures, and Letters to the Editor, with or without illustrations, are welcome.
    JCMS is an English language journal and submissions must be presented in a style and grammar consistent with the highest standards of English publications.
    JCMS encourages images for publication and will publish these in colour at no cost to the authors. However, these images must be artfully formatted and of superior technical quality.
    JCMS utilizes online video and web casting that can be linked to manuscripts in the journal print format. These presentations must be of superior technical quality and expand the scientific information presented within the manuscript.
    All accepted manuscripts will be published online ahead of print.

    Original Research. Original, in-depth clinical and investigative research manuscripts will be given the highest priority for publication. Preference will be given to research that will enhance the understanding of cutaneous disease or impact the medical and/or surgical practice of dermatology.

    The manuscript must be concise and the utilization of figures, tables and diagrams is encouraged. The use of supplementary files may be useful for supporting materials. Manuscripts should not exceed 3000 words, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends.

    Review articles. These scholarly articles should provide a current, authoritative, referenced discussion of a disease or medical and\or surgical treatment. The purpose of these articles is to inform the practice of dermatology by critically reviewing the current understanding and\or treatment of the condition. The use of illustrations and figures is encouraged. Review articles should not include case reports, e.g. “a Case Report and Review of the Literature.” Case Reports should be submitted to JCMS Case Reports at Review articles may be submitted by authors for publication consideration or solicited by the Editor. All Review articles are subject to peer review. Manuscripts should not exceed 4500 words, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends.

    Visual Dermatology. These single-author submissions will use one or two unique, high quality medical images to “tell the story” without words. Short (up to 1 minute) video clips are also acceptable (a quality still image from the video must be included). A very brief discussion (75 words or less; an optional single reference) that will enhance the understanding of the image may be included. These are NOT case reports and the presentation is to highlight the image. The images may not have been submitted or published elsewhere.

    Clinical Correspondence. These submissions should not include specific case reports. (Case Reports should be submitted to JCMS Case Reports at These letters also should not be subdivided into sections, e.g. Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, etc., and should not exceed 500 words, excluding references (limit 5).

    Medical Letters. Novel or preliminary research findings and early reports of therapeutic trials may be considered for publication as a Medical Letter.

    Surgical Letters. Novel or preliminary research findings and early reports of novel surgical techniques may be considered for publication as a Surgical Letter. The association of on-line video to complement the letter is encouraged.

    Letters to the Editor. Letters to the Editor regarding previously published material should be submitted within one month of publication of the reference subject. Letters should have a descriptive title and the body of any letter must not exceed 500 words, including references. References may be published as Supplementary Data. The introduction of new data and unsubstantiated claims or opinions will not be permitted. Each letter will be submitted to the author of the original paper for response, which, if supplied and accepted, will be published simultaneously with the letter. Final publication of either letter is at the discretion of the Editor.

    1.3 Writing your paper
    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further

    See 4. Preparing your manuscript for submission for section specific information.

    1.3.1 Make your article discoverable
    When writing your paper, think about how you can make it discoverable. The title, abstract, and keywords are key to ensuring readers find your article through search engines such as Google. For information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords, have a look at this page on the Gateway: How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.


    2. Editorial policies

    2.1 Peer review policy
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery recognizes the value and importance of peer review in
    maintaining the integrity of the scientific record. The peer review process is essential to scholarly publication both as a critique and a collaboration to improve the quality of the manuscript. All manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors and only those papers that meet the language, scientific and editorial standards of the journal, and fit within the aims and scope of the journal, will be circulated for further peer review.

    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery adheres to a conventional single-blind reviewing policy in which the identities of the reviewers are always concealed from the author(s). In addition to the editorial review, individual manuscripts are reviewed by at least two referees. Once a reviewer accepts the privilege of reviewing the manuscript, the reviewer is requested to submit their review within 2 weeks. An editorial decision is generally reached within a week of receipt of all reviews; generally within 6 weeks of submission. Manuscripts requiring revision, whether minor or major, must be resubmitted for further peer review after revision.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for publication consideration. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor/Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    Recommended or Opposed Reviewers
    As part of the submission process, you are permitted but not required to provide the names of 3 peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    You are also permitted but not required to identify peers who you do not wish to review your manuscript
    (opposed reviewers).

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite/reject any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Publons is a third party service that aims to track, verify and give credit for peer review. Reviewers for JCMS can opt in to Publons on each manuscript Score Sheet, in order to claim their reviews or have them automatically verified and added to their reviewer profile. Reviewers claiming credit for their review will be associated with the relevant journal, but the article name, reviewer’s recommendation, and the content of their review are not published on the site. For more information, visit the Publons website.

    2.2 Authorship
    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are
    acknowledged as contributing authors. The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis
    or interpretation of data,
    (ii) Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) Approved the version to be published,
    (iv) Participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of
    the content.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.

    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not
    constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, including medical writers, should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Please refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    2.3 Acknowledgements
    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an Acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    2.3.1 Writing assistance
    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors but should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    2.4 Declaration of conflicting interests
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery encourages authors review the good practice guidelines regarding declaration of any conflicting interests on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    JCMS adheres to the definitions and guidelines developed by the ICMJE, available at While it is not necessary to submit completed ICMJE forms, it is our policy to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors, enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles. Please ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included at the end of your manuscript, after any Acknowledgements and prior to the reference list. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    2.5 Funding
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery requires all authors to acknowledge their funding in a
    consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit the Funding Acknowledgements page on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding, or state that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    2.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. Basic masking in photos is not sufficient to ensure patient anonymity; signed consent is required.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Basic masking in photos is not sufficient to ensure patient anonymity; signed consent is required.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants.

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with
    oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    2.7 Clinical trials
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    2.8 Reporting guidelines
    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.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

    2.9 Data

    SAGE acknowledges the importance of research data availability as an integral part of the research and
    verification process for academic journal articles.

    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery requests all authors submitting any primary data used in their research articles to provide such data alongside their article submissions to be reviewed and published in the online version of the journal, or provide detailed information in their articles on how the data can be obtained. This information should include links to third-party data repositories or detailed contact information for thirdparty data sources. Data available only on an author-maintained website will need to be loaded onto either the journal’s platform or a third-party platform to ensure continuing accessibility. Examples of data types include but are not limited to statistical data files, replication code, text files, audio files, images, videos, appendices, and additional charts and graphs necessary to understand the original research. The editor(s) may consider limited embargoes on proprietary data. The editor(s) can also grant exceptions for data that cannot legally or ethically be released. All data submitted should comply with Institutional or Ethical Review Board requirements and applicable government regulations. For further information, please contact the editorial office at


    3. Publishing Policies

    3.1 Publication ethics
    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.1.1 Plagiarism
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism, or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    3.1.2 Prior publication
    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at

    3.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive licence agreement, which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and licence to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case, copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. Authors will be provided a link via email to complete the form electronically once their manuscript is accepted. For more information please visit the SAGE Author Gateway.

    3.3 Open access and author archiving
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery offers optional open access publishing via the SAGE Choice programme. For more information, please visit the SAGE Choice website. For information on funding body compliance, and depositing your article in repositories, please visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    4. Preparing your manuscript for submission
    Please see the Manuscript Preparation Checklist Tool available on the Journal’s website.

    4.1 Formatting
    Correct preparation of the manuscript will expedite the review and publishing process. Incorrectly formatted documents will be returned to the author for correction prior to peer review. Manuscripts must conform to acceptable English usage. For further questions concerning style, consult a recent issue of this journal or the American Medical Association’s Manual of Style.

    Preferred format for the text and tables of your manuscript is Word in 12 point Arial or Times New Roman fonts. Tables may be formatted in Word or Excel. The text should be double-spaced throughout with a 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot.

    Word Count
    The electronic total word count of the manuscript text should not exceed the following:
    Original research articles – 3000 words, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends
    Review articles – 4500 words, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends
    Clinical Correspondence – 1000 words, including references
    Letters to the Editor – 500 words, including references

    Sections of the Manuscript (items in order from front to back; pages must be numbered consecutively)
    Arrange the Main Document of the manuscript as follows: (1) title page; (2) abstract; (3) text; (4)
    acknowledgments; (5) funding; (6) conflicting interests disclosures; (7) references; (8) tables; and (9) figure legends. Figures will be submitted as individual files.

    (1) Title Page
    Title. The title is limited to 100 characters (including spaces). The title may not contain acronyms or abbreviations. All submissions, including correspondence, must have a descriptive title.

    Authors. List all authors by first name, all initials, and family name. Institution and Affiliations: List the name and full address of all institutions in which the described work was done. List departmental affiliations of each author affiliated with that institution after each institutional address. Connect authors to departments using numbered superscripts.

    While author names, degrees, and institutions are included in the metadata for SAGE Track, they are also required on the manuscript itself to facilitate editing before layout. JCMS follows a single-blind, peer-review process in which author information is available to reviewers, but reviewers are kept confidential.

    Corresponding Author. Provide the name, exact postal address with zip or postal code, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the author to whom communications, proofs, and requests for reprints should be sent after publication. (It does not have to be the same person designated in the online submission system to handle pre-publication correspondence.) The corresponding author must attest that no undisclosed authors contributed to the manuscript.

    Keywords. Provide 3-5 keywords.

    (2) Abstract
    Original articles. Provide a structured abstract, no longer than 250 words, divided into five sections: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

    Reviews. Provide an unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words.

    Visual Dermatology, Clinical Correspondence, and Letters to the Editor. No abstract is required.

    (3) Text
    Original Article text should be organized as follows: Introduction, Material (or Patients) and Methods, Results, and Discussion.

    Cite references, tables, and figures in numeric order by order of mention in the text.

    Avoid abbreviations and acronyms. Consult the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th edition, for recommended abbreviations. Define abbreviations at first appearance in the text. If 8 or more abbreviations or acronyms are used, provide a separate table of abbreviations and acronyms. This table should be submitted on a separate page between the Abstract and Text pages of the Main Document.

    Measurements and weights should be given in standard metric units.

    Statistical Nomenclature and Data Analysis. Methodology for all statistical analysis should be described, and references should be cited. Use of standard tests (chi-square test, student’s T-test, etc.) do not require citation of references. Use of proprietary software for statistical analysis should be documented.

    Footnotes. Type footnotes at the bottom of the manuscript page on which they are cited.

    Suppliers. Credit suppliers of drugs, equipment, and other commercial material mentioned in the article within parentheses in text, giving company name, city and state or city and country.

    (4) Acknowledgments See section 2.3 above.

    (5) Funding See section 2.4 above.

    (6) Declaration of Conflicting Interests See section 2.5 above.

    (7) References
    References follow the American Medical Association’s Manual of Style, 10th Edition.

    Identify references in the text using superscript Arabic numerals. Do not cite personal communications, manuscripts in preparation, and other unpublished data.

    Type references double-spaced after Acknowledgments, beginning on a separate page. Number
    consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.

    Journal references should provide inclusive page numbers; book references should cite specific page numbers.

    Authors are solely responsible for accuracy, completeness, and non-duplication of references.

    Journal abbreviations should conform to those used in Index Medicus. The style and punctuation of the references should follow the formats outlined below:

    Journal Article
    Kim WB, Alavi A. Clinical features and patient outcomes of hidradenitis suppurativa: a cross-sectional retrospective study. J Cutan Med Surg. 2016;20(1):52-57.

    (List all authors if 6 or fewer; otherwise list first 3 and add “et al.”)

    Chapter in Book
    12. Vinten-Johansen J, Zhao Z-Q, Guyton RA. Cardiac surgical physiology. In: Cohn LH, Edmunds LH Jr, eds. Cardiac Surgery in the Adult. 2nd ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2003:53–84. 

    Internet Address 

    3. 1996 NRC Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Available at Accessed October 20, 2003.

    (8) Tables
    Tables should be self-explanatory, and the data should not be duplicated in the text or figures. Tables must be created within a text file and not imported or pasted as images.

    Tables should be double-spaced on separate pages. Do not use vertical lines. Each table should be numbered (Arabic) and have a title above. Legends and explanatory notes should be placed below the table. Abbreviations used in the table follow the legend in alphabetic order. Lower case letter superscripts beginning with “a” and following in alphabetic order are used for notations regarding statistics.

    (9) Figure Legends
    Figure legends should be numbered (Arabic) and double-spaced in order of appearance. Identify (in alphabetical order) all abbreviations appearing in the figures at the end of each legend. Give the type of stain and magnification power for all photomicrographs.

    Cite the source of previously published (print or electronic) material in the legend and indicate permission has been obtained. It is the author’s responsibility to obtain all permissions to reuse material. Proof of permission must be scanned and uploaded with manuscript files or emailed to the editorial office.

    4.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    Illustrations, pictures, and graphs should be supplied with the highest quality and in an electronic format that helps us to publish your article in the best way possible. Please follow the guidelines below to enable us to prepare your artwork for the printed issue as well as the online version. Figures that do not meet journal guidelines and/or are not consistent with professional medical photography composition will be returned. Colour photographs or illustrations will be published in the print and online version of the journal at no cost to the authors.

    • Format: JPEG, TIFF: Common format for pictures (containing no text or graphs). EPS: Preferred format for graphs and line art (retains quality when enlarging/zooming in).
    • Placement: Figures should be submitted separately. Please add a placeholder note in the running text (i.e. “[insert Figure 1.]").
    • Resolution: Rasterized based files (i.e. with .jpg or .tif extension) require a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). Line art should be supplied with a minimum resolution of 800 dpi.
    • Dimension: Artworks supplied must match or exceed the dimensions of the journal. Images cannot be scaled up after origination.
    • Fonts: The lettering used in the artwork should not vary much in size and type (usually sans serif font as a default).

    For further guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures, and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.

    All video and still files must be submitted online along with manuscript files for peer review.

    As with photo figures, manuscripts including videos must also include a clear statement that permission was granted by the patient/guardian to publish the video/stills, and a likeness release form signed by
    patients/guardians is required when identifiable images and audio are submitted.

    Multimedia articles are papers where streaming video is included within the article. Videos should contain the original content of the article. Authors must provide a caption within the manuscript for each video, which includes a clear reference to the video being available electronically. The caption and an author-provided still image from the video will be published in the print version of the Journal and both the caption and video will be published in the electronic version of the Journal.

    Video files must be submitted in the following format:

    • .mp4 or .mov
    • Must not exceed 9 minutes.
    • All narration must be in English.
    • The still image submitted from each video must meet Journal figure requirements.
    • Number inline video files/stills as Video 1, Video 2, etc.

    Supplemental data videos are also accepted for publication online-only as separate files linked to the
    manuscript. Content of supplemental videos should meet the Journal criteria for all supplemental data as described below.

    4.3 Supplementary material
    SAGE is able to host approved supplementary materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. They should generally be files that were used to create the research (such as datasets) or be additional pieces to the article that could not be included in the print version (such as audio/ video material that is impossible to produce in print form). Supplementary files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. Decisions about whether to include supplementary files will be made by the Editor as part of the article review process.

    Supplementary files will be uploaded as supplied. They will not be checked for accuracy, copyedited, typeset, or proofread. The responsibility for scientific accuracy and file functionality remains with the authors. SAGE will only publish supplementary material subject to full copyright clearance. This means that if the content of the file is not original to the author, then the author will be responsible for clearing all permissions prior to publication. The author will be required to provide copies of permissions and details of the correct copyright acknowledgement.

    Please note that data supplements are permanent records just like the articles themselves – i.e., they may not be altered after they have been published in the journal. The file sizes should be kept as small as possible, as large files will deter some users. Aim for less than 10 MB, where possible.

    File formats
    Make sure all supplementary files are clearly named as such, eg., Table S1.docx, and that the supplementary material is referred to within the manuscript at an appropriate point in the text.

    General: Any standard MS office format (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Access, etc.), PDF

    Graphics: GIF, TIF (or TIFF), EPS, PNG, JPG (or JPEG), BMP, PS (postscript). Images should be 300 dpi to print in high quality. Embedded graphics (i.e. a GIF pasted into a Word file) are also acceptable, but may decrease image quality.


    Video: QuickTime, MPEG, AVI

    Video files should be tested for playback before submission, preferably on computers not used for their
    creation, to check for any compatibility issues.
    For more information, please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files.

    4.4 English language editing services
    JCMS is an English- language journal and submissions must be presented in a style and grammar consistentwith the highest standards of English publications. Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    4.5 Manuscript Preparation Checklist
    See the JCMS Manuscript Preparation Checklist to double-check your files prior to submission.


    5. Submitting your manuscript
    The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery is hosted on SAGE Track, a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Visit to login and submit your article online.

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created. For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online, please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    5.1 ORCID
    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process, SAGE is a
    supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkage between researchers and their professional activities ensuring that their work is recognised.

    The collection of ORCID IDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID ID you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID ID will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID ID is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    We encourage all authors to add their ORCIDs to their SAGE Track accounts and include their ORCIDs as part of the submission process. If you do not already have, one you can create one here.

    5.2 Information required for completing your submission

    Title, keywords and abstracts
    Authors must enter the title, keywords, and abstract (when applicable) to accompany each manuscript. The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    Authors details
    Corresponding author contact details. Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors in the submission
    system, and to identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript text file. At this stage, please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    Manuscript Revision
    Revised manuscripts must be submitted in two parts as word-processing files (1) revised, marked, complete manuscript text file showing additions and deletions, preferably using Track Changes strike through format for deletions; (2) revised, unmarked manuscript text file. A point-by-point response to reviewers’ comments must be pasted into the appropriate field on the submission form in SAGE Track, or uploaded as appropriate in that area.

    When submitting revisions, please be sure to delete any previously submitted files that have been revised.

    5.3 Permissions
    Please also ensure that you have obtained any necessary permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please see the Copyright and Permissions page on the SAGE Author Gateway.


    6. On acceptance and publication

    6.1 SAGE Production
    The contact author will receive an email requesting one author complete the SAGE Contributor Publishing Agreement. No accepted manuscript can be processed until a completed form has been received as directed in the email.

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will be sent by PDF to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

    6.2 Online First publication
    Online First allows final articles (completed and approved articles awaiting assignment to a future issue) to be published online prior to their inclusion in a journal issue, which significantly reduces the lead time between acceptance and publication. Visit the SAGE Journals help page for more details, including how to cite Online First articles.

    6.3 Access to your published article
    SAGE provides authors with online access to their final article.

    6.4 Promoting your article
    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice. In addition, SAGE is partnered with Kudos, a free service that allows authors to explain, enrich, share, and measure the impact of their article. Find out how to maximise your article’s impact with Kudos.


    7. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the manuscript submission process should be sent to the editorial office as follows:

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    Institutional Subscription, E-access

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    Institutional Subscription, Print Only

    Institutional Subscription, Combined (Print & E-access)

    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, E-access Plus Backfile (All Online Content)

    Institutional Subscription & Backfile Lease, Combined Plus Backfile (Current Volume Print & All Online Content)

    Individual, Single Print Issue

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