About the Journal
Aims and Scope
SKIN is a bi-monthly, peer-reviewed, open access, online medical journal dedicated to providing an enhanced route to disseminate new dermatologic knowledge on all aspects of cutaneous disease. The journal carries in-depth reviews (2500 word max.), brief articles (inclusive of case reports, 1000 words max.), and short communications (500 words or less), and compelling comments (300 words max.) which focus on all aspects of dermatology and cutaneous disease. The journal is designed to provide rapid dissemination of dermatologic education, with a goal to have a decision regarding submitted manuscripts within 30 days of submission, and publication within 90 days of acceptance. The journal implements best practice in scientific publishing with a rigorous blind peer-review process, declarations of competing interests and funding, full requirements for patient consent and ethical review, and statements of guarantorship, contributorship, and provenance. Authors retain copyright in their articles, licensing publication of their content through use of the Creative Commons CCBY license. The journal does not charge Article Processing fees, and is supported by the National Society for Cutaneous Medicine. All article versions (submitted, accepted and published) are deposited in a repository, Sherpa/Romeo, without embargo.
SKIN is committed to education and to the support of early career dermatologists. To this end, SKIN has a large and robust resident/fellow, medical student and undergraduate editorial board. Members are expected to review articles, submit articles for publication consideration, mentor younger members and support the journal's missions and goals.
Peer Review Process
All articles are first reviewed by the Editorial Advisory Board who recommend acceptance, rejection or referral for formal review. Manuscripts that are formally peer-reviewed will be reviewed by a member of the Resident Editorial Board and a member of the Editorial Board. Judgements are objective and the process is a blind peer review. All manuscripts which undergo review may be accepted, returned for revision, or rejected. The Editor has the final decision on a submitted manuscript. Reviewers will not have conflicts of interest with their assinged reviews and all articles will be treated confidentially prior to their publication.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge. There are no subscription fees or pay-per-view fees.
Ethics and Malpractice Statement
The editors of SKIN The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine pledge to constantly improve the journal and strive to guarantee that quality material is published. The editors value freedom of expression but have respect for academic integrity. The editors vow to not let business needs compromise academic standards and are always willing to entertain corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies ad hoc. If applicable, readers will always be informed regarding the source of funding for the research in question. The editors further pledge to confirm that research material conforms to accepted ethical guidelines and the confidentiality of individual information will be given priority.
The editors will ensure that quality material is published and the decision to accept or reject a manuscript will be solely based on the manuscript’s importance, originality, quality and relevance to the journal’s readership. The journal abides by a strict peer review process for any submitted manuscript. Decisions on accepted or rejected manuscripts will not be reversed unless serious problems are identified.
The editors ensure that the peer reviewer identities are protected and the journal’s reviewers are aware of their expectations when reviewing a submitted manuscript. The journal ensures that material submitted remains confidential while under review.
Any complaints should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. The date and nature of complaint should be included in the message. If the issue is not resolved, the matter can be further investigated by COPE (Committee on Publications Ethics) as outlined here: http://publicationethics.org/files/2008%20Code%20of%20Conduct.pdf.
Legitimate criticisms or constructive comments of published work will be always be given consideration for publication unless the editor has a clear and convincing reason to not publish. Authors of material that is criticized will always have the opportunity to publish a rebuttal. Studies that report negative or unfavorable results are not automatically excluded and undergo the same peer review process as studies that report positive or significant results.
The editors have an obligation to report suspected misconduct in both published and submitted manuscripts and will take steps to prevent publication in the first place. The editors will first seek an explanation from the submitting authors. If this does not resolve the matter, the sponsoring institution will be contacted and the editors will make all efforts to ensure a fair and proper investigation is conducted. If misconduct or fraudulent data is reported, the manuscript will be redacted. Furthermore, if an error or misleading statement is recognized, the editors will promptly publish a correction. Editors will never encourage misconduct or knowingly allow it to occur.
The journal does not tolerate plagarism and it screens for plagarism using the iThenticate application.
Misleading advertisements on the journal’s website will be refused or corrected. The journal’s advertisements will not influence the type of manuscripts that are published and advertisers will not receive any special advantages when submitting work that directly involves the advertised product or service.
Conflicts of interest regarding the editors, reviewers and authors are always reviewed and included in every submission. Reprints are published as they appear in the journal unless a correction needs to be added.
In the event the journal is no longer published, the journal’s contents will be archived online. The journal has an electronic backup through the Portico archival system.
The National Society for Cutaneous Medicine is an organization designed to aid the advancement and dissemination of knowledge in the area of dermatology to medical professionals and interested members of the public.
SKIN The Journal of Cutaneous Medicine was founded in 2017.