INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS

1. Aims and Scope: "Dermatology and Cosmetic" is a quarterly peer-reviewed journal which is published by the Center for Research and Training in Skin Diseases and Leprosy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. The journal publishes full-text articles in Persian with English abstracts. The journal is dedicated to offer the latest information from medical and surgical dermatology, dermatopathology and relevant basic science researches to the dermatologists, dermatologist residents and other healthcare providers. As a result of ongoing dramatic growth of aesthetic procedures and the demand for obtaining knowledge on them, using an evidenced-based approach, each issue of "Dermatology and Cosmetic" also contains publications on these topics. 
2. This Journal accepts Original Papers, Review Articles, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor.
3. Submission: Authors are kindly requested to submit their manuscripts along with their English abstracts in Microsoft Word 2003 format. Articles may ONLY be submitted ONLINE at http://manuscriptonline.com/ login.asp?journalID=67. Authors must declare that it is being exclusively contributed to the "Dermatology and Cosmetic" journal. The figures should be sent in a format of JPEG or GIF which will produce high quality images in the online edition of the journal. Manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to other journal(s) and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis.
4. The manuscript should include: Title page; the Abstract; Introduction; Materials & Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknow-ledgement & References.
5. The title page: The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications, the department or institution to which they are attached, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, email, and fax number.
6. Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 250 words. It should be structured as Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus (http://nlm.nih.gov/mesh/ MBrow-ser.html). Authors need to be careful that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
7. Introduction: This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
8. Materials & Methods: This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author is able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation must be given. Statistical methods must be mentioned and specify any general computer programme used. The Info system used should be clearly mentioned.
9. Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
10. Discussion: This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.
11. Acknowledgement: All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgement section. It should include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance and departmental head that only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
12. Tables: In limited numbers should be submitted with the captions placed above. Do not submit tables as photographs. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.
13. Figures: Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The captions should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
14. References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The author should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows: 
15. Article: Movaffagh J, Jaafari Mr, Amouzgar MH, Tabatabaee SA. Isolation and in vitro cultivation of human skin keratinocytes and preparation of epidermal sheet. Iranian Journal of Dermatology 2006; 9: 2-16 (Persian). 
16. Chapter: Mckibbon A. Diagnosis and screening. In: Maibach HI, Bashir SJ, Mckibbon A, editors. Evidenced-based dermatology, 1st ed. Hamilton; BC Decker Inc.; 2002: 31-40. 
17. Book: Greenberg M, Glick M, Ship J. Burket's oral medicine. 11 th ed. Ontario; BC Decker Inc; 45-51. 
18. Electronic: Havens G, Furuya S, and Tan KM. The Future of Continuing Medical Education (CME) technology. The Permanente Journal (Serial on line) 2001; 5(1) (18 Screens). Available from: http:// www.KaiserPermanente/org/medicin/ permjournal/winter01/HScme.Html Website: Health Canada. Drug product database. Available from: URL: http://www .hc-sc.gc.ca/hpb/drugs-dpd. Accessed April 9, 2005.
19. Proof Reading: A computer printout is sent to the corresponding author for proof reading before publication in order to avoid any mistakes. Corrections should be marked clearly and sent immediately to the Journal office. 
20. Abbreviations and symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. 
21. The corresponding author: Will be supplied with 2 free issues. 
22. Ethical guidelines: Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section. 
1) Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project.
2) Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your Institute or agency. 
23. Conflicts of interest: Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it. 
24. Page charges: There are no charges for publication in this Journal. 
25. Copyright: The entire contents of the "Dermatology and Cosmetic" are protected under international copyrights. This journal is for your personal noncommercial use. You may not modify copy, distribute, transmit, display, or publish any materials contained in the journal without the prior written permission of it or the appropriate copyright owner. 
26. Peer review process: All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer-reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the Editorial Board. The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor decision to accept, reject, or require modifications. If the manuscript is completely acceptable according to the criteria set forth in these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue.

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