Guidelines for INVITED Contributing Authors

Submit a complete manuscript, including references, illustrations, and permissions, to Your cooperation is most appreciated.

Page limit: 6-7 printed pages (may vary according to each issue). Please see Estimating Manuscript Length.

Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery is a quarterly topical journal on subjects of current importance in dermatology and its related fields.

Please submit your manuscript and illustrations to the Editorial Manager (

Your manuscript should consist of the following elements, each starting on a separate page:

  • Abstract and Keywords
  • Title Page and Body of manuscript
  • References
  • Legends
  • Figures (with permission for reuse, if required)
  • Tables (with permission for reuse, if required)

All parts of the manuscript (including references and legends) should be double-spaced – that is, with a full line of space after every line. Leave generous margins – at least one inch – on both sides and at the top and bottom of every electronic page. Your abstract should be approximately 100 (and not more than 200) words.

On the TITLE PAGE, please include all of the following information:

  1. The names, degrees, and professional affiliations (position, department,  institution, place) of all authors.
  2. The name of the institution where the work reported was done (“From…”).
  3. Acknowledgment of grant support when appropriate (“Supported in part by…”).
  4. A complete mailing address (including U.S. zip code or postal code for other countries), as well as e-mail addresses.

All DRUG NAMES cited in the manuscript should be generic, followed by brand name, manufacturer, city, and state (or country, if not U.S.) in parentheses.

Estimating Manuscript Length

We are counting on your cooperation in remaining within our page limitation so that we do not exceed our pages per issue. Please refer to the first page of these guidelines for the requested length of your manuscript. The following approximations are offered to help you calculate length:

  • 3 8½ x 11 inch pages, double spaced, with 1.5-inch margins, in standard 10-or 12-point type (approximately 250 words per page) = 1 printed page
  • 35 references (double-spaced) = 1printed page
  • 4 tables or figures with legends = 1 printed page

Example: A manuscript contains 15 pages of text with 17 references and 6 tables:

15 pages of text = 5 printed pages
6 figures or tables = 1½ printed pages
17 references = ½ printed page
Total = 7 printed pages


REFERENCE CITATIONS in the text follow numerical order and should be consistently enclosed in parentheses or superscripted. References are listed in the order in which they are referred to in the text, not in alphabetical order; they must follow the style of the samples below. Many more examples are shown in the AMA Manual of Style (New York, NY: Oxford University Press; 10th Edition). Please note that manuscripts in press may be referenced; however, manuscripts that have been submitted for publication but not yet accepted should not be referenced. All references must be complete when the manuscript is submitted.

Journal article, one author:

  1. Chernosky ME. Porokeratosis. Arch Dermatol. 1986;122(8):869-870.

Journal article, up to six authors:

  1. Schofield JK, Tatnall FM, Leigh IM, Doe JF, Roe JP III, van Voe AE. Recurrent erythema multiforme: clinical features and treatment in a large series of patients. Br J Dermatol. 1993;128(5):542-554.

Journal article, more than six authors:

  1. Cooperman SA, Johnson RA, Platt R, et al. Cutaneous disease and drug reactions in HIV infection. N Engl J Med. 1993;328(23):1670-1674.

Journal article in press:

  1. Berman B, Sequeira M. Dermatologic uses of interferons. Dermatol Clin. In press.

Complete book:

  1. Arndt KA, LeBoit PE, Robinson JK, et al. Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery: An Integrated Program in Dermatology. Philadelphia, PA: Saunders; 1995.

Chapter of book:

  1. Harper JI. Cutaneous graft-versus-host disease in childhood. In: Happle R, Grosshans E, eds. Pediatric Dermatology. Berlin, Germany: Springer-Verlag; 1987:82-88.

Book that is a new edition and is in volumes:

  1. Fitzpatrick TB, Eisen AZ, Wolfee K, et al., eds. Dermatology in General Medicine. Vol 1. 4th ed. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 1993.

Chapter of book that is part of published meeting:

  1. Galbraith GMP, Thiers BH. A randomized double-blind crossover study to investigate the effect of inosiplex in patients with alopecia totalis/universalis. In: Proceedings of the IVth International Congress of Pediatric Dermatology, June 7-10, 1986. Tokyo, Japan: University of Tokyo Press; 1987:79-80.

 Journal article in journal that is a supplement:

  1. Anderson Epizootiology of Lyme borreliosis. Scand J Infect Dis. 1991;77(suppl):23-34.

Abstract of a paper published in the society proceedings of a journal:

  1. Fliesler SJ, Richards MJ, Peachey NS, Buchen B, Vaughan DK, Organisciak DT. Potentiation of retinal light damage in an animal model of Smith-Lemli-Opitz syndrome [abstract 3373]. Invest Ophthalmol Vis Sci. 2001;42(suppl):S627.

Editorial, letter, or other special type of article:

  1. Lesher JL Jr, Smith JF. Antifungal agents in dermatology [editorial]. J Am Acad Dermatol. 1987;18:760-761.

Tables and Figures

All tables and figures must be cited in the text. The appropriate location of each table or figure should be indicated in the manuscript.

TABLES are numbered with arabic numerals (Table 1, Table 2) in the order of their citation in the text. Each table should be double-spaced throughout and should have a title. Maximum table width: 144 characters (ie, letters and spaces). Use spaces, not vertical rules, to separate columns. Abbreviations should be explained in a footnote. Tables should have no more than 5 columns across.

ILLUSTRATION LEGENDS are also numbered with arabic numerals (Fig 1, Fig 2). Legends should be double spaced. Legends should be sufficiently detailed to allow understanding without reference to the text.

ILLUSTRATIONS should be identified by the author’s name as well as by figure number..

All illustrations submitted must be of professional quality, ready for printing. Maximum width of illustrations after reduction: 6 inches.

If any illustration or table has been previously published, a copy of the letter of PERMISSION to reprint from the copyright holder must accompany the manuscript. The source of the illustration or table should be included in the reference section of the manuscript. The legend should conclude with “Reprinted with permission” followed by the reference number, e.g., “Reprinted with permission.23

Be cautioned not to submit the same illustration or table simultaneously to two publishers on the assumption that one article will publish before the other and that the publisher of the first article will grant permission for reuse of the material. Publication of one article may be delayed unexpectedly, necessitating withdrawal of material from the other article.

Photos and Images

Please include all caption information, along with the proper credit information. Images can be accepted through the editorial manager. The image files must be in JPG, TIF, or EPS formats.

For the best print quality, image resolution needs to be at least 266 pixels/inch. Each image should be at least 4 inches wide. Images inserted into Power Point or Word documents usually cannot be used. The low resolution after file compression will not reproduce well by printing standards.


It is of utmost importance to submit your manuscript to the through the Editorial Manager (, complete with all figures and tables (and written permission to reproduce them when required), by the agreed-upon deadline. This deadline will allow the Guest Editor time to review your manuscript and forward it in time for prompt publication. It will also allow time for any revisions to your manuscript should they be necessary.


The corresponding author is sent first proofs and is asked to proofread them for typographical errors and return them to the publisher within 48 hours. Important changes in data will be accepted, but excessive alterations are not appropriate at the proof stage.


Authors contributing a manuscript do so with the understanding that, once it is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including the right to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusively to the publisher. The author will be asked to sign a copyright release form to this effect.


If you have any specific questions about the content or organization of your article, please contact the Guest Editor. For specific questions on publication procedures, please contact:

Susan D. Hite
Journal Manager
Seminars in Cutaneous Medicine and Surgery
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 6100
Rockville, MD 20852
E-mail: [email protected]

Mary Jo M. Dales
Editorial Director
Frontline Medical Communications
5635 Fishers Lane, Suite 6000
Rockville, MD 20852
E-mail: [email protected]