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Author Guidelines

1. Sending the Article

All articles will be accompanied by the signed Conflict of Interests and Copyright statement which can be returned by fax or e-mail (as scanned documents). All the responsibility for the originality of the sent material belongs to the author(s) alone. The articles can be sent to the following the instructions on www.rojced.com.

Each article will be evaluated by the peer-review committee composed of two independent peer- reviewers, in a blinded fashion, according to the peer-review protocol.

2. Articles sent for publishing

The Romanian Journal of Experimental and Clinical Dermatology publishes:

- original articles; - reviews;
- case reports;
- perspectives;

- consensus declaration coming from an association or from a group of specialists;

- letters to the editor.

There are no length limits for all articles except for letters to the editor which can have a maximum of 2500 characters without spaces. Letters to the editor can be related to an article already published in the journal or it can represent original scientific contributions or events news/presentations etc. of interest for the reader.

If, following the peer-review process, the article requires only minor changes then the manuscript is accepted for publication in its revised form without further input from the author. In case the changes are considered more important (scientific errors or an incorrect use of the language that can affect the quality of the scientific message) the author will be contacted by a member of the editorial committee and it will only be published after he approves the changes considered necessary by the peer reviewers. In some cases, based on the written approval of the author(s), the peer-reviewers and the chief-editor or the publisher the article may be published alongside the comments of the reviewer(s).

3. Authors

Each author must be able to prove his active participation in the study by contributing to the concept, protocol, data gathering or analysis, their interpretation or by critically revising the manuscript. The approval of each author must be sent alongside the article. Any other persons who have contributed to the paper, like study participants or colleagues, will be mentioned in the “Contribution” section.

4. Permissions and Ethics

For citations, tables, figures etc. which are not original, these must be accompanied by the written permission for their use and the full reference. Photographs of identifiable persons must be sent alongside the written permission of the person(s) and all regions that may allow the identification of the subject must be covered.

The author must have obtained, for all studies including human subjects, the permission of the subjects to be part of the study whilst keeping their anonymity. By sending the article, the author declares that he obtained this permission from all his subjects. All studies must respect the Helsinki Declaration (1975).

For human and animal studies, the authors must have obtained the approval of the ethics committee from the University/Institute/etc. where the study was done.

5. Writing the article

The article must be written in conformity with the general recommendations of the ICMJE (www.icmje.org). The journal publishes articles written in English or Romanian, written using the special characters used in each language. The articles must be sent either as a Microsoft Word 2000 document (*.doc) or as a Microsoft Word 2003 document (*.docx). The articles will be written using a size 12 for the characters, single spaced between paragraphs. The manuscript must be sent in its final form. The pages will be numbered with the manuscript containing the following sections: Title, Authors, Author Affiliation(s), complete physical and e-mail address of the corresponding author as well as his/hers phone and fax number (on page one of the article), Abstract, Keywords, the text of article, thanks and/ or contributions, Funding Acknowledgements, Bibliography, the figure(s) and the table(s) legend. The author(s) assume full responsibility that the electronic document represents the entire article as mentioned before and that it is correct at the moment it was sent, after revisal and after acceptance.

A. The Title of the manuscript will have a maximum of 100 characters without spaces and will represent the main idea of the article.

B. The author(s) will send their full name(s) and surname(s), the highest academic position, their full tittles, their affiliations and the city and country of residence at the moment the manuscript was written. The corresponding author will mention his/ hers complete physical and e-mail address as well as his/hers phone and fax number. Each article can have a maximum of 12 authors with the exception of the letters to the editor which can have at most 5 authors and consensus declaration which have no author limit.

C. Abstracts and Keywords. Each article must have a bilingual abstract (English and Romanian). The abstracts can have at most 1000 characters without spaces and will include:

Introduction - the presentation of the most important aspects in the studied field as to sustain the hypothesis and the objective of the study, as well as the reason(s) for which the study was done;

Methods - the presentation of the main methods used and the type of study (clinical study, experimental study, meta-analysis);

Results - the most important results of the study;

Discussion - the significance of the results with an emphasis on the new discovery(ies).

For case presentations we recommend that the authors first describe the initial condition of the patient, followed by the clinical and laboratory exams, the discussion of the differential diagnosis and treatment. The case report should end with the presentation of the evolution of the patient from admission until the last contact.

For reviews and consensus declarations the abstract will contain a general description of the article contents. Letters to the editor and Perspective articles must not be accompanied by an abstract.

For each article (including perspectives) the authors must mention 3-5 keywords which will be used for indexing.

D. Abbreviations. Abbreviations are not accepted in the title or the abstracts. Measure Units will be expressed according to the International System. In the text, authors can use only standard abbreviations. All abbreviations must be explained at their first use in the text.

E. The Article Text

For original articles:

Introduction - a presentation of the most important aspects in the studied domain without doing a review of the literature. The purpose of this part is to present and backup the hypothesis on which the study was based.

Methods - this section will include all required information so that the reader can verify the validity of the study including, but not limited to, subjects, measurements, statistics and ethics.

Results - the results of the study will be presented in a descending order of importance. An interpretation of the results will not be done in this section.

Discussion - the authors will present the way the results backup the original hypothesis, as well as the way in which the results are backed up or contradicted

by the published literature. A paragraph must be dedicated to presenting the limitations of the study and another one must represent a conclusion in which the authors can present their personal opinion backed up by the study results and/or the literature.

For all other types of articles we recommend the use of a clear structure based on sections and sub- sections.

6. Bibliography

The references will be written using the Vancouver style. The references will be numbered, in the order they appear in the text as such: (1). All sources found in the text must be present in the bibliography and all the papers mentioned in the bibliography must appear in the text. All journals will be abbreviated according to international standards. Information obtained from sources which are not published yet, but are accepted for publishing will include at the end of the reference the mention “in print” between round parentheses. If the cited results have not been published yet the mention will be “personal communication” written in the text of the article between round parentheses. Only references read by the authors of the article will be cited.

An original article will have at most 50 references, a review will have at most 100 references, a letter to the editor 5 references, whilst all other types of articles will have the minimum number of references required.

Examples of correct citations:

- For journals: author(s), article title, abbreviated name of the journal, year, volume, number, first and last page. Example:

Skalsky K, Yahav D, Bishara J, Pitlik S, Leibovici L, Paul M. Treatment of human brucellosis: systematic review and meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials. BMJ. 2008; 336(7646):701-4.

For articles which aren’t published in print yet (example):

Evans JD, Gomez DR, Chang JY, Gladish GW, Erasmus JJ, Rebueno N, Banchs J, Komaki R, Welsh JW. Cardiac 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake on positron emission tomography after thoracic stereotactic body radiation therapy. Radiother Oncol. 2013 Sep 6. [Epub ahead of print] http://dx.doi. org/10.1016/j.radonc.2013.07.021

- For books: author(s), title, city, publishing house, year. Example:

Cheers B, Darracott R, Lonne B. Social care practice in rural communities. Sydney: The Federation Press; 2007.

- For book chapters: chapter author(s), chapter name, editor(s), book name, edition, city, publishing house, year. Example:

Rowlands TE, Haine LS. Acute limb ischaemia. In: Donnelly R, London NJM, editors. ABC of arterial and venous disease. 2nd ed. West Sussex: Blackwell Publishing; 2009.

- For websites: Author(s) (if known). Webpage name [internet]. Year [date of last change, date of citation]. Exact web address. Example:

Atherton, J. Behavior modification [Internet]. 2010 [updated 2010 Feb 10; cited 2010 Apr 10]. Available from: http://www.learningandteaching. info /learning/behaviour_mod.htm

The references will be placed in the text in the following way: “leading to lymphocytosis (1).”

7. Figures, Images, Tables

Figures and Images will be drawn professionally and sent in separate file(s) as jpeg, tiff or png files at a quality of a minimum of 300 dpi. In the text, each figure must be represented by a number, a title and a description. The authors will indicate where should the figure be placed in the text. All images or figures must come from the author’s personal collection or the author must have rights to publish the image or figure. We do not accept images or figures taken from the Internet.

Tables will be included in the text and each table will have a number and a short description if required.

8. Ownership Rights

By sending the article for publication the author(s):

- take full responsibility for the scientific content of the text and for the accuracy of the send data;

- become (co)author(s) of the manuscript (all further plagiarism accusation are addressed solely to the author(s) who signed the manuscript);

- declare they are the rightful owners of the images, figures and/or information sent for publishing and that they have the permission to publish all the materials for which they do not own the intellectual property rights;

- declare that the message/content of the manuscript is not influenced in anyway by commercial interests/previous engagements/any sort of relations with other people or companies;

- transfer all rights for the manuscript to Media System Communications.

- declare that there has been no ghostwriting (there are no other authors except the ones mentioned here).

The article will be publically available under a CC BY-NC license (Licensees may copy, distribute, display and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only if they give the author or licensor the credits in the manner specified by these; Licensees may copy, distribute, display, and perform the work and make derivative works based on it only for noncommercial purposes).

9. Scientific misconduct

Scientific misconduct is the violation of the standard codes of scholarly conduct and ethical behavior in professional scientific research. In accordance with the COPE definition, scientific misconduct can also be defined as:

- Intention or gross negligence leading to fabrication of the scientific message or a false credit or emphasis given to a scientist (Danish definition);

- Intentional distortion of the research process by fabrication of data, text, hypothesis, or methods from another researcher’s manuscript form or publication; or distortion of the research process in other ways (Swedish definition).

The journal and its editors will retract a publication if there is clear evidence that the findings are unreliable, either as a result of misconduct (e.g. data fabrication) or honest error (e.g. miscalculation or experimental error). Retraction is also appropriate in cases of redundant publication, plagiarism and unethical research.

The journal and its editors will issue an expression of concern if they receive inconclusive evidence of research or publication misconduct by the authors, there is evidence that the findings are unreliable but the authors’ institution will not investigate the case, they believe that an investigation into alleged misconduct related to the publication either has not been, or would not be, fair and impartial or conclusive, or an investigation is underway but a judgment will not be available for a considerable time.

The journal and its editors issue a correction if a small portion of an otherwise reliable publication proves to be misleading (especially because of honest error), or the author / contributor list is incorrect (i.e. a deserving author has been omitted or somebody who does not meet authorship criteria has been included).

For any other forms of scientific misconduct not specified here, the journal and its editors will follow the COPE and the ICMJE rules and regulations.

10. Other

Previously mentioned limitations can be ignored in special cases with the agreement of the chief-editor and/or the publisher.

All published materials cannot be returned. The editorial office reserves the right to republish the materials in any journals/magazines.

The official recommendations for medical journals can be consulted at : www.icmje.org.

Not taking into consideration the recommendations mentioned before can lead to delay in publishing the materials or may lead to not publishing the article.

 

 

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. The author profile is completed or updated.
 

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