The IJWD (website: www.wdsijwd.org) publishes articles pertaining to dermatologic medical, surgical and cosmetic issues faced by female patients and their families. We are interested in original research articles, review articles, unusual case reports, new treatments, clinical trials, education, mentorship and viewpoint articles. Very important articles will have accompanying editorials. Topics which our subsections editors look forward to welcoming include:
- Women's Health
- Oncology, Surgery and Aesthetics
- Pediatric Dermatology
- Medical Dermatology
Articles dealing with ethical issues in dermatology and medical legal scenarios are also welcome. We aim for rapid peer review from the academic leadership of the WDS as well as experts throughout the world. We will have open access of the accepted peer-reviewed articles even before the final proofs are compiled, allowing the work to be available as soon as possible. We cater to an audience of dermatologists, scientists, educational experts, family practitioners, pediatricians, gynecologists and obstetricians, plastic surgeons, rheumatologists, internists, family physicians and pharmacologists.
International Journal of Women's Dermatology is a refereed journal designed to meet the continuing education needs of the Women's Dermatology Society members and the entire dermatologic community. The Journal bases its policies on the guidelines set forth by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (http://www.icmje.org/).
Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications herein are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the Editor(s), Publisher, or Women's Dermatology Society (WDS). The Editor(s), Publisher, and WDS disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material and do not guarantee, warrant, or endorse any products or services advertised in this publication, nor do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such products or services.
Contact Details for Submission
Jenny Murase, M.D.
University of California at San Francisco & Palo Alto Foundation Medical Group, Mountain View, California, USA
Dedee Murrell MA, BMBCh, MD, FACD
St George Hospital, University of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Neil Sadick, MD.
Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, New York, USA
Jennifer Ehrhardt, Managing Editor
3251 Riverport Lane
Maryland Heights, MO 63043
Women’s Health Highlight
This signature article, featured as the first article in each issue of IJWD, is a report, review, or study on a topic related broadly to women's health with relevance across the disciplines of medicine. This article should focus on the dermatologic health of women and their families that would appeal to broad audiences around the world. There is an accompanying Patient Page for each Women's Health Highlight that provides information that can be utilized by patients, summarizing the salient points of this signature article.
A report of a study, written by the researchers describing the research or hypothesis, and containing all the back-up information and data to support it.
A current review of a disease or treatment as it relates to women and their families. A structured abstract and highlights should be included.
Manuscripts submitted as a Women's Health Highlight, Original Research, and Review articles should contain an Abstract, be no longer than 3,000 words and up to 8 tables/graphs. There is no limit on references.
Art of Prevention
This signature article aims to help dermatologists in clinical practice by providing information to clinicians on optimal ways to provide preventative medical care. This may include explanation of time tested "preventative tools," clinical diagnostic pearls, and practical interventions. The AOP series provides a collaborative avenue for fellow clinicians to present and explore the practicalities in dermatologic care that impact women and their families.
Manuscripts submitted for the Art of Prevention series should contain an Abstract, be no longer than 1,500 words and up to 4 tables/graphs. There is no limit on references.
Cases, Pearls, and Research Letters
Case Letters highlight a case of interest to the dermatologic community with an important diagnostic or therapeutic challenge.
Research Letters contain an interesting new treatment or unusual diagnosis, related to dermatologic issues regarding women and their families. Articles about historical women in medicine or historical accounts of the diagnosis or management of dermatologic disease would be appropriate for this category.
Pearls consist of short articles which describe a novel treatment/technique for an existing skin problem or an existing treatment with a novel application to a skin problem. We are particularly interested in practical therapeutic pearls for common dermatological diseases that affect women and their families.
Submissions should be structured with the following subheadings:
- Clinical problem
- Therapeutic solution
Manuscripts submitted as Pearls, Case Letters and Research Letters should be up to 500 words, 2 figures/tables, and up to 5 references and not contain an Abstract. Letters should begin as Dear Editors, read like a letter and not contain headings.
Two types of submissions are welcomed:
- Short case-based articles
- Dermatoethics consultation requests, in which authors can submit short cases or scenarios for commentary and analysis
Images in Women’s Dermatology
Manuscripts submitted for the Images in Women's Dermatology series should contain the following elements:
- Case summary no more than 150 words
- "What is your diagnosis?" with 5 single-phrase diagnosis options and a single best answer choice
- Discussion of no more than 450 words
- Up to 2 additional multiple choice questions following the discussion (ie "What is the next best step in management?", "What are you most likely to see on pathology?")
Brief, provocative, opinionated communications regarding dermatologic issues for female patients or their families are encouraged. We are specifically interested in ethical issues that impact dermatologists and their patients.
Letter to the Editor
Letters commenting on material previously published in the Journal will be considered.
Articles should be submitted under one of the following sections:
- Pregnancy Issues
- Endocrine Disorders including Menopause and their impact on the skin
- Aging Considerations in Female Skin
- Vulvar Disorders
- Diseases of the Female Breast
- Acne and Rosacea in Women
- Inflammatory Issues in Women (Psoriasis, Atopic Dermatitis, Contact Dermatitis)
- Collagen Vascular Diseases that Impact the Skin of Women
- Blistering Diseases in Women
- Tropical Diseases and Infectious Cutaneous Diseases in Women
- Skin of Color Issues Including Pigmentary Disorders, such as Vitiligo
- Hair Issues and Alopecia in Female Patients
- Nail Issues of Female Patients
- Psychodermatology Issues in Women
Oncology, Surgery, and Aesthetics
- Skin Cancer and Surgical Issues of Female Patients
- Lymphoma and Melanoma
- Pigmented Lesions in Women, Dermoscopy, Confocal
- Cosmetic Issues and Lasers for Women
- Surgical Issues in our Children
- Impact of Pediatric Dermatologic Issues on the Family
- Genetic Conditions Passed on by Mothers
Therapeutics Relevant to Females
- Clinical Trials of Dermatologic Products Used in Female Patients
- Women's Health Therapeutics - Drug Use in Women During Adolescence, Pregnancy, Lactation, Etc.
Workforce Issues Relevant to Women in Dermatology
- Mentoring Section - Dealing with Working Moms, Time Management, Life Balancing Issues
Ethics Medical-Legal Literary
- Articles profiling WDS leaders or impactful female dermatologists
- Historical pieces
- Report on WDS Sponsored Research Projects, WDS Meeting Reports and Presentation Abstracts
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If the work involves the use of human subjects, the author should ensure that the work described has been carried out in accordance with The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) for experiments involving humans. The manuscript should be in line with the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and aim for the inclusion of representative human populations (sex, age and ethnicity) as per those recommendations. The terms sex and gender should be used correctly.
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Most Elsevier journals have their reference template available in many of the most popular reference management software products. These include all products that support Citation Style Language styles, such as Mendeley. Using citation plug-ins from these products, authors only need to select the appropriate journal template when preparing their article, after which citations and bibliographies will be automatically formatted in the journal's style. If no template is yet available for this journal, please follow the format of the sample references and citations as shown in this Guide. If you use reference management software, please ensure that you remove all field codes before submitting the electronic manuscript. More information on how to remove field codes from different reference management software.
Users of Mendeley Desktop can easily install the reference style for this journal by clicking the following link:
When preparing your manuscript, you will then be able to select this style using the Mendeley plug-ins for Microsoft Word or LibreOffice.
Text: All citations in the text should refer to:
1. Single author: the author's name (without initials, unless there is ambiguity) and the year of publication;
2. Two authors: both authors' names and the year of publication;
3. Three or more authors: first author's name followed by 'et al.' and the year of publication.
Citations may be made directly (or parenthetically). Groups of references can be listed either first alphabetically, then chronologically, or vice versa.
Examples: 'as demonstrated (Allan, 2000a, 2000b, 1999; Allan and Jones, 1999)…. Or, as demonstrated (Jones, 1999; Allan, 2000)… Kramer et al. (2010) have recently shown …'
List: References should be arranged first alphabetically and then further sorted chronologically if necessary. More than one reference from the same author(s) in the same year must be identified by the letters 'a', 'b', 'c', etc., placed after the year of publication.
Reference to a journal publication:
Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2010;163:51–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.Sc.2010.00372.
Reference to a journal publication with an article number:
Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. Heliyon. 2018;19:e00205. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.heliyon.2018.e00205.
Reference to a book:
Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 4th ed. New York: Longman; 2000.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age. New York: E-Publishing Inc; 2009. p. 281–304.
Reference to a website:
Cancer Research UK, Cancer statistics reports for the UK. http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/, 2003 (accessed 13 March 2003).
Reference to a dataset:
[dataset] Oguro M, Imahiro S, Saito S, Nakashizuka T. Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1; 2015. https://doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.
Note shortened form for last page number. e.g., 51–9, and that for more than 6 authors the first 6 should be listed followed by "et al." For further details you are referred to "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" (J Am Med Assoc 1997;277:927–34) (see also Samples of Formatted References).
Journal abbreviations source
Journal names should be abbreviated according to the List of Title Word Abbreviations.
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