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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.
  • 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).
  • Letter to the Editor
  • Abstract (Not more than 250 words), structured
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • 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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • Images and tables (clear and not more than six), after the references

Author Guidelines

Online submission at Authors will need to be registered both as author and reviewer on this platform.

Research papers should be composed of the following in that order, clearly typed in double space:

  1. Title, which should be short and specific.
  2. Full names of all the authors, qualifications and affiliations of each, and full address of each author. (Qualifications of are only required for purposes of Editor’s use and not for publication).
  • Name and address of the corresponding author and his/her phone/fax numbers (home and office).
  1. Sources of financial support, if any.
  2. Abstract: Each article must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 250 words typed double – spaced on a separate sheet of paper. Abstracts of paper submitted for publication should be organized as follows:

                Background: What is the major problem that prompted the study?

                Objective: What is the purpose of the study?

                Methods: How was the study done?

                Results: What is the most important finding?

                Conclusion: What is the single most important conclusion?

  1. Acknowledgements, placed immediately after the next, and before the references
  • References must be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numbers in order of their mention. The reference list should be typed at the end of the text in numeric sequence. The format should conform to the Vancouver style. BMJ 1991; 302: 338-41, N Engl J Med 1991; 234: 424-8. Journal title should conform to the abbreviations in Index Medicus. Examples of references (list all authors, however, if the number is more than six, list six followed by et al).
  1. For Journal Articles:
    1. Olumide YM. Abuse of topical corticosteroids in Nigeria. Niger Med Pract. 1986;11:7–13
    2. Morar N, Dlova NC, Gupta AK, Aboobaker J. Tinea Capitis in Kwa-Zulu Natal, South Africa. Pediatr Dermatol. 2004 Jul;21(4):444–7
  2. Citation of Books

Ole Fijerskov, Firoze Manji and Vibeke Baellum, eds. Dental fluorosis Handbook for health workers. Copenhagen: Munksgaard, 1988 p.

  1. Citation of chapters in books

Same as (B) above.

  1. References

In the body of text should be chronological order and identified by superscript for example

  1. Figures, Charts and Pictures

Figure legends and tables should be professionally done. Tables/charts should be in black and white 100mm (minimum) and 175mm (maximum). Digital pictures submitted should be in jpeg or bitmap format and not less than 300dpi resolution. Unclear and blurred pictures will be rejected. The publisher also reserves the right to convert coloured plates to grayscale where necessary.

XIII. Short Communications

This should possess all the elements of scientific communication as research papers, but without abstract and subheadings and with not more than 600 words and eight references.

Review Articles

A major didactic article that clarifies and summarizes the exhaustive review of the literature on a subject, not more than 4500 words. It should be accompanied by a structured abstract of not more than 300 words consisting of Background, objectives, methods, results and conclussion. References should not exceed 60 in number except by discussion with the editor. We encourage the use of PRISMA and other standard tools for this. The Editor in Chief can also invite authors for this section.

4 - 8 keywords are required.


An original article of a scientific reseach which may be clinical sciences or basic medical sciences. It must include Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussions, Comments and References. A structured abstract of not more than 300 words and keywords must be included.

This may be retrospective or prospective.

Case reports and series

Case Reports: Brief individual cases of unusual interest or rare ones. This is must have learning points and for the purpose of documenting occurrence. It must be scientific and not more than 2,000 words. It should unstructured abstract and 4 - 6 key words.


A report of 400 – 800 words, illustrated by not more than three illustrations and eight references. This category offers a means for rapid communication about a single subject.


Letters to the editor and short notes. Contributions should not exceed 600 words, two figures and 10 references.


This is mainly pictorial and can include quizz for learning purposes.

Conference Proceedings

Reports of Conferences and Programmes by the Nigerian Association of Dermatologists and the affiliates including Abstracts


This include relevant scientific news, association news, conference proceedings and pictures. This can be with pictures. This will be as brief as possible and preferable in pictures.

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