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Journal of Dermatology Nurses’ Association (JDNA) is the official publication of the Dermatology Nurses’ Association (DNA). JDNA seeks articles related to the practice of dermatology and dermatosurgery. Examples of areas of interest are clinical practice, research, management issues, case studies, professional and patient education, practice issues, ethical and legal topics, holistic health management, alternative therapies, letters to the editor, and book reviews.

Unsolicited manuscripts are welcome. Authors are invited to submit queries, by letter or e-mail, for feedback and advice about potential topics and topic development prior to manuscript submission. All manuscripts undergo blind peer review and a decision regarding publication is generally made within six weeks of submission.

JDNA is a refereed journal; all manuscripts submitted undergo peer review by the Editor and blind reviews by a minimum of 2-3 reviewers from the Editorial Board, Reviewer Panel, or Specially Invited Content Reviewer.

All materials submitted for review must be original and never published before. Any material submitted for review is done with the understanding that it is NOT submitted to any other journal simultaneously.Authors are responsible to notify the editor if data from submitted research has been used in other publications.

Electronic Manuscript Submission

Manuscripts for JDNA may now be submitted via Editorial Manager. Please go to to review instructions and login as an author. If you are unable to submit your manuscript via Editorial manager system, please contact the editor for further instructions. Authors should submit an original copy of the manuscript as well as retain a personal copy of their manuscript and all supporting documents.

Conflicts of Interest and Copyright Transfer Form: Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared.  All sources of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. All relevant conflicts of interest and sources of funding should be included on the title page of the manuscript with the heading “Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding:”. For example:

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: A has received honoraria from Company Z. B is currently receiving a grant (#12345) from Organization Y,  and is on the speaker’s bureau for Organization X – the CME organizers for Company A. For the remaining authors none were declared.

In addition, each author must complete and submit the journal’s copyright transfer agreement, which includes a section on the disclosure of potential conflicts of interest based on the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” ( The form is readily available on the manuscript submission page and can be completed and submitted electronically. Please note that authors may sign the copyright transfer agreement form electronically. For additional information about electronically signing this form, go to

Manuscript Preparation: Manuscripts are typewritten using a 12-font Time New Roman print, double-spaced for 8 ½ by 11 inch paper, with one inch margins. All pages should be double-spaced, including references and figure captions. A checklist for manuscript format is included below. JDNA follows the style of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 7th edition.

1. Title page: Title of manuscript, name of author(s), degree(s) and certifications, authors’ institutional affiliation and professional positions. Give a complete mailing address, business phone number, home phone number, fax number, and e-mail address. You may include a brief acknowledgment of grants or other assistance if applicable.

The title page must also include disclosure of funding received for this work from any organizations such as National Institutes of Health (NIH); Wellcome Trust; Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI); and other(s).

2. Abstract: This page should show the manuscript’s title, but omit the authors’ names. The abstract may have 100 to 200 words, and  should summarize the manuscript purpose, relevance, and essential points of the manuscript. Research abstracts should summarize the research process and findings. No abbreviations, acronyms, footnotes, or references should be used.

3. Text. The first page of the text should use double space format and 1 inch margins. Omit all authors’ names on text pages

4. Headings/subheadings. Organize information under headings and subheadings. Check APA format for headings and subheadings. Do not capitalize subheads.

5. References: Begin the list of references on a new separate page. The style of references is the 6th edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA). References used in the text are cited by author’s name and date of publication in parentheses (Smith, 2000), with page numbers cited for direct quotations. All references cited in the text must be included on the reference list.

Authors are responsible for bibliographic accuracy and must check every reference in manuscript and proofread again in page proofs.

The reference list is double-spaced with the citations arranged alphabetically by first author’s last name. The reference list should include only references cited in the text.

Examples of correct forms of references:

Standard journal article:
Schmelzer, M., Case, P., Chappell, S., & Wright, K. (2000). Colonic cleansing, fluid absorption, and discomfort following tap water and soapsuds enemas. Applied Nursing Research, 13(2), 83–91.

Complete book:
Hickey, J. V., Ouimette, R. M., & Venegoni, S. L. (Eds). (2000). Advanced practice nursing: Changing roles and clinical applications (2nd ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Chapter in a book:
Hixon, M. E. (2000). Professional development: Socialization in advanced practice nursing. In J. V. Hickey, R. M. Ouimette, & S. L. Venegoni (Eds.). Advanced practice nursing: Changing roles and clinical applications (2nd ed.), (pp. 46–65). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

Online (Electronic)document: Follow guidelines at
Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC). (2001). Twinrix®. Combined Hepatitis A and Hepatitis B Vaccine. Retrieved October 30, 2001, from

6. Figures: JDNA encourages the use of figures and quality photographs to illustrate key aspects of your manuscript. Type the figure legend in text as double-spaced. Refer to the figure in the manuscript as part of a sentence "as in Figure 1" or parenthetically at the end of the sentence (Figure 1).

Four Steps for Submitting Artwork

1. Learn about Digital Art creation. Visit
a. Click “For Authors” and go to the Artwork tab.
b. Here you will also find specific Digital-Imaging Software Instructions to help support your efforts to create perfect images the first time.

2.      Create, Scan and Save your artwork according to the Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist.

3.      Compare your final figure to the Target Digital-Imaging Results listed below.

4.      Upload each figure to Editorial Manager in conjunction with your manuscript text and tables.

Digital Artwork Guideline Checklist
Here are the basics to have in place before submitting your digital art to JDNA:

  • Artwork saved as TIFF and EPS files. Do not save TIFFs as compressed files.
  • Artwork created as the actual size (or slightly larger) it will appear in the journal. (To get an idea of the size images should be when they print, study a copy of the journal to which you wish to submit. Measure the artwork typically shown and scale your image to match.)
  • Crop out any white or black space surrounding the image.
  • Text and fonts in any figure are one of the acceptable fonts: Helvetica, Times Roman, Symbol, Mathematical PI, and European PI.
  • Color images are created/scanned and saved and submitted as CMYK only. Do not submit any figures in RGB mode because RGB is the color mode used for screens/monitors and CMYK is the color mode used for print.
  • Line art saved at a resolution of at least 1200 dpi.
  • Images saved at a resolution of at least 300 dpi.
  • Each figure saved as a separate file and saved separately from the accompanying text file.
  • For multi-panel or composite figures only: Any figure with multiple parts should be sent as one file with each part labeled the way it is to appear in print.
  • Remember:
  • Artwork generated from office suite programs such as CorelDRAW, MS Word, Excel, and artwork downloaded from the Internet (JPEG or GIF files) cannot be used because the quality is poor when printed.
  • Cite figures consecutively in your manuscript.
  • Number figures in the figure legend in the order in which they are discussed.
  • Upload figures consecutively to the Editorial Manager web site and number figures consecutively the Description box during upload.
  • All electronic art that cannot be successfully uploaded must be submitted on a 3 1/2-inch high-density disk, a CD-ROM, or an Iomega Zip disk, accompanied by high-resolution laser prints of each image.

7. Tables: Tables are consecutively numbered, self-explanatory, typed double-spaced with each one on a separate page, and headed by a brief, but descriptive title. Refer to tables using the same method as referring to figures. Each table appears on a separate page after the references.

8. Permissions and Consents: Figures, tables, or quotations must be fully identified with their original author and source. If text material totaling 75 words or more is borrowed, written permission must be obtained for use of the material. Letters granting this permission must be submitted with the manuscript.

9.  Authorship: Each person listed as an author is expected to have participated in the study and contributed to the development of the manuscript to a significant extent. A summary of each author's contributions must be listed on the title page. The journal uses the criteria for authorship established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship may be recognized in an acknowledgement statement that will appear at the end of the manuscript.
For helpful examples of author and contributor roles see

10.  Guidelines for reporting research:
We support the use of appropriate guidelines for reporting health research. Please consult the EQUATOR Network ( for more specific information. Follow the most current version of the guidelines available for  your manuscript type.  All authors of research articles must include information on oversight by an appropriate institutional review board, including decisions on, and use of, informed consent of subjects.

  • Parallel Group Randomized Trials: Use the CONSORT guidelines to report experimental research and include the trial registration number ( Note that there are supporting files for extensions of the CONSORT guidelines to address specific issues in other types of experimental design, such as trials assessing non-pharmacologic treatments, which may be more appropriate to reporting your study.

  • Quality Improvement Research: Quality improvement research must be clearly differentiated from experimental design. The appropriate guideline for reporting a QI research project is the SQUIRE guidelines (
  • Statistical Reporting Guidelines: A useful guide for reporting statistical analysis and methods in research can also be found on the EQUATOR Network. The SAMPL Guidelines cover most types of statistics and methods used in quantitative research. (
  • Systematic reviews either with or without meta-analysis: A systematic approach to finding relevant studies, for example the PRISMA Statement (, the Joanna Briggs Institute ( or the Cochrane Collaboration (, should be used as a guideline for reporting reviews. Authors should clearly describe the system they used to assure they have produced an unbiased review, including search strategies, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and evaluation of the strength of the reported research. Lengthy tables reporting study findings should be included as online supporting information.

Checklist for Authors

  • _____Abstract (100-200 words)
  • _____Title page (include article title, author’s names, credentials, professional position, workplace, mailing address, home and work telephone numbers, fax number, and email address).
  • _____Article text (double-spaced throughout, 1 inch margins and headings)
  • _____References (double spaced, APA style) Authors are responsible for bibliographic accuracy and must check every reference in manuscript and proofread again in page proofs.
  • _____Tables, figures, illustrations, photographs
  • _____Permission to reproduce previously published material or photographs

Queries should be sent to: Journal of Dermatology Nurses’ Association
Melissa Derby
Managing Editor

E-mail: [email protected]

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