Guidelines for authors

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Are you interested in writing for us?

DermNet New Zealand is always looking for potential authors to write on new topics. Interested potential authors should initially contact Founder and Editor in Chief of DermNet NZ Amanda Oakley via the DermNet NZ contact form.

Potential authors interested in writing a new page are generally asked to write a topic page on either a disease or condition, or a treatment, product or procedure. These types of pages tend to follow a particular structure. Alternatively, interested authors are welcome to send an abstract of their intended manuscript or list of proposed subheadings to obtain a view from the Editor in Chief about the suitability of their paper for submission. Our Editors will do a quick review (not peer review) of your paper and advise if they believe it is appropriate for DermNet NZ.

The typical reader of DermNet NZ is a dermatology trainee, medical student, consultant in a hurry, or a general practitioner. However, health-literate patients and school students are also important groups for DermNet NZ. This affects our house style and how you should write your article.

Preparing a new article for DermNet NZ

A few specific style points


Figures and tables

The issue of authorship

Authorship is important in medical publishing as authorship confers credit and can have important academic, social and/or financial implications. Authorship also implies responsibility and accountability for published work. As DermNet NZ aims to follow the established international guidelines and recommendations in the medical publishing field, it considers authorship credit to be based on:

  1. Substantial contributions to work;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; and
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, 3, and 4.

All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

Change of author affiliation

If an author changes affiliation before their submitted work is published on DermNet NZ, DermNet NZ considers that their affiliation should reflect where the major part of the work was done.

Manuscript submission

Publication process

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