Information for Authors

The Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society (JPDS) is the official publication of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS). The JPDS, first published in 1991, is designed to meet the continuing education needs of the PDS members and the medical community. The JPDS is issued bi-annually to the PDS members and considers original articles related to dermatology for publication. The JPDS also considers studies conducted in the Philippines that have been published in other scientific journals, in either their original or modified or abstract form, with the written permission of the publisher and principal author. The online journal can be accessed at https://journal.pds.org.ph/.

A submitted manuscript is evaluated by a member of the editorial staff, in terms of content, flow of ideas and the format of the different parts of the manuscript (from title to the reference section). The editors shall check the manuscript and when necessary, shall be sent back to the author(s) for revisions. Once approved, the article shall be sent to at least two (2) peer reviewers who shall comment on the scientific accuracy and relevance of the manuscript. Each peer reviewer shall fill out a form where he/she writes his/her comments and suggestions, and states if the article is acceptable for publication, acceptable with revisions, or unacceptable for publication. The comments of the reviewer will be sent to the author(s) who, in turn, will be required to submit a written answer to the questions of, or address the concerns of the reviewer point by point, as well as revise the paper accordingly. In case the reviewer writes a commentary that the editors consider worth publishing, the commentary is shown to the author(s); and, if the author(s) and reviewer(s) mutually agree to publish the comments, it will be printed at the end of the article. A request to submit a revised document does not guarantee that it will be accepted, only that it will be reconsidered, if the necessary data have been added, all comments have been addressed and when deemed necessary, after additional peer review. The final decision to publish a manuscript is made by the editor-in-chief after consulting the editorial board. The manuscript will be reviewed by a copy editor after it has been approved for publication. The editor-in-chief communicates with the editorial adviser for any problems or concerns that may arise during the editorial process.

Contributions are reviewed by peers selected by the Editorial Board, composed of fellows of the PDS and international experts in their field of (sub) specialty.

The JPDS employs a confidential and anonymous peer review process. The author(s) may suggest reviewers for their manuscript and the Editorial Board will attempt to use at least one suggested reviewer.

Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications published are those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of the editor(s) or of the PDS.

The following sections are features of the journal:

Editorial: Brief, substantiated commentaries on limited⦁ Editorial: Brief, substantiated commentaries on limitedsubjects.

Let’s Hear From A Colleague: Contributions from members ⦁ Let’s Hear From A Colleague: Contributions from members of the PDS or other health professionals that provide updates on specific topics relevant to dermatologists

ABC’s (Application of Basic Concepts) in Dermatology Research:  Contains an overview of unique and basic concepts in research and how they can be applied properly in the field of dermatology. ⦁ Systematic Review/Meta-analysis/Current Evidence: Current evidence is a summary of systematically searched and appraised current evidence regarding focused problems or questions. A systematic review answers a defined research question by collecting and summarizing all empirical evidence that fits pre-specified eligibigility criteria. A meta-analysis is the use of statistical methods to summarize the results of these studies. ⦁ Clinical Trials/Experimental Research: Original, in-depth clinical or investigative laboratory research articles.

Observational Studies: Original, in-depth observational studies such as cohort, case-control, cross-sectional research

Case Reports/Case Series: In depth reports of individual patient or series of patients that are of unusual interest.

What lies beneath: Pearls in Dermatopathology and Dermoscopy: Clinical, histopathological and dermoscopic correlation of rare diseases.

Tropical Grove: Case reports on rare tropical diseases such as deep fungal infections, cutaneous tuberculosis, Hansen’s disease, parasitic infections, bites and stings.

Brief communications: Brief descriptions of case reports or clinical observations of unusual interest. Maximum of four double-spaced typewritten pages, maximum of two figures. No abstract.

Announcements/Schedules of meetings: Announcements of ongoing and future PDS activities, such as continuing medical education, board examination schedules, conventions (local and international).

Figure 1. Flow diagram of the editorial process.

*The submitted manuscript should be accompanied by a submission or cover letter from the corresponding author. The cover letter should contain a statement that the manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors. If the author is a resident physician, the supervising consultant must also read and approve the manuscript, as indicated by his/her signature in the submission letter. The cover letter should also contain additional information that may be helpful to the editors, such as the type of article that the manuscript represents in the journal, information on publication of any part of the manuscript, and whether the authors will be willing to meet the cost of reproducing additional color illustrations. The corresponding author should also send authorization/permission needed to reproduce published material or to use figures of identifiable subjects.

Author Guidelines

JPDS Conflict of Interest Disclosure Statement Form

JPDS Authorship Affirmation

JPDS Consent Form

JPDS Manuscript Submission Checklist

JPDS Authorship Guidelines

JPDS Contributors Form

What People Are Saying

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JPDS

"Never did I doubt in my heart that the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society (JPDS) would be beautifully successful. As the official publication of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), the JPDS is designed to meet the continuing education needs of the PDS members and the medical community. Now that the JPDS is going online, more dermatologists will benefit…around the world!

Congratulations to PDS!  To Dr. Johannes Dayrit (Editor-in-chief) and to the JPDS editorial board and staff, you worked really hard for this, and now that you finally got it, please accept my heartiest congratulations. You all made me and the PDS members so proud."

Evangeline B. Handog, MD, FPDS
First Woman President, International Society of Dermatology (2013-2017)
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Dermatology
Active Consultant, Dept. of Dermatology, Asian Hospital and Medical Center
Volunteer Consultant, Dept. of Dermatology, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

Congratulations on this achievement!

"The JPDS to reach the level of accessibility over the internet accords great prestige and merit to our society and members. We can now lay claim that the Philippine Dermatological Society through this online journal has embedded us in academic and research infrastructure.

Congratulations on this achievement!  Together with the diligence and perseverance of the peers before them, the JPDS team led by our dashing Dr. Johann Dayrit, has solidified years of hard work to reach this pinnacle of excellence. We are now at the forefront of sharing knowledge and information, characteristics of a maturing scientific commune of dermatologists."

Ma. Purita (Peachy) Paz - Lao MD FPDS
Vice-President, Philippine Dermatological Society

Congratulations to Editor Johannes Dayrit and his team for making the dream come true!

"I learned dermatology in the U.S. and from teachers and mentors in other countries. So I dreamed that one day we PDS dermatologists would share real-world experiences, research done on our diverse skin types and medicines derived from our vast natural resources.

This launch provides a more immediate, accessible, and impactful way to reach a far wider audience. In this way the PDS DermAuthority can also teach, mentor and help shape dermatology better than ever before. Congratulations to Editor Johannes Dayrit and his team for making the dream come true!"

Vermén M. Verallo-Rowell, MD, FPDS, FAAD
Chair, Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc.
Program Director, VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics

Thumbs up to the digitalization of the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society!

"This will certainly make the journals more accessible and increase readership both locally and internationally. Looking forward to seeing the journal in e-print!"

Joyce Lee, MD
Senior Consultant Dermatologist
Head, Dermatopathology and Laboratories Division
Head, Hair and Nail subspecialty
National Skin Centre, Singapore

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

These legendary rhymes by Robert Frost behoove the progressionist approach and perseverant hard work of Dr Johannes Dayrit (Chief Editor) and his dedicated Editorial team of the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society (JDPS).

Following the digitalization of the journal, this 27-year-old beginning is all set to become a globally acclaimed phenomenon that shall not only widen readership and enhance citations, but will soon make JDPS as one of the most sought-after journals for aspiring authors across the world. The state-of-the-art publications by the members of the PDS in top Dermatology Journals is itself a testimony to the academic riches of our esteemed colleagues from Philippines.

I take pride in announcing that I am immediately submitting one of my favorite case reports to JDPS. My best to the entire team.

DR SIDHARTH SONTHALIA
MD, DNB, MNAMS, FISD

Congratulations to the Philippine Dermatological Society and to the editorial board and staff for the launching of JPDS online!

Dr. Flora Xiang MD, PhD
President, Asian Society of Pigment Cell Research
Vice-President, Chinese Dermatological Association

Congratulations to the Philippines Dermatological Society on the launch of the online version of its journal.

 This is an important milestone as it will allow publications in the journal to be accessible to a worldwide audience. I hope authors will avail the opportunity this provides to develop academic links with the global community.

Prof M Ramam
President, Dermatopathology Society of India; Emeritus Editor, Indian Journal of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprology

It is a great pleasure to send a congratulatory message to the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society.

I have been associated with the PDS through International Society of Dermatology and the Asian Society for Pigment Cell Research.  I have visited several hospitals in the Philippines and interacted  with many Filipino dermatologists. I  am  aware  of  the  high  standard  of  dermatology  training  and increased emphasis on dermatology  research in the Philippines.  A robust, scientific dermatology journal  is  essential  for  the  progress  of  the  discipline  of  dermatology  in a country. The Journal of the PDS is serving that goal well.  The  Previous  Editors  and current Editor in Chief  have  contributed a  lot  to  uplift  the  standard of  the journal.  JPDS  has reached another  milestone in digitalizing  the  journal  and  making  it  more  easily  accessible to  the  readers.  Getting accredited by  the  Western Pacific Rim Index Medicus  is another progressive  step.

I congratulate  the Editorial Team  of  the  JPDS.  I  hope  that  the journal  will  reach new  heights in the  coming  years!

Clinical Professor Prasad Kumarasinghe, MBBS, MD, FCCP, FAMS, FACD

Consultant Dermatologist

Fiona Stanley Hospital and University of Western Australia

Perth

Australia

CONGRATULATIONS TO THE JPDS

"Never did I doubt in my heart that the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society (JPDS) would be beautifully successful. As the official publication of the Philippine Dermatological Society (PDS), the JPDS is designed to meet the continuing education needs of the PDS members and the medical community. Now that the JPDS is going online, more dermatologists will benefit…around the world!

Congratulations to PDS!  To Dr. Johannes Dayrit (Editor-in-chief) and to the JPDS editorial board and staff, you worked really hard for this, and now that you finally got it, please accept my heartiest congratulations. You all made me and the PDS members so proud."

Evangeline B. Handog, MD, FPDS
First Woman President, International Society of Dermatology (2013-2017)
Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Dermatology
Active Consultant, Dept. of Dermatology, Asian Hospital and Medical Center
Volunteer Consultant, Dept. of Dermatology, Research Institute for Tropical Medicine

Congratulations on this achievement!

"The JPDS to reach the level of accessibility over the internet accords great prestige and merit to our society and members. We can now lay claim that the Philippine Dermatological Society through this online journal has embedded us in academic and research infrastructure.

Congratulations on this achievement!  Together with the diligence and perseverance of the peers before them, the JPDS team led by our dashing Dr. Johann Dayrit, has solidified years of hard work to reach this pinnacle of excellence. We are now at the forefront of sharing knowledge and information, characteristics of a maturing scientific commune of dermatologists."

Ma. Purita (Peachy) Paz - Lao MD FPDS
Vice-President, Philippine Dermatological Society

Congratulations to Editor Johannes Dayrit and his team for making the dream come true!

"I learned dermatology in the U.S. and from teachers and mentors in other countries. So I dreamed that one day we PDS dermatologists would share real-world experiences, research done on our diverse skin types and medicines derived from our vast natural resources.

This launch provides a more immediate, accessible, and impactful way to reach a far wider audience. In this way the PDS DermAuthority can also teach, mentor and help shape dermatology better than ever before. Congratulations to Editor Johannes Dayrit and his team for making the dream come true!"

Vermén M. Verallo-Rowell, MD, FPDS, FAAD
Chair, Skin and Cancer Foundation Inc.
Program Director, VMV Skin Research Centre + Clinics

Thumbs up to the digitalization of the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society!

"This will certainly make the journals more accessible and increase readership both locally and internationally. Looking forward to seeing the journal in e-print!"

Joyce Lee, MD
Senior Consultant Dermatologist
Head, Dermatopathology and Laboratories Division
Head, Hair and Nail subspecialty
National Skin Centre, Singapore

The woods are lovely, dark and deep, But I have promises to keep, And miles to go before I sleep, And miles to go before I sleep

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

These legendary rhymes by Robert Frost behoove the progressionist approach and perseverant hard work of Dr Johannes Dayrit (Chief Editor) and his dedicated Editorial team of the Journal of the Philippine Dermatological Society (JDPS).

Following the digitalization of the journal, this 27-year-old beginning is all set to become a globally acclaimed phenomenon that shall not only widen readership and enhance citations, but will soon make JDPS as one of the most sought-after journals for aspiring authors across the world. The state-of-the-art publications by the members of the PDS in top Dermatology Journals is itself a testimony to the academic riches of our esteemed colleagues from Philippines.

I take pride in announcing that I am immediately submitting one of my favorite case reports to JDPS. My best to the entire team.

DR SIDHARTH SONTHALIA
MD, DNB, MNAMS, FISD

Congratulations to the Philippine Dermatological Society and to the editorial board and staff for the launching of JPDS online!

Dr. Flora Xiang MD, PhD
President, Asian Society of Pigment Cell Research
Vice-President, Chinese Dermatological Association

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