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Editorial Policy

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.

Sections of the Journal

The following sections are features of the journal:

  • Editorial: Brief, substantiated commentaries on limited subjects.
  • 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).

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.

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

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