Instructions for Authors

The Hong Kong Journal of Dermatology & Venereology is the official publication of The Hong Kong Society of Dermatology & Venereology and The Hong Kong College of Dermatologists. The Journal welcomes the submission of papers on topics related to the field of Dermatology & Venereology. The contributions may be published as Original Articles, Review Articles, Commentaries, Views and Practice, and Case Reports.


Authors of the accepted articles are required to give written consent to transfer the copyright to the Journal. The copyright of the Journal is owned by The Hong Kong Society of Dermatology & Venereology and The Hong Kong College of Dermatologists. All accepted papers should not be published elsewhere without written permission from the Hong Kong Journal of Dermatology & Venereology. When submitting articles to the Journal that may contain materials that are published elsewhere, the authors are responsible for obtaining permission from the copyright holders concerned.

Manuscript Preparation

A. General Criteria

Manuscript submitted for publication should fulfill the following criteria:

  1. The article should be original, clearly written, and where applicable, with appropriate study method, valid data, and reasonable conclusion.
  2. Title page of the manuscript should include the title of article, author's full name and correspondence address specified as below. The title should be short and informative, preferable within 15 words.
  3. List of full names (both English and, if applicable Chinese) with a maximum of six authors can be submitted; also include the affiliation and academic qualification of each author.
  4. A maximum of two highest academic qualifications will be included for each author.
  5. The address of the author for correspondence should be included.
  6. The above information on authorship should be put on a separate sheet from the main text, the latter of which can be reviewed anonymously.
  7. Spelling of English and medical terms should conform to the Oxford Dictionary and in British style respectively.
  8. Arabic numerals should be used for numbers above nine, for designators (e.g. case 1, day 3, etc) and for units for measure; numbers should be spelled out if below 10, at the beginning of sentences, and for fractions below one.
  9. Abbreviations should be minimised and, if used, be indicated in brackets and spelt in full when first appear.
  10. Generic names of drugs should be used.
  11. Tables and illustrations should be on separate sheets with clear titles which enable interpretation without reference to the text.
  12. Photographs, in slides, colour prints or electronic file, should be labelled with legends and personal features of identity concealed. Photographs should be taken with a uniform coloured background.
  13. Tables, illustrations and graphs should be submitted in different electronic files rather than in the same text file in order to facilitate editing work.
  14. References should conform with the Vancouver style and be clearly numbered in the correct order in the text. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus. Up to six authors can be listed. If more than six, list the first six and "et al". Authors are responsible for checking the accuracy of the references cited.

B. Sectional Criteria

Original Articles/Review Articles/Commentaries

Papers on original research, review or commentary relating to Dermatology & Venereology are welcome. The total length in the text should not exceed 2,500 words. An abstract of less than 100 words together with maximum of five keywords taken from Index Medicus should be included. Chinese translation of the abstract and keywords may be included. Relevant subheadings (e.g. Introduction, Objective, Method, Results, Discussion, Reference) can be used accordingly. Graphs, illustrations and tables should be limited to eight(subjected to discretion in individual cases) and references to 40.

Views and Practice

Articles between 500 to 2000 words (English or Chinese) on various aspects related to dermatology, venereology and medical field as a whole. Examples include opinion on medical training, new impact of new diagnostic or therapeutic modalities, book review and sharing of personal experiences in patient management. Relevant subtitles like introduction or conclusion can be used accordingly. The number of figures and references should not be more than six and ten respectively. Fellow dermatologists and others in related medical field are welcome to contribute.

Case Report

Articles up to 1,200 words reporting skin or STI cases of particular interest with relevant subheadings of Introduction, Case Report, and Review (in epidemiology, clinical features, differential diagnosis, histology, treatment) are welcome. An abstract of less than 100 words together with maximum of five keywords taken from Index Medicus should be included. Chinese translation of the abstract and keywords may be included. The number of tables or illustrations should not be more than four; references should not be more than 12.

Editorial Review and Processing

All articles are subject to editing and review by editorial board and/or peer reviewers. Editors may modify the minor points (such as grammar or spelling) according to the Journal style. To minimise delay in processing, author may not necessarily be notified of such modification before publication. The editorial board, together with the advisory board, has the final decision on the content of the published article. Authors are responsible for all statement made in their work, including changes made by editor and authorised by the corresponding author.

Submission of Manuscript

The manuscript should be word-processed, the preferred software being Chinese/English Microsoft Word 6.0 or above for Windows, and sent in a disc together with a printed copy of the manuscript to the editorial office as follow:

Dr. Ip Fong-cheng
Chief Editor
Hong Kong Journal of Dermatology and Venereology
Cheung Sha Wan Dermatology Clinic
3/F West Kowloon Health Centre,
303 Cheung Sha Wan Road,
Kowloon, Hong Kong

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