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DermNet NZ is always looking for potential authors to write on new topics. Interested potential authors should initially contact the Editor in Chief of DermNet NZ 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.
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:
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.
We may put the text through plagiarism software. If you want to reproduce more than a few words from someone else's work, please provide us with a copy of their permission to do so.
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.
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