ISSN 0365-0596 printed version
ISSN 1806-4841 online version



General information

The journal Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia, indexed in accordance with the databases MedLine, Web of Science, Scopus, Embase - Excerpta Medica, Latindex, LILACS, Periodica, Tropical Diseases Bulletin (TDB) - and included in the Scientific Electronic Library Online (SciELO) - Brazil, is published bimonthly and is devoted to the dissemination of original, unpublished technical-scientific work, resulting from research or reviews of dermatologic topics and related matters. Exchanges with other publications may be accepted. According to the Statute of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, the distribution of the journal is free to its members.

The journal Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia follows the rules of the "Uniformity Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (Vancouver Norms), whose updated original English version is available on the website: Works originated from experiments with humans and animals must comply with the official norms in effect (Resolution CNS 196/96, Law 6.638/79 and Normative Resolution 04/97), which text version can be found on the following website: The Ethics Research Committee of the institution must approve research involving human subjects and animals, with respective documents showing proof of authorization.

Original manuscripts received are sent to specialist reviewers for analysis. The process is anonymous, that is, the identity of authors and reviewers is not disclosed. Authors are informed of the analysis results and must proceed to review the original work when significant changes are recommended.

Opinions and statements presented in the journal are of sole responsibility of their authors and may not be shared by the Editorial Staff, the Advising Council or the Brazilian Society of Dermatology.

The Editorial Staff of the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia and the Brazilian Society of Dermatology do not guarantee or endorse products or services advertised in the journal or any promises related to services or products advertised. Advertisement is of sole responsibility of advertisers.



Norms for the presentation of original work

Development and Essential Elements

Submit original manuscripts through the online submission system, according to instructions. The font should be Times New Roman, size 12, double-spaced.

All the articles sent by Brazilian authors to the Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia (Brazilian Annals of Dermatology) may be submitted in English and/or Portuguese. Foreign authors must submit their articles in English.

As of April 1st,, 2011 all the articles sent to the ABD for publication must be written in English. Choose the section the article belongs to and verify, in the cover sheet, the full title of the manuscript (also in Portuguese), the name(s) of the author(s), full and abbreviated, degree of instruction, the name of the institution and where the work was conducted, the institution to which the author(s) are affiliated and their respective functions, the complete address of the main author, his or her phone numbers and email address, financial support and potential conflicts of interest. When required by the Editorial Staff for inclusion in the Investigation and Review Sessions, inform, through a declaration signed by the main author, the specific participation of each author in the execution of the work (please see "Authorship Criteria" below).

Indicate at least 3 and at most 10 descriptors (keywords), in English and Portuguese, which identify the subjects discussed in the text and which are included in the publication "Descriptors in Health Sciences" (DeCS), of Bireme, available on the website, or in Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), of Index Medicus, available on the website

Authorship Criteria

To be classified as author an individual must have given significant intellectual contribution to the execution of work. This involves participation in conceiving and planning the study; in gathering, analyzing, and interpreting data; in writing or critically reviewing the manuscript, and in approving its final version. Other participation, such as securing financial support, data gathering and cataloguing, technical support in the execution of medical protocols, patient referral, interpretation of routine exams
and service supervision or department heading, which is not directly involved in the study, does not constitute criteria for authorship. However, if these individuals have significantly contributed to the study, they may be cited in the "Acknowledgements", at the end of the text, by means of written authorization from responsible individuals.

The journal Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia deems acceptable the maximum number of 6 authors per article in any section. Nevertheless, the journal may exceptionally concede that a greater number of authors participate in works of higher complexity. Manuscripts belonging to the Investigation and Review sections must be accompanied by reliable justification for the exceeding number of participants.


Unabridged bibliographical references, in order of citation, must include only publications mentioned in the manuscript and follow the norms of the "Uniformity Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (Vancouver Style). Journal titles must be abbreviated as in Index Medicus, whose list of abbreviations may be obtained in the NLM publication "List of Serials Indexed for Online Users", available on the website The authors are responsible for the accuracy of bibliographical references.

Most common examples:

Journal Manuscript
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347:284-7.

Should the article have several authors, mention six of them at most; if there are more, list the first six followed by "et al":

Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935:40-6.

Book Chapter
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.

Thesis or Dissertation
Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.

Nery JAC. Reação na hanseníase: uma descrição epidemiológica [tese]. Niterói (RJ):
Universidade Federal Fluminense; 1995. 129 p.

Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

Web site [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: [página na Internet]. Prevalência da hanseníase no Brasil, macrorregiões e estados, 1985 - 2003 [acesso 22 Fev 2005]. Disponível em:

If a reference exists only on the Internet, a hard copy of the file should be saved to be given to interested readers, in case the URL changes or becomes inactive.

A complete list of examples of bibliographical citations is available here (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).


Illustrations include charts, tables, graphs, figures and videos. Their inclusion is justified when they actually complement textual information or facilitate its comprehension. For this reason, illustrations will be accepted only up to the limit established for the particular type of manuscript. The Editorial Staff reserves the right to make exceptions based on fair judgment.

Refer to illustrations in the text and number them using Arabic numerals in a sequence adequate to each type, according to the entry order.

Attach all illustrations in the specific area in the submission system. Manuscripts with illustrations inserted in the body of the text will not be accepted.

Insert digital images in jpg files and with minimal resolution of 300 dpi. MPG, AVI and WMV video file formats no larger than 10 MB are accepted.

Charts, Tables and Graphs

Charts are used to present textual information in a tabulated form, without the use of statistical data. Tables, on the other hand, are used to present numerical and comparative data, thus allowing statistical analysis of results. In graphs, data are presented in drawing, preferably as circle (pie) or bar graphs.

Charts, tables and graphs must have a brief and clear title, with explanations, when necessary, in footnotes.

If data from other sources, published or not, are used in charts and tables, it will be necessary to obtain permission and inform who the author is, the date and origin of the data.

Figures and videos

Figures include other forms of illustration, mainly photographs and microphotographs. Photographs must be attached as jpg files. Legends must be specified and identified with the respective number.

If a figure has already been published, the original source must be cited and a written authorization from the individual who owns title to its copyright must be provided. Public domain documents are an exception.

When uploading a video, it is necessary to include legends with information such as title of the manuscript, authorship, institution, and other relevant comments.

To use patients' photographs, their identity must be kept anonymous. Otherwise, it will be necessary to obtain written permission for disclosure and dissemination (please see Protection of Rights and Privacy of Patients below).

Protection of Rights and Privacy of Patients Participating in Research

Information that may reveal the identity of a research participant or case report must not be published as descriptions, photographs or genealogy, unless the information is essential for scientific purposes. In this case, the patient or responsible must give written permission for its publication.

The written consent for this purpose requires that the manuscript to be published be shown to the patient or responsible. Acknowledgment that authorization has been granted must appear in the publication.

In the pursuit of anonymity, patients' data must never be altered or falsified. Details that may be helpful in identifying individuals should be omitted if they are not essential.

Patients' names, their initials or hospital register should not be used, especially in the illustrative materials.

When experiments with animals are conducted, the researcher must inform whether the recommendations of the institution regarding care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

Measurement Units and Abbreviations

Abbreviations are not permitted in the title and are not recommended in the abstract, except in rare circumstances. The full term should precede the abbreviation, when the latter is used for the first time.

All measurements must follow the International Measurements System (SI), found on the website Temperature must be informed in Celsius degrees (oC) and blood pressure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg).


Write the original work for publication in the journal Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia in English and assign it to one of the following sections:

Continuing Medical Education

Authors are invited by the coordinators of Continuing Medical Education and/or by the editors of Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia to write detailed manuscripts about topics of great scientific interest in the Dermatology field with the aim of applying the acquired knowledge.

Uninvited authors may also participate in this section, as long as they contact the Editorial Staff beforehand in order to avoid the duplication of manuscripts. The articles must include:

Abstract, in English and Portuguese, with a maximum of 250 words each. Besides an Introduction, the following topics are suggested, if relevant: History, Epidemiology, Etiopathogeny, Clinical Aspects, Classification, Clinical, Laboratorial and Differential Diagnosis, Evolution, Prognostic, and Treatment. It is mandatory to present updated bibliographical references. The maximum of 12 illustrations is permitted. At the end of the text, an evaluation test with 20 multiple-choice questions should be included. The multiple-choice questions must have 4 alternatives with only one correct answer, so that
credits related to the Continuing Medical Education program, of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, can be awarded. The questions must meet the requirements of the Continuing Medical Education, available through the Editorial Staff of the journal.


This is an original manuscript that includes observational and interventional studies, characterized by controlled and randomized experiments; studies about the fisiopathogeny of diseases and/or about nosologic associations; studies about diagnostic and prognostic tests, and basic research with laboratory animals. The text must have a maximum of 6,000 words, excluding illustrations and bibliographical references. There is a limit of 50 references and of 10 illustrations. The following topics should be included:

  1. Introduction;
  2. Material and Methods or Casuistic;
  3. Results;
  4. Discussion;
  5. Conclusion;
  6. References.

Subdivide the abstract (in English and Portuguese, with a maximum of 250 words each) into 5 subtopics:

  1. Background (current state of knowledge);
  2. Objective;
  3. Methods;
  4. Results;
  5. Conclusion (with a precise level of significance of clinical statistics, to avoid speculation).

Case report

Report one or more cases with justified reason for publication (rarity, unusual aspects, atypical evolution, therapeutic and diagnostic innovations, among others). The text should not have more than 1,000 words, excluding illustrations and references. The maximum of 6 illustrations and 10 bibliographical references is permitted. The following topics must be included:

  1. Abstract, in English and Portuguese, with a maximum of 120 words each;
  2. Introduction;
  3. Case Report(s);
  4. Discussion;
  5. References.


This section includes topics that highlight important dermatopathological aspects.

The abstract should have a maximum of 150 words, and it should be written both in English and in Portuguese.

The text must not exceed 2,500 words, excluding illustrations and references. A maximum number of 8 figures and 20 bibliographical references is permitted.


It explores in detail the current state of knowledge about topics of clinical relevance, highlighting aspects such as cause and prevention of skin diseases, their diagnosis, treatment and prognostic. It should preferably include critical and systematic literature reviews (medicine based on scientific evidence), as well as metanalysis.

There is a limit of 10 illustrations.

Bibliographical references must be recent.

The following topics must be included:

  1. Abstract, in English and Portuguese, with no more than 250 words each;
  2. Introduction;
  3. Methods, when dealing with systematic review and metanalysis. When exploring other
    issues, the author(s) may decide whether to include this topic.

Images in tropical dermatology

Submit, in this section, tropical dermatological diseases documented through clinical and histopathological photographs or other relevant exams, in no more than 4 figures with explanatory legends. The manuscript should include an abstract with a maximum of 80 words, both in English and Portuguese. The text must be a brief commentary about the topic with a maximum of 250 words. There is a limit of 10 bibliographical references.

Images in dermatology

The submission of relevant images that allow the dermatologist to arrive at diagnostic and therapeutic recognition and the description of new technologies (Dermoscopy, Laser Confocal Microscopy, Radiologic Images) should be emphasized and encouraged. The manuscript should include an abstract with a maximum of 80 words, both in English and Portuguese. The text should have no more than 800 words, 8 figures and 10 references.

The submission to this section includes images in the areas of Dermoscopy, Confocal Laser Scanning Microscopy, Radiologic Images, and images derived from new technologies.


It is an original, brief manuscript, exploring relevant knowledge in the area of Dermatology, such as education, methods and research protocols, equipment, basic sciences and technology, history of Dermatology, among others.

The text must not be divided into topics. It should not have more than 900 words, excluding illustrations and references. It should include an abstract in English and in Portuguese with no more than 100 words each.

There is a limit of 2 illustrations and 10 references.


It is an original, brief manuscript, which explores relevant historical aspects in Dermatology, such as celebration of remarkable facts in the development of medicine, especially in the area of Dermatology, biographies, and celebration of important figures in national and international Dermatology.

The development of the text is free, but the text should not have more than 900 words, excluding illustrations and references, limited to 4 and 10, respectively. It should contain an abstract in English and in Portuguese, with a maximum of 120 words each.

"What's is your diagnosis?"

This section explores a case report in which the final diagnosis of the disease is questioned. It should include the following topics:

  1. Case report;
  2. Discussion;
  3. References.

The case report should not exceed 150 words and the discussion should be no longer than 350 words, excluding illustrations and references. There is a limit of 3 illustrations and 10 bibliographical references. It should include an abstract in English and in Portuguese with a maximum of 100 words each.

Syndrome in question

This section presents a case report representative of a dermatologic syndrome in evidence, with the objective of highlighting ordinary syndromes and contributing to the recognition of atypical ones. The following topics should be included:

  1. Case report;
  2. Discussion;
  3. References.

The case report should not have more than 150 words and the discussion should be no longer than 350 words, excluding illustrations and references. There is a limit of 3 illustrations and 10 references. It should include an abstract in English and in Portuguese with a maximum of 100 words each.


Iconography explores photographic documentation characteristic of dermatoses and their correlates. It should include an abstract in English and in Portuguese with a maximum of 100 words each. The text should not exceed 600 words, excluding illustrations and references, which should not go beyond 4 and 5, respectively.


Correspondence deals with comments and opinions about published articles, which may or may not be answered by authors and editors. Texts will only be accepted within 6 months of publication of the manuscript. They should not contain more than 250 words and 5 references. All correspondence is subject to review and editing by the Medical Editorial Staff.


News brings information about events, activities of the Brazilian Society of Dermatology, relevant individuals or facts in Dermatology, as well as publications of books and theses relevant to this area. They may or may not be followed by abstracts.


Articles submitted as supplements will be evaluated by the Editorial Board and, subsequently, by the Consulting Committee. The editors may promptly reject manuscripts if they consider that they are not suitable for publication. The text format should follow the standards of the chosen category, which could be Investigation or Review, with the exception of number of text words, references and illustrations, which have no limit. The 'resumo' and abstract must have a maximum of 250 words.

Topics that have been invited by the editors and are considered relevant may be included in the Special Article section.

Submit your manuscript for evaluation by the Editorial Staff of the journal on the following website:

All documents such as Term of Copyright Transfer, Conflict of Interest, Disclosure Form, Authorization for Publication of Photographs, and Participation in the Execution of Work are available on the website of the journal. These documents must be signed by all the participating authors and sent to the following address when they submit the manuscript for analysis:

A/C Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia

Av. Rio Branco, nº 39, 18º andar. Rio de Janeiro - RJ, Brasil

CEP: 20090-003.

Term of copyright transfer


Full name:
Phone: ( )


SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE DERMATOLOGIA (Brazilian Society of Dermatology), registered with CNPJ/MF under number 42174094/0001-65, based at Avenida Rio Branco, 39, 18 andar, Centro - Rio de Janeiro - RJ.

Manuscript: (Insert title of manuscript)

1 - The TRANSFEROR(s) state that the above-referred work is original and written exclusively by them; it has not been submitted for publication to any other means of communication, and all specific authorizations have been granted to cite sources. The TRANSFEROR(s) are to be held responsible before the TRANSFEREE for any violations or infractions to copyright or other rights of third parties that may result from or be characterized by the content of the present work, exempting the TRANSFEREE
from any responsibility or participation in the acts or their consequences and effects. Thus, as principal author (s) and holder (s) of the overall copyrights of the work, we herein assign and transfer to the TRANSFEREE permanently, exclusively and free of charges, the title to the copyrights of the work, including the images it contains.

2 - By the present act, it is herein transferred to the TRANSFEREE the title to the copyright of the manuscript "____", for reproduction of editorial and/or commercial nature; for printed, electronic, electromagnetic, digital and/or multimedia publication; for modification, amendment, translation, reproduction, unlimited distribution of copies and in any geographic area in Brazil or abroad, in any language. Thus, the present transfer covers all forms of use, without the need for prior authorization. The work may be used in its entirety or in part.

3 - The TRANSFEROR (s) state that they hold single responsibility for the text and/or image reproduction, as well as for the accuracy and reliability of credits and copyrights.

4 - The TRANSFEROR (s) do not waive the right to citation of their authorial credits in the publication of the work whose rights are herein being transferred.

5 - The Brazilian Society of Dermatology, however, should assign to the TRANSFEROR (s) the right to republish the work in any printed and/or electronic collection, free of charge, provided that the work has been previously published on the journal owned by the TRANSFEREE entitled "ANAIS BRASILEIROS DE DERMATOLOGIA" (Brazilian Annals of Dermatology). The TRANSFEROR should request prior authorization from the Editorial Staff of the journal and make due citation in the new publication.

6 - The present transfer shall enter into effect as of the signature of this contract. However, if the manuscript is not accepted by the Review Board of the journal owned by the TRANSFEREE, entitled "ANAIS BRASILEIROS DE DERMATOLOGIA", and if the study is not published in the journal within 5 (five) years from the signature of this contract, the present transfer shall be voided and the full rights herein assigned will be automatically restored to the TRANSFEROR (s).

______________, ____of ______________of_________ (place and date)

Signature: TRANSFEROR: ________________________

Authorization for the publication of photographs

Full Name:
Legal guardian (if applicable):
Kinship degree:
Name of Physician:

Object: Photographs of the GRANTOR (S) dated from _________ (describe photographs
including diagnosis).

Through this document, free of charge, I authorize, for unlimited time and in any territory, SOCIEDADE BRASILEIRA DE DERMATOLOGIA (BRAZILIAN SOCIETY OF DERMATOLOGY), registered with CNPJ/MF under 42174094/0001-65, to reproduce my image displayed in photographs, object of the present authorization, to be published in the scientific journal entitled "Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia" and on its webpage (, without limit to the number of issues, and for all scientific and educational purposes not necessarily expressed here.

I herein state that I am aware that my facial traits may be visible, thus recognizable, in the picture to be published and used for all purposes above mentioned.

However, I do not authorize the inclusion of my name in any of the images to be used by the Brazilian
Society of Dermatology for the purposes of this authorization.

Finally, I waive any rights related to the present authorization for use and publication of my photographs, exempting the Brazilian Society of Dermatology and its professional staff from any legal claims that could arise from my rights.

_____________, _____of_______________of_________ (place and date)

Signature: __________________________________




* If the patient is a minor or unable to give written permission for any reason, the authorization should be granted by the patient's legal guardian.


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