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



General information

The journal Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia (ABD), 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Electronic Library Online (SciELO) – Brazil, is published bimonthly and is devoted to the dissemination of original, unpublished technical-scientific work, resulting from research or reviews of dermatological topics and related matters.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 466/12). The Research Ethics Committee of the institution must approve research involving human subjects and animals, with proof of authorization supplied by the authors.

Original manuscripts received are forwarded to specialist reviewers for analysis. The process is anonymous, that is, the identity of authors and reviewers is not disclosed. The name of the institution where the work was conducted and/or names of the city/state/country should not appear in the title and body of text at the beginning of the submission process. Authors are informed of the analysis results and should provide the reviewed 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 to the ABD for publication should be written in English.

Choose the section the article belongs to and verify, on the cover sheet, the full title of the manuscript, the name(s) of the author(s), full and abbreviated, academic degrees, the name of the institution 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 performance of the work (please see "Authorship Criteria" below).

Indicate at least 3 and at most 10 descriptors (keywords) 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 performance of work. This involves participation in conceiving and planning the study; in collecting, 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 collecting and cataloging, technical support for conducting 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 the individuals in charge of the study.

The journal Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia considers acceptable a maximum  of 6 authors per article, in any section. Nevertheless, the journal may exceptionally accept a greater number of authors for articles of higher complexity in the Investigation and Review fields, which should be accompanied by acceptable justification for the larger number of participants.


Unabridged bibliographical references, in order of citation, should 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.

If the manuscript has many authors, mention at most 6. If there are more than 6 authors, cite the first 6 followed by the expression "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.

Website [Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: [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 (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required).


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 field in the submission system.

Insert digital images in ".jpg" files and with minimal resolution of 300 dpi. Video file formats no larger than 10 MB with the extensions ".mpg", ".avi" and ".wmv" are also 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 as drawings, preferably as circle (pie) or bar graphs.

Charts, tables and graphs should 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 should be attached as ".jpg" files. Legends should 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 photographs of patients, their identity should be kept anonymous. Otherwise, it will be necessary to obtain written permission for their 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 should not be published as descriptions, photographs or genealogy, unless the information is essential for scientific purposes. In this case, the patient or person responsible for the patient 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 person responsible for him/her. Acknowledgment that authorization has been granted should be included in the publication.

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

Patient names, their initials or hospital records 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.

Reproduction of imagens

The journal may permit reproduction of images by previous request to the editors, as long as the source is cited and the due credits correctly given to all concerned.

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 System of Units (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:


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 with a maximum of 250 words. 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. A 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 should 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.


An original manuscript that includes observational and interventional studies, characterized by controlled and randomized experiments; studies about the physiopathogeny of diseases and/or about nosological associations; studies about diagnostic and prognostic tests, and basic research with laboratory animals. The text should have a maximum of 6,000 words, excluding illustrations and bibliographical references. The prior approval of the Research Ethics Committee should be mentioned in the manuscript. There is a limit of 50 references and of 10 illustrations. The following topics should be included:

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

Subdivide the abstract, with a maximum of 250 words), into 5 subtopics:

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


This section is designed for original articles on practical fundamentals of epidemiology and biostatistics applied to scientific production, especially in Dermatology. The text should contain a maximum of 2500 words, not counting illustrations and bibliographical references. A maximum of 15 references and six illustrations are permitted. An Abstract should be written with a maximum of 100 words, which should describe the fundamental items and objectives. The authors  are invited by the Editors of the  Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia and their articles will be reviewed by the Editorial Board.


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. A maximum of 6 illustrations and 10 bibliographical references are permitted. The following topics must be included:

  1. Abstract with a maximum of 120 words;
  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.

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

A maximum of 10 illustrations are permitted.

Bibliographical references must be recent.

The following topics must be included:

  1. Abstract with no more than 250 words;
  2. Introduction;
  3. Methods, when dealing with systematic review and metanalysis; other topics my be included at the discretion of the author(s).


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. The text must be a brief commentary about the topic with a maximum of 250 words. Bibliographic references should not be more than ten.


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. 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.


This 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 should be continuous, not divided into topics and should not have more than 900 words, excluding illustrations and references. It should include an abstract with no more than 100 words.

There is a limit of 2 illustrations and 10 references.


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 with a maximum of 120 words.


This section presents a case report representative of an outstanding dermatological syndrome, 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 not have more than 350 words, excluding illustrations and references. There is a limit of 3 illustrations and 10 references. It should include an abstract with a maximum of 100 words.


Correspondence deals with comments, opinions or answers to questions about recently published articles. It is also a prompt publication of results of original research – new or preliminary – first reports from therapeutic assays, reports on new reactions to drugs and also concise descriptions of one or two patients. The text should be continuous and contain no more than 500 words, 5 references and 3 illustrations. All correspondence is subject to analysis and review by the 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 summaries.


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 them not suitable for publication.  The text format should follow the standards of the chosen category, which could be either Investigation or Review, with the exception of number of text words, references and illustrations, which have no limit. The  abstract should have a maximum of 250 words.

Topics that have been written by invitation from 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 Consent of Use for Publication, Conflict of Interest, Disclosure Form, Authorization for Publication of Photographs, and Participation in the Study are available on the website of the journal. These documents must be signed by all of the participating authors and attached when the article is submited through the system. Authorization for publication of photographs is only necessary when the face of the patient is completely identified. The document of participation in the study will only be requested by the editors if necessary.

Contact us at:
a/c Anais Brasileiros de Dermatologia
Av. Rio Branco, no 39, 18o andar
20090-003 Rio de Janeiro - RJ


[Home] [About this journal] [Editorial Board] [Subscription]

Creative Commons License All the content of the journal, except where otherwise noted, is licensed under a Creative Commons License


Av. Rio Branco, 39, 18º andar
20090-003 Rio de Janeiro RJ Brasil
Tel./Fax: +55 21 2253-6747