We are pleased to announce that Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology will join Wiley’s Open Access portfolio as of October 12, 2022. As a result, all submissions received from October 12, 2022 are subject to an article publication charge (APC) if accepted and published in the journal (unless a waiver is applied). For more information on the fees, please visit the journal's Open Access page.

Author Guidelines


  1. Submission and Peer Review Process
  2. Article Types
  3. After Acceptance

1. Submission and Peer Review Process

Once the submission materials have been prepared in accordance with the Author Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at

For help with submissions, please contact: [email protected]

This journal does not charge submission fees.


Article Preparation Support

Wiley Editing Services offers expert help with English Language Editing, as well as translation, manuscript formatting, figure illustration, figure formatting, and graphical abstract design – so you can submit your manuscript with confidence.

Also, check out our resources for Preparing Your Article for general guidance about writing and preparing your manuscript.


New submissions should be made via the Research Exchange submission portal at For technical help with the submission system, please review our FAQs or contact [email protected].


Open Access & Author Licensing

Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology is an Open Access journal: authors of accepted papers pay an Article Publication Charge and their papers are published under a Creative Commons license (CC-BY). With Creative Commons license, the author retains copyright and the public is allowed to reuse the content. The author grants Wiley a license to publish the article and identify as the original publisher.

Open Access Fees: Information on the Article Publication Charge for publishing in the journal is available here.

If a paper is accepted for publication, the author identified as the formal corresponding author will receive an email prompting them to login to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

To find out which Created Commons Licenses are available for the journal, click here. To learn more about Creative Commons Licenses and to preview terms and conditions of the agreements, please click here. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used; to check this, please click here.

Preprint policy:

Please find the Wiley preprint policy here.

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology will consider for review articles previously available as preprints. You may also post the submitted version of a manuscript to a preprint server at any time. You are requested to update any pre-publication versions with a link to the final published article.

This Journal operates a double-blind peer review process. Authors are responsible for anonymizing their manuscript in order to remain anonymous to the reviewers throughout the peer review process (see “Main Text File” above for more details). Since the journal also encourages posting of preprints, however, please note that if authors share their manuscript in preprint form this may compromise their anonymity during peer review.


Data Sharing and Data Availability

This journal expects data sharing. Review Wiley’s Data Sharing policy where you will be able to see and select the data availability statement that is right for your submission.


Data Citation

Please review Wiley’s Data Citation policy.


Data Protection

By submitting a manuscript to or reviewing for this publication, your name, email address, and affiliation, and other contact details the publication might require, will be used for the regular operations of the publication. Please review Wiley’s Data Protection Policy to learn more.



You should list all funding sources in the Acknowledgments section. You are responsible for the accuracy of their funder designation. If in doubt, please check the Open Funder Registry for the correct nomenclature.



The list of authors should accurately illustrate who contributed to the work and how. All those listed as authors should qualify for authorship according to the following criteria:

  • Have made substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; and
  • Been involved in drafting the manuscript or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  • Given final approval of the version to be published. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content; and
  • Agreed to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Contributions from anyone who does not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed, with permission from the contributor, in an Acknowledgments section (for example, to recognize contributions from people who provided technical help, collation of data, writing assistance, acquisition of funding, or a department chairperson who provided general support). Prior to submitting the article all authors should agree on the order in which their names will be listed in the manuscript.



This journal requires ORCID. Please refer to Wiley’s resources on ORCID.


Reproduction of Copyright Material

If excerpts from copyrighted works owned by third parties are included, credit must be shown in the contribution. It is your responsibility to also obtain written permission for reproduction from the copyright owners. For more information visit Wiley’s Copyright Terms & Conditions FAQ.

The corresponding author is responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce the material "in print and other media" from the publisher of the original source, and for supplying Wiley with that permission upon submission.


Free format submission

The Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology now offers Free Format submission for a simplified and streamlined submission process.

Before you submit, you will need:

  • Your manuscript: this should be an editable file including text, figures, and tables, or separate files - whichever you prefer.
    • All required sections should be contained in your manuscript, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and conclusions.
    • Figures and tables should have legends. Figures should be uploaded in the highest resolution possible.
    • References may be submitted in any style or format, as long as it is consistent throughout the manuscript.
    • Supporting information should be submitted in separate files.
    • If the manuscript, figures or tables are difficult for you to read, they will also be difficult for the editors and reviewers, and the editorial office will send it back to you for revision. Your manuscript may also be sent back to you for revision if the quality of English language is poor.
  • An ORCID ID, freely available at (Why is this important? Your article, if accepted and published, will be attached to your ORCID profile. Institutions and funders are increasingly requiring authors to have ORCID IDs.)
  • A separate title page, including:
    • Your co-author details, including affiliation and email address. (Why is this important? We need to keep all co-authors informed of the outcome of the peer review process.)
    • Statements relating to our ethics and integrity policies (Why are these important? We need to uphold rigorous ethical standards for the research we consider for publication):
      • An ethical statement should be included on all articles. This should include the date, approval number/code and name of any approving ethics committee or board. It should also include details of consent procedures if any human subjects were included.
      • A photo consent statement should be included if your article includes any photographs.
      • A statement of contribution should be included on any article with four or more authors
      • Any acknowledgements

Important: the journal operates a double-blind peer review policy. Please anonymize your manuscript and supply a separate title page file.

To submit, login at and create a new submission. Follow the submission steps as required and submit the manuscript.

Manuscripts can be uploaded either as a single document (containing the main text, tables and figures), or with figures and tables provided as separate files.

The main manuscript file can be submitted in Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) or LaTex (.tex) format. If submitting your manuscript file in LaTex format via Research Exchange, select the file designation “Main Document – LaTeX .tex File” on upload. When submitting a Latex Main Document, you must also provide a PDF version of the manuscript for Peer Review. Please upload this file as “Main Document - LaTeX PDF.” All supporting files that are referred to in the Latex Main Document should be uploaded as a “LaTeX Supplementary File.”

Revision Submission

If you are invited to revise your manuscript after peer review, the journal will request the revised manuscript to be formatted according to journal requirements as described below.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript should be submitted in separate files: title page, main text file; figures.

Title Page 

Important: the journal operates a double-blind peer review policy. Please anonymize your manuscript and prepare a separate title page containing author details.

The title page should contain: 

i. A brief informative title containing the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley's best practice SEO tips);
ii. A short running title of less than 40 characters;
iii. The full names of the authors;
iv. The author's institutional affiliations where the work was conducted, with a footnote for the author’s present address if different from where the work was conducted;
v. Ethical statements
vi. A statement of contribution
vii. Acknowledgments.

Main Text File

Please ensure that all identifying information such as author names and affiliations, acknowledgements or explicit mentions of author institution in the text are on a separate page.

Your main document file should include:

  • A short informative title
  • Abstract: formatted as described in the article types section
  • Up to seven keywords;
  • Main body text: formatted as described in the article types section
  • References;
  • Tables (each table complete with title and footnotes);
  • Figure legends: Legends should be supplied as a complete list in the text. Figures should be uploaded as separate files (see below).


Reference Style

This journal uses AMA reference style. Review your reference style guidelines prior to revision submission.


Figures and Supporting Information

Figures, supporting information, and appendices should be supplied as separate files on revision. You should review the basic figure requirements for manuscripts for peer review, as well as the more detailed post-acceptance figure requirements. View Wiley’s FAQs on supporting information.

Units and Abbreviations

All measurements should be in SI units with the exception of haemoglobin (g/dL) and blood pressure (mmHg). Original observations recorded in other units should be stated, together with the appropriate conversion factors.

Standard abbreviations, without punctuation, are used. Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (1988) published by the Royal Society of Medicine, and SI: The International System of Units (1982), from HMSO provide useful guides.

Abbreviated words must be spelled out on first appearance in both summary and text. Abbreviations, used sparingly, should follow the first full spelling, in parentheses.

Drug Names

Generic names must be used. If an author so desires, brand names may be inserted in parentheses.


Methods should be referenced. Two-tailed significance tests should be used unless explicitly stated. Controls should be described as completely as experimental subjects.

Measures of location should be accompanied by measures of variability (e.g. mean and confidence intervals) as well as conventional probability values. Clinical trial reports should include the power of the study design.

Peer Review

This journal operates under a double-blind peer review model. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements. The Editor retains the usual right to modify the style and length of a contribution (major changes being agreed with the corresponding author) and to decide the time of publication.

In-house submissions, i.e. papers authored by Editors or Editorial Board members of the title, will be sent to Editors unaffiliated with the author or institution and monitored carefully to ensure there is no peer review bias.

Wiley's policy on the confidentiality of the review process is available here.

To expedite the review process, authors will be asked to suggest one potential reviewer, providing their email address and institution.

This journal participates in Wiley’s Transfer Desk Assistant program.


Guidelines on Publishing and Research Ethics in Journal Articles

The journal requires that you include in the manuscript details IRB approvals, ethical treatment of human and animal research participants, and gathering of informed consent, as appropriate. You will be expected to declare all conflicts of interest, or none, on submission. Please review Wiley’s policies surrounding human studies, animal studies, clinical trial registration, biosecurity, and research reporting guidelines.

An ethical statement should be included on all articles. This should include the date, approval number/code and name of any approving ethics committee or board, for example: The Medical Ethical Committee of the Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam, The Netherlands (MEC-2012-165). It should also include details of consent procedures if any human subjects were included. If patient images are sourced from elsewhere, it should show permission for re-use of images. For retro respective studies an ethical statement is required

  • Example of an Ethics Statement where ethical approval was required: ‘The authors confirm that the ethical policies of the journal, as noted on the journal’s author guidelines page, have been adhered to and the appropriate ethical review committee approval has been received. The US National Research Council's guidelines for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals were followed.’
  • Example of an Ethics Statement where ethical approval was not required: ‘The authors confirm that the ethical policies of the journal, as noted on the journal’s author guidelines page, have been adhered to. No ethical approval was required as this is a review article with no original research data.’

This journal follows the core practices of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and handles cases of research and publication misconduct accordingly (
This journal uses iThenticate’s CrossCheck software to detect instances of overlapping and similar text in submitted manuscripts. Read Wiley’s Top 10 Publishing Ethics Tips for Authors and Wiley’s Publication Ethics Guidelines.

2. Article Types

  • Description

    These submissions should evaluate appearance related issues concerning the skin, hair, and nails, be clinical in nature and relevant to cosmetic dermatology.

    Content Limit

    Abstract limit: 250 words

    Reference limit: 25 references

    Abstract / Structure

    Abstract structured: Background, Aims, Patients/Methods, Results, Conclusions

    Main text structured:  Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion

    Other Requirements

    Reports of clinical trials should adhere to the tenets of the CONSORT statement (JAMA 1996; 276: 637-639).

    Animal only studies, purely in vitro studies with no clinical connection, and formulation development with no concomitant clinical data are outside the scope of the journal.

  • Description

    An article written by a dermatologist or industry researcher reviewing an important body of knowledge relevant to cosmetic dermatology, such as inflammation, a class of ingredients, a new testing methodology, a dermatologic technique, a product class, etc.

    Content Limit

    Abstract limit: 250 words

    Main text word limit: 2500 words

    Reference limit: 25 references

    Abstract / Structure

    Abstract structured: Background, Aims, Patients/Methods, Results, Conclusions

    Main text structured:  Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion

  • Description

    An article written by a dermatologist or industry researcher regarding a controversial or poorly understood issue, condition or treatment pertinent to cosmetic dermatology.

    Content Limit

    Main text word limit: 1500 words

    No figures or tables required

    Abstract / Structure

    No abstract

  • Description

    Brief reports that can be preliminary, but may represent original observations that may have a substantial impact within the scope. Ensure rapid publication of the preliminary and relatively incomplete information on a major scientific question, a recent original discovery, a novel method, or an epidemiological issue etc.

    Content Limit

    Word limit: 600 words

    Reference limit: 6 references

    Figure limit: 2 figures or tables

    Supporting information limit: 5 pages

    Abstract / Structure

    No abstract, but a conclusion paragraph should sum up the Letter.

    Other Requirements

    Single case reports will not be considered for publication.

    Should begin with the salutation “To the Editor”

  • Description

    An editorial on an area of cosmetic dermatology evaluating timely issues of a policy or trend nature.

  • Description

    Short letter responding to a previously published article

International submissions from all parts of the globe are encouraged as the Associate Editors are international in scope. 

3. After Acceptance

First Look

After your paper is accepted, your files will be assessed by the editorial office to ensure they are ready for production. You may be contacted if any updates or final files are required. Otherwise, your paper will be sent to the production team.


Wiley Author Services

When an accepted article is received by Wiley’s production team, the corresponding author will receive an email asking them to login or register with Wiley Author Services. You will be asked to sign a publication license at this point as well as pay for any applicable APCs.


Copyright & Licensing

You may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright agreement, or Open Access under the terms of a Creative Commons License.

Standard re-use and licensing rights vary by journal. Note that certain funders mandate a particular type of CC license be used. This journal uses the CC-BY/CC-BY-NC/CC-BY-NC-ND Creative Commons License.

Self-Archiving Definitions and Policies: Note that the journal’s standard copyright agreement allows for self-archiving of different versions of the article under specific conditions.



Authors will receive an e-mail notification with a link and instructions for accessing HTML page proofs online/with their proofs included as a pdf. Authors should also make sure that any renumbered tables, figures, or references match text citations and that figure legends correspond with text citations and actual figures. Proofs must be returned within 48 hours of receipt of the email.


Article Promotion Support

Wiley Editing Services offers professional video, design, and writing services to create shareable video abstracts, infographics, conference posters, lay summaries, and research news stories for your research – so you can help your research get the attention it deserves.

Cover Image Submissions

This journal accepts artwork submissions for Cover Images. This is an optional service you can use to help increase article exposure and showcase your research. For more information, including artwork guidelines, pricing, and submission details, please visit the Journal Cover Image page.

Author Name Change Policy

In cases where authors wish to change their name following publication, Wiley will update and republish the paper and redeliver the updated metadata to indexing services. Our editorial and production teams will use discretion in recognizing that name changes may be of a sensitive and private nature for various reasons including (but not limited to) alignment with gender identity, or as a result of marriage, divorce, or religious conversion. Accordingly, to protect the author’s privacy, we will not publish a correction notice to the paper, and we will not notify co-authors of the change. Authors should contact the journal’s Editorial Office with their name change request.


Correction to authorship

In accordance with Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines on Research Integrity and Publishing Ethics and the Committee on Publication Ethics’ guidance, the Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology will allow authors to correct authorship on a submitted, accepted, or published article if a valid reason exists to do so. All authors – including those to be added or removed – must agree to any proposed change. To request a change to the author list, please complete the Request for Changes to a Journal Article Author List Form and contact either the journal’s editorial or production office, depending on the status of the article. Authorship changes will not be considered without a fully completed Author Change form. [Correcting the authorship is different from changing an author’s name; the relevant policy for that can be found in Wiley’s Best Practice Guidelines under “Author name changes after publication.”]



Embedded Rich Media

This journal has the option for authors to embed rich media (i.e. video and audio) within their final article. These files should be submitted with the manuscript files online, using either the “Embedded Video” or “Embedded Audio” file designation. If the video/audio includes dialogue, a transcript should be included as a separate file. The combined manuscript files, including video, audio, tables, figures, and text must not exceed 350 MB. For full guidance on accepted file types and resolution please see here.

Ensure each file is numbered (e.g. Video 1, Video 2, etc.) Legends for the rich media files should be placed at the end of the article.

The content of the video should not display overt product advertising. Educational presentations are encouraged.

Any narration should be in English, if possible. A typed transcript of any speech within the video/audio should be provided. An English translation of any non-English speech should be provided in the transcript.

All embedded rich media will be subject to peer review. Editors reserve the right to request edits to rich media files as a condition of acceptance. Contributors are asked to be succinct, and the Editors reserve the right to require shorter video/audio duration. The video/audio should be high quality (both in content and visibility/audibility). The video/audio should make a specific point; particularly, it should demonstrate the features described in the text of the manuscript.

Participant Consent: It is the responsibility of the corresponding author to seek informed consent from any identifiable participant in the rich media files. Masking a participant’s eyes, or excluded head and shoulders is not sufficient. Please ensure that a consent form ( is provided for each participant.