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Guidelines for Authors of Springer Verlag

Atlas of Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Venereology 

Guidelines for Authors 

Dear Author, 

These guidelines for authors have been compiled to help you to write and submit your contribution. They are designed to make your job simpler and faster, to reduce possible corrections and misunderstandings and thus save you time. Please take the time to read them careful, they will also make it easy to get started. 

Our aim is to publish a work of tertiary literature. As such it contains digested knowledge in an easily accessible format. Content therefore consists of established information in the particular field. The level of contributions should be such that a graduate student can benefit from a contribution which is not from his or her area of expertise. Each contribution should stand on its own without an assumption that a reader will be seeing any other portion of the work. 

Authors are invited to submit their contribution at the online environment Credentials for login are given in the invitation Email you received from Springer. After Login you will be directed to the page “My chapters”. 

Detailed information about how to use METEOR are provided in the file “METEOR Userguidelines”. 


If you want to write your contribution together with another author, please inform Springer before submission. 

Please include each chapter’s authors’ names (spelled out as they would be cited), affiliations and e-mail addresses after the chapter title. 


The abstract (approximately 150 to 250 words) summarizes the content of the chapter. It will always appear online at SpringerLink and be available with unrestricted access to facilitate online searching, e.g., when using GoogleTM. Unregistered users can read the abstract as a teaser for the complete chapter. The abstract is also included in the PDF version. 

 If no abstract is submitted, we will use the first paragraph of the chapter instead. 


– Don’t include reference citations or undefined abbreviations in the abstract, since abstracts are often read independently of the actual chapter and without access to the reference list. 

– For further tips on writing an effective abstract, see the website on Search Engine Optimization. Atlas of Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Venereology 

Length of text 

Lengths for individual chapters will be assigned by the editors at the time of commissioning. In general, every dermatologic entity should contain up to 200 words and 10 color pictures. 

Please follow the internal structure indicated below. 


In order to ensure a user-friendly, coherent and comprehensive appearance, and to guarantee a smooth publication process and a seamless transformation of your manuscript into the final layout and various electronic formats (e.g., HTML for online publication, ePub for e-book readers), please adhere to the following article structures and do clearly define and organize the elements of your contribution: 

Chapter title 



Main Text (headings to be discussed with responsible Chapter Editor) 

- Definition 

- Clinical Features 

- Pathological Manifestations 

- Prognosis and Treatment 

- Differential diagnosis 

- Keywords 

Cross References (optional; to other related chapters within the work) 

References (should be restricted to the minimum number of essential references compatible with good scientific practice) 

Please do not modify this structure. You are free, though, to add subheadings within the headings provided. Also, please refer to the template at the end of this document. 

Heading numbering and Heading levels 

The headings in the Atlas are numbered. 

Please don’t use more than 3 (maximum 5) heading levels. 

Heading levels should be clearly identified and each level should be uniquely and consistently formatted and/or numbered. 

 Use the decimal system of numbering if your headings are numbered. 

Atlas of Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Venereology 

Never skip a heading level. The only exceptions are run-in headings which can be used at any hierarchical level. 

Reference Citations 

 Cite references in the text with author name/s and year of publication in parentheses (“Harvard system”): 

– One author: (Miller 1991) or Miller (1991) 

– Two authors: (Miller and Smith 1994) or Miller and Smith (1994) 

– Three authors or more: (Miller et al. 1995) or Miller et al. (1995) 


Please include up to 10 clinical and pathological figures for every entity, including atypical cases. Figures should be sharply focused, with excellent color balance and submitted as separately numbered JPG and JPEG files, of sufficient DPI and resolution (600-900 DPI and 5 inches wide or greater). 

Ethical points: Please notice the following ethical points: 

1- Photographers’ names should be stated in the image captions. 

2- If you have the face of your patients in your photos, you should get consent from the related patients. 

3- If it is not possible to get consent from your patients, for example if your photos are old and you have no access to your patients, you can cover their eyes or other determining marks, so that the patients cannot be identified. 

Reference List 

 Include a reference list at the end of each chapter so that readers of single chapters of the eBook can make full use of the citations. 

 Include all works that are cited in the chapter and that have been published (including on the Internet) or accepted for publication. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes as a substitute for a reference list. 

 Entries in the list must be listed alphabetically. 

The rules for alphabetization are: 

– First, all works by the author alone, ordered chronologically by year of publication. 

– Next, all works by the author with a coauthor, ordered alphabetically by coauthor. 

– Finally, all works by the author with several coauthors, ordered chronologically by year of publication. 


– For authors using EndNote software to create the reference list, Springer provides output styles that support the formatting of in-text citations and reference list. 

EndNote software: Springer reference styles 

– For authors using BiBTeX, the style files are included in Springer’s LaTex package. Atlas of Dermatology, Dermatopathology and Venereology 

Reference style 

Please use SpringerBasic-style in your reference list. Journal article: Kirch W, Shapiro F, Folsch UR (2004) Health care quality: misdiagnosis at a university hospital in 5 medical eras. J Public Health 12:154–161 

Book: Snider T, Grand L (2002) Air pollution by nitrogen oxides. Elsevier, Amsterdam 

Book chapter: Zippel J, Harding FW, Lagrange M (1992) The stress of playing God. In: Mildor E (ed) Explorations in geopolitics, 4th edn. Wiley, New York, pp 103–124 

Online document: Abou-Allaban Y, Dell M L, Greenberg W, Lomax J, Peteet, J, Torres, M, Cowell V (2006). Religious/spiritual commitments and psychiatric practice. Resource document. American Psychiatric Association. Accessed 25 June 2007