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About the Journal |   Manuscript Submission and Tracking |  Preparation of Manuscript  |  References Appendix |  Checklist for submission of articles to PINT |   Editorial Office | Contributors' form


 About the Journal  Top

Published twice a year, is a peer-reviewed, online, open access, international journal that takes articles from all over the world. It is an official journal of “Pigmentary Disorders Society”. The Pigment International (PINT) is specifically designed to provide dermatologists around the world with a regular, up-to-date source of information on all aspects of the research, diagnosis and management of pigmentary disorders. PINT publishes articles of general and practical interest in the field of pigmentary disorders, including molecular biology, genetics and various diseases of pigment cells. The journal strives to bring out the best research in the field of pigment cells and aims to advance the understanding and management of the pigmentary disorders. PINT is guided by a distinguished, international editorial board and emphasizes a global approach to continuing medical education for physicians and other providers of health care with a specific interest in problems regarding the pigmentary disorders of skin.

Authors submitting manuscripts to PINT do so on the understanding that the work has not been published previously, is not being considered for publication elsewhere, and has been read and approved by all authors. Further, submission of manuscripts means that authors automatically agree to sign a Copyright Form and upload it from its website area.

All articles must be submitted online through http://www.journalonweb.com/pigmentinternational.

The journal levies no fees for submission, publication and processing. Articles are accepted in the following sections (all word limits exclude abstract and references):

  • Editorials: These are usually solicited, contributed by editorial board members, but unsolicited material may also be considered (approx. 1000 to 1200 words). A maximum of 12 references may be included. Editorials should normally not have tables and figures.
  • Reviews: The journal is particularly keen to publish concise, high-quality review articles with systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources. Review articles may be solicited by the Editor or may be submitted by authors for publication subject to peer review. The word count of the body text should not exceed 3000 words and should include an unstructured abstract (maximum 290 words) with key 3-5 words.
  • Original articles: This includes reports of trials, studies of diagnostic tests or surveys. Original articles must include a structured abstract of 250 words with 5 headings: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusion with 3-5 key words. Body text of article should include an Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement if any, References, legends to figures, and tables with a word count limit of 3000 words.Double blind controlled trials must follow the CONSORT statement and observational studies must follow the STROBE guidelines. The articles would not be considered without submission of a completed CONSORT or STROBE checklist. Registration of clinical trials is desirable. Permission from ethics committee/ Institutional Review Board (IRB) and statement of sources of support and conflict of interest are mandatory for all studies. IRB approval must be mentioned in the “methods” section of all manuscripts.
  • Short communication: Reports data on research projects that have progressed to a point where important preliminary observations should be disseminated. A “Summary and Significance” are required in the beginning of the article as “Abstract” of 250 words with 3-5 key words. It may be organized into Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion sections. Communications will be processed for rapid publication within journal production schedules. The word limit is of 2000 and a maximum of three figures/tables/illustrations are permissible.
  • Case reports: Reports of extraordinary significance of a disease or a new disease are considered. Case reports must include an unstructured abstract (not more than 190 words) with 3-5 key words and should not exceed 1000 words of body text with up to 10 references. The article should be divided into Introduction, Case report(s), Discussion and References. Suitable figures and tables (maximum two) can be added.
  • The clinical picture:
    1. An optimal clinical picture contributes to visual information that will be useful to other physicians.
    2. The purpose of this section is to provide high quality images to illustrate an important clinical pigmentary disorder, which should be interesting and educational. Good images relevant to daily practice are welcome.
    3. Most formats are acceptable, including JPEG (preferable), TIFF, BMP, GIF, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator. The most important factor is that the images are clear (at least 1-4 MB in size) and of not less than 300 dpi.
    4.  A brief description regarding the patient history and the condition ,management must be provided. (around 500 words) A maximum of 2 latest references may be given. A maximum of three authors can be considered for this section.
  • THERAPEUTIC PEARLS: This section is for reporting innovative approach in management of pigmentary disorders. It may include newer, therapeutic measures and/or author’s modifications in the existing modalities of treatment. Manuscript should not be more than 750 words with 5 references. Manuscript should include high resolution pre and post treatment clinical pictures along with the proposed mechanism of action of the reported therapeutic modality. This section can have maximum of three authors. Following points needs to be kept in mind while submitting manuscripts in this section:

    • At least two clinical images should be submitted, pre and post treatment, clearly indicating the change after treatment. Images must be in jpeg or jpg format, minimum 300 dpi.
    • The mechanism of action of the reported modality should be mentioned or logical explanation should be given.
    • The utility of newer technique in comparison to conventional treatment modality should either be evident by clinical response or should be explained in manuscript.
  • Letters to the editor: Letters to the Editor (Correspondence) may be in response to issues arising from recently published articles, or short, free-standing pieces expressing an opinion. These should be formatted in one continuous section, normally be no more than 750 words in length, may have up to 5 references and a maximum of three photographs. No abstract is required.
  • History: An article (up to 2500 words in length) on the history of pigmentary disorder, also a biographic account of a historic or noteworthy figure in dermatology. No abstract is required.
  • Perspective: An article of 500-1000 words length with 0- 5 references on matters of interest to readers may be submitted. The author may express his or her opinion without complete documentation. No abstract is required.
  • Focus: Short reviews (up to 1500 words) on instruments, equipment, drugs or procedures of pigmentary disorders may be submitted after consulting the editor on the selection of subject. No abstract is required.
  • Dermatological surgery: An article relating to the surgical aspects of treatment. Article types may include Review, Report or Case Report Format.
  • Spot the diagnosis: A classic clinical case with short history, examination, one to three good photographs and investigation findings (up to 150 words). It should be followed by the answer in the form of the diagnosis and a short review of the condition. Manuscripts submitted for this section could be authored by not more than four authors and could include up to 500 words excluding references. It could have up to 5 references.
  • Concept: It focuses discussion of a specific question, emerging problem, or a controversial topic. Concept is expected to provide a data-based view and is often solicited from few contributors to allow coverage from different expertise.
  • Hypothesis: A brief report offering a novel hypothesis for solving existing problem. These need not always be based on an existing data
  • Dermoscopy / Histopathology Pearls: This section is for dermoscopy / histopathology images in pigmentary disorders. It can include classical and unique cases. Manuscript should not be more than 250 words with 5 references. Manuscript should include clinical picture followed by dermoscopic or histopathologic features. This section can have maximum of three authors. Following points needs to be kept in mind while submitting manuscript in this section:

    Dermoscopy image:

  • Dermoscopic images should not be more than two in number. Images should be labelled with coloured arrows and important features should be explained in legend.
  • Type of dermoscope, magnification and mode (polarised/non-polarised) should be mentioned.
  • Clinical and histopathologic images may be submitted wherever required.
  • Histopathology image:

  • Histopathology image should be rectangular. Magnification, stain should be mentioned.
  • Clinical image may be submitted wherever required.


 Manuscript Submission and Tracking  Top

Manuscripts should be submitted using the online system, http://www.journalonweb.com/pigmentinternational. All communications will be made through the online system platform. All manuscripts received online are automatically acknowledged by e-mail which mentions tracking article number for future reference. Articles need not be sent by e-mail or post. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. The copyright form, covering letter and other documents mentioned should be uploaded as supplemental files at the time of submission.

After the editorial review, manuscripts are sent to at least two independent reviewers without revealing the identity of the contributors. Names and e-mail addresses of one or two reviewers who have had some experience in the subject of the submitted manuscript but who are not affiliated to the same institute as the authors can be suggested at the time of manuscript submission. Authors will be informed about the reviewers’ comments and acceptance or rejection of their manuscript. There are no charges for submission and publication of manuscripts, including colour images. Reprints are not free and should be requested in a reprint request form that will be sent with the acceptance letter.

Copyright form: It should be uploaded at the time of submission of article.

Accepted articles: Articles are accepted for publication after a full peer review process. But it will be yet to undergo copy editing, type setting, pagination and proof reading process. Proofs will be sent in due course of time before final publication.

Proofs: Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author via email and should be returned within 3 days of receipt to the Production Editor. Corrections received after that period may not be included. Significant textual alterations are unacceptable at proof stage without the written approval of the editor, and they are likely to result in the delay of publication. The editors reserve the customary right to style, to abridge the article to ensure clarity and conciseness and to decide the time of publication.

 Preparation of Manuscript  Top

Manuscript text should be submitted in word (.doc or .docx) or rich text format (.rtf). The use of clear, concise English is encouraged for the preparation of the manuscript. Text should be typed in Times New Roman, 12 point, 2.0 line spacing and with margins of at least 2.5 cm. To change paragraph in text, press ENTER. Do not indent the paragraph by pressing TAB. Do not type headings or any other text in ALL CAPITALS. Manuscripts should have a uniform style and should be submitted in accordance with these instructions. Manuscript in incorrect format may result in rejection. Do not use the software’s facility for a header, footer or footnotes. Abbreviations must be defined when first used in the abstract and in the main text, as well as when first used in table and figure captions.

A manuscript should be divided into the following two files:

  1. First page file: This document is the title page as per the following format: 1. Title of the article; 2. Short running title of not more than 90 characters; 3. Names of all contributors (first name, middle name initial, and surname in that sequence), highest academic degrees, and their professional affiliations; 4. Word count (text only, exclusive of title, abstract, references, tables, and figure legends); 5. Number of figures; 6. Number of tables; 7. Statement of conflict of interest; 8. Sources of support if any; 9. Address for correspondence - the name, address, phone numbers and email address of the corresponding contributor and 10. Acknowledgment if any. The corresponding author should promptly inform the editor of any change in e-mail id or mailing address.
  2. Article file: This includes the main article manuscript without any identifying information about authors or their affiliations. The article file should have sections of Abstract, Key words, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Tables, Illustrations (drawings only; do not embed the images in the text file as these have to submitted separately online) and Legends for illustrations in that order. For detailed information, please refer to the website or the current issue.
    The covering letter can be added subsequently here or can be uploaded as a separate supplementary file.


Abstracts: Authors submitting original articles should note that structured abstracts are required. The structured abstract should adopt the format: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Review articles require abstracts but they need not be structured. Letters to the editor do not require abstracts. Abstracts should not contain citations to previously published work.

Tables and illustrations: Tables and illustrations should not be inserted in the appropriate place in the text but should be included at the end of the manuscript after references, each on a separate page. Sketches/flow diagrams should be included in the article file document (MS Word). Tables and illustrations should be referred to in text as follows: Table 1, Table 2, Fig. 1, Figs 2–4 consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. The place at which the table or illustrations is to be inserted in the printed text should be indicated clearly in the manuscript. Each table and/or illustrations must have a self-explanatory legend.

Figures: All figures should be supplied in JPEG (preferably), TIFF, BMP, GIF, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, format and preferably of a size 1- 4 MB each. It should be uploaded online simultaneously as separate file at the time of submission of the manuscript. The figures should be referred to in text as follows: Fig. 1, Figs 2–4. Where a figure has more than one panel, each panel should be labelled in the top left-hand corner using lower case letters in parentheses, i.e., (a), (b), etc., and a brief description of each panel given in the figure legend. For clinical photographs, either the subjects must not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. For histopathology photographs, please mention the magnification scale and the method of staining. Figures should be clear with high resolutions (resolution not less than 1200 X 2400 pixels, at least 1 MB in size, maximum of 4 MB each) and a minimum of 300 dpi. After acceptance of the manuscript, you will be contacted to provide print-quality figures if you have not already done so. Figure legends should be included in the article file after references.

 References  Top

References should follow the Vancouver system of references, outlined below, and should be cited in the text as consecutive, un-bracketed superscript numbers. Arrange the reference list in the sequence in which the references are first cited. Personal communications should not be cited in the reference list but may appear parenthetically in the text.

Format for references:
List the first six authors followed by et al. If six or fewer authors, please include all authors names. List the Surname, followed by the initials, for each author; the title of the paper; journal title (abbreviated according to the style of Index Medicus [ www.nlm.nih.gov ]; in case the journal is not listed in the Index Medicus, the full journal title should be given); year of publication; volume number; first and last page numbers. Please observe the interpunctuation most carefully.

For journal articles:
Sehgal VN, Srivastava G, Dogra S. Tacrolimus in dermatology-pharmacokinetics, mechanism of action, drug interactions, dosages, and side effects: part I. Skinmed. 2008; 7:27-30.

For books:
Hunt TK, editor. Wound healing and wound infection: theory and surgical practice. New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts; 1980.

For chapters in books:
Lever WF, Schaumberg Lever G. Pityriasis rubra pilaris. In: Lever WF, Schaumberg Lever G, editors. Histopathology of the skin. 7th ed. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott; 1996. p. 176-8.

For electronic media:
Bhatia A, Prakash S. Topical phenytoin for wound healing. Dermatology Online Journal. Available at: http://dermatology.cdlib.org. Accessed November 3, 2004.

N.B. In case of any doubt, please refer to “ICMJE Recommendations, formerly the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts” for biomedical journals at the web page www.icmje.org or in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Ann Intern Med 1997; 126:36-47) for more detailed guidelines.

 Appendix  Top

Covering letter and other documents: A covering letter stating the title of the paper and the following points should be submitted as supplemental file at the time of submission.
Authorship: All the authors have contributed enough towards this publication to justify authorship criteria.

Copyright: We transfer all copyright ownership of the enclosed manuscript to the Pigment International, if it is accepted for publication.
We warrant that this paper is original and has not been in part or in whole simultaneously submitted to or published in another journal.
Sources of support: For studies, add 'This study was supported (or not supported) financially or otherwise (specify) by ………………………………….'
Conflict of interest:Please specify, if any, conflict of interest.
Ethics committee / Institutional review board's permission:We also declare that the study was assessed and approved by the institutional ethics committee / institutional review board. A scanned copy of the letter of approval can be uploaded as supplemental file.
Permission:Copy of permission(s), if any, to reproduce published material is enclosed. A scanned copy of the same can be uploaded as supplemental file at the time of submission.
Patient's consent:The patient's consent to use photographs that may reveal the identity of the patient is enclosed. A scanned copy of the same can be uploaded as supplemental file at the time of submission.

 Checklist for submission of articles to PINT  Top

For online submission:

  1. Prepare first page file as per instructions to authors
  2. Prepare article file including tables and legends to photographs. Do not include author names or affiliations or correspondence address in any part of the article file.
  3. Label digital images or scanned photographs- as jpeg or tiff files of less than 4MB each.
  4. Register as an author at the web-site www.journalonweb.com (not needed if you have registered earlier).
  5. Follow instructions for submission in your work area.
  6. Fill up the copyright form, and upload the same from your website area.
 Editorial Office  Top

Dr. Rashmi Sarkar, Editor in chief,
Pigment International,
Department of Dermatology, Maulana Azad Medical College and Associated LNJP hospital
New Delhi-110002
Mob: 91-9818244340

Email ID: rashmisarkar@gmail.com

Contributors' form  Top


(to be modified as applicable and one signed copy attached with the manuscript)

Manuscript Title:

I/we certify that I/we have participated sufficiently in contributing to the intellectual content, concept and design of this work or the analysis and interpretation of the data (when applicable), as well as writing of the manuscript, to take public responsibility for it and have agreed to have my/our name listed as a contributor.

 I/we believe that the manuscript represents valid work. Neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under my/our authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere, except as described in the covering letter. I/we certify that all the data collected during the study is presented in this manuscript and no data from the study has been or will be published separately. I/we attest that, if requested by the editors, I/we will provide the data/information or will cooperate fully in obtaining and providing the data/information on which the manuscript is based, for examination by the editors or their assignees. Financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with the content of this paper have been disclosed in the cover letter. Sources of outside support of the project are named in the covering letter. 

I/We hereby transfer(s), assign(s), or otherwise convey(s) all copyright ownership, including any and all rights incidental thereto, exclusively to the Pigment International, in the event that such work is published by the Pigment International. The Pigment International shall own the work, including

  1. copyright;
  2. the right to grant permission to republish the article in whole or in part, with or without fee;
  3. the right to produce preprints or reprints and translate intouages other than English for sale or free distribution; and
  4. the right to republish the work in a collection of articles in any other mechanical or electronic format.

We give the rights to the corresponding author to make necessary changes as per the request of the journal, do the rest of the correspondence on our behalf and he/she will act as the guarantor for the manuscript on our behalf.

All persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript, but who are not contributors, are named in the Acknowledgment and have given me/us their written permission to be named. If I/we do not include an Acknowledgment that means I/we have not received substantial contributions from non-contributors and no contributor has been omitted.

Name Signature Date signed
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4 --------------- --------------- --------------- (up to 4 contributors for case report/ images/ review)
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6 --------------- --------------- --------------- (up to 6 contributors for original studies)

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