Journal Policy

Advertising Policy

All advertisements and commercially sponsored publications are independent from editorial decisions. Canadian Dermatology Today does not endorse any product or service marked as an advertisement or promoted by a sponsor in Canadian Dermatology Today publications. Editorial content is not compromised by commercial or financial interests, or by any specific arrangements with advertising clients or sponsors.

All advertisements for drug-specific campaigns must comply with the relevant Canadian legislation that regulates advertising. All advertisements for drug specific campaigns should encourage correct and rational, may not be deceptive or misleading, and must be verifiable. Advertisements should clearly identify the advertiser and the product or service being offered.

Research Ethics

Canadian Dermatology Today reserves the right to reject any manuscript on the basis of unethical conduct in either human or animal studies.

For research involving human experiments, the article must include a statement that ethical approval was obtained (or a statement that ethical approval was not required and why) and a statement that the participants gave informed consent before taking part (or a statement that consent was not required and why).

Where illustrations include recognizable individuals, living or deceased, authors must ensure that consent for publication has been given and patient anonymity should be preserved.

Informed Consent

Individual participants in studies have the right to decide what happens to identifiable personal data gathered, to what they have said during a study or an interview, as well as to any photograph that was taken. This is especially true concerning images of vulnerable people (e.g. minors, patients, refugees, etc) or the use of images in sensitive contexts. In many instances authors will need to secure written consent before including images.

Identifying details of the participants that were studied should not be published in written descriptions unless the information is essential for scholarly purposes and the participant gave written informed consent for publication.

In cases were complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, informed consent for publication should be obtained if there is any doubt.

Corrections & Retractions

Canadian Dermatology Today will issue corrections, retraction statements and other post-publication updates including Editorial Expressions of Concern on published content as appropriate. Substantial errors to supplementary information are corrected in the same manner as amendments to the main article.

When making corrections to articles, in the majority of cases the original article is corrected and is linked to and from the published amendment notice, which details the original error. For the sake of transparency, when changes made to the original article affect data in figures, tables or text (for example, when data points/error bars change or curves require redrawing) the amendment notice will reproduce the original data. When it is not possible to correct the original article in both HTML and PDF versions (for example, articles published many years before the error is raised) the article will remain unchanged but will links to and from the published amendment notice.