About the Journal

Aims and Scope

Acta Dermato-Venereologica (ActaDV) is a truly international Open Access journal for clinical and experimental research in the field of dermatology and venereology. It was founded in 1920 by Johan Almqvist and edited during 1936-1969 by Sven Hellerström. Since 1970, the journal has been published for the Society for the Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica on a non-profit basis.

ActaDV publishes high-quality manuscripts in English in the field of Dermatology and Venereology, dealing with new observations on basic dermatological and venereological research, as well as clinical investigations. Each volume also features a number of Original articles in special areas, as well as Short communications to stimulate debate and to disseminate important clinical observations. ActaDV has rapid publication times and offer personal publication services.

ActaDV covers basic and clinical studies encompassing:

  • Atopic dermatitis and contact allergy
  • Facial dermatoses and adnexal disorders
  • New treatments
  • Psoriasis and genodermatoses
  • Psychodermatology
  • Sexually transmitted diseases
  • Skin biology and inflammation
  • Skin cancer and pigmentation
  • Skin immunology and lymphoma
  • Urticaria and itch
  • Wound healing and tissue repair

Extensive papers, proceedings from congresses and symposia may be published as supplements to the journal. Announcements concerning pertinent dermatological meetings and books received are also published.

ActaDV in short

Full title: Acta Dermato-Venereologica

ISSN: 0001-5555 (print) and 1651-2057 (online)

Owner: Society for Publication of Acta Dermato-Venereologica

Publisher: Medical Journals Sweden AB

2020 Impact Factor: 4.437

License: Creative Commons CC-BY-NC 4.0 

Readership: Doctors and scientists interested in dermatology, skin biology and venereology

Abstracting and indexing

Acta Dermato-Venereologica is indexed in the following:

Abstracts on Hygiene and Communicable Diseases

Medical Documentation Service

Biotechnology Abstracts

Microbiology Abstracts Section B. Bacteriology

Chemical Abstracts

Microbiology Abstracts Section C. Algology, Mycology and Protozoology


Nematological Abstracts

CSA Neurosciences Abstracts

Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series A. Human & Experimental

Current Advances in Cancer Research

Nutrition Abstracts and Reviews Series B. Livestock Feeds and Feeding

Current Contents/Clinical Medicine

PESTDOC; Protozoological Abstracts

Current Contents/Life Sciences

Reference Update; Research Alert

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

Review of Medical and Veterinary Mycology

ElsevierBIOBASE/Current Awareness in Biological Sciences

Review of Medical and Veterinary Entomology

Dairy Science Abstracts

Review of Plant Pathology

Dokumentation Arbeitsmedizin

Safety and Health at Work

EMBASE/Excerpta Medica

Science Citation Index; SciSearch

Helminthological Abstracts


Immunology Abstracts

Tropical Diseases Bulletin

Index Medicus/MEDLINE


Periodicals Scanned and Abstracted. Life Science Collection


Peer Review Process 

Upon submission all manuscripts are reviewed by one of the journal Editors. Some papers may be rejected at this stage as they do not meet basic scientific principles or deal with topics beyond the scope of ActaDV. All other manuscripts will be entered into our peer review system and are sent to at least two reviewers with special expertise in the relevant subject field. ActaDV applies a single-blinded peer review policy, meaning authors are not informed about the identity of the reviewers. When appropriate, the manuscript will also be sent to a special statistical consultant for evaluation.

Based on the feedback from the reviewers, the Editors thereafter decide whether the manuscript should be accepted directly (which in practice is rare), subject to minor or major revision before a final decision can be made, or rejected. The revised manuscript is usually sent to the reviewers again, sometimes including one further reviewer, before a final decision is made (or a decision to ask for further revision).


If accepted, a formal acceptance letter will be sent to the corresponding author. At this stage, all manuscripts will also be re-evaluated by our editorial team if they are suitable to be specifically highlighted in social media. If your manuscript is considered eligible, we will ask for a very brief summary (i.e., tweetorial) that can be used on Acta DV’s social media platforms. To enhance dissemination of your open-access paper, we invite you and your co-authors to share and/or retweet this post among your contacts. We also strongly encourage you to share with us your Twitter Handles and similar.

Archiving and Author Self-Archiving

Articles published in ActaDV are permanently stored in full text in CLOCKSS and the journal is also part of the Public Knowledge Preservation Network for purposes of preservation and restoration. In addition. Abstracts are permanently stored at Web of Science (SCIE), PubMed/MEDLINE, Scopus and DOAJ.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their articles on personal and institutional websites after publication (while providing full bibliographic details and a link to the original publication).

European Society of Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP)

Acta Dermato-Venereologica is the official journal of European Society of Dermatology and Psychiatry (ESDaP). For more information about ESDaP and the benefits this co-operation brings to the members of ESDaP please visit the ESDaP website.