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September 2007

Identifiable Patient Photographs

Arch Facial Plast Surg. 2007;9(5):351. doi:10.1001/archfaci.9.5.351

Please do not send masked photographs of patients.

Until the late 1980s, placing black bars over the eyes of patients in photographs was accepted as a way to protect the identities of patients. However, journals began to discontinue this practice when it became apparent that bars across eyes do not protect identities. Photographs with bars placed over the eyes of patients should not be used in publication.1

Authors may obtain the Patient Consent Form from www.archfacial.com The patient should be offered the opportunity to see the manuscript before submission. When the manuscript is submitted electronically, send the patient consent by fax to the editorial office: (206) 386-3553.

Iverson  C Christiansen  SFlanagin   A  et al.  AMA Manual of Style. 10th New York, NY Oxford University Press2007;229