GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Article submission

      Submitted articles can be included in one of the four categories below:

      A. Original works
      B. Reviews
      C. Clinical cases
      D. Historical notes

      The first step is submitting the article on the JSS web page:
            http://www.journalofsurgicalsciences.com
      The articles will be evaluated by our editors and, once a decision on its publication is reached, the author will be contacted by email or phone.
      The article must be sent by only one author, so that he can receive all the notifications  and answer them promptly.
      Works that do not meet the criteria mentioned in this document or works not considered as a priority by the journal’s scientific reviewers will not be returned to the authors.
      The selection criteria include: the importance of objectivity and scientific information, clarity and brevity of exposure. The authors assume responsibility, in accordance with the principles of ethics and scientific truth in getting data and presenting the results.
      The journal and articles published herein are protected under the law on Copyright.

Article content

      Articles will be submitted exclusively in English.

      Articles sent for publication must include:

      Title page, with the following information: article title, name of the authors with their academic degrees and institutes or departments to which they belong, the author responsible for correspondence (name, postal address, phone number, e-mail, fax) and financial source (if necessary).
      Abstracts will be accompanied by the title and key words. Given that this may be indexed in an electronic abstracts database, it will have to be carefully written, reflecting the content and relevance of the article, while complying with orthographic and linguistic rules.

      The article text will have a structure adapted to the material type. 

      Original works and Reviews must include: introduction, objectives, materials and method (referring to the selection of participants, inclusion and exclusion criteria, technical information, statistical method used for the calculation of the data), results, discussions and conclusions.

      Clinical cases must include: introduction, presentation of the case, discussions.

      The size of the texts (including the bibliography)

      Articles shall not exceed: 15 pages for a review, 12 pages for an original research, 6 pages for a case presentation.

      The bibliography should comply with the Recommendations of International Committee of Medical Journal Editors as follows:

      Authors should provide direct references to original research sources whenever possible. Although references to review articles can be an efficient way to guide readers to a body of literature, review articles do not always reflect original work accurately. On the other hand, extensive lists of references to original work on a topic can use excessive space. Fewer references to key original papers often serve as well as more exhaustive lists, particularly since references can now be added to the electronic version of published papers, and since electronic literature searching allows readers to retrieve published literature efficiently.
      Do not use conference abstracts as references: they can be cited in the text, in parentheses, but not as page footnotes. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press” or “forthcoming.” Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” with written permission from the source.
      Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.
      We reserve our right to check the accuracy of all reference citations to avoid errors.

Examples of correct references:

1. Journal article
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.

2. Book
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

3. Online article
Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs [Internet]. 2002 Jun [cited 2002 Aug 12];102(6):[about 1 p.]. Available from: http://www.nursingworld.org/AJN/2002/june/Wawatch.htmArticle

Technical instructions

      Authors should send us the final version of the article. Future changes would be done only upon the reviewer’s request.
      The authors will use symbols of the Système Internationale d'Unités and their abbreviations. Other official abbreviations and acronyms must be defined when used for the first time in the text, even after they have been defined in the abstract. Do not use abbreviations in title and in key words.
      Tables and figures (graphs, charts, drawings, photographs) will have titles, will be numbered and will include a legend (if needed).
      Graphs will indicate the scale and units of measurement.
      Photos will have a minimum resolution of 300 dpi and should be well focused. Unclear or pixilated photos can we rejected by editors.

      The article must be sent as a Microsoft Word document (*.doc or *.docx) and should comply with the following rules:

  1. Font:
    1. Times New Roman
    2. 12 pc.
  2. Indents and Spacing: General:
    1. Alignment: justify
    2. Outline level: body text
    3. Indentation: left: 0
    4. Right: 0
    5. Special: none
    6. Spacing:
    7. Before: 0
    8. After: 0
    9. Line spacing: single
  3. Page Layout:
    1. Margins:
    2. Top: 2.5
    3. Bottom: 2.5
    4. Left: 2.5
    5. Right: 2.5
    6. Gutter: 0
    7. Gutter position: left
  4. Orientation: portrait
  5. Pages: multiple pages: normal
  6. Use only RETURN key to jump to next row or to indicate the end of a paragraph.

Copyright and patient confidentiality

      All authors will be asked to complete a Copyright Transfer Agreement, transferring copyright for the article to the Publisher and declaring any competing of interests.
      Once accepted for publication, the article may not be published elsewhere. Upon acceptance of an article by the Journal, the author(s) implicitly transfer(s) the copyright of the article to the Publisher. The copyright covers the exclusive and unlimited rights to reproduce and distribute the article in any form of reproduction (including electronic media); it also covers translations for all languages and countries. This transfer ensures the widest possible dissemination of information. 
      Our policy about patient rights is based on the principle of confidentiality and the traditions of medical ethics.
      Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual should be accompanied by the patient’s explicit consent before publication.
      If consent cannot be obtained, the publication will be possible only if the information can be sufficiently anonymised. In such cases the following note should be inserted at the end of the paper: Detail has been removed from this case description/these case descriptions to ensure anonymity. The editors and reviewers have seen the detailed information available and are satisfied that the information backs up the case the authors are making.
      If the patient is dead the Data Protection Act does not apply, but the authors should seek permission from a relative (as a matter of courtesy and medical ethics).
      Our policy on obtaining consent for publication of pictures of patients is a subset of our general policy on patient confidentiality. If there is any chance that a patient may be identified from a photograph or other image or from its legend or accompanying text we need the patient’s written consent to publication in the JSS.
      Images – such as X rays, laparoscopic images, ultrasound images, pathology slides, or images of indistinctive parts of the body – may be used without consent as long as they are anonymised.
      An exception to this policy of needing consent for recognizable photographs of individuals is when we use photographs from picture agencies.

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