Guide for Authors
Submission of manuscripts
Only manuscripts addressing topics in diagnostic anatomic pathology that are deemed to be of practical value for the daily practice of pathology will be considered for review by the Journal. Only previously unpublished work should be submitted; material that has been presented in part in abstract form elsewhere should be acknowledged in a note. All individuals who are listed as authors of a manuscript must have participated sufficiently in the conception and design of the work and the analysis of the data (if applicable) as well as in the writing of the manuscript. The authors must also believe the manuscript represents valid work and must have reviewed the final version of the manuscript and approved it for publication. Materials submitted to the Journal must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts should be in English and conform to the Journal format. Manuscripts that do not comply with Journal requirements may be returned without review at the discretion of the Editors. All manuscripts, including review articles, will be subject to peer review and revision. Letters to the Editor will also be published at the discretion of the Editors as space permits and may be subject to editing. Letters to the Editor should be brief and concise, should not include illustrations and tables, and will be limited to a maximum of 5 references. Accepted manuscripts will become the property of the Journal (except those protected by U.S. Government law), and excerpts or parts of their contents may not be published elsewhere without written permission from both the Editors and the Publisher. To provide objectivity in the review process, copies of manuscripts submitted for peer review should not be identified with the authors' names or affiliations.
All manuscripts must be submitted online through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) for the Annals of Diagnostic Pathology at http://ees.elsevier.com/adp/ or via a link at http://www.annalspathology.com/ . First-time authors will need to register initially and then submit their papers online. MANUSCRIPTS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED UNLESS COMPLETE (that is, title page, abstract and key words, figures, legends, tables, references). If the Editor requests any changes to the manuscript, it is the author's responsibility to ensure that a revised version is re-submitted through the Elsevier Editorial System (EES) site. Because the review process will be conducted in a double-blind format, you will be asked to provide separate files for your title page (containing all of the author details and contact information) along with a blinded version of your paper containing no author details. If you require assistance with your submission, tutorials, contact information for live support, and other resources are available online via the following link: http://epsupport.elsevier.com
Authors are responsible for applying for permission for both print and electronic rights for all borrowed materials and are responsible for paying any fees related to the applications of these permissions.
Annals of Diagnostic Pathology is no longer accepting case reports. Please submit to another journal that publishes case reports.
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Original manuscripts should be divided into the following sections with appropriate section headings: title page, abstract/key words page, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, figures and figure legends, and tables. If a disclaimer is required, it should be written on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. All pages must be numbered sequentially (without indicating authors' names). A cover letter must accompany all submitted manuscripts. The manuscript, including references, tables, and legends, should be typed double-spaced with at least 1" (2.5 cm) margins throughout on one side of the page only. Unless otherwise indicated, these guidelines are in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (N Engl J Med 1997;336:309?315). All submitted manuscripts should be accompanied by the copyright transfer form signed by all authors. Permission to quote and reproduce material previously published must be obtained from the copyright holder, and a copy of the letter granting such permission must accompany the manuscript. Authors are expected to disclose any commerical associations that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted manuscript. All funding sources supporting the work submitted should be properly acknowledged on the title page of the manuscript. Material prepared on a word processor should be printed on a letter-quality printer. All manuscripts accepted for publication should be accompanied by a final version in electronic format.
A cover letter must accompany all submitted manuscripts. The cover letter should provide the name, complete address, telephone number, and facsimile number of the corresponding author (and electronic mail address if available). Acknowledgment of receipt of manuscripts by the Editorial Office will be made via facsimile or e-mail only.
The title page of the original copy of the manuscript must include the full name(s), highest academic title(s), and affiliation(s) of all authors. The full address and telephone/facsimile numbers of the corresponding author should be clearly indicated separately. The two additional copies to be sent to the reviewer should include only the full title of the manuscript and should not include the authors' names or affiliations nor identify the corresponding author. Similarly, the Materials and Methods section in the two additional copies submitted should not identify the institution(s) where the work was performed. This information, however, must be provided in the original copy submitted to the Editors and in the final version for publication.
The abstract should be typed on a separate page and should not exceed 250 words. The abstract should be followed by a maximum of 6 key words for indexing purposes.
All tables must be numbered sequentially in the order of their citation in the text. Each table should be typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper and should be accompanied by a clear and specific title.
Figures and figure legends
All figures must be numbered sequentially in the text and accompanied by figure legends typed on a separate page. Legends should be brief and specific. The type of stain used should be indicated in the legend only if other than hematoxylin and eosin. Do not provide magnifications for histological preparations; the magnification may be cited in the corresponding figure legend as "scanning," "medium power," and "high power," if needed. Original magnifications should be cited in the figure legends for electron micrographs. All illustrations should be submitted in triplicate. Only one set should be labeled with the first author's name on the back and included in a separate enveloped marked "for publication"; the two additional sets of illustrations should only include the figure number and short title of the paper. Indicate the top of the figure with an arrow on the back of the print. Original artwork (graphs, charts, line drawings, etc) should be submitted as glossy black & white prints. All illustrations should be unmounted and submitted as sets in separate envelopes. Color illustrations may be included at the author's expense. Submit the original set of color illustrations as 2 x 2" Kodachromes and the additional two sets for the reviewers as color prints.Figures may be submitted in electronic format. Images should be provided in EPS or TIF format on Zip disk, CD, floppy, Jaz, or 3.5 MO. Graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, not presentation software such as PowerPoint, CorelDraw, or Harvard Graphics, should be used to create the art. Color images must be CMYK, at least 300 DPI, with a digital color proof, not a color laser print or color photography (this proof will be used at press for color reproduction). Gray scale images should be at least 300 DPI and accompanied by a proof. Combinations of gray scale and line art should be at least 1200 DPI and accompanied by a proof. Line art (black and white or color) should be at least 1200 DPI and accompanied by a proof. Please include hardware and software information, in addition to the file names.
ReferencesReference numbers in the text should follow numerical order and be enclosed in parentheses or superscripted. References are listed in the order in which they are referred in the text, not in alphabetical order; they must follow the style of the samples provided. Include all author names when there are three or fewer authors; for references that contain more than three authors, list only the first three and use et al. Personal communications and unpublished observations should be indicated in parentheses within the text but excluded from the reference list. Information from manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should be cited in the text indicated in parentheses as "unpublished observations." Authors are responsible for the bibliographic accuracy of all references. Sample references follow:
Journal article, one author:Koss MN: Pulmonary lymphoid disorders. Semin Diagn Pathol 1995;12:158-171
Journal article, more than three authors:Luk ISC, Chan JKC, Chow SM, et al: Pituitary adenoma presenting as sinonasal tumor: Pitfalls in diagnosis. Hum Pathol 1996;27:605-609
Journal article in press:McPherson RA: Molecular basis of mutations, deletions, and repeats in DNA that cause genetic diseases and standard methods for their detection. Clin Lab Med (in press)
Abstracts:Moses HL: Transforming growth factors and cancer: New insights. Proc Am Assoc Cancer Res 1992;33:560 (abstr)
Paper presented at a meeting:Martin AW, Lear SC, Corrigan C: Immunohistochemical demonstration of cathepsin B and D in breast cancer and its relationship to prognosis. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the U.S. and Canadian Academy of Pathology (abstr 81), Atlanta, GA, March 14-20, 1992
Chapter of bookWeiss LM, Chang KL, Arber DA: Lymph node, in Weidner N (ed). The Difficult Diagnosis in Surgical Pathology. Philadelphia, PA, Saunders, 1996, pp 805-839
AudioSlidesThe journal encourages authors to create an AudioSlides presentation with their published article. AudioSlides are brief, webinar-style presentations that are shown next to the online article on ScienceDirect. This gives authors the opportunity to summarize their research in their own words and to help readers understand what the paper is about. More information and examples are available at http://www.elsevier.com/audioslides. Authors of this journal will automatically receive an invitation e-mail to create an AudioSlides presentation after acceptance of their paper.
Proofs and reprintsAuthors will be provided with page proofs to check the accuracy of typesetting. Proofs must be checked carefully and returned within 48 hours of receipt. Important changes in data will be accepted, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proofs. A reprint order form will be sent to the corresponding authors along with page proofs. Reprints will be shipped six to eight weeks after publication of the issue in which the article appears.
Updated January 2009