Guide for Authors

  • Jerrold B. Leikin, MD, Editor-in-Chief
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    The purpose of Disease-a-Month is to provide current, practical, clinical information to subscribers for use in their daily practices. For the entity under discussion, you should cover basic science and pathogenesis, but the primary emphasis should be on patient evaluation, differential diagnosis, and treatment. Please keep this objective in mind as you prepare your article.


    Two copies of the final, complete manuscript and a copy of the manuscript on disk (preferably Microsoft Word) should be sent to your inviting editor on or before the contracted due date. The author accepts responsibility for the submitted disk exactly matching the submitted printouts. Guidelines for submitting manuscripts on disk are attached.

    The requirements for manuscripts submitted to Disease-A-Month conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (Ann Intern Med 1997;126:36-47), and may be found online at Certain requirements unique to the journal are provided below.

    Include academic affiliations for yourself and all co-authors on the title page. Make sure to indicate the corresponding author. Manuscripts, including references, tables, and illustration legends, should be double-spaced on 8½" x 11" white bond paper with 1" margins. Number pages consecutively. Submit the original typescript copy of the manuscript, illustrations, a table of contents, and one photocopy of the manuscript to the editor. Include with your manuscript an abstract of your article (two to three double-spaced typewritten pages). Retain a copy of the manuscript and illustrations for your files.


    Your manuscript should be between 70 and 90 manuscript pages, including tables, illustrations, and references (based on 250 words per double-spaced, typewritten page). References should not exceed 200 entries. References in exceeding 200 entries will be available online at


    Each table should be organized logically and should supplement the article. Each table should have a title and be numbered in Arabic numerals. Each table must be cited in the text. Make your column headings brief. Place footnotes to the tables at the bottom of the table itself. Type each table on a separate sheet and insert all tables immediately after the reference section. If the table or any part of it is taken from previously published material, its source must be indicated in a footnote with a full credit citation (e.g., "From Palmer HD, Murphy HS Jr. Expanding intracranial lesions in childhood. JAMA 1952;149:220. Reproduced by permission"), and written permission must be obtained (see PERMISSIONS).


    Figures must be of professional quality. When possible, please use or supply first-generation artwork. Figures are encouraged in electronic format with a printed proof on glossy or high-quality photographic printer paper and should be at least 5 inches wide. Figures may be black and white line art, graphs, halftones (photographs), or color. TIFF, EPS, or PDF formats are recommended for electronic artwork. Line art should have a minimum resolution of 1000 dpi, halftone art a minimum of 300 dpi, and combination art (line/tone) a minimum of 500 dpi. MS Office files (Word, PowerPoint, and Excel) are also accepted if they meet certain standards. For help with preparing electronic artwork for both on-screen review and eventual publication, visit the Elsevier Author Gateway. Written permission must be obtained for all borrowed artwork.


    References (typed double-spaced) must be arranged sequentially, not alphabetically, and referred to sequentially in the text by superscript numerals. Again, references should not exceed 200 entries. Do not assign a new number to the same reference used a second time, and do not assign more than one reference to any number. Do not use name, date citations in the text. The accuracy of references is the author's responsibility. When there are more than six authors, the names of the first six authors are used, followed by "et al." Do not use "and" between names. Information from manuscripts not yet accepted or from personal communications should be cited in parentheses in the text. For all journal abbreviations, follow the style of Index Medicus. Examples follow.

    1. Parkin DM, Clayton D, Black RJ, Masuyer E, Friedl HP, Ivanov E, et al. Childhood leukemia in Europe after Chernobyl: 5 year follow-up. Br J Cancer 1996;73:1006-12.

    2. Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany (NY) : Delmar Publishers; 1996.

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    3. Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78.


    Elsevier accepts video material and animation sequences to support and enhance your scientific research. Authors who have video or animation files that they wish to submit with their article are strongly encouraged to include links to these within the body of the article. This can be done in the same way as a figure or table by referring to the video or animation content and noting in the body text where it should be placed. All submitted files should be properly labeled so that they directly relate to the video file's content. In order to ensure that your video or animation material is directly usable, please provide the files in one of our recommended file formats with a preferred maximum size of 50 MB. Video and animation files supplied will be published online in the electronic version of your article in Elsevier Web products, including ScienceDirect: Please supply 'stills' with your files: you can choose any frame from the video or animation or make a separate image. These will be used instead of standard icons and will personalize the link to your video data. For more detailed instructions please visit our video instruction pages at Note: since video and animation cannot be embedded in the print version of the journal, please provide text for both the electronic and the print version for the portions of the article that refer to this content.


    The 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 Authors of this journal will automatically receive an invitation e-mail to create an AudioSlides presentation after acceptance of their paper.


    You must obtain permission from the copyright holder for all tables, illustrations, or long quotations borrowed from another source. Use a permission request form (available from Elsevier) for each of your requests. Attach a copy of the material you intend to use to the completed request form before sending it to the copyright holder. Submit copies of letters granting permission with your manuscript. (All quotations should be checked against the original for absolute accuracy.) Waivers must be obtained for the publication of photographs showing persons; eyes may be masked to prevent identification, but every effort must be made to obtain permission for use. Any and all fees for the reproduction of materials are the sole responsibility of the author and must be paid prior to publication.


    Proofs of your article, in pdf format, will be forwarded to you via email. Review the proofs carefully, and answer all queries addressed to "au." We ask that you only make changes to correct factual errors (e.g., dosages, drug names). Return the proofs by the date indicated in the letter accompanying the proofs. Authors will be charged for corrections in excess of 10%.

    Updated November 2009


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