Guide for Authors

  • Instructions for Authors

    General information:The Journal of Chiropractic Humanities (JCH) (ISSN 1556-3499) is a peer reviewed journal. Submissions must be original work, not previously published, and not currently under consideration for publication in another medium, including both paper and electronic formats. The JCH does not publish articles containing material that has been reported at length elsewhere. The journal follows the standards as set forth in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (www.icmje.org).

    The mission of the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities is to foster scholarly debate and interaction within the chiropractic profession regarding the humanities, which includes; history, philosophy, linguistics, literature, jurisprudence, ethics, theory, sociology, comparative religions, and aspects of social sciences that address historical or philosophical approaches. The journal's objective is to fulfill this purpose through careful editorial review and publication of expert work, by creating legitimate dialogue in a field where a diversity of opinion exists, and by providing a professional forum for interaction of these views.

    The Journal of Chiropractic Humanities considers submission of scholarly papers toward fulfilling these objectives. Categories include:

    • Original Papers: papers that advance knowledge relating to the humanities. Appropriate references should be included to support statements made in the manuscript. (text word limit, approximately 5000 words)
    • Literature Reviews: systematic and critical assessments of previously published information on topic areas as stated in the purpose of this journal. (text word limit, approximately 4000 words)
    • Letters to the Editor: assessments of recently published material in the journal in which the author seeks to clarify or add to the published material, or may seek to create legitimate controversy regarding the topic of debate. Letters to the editor should be no longer than 800 words in lengths and include no more than 10 references.
    Editorial Policies

    Authorship
    All authors of papers submitted to JCH must have an intellectual stake in the material presented for publication and must be able to answer for the content of the entire work. Authors must be able to certify participation in the work, vouch for its validity, acknowledge reviewing and approving the final version of the paper, acknowledge that the work has not been previously published elsewhere, and be able to produce raw data if requested by the editor. All authors are required to complete and submit an authorship copyright form.

    As stated in the Uniform Requirements (www.icmje.org), credit for authorship requires all 3 of the following 1) substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; 2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and 3) final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3. Each author must sign a statement attesting that he or she fulfills the authorship criteria of the Uniform Requirements and is included on the copyright assignment form. Authors are required to designate their level of participation of authorship on the authorship form. A change in authorship after submission must be signed by all authors and submitted to the editor prior to being considered.

    Any change in authors after initial submission must be approved by all authors by submission of a signed statement to the editor. Additions, deletions, or change of order to the authors must be explained to the editor. The editor may contact any of the authors to confirm whether they have agreed to the alteration.

    Conflict of interest
    Authors - Each author is required to complete a conflict of interest form (created by the ICMJE) and submit this form at the time of initial submission. Conflict of interest exists when an author has financial or other interests that may influence his or her actions in regard to the authors' work, manuscript development, or decisions. Conflicts of interest that exist, or that are perceived to exist, for individual authors in connection with the content of the paper shall be disclosed to the JCH at the time of submission. In addition to the form, any concerns or additional conflict of interest issues may be included in the cover letter to the editor. Authors must also disclose to the editor in the cover letter the conflicts of interest of any other person or entity involved with the paper (eg, non-author, contributor, funding body). In recognition that it may be difficult to judge material from authors where conflict of interests are concerned, authors should be ready to answer requests from the editor regarding potential conflicts of interest. The editor makes the final determination concerning the extent of information included in the published paper.

    It is expected that authors are truthful when declaring conflicts on their submission materials. An editor's role is not to be policeman, so the burden is upon the author to properly declare COI. If an author did not accurately and completely declare their interests upon submission, and it is discovered later, the editor will follow up with an ethics investigation. The results may include rejection or retraction of the paper, prevention of future submissions, and notification of ethical misconduct to the proper authorities. Please refer to ICMJE website for more information on COI.

    Copyright
    Material published in the JCH is covered by copyright. No content published by the JCH (either in print or electronic) may be stored or presented on another private site, organization's site, or displayed or reproduced by any other means, without the express permission of the copyright holder. Reproduction of articles either in hard copy or electronically, such as on the Internet, requires copyright permission. Authors may include a link on their own Web site to the JCH Web site with permission from the editor, but may not host any JCH material on a website.

    Financial Support
    All sources of funding for a manuscript must be declared at time of submission. Authors should also describe the role of the study sponsor(s) and the authors should state if their work was independent of the funders (eg, the funding was not involved) in the title page.

    Duplicate and Redundant Publication
    To prevent researchers and readers from being overwhelmed by redundant material, the JCH does not accept papers that significantly overlap with papers published elsewhere. Manuscripts must be submitted to only one journal at a time and published in only one journal. The corresponding author must include in the cover letter a statement to the editor about all present/future submissions and previous materials that might be considered to be redundant or duplicate publication of similar work, including if the manuscript includes materials on which the authors have published a previous report or have submitted similar or related work to another publication. Copies of the related material may be requested by the editor in order to assist with the editorial decision of the paper.

    If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs without proper disclosure to the editor, editorial action will be taken as follows. If it is confirmed that a paper is a duplicate or redundant publication and is discovered in the prepublication phase, the paper will be rejected, even if an accept notice has been distributed previously to the authors. If duplicate or redundant publication is confirmed after publication, the paper will be retracted and the appropriate boards/institutions notified.

    Release of Material to the Media
    Material published in the JCH is not allowed to appear beforehand, in detail, in the media. However, reports may appear in the media after presentation of the material at scientific meetings. Articles may be withdrawn from publication in the JCH if given to the media while in press at the journal.

    Permissions
    It is the corresponding author's responsibility to secure all permissions and provide these to the JCH editorial office. Permissions include the JCH author form, permission to state names or institutions in the acknowledgements, and permissions from models who are identifiable in figures. Illustrations or content from other publications (print or electronic) must be submitted with written permission from the publisher (and author if required) and must be acknowledged in the manuscript, as delineated by the permission granting publisher.

    Compliance with author instructions
    Authors who do not comply with the items set forth in these instructions may have the submission returned, rejected, or brought to higher authorities, such as ethics, licensing, or institutional boards for further review at the editor's discretion.

    Editorial Process

    Pre-peer review, and internal review by editors
    To insure that only relevant and appropriate papers are sent to peer review, submitted manuscripts are pre-reviewed for relevance, appropriate submission format, and basic quality before sending out to peer review. Therefore, reasons for early rejection may include: the submission does not meet the requirements as stated in the instructions for authors, the work is of poor quality, or the topic is not relevant to the mission of journal.

    Review process
    All manuscripts are subject to blind (without author or institutional identification) critical review by experts in the related field to assist the editor in determining appropriateness to JCH objectives, originality, validity, importance of content, substantiation of conclusions, and possible need for improvement. Manuscripts are considered privileged communications and should not be retained or duplicated during the review process. Reviewers' comments may be returned with manuscript if rejected or if strong recommendations for improvement are made. All reviewers remain anonymous.

    Revisions and resubmissions
    If the authors have been given the opportunity by the editor to make specific changes to a manuscript and return it for further consideration, this is considered a "revision." The manuscript will have the same manuscript number and may be sent out to the same or different reviewers, depending on the needs of the revision. A request for revision does not imply that the manuscript will be accepted. Manuscripts that are revised and returned may still be rejected.

    If the authors have received a rejection decision but wish the editor to reconsider the decision, this is considered a "resubmission." A new file will be created, and the paper will receive a new manuscript number. The cover letter must explain that the paper is being resubmitted and substantiated with explanations for why the paper should be allowed to be resubmitted.

    Acceptance for publication
    Processing of a manuscript for peer review does not imply acceptance to publish, even though the paper may be found to be within JCH editorial objectives. Submissions may receive one of 5 responses: 1) incomplete or not ready for submission, 2) major revision, 3) minor revision, 4) accept, or 5) reject. Aside from rejection for uncorrectable faults, a well-compiled manuscript may also be rejected because it adds little new information to work that was previously published in the literature or addresses a new topic that deserves more in-depth reporting. If the paper is accepted, the authors should not distribute content relating to the article while it is being prepared for publication. It is permissible at this time to refer to this manuscript as "accepted for publication" in a forthcoming issue of JCH; however, it is requested that no further details of the paper, or the research on which it may have been based, be given out in consideration that abridged or inexact versions of research or scholarly work can be misleading.

    Post-acceptance copy editing
    All manuscripts accepted for publication are subject to copyediting and revision to ensure clarity, conciseness, correct usage, and conformance to journal style. Almost all papers that are accepted require some editorial revision before publication. Authors will have the opportunity to review revisions made during the copy editing process during the reviewing of the proofs. Editors will work with authors to arrive at agreement when authors do not find the revisions acceptable, but the JCH reserves the right to refrain from publishing a manuscript if discussion with the author fails to reach a solution that satisfies the editors.

    Publication scheduling of accepted papers and proofs
    Authors will be notified when they can expect to receive proofs by email. Authors who cannot examine email proofs by the deadline (48 hours of receipt) should email the editor to designate a colleague who will review proofs. All requests for changes within the proofs are reviewed and either approved or denied by the editor. Authors should email promptly for additional information requests from the journal personnel.

    Reprints and copies
    Authors of papers published in the JCH are encouraged to make reprints available to interested members of the scientific, academic, and clinical communities so that the inherent knowledge may be more widely disseminated; a reprint order form will be provided with the proofs to facilitate ordering quantity reprints. One complimentary copy of the JCH issue in which an author's work appears will be provided at no charge to the corresponding author. Additional copies, if desired, must be ordered at regular cost directly from the publisher. Authors are responsible for payment of reprints or additional copies.

    Reproductions
    The entire content of the JCH is protected by copyright, and no part may be reproduced (outside of the fair use stipulation of Public Law 94-553) by any means without prior permission from the editor or publisher in writing. In particular, this policy applies to the reprinting of an original article in print or in electronic format, in another publication and the use of any illustrations or text to create a new work.

    Submission Information

    Manuscript submission
    Manuscripts are considered with the understanding that they represent original, unpublished work or thoughts, submitted solely to Journal of Chiropractic Humanities. All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Chiropractic Humanities must be accompanied by a signed copyright assignment form from all authors. The copyright assignment form for all authors must be faxed or emailed at the time of initial submission to (630) 839-1792.

    All manuscripts must be submitted electronically to the JCH website www.JournalChiroHumanities.com. Images must be scanned at 300 dpi in TIF or JPEG format and emailed as separate image files with the file name being the figure number (eg, "figure 4").

    As of 01 January 2010, all manuscripts must be submitted through the JCH online submission and review Web site. Authors may send queries concerning the submission process, manuscript status, or journal procedures to the Editorial Office. cjohnson@nuhs.edu

    Once the submission files are uploaded, the system automatically generates an electronic (PDF) proof for review. All correspondence, including the Editor's decision and request for revisions, will be sent by e-mail.

    Revised manuscripts should be accompanied by an additional Word file with responses to all editor requests and reviewers' comments. The preferred order of files is as follows: cover letter, response to reviews (revised manuscripts only), manuscript file(s), figure(s).

    Authors who are unable to provide an electronic version or have other circumstances that prevent online submission must contact the Editorial Office prior to submission to discuss alternate options. The Publisher and Editors regret that they are not able to consider submissions that do not follow these procedures.

    Materials due at initial submission
    All materials associated with the manuscript are due at the time of initial submission. In addition to the cover letter, title page form, and manuscript files, the assignment of copyright forms for all authors and any permission forms (eg, patient consent to publish forms, permission to have name printed in acknowledgements, permission to reprint table or figure, etc.) are due. It is the corresponding author's responsibility to obtain these permissions and submit by fax or email pdf to the editor. In the event that the paper is rejected, the permissions and files associated with this manuscript will no longer be valid so that the authors may pursue publication elsewhere.

    File requirements
    Original source files, not PDF files, are required for submission. Files should be labeled with appropriate and descriptive file names (eg, SmithText.doc or Fig1.tif).

    It is recommended that each file is no greater than 2MB are uploaded during the submissions process.

    Submission check list:

    1. Cover letter briefly describing the manuscript, including title, any COI, and a statement from the corresponding author of with the intent to submit an original manuscript to the Journal of Chiropractic Humanities.

    2. Title page must include the following items:

    ___ the title of the article, that is concise and informative
    ___ key words: use MeSH terms.
    ___ first name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with highest primary academic degree(s), any academic positions, and names of departments and institutional affiliations
    ____ name, address, phone number, and email address of author responsible for correspondence____ all sources of support (e.g., grants, financial support, equipment, organizations).

    3. Manuscript file:

    ____ a structured abstract of no more than 250 words that succinctly states the objectives, discussion, and conclusions.

    ____ the body of the manuscript (introduction, methods/results, discussion, conclusion) including references. References should be listed in the order of citation (in numeric order as they appear in the manuscript) and are in superscript (e.g., bodies of evidence6,13) References are formatted according to Uniform Requirement style, which can be found at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html
    ____ tables should be placed at the end of the manuscript and locations should be noted (e.g., (Table 1) ) in the text where these items should be placed. Legends for tables should be numbered consecutively and should appear on the last page of the manuscript.

    4. If figures are used, 300 dpi figures should be uploaded separately as jpeg or TIF format. Figure locations should be noted (eg, (Fig 1) ) in the text where these items should be placed. Legends for figures should be numbered consecutively and should appear on the last page of the manuscript.

    5. Submit consent form to publish any original photographs in which subjects may be identifiable. Signed permission from copyright holder to reprint any images, tables, and/or other information. Consent form to include someone's name in the acknowledgments.

    Note: All accepted submissions are subject to editing. The authors are responsible for all statements made in the article, thus are responsible for evaluating the final copy prior to publication. No extensive rewriting or editorial changes may be made by the corresponding author after the article is typeset. Therefore, manuscripts should be submitted in their final and completed format. Additional information may be requested by the editor to insure compliance with publication standards and policy.

    Any questions about the submissions process may be directed to: Editor, Dr. Claire Johnson, at cjohnson@nuhs.edu.

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