Guide for Authors
Submitting the manuscript
In regard to preparation of clinical research papers, the Journal has a list of recommended guidelines that should be addressed.This form can be obtained from the Journal website www.jpedsurg.org. Authors are requested to fill out the checklist on the form and submit it along with your manuscript.
All manuscripts(including figures) must be submitted to the Journal of Pediatric Surgery through our Web site (http://ees.elsevier.com/jpedsurg/). Submission items should includeseparate files for a cover letter, title page, abstract, manuscript text,references, legends for table/figure, tables, and figures. Revisedmanuscripts should also be accompanied by a unique file (separatefrom the cover letter) with responses to reviewers' comments.The preferred order of files for electronic submission is as follows:cover letter, response to reviews (revised manuscripts only), titlepage, manuscript file(s), table(s), figure(s). Files should be labelledwith appropriate and descriptive file names (e.g., SmithText.doc,Fig1.eps, Table3.doc). Upload text, tables and graphics as separatefiles. Do not import figures or tables into the text document; submitthem as separate files. Complete instructions for electronic artworksubmission can be found via the journal home page. All manuscriptsmust be submitted double-spaced in English. Please visithttp://ees.elsevier.com/jpedsurg/ to submit your manuscript electronically.The website guides authors stepwise through the creationand uploading of the various files. Note that original source files,not PDF files, are required. Once the submission files are uploadedthe system automatically generates an electronic (PDF) proof, whichis then used for reviewing. All correspondence, including the Editor'sdecision and request for revisions, will be by e-mail. All pediatric surgical image manuscripts, operative technique manuscripts, Letters to the Editor, and Replies to Letters to the Editor should be submitted to Dr. Grosfeld online. Correspondence concerning abstracts, book reviews, notices, reports of meetings, and other announcements should be addressed to Dr. Grosfeld by mail or e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Original articles are preferred and are accepted for publication onthe condition that they are contributed solely to this journal. Papersshould be as brief as possible, consistent with the subject. As of December 31, 2012, Case Reports are no longer accepted by the Journal of Pediatric Surgery. Authors have the option of submitting to the new open access, online-only companion journal, Journal of Pediatric Surgery Case Reports (http://www.jpscasereports.com). Dr. Grosfeld welcomes submissions tothe Pediatric Surgical Images Section that display the classic radiologicor pathologic childhood surgical disease or showcase new developmentsin imaging relevant to pediatric surgery. Plain radiography,Ultrasound, CT (including 3-D/helical), MR (including MRA, MRCP)and scintigraphy images may be used. Text and image reproductionsare to be up no more than 2-3 journal pages (approximately 5-7typewritten pages). Content should focus on the radiographic diagnosisand include 2 to 3 images along with a supporting clinicalphotograph when appropriate. References should be limited to amaximum of 10-12. A brief unstructured abstract and up to 6 keywords should accompany the submitted work.Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that ifit is accepted for publication, copyright in the article, including theright to reproduce the article in all forms and media, shall be assignedexclusively to the publisher.
The Journal of Pediatric Surgery subscribes in general to the "UniformRequirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals"(N Engl J Med 336:309-315, 1997).
Preparing the manuscript
Manuscripts must be submitted electronically, preferably inMicrosoftWord. References and figure legends must appear at theendof the manuscript. Please refrain from using endnotes as referencesor automatic list numbering because these features are lost in conversion:simply type the reference number in parentheses in the textand type the reference list. Formatting, such as Greek letters, italics,superand subscripts, may be used: the coding scheme for suchelements must be consistent throughout. Authors are responsiblefor applying for permission for both print and electronic rights for allborrowed materials and are responsible for paying any fees relatedto the applications of these permissions.Please be sure to include an accurate mailing address (including US zipcode, or postal code for other countries) telephone and faxnumbers, and an email address for editorial communications andfor reprint requests. All proofing is sent via email.
A brief structured abstract of the paper with the headings Background/Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions should precede the body of the paper, to run no more than 200 words, and to replace any summary section at the end of the article. Following the abstract should appear several words for the purposes of indexing to be titled: KEY WORDS. The body of the paper should lead off with a minimum of 2 to 5 sentences, setting the general train of thought, before any headings.Measurements should be in the metric system.
Illustrations and tablesFigures and tables should be cited in order in the text; their position should be marked in the margin of the manuscript. Arabic numbering should be used for both figures and tables. Legends for illustrations should be typewritten, double-spaced, on a separate sheet, and included at the end of the manuscript. A legend must accompany each illustration.
Electronic Submission of Illustrations: Figures may be submitted inelectronic format. Images should be provided in EPS or TIF format.Graphics software such as Photoshop and Illustrator, not presentationsoftware such as PowerPoint, CorelDraw, or Harvard Graphics,should be used to create the art. Color images must be CMYK, atleast 600 DPI, with a digital color proof, not a color laser print orcolor photocopy (this proof will be used at press for color reproduction).Gray scale images should be at least 1200 DPI and accompaniedby a proof. Combinations of gray scale and line art should be at least1200 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 includehardware and software information, in addition to the file names.Each table should be provided in a separate file and appropriatelynumbered. Legends should appear with the same sheets as thetables. The contributor must bear all costs connected with printingcolor illustrations.
ReferencesReferences should be compiled at the end of the article according to the order of citation in the text, not alphabetically. They should be typewritten, double-spaced, under the heading REFERENCES. All reference information must be accurate. Abbreviations for titles of medical periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus. Give inclusive page numbers.
Examples of referencesJournal article, one author:
1. Valayer J: Conventional treatment of biliary atresia: Long-term results. J Pediatr Surg 1996;31:1546-1551.
Journal article, two or three authors:Journal article, more than three authors:
2. Atwell JD, Spargo PM: The provision of safe surgery for children. Arch Dis Child 1992;67:345-349.
3. Seo T, Ito T, Ishiguro Y, et al: New neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation circuit with a self-regulating pump. Surgery 1994;115:463-472.
Journal article, in press:Complete book:
4. Coran AG: The hyperalimentation of infants. Biol Neonate (in press)
5. Rowe MI, O'Neill JA, Grosfeld JL, et al: Essentials of Pediatric Surgery. St Louis, MO, Mosby Year-Book, 1995
Chapter of book:Paper presented at a meeting:
6. Skandalakis JE, Gray SW, Ricketts R: The esophagus, in Skandalakis JE, Gray SW (eds): Embryology for Surgeons. Baltimore, MD, Williams & Wilkins, 1994, pp 65-112
7. Bealer JF, Vanderwall K, Adzick NS, et al: A new treatment option for patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Presented at the 14th annual meeting of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, Newport, RI, May 3-6, 1996
ProofreadingContributors are provided with galley proofs and are asked to proofread them for typesetting errors. Important changes in data are allowed, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proof. Galley proofs should be returned within 48 hours.
ReprintsReprints of articles will be furnished to contributors when ordered in advance of publication. An order form, showing cost of reprints, is sent with proofs. Individuals wishing to obtain reprints of an article that appeared in the Journal of Pediatric Surgery can do so by contacting the author at the address given in the journal.
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