Guide for Authors
The Journal of Surgical Research publishes original manuscriptsdealing with clinical and laboratory investigations pertinentto the practice and teaching of surgery. Priority will begiven to reports of clinical investigations or basic research bearingdirectly on surgical management, and of general interest toa wide range of surgeons and surgical investigators. Manuscriptsrelating to surgical specialty interests will be judged onthe basis of general interest. Research need not have been doneby surgeons or in surgical laboratories. The Journal publishesreview articles and special articles relating to educational, research,or social issues pertinent to the academic surgical community.Such manuscripts should be designated as ResearchReview or Special Article in the cover letter, as well as on thetitle page. Preliminary reports of 1000 words or less which areaccepted by the editorial board will be given priority for theearliest possible publication.
Submission of Manuscripts. It is a condition of publicationthat all manuscripts must be submitted in English to theJournal of Surgical Research's submission and review Website, ees.elsevier.com/jsurgres/. Authors are requestedto transmit the text and art of the manuscript in electronicform to this address. Each manuscript must also be accompaniedby a cover letter outlining the basic findings of thepaper and their significance. Minimal exceptions will be exercised.Should you be unable to provide an electronic version,please contact the editorial office prior to submission bye-mail: JSR@stellarmed.com; telephone:508-732-6767 (x14); or fax: 508-732-6766.
Categorization of manuscript. The following categoriesare used in the Table of Contents:
Bioengineering/NanomedicineManuscripts are accepted for review with the understandingthat no substantial portion of the study has been publishedor is under consideration for publication elsewhereand that its submission for publication has been approved byall of the authors and by the institution where the work wascarried out. Manuscripts that do not meet the general criteriaor standards for publication in Journal of Surgical Researchwill be immediately returned to the authors, withoutdetailed review.
Wound Healing/Plastic Surgery
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understandingthat if the manuscript is accepted for publication, copyrightin the article, including the right to reproduce thearticle in all forms and media, shall be assigned exclusivelyto the Publisher.Authors are responsible for obtaining permissions to reprintpreviously published figures, tables, and other material.Letters of permission should accompany the final submission.
E-ONLY ArticlesThe Journal of Surgical Research has initiated a certifiably expeditious process for publishing an author's manuscript. Our full-text website at www.JournalofSurgicalResearch.com now included a Navigation Button, titled, E-ONLY Articles. This is a new rapid publication feature in which your article will not appear in Print, but as E-ONLY. In an E-ONLY format, your article enjoys all the benefits (and more) as a Print article does, that is, with indexing services such as MEDLINE; the same bibliographic information, such as volume, issue, and DOI number; E-Page Numbers (i.e., e1, e2, e3, e4, etc.), however, replace the "P" page numbers but follow the same sequential pattern as the print page number pattern,; and the listing of E-Pages in the print Table of Contents will follow the listing of the Print page numbers; the E-ONLY method of delivery allows articles to be officially and genuinely published much sooner than in the standard print format, and the E-ONLY version of an article, is classified, as it is in Print, as the Official, Archived Version of Record at the National Library of Medicine. PLEASE NOTE: Be certain to follow the same guidelines and instructions for your submission of E-0NLY articles that you use when you prepare and submit your manuscript for the print version of the journal.
Digital Object Identifier. Elsevier Inc. assigns aunique digital object identifier (DOI) to every article it publishes. The DOI appears on the title page of the article. It is assigned after the article has been accepted for publicationand persists throughout the lifetime of the article. Because ofits persistence, it can be used to query Academic Press forinformation on the article during the production process, tofind the article on the Internet through various Web sites,including IDEAL, and to cite the article in academic references.When a reference to an online version of an articleis being cited and that reference has yet to appear inprint, authors may want to include the DOI, as volume andpage information is not always available. See Referencesbelow for samples of DOIs included in references. Furtherinformation may be found at http://www.academicpress.com/doi.Preparation of Manuscript. Manuscripts should bedouble-spaced throughout on one side of 8.5 x 11-inch or A4white paper.
In accordance with the ICJME statement on authorship, "An 'author' is generally considered to be someone who has made substantive intellectual contributions to the published study." The complete Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Authorship and Contributorship can be found at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.htmlBy submitting this manuscript, each author certifies that they have made a direct and substantial contribution to the work reported in the manuscript by participating in each of the following three areas: (1) conceiving and designing the study; or collecting the data; or analyzing and interpreting the data; (2) writing the manuscript or providing critical revisions that are important for the intellectual content; and (3) approving the final version of the manuscript. Generally, the maximum number of expected authors for a clinical or basic science manuscript is 8.
When reporting experiments on human subjects indicatewhether the procedures followed were in accordance with theethical standards of the committee on human experimentationof the institution in which the experiments were done orin accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975. Whenreporting experiments on animal subjects indicate whetherthe institution's or the National Research Council's guide forthe care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Identifyprecisely all drugs and chemicals used, including genericname(s), dosage(s), and route(s) of administration. Do not usepatients' names, initials, or hospital numbers.Pages should be numbered consecutively and organized asfollows:
The Title Page (p. 1) should contain an article title of lessthan 70 characters; authors' names, highest degree, and completeaffiliations; a running title of lessthan 50 characters; the appropriate subject category for listingthe article in the Table of Contents; and the address formanuscript correspondence (including e-mail address andtelephone and fax numbers).The title page must also include a brief summary of each author's contribution to the manuscript. Examples may include: conception and design, analysis and interpretation, data collection, writing the article, critical revision of the article and obtaining funding.
The Abstract (p. 2) must emphasize the new and important aspects of the work in no more than 250 words structuredinto the following sections: background, materials andmethods, results, and conclusions. After the abstract a list ofup to 10 key words that will be useful for indexing or searchingshould be included.The Introduction should be as concise as possible, withoutsubheadings.
Materials and Methods should be sufficiently detailed toenable the experiments to be reproduced. For animal experiments, the sex of animal used must be indicated. If both males and females were used, the number of animals from each sex must be indicated, and it must be indicated whether the sex of animal was considered a factor in the statistical analysis of the data. If only one sex was used for the animal studies, the rationale for using only one sex must be indicated. For cell culture experiments, the sex from which primary cell cultures or tissues were obtained must be indicated. The authors are also encouraged to include sex of cell lines. If cells or tissues from both sexes were used without regard to sex, this should be indicated.Results and Discussion may be combined and may beorganized into subheadings.
Acknowledgments should be brief and should precedethe references.References. Type double-spaced on pages separate fromthe text. Abbreviate journal titles in conformity with IndexMedicus, 1981. Only articles that have been published or arein press should be included in the references. Unpublishedresults or personal communications should be cited as suchin the text. When citing an Academic Press journal, authorsmay choose to include the DOI, if available, from the article'stitle page. Please note the following examples, the second ofwhich shows an article available on IDEAL but not yet assignedto a printed issue.
1. Bellows CF, Jaffe BM. Glutamine is essential for nitricoxide synthesis by marine macrophages. J Surg Res1999;86:213.2. Thakur A, Thakur V, Fonkalsrud EW, Singh S, BuchmillerTL. The outcome of research training during surgicalresidency. J Surg Res 2005 (in press).
3. Sommer A. Nutritional blindness: Xerophthalmia andkeratomalacia. New York: Oxford University Press,1982.4. Svanes K, Critchlow J, Takeuchi K, et al. Factors influencingreconstitution of frog gastric mucosa. In: Allen A,Flemstrom G, Garner A, Silen W, and Turnberg LA, eds.Mechanisms of mucosal protection in the upper gastrointestinaltract. New York: Raven Press, 1984:33-39.
Figures should be in a finished form suitable for publication.Number figures consecutively with Arabic numerals,and indicate the top and the authors on the back of eachfigure. Lettering on drawings should be professional qualityor generated by high-resolution computer graphics and mustbe large enough to withstand appropriate reduction for publication.Color Figures. Illustrations will only print in color if the authors defray the cost.
Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numeralsin order of appearance in the text. Type each tabledouble-spaced on a separate page with a short descriptivetitle typed directly above and with essential footnotes below.Authors should submit complex tables as camera-ready copy.Proofs will be sent to the corresponding author. To avoiddelay in publication, only necessary changes should be made,and proofs should be returned promptly. Authors will becharged for alterations that exceed 10% of the total cost ofcomposition.
Reprints. Fifty reprints will be provided to the correspondingauthor free of charge. Additional reprints may beordered.Open Access
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