Guide for Authors

  • Editor-in-chief
    Professor Minoti Apte

    Contact Information:
    Professor Minoti Apte MBBS MMedSci PhD

    Presiding Member, Faculty of Medicine
    Director, Pancreatic Research Group
    The University of New South Wales
    Level 3, Samuels Building,
    UNSW Sydney, NSW 2052 Australia
    Ph : 61-2-93858273
    Fax : 61-2-93136185
    Email: M.Apte@unsw.edu.au
    Manuscript submission: (http://ees.elsevier.com/pan)

    The submitted manuscripts should not have been published earlier or be under simultaneous consideration for publication by any other Journal. Violation of the same may lead to a retraction of the published article by the Journal and other actions, as deemed necessary by the editor. All articles (including the invited ones) will be peer-reviewed, and the accepted articles will be edited according to the Journal's house style. The accepted manuscripts will become the permanent property of the Journal and may not be reproduced, in whole or in part, without the written permission of the editor.

    Studies and research involving human subjects or animals should have received the approval of the institutional ethics committee and concerned authorities. A statement to this effect and an evidence of the informed consent obtained from the participating human subjects must be included in the manuscript text. If the institution has no formal ethics committee, a statement by the author(s), confirming adherence to the terms of the Helsinki Agreement, must be included.

    Manuscripts must conform to the instructions given below:

    Submission of manuscripts:The Journal only accepts online submissions in electronic format. All new manuscripts must be submitted through Pancreatology online and review Website (http://ees.elsevier.com/pan). Authors are requested to submit the text, tables, and figures in electronic form to this address.

    Please follow the following steps to submit your manuscript:

    1. Open the homepage of the Journal's website http://ees.elsevier.com/pan.
    2. Register yourself for free, by clicking on register on the top and create a user profile with a desired username and mandatory details. On submission of the information, you will receive an email confirming your registration along with the 'Password'.
    3. Click "Log In" on the main navigation menu at the top of the journal screen to open the login page.
    4. Enter your username and password in the appropriate fields (e-mailed to you at the time of registration).
    5. Click "Author Log in", this will take you to the "Author Main Menu".

    Note : Please note that the username and password combination required for Elsevier Editorial System is different from your username and password combination used to "Track your paper" on the Elsevier "Authors' Home" website.

    By submitting a manuscript online, the author agrees to the following:

    1. The work is original and free from plagiarism.
    2. It has not been submitted for publication and/or is not under consideration for publication at another Journal.
    3. All authors are aware of the order of authorship. The submitting author shall be solely responsible, in case any disputes arise.
    4. Once published, the copyright of the manuscript(s) shall stand transferred to the Journal.
    5. 'Conflict of interest', if any, must be explicitly stated at the end of the manuscript.

    This journal offers authors a choice in publishing their research:

    Open Access

    • Articles are freely available to both subscribers and the wider public with permitted reuse
    • An Open Access publication fee is payable by authors or their research funder

    Subscription

    • Articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through our access programs (http://www.elsevier.com/access)
    • No Open Access publication fee

    All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Permitted reuse is defined by your choice of one of the following Creative Commons user licenses:

    Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY): lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts, and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text or data mine the article, even for commercial purposes, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, and do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation.

    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike (CC BY-NC-SA): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, to create extracts, abstracts and other revised versions, adaptations or derivative works of or from an article (such as a translation), to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), to text and data mine the article, as long as they credit the author(s), do not represent the author as endorsing their adaptation of the article, do not modify the article in such a way as to damage the author's honor or reputation, and license their new adaptations or creations under identical terms (CC BY-NC-SA).

    Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND): for non-commercial purposes, lets others distribute and copy the article, and to include in a collective work (such as an anthology), as long as they credit the author(s) and provided they do not alter or modify the article.

    To provide Open Access, this journal has a publication fee which needs to be met by the authors or their research funders for each article published Open Access. Your publication choice will have no effect on the peer review process or acceptance of submitted articles.

    The publication fee for this journal is $3000, excluding taxes. Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy: http://www.elsevier.com/openaccesspricing

    Type of manuscripts:

    Original article: Length - up to 5000 words; maximum of 7 Figures/Tables.

    Rapid Communication: Manuscripts intended for rapid communication must present new findings of sufficient importance to justify their accelerated acceptance. Readers are invited to send their contributions to the address given under Submission. Manuscripts should follow the regular arrangement of research papers, including an abstract not exceeding 150 words. Rapid communications should not be more than four printed pages in length (including figures, tables and references). Rapid communications will only be accepted as they are or with minor modifications. Rejected manuscripts can only be reconsidered as regular papers. Review will be rapid, and once accepted, the paper will be included in the next planned issue.

    Review article: Length - up to 5000 words; maximum of 7 Figures/Tables and up to 100 references.

    Letter to Editor: No more than 2 printed pages (including figures, tables, and references). These will receive priority in the peer review and the publishing process.

    Case report: As for Rapid Communication

    Editorial

    Images in Pancreatology: These are original, high quality image that are both informative and arresting. They are presented to capture any one aspect of pancreatology, common or rare. The images can be drawn from the wide range of clinical and experimental pancreatology. If the image contains a patient, there must be no ability to identify the person, institution or date. Further a statement must be provided indicating that patient consent has been obtained. 'Images in Pancreatology' will be peer-reviewed and citable. The image must be accompanied by a legend that should succinctly describe the context and significance of the image, highlighting features of interest and educational value. This is not a case report. Provide a brief title of no more than 8 words. No more than 3 authors can be listed. The Editorial Board reserves the right to invite an expert in the field to contribute a 'Commentary' of no more than 200 words. Copyright of the image will be transferred to Elsevier/Pancreatology.

    Submission process for Images in PancreatologyThe submitted single digital image should be in color, except for radiologic images. Two copies of the image should be submitted, one a clean copy and the other with appropriate labeling and arrows (if appropriate) to identify key elements and an indication of the top of the image (for orientation). The only acceptable formats are TIFF, EPS, Adobe Photoshop and JPEG (maximum quality). Low resolution images will not be accepted. The title and legend should be a double spaced Microsoft 'Word' document of less than 300 words. Provide the full name, academic degrees, Department and Institution, and e-mail address of up to three authors. All labeled structures in the image should be described and explained in the legend. Attach the image, title, legend and author details to an email covering letter and follow the steps to upload as mentioned in Submission of Manuscripts.Manuscripts must conform to the instructions given below:

    General: Type the manuscript (using 'Times New Roman' font, size 10) with double spaces. Please arrange the manuscript as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Number all pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Figures and Tables must be referred to in the manuscript. If necessary, consult a recent issue of the Journal for details. Only the Title page should bear the names and addresses of the author(s). Editorials are mostly accepted by invitation only.

    Title page: The first page of each paper should indicate the title, the authors' names, the institute where the work was conducted, and a short title to use as the running head.

    Full address: The exact postal address of the corresponding author, complete with postal code must be provided at the bottom of the title page. Also, please provide phone, fax as well as e-mail details.

    Key words: Please supply up to 5 key words in English that reflect the content of the paper.

    Abstract: Original articles should include a structured abstract of about 250 words under the following headings:

    Background/Objectives: What is the major problem that prompted the study?

    Methods: How was the study performed?

    Results: Most important findings?

    Conclusions: Most important conclusion?

    [See Ann Intern Med 1990; 113: 69-76]. References should not be included. Up to 5 key words, not present in the title, to assist indexing, should be typed in alphabetical order below the Abstract; and these may be obtained from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) database of 'Pubmed'.

    Acknowledgements: These should appear at the end of the manuscript. The source of funding as well as a disclosure statement mentioning conflict of interest, if any, should appear under this heading.

    References: References must be numbered in the order, in which they first appear in the text and identify the same in the text in superscript. References may be placed at the end of the manuscript. Publications as abstract and letters should be identified in parentheses. The responsibility for accuracy of references lies with the respective authors. The Journal is in agreement with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org). The general arrangement, abbreviations of the Journal names and punctuations followed are as per the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals (www.icmje.org). Please pay attention to the style of references and punctuations as follows:

    Journal article
    List all authors when six or less as shown in the example below:
    Tallon D, Chard J, Dieppe P. Exploring the priorities of patients with osteoarthritis of the knee. Arthritis Care and Res 2000; 13: 312-9. In the case of seven or more authors, list only the first six and add et al.

    Book or monograph
    Following is an example: Cassidy JT. Juvenile rheumatoid arthritis. In: Textbook of Rheumatology 6th ed, Kelly et al (eds) Philadelphia Saunders 2000; pp. 1297-313.

    Papers published only with DOI numbers:
    Theoharides TC, Boucher W, Spear K: Serum interleukin-6 reflects disease severity and osteoporosis in mastocytosis patients. Int Arch Allergy Immunol DOI: 10.1159/000063858.

    Tables: Each Table should be typed on a separate page and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Necessary explanatory notes, if any, may be given below the Table.

    Figures/Illustrations/Photographs: Photographs may be submitted as 'jpg', or 'tiff ' files in a zipped folder. In clinical photographs, identity of the subjects should be suitably masked; in case this is not possible, a written permission from the concerned person must accompany the manuscript. Only high-resolution photographs of figures (300 DPI JPG/ TIF scanned image of the figures; low resolution files of figures i.e. less than 300 DPI are not appropriate for printing) are accepted to be included along with each manuscript.

    Legends to Figures: The Figure number (numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals), title and explanations of the Figures should appear in the legend (not on the Figure).This text should not exceed 200 words. Type the legends on a separate page. Enough information should be included to interpret the Figure without reference to the text.

    Units: All measurements must be in metric units, preferably with corresponding SI units in parentheses.

    Special Requirement:

    1. 'Pancreatology' requires the authors to confirm that they qualify for (co-)authorship, according to the 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts' published in the guidelines of the 'International Committee of Medical Journal Editors' in 1988 as follows:

    Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

    (a) Conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data;
    (b) Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
    (c) Final approval of the version to be published.

    Conditions (a), (b), and (c) must all be met. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is also not sufficient for authorship. Any part of an article critical to its main conclusions must be the responsibility of at least one author. Persons who have contributed intellectually to the article but whose contributions do not justify authorship may be named and their particular contribution described in the 'Acknowledgements'. Importantly, it must be noted that such person(s) must have extended their permission to be named.

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