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Guide for Authors
MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION & SUBMISSION
Authors are invited to submit manuscripts for review,in English, relating to any aspect of WoundCare. The JACCWS is interested in the publicationof manuscripts spanning the entire spectrum ofwound care: clinical, basic, and translational science,from any relevant perspective. A clear indicationof clinical relevance is essential for publication.Manuscript categories for submission includebut are not limited to: Scientific/Clinical papers,Case-Reports, Case Studies, Literature Review,Review of Current Wound Care Issue Review ofNew Procedures, Review of New Products, Interviewswith Wound Care Specialists, RelevantClinical News Inquiries for the Editor-in-Chiefshould be made to: Dr. Richard Simman's email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Scientific/Clinical Research Report: A full-lengthreport of an original basic, applied, or clinicalresearch investigation that advances the clinicalscience of wound care.Systematic reviews and randomized clinical trialsof different interventions, performed prospectivelywith adequate controls, are typical of thereports in this category.
Case Report: A detailed description of the managementof a unique clinical case problem. Thedescription of the case includes but not limotedto the relevant patient characteristics, examination/evaluation, diagnosis, and a description ofthe interventions that were provided.Case series describing the management of a smallgroup of similar patients, with no comparisongroup, also fit this category.
Literature Review: A comprehensive review ofthe literature, addressing a topic of interest and relevanceto wound care. Reviews of literature maytake the form of a traditional review, or a metaanalysis.The Editor-in-Chief may invite manuscriptssubmitted in this category. Selfnominationsfor an invitation to submit a literaturereview may be sent via email be to the Editorin-Chief, and should include a cover letter andcurrent curriculum vitae.Review of Current Wound Care Issue Review ofNew Procedures, Review of New Products: Thesereviews must address a topic of interest and relevanceto wound care.Interviews with Wound Care Specialists: The editor-in-chief will review all submitted interviews.However, this category is generally reserved forinvited interviewers.
Letters to the Editor: All letters and/or relevantcomments regarding the content of the JACCWSTherapy must be submitted by email to:email@example.com.BOOK REVIEWS
Book reviews are accepted after invitation fromthe Assistant Editor. Potential reviewers may contactthe Assistant editor by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.Submission of Manuscripts: All new manuscriptsmust be submitted through the JACCWS onlinesubmission and review Web site (http://ees.elsevier.com/jaccws/ ).
Reviews are requested to submit the text, tables,and artwork in electronic form (text should beformatted in MS Word, not as a PDF).Submission items include a cover letter (save as aseparate Word file for upload), a title page (becausewe employ a double-blinded review processyou will be asked to save the title page as a separatefile for upload), the manuscript, (without thetitle page) formatted with a font size no smallerthan 11 point and with 1-inch margins and indentedparagraphs. The manuscript should includethe abstract, main text, references, andfigure legends. Revised manuscripts should alsobe accompanied by a unique file (separate fromthe cover letter) with responses to the reviewers'comments. Authors must follow the guidelinesof the EES submission process. Please contactthe editors for any questions regarding the submissionprocess.
COVER LETTERIn an accompanying cover letter to the Editor-inChief, authors should state that any manuscript,or parts of it, have not been and will not be submittedelsewhere for publication.
The name of the Institutional Review Board thatapproved the research protocol involving humansubjects must also be included in the cover letter(the methods section must also contain a statementthat informed consent was obtained andthat the rights of the human subjects were protected).For a description of ethical principles formedical research involving human subjects seethe "World Medical Association Declaration ofHelsinki policy" www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm.Case Reports, when applicable, should include astatement that each subject was informed thatdata concerning the case would be submitted forpublication or a statement indicating approvalby an appropriate review board.
Patient confidentiality must be protected. Any useof experimental animals in submitted research papersmust include a statement that an animal utilizationstudy committee approved the study.Manuscripts with experimental results on cadaversmust include a statement that a relevantutilization study committee approved the study.Finally, the cover letter should include a statementconcerning any potential conflicts of interest and/or a financial disclosure of any support received.TITLE PAGE
Because we employ a double-blind review process,please save the title page as a separate file(it will not be built into any documents seen byreviewers). The title page should contain the titleof the article, the authors' names, their academicdegrees, and their present affiliations.The name of the corresponding author should begiven with a reliable mailing address, telephonenumber, and fax number. Authors should indicatewhether the paper was adapted from a presentationat a meeting and should acknowledge anygrant support related to the paper. Disclaimers:if there are no disclaimers, please enter "none".
MANUSCRIPT and ABSTRACTAll manuscripts should include the abstract (suggested150 word limit), main text, references,and figure legends. All authors should consultthe uniform requirements for manuscripts submittedto biomedical journals: "Writing and Editingfor Biomedical Publication" (www.icmje.org/icmje.pdf). Due to the doubleblind review processthe manuscript should not carry any author, facility,or institution identifiers.
Authors should use the following terminologywhen naming their study design. We recognizethat this list is not all-inclusive and that more appropriatedescriptors might be suitable for somestudies. Authors are encouraged to pick themost appropriate study design descriptors for theirstudy. These suggestions are merely provided as ameans of encouraging consistency where it wouldbe both useful and informative.Quantitative Study design options (for treatmenteffectiveness and prognosis types of research - mayalso apply to diagnosis study.
1. Systematic review: a synthesis of the betterquality quantitative studies2. Randomized Clinical Trial: patients are enrolledat a relevant baseline and allocated to differentintervention arms based on a randomconcealed process; outcomes are ascertainedprospectively
3. Prospective Cohort: a longitudinal studywhere subgroups of patients are enrolled andresearch questions defined at a relevant baselinepoint (prior to when outcomes occur); patientsare followed forward in time for outcomesascertainment. For treatment studies at least 2groups are defined at baseline; in prognosticstudies potential predictors are collected atbaseline4. Retrospective Cohort: a longitudinal studywhere subgroups of patients are involved in aprospective data collection but the research questions(and variables) were defined retrospectively;treatment groups or prognostic factors may havebeen defined after data collections was initiatede.g. database research
5. Case-Control: a longitudinal study wheresubgroups of patients are identified/enrolledafter outcomes have been ascertained and dataare collected retrospectively (recall or pre-exisingdata) on the treatment or prognostic factors ofinterest6. N-of-1: Asingle patient is enrolled at arelevant baseline andallocated to cross-overdifferent intervention arms based on a randomconcealed process; outcomes are ascertainedprospectively
7. Case Series*: Data are collected on a singlesubgroup of patients (no comparison group)8. Case Report: Data are collected on a singlesubject
Other Quantitative Study Designs1. Clinical measurement*: eg, reliability, validity,responsiveness, clinimetric, psychometric,utility, etc
2. Descriptive*: Includes surveys, other descriptivedata collection3. Economic Analysis
4. Consensus statements: Systematic processesused to define or develop consensus onclinical topics5. Bench (experimental laboratory based) research*:biomechanics, electromyography, physiology*may be sub-grouped as
a. Longitudinal: data were collected at multipletime pointsb. Cross-sectional: data were collected on asingle occasion
Qualitative Study Designs1. Meta-syntheses: a synthesis of the betterquality qualitative studies
2. Grounded Theory: research that seeks tounderstand and identify theoretical processes;themes used to develop an understanding andtheoretical explanation3. Case Study: an in-depth study of an individuallived experience and perspective Authorswill need to determine the level of evidence forall eligible studies. The Oxford Centre for Evidence-based Medicine website at www.cebm.-net/levels_of_evidence.asp provides guidelines asto determining the level of evidence.We recognizethat not all forms of studies can be classified.For example, these criteria do not apply to practiceforum, practice guidelines, clinical measurement,lab or qualitative studies.
TABLESSave each table, double spaced, as a separate filefor upload. It must include a table number anda title. Each table should first be cited in numericalorder in the text
PHOTOGRAPHS/ILLUSTRATIONSSave illustrations as separate files, logically named(e.g., Fig1.tif, Fig2.eps). When submitting the illustrations,please use either JPEG, an EPS or TIFformat. Graphics software such as Photoshop andIllustrator, not presentation software such asPowerPoint, CorelDraw, or Harvard Graphics,must be used to create art. Color images need tobe saved as CMYK, at least 300 dots per inch(dpi). Grayscale images should be at least 300dpi. Line art (black and white or color) shouldbe at least 1,000 dpi, and combinations of grayscaleand line art should be at least 600 dpi. Pleasenote that once you create digital art at low resolution,you cannot adjust it. You must create yourart at the proper resolution (dpi) to begin with.For step-by-step instruction and screenshots onhow to create your art correctly the first time,please click on the "Artwork Guidelines" link inthe Author Information box on our submissionsite homepage or go to Elsevier's Author Gateway(http://authors.elsevier.com) and click on "Artworkinstructions" and then select "ApplicationGuidelines."
REFERENCESEach reference in the text must be indicated bynumber, and the references as first cited in textmust be in numerical order. The Index Medicusstyle for journal abbreviations should be used,and references should be based on American MedicalAssociation Manual of Style, 9th ed., 1998.See site examples at http://healthlinks.washington.edu/hsl/styleguides/ama.html .
PERMISSIONSBorrowed material must be accompanied by writtenpermissions from the publisher and from thecorresponding author of the book or journal articlein which the material originally appeared.Signed releases must accompany photographs ofidentifiable living persons. Please indicate thatyou have secured these rights in your cover letter.
CONFLICT-OF-INTEREST POLICYA conflict-of-interest statement will be requiredfor each manuscript accepted for publication.This statement will have no bearing on the editorialdecision to publish a manuscript. That decisionwill be based solely on the value of thearticle to the readers of the Journal.
AUTHOR INQUIRIESFor Inquiries relating to the submission of articles,please visit www.elsevier.com/authors. This sitealso provides the facility to track accepted articlesand set up e-mail alerts to inform you of whenan article's status has changed, as well as detailedartwork guidelines, copyright information, frequentlyasked questions, and more.Updated March 2010