Guide for Authors

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The Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is the official journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. The Annals publishes papers on a broad range of topics in the fields of allergy, asthma, and immunology. All papers accepted for publication in the Annals will appear simultaneously in both the print journal and online.

General Information Required File Content for New Submissions

Basic Formatting
Cover Letter
Title Page
Manuscript
References
Acknowledgments
Tables
Figure Legend
Figures
eSupplement
Explanations of Required File Content

Your Paper Your Way

Editorial Policies for Authors
Authorship
Authorship Requirements
Acknowledgment
Role of the Corresponding Author
Changes to Authorship
Copyright
Open Access
Subscription
Duplicate/Previous Publication
Ethical Approval of Studies and Informed Consent

Editorial Review and Publication
Editorial Notification
Editorial and Peer Review
Revised Manuscripts
Editing
Proofs
Funding Body Agreements
NIH Public Access Policy
Reprints

Open Article Types
Original Articles
Letters
Correspondences

Invited Article Types
Review Articles
Perspectives
Disease in a Nutshell
MOC-CME Review Articles
CME Learning Objectives, Rationale & References
Mechanisms of Disease for the Clinician
Guest Editorials
CME Review Articles
Challenging Clinical Cases
Book Reviews
Basic Science for the Clinician
Commentary
Special Articles
 

General Information


The Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology is the official journal of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Typical turnaround time from submission to first decision is less than 30 days and from submission to acceptance is less than 80 days. Manuscripts are posted online typically within 10 days of acceptance. In print publication is based upon the specific needs of the journal in terms of emphasis of a specific print issue.

Editor-in-Chief: Gailen D. Marshall, MD, PhD, FACAAI
Executive Editor: Donald Y.M. Leung, MD, PhD, FACAAI
Deputy Editors: Anne K. Ellils, MD, MSc, FRCPC, FACAAI
Anna Nowak-Wegrzyn, MD, FACAAI
Managing Editor: Elizabeth Marshall, RN

Inquiries regarding the editorial management of the Annals should be sent to:
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Editorial Office
2500 North State Street, Suite N416
Jackson, MS 39216
Telephone: (601) 815-4871
Fax: (601) 815-4770
Email: annallergy@umc.edu

Authors are responsible for all statements, opinions, methods, and conclusions of presenting their data in articles submitted to the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology for possible publication. The views of authors as presented in their articles do not necessarily represent the opinions of the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology editorial staff or the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology.
The purpose of these instructions is to provide authors with clear and concise guidelines for preparing a manuscript in acceptable Annals style. In general, exceptions to be published guidelines are not made. Authors who believe they have compelling reasons to alter and/or exceed the published guidelines may appeal to the editorial office for a variance PRIOR TO submission. Appeals may be sent to annallergy@umc.edu. Otherwise, manuscripts that do not meet these guidelines will be returned to the corresponding author for correction prior to any further consideration for peer review.
A corrected manuscript may not be submitted as a new manuscript. If corrections are submitted as a new manuscript, the newest manuscript will be removed from the system and the original Technical Check Failed email will be resent to the author.
Every correction listed in the Technical Check Failed email must be addressed. If a manuscript is resubmitted only partially corrected, the manuscript will again be returned to the author. If an author repeatedly resubmits a manuscript without corrections being made, the manuscript will be flagged and removed from the system. Required File Content for Submissions

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Title Page
  3. Manuscript
  4. References
  5. Acknowledgment (optional)
  6. Tables (optional)
  7. Figure Legend (optional)
  8. Figures (optional)
  9. eSupplement (optional)
  10. Explanations of Required Content


Manuscripts must be submitted online via the Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology online manuscript submission and peer review system.

Only manuscripts submitted through the above link will be considered for review.

Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following requirements will be returned to the corresponding author before peer review is initiated.

Any exception granted by the Editor-in-Chief PRIOR TO submission must be documented in the Author Comments section of the submission process and in the Cover Letter file. If an exception has been granted by the Editor-in-Chief but the author does not state this in the Author Comments and the cover letter file, the submission will be returned to the author with instructions to correct the manuscript to standard specifications. It then will be the author's responsibility to provide documentation showing an exception was, in fact, granted by the Editor-in-Chief upon resubmission.

Basic Formatting

Each submitted file must be formatted as follows:

  1. Be in Times New Roman 12 point font.
  2. Display page numbers in the upper right corner of each page. Do not carry numbering from one file to another. Each file must begin with the first page numbered "1."
  3. Be oriented left-to-right. Files with text direction that is typed right-to-left cannot be accepted. Only files formatted with text oriented left-to-right may be accepted. Note: Text orientation is different from text alignment. Changing the alignment alone does not reorient the text direction.
  4. File names may NOT contain brackets.

1. Cover Letter

Unless otherwise specified in the Article Type/Organization section of this document, all manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter that includes the following statements to the editor:

  1. The manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors.
  2. The requirements for authorship have been met by each listed author.
  3. The authors certify that they have (collectively) personally written at least 90 percent of the manuscript.
  4. The manuscript has not been published previously in print/electronic format (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture) or in another language and that the manuscript is not under consideration by another publication or electronic media.
  5. Complete contact information for the corresponding author, including a mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address.

Manuscripts submitted without all of the above information in cover letter will be returned for correction.

2. Title Page

All submissions require a title page, unless otherwise specified in the Article Type/Organization section of this document. The title page must be concise, easy to read, and must include all of the following:

  1. Title. A concise title of no more than 15 words. Do not use abbreviations in the title.
  2. Authors. Each author who meets authorship criteria must be listed, including the author's full name, abbreviated-highest academic degree, and institutional affiliation.
  3. Corresponding Author Information. List the name, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address of the author responsible for correspondence. There may be only 1 corresponding author per submission, and this must be the author responsible for correspondence during and after submission.
  4. Conflict of Interest. All authors are required to disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. If there are no conflicts of interest, indicate "Conflicts of interest: none."
  5. Funding Source. List any source of any financial support. If no support was provided, indicate "Funding Source: none."
  6. Clinical Trial Registration. List the Registry URL and assigned database number for clinical trial registrations, if applicable.
  7. Keywords. List the most salient keywords to capture your research effectively. A maximum of 12 keywords is permitted.
  8. Abbreviations/Acronyms. List any abbreviations/acronyms and their definitions. If no abbreviations/acronyms were used, indicate "Abbreviations: none."
  9. Word Count. List the word count of the manuscript (excluding abstract, acknowledgments, reference, tables, figure legends, tables, and eSupplement material).
  10. Figures. List the number of figures accompanying the manuscript. If no figures accompany the manuscript, indicate "Figures: none."
  11. Tables. List the number of tables accompanying the manuscript. If no tables accompany the manuscript, indicate "Tables: none."

3. Manuscript Text File

The following requirements apply to all submissions:

  1. Line Numbering. The manuscript file must be consecutively numbered beginning with the number "1" on the first line. Line numbers must appear in the left-hand margin of the file, may not overlap the manuscript text, must be continuous throughout the file, and may not restart on each page.
  2. Page Numbering. The manuscript file must display page numbers in the upper right corner of each page. The first page of the manuscript file must be denoted with the number "1."
  3. Double-Spaced. The manuscript file must be double-spaced.
  4. Reference Formatting. References in the manuscript text file must be identified with superscript Arabic numerals. Do not include brackets or parentheses around reference numbers.
  5. Clear Use of Language. Academic-level English must be used in all submitted manuscript. Elsevier provides an English language editing service, which may be found here: http://webshop.elsevier.com/language-editing-services/language-editing/

The following information may NOT appear in the manuscript file:

  1. Any information that could identify any or all authors, including names, initials, and institutional affiliations. This includes any names or initials in the manuscript file name.
  2. An abstract.
  3. Footnotes.
  4. Endnotes.
  5. Acknowledgment(s).
  6. Any eSupplement material.

4. References

Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references and format. Refer to Article Types for the specific maximum numbers of references for each category.

The following is required for all reference lists:

  1. Be numbered consecutively in the order in which the references are cited in the text.
  2. Reflect the current state of knowledge being cited. As a rule, the Annals expects citations to be within the last 5 years unless the reference a) represents a seminal article that most would agree has persistent value, b) there is no more recent article that adequately represents the cited statement and/or, c) the article represents the initial description of the finding/event being cited. In all instances, the reference list will be subject to review and editing as determined by the peer review process.
  3. Journal names must be abbreviated according to Index Medicus.
  4. All authors up to 6 must be listed. If there are more than 6 authors, list only the first 3 authors' names followed by "et al."

Example:

1. Macy E, Bernstein JA, Castells MC, et al. Aspirin challenge and desensitization for aspirin-exacerbated respiratory disease: a practice paper. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2007;98:172-174.
2. Li J, Lockey RF, Bernstein IL, Portnoy JM, Nicklas RA. Allergen immunotherapy: a practice parameter. Ann Allergy Asthma Immunol. 2003;90(suppl 1):1-40.
3. Lieberman P, Kemp SF, Oppenheimer J, Lang DM, Bernstein IL, Nicklas RA. The diagnosis and management of anaphylaxis: an updated practice parameter. J Allergy Clin Immunol. 2005;115(suppl 2):S483-S523.

5. Acknowledgment (optional)

The acknowledgment file is reserved for the names of people who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript (e.g., data collection, analysis, or writing and/or editing assistance) but who do not fulfill authorship criteria. Each person's name and specific contribution should be stated in the acknowledgment file. Any other information aside from a contributing person's name and specific contribution must be omitted.

6. Tables (optional)

Tables must be prepared using Microsoft Word. Tables may be included in the manuscript file, if all materials for review are submitted in the manuscript file.
If tables are not included in the manuscript file and are submitted under the file type "Table" instead, then all tables must be included in a single DOC file. Multiple table files are not permitted. Any file format other than DOC is not permitted.

Tables must:

  1. Be numbered using Arabic numerals in the order in which they are cited in the text.
  2. Begin at the top of each page. No material from one table may appear on the same page as the material from another table.
  3. Be recorded on the title page.
  4. Have a concise heading/description of no more than 50 words. Any table with more than 50 words total describing the entire table, including abbreviations, will be returned.
  5. Abbreviations must be defined in alphabetical order at the bottom of the table (e.g., Abbreviations: CT, computed tomography; MRI, magnetic resonance imaging; OR, odds ratio).

7. Figure Legend (optional)

Each submitted figure must have a heading of no more than 50 words. Headings may appear above each figure in the figure file(s) or headings may collectively be listed in a separate figure legend file.
The figure legend must be a single DOC file uploaded under the file type "Figure Legend."

The figure legend must:

  1. Have a concise heading/description of no more than 50 words for each figure. Any figure with more than 50 words total describing the entire figure, including abbreviations, will be returned.
  2. Be uploaded as a single document.

If a figure is submitted without a heading/description, the submission will be returned to the authors for the missing information.

8. Figure (optional)

Figures may be included in the manuscript file or uploaded as a single file or as individual files.
If all figures are submitted as a single file under the file type "Figure," then this file must be either a DOC file or PDF file with each numbered figure appearing on a separate page.
If each figure is submitted as an individual file, other formats such as TIFF, EPS, and JPEG are acceptable as well, in addition to the above listed DOC and PDF.
For more information on submitting graphics, please visit https://www.elsevier.com/artwork.

If a figure is reproduced, see the Reproduced Materials section for guidelines concerning required permission.

Figures (graphs, charts, photographs, and illustrations) must:

  1. Be numbered using Arabic numerals in the order in which they are first cited in the text.
  2. Begin at the top of each page. No material from one figure may appear on the same page as material from another figure.
  3. Be recorded on the title page.
  4. Be high quality and visible in the built PDF.

9. eSupplement (optional)

Authors may submit supporting material to accompany their article for online-only publication when there is insufficient space to include the material in the print article. This material, restricted to Original Articles only, must be important to the understanding and interpretation of the report.

eSupplement material will undergo editorial and peer review with the main manuscript. If the manuscript is accepted for publication and if the editors approve the material for publication, it will be posted online at the time of publication of the article as online extra material provided by the authors.

eSupplement material must:

  1. Be submitted as a single DOC file.
  2. Be no longer than 3 pages maximum.
  3. Have all eSupplement material in the eSupplement file. No eSupplement material may appear in any file other than the eSupplement file.
  4. Have each eTable or eFigure appear on the separate page. No material from one visual aid may appear on the same page as material from another visual aid.
  5. Have pages numbered consecutively.
  6. Be uploaded under the eSupplement submission type.
  7. Have each element included in the material be cited in the text of the main manuscript (e.g., "see eTable 1") and numbered in order of citation in the text (i.e., eTable 1, eTable 2, eFigure 1, etc.). eTables and eFigures must be numbered, even if there is only one submitted.

10. Explanations of Required Content

Conflict of Interest

A conflict of interest may exist when an author (or the author's institution or employer) has financial or personal relationships that could potentially influence (or bias) the author's decisions, work, or manuscript. Potential conflicts of interest include, but are not limited to, speaker's bureau membership, consultancies, research support, and/or stock interest by an author and/or his/her first-degree relatives.

Further information on Conflict of Interest can be found at: https://www.elsevier.com/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/92476/ETHICS_COI02.pdf.

Clinical Trial Registration

All manuscripts that present therapeutic data involving a pharmaceutical agent (commercial or non-commercial) must be registered with an approved Registry that meets the minimum registration data set as described by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICJME). The Registry URL and assigned database number must be clearly identified in the title page file and will be published at the end of the abstract.

A clinical trial is defined by International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE, http://www.icmje.org) as any research project that prospectively assigns human participants to an intervention to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome. Health-related interventions are those used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome. Examples include drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, educational programs, and quality improvement interventions. Health outcomes are any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events.

Authorship Forms

The editorial office requests authorship forms from authors only after a manuscript has been accepted for publication. Any authorship form found online or previously saved versions of an authorship form are all out-of-date.

Keywords

Abstracting and indexing services use keywords to make articles more findable in databases. Choosing the right keywords can increase the chances of your article being found by other researchers.

Language Editing

In today's competitive environment, it is imperative that the English language used in your paper is of a high quality. Your research may be critical, but grammatical, spelling, and other common language errors are common causes for delays and initial rejections. If you need English-language support, learn more about Elsevier's English Language editing service by visiting http://webshop.elsevier.com/languageservices/languageediting.

Reproduced Materials

When previously published tables or figures are used, the author must obtain written permission from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) to reproduce the material in print and online. An appropriate credit line must be included in the table file or figure legend file, and full publication information must be cited in the reference list.

Acceptance of the manuscript is conditional upon receipt of permission. Letters of permission must accompany the manuscript at the time of submission. Further information on Permissions can be found at https://www.elsevier.com/about/our-business/policies/copyright/permissions.

Your Paper Your Way

One option for submission is to submit materials to be reviewed as a single file. If this submission option is used, then the Your Paper Your Way (YPYW) file must be formatted exactly as a manuscript file.
All specific article requirements are still in effect.
A separate cover letter file and a separate title page file must be uploaded under the correct file types. No identifying author information may appear in the YPYW file.
The YPYW file must be organized into the following sections: manuscript, references, table(s) (if applicable), figure legend (if applicable), and figure(s) (if applicable). Use page breaks to divide materials.
Acknowledgments may not be included in the YPYW file.
eSupplement material may not be included in the YPYW file and must be uploaded as a separate DOC file under the file type "eSupplement."
If a manuscript if accepted for publication and the authors submitted using YPYW, then author will have to provide individual files of all content. It is recommended that each file be uploaded individually at the time of initial submission, so as to reduced turnaround time if a manuscript is accepted for publication. However, the YPYW option is available.

Editorial Policies for Authors

Authorship
It is assumed that a submitted manuscript is the work of the listed authors and represents their effort to generate the manuscript. While outside editorial assistance may be utilized, "ghost written" articles are not accepted for review by the Annals. By submitting a manuscript, the authors certify that they have (collectively) personally written at least 90 percent of the manuscript.

A writer who contributed to the manuscript but who does not meet all 4 authorship criteria listed in the section below (Authorship Requirements) should be listed in the Acknowledgment file.

Authorship Requirements
In order to be included in the list of authors, an individual must meet all the following requirements approved by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE): (1) made substantial contributions to conception and design, acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data; (2) drafted the article or reviewed it critically for important intellectual content; (3) given final approval of the version to be published; and (4) agrees to be accountable for all aspects of the work related to its accuracy or integrity.

Acknowledgment
All other persons who have made substantial contributions to the work reported in the manuscript (e.g., data collection, analysis, or writing and/or editing assistance) but who do not fulfill authorship criteria may be named with their specific contributions in an Acknowledgment file.

Role of the Corresponding Author
The corresponding author will serve on behalf of all coauthors as the primary correspondent with the editorial office during the submission and review process. If the manuscript is accepted, the corresponding author will receive electronic page proofs from Elsevier, agrees to make only necessary changes, and return the corrected page proofs to Elsevier within 48 hours of electronic receipt, even if they have no corrections. In addition, the corresponding author will be listed as the author to contact regarding the manuscript after its publication. There may be only 1 corresponding author per submission.

Changes to Authorship
Any change in authors and/or contributors after initial submission must be discussed and approved in writing by all authors. This applies to additions, deletions, or changes of order to the author list. The Corresponding Author must submit a letter signed by all authors authorizing the change to the Annals editorial office at annallergy@umc.edu. Include the manuscript title and manuscript number (if already assigned) in the email request.

Copyright
The corresponding author will sign on behalf of all coauthors of the manuscript. After Elsevier receives the accepted manuscript, they will send an email to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript and provide a "Journal Publishing Agreement" link to transfer, assign, or otherwise convey all copyright ownership (print and all forms of digital formats) to the Annals.

Open Access
In addition to publishing subscription content, Annals publishes Open Access Articles which are free to access and reuse by both subscribers and the general public.
During submission, authors can choose to publish Open Access. In this case, a fee is payable by the author or research funder to cover the costs associated with publication. For more information on Open Access, please visit: https://www.elsevier.com/journals/annals-of-allergy-asthma-and-immunology/1081-1206/open-access-options.

Subscription
In the case of subscription content, articles are made available to subscribers as well as developing countries and patient groups through Elsevier's access programs. For more information on accessing content, please visit: https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals/access.
Regardless of how you choose to publish your article, the Annals will apply the same peer review criteria and acceptance standards.

Duplicate/Previous Publication
Manuscripts previously published in another language may not be submitted, as this violates the #4 requirement of the cover letter file.

Ethical Approval of Studies and Informed Consent
For all research studies involving animal or human subjects or research material derived from humans, appropriate institutional review board (IRB) review and approval is required. Additionally, the manner in which informed consent was obtained from the study participants (specifying whether oral or written) must be stated in the Methods section of the manuscript.

In the event an author wishes to include personal information or images of patients, written consent is required and must be retained by author and provided to the Annals upon request.

Studies exempted from IRB approval by their respective boards must be so indicated in the Methods section. If no formal ethics committee is available, authors should indicate in the Methods section that procedures followed were in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration as revised in 2013: https://www.elsevier.com/about/our-business/policies/copyright/permissions.

When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed. Such review and approval or waiver should also be described in the Methods sections of the manuscript. Failure to comply with this requirement will result in the manuscript being returned without review.

Editorial Review and Publication

Editorial Notification
Corresponding authors are sent notifications of the receipt of manuscripts and editorial decisions by email. Authors can check the status of their submitted manuscript, during the review process, via the online manuscript submission system.

Editorial and Peer Review
Manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Annals Editor-in-Chief. Manuscripts with insufficient priority for publication are declined and returned to the authors. Other manuscripts are assigned to an Associate Editor and sent to expert consultants for double-blinded peer review.

Revised Manuscripts
Manuscripts may be returned to authors with request for revision. As with new submissions, revised manuscripts containing requested changes must be electronically submitted through the online manuscript submission system.
A step-by-step guide outlining the process to submit a revised manuscript may be found here: https://service.elsevier.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/28463/c/10595/supporthub/publishing/role/a uthor/kw/Editorial+manager/

Revised manuscripts must:

  1. Be received within one month of the date of the decision letter.
  2. Include a point-by-point response to all reviewer comments in the Respond to Reviewers section. Begin each author responses with "Response:" and indicate where changes were made in the manuscript.
    Do not include any author's name or institutional affiliations in this section, in order to ensure a double-blind review.
    All author responses must appear in Respond to Reviewers section. Responses may NOT be included in any file.
  3. Text added to the revised manuscript must be in red font, while strikethrough formatting must be applied to text that is being deleted. This same formatting principle applies to any revised table, figure, or reference revisions.
  4. Provide both clean and marked versions of files that have been revised. Upload the clean copy file first, as the first manuscript file will be the file that is uploaded as an Article in Press. Upload the marked manuscript file second.

The limits (word count, references, tables/figures, and eSupplement) are still in effect for each article type. For instance, an Original Article being converted to a Letter must conform to all Letter requirements.
If a revision exceeds these limits, it will be returned to the author, and it will be the authors' responsibility to edit the submission to conform with article requirements.

Note: A revised manuscript not returned within one month of the date of the decision letter may automatically be rejected. Any further action will require an entirely new submission process. Extensions to this deadline will be provided in extenuating circumstances and requires the prior approval of the Editor-in-Chief.

Editing
Accepted manuscripts are edited in accordance with the AMA Manual of Style, 10th ed., and returned to the corresponding author for approval.

Proofs
Corresponding authors will receive electronic versions of the page proofs for their articles from Elsevier. Authors should make only necessary changes and return the corrected page proofs to Elsevier within 48 hours, even if you have no corrections. If return of page proofs are delayed, the manuscript may (at the discretion of the Editor-in-Chief) be accepted for publication as is. Accurate proofreading and clear marking of corrections are essential for the production of a quality article.

NOTE: Careful proofreading is solely your responsibility. Errata are generally not published for this oversight unless the error is significant.

Funding Body Agreements
Elsevier works with institutions and funding bodies to allow authors to comply with their funder's open access policies. Some funding bodies or institutions have a policy on public access to research. Elsevier offers a wide range of publication options for your research to comply with funding policy or institutional mandates. For details about these agreements and arrangements please visit https://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies.

NIH Public Access Policy
As a service to our authors, Elsevier will deposit to PubMed Central (PMC) author manuscripts reporting NIH funded research. Elsevier will send to PMC the final peer-reviewed manuscript, which was accepted for publication and sent to Elsevier's production department, and that reflects any author-agreed changes made in response to peer-review comments. Elsevier will authorize the authors' manuscript public access posting within 12 months of final publication.

Reprints
For authors, the Reprint Order Form is sent with the electronic manuscript acknowledgment letter. Please complete the form and send the order form and purchase order or prepayment either by mail or fax to ANAI, Elsevier Philadelphia, Journals Production.For the public, e-prints and reprints are available through Elsevier Reprints.

Open Article Types

The Annals publishes many different types of articles pertaining to topics that relate to the practice of allergy-immunology.

The following 3 article types are the only article types open for submission without an invitation:

Original Articles

Original Articles must have a structured abstract of 255 words or less with the following headings:
Background, Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
Each heading must be a separate section so that there are 5 separate headings/sections total. Do not make "Objective" or "Conclusion" plural.
The abstract must be submitted in the section titled "Submit Abstract." The abstract may NOT be included in the manuscript text file nor may it be uploaded as a separate file.

60 references and a combined total of 8 tables and/or figures are allowed.

Text may not exceed 4,000 words and must be organized into the following headings:
Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion.
Any other desired headings must be sub-headings.

Any submission with more than 5 authors must state each author's contribution to the generation of the manuscript in the title page file. Each author must meet all 4 criteria set forth by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
People who have contributed to the manuscript but who do not meet authorship criteria may be recognized in an Acknowledgments file.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Figures, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Tables, if applicable
  9. eSupplement, if applicable

Letters

Letters are the primary means for an author to communicate brief clinical or scientific observations to our readership.

Letters must be brief and may not exceed 1,000 words.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Letters may NOT contain a salutation.

Letters may have 1 figure OR 1 table and a maximum of 10 references.
NOTE: Sub-figures and sub-tables are counted as individual figures and individual tables. Only a single panel figure or single panel table may be submitted.

NOTE: Sub-figures and sub-tables are considered separate entities.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Figure, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Table, if applicable

Correspondences

Correspondences are brief opinions about recently published articles in the Annals and other current topics of general interest to our readership. The previously published article must be cited in the current text.

Correspondence submissions are reviewed in the editorial office and do not undergo outside peer review.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Correspondences may or may not have a response. If a response is requested from the referenced article, the Correspondence and reply will be published in the same issue.

Correspondences must begin with the salutation "To the Editor" and are limited to 500 words and with 10 references. Figures and tables are not allowed for this category.

Correspondences discussing a recently published Annals article will generally be considered only if it is received within 2 months of the article's publication date. Exceptions to this policy must have the approval of the Editor-in-Chief.

Correspondences can be submitted directly to the Annals editorial office at annallergy@umc.edu. "Correspondence to the Annals" must be included in the subject line of your email. A Word document comprised of the following must be attached to your email:

  1. Title of your correspondence
  2. Manuscript text
  3. References
  4. Your full name, abbreviated-highest academic degree, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address

Invited Article Types

The following article types require approval from the Editor-in-Chief before an invitation is extended by the editorial office. Authors who have an idea for one of these manuscript types are encouraged to submit a brief description to the Editor-in-Chief via email (annallergy@umc.edu).

Only those proposals that are approved by the Editor-in-Chief can be submitted and considered for publication. Exceptions to the guidelines for these features (e.g. word count, references, etc.) must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief prior to submission and be noted in the Author Comments section and cover letter file during the submission process.

Invited articles must be submitted through the invitation link that is sent to the author in an e-mail from the Annals office.

After logging in, click the link Main Menu. There will be 4 major sections on this page. Click the link My Accept Invitations under the first section titled Invited Submissions. Hover the cursor over Action Links on the left-hand side of the screen and a list of links will appear. Click the link Submit Invited Manuscript and upload files to their corresponding file types.

If an invited article is submitted outside of the invitation link as an open article (Original Article, Letter, or Correspondence), the manuscript will be returned to the author with the above instructions explaining how to correctly submit an invited article.

Review Articles

Review Articles address a specific question or issue that is relevant for clinical practice and provide an evidence-based, balanced, patient-oriented review on a focused topic, either clinical or basic science.

Because of space limitations, the review is not intended to be exhaustive: it must be directed. These articles may focus on current advancements in the field and must be based on the latest "cutting-edge" clinical, translational, or basic science.

Any submission with more than 5 authors must state each author's contribution to the generation of the manuscript in the title page file. Each author must meet all 4 criteria set forth by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
People who have contributed to the manuscript but who do not meet authorship criteria may be recognized in an Acknowledgment file.

Review Articles must have a structured abstract of 255 words or less with the following headings:
Objective, Data Sources, Study Selections, Results, and Conclusion.
Each heading must be a separate section so that there are 5 separate headings/sections total.
The abstract must be submitted in the section titled "Submit Abstract."
The abstract may NOT be included in the manuscript text file nor may it be uploaded as a separate file.

Review Articles must also include Key Messages that lists, in 4-6 bullet points, the most salient lessons of the article. These must be submitted as a single DOC file under the file type "Key Messages."

60 references and a combined total of 8 tables and/or figures are allowed. A minimum of 2 figures are required.

Text may not exceed 4,000 words and must be organized into the following sections:
Introduction, applicable headings for the body of the manuscript, and Conclusion.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Figure legend, if applicable
  7. Figures, 2 required
  8. Tables, if applicable
  9. Key Messages

Perspectives

On occasion, important topics of general interest to the readership are identified that warrant commentary and discussion by a specific expert. The Editor-in-Chief will invite such an expert to offer his/her perspective on a specific topic.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Perspectives are limited to 1,000 words, 5 references, and 1 table OR 1 figure. Sub-tables and sub-figures are counted as individual tables and individual figures.

These articles do not have an abstract.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Tables, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Figures, if applicable

MOC-CME Review

MOC-CME Review Articles offer physicians a process to keep skills and knowledge current in a changing field, where vigilance is key to practicing state-of-the-art specialty medical care. These articles are designed to help fulfill the requirements for CME credit required for the maintenance of certification (MOC) program by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

Any submission with more than 5 authors must state each author's contribution to the generation of the manuscript in the title page file. Each author must meet all 4 criteria set forth by The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.
People who have contributed to the manuscript but who do not meet authorship criteria may be recognized in an Acknowledgment file.

Text may not exceed 2,000 words and must be organized into the following sections:

  • Clinical Vignette (case presentation, up to 750 words)
  • Introduction (a brief description of the pathophysiology fundamentals to the case, a clinical context of the case in terms of its uniqueness for the literature)
  • Conclusion (relevance to the practicing clinician including the principles of the case that would impact provider practice behavior).

20 references and a combined total of 4 tables and/or figures are allowed. A maximum of 2 figures of required.

MOC-CME Review Articles must also include Key Messages that list, in 4-6 bullet points, the most salient lessons of the article. These must be submitted as a single DOC file under the file type "Key Messages."

A CME Learning Objectives, Questions, & Rationale file must be submitted which contains 2 "behaviorally" written learning objectives, a minimum of 5 multiple-part questions (with 5 answers each) related to the material along with rationales, and a maximum of 3 references for each question.

This document must be formatted exactly as follows and uploaded as a separate submission under the file type "CME Learning Objectives, Questions & Rationale." This file must be in DOC format and may not be submitted in any other file format. https://www.elsevier.com/__data/promis_misc/ANAI_Example_CME_Learning_Objectives.docx.Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Figure legend, if applicable
  7. Figures, 2 required
  8. Tables, if applicable
  9. Key Messages
  10. CME Learning Objectives, Questions, Rationale & References

Mechanisms of Disease for the Clinician

Mechanisms of Disease for the Clinician articles are intended to update the readers with specific mechanism-based knowledge that is the basis for understanding the pathophysiology of a specific immune-based disease and/or a basis for understanding the effectiveness of a specific therapy. These manuscripts must provide a brief overview of the current state of clinical knowledge, and then follow with a more in-depth discussion of the current understanding of the molecular and cellular mechanisms that are thought to contribute to the disease and/or the basis for a specific therapy.

Mechanisms of Disease for the Clinician articles must have a structured abstract of 255 words or less with the following headings: Objective, Data Sources, Study Selections, Results, and Conclusion. The abstract must be submitted in the section titled "Submit Abstract." The abstract may NOT be included in the manuscript text file nor may it be uploaded as a separate file.

Articles are limited to 4,000 words, 60 references, and a combined total of 8 tables and/or figures.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted. If more than 5 authors are listed, express permission MUST be obtained from the Editor-in-Chief PRIOR TO SUBMISSION. State this permission is the Author Comments section and the Cover Letter file.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Tables, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Figures, if applicable

Editorials

Editorials are typically solicited to accompany certain Special Articles, CME Review Articles, and Original Articles that are published in the Annals. Figures and tables are not permitted for this category. Editorials are reviewed in the Editorial Office and do not undergo outside peer review.

Text may not exceed 1,000 words, and a total of 10 references may be submitted. Editorials must reference the previously published article in the Annals.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References

CME Review Articles

CME Review Articles are offered as part of a Continuing Medical Education endeavor and are intended to be directed rather than exhaustive reviews of a specific clinical topic. The intent is to synthesize an overview of that topic with reference to the most current literature to allow the reader to better understand the ultimate goal of changing practice behavior.

Text may not exceed 4,000 words and must be organized into the following sections:
Introduction, applicable headings for the body of the manuscript, and Conclusion.

60 references and a combined total of 8 tables and/or figures are allowed. A minimum of 2 figures are required.

People who have contributed to the manuscript but who do not meet authorship criteria may be recognized in an Acknowledgment file.

CME Review Articles must also include Key Messages that list, in 4-6 bullet points, the most salient lessons of the article.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Tables, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Figures, 2 required
  9. Key Messages
  10. CME Learning Objectives, Questions, Rationale, and References

Challenging Clinical Cases

Challenging Clinical Cases consider the step-by-step process of clinical decision-making. Cases are presented in stages (in boldface type) to simulate the typical way such information emerges in clinical practice. The author responds (in regular type) as new information is presented, sharing his/her reasoning with the reader.

Challenging Clinical Cases are limited to 2,500 words, 20 references, and 2 tables and/or figures.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Each submission must be comprised of the following items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Tables, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Figures, if applicable

Book Reviews

Short reviews of recently published books of central interest to our readers are published only by invitation from the Editor-in-Chief.

Two complimentary copies should be sent to:
Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology Editorial Office
2500 North State Street, N416
Jackson, MS 39216

One book is maintained in the editorial office library, while the other is mailed to the reviewer.

The manuscript text may not exceed 250 words.

Book Reviews can be submitted directly to the Annals editorial office at annallergy@umc.edu. "Book Review for Annals" must be included in the subject line of your email. A Word document comprised of the following must be attached to your email:

  1. Text of your review, which includes the title of the book, the author, publisher and address, edition and year of publication, availability in hard or soft copy, the number of pages, the price and ISBN #.
  2. Your full name, abbreviated-highest academic degree, institutional affiliation, mailing address, telephone number, fax number, and email address.

Basic Science for the Clinician

Basic Science for the Clinician reviews focus on a novel basic science research finding or technique. These reviews must be concentrated on providing practicing clinicians an appropriate background on the science involved, followed by an explanation of the findings/techniques, and how these findings/techniques may ultimately lead to changes in the clinic.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Basic Science for the Clinician reviews must have a structured abstract of no more than 255 words with the following headings:
Objective, Data Sources, Study Selections, Results, and Conclusion.

Basic Science for the Clinician reviews are limited to 4,000 words, 60 references, and a combined total of 8 tables and/or figures.

Each submission must be comprised of the following submission items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. Acknowledgments, if applicable
  5. References
  6. Tables, if applicable
  7. Figure legend, if applicable
  8. Figures, if applicable

Commentary

A commentary is a brief response to a correspondence written about an author's recently published article. Commentaries are limited to 400 words and a maximum of 8 references.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Neither tables nor figures are permitted.

Each submission must be comprised of the following submission items:

  1. Cover letter
  2. Title page
  3. Manuscript
  4. References

Special Articles

The specific requirements for an invited Special Article will be outlined in the invitation email sent to the author by the editorial office. Please refer to this email for specifics regarding text count limit, reference limit, any potential manuscript headings, and table/figure count. If you have any further questions concerning the format or limitations of the Special Article you have been invited to submit, please contact the editorial office at annallergy@umc.edu for further clarification.

A maximum of 5 authors is permitted.

Updated December 2020.