The Journal of Geriatric Oncology is an international, multidisciplinary journal which is focused on advancing research in the treatment and survivorship issues of older adults with cancer, as well as literature relevant to education and policy development in geriatric oncology.
Editor-in-Chief, Supriya Mohile, University of Rochester, USA and the Editorial Board invite you to submit a manuscript to the Journal of Geriatric Oncology. The journal welcomes the submission of manuscripts in the following categories:
• Original research articles
• Review articles
• Clinical trials
• Education and training articles
• Short communications
• Meeting reports
• Letters to the Editor
The Journal of Geriatric Oncology is the official journal of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG).
The Journal of Geriatric Oncology is an international, multidisciplinary journal focused on advancing research in the pathogenesis, biology, treatment, and survivorship issues of older adults with cancer. The journal covers all aspects of geriatric oncology, from basic scientific research through to clinical research, as well as research that is relevant to education and policy development.
This journal operates a single blind review process. All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Papers deemed suitable are then sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor's decision is final. More information on types of peer review.
The Journal of Geriatric Oncology publishes original research articles, review articles, clinical trials, treatment guidelines, short communications, and letters to the editor which comment on previously published work.
The Journal of Geriatric Oncology is the official journal of the International Society of Geriatric Oncology (SIOG).
Manuscript categories and guidelines
The Journal of Geriatric Oncology publishes articles in the following categories:
Editorials: Editorials are invited by the Editor-in-Chief. Editorials do not have an abstract or keywords and should be limited to 1,500 words in length.Original Research Articles: Original, full-length research papers which have not been published previously, except in a preliminary form, may be submitted. Original research papers should include a structured abstract (250 words) and should be divided into sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion). They should not exceed 3,500 words in length.
Papers reporting the results of clinical trials may be submitted. Clinical trial papers should indicate a structured abstract (250 words) and should be divided into sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion). They should not exceed 3,500 words in length.Review Articles: Review articles which are topical and which are a critical assessment of any aspect of geriatric oncology may be submitted. Review articles should include an unstructured abstract [250 words]. They should not exceed 5,000 words in length.
Education and Training Articles: Full-length papers which report on education and training initiatives in geriatric oncology may be submitted. Education and training articles should include a structured abstract (250 words) and should be divided into sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion). They should not exceed 3,500 words in length.Short Communications: Short communications provide a brief but complete account of a piece of work. They should have a structured abstract (250 words) and should be divided into sections (Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results and Discussion). Short communications should have no more than ten references and should not exceed 2,000 words in length.
Perspectives: Perspectives papers are invited by the Editor-in-Chief. They are short communications in which individuals involved with the field of geriatric oncology comment on aspects of care or research which have shaped their thinking and their practice. Perspectives papers do not have an abstract and are limited to 1,500 words.Meeting Reports: Reports on geriatric oncology conferences, meetings and workshops are welcomed, although authors are recommended to discuss their proposal first with the Editor-in-Chief. Meeting reports do have an abstract and keywords and should not exceed 3,000 words in length.
Letters to the Editor: Letters of 1,500 words or less which relate to previously published work from the Journal of Geriatric Oncology or original research matters of interest to researchers in our field may be submitted. If commenting on a previously published paper the Editor-in-Chief may choose to invite a reply from the authors of the paper on which the letter is commenting.
Letters consist of 10 references, 1 figure, and 1 table, no abstract.
It is hoped that this list will be useful during the final checking of an article prior to sending it to the journal's Editor for review. Please consult this Guide for Authors for further details of any item.
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•The Journal of Geriatric Oncology prefers authors to reference in their paper the following terms:
More details are provided in the editorial by Lundebjerg, et al, When It Comes to Older Adults, Language Matters: JAGS Adopts Modified American Medical Association Style. J Am Geriatr Soc 65:1132-1133.•Manuscript has been "spell-checked" and "grammar-checked"
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This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. This identifier will not appear in your published article.
For any further information please visit www.elsevier.com/authors.[dataset]  Oguro M, Imahiro S, Saito S, Nakashizuka T. Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1; 2015. http://dx.doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.
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Reference to a journal publication:
1. Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2010;163:51–9. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.Sc.2010.00372.
Reference to a journal publication with an article number:
2. Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. Heliyon. 2018;19:e00205. https://doi.org/j.heliyon.2018.e00205.
Reference to a book:
3. Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 4th ed. New York: Longman; 2000.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
4. Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc; 2009, p. 281–304.
Reference to a website:
5. Cancer Research UK. Cancer statistics reports for the UK, http://www.cancerresearchuk.org/aboutcancer/statistics/cancerstatsreport/; 2003 [accessed 13 March 2003].
Reference to a dataset:
[dataset] 6. Oguro M, Imahiro S, Saito S, Nakashizuka T. Mortality data for Japanese oak wilt disease and surrounding forest compositions, Mendeley Data, v1; 2015. https://doi.org/10.17632/xwj98nb39r.1.
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