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Bariatric Surgical Practice
and Patient Care

formerly Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care

Editor-in-Chief: Edward Lin, DO, MBA, FACS, AGAF

ISSN: 2168-023X • Published Quarterly • Online ISSN: 2168-0248

Current Volume: 9

For Authors

  • Manuscript Submissions
  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
  • Self-Archiving Policy
  • Open Access Policy
  • Manuscript Submissions

    Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care (formerly Bariatric Nursing and Surgical Patient Care) publishes the cutting-edge research, clinical protocols, and practical tools to provide optimal care for bariatric surgical patients, whose health is seriously compromised by their high BMI and comorbid conditions.  Each issue will include original papers, clinical reviews, profiles of successful bariatric surgical programs, case reports, and much more.  The Journal does not publish papers that have been submitted elsewhere.

    Manuscripts must be submitted online using the following URLhttp://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/bari

    Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.

    Follow all prompts on Manuscript Central for inputting all required manuscript details. Please upload all files pertaining to your paper individually; do NOT combine all manuscript files into one PDF for uploading. Manuscript Central prepares a PDF proof after uploading is completed.


    All authors, including the co-authors, should be responsible for a significant part of the manuscript. All authors and co-authors should have taken part in writing the manuscript, reviewing it, and revising its intellectual and technical content. Any author whose name appears on a paper assumes responsibility and accountability for the results.


    All manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted for Biomedical Journals." Prepare manuscripts in Microsoft Word, double spaced on 8 1/2" by 11" pages. Leave ample margins on the sides, top, and bottom of pages. The order of items in the manuscript is: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, reprint address, legends, and tables. Each page, including the title page, must be numbered in the upper right-hand corner. Number pages consecutively.

    Title Page. The title page should include the contributors’ names with highest academic degrees, affiliations, the source of a work or study (if any), and a running head of about 45 characters. Please also indicate on the title page the name, complete mailing address, phone number, fax number, and email address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

    Abstract. The second page should consist of a structured abstract of no more than 250 words, which should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. It should be double spaced and should summarize the purpose of the study, the main findings, and the principal conclusions. Please note that references should not be cited in the abstract. Papers should contain original data concerning the course (prognosis), cause (etiology), diagnosis, treatment, prevention, or economic analysis of a clinical disorder or an intervention to improve the quality of healthcare.

    Text. In general, the text (which must be double spaced) should be organized under the headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Use only standard abbreviations, which can be found in the AMA’s Manual for Authors & Editors or the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual. At first usage, spell out terms and give abbreviations in parentheses. Thereafter, use only abbreviations. It is not necessary to spell out standard units of measure, even at first usage. Use generic names for drugs if possible. If you wish to use a proprietary drug name the first time it appears, use the generic name followed by the proprietary name, manufacturer, and city in parentheses.


    The author should acknowledge only those people and their institutions that have made significant contributions to the study.


    References must be typed double spaced and numbered consecutively as they are cited in the text (using superscript numbers). References appearing for the first time in tables and figures must be numbered in sequence with those cited in the text where the table or figure is mentioned. Use journal abbreviations as provided by MEDLINE, (The National Library of Medicine.)  List all authors when there are six or less. When there are more than six, list the first six, followed by et al. If references to personal communications or unpublished data are used, they are not to be in the list of references. They should be referred to in the text in parentheses: (F.P. Jones, personal communication, and date of correspondence.) Include any accepted papers but not yet published in the reference list; name the journal, and add "In Press" in parentheses.

    Sample references are:

    • Journal paper:  Livingston EH.  Complications of bariatric surgery.  Surg Clin North Am 2005;84:853 – 868.
    • Book: Martin LF.  Obesity Surgery. McGraw Hill, 2004.
    • Edited book: Mitchell JE and de Zwaan M (eds.) Bariatric Surgery. Oxford, UK: Taylor & Francis, Inc., 2005.
    • Chapter in a book:  Flancbaum L. Complications of Weight Loss Surgery. In: Flacnbaum L, Flancbaum D. Manfred E. (eds.) The Doctor's Guide to Weight Loss Surgery. New York: Bantam Dell Books, 2003:78.


    Reprint Address.

    Following the references, provide the name and complete address of the person to whom reprint requests should be sent.


    Each legend for illustrations must be double spaced on a separate page. In the legend, provide explanations for any abbreviations, arrows, etc. on the art work. If the illustration is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be obtained and the appropriate credit must be given in the legend.


    Prepare tables double spaced, each on a separate page, and provide a title for each table. Cite tables in sequence in the text. Explain abbreviations or symbols used in the body of the table in table footnotes. If the table is taken from a copyrighted publication, permission must be obtained and the appropriate credit must be given in the table footnote.


    Cite figures consecutively in the manuscript within parentheses: Example: “Before and after photos of the stomach in a Roux-en-Y procedure (Fig. 2A).” All illustrations should be clearly numbered and labeled with the first author's name on the front of the figure. A legend should be supplied for each figure or illustration, and all legends should be numbered consecutively and provided (double spaced) on a separate page. Figures should be numbered in the order cited in the text. Images should not show the name of any manufacturer.

    Instructions for electronic submission of art:

    • Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file. Each figure should be in its own separate file, and should NOT be prepared as a Word file.
    • Line illustrations should be submitted at 600 DPI.
    • Halftones and color photos should be submitted at a minimum of 300 DPI.
    • Adobe is the preferred software.  Avoid submitting PowerPoint files.
    • Save art as either TIFF or EPS files.  Avoid submitting JPEG files.
    • Color art must be saved as CYMK, not RGB.
    • Provide a laser printout of all art to ensure accuracy.



    Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both the author (if applicable) and publisher giving permission to (re)print in Bariatric Surgical Practice and Patient Care. Such clearance should be provided with the manuscript. Written permission must be obtained and submitted from authors to cite unpublished data or papers still in press.


    Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.


    Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author Disclosure Statement.  In this portion of the paper, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal.  It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the paper is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.html#conflicts for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."



    The Journal is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215. Telephone: (914) 740–2100; fax: (914) 740–2101; email: info@liebertpub.com


  • NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies

    NIH Public Access Policy: In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final accepted paper (after copy-editing and proofreading) to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors. Authors need not take any action. The manuscript's public access posting on PMC will occur 12 months after final publication. This service is provided free of charge. Please note that authors may not deposit manuscripts directly to PMC or other sites without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.

  • Self-Archiving Policy

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. is a "blue" publisher (as defined by Sherpa), as we allow self-archiving of post-print (ie final draft post-refereeing) or publisher's version/PDF.

    In assigning Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. copyright, the author retains the right to deposit such a 'post-print' on their own website, or on their institution's intranet, or within the Institutional Repository of their institution or company of employment, on the following condition, and with the following acknowledgement:

    This is a copy of an article published in the [JOURNAL TITLE] © [year of publication] [copyright Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.]; [JOURNAL TITLE] is available online at: http://online.liebertpub.com.

    Authors may also deposit this version on his/her funder's or funder's designated repository at the funder's request or as a result of a legal obligation, provided it is not made publicly available until 12 months after official publication.

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