STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND POLICY
The Journal will accept original manuscripts which contain material that has not been reported elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract of not more than 400 words. Prior abstract presentations should be described in a footnote to the title. Submissions should be accompanied by a letter requesting evaluation for publication. Manuscripts must be submitted online using the following url:
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT Guidelines on Length
Original research articles should be a maximum of 3000 words excluding the references and tables. Reviews should be a maximum of 4000 words excluding the references and tables. Rapid Communications should be a maximum of 2000 words.
Prepare manuscripts double spaced in Microsoft Word. Leave ample margins on both sides, top and bottom.
Please remove ALL author identifiers from the manuscript. Upload a separate title page as a Cover Page which includes the full title, the author's names and affiliations, the source of a work or study (if any), and a running title of about 45 characters. Please indicate the name, address, phone number, fax number, and email address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. The title page in the article should only include the full title and a running title of about 45 characters.
The second page should consist of an abstract of not more than 250 words, which should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. One possible format could be: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, and references.
Number pages consecutively. Consult an issue of the Journal for the exact format.
Please upload individual files of all manuscript material—do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure, and table files of your paper. Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process.
Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled Author Disclosure Statement. This text must be part of your actual manuscript file. 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#conflictsfor further guidance.
If no conflicts exist, the authors must state "No competing financial interests exist."
TABLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Each table and figure should be prepared in separate files. Do not include tables or figures as part of the main text file. Each table should be prepared in a separate file in Microsoft Word. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Remember each table must stand alone-i.e., contain all necessary information in the caption, and the table itself must be understood independently of the text. Details of experimental conditions should be included in the table footnotes. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in tables, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.
Figures/images should be presented according to these guidelines:
- Do not include any illustrations as part of your text file.
- Do not prepare any figures in Word as they are not workable.
- Line illustrations must be submitted at 1200 DPI.
- Halftones and color photos should be submitted at 300 DPI.
- Please submit only TIFF or EPS files.
- Color art must be saved as CYMK not RGB or INDEX. If RGB files are submitted, the files will be converted to CYMK, and some slight color variation may occur.
- Do NOT submit PowerPoint or Excel files. Adobe is the software of choice.
Please name your artwork files with the submitting authors name i.e. SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc. Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table numbers. Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.
You will be given directions on how to correct any files which do not pass.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ART FILES
Converting Word or Excel files: Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format which is suitable for print is to scan them using the below guidelines:
- All files should be scanned at 100% size.
- 300 dpi
- Final color mode: cmyk
- save file as: .tif or .eps
If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format go to http://www.liebertpub.com/MEDIA/pdf/ppconvert.pdf
A list of figure legends should be supplied at the end of the manuscript, double spaced. Magnifications should be included where appropriate. Illustrations will not be returned unless requested. ZIP disks containing figures may be accepted only if it is Photoshop or Illustrator TIF or EPS format. All other disks will be rejected.
A complete, separately collated set must be submitted with each copy of the manuscript. Illustrations can be printed in color with a subsidy from the author and are encouraged. Contact the publisher for details.
References in text must be cited in numerical order using superscript numbers. Do not use author/date format. The reference list should be numbered and listed in the order that references are cited in the text - numerical rather than alphabetical.
References MUST be presented in the following style:
Murray BE, Singh KV, Markowitz SM. Evidence for clonal spread of a single strain of Enterococcus. Journal of Infectious Diseases 1991; 163:780-5.
Lezak MD. (1995) Neuropsychological assessment. New York: Oxford University Press.
Ruoff KL.(1995) Streptococcus. In: Murray PR, Baron EJ, eds. Manual of clinical microbiology. Washington, D.C.: ASM Press, pp. 299-307.
Please list all the authors when there are six or fewer. When there are seven or more authors, list only the first three, followed by “et al.” If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be designated. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references, and are reminded that inaccurate references are highly frustrating to the reader, the cited author, and indexing services.
The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Adaptions of figures or tables must carry a citation in the figure legend or table footnote and there must be a full reference given in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material cited from other laboratories, and should accompany the manuscript.
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.
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