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Photomedicine and Laser Surgery

Editor-in-Chief: Raymond J. Lanzafame, MD, MBA, FACS
Co-Editor-in-Chief: Chukuka S. Enwemeka, PhD, FACSM

ISSN: 1549-5418 • Published Monthly • Online ISSN: 1557-8550

Current Volume: 32

Latest Impact Factor* is 1.580

*2013 Journal Citation Reports® published by Thomson Reuters, 2014

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

    Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. Submission Benefits Package

    Your submission to Photomedicine and Laser Surgery provides you with robust tools and support to ensure maximum impact and readership for your work. By submitting your manuscript, you’ll receive:

    • Complimentary 12-month AuthorCite® membership
      Exclusively licensed by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., AuthorCite® delivers a 360-degree view of your article from submission to publication to market impact. With an AuthorCite® membership, you’ll receive end-to-end manuscript submission tracking, a custom online microsite to promote you and your research, a professional suite of metrics and analytics to measure the impact of your article, 30-day OpenLink™ article sharing, and much more.
    • Rapid, rigorous peer-review and editorial attention
    • Immediate deposit to PubMed and other indexing services upon online publication
    • Exposure to thousands of thought-leaders in your field, maximizing readers, citations, and downloads
    • Fast Track article publication
    • Global availability in over 170 countries
    • Open Access publication options

    Submitting Your Manuscript

    Submitting your manuscript to Photomedicine and Laser Surgery delivers a comprehensive benefits program that ensures high-quality review of your research and maximum impact for your work. This includes a one-year membership to AuthorCite™, a robust author services platform for increasing the visibility of your research, and includes the ability to freely share your article for 30 days. Photomedicine and Laser Surgery carries a manuscript processing charge* of $49.00 USD upon submission of each new manuscript.

    Upon payment, you will be provided a Manuscript Submission Code, and will be prompted to enter this information when uploading your files to our peer-review system.  Please note:  Securing a token does not automatically create an account in our peer-review system. If you do not already have an account, you will be asked to create one before you can begin your submission.

    Submissions do not need to be completed at once. Submitting authors/agents may begin the submission process, save their work, and return to the site to complete the upload(s) at a later time. There is no limit on the number of times one can save their work and subsequently resume the submission. Doing so will not incur additional charges.

    Click here to submit your paper via our fast and user-friendly electronic submission system.

    Manuscript Revisions

    Processing charges and submission codes are NOT required for revisions to previously submitted papers. To upload a revision of a paper, the submitting author should log in to their Author Center at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/photomedicine and click on “Revised Manuscripts in Draft.” The paper will appear in this area, and the submitting author will be able to upload revised files without paying any charges or entering a submission code.

    Please be sure to follow the Instructions for Authors below on Manuscript Preparation.  Authors whose submissions do not comply with the Instructions for Authors will have their papers un-submitted so that the file(s) may be adjusted accordingly. Directions regarding the necessary corrective actions will be provided in an email to the corresponding author at the time the paper is un-submitted. The submitting author/agent will then be provided the opportunity to re-upload the corrected file(s). If a paper is un-submitted, the paper will reside in the corresponding author’s “Author Center” as a draft, and the submitting author/agent will be able to make the necessary adjustments and re-upload the paper without incurring another manuscript processing charge.  

    *The manuscript processing charge is independent of editorial decision and is non-refundable.


    Photomedicine and Laser Surgery provides rapid publication of new and cutting-edge techniques and research in phototherapy, low level laser therapy (LLLT), and laser medicine and surgery.

    Book reviews are published as space permits.


    Please refer to the WALT recommended treatment doses for Low Level Laser Therapy prior to submission: http://waltza.co.za/documentation-links/recommendations/


    Page Charges

    To help defray the cost of processing the Journal requests page charges of $60 per typeset be paid by authors who have funds available from research grants or from their institutions.  Please note that payment of page charges can be waived under certain circumstances and is not a prerequisite for publication.

    Preparation of Manuscript


    All submitted manuscripts will be processed through plagiarism detection software.  Plagiarized manuscripts will be rejected immediately.

    Prepare manuscripts double spaced throughout.  Leave ample margins on the sides, top, and bottom of the page.  Please submit text of manuscripts in Microsoft Word.  The title page should include the authors’ names and affiliations, the source of a work or study (if any), and a running title of about 45 characters. We require the full mailing address and contact information (telephone, fax and e-mail address) for EACH author listed on the paper.  Please include the address(es) either on the title page or on a separate sheet. Please also indicate the corresponding author. The second page should consist of a structured abstract of not more than 250 words which should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The papers should follow this format: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion and summary, and references. Number pages consecutively. At the end of the paper, give the name and address of the individual to whom reprint requests should be directed. Authors are encouraged to suggest the names of appropriate reviewers.

    The structured format for the abstract consists of 1) the objective of one or two sentences; 2) the background data is a short paragraph describing the present status of the field; 3) methods is a statement of the plan and/or methods used in the study; 4) the results is a concise summary of the essential features verified by the data; and 5) the conclusions is a brief description of the objective findings of the study. References are not permitted in the abstract.

    Guidelines on Length.   Manuscript length varies according to the type of paper, subject matter and authors' judgment. Original research papers would normally be less than 3000 words; review papers may exceptionally be longer (up to 5000 words and should have a 150-word summary); only rare, novel, or previously unreported Case Reports of up to 1500 words will be considered; short reports should be less than 1000 words with no more than one table or illustration and up to ten references. We are happy to entertain unsolicited editorials of up to 1000 words, which will be externally peer reviewed. Letters to the editor should be no longer than 500 words with no more than five references except in exceptional circumstances when the argument for this should be laid out in an accompanying letter. One table or illustration may accompany letters. Personal view papers, drug/therapy/intervention reports, critical review and debate and reports drawing attention to potential clinical problems are welcomed. 
    Please follow the requested style to avoid any delays in publication. Consult a current issue of the journal for the exact format.

    We endorse the “Uniform Requirements of Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.”

    Tables should be submitted in Microsoft Word and provided as separate files from the text of the manuscript. Tables should be cited in the text in order and identified as Table 1, Table 2, etc. Along with the table number, each table should have a title.

    Please follow these instructions for submitting illustrations:

    • Do not embed figures in the Microsoft Word text files.
    • Do not prepare any figures in Microsoft Word.
    • Prepare figures in either tiff or eps format.
    • Line illustrations must be submitted at 900 DPI.
    • Black and white halftones and color art must be submitted at 300 DPI.
    • PowerPoint and Excel files cannot be uploaded.
    • Color art must be saved as CMYK—not RGB.

    Please name your artwork files with the submitting author’s name, e.g., Smith Fig. 1. tif.

    Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number.  (ie:  When figures or table files are opened, the figure or table number should appear inside the file.)

    If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects should not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the figure. Legends for illustrations should be provided (double spaced) on a separate sheet with numbers corresponding to the figures.

    Abbreviations of journal titles should follow the style of Medline or the Council of Biology Editors Style Manual (Arlington, VA, American Institute of Biological Sciences). The first time an uncommon abbreviation appears, it should be preceded by the full name for which it stands.

    Disclosure Statement
    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.htlm#conflicts for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."



    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.


    References must be typed double spaced and numbered consecutively as they appear. Those 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. List all the authors when there are six or fewer. When there are seven or more, list the first three, then “et al.” Sample references are:

    1. Lahita, R., Liuger, J., Drayer, D.E., Koffler, D., and Reidenberg, M.M. (1982). Antibodies to nuclear antigens in patients treated with procainamide. J. Cardiovasc. Ultrason. 1, 12–20.
    2. Bearns, A.G. (1972). Wilson’s disease, in: The Metabolic Basis of Inherited Disease. J.B. Stanbury, J.B. Wynnegaarden, and D.S. Frederickson (eds.). New York: McGraw-Hill, pp. 1033–1050.

    References to government publications should include the department, bureau or office, title, location of publisher, publisher, year, pages cited, and most important, the publication series, report, or monograph number.

    Numbered references to personal communications, unpublished data and manuscripts either “in preparation” or “submitted for publications” are unacceptable. If essential, such material may be incorporated in the appropriate place in the text.


    Materials taken from other sources must be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher giving permission for reproduction. If clearances are required by the author’s institution, statements concerning such clearance should be provided in the manuscript. Obtain and submit written permission 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.


    Photomedicine and Laser Surgery is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215, Telephone: (914) 740–2100; fax: (914) 740–2108. 

  • 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.

  • Open Access Policy

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    Ensure maximum visibility, discoverability, and impact for your article with our Liebert Open Access (OA) Option.

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    • Immediate, unrestricted global access in 170 countries
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    • Targeted email announcement highlighting your article to thousands of thought-leaders in your field
    • Rapid, rigorous peer-review and editorial attention
    • Fast Track online-ahead-of-print publication
    • Immediate upload to PubMed Central and other internationally recognized repositories*
    • Recognition on online Table of Contents with exclusive OA icon
    • Compliance with OA funding mandates with no embargo period
    • Savings on future OA article publication
    • Complimentary membership in AuthorCite®, the author services platform exclusively licensed by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. that delivers the tools you need to maximize your professional impact.

    These valuable benefits are included with a one-time article processing charge (APC). APC charge varies based on journal, membership, and subsequent submissions.

    Contact openaccess@liebertpub.com for questions on article Open Access options. 

     *Please note that PubMedCentral, not the Publisher, has sole control over when the paper is made live on PMC.


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    The Liebert Author Advocacy Program (LAAP) provides valuable membership benefits for OA publication to institutional and funding organizations, and supports global funding mandates.  Authors who are affiliated with LAAP member institutions receive all the valuable benefits of Liebert OA article publication, and more.

    For details, and to recommend institutional membership visit: www.authoradvocacy.com or contact laap@liebertpub.com 




The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.

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