This guide describes how to prepare contributions for submission. We strongly recommend you read this in full if you have not previously submitted a contribution to SJ Publication. We also suggest that before submission you familiarize yourself with SJ Publication's style and content by reading the journals online, especially if you have not submitted to our journals recently.
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1. Formats for SJ Publication contributions
All the manuscripts should be sent by email as an attachment to relative email address and should be typed in single line spacing and 10 pt.
1.1 Research Articles
Research Articles are innovative reports whose conclusions represent a substantial advance in the understanding of a significant problem and have directly, far-reaching implications. They should have no more than 60 references.
Research articles are typically 3,000~5,000 words of text (including references, notes and captions, or ~5 printed pages) are expected to present a major advance.
Research Articles include an abstract, an introduction, up to six figures or tables, sections with brief subheadings (less than six in total and less than 40 characters). Materials and Methods should usually be included which will also be needed to support the paper's conclusions.
1.2 Short Communication and letters
Short Communication and Letters are short reports of creative research focused on an outstanding finding whose importance means that it will be of interest to scientists in other fields. They should have less than 30 references.
They begin with a fully referenced paragraph, of about 200 words, (definitely no more than 300 words) aimed at readers in other disciplines. The letters (up to ~2500 words including references, notes and captions or ~3 printed pages) should include an abstract, an introductory paragraph, up to four figures or tables. Materials and Methods should usually be included, which should be needed to support the paper's conclusions.
Reviews (up to 4500 words including references, notes and captions) describe new developments of interdisciplinary significance and highlight future directions. They include an abstract, an introduction that outlines the main theme, brief subheadings, and an outline of important unresolved questions. A maximum of 50 references is suggested. Most Reviews are solicited by the editors, but unsolicited submissions may also be considered.
2. Manuscript selection
Manuscripts should be clear and simple so that they are accessible to readers in other disciplines and to readers for whom English is not their first language. Authors are notified of decisions by e-mail or phone. Repeated submissions of the same manuscript will not be acknowledged. SJ Publication treats all submitted manuscripts as confidential documents. Our peer review process is also confidential and identities of reviewers are not released. Research papers that are selected for in-depth review are evaluated by at least two outside referees. Reviewers are contacted before being sent a paper and asked to return comments within 1 to 2 weeks for most papers. We are able to expedite the review process significantly for papers that require rapid assessment. Selected papers are edited to improve accuracy and clarity and for length. Papers cannot be resubmitted over a disagreement on interest or relative merit. If a paper was rejected on the basis of serious reviewer error, resubmission may be considered. In some cases, reviewers are satisfied that a paper's conclusions are adequately supported by the data presented, but the general interest of the findings is not sufficient to justify publication in SJ Publication. In such a case, the authors will be offered the opportunity for publication with additional review required when reviewers have asked for supplementary experiments during revision. In this case again, reviewers and editors may find an appropriately worded version of the paper to be acceptable for publication without further in depth review.
SJ Publication makes decisions about submitted papers as rapidly as possible. All manuscripts are handled electronically throughout the consideration process. Authors are usually informed within a week if the paper is not being considered.
3. Format of Research Articles
Research articles present original research and address a clearly stated specific hypothesis or question. Papers should provide novel approaches and new insights into the problem addressed. A research article should divide into the following headings:
- Title page
- Author's information
- Present address
- Materials and Methods
4. Format of Review Articles
Review articles are an attempt by one or more authors to sum up the current state of the research on a particular topic. Ideally, the author searches for everything relevant to the topic, and then sorts it all out into a coherent view of the "state of the art" as it now stands. Interested scientists may write their review articles under the following headings:
- Title page
- Author's information
- Present address
5. Format of Short Communication and Letter
A short communication is for a concise, but independent report representing a significant contribution. Short communication is not intended to publish preliminary results.
It should be no more than 2500 words, and could include two figures or tables. It should have at least 8 references. Scientists may prepare their short communications under the following headings.
- Title page
- Author's information
- Present address
- Materials and Methods
5.1 Title page
The title page should include: 1) complete manuscript title. 2)A short title which will be used as a “running head” 3) The full name of each author. 4) The departments and institutions in which the work was conducted. 5) Name and address for correspondence, including fax number, telephone number, and e-mail address. 6) Conflict of interest disclosure and declaration of funding sources. 7) Each author's contribution to the following criteria for authorship: conception and design; analysis and interpretation of the data; drafting of the article; critical revision of the article for important intellectual content; final approval of the article.
5.2 Abstract and key words
For Original Articles, New Methods, and Case Series submissions, a structured abstract of no more than 250 words should use all of the following headings: Aim of the study, Material and Methods, Results and Conclusion. For review articles the abstract page should be replaced by a Summary which must not exceed 200 words. List 3 to 5 key words.
Organize the manuscript into four main headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. Define abbreviations at first mention in text and in each table and figure.
State the objectives of the study and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or to describe the results.
5.5 Materials and Methods
These should include sufficient information by which to judge the quality of
the research. Any paper that is a randomized controlled trial should adhere to
the CONSORT guidelines that can be found at:
http://www.consort-statement.org Observational studies should also adhere to Strobe statement (http://www.strobe-statement.org/) Diagnostic accuracy studies should follow the Stard statement (http://www.stard-statement.org/) Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses should follow the PRISMA statement:
These should be presented precisely without discussion of their importance. Do not duplicate information contained in tables and figures.
This should directly relate to the results of the study. Do not provide a general review of the topic. A conclusion at the end this section should be added
5.8 Summary Box
For Original Articles a summary box indicating the significance of this study should be included as follows: What is already known about this subject: 3-4 bullet points What are the new findings: 3-4 bullet points
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.
Acknowledgements should be made only to those who have made a substantial contribution to the study. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from people acknowledged by name in case readers infer their endorsement of data and conclusions.
These should be numbered in the order they appear in the text. They should be assigned Arabic numerals, which should be given in brackets, e.g. . The last names and initials of all authors should be referred to if they are up to six, otherwise only the first three are referred, with et al following. Abbreviations of the titles of the journals are made according to the instructions of the Index Medicus. No periods should be placed at the end of abbreviations of the journal. References to journals are given as follows: Author(s), title of paper, journal abbreviation (in italics), year, volume (in bold) and pages in which the publication is included. References to books are given in the following order: Author(s), title, volume (if more than one), number of publication (if there are others besides the first), publisher, city, year. References to a book chapter: Author(s) of the chapter, title or chapter. In: editor(s), title of book, volume, publication, publisher, city, year and pages in which the chapter appears. Information from manuscripts submitted but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as “Unpublished observations” (in parentheses) The style and punctuation of the references conform to the following examples:
Article: Katsanos KH, Tsianos VE, Maliouki M, Adamidi M, Vagias I, Tsianos EV. Obstruction and pseudo-obstruction in inflammatory bowel disease. Ann Gastroenterol 2010;23:246-253
Book: Sherlock S. Diseases of the liver and biliary system. Blackwell Sci: Oxford; 1989
Contribution to a Book: Radford-Smith, Jewell DP. Cytokines in inflammatory bowel disease. In: Allan R, Rhodes JM, Hanauer SB (editors): Inflammatory bowel diseases. Churchill Livingstone: New York; 1997, pp. 95-100.
These should be typewritten, double-spaced, each one on a separate page and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Tables should include a short but concise title. Vertical and horizontal lines should be avoided in the tables. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, including any non-standard abbreviation. If data from another published or unpublished source are used, obtain permission and acknowledge fully.
Submit each figure as a separate file and in TIFF or EPS format with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Number figures consecutively using Arabic numerals. Submit photographs scaled as near to printed size as possible. If magnification is significant, indicate using a bar on the print rather than a magnification factor in the figure legend. If someone appears in a photograph, either s/he must not be identifiable or written permission for use of the photograph must accompany the manuscript. Give each figure a legend containing sufficient information to make the figure intelligible without the reader having to refer to the text. Key all the legends together. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce it. Authors will be required to pay for the extra cost of printing illustrations in colour. However, there is an option to have their images in color in the electronic version of their manuscript and in grey scale in the printed version. The Editors could reward the authors by publishing each month the best figure in color free of charge in the cover page.
5.14 Supplemental materials
Submissions may be accompanied by supplemental materials such as videos or additional color figures posted to the electronic version of the journal; such materials also will be subject to peer review. Videos are also welcome and should be in .mov, .avi, or .mpeg format. They should be offered as two different files, one for viewing at lower speed connections, and of low resolution; and one for higher speed connections, of high resolution.
Submission of a manuscript implies: that the work described has not been published before (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. You agree, via the Creative Commons BY 3.0 licence, to allow anyone to copy, distribute, transmit or adapt your work, provided the original work is attributed.
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