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General Surgery: Open Access is peer reviewed, open access journal that aims to publish research related to all aspects of surgical specialties. This peer reviewed journal welcome research articles, reviews, case reports, short communications, letter to editor, commentaries, images articles, video articles.
MANUSCRIPTS MUST BE SUBMITTED ONLINE AT
No paper copies of manuscripts will be accepted. All communication will be done electronically. To ensure that the final, published version matches the electronic file, make sure that you use only the following fonts: Arial, Courier, Symbol and Times. The use of nonstandard fonts may lead to missing symbols. The font size should be no smaller than 7 point and no larger than 14 point. Manuscript Submission for General Surgery: Open Access Journal will be charged a flat fee of $619 if accepted for publication.
Text files must be saved as .doc files.
TABLES: Type double-spaced, on a separate page from the rest of the text with the table number above the table and explanatory notes below. Table numbers should appear in Arabic numerals and should correspond to the order of the tables in the text. If abbreviations are used, an alphabetical listing must be included in the footnote. Written permission from the publisher to reproduce any previously published tables must be included.
FIGURE LEGENDS: Type double-spaced, separate from the rest of the text, with figure numbers corresponding to the order in which figures are presented in the text. Identify all abbreviations appearing on figures in alphabetical order at the end of each legend. Enough information should be given to allow interpretation of the figure without reference to the text. Written permission must be obtained from the publisher to reproduce any previously published figures.
All videos must be submitted in AVI or MPEG format.
All manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter detailing what is being submitted and indicating the author to whom we should address correspondence and page proofs in the case of multiple authors (please include a contact address, telephone/fax numbers and e-mail address). Author must sign a publishing agreement supplied by Pulsus Group upon acceptance for publication
Abbreviations must be defined at first mention in the text. All measurements should be in SI units. Appropriate headings and subheadings should be provided in the methods, results and discussion sections. References, figures and tables should be cited in the text with numbers assigned according to the order of mention in the text. Arrange the manuscript as follows: title page, summary, structured abstract and key words, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, references, figure legends, tables and figures. Do not import figures into the text file. Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page as 1. The last name of the first author should be typed at the top of each page.
TITLE PAGE: In addition to the main title, a short running title of 45 characters or less and the authors’ names (including full, first or middle names) along with their credentials (eg, MD, PhD, MSc, BSc, etc) and affiliations, should appear on the title page. Include the name of the institution from which the work originated.
ABSTRACT: On a separate page, type a structured abstract of no more than 250 words for major articles (including review articles). Abstracts for case reports need not be structured, but are limited to 150 words. The abstract should be substantive rather than purely descriptive. Abbreviate only standard units of measurement.
KEY WORDS: At the end of the abstract, include a list of 3 to 6 Key Words for indexing purposes
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Brief acknowledgements may appear at the end of the text, before the references.
REFERENCES: Identify references in the text by Arabic numerals in parentheses on the line. Type the reference list double-spaced, separate from the text, with each reference numbered consecutively in the order that it is mentioned in the text. References cited in figures and tables, but not in the text, should also be numbered following the text references. Personal communications, manuscripts in preparation and other unpublished data should not be cited in the reference list but may be mentioned in the text in parentheses. Identify abstracts with the abbreviation ‘Abst’ and letters to the editor by ‘Lett’ in parentheses; abstracts should not be cited if they are more than 2 years old.
The style of references is that of Index Medicus. Journal references should contain inclusive page numbers; book references, specific page numbers; and Web site references, the date of last update, if available, and date of access (references to other types of electronic documents should include the format of the document). Abbreviations of journals should conform to those used in Index Medicus, National Library of Medicine. URLs should be included for all references publicly accessible via the Internet. The style and punctuation of references are as follows:
List all authors if 6 or fewer; otherwise, list first 3 and add ‘et al’. Do not use periods after authors’ initials.
1. Kohl P, Day K, Noble D, et al. Cellular mechanisms of cardiac mechano-electric feedback in a mathematical model. Can J Cardiol 1998;14:111-9.
2. Svensson LG, Crawford ES. Cardiovascular and Vascular Disease of the Aorta. Toronto: WB Saunders Company, 1997:184-5.
3. Trehan S, Anderson JL. Thrombolytic therapy. In: Yusuf S, Cairns JA, eds. Evidence Based Cardiology. London: BMJ Books, 1998:419-44.
4. National Library of Medicine. Images from the History of Medicine. (Accessed January 5, 1999).
Because clear language is a critical part in transmitting scientific and medical information, it is important that the English used in manuscripts is correct and precise. Because many non-English speakers submit to Plastic Surgery, we encourage authors to have their manuscripts reviewed by native English speakers. When this is not easily done, we suggest authors use one of a variety of for-profit editorial services that are offered for scientific articles.
POLICY ISSUES: All statements and opinions are the responsibility of the authors. With submission of the manuscript, a letter of transmittal must indicate that all authors have participated in the research, and have reviewed and agree with the content of the article. The publisher reserves copyright on all published material, which then may not be reproduced without the written permission of the publisher.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST: All authors must disclose any commercial associations or other arrangements (eg, financial compensation received, patient-licensing arrangements, potential to profit, consultancy, stock ownership, etc) that may pose a conflict of interest in connection with the article. This information will be made available to the editor and reviewers, and may be included as a footnote at the editor’s discretion.
ETHICS OF HUMAN AND ANIMAL EXPERIMENTS: If human subjects are involved, the text must indicate that all gave informed consent and that the protocol was approved by the institutional review committee. If experimental animals are used, provide a statement in the text to indicate that all procedures followed were in accordance with institutional policies.
PROOFS: Authors should keep a copy of their original manuscripts as page proofs will be sent to them without the manuscript. To avoid delays in publication, authors are required to return proofs within 48 hours by fax or e-mail.
REPRINTS: Single reprints may be obtained from the author. Reprints in quantity must be purchased from Pulsus Group. Reprints may not be purchased without the author’s permission.