As stated in the Uniform Requirements, each author must sign a statement attesting that he or she fulfills the authorship criteria of the Uniform Requirements. At least one person’s name must accompany a group name. As part of the submission process, authors must indicate whether any writing assistance other than copy editing was provided.
In appropriate places in the manuscript, please provide the following items:
- If applicable, a statement that the research protocol was approved by the relevant institutional review boards or ethics committees and that all human participants gave written informed consent
- The identity of those who analyzed the data.
- For clinical trials, the registration number and registry name (see N Engl J Med 2004;351:1250-1).
- For studies containing microarrays, the accession numbers and repository name.
You do not need to send a separate cover letter file with your online submission. Instead, we offer a text box in which you can type your information, or you can cut and paste from a previously written letter. This box can also be left blank, if you wish. Any change in authorship after submission must be approved in writing by all authors. Authors of original research articles are not required to submit a formal Financial Disclosure Form at the time of submission. We will request it later, if necessary. However, we do request that you note major conflicts of interest in your cover letter or in the Source of Funding text box.
ELECTRONIC FILES AND FIGURES
All text, references, figure legends, and tables should be in one double-spaced electronic document (preferably a Word Doc). You may either insert figures in the text file or upload your figures separately. We prefer the former, but this may not work well for complicated graphics, which should be sent separately. It is permissible to send low-resolution images for peer review, although we may ask for high-resolution files at a later stage. Legends for all figures should be included in the file with the text and should not appear on the figures. Our preferred file type for new manuscript submissions is a Word or text document with all figures in the same document. We will also accept Adobe Acrobat portable document format (.pdf) , WordPerfect (.wpd), text (.txt) documents, or .rtf file format.Acceptable formats for pictures, photos, and figures are PDF, DOC, PPT, JPG, GIF, TIF.
Please include a title page with your submission that includes the title of the manuscript, each author’s name and affiliation/institution, and contact information for the corresponding author.
Please be aware that we will convert all submissions to PDF for peer review.
Provide an abstract of not more than 300 words. It should consist of four paragraphs, labeled Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. They should briefly describe, respectively, the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results.
Double-space tables (including any footnotes) and provide a title for each. Extensive tables or supplementary material may be published on the Journal’s Web site only. For Original Articles, there is normally a limit of 5 figures and tables (total) per manuscript. Additional figures and tables may be considered as supplements for Web-only publication.
FIGURES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Medical and scientific illustrations will be created or redrawn in-house. If an outside illustrator has created a figure, the Journal reserves the right to modify or redraw it to meet our specifications for publication. The author must explicitly acquire all rights to the illustration from the artist in order for us to publish it.
Please describe and clearly indicate all modifications, selective digital adjustments, or electronic enhancements in all digital images. It is permissible to send low-resolution images for peer review, although we may ask for high-resolution files at a later stage.
References must be double-spaced and numbered consecutively as they are cited. References first cited in a table or figure legend should be numbered so that they will be in sequence with references cited in the text at the point where the table or figure is first mentioned. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, followed by “et al.” The following are sample references:
- Nardi GM, Giraldi G, Lastella P, La Torre G, Saugo E, Ferri F, Pacifici L, Ottolenghi L, Guerra F, Polimeni A. Knowledge, attitudes and behavior of Italian mothers towards oral health: questionnaire validation and results of a pilot study. Ann Stomatol (Roma). 2012 Apr;3(2):69-74.
- La Torre G, Saulle R, Nicolotti N, de Waure C, Gualano MR, Boccia S. From Nicotine Dependence to Genetic Determinants of Smoking. In: La Torre G. Smoking Prevention and Cessation. 1st Ed. New York, USA: Springer, 2013: 1-29.
- Kuczmarski RJ, Ogden CL, Grammer-Strawn LM, et al. CDC growth charts: United States. Advance data from vital and health statistics. No. 314. Hyattsville, Md.: National Center for Health Statistics, 2000. (DHHS publication no. (PHS) 2000-1250 0-0431.)
- U.S. positions on selected issues at the third negotiating session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Washington, D.C.: Committee on Government Reform, 2002. (Accessed March 4, 2002, at http://www.house.gov/reform/min/inves_tobacco/index_accord.htm.)
Numbered references to personal communications, unpublished data, or manuscripts either “in preparation” or “submitted for publication” are unacceptable. If essential, such material can be incorporated at the appropriate place in the text.
- The basis for these guidelines is described in Bailar JC III, Mosteller F. Guidelines for statistical reporting in articles for medical journals: amplifications and explanations. Ann Intern Med 1988;108:266-73.
- Except when one-sided tests are required by study design, such as in noninferiority trials, all reported P values should be two-sided. In general, P values larger than 0.01 should be reported to two decimal places, those between 0.01 and 0.001 to three decimal places; P values smaller than 0.001 should be reported as P<0.001. Notable exceptions to this policy include P values arising in the application of stopping rules to the analysis of clinical trials and genetic-screening studies.
- In manuscripts that report on randomized clinical trials, authors may provide a flow diagram in CONSORT format and all of the information required by the CONSORT checklist. When restrictions on length prevent the inclusion of some of this information in the manuscript, it may be provided in a separate document submitted with the manuscript. The CONSORT statement, checklist, and flow diagram are available on the Consort paper.
- Manuscripts that use observational design (cohort, case-control or cross-sectional studies) will follow the Strobe statement.
- In reporting systematic reviews and meta-analysis, the authors will be asked to use the Prisma statement.
SUBMITTING YOUR MANUSCRIPT
Please send the file or the manuscript to following e mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
Authors of research articles should disclose at the time of submission any financial arrangement they may have with a company whose product is pertinent to the submitted manuscript or with a company making a competing product. Such information will be held in confidence while the paper is under review and will not influence the editorial decision, but if the article is accepted for publication, a disclosure statement will appear with the article. Because the essence of reviews and editorials is selection and interpretation of the literature, the Journal expects that authors of such articles will not have any significant financial interest in a company (or its competitor) that makes a product discussed in the article.
REVISION AND ACTION
Manuscripts are examined by members of the editorial board, and are sent to outside reviewers. We encourage authors to suggest the names of possible reviewers, but we reserve the right of final selection. Communications about manuscripts will be sent after the revision and editorial decision-making process is complete; for potentially acceptable manuscripts, the period between the receipt of all reviews and an editorial decision is usually longer. All authors will receive a copy of the acknowledgement e-mail and any notification of acceptance.
COPYRIGHT AND PUBLICATION FEE
Italian Journal of Sports, Rehabilitation and Posturology is an open access journal, the authors will be the owner of the copyright of their manuscript.