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Instructions for Authors

Journal of Pediatric Surgical Specialties (JPSS) is a peer-reviewed, open access journal published by Media Systems Communication, LLC. The aim of the journal is to serve as a forum for exchange of scientific and educational information in the form of original, high quality articles in the field of all pediatric surgical specialties. Clinical and experimental studies, randomized controlled trials, reviews, case reports, data analysis etc. are published. There are also information about upcoming conferences, congresses and postgraduate training programs. The journal is published yearly with trimestral frequency of appearance. 

Submission

Authors must submit manuscripts online on our website www.jpss.eu. The articles must be accompanied by a copyright statement signed by all authors. Correspondence address is  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . The editor will send the confirmation that the paper is accepted for publication after receiving the confirmation from the peer review committee. The authors are responsible for the content of the article and the information released. The copyright of the articles and all type of reproductions will belong to the publisher.

Previous publications or submissions

Articles previously published in another journal and/ or in another language will not be considered for publication in the Journal.

Human and non human experiments

Authors must follow the same ethical standards for human ex- periments established in the declaration of Helsinki (JAMA 1997; 277:925-6). For the nonhuman experiments on animals or other species, authors must state in the Material and Methods section of the manuscript that the guidelines for the care and use of the animals approved by the local institution were followed. The type(s) of nonhuman animals or other species used in an investigation must be named in the Title, Abstract, Key Words, and Material and Methods sections of the manuscript.

Copyright statement

Upon acceptance, the publisher will require a copyright statement signed by all authors.

Permissions

Direct quotations, tables or figures that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and original author along with complete reference information. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by signed releases; if not, all recognizable features must be masked.

Requirements for the preparation of manuscripts

The requirements for manuscripts submitted to the Journal generally conform to the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www. icmje.org). Manuscripts must be submitted in English, with a font size of 12, in Microsoft Word 2000 or recent edition. Original articles should not exceed 10-12 pages including the tables and figures. Case reports should be short and concise, not more than 2-3 pages. The author(s) accept(s) responsibility that the electronic file is complete and accurate upon submission, revision, and acceptance. The original articles and the case reports should contain: title, name of the authors and department/institution, correspondence address, abstract, key words, full text, references, legends, figure and tables.

Title

The title should contain, in the following sequence: the title of the article (concise and suitable for indexing purposes; conclusion statements should not be included); author line, including each *author’s first name and last name (surname in capital letters), city or cities, state(s), and country or countries in which the study was conducted; divisional and/or departmental and institutional affiliations at the time the study was performed; source(s) of financial support, if any; presentation information (if the findings of the submission were presented at a meeting), include the name of the meeting, city/state or city/country, and day/month/year of the presentation; disclaimers, if any; name of the of the author responsible for correspondence concerning the manuscript, with his/her contact information, full mailing address (address, telephone numbers, fax number) and e-mail address.

*Case reports should not exceed 3-4 authors all with equal contributions.

Abstract

All the original articles must have a structured abstract of max 300-350 words. Case reports should have a short, unstructured abstract of 50-150 words. Below the abstract will be written 3 to 7 key words for indexing purposes.

Abstract Format

A structured abstract should contain the following major headings:

Purpose/Background/Aim of the study - Reflects the purpose of the study (the hypothesis that is being tested).

Material and methods - The setting for the study, the subjects (number and type), the treatment or intervention, and the type of statistical analysis used.

Results - The outcome(s) of the study and, if appropriate the statistical significance.

Conclusion(s) - The significance of the results.

Keywords.

Abbreviations

Abbreviations are not acceptable in the title and should be avoided, if possible, in the abstract also. In the text they should be kept to a practical minimum. The full word or phrase for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a conventional standard unit of measurement. Conventional units of measure are recommended - Système International. Only standard abbreviations may be used.

Text

The editors recommend that articles be organized into sections identified with the following headings:

Introduction: State concisely the purpose and rationale for the study. Present only the background, supported by a limited number of pertinent references, necessary for the reader to understand why the study was conducted. The introduction should not include any data or conclusions from the current study.

Material and Methods: Describe briefly, but in sufficient detail to permit others to replicate the study, the plan, patients, experimental animals or other species, materials, and controls; methods and procedures; and statistical method(s) employed.

Results: This section includes detailed findings and must cite all tables and/or figures, which should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Emphasize only the most important observations; do not compare your observations with those of others. Such comparisons and comments are reserved for the discussion section.

• Discussion

Do not repeat the details of data presented under Results or introduce any new data here. The editors strongly advise that the Discussion section be structured as follows:

  • A brief statement of the principal findings, limiting any claims to those strictly supported by the data, avoiding speculation and over-generalization. Give equal emphasis to positive and negative findings of equal scientific merit.
  • Strengths and weaknesses of the study.
  • Strengths and weaknesses in relation to other studies, discussing particularly any differences in results.
  • Meaning of the study: for example, the hypothesized mechanisms that might explain the outcomes observed and/ or the implications for clinicians or policy makers. Indicate whether an additional study is required before the information should be used in clinical settings.
  • Unanswered questions and proposals for future research.

Use of statistics

In describing the statistical analyses that have been performed, authors must clearly state which tests were used to evaluate a specific data set. When data are presented in tabular form, the statistical test used to evaluate the data should be indicated with a footnote for each test use.

Acknowledgments

The persons who have made substantive contributions to the study should be named in this section.

References

Reference format should follow that in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (www.icmje.org). Use journal title abbreviations as in the List of Journals Indexed for MEDLINEMaximum number of references for original articles is 20 and for case reports 10.

Numbering and order

All references are to be numbered in the order of citation in the text. Citations are to be inserted in Arabic numerals, in right parentheses [ ]. Examples ( for up to six authors, list all; for seven or more authors, list six, then state “et al.”):

Journal article.

Lerner DJ, Kannel WB. Patterns of coronary heart dis- easemorbidity and mortality in the sexes. A 26-year follow up of the Framingham population. Am Heart J 1986; 111: 383–90.

Book chapter.

Ledger WJ. Dystocia and prolonged labor. In: Wilson JR, Carrington ER, editors. Volume 8: Obstetrics and Gynaecology, St Louis: Mosby; 1987:474-93

or

Brooke B. The development of surgical treatment for ulcerativecolitis. In Lee E., eds. Surgery of inflammatory bowel disorders, London: Churchill Livingstone; 1987:23 -32.

Personal communications and unpublished data. If essential, these may be used, within parentheses, at the appropriate location in the text, not as numbered references. Written, signed permission from the individuals(s) quoted must accompany the manuscript upon submission.

Images

Upload images online in a .zip or .rar file containing all the pictures in a .tiff or.jpeg format with minimum 300 dpi accompanied by a Word document with the image numbering and legend (DO NOT send embedded images in the manuscript document). Cite figures consecutively, as they appear in the text, with Arabic numbers (Figure 1, Figure 2, Figure 3A, etc.). Each figure must be assigned a legend. If a figure was previously published by you or others, a statement that permission has been granted and by whom, should appear in the figure legend, as should a full citation of the original site of publication.

Tables

Submit tables online each in a separate file, not embedded in the manuscript and numbered sequentially in order of text citation, with Roman numerals (Table I, Table II, etc.). Each column, including the first, must have a heading and a brief title for each table. If a table, in whole or in part, was derived from copyrighted material, a footnote at the bottom of the table must credit the original source, cited fully. Submit a completed permission form or letter with the manuscript.

Letters to the Editors

• Selected Letters to the Editors are published

• Letters are to be submitted online no more than 3 months after the date of the issue in which the related article appeared.

• Letters should be brief and contain no more than 400 words plus 1 to 4 references, one of which must cite the related Journal article. All data presented in the letter must be fully citable and listed as a supporting reference and signed

• Letters are subject to minor editorial alterations and may be shortened. The editors routinely invite the author(s) of the related article to respond in writing. Published Letters are accompanied by either a reply from the original author or the statement “Reply declined.”

Proofs

The main author will receive a PDF file containing the final version of his article before printing. It must be returned in the shortest delay accompanied by all the necessary corrections for eventual errors.

 

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