Vascular Guidelines for Authors


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These instructions comply with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (for further details, see the ICMJE site)

1. Aims and scope

Supported by an International Editoral Board, Vascular represents the world of vascular surgeons and vascular specialists by publishing good articles, opinion pieces and reviews. Topics covered by the journal include: New surgical management strategies; Pathophysiology; Assessment; Surgical indications; Operative techniques and outcome; and Novel diagnostic and investigative techniques. Types of manuscript published by the journal include: Original Articles; Review Articles; Technical Articles; Case Reports; and Letters to the Editors/Commentaries.

2. Editorial policy

Covering letter: The covering letter is important. To help the Editor in his preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

Peer review: For the purposes of peer review, all papers submitted for publication are allocated to two members of the Advisory Editorial Board or to special experts in the field addressed in the article.

Ethical approval: All research submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee. Methods must conform to the relevant national ethical criteria. The journal reserves the right to reject an article if it feels adequate ethical or experimental standards have not been demonstrated.

Patient consent: Any article containing identifiable patient information must be accompanied by a statement of consent to publication. If there is any doubt about whether or not information is identifiable, the Editor is happy to discuss this before an article is submitted. Reviewers will also be asked to take careful account of issues relating to patient confidentiality when reviewing articles.

Case studies are not the only kinds of article to which this rule will be applied, but they will be subject to additional scrutiny. Not only should submissions be accompanied by a statement of consent, but the Editor also expects to be informed about the measures that have been taken to anonymize the details that could have led to parties being identified. He also reserves the right to work with the authors to make additional anonymising changes as they or the reviewers see fit. The Editor may also ask authors to remove personal information that, whilst interesting and colourful, does not add to the substance of an article, but does increase the likelihood of parties being identified. The exception to this will be where the patient has indicated in writing that she/he wants to be identified, has read the material, has discussed the consequences of being identified, and has agreed to the disclosure of all the personal information contained in the article.

In order to ensure that valuable and novel issues are aired, the Editor will sometimes consider publishing cases studies that contain potentially identifiable information where it has been impossible or clearly undesirable to seek consent from relevant parties. However, given the strong preference for consent having been sought and obtained the reasons for not seeking consent must be compelling, and the public interest arguments for publishing the case must be powerful. In cases where consent has not been obtained, the authors must provide a statement from a Medical Director or equivalent that the hospital or medical centre is happy for the case to be published.

Competing interests and other declarations: All authors are required to declare any conflicts of interest when submitting papers for publication. Declarations of funding sources, a guarantor and a statement of contributorship are also required.

Permissions: All previously published material must be accompanied by the written consent to reproduction of the copyright holder. An acknowledgement of permission should be included at the relevant point in the paper, and a full reference to the original place of publication should be included in the reference list.

Copyright: Authors of accepted manuscripts will be required to allocate copyright to the publisher prior to publication.

3. How to submit a manuscript

Manuscripts containing new material are accepted for consideration for publication with the provision that they are submitted solely to Vascular and that no part of the material has been submitted to any other publication.

Only manuscripts submitted via the online manuscript submission and peer review site, which can be found at will be considered for publication. First time authors may begin the submission process by choosing ‘Create Account’ and following the instructions. More detailed instructions and a question/answer database are accessible under ‘Forms & Instructions’ and ‘Get Help Now.’

All submissions must be in American English.

Authors should prepare one manuscript in Microsoft Word, arranging the material in the following order: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgement, references, figure legends, and tables. Illustrations must be provided separately from the manuscripts. Any existing images added to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint will be rejected.

File formats: Text files must be saved in .doc or .rtf format. Other suitable formats include .tif for photographic images, .xls for graphs produced in Excel, and .eps for other line drawings.

4. How to prepare a manuscript

Formatting: Manuscripts must be submitted using double line-spaced, unjustified text throughout, with headings and subheadings in bold case. Press ‘Enter’ only at the end of a paragraph, list entry or heading.

Title page: The title page should include title of manuscript; type of manuscript (e.g. original paper, case report, book review); name and initials of each author; department and institution to which the work is to be attributed; city and state; acknowledgement of grant support; name, address and telephone number of grant support; a full list of declarations; and name, address, fax and telephone numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.

The title should be concise and informative, accurately indicating the content of the article. An abbreviated title of no more than 40 characters should be included to be used as a running head. The title page should provide complete information (meeting title, city, state, country, and dates) if the paper was presented at a scientific meeting.

The correct order for declarations is: competing interests, funding, ethical approval, guarantor, contributorship, acknowledgements.

Abstract: The second page of the manuscript should provide an unstructured abstract of no more than 150 words that summarizes the following aspects of the study: purpose, basic methods, principal findings, and conclusions. The abstract should also include up to six keywords.

Tables: Tables must be prepared in MS Word using the Table feature (NOTE: Tables cannot be used if they are in PowerPoint or Excel or if they are supplied as images). Tables should not duplicate information given in the text, should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, and should be given a brief title. Tables should be provided at the end of the article, after the references and on separate page.

Figures: All figures should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. All figures must be accompanied by a figure legend. If figures are supplied in separate files, the figure legends must all be listed at the end of the main text file.

The journal Vascular is now published in full color and encourages you to submit all images in color where possible.

Line drawings should be produced electronically and clearly labelled using a sans serif font such as Arial. Graphs may be supplied as Excel spreadsheets (one per sheet). Other line drawings should be supplied in a suitable vector graphic file format (e.g., .eps. Bar graphs should be prepared as 3D images. Existing line drawings should be scanned at 600 dpi at a minimum of 12.5 cm (5 in) in width (2100 pixels) and saved as .eps files (flow charts must not exceed 7 inches [18 cm] in width).

All photographic images should be submitted in camera-ready form (i.e. with all extraneous areas removed), and where necessary, magnification should be shown using a scale marker. Color photographs should be saved in CMYK as TIF files, preferably at 600 dpi, at 5 inches (12.5 cm) in width (1500 pixels). Black and white photographs should be saved in greyscale as .tif files, preferably at 600 dpi at 5 inches (12.5 cm) in width (1500 pixels). Images supplied at less than 300 dpi are unsuitable for print and will delay publication. The preferred file format is .tif.

References: Only essential references should be included. Authors are responsible for verifying them against the original source material. RSM Press uses the Vancouver referencing system: references should be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numerals after any punctuation, and numbered and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they are first cited in the text. Automatic numbering should be avoided. References should include the names and initials of up to six authors. If there are more than six authors, only the first three should be named, followed by et al. Publications for which no author is apparent may be attributed to the organization from which they originate. Simply omit the name of the author for anonymous journal articles, and avoid using ‘Anonymous’. Punctuation in references should be kept to a minimum, as shown in the following examples:

1. Baynes J, Dominiczak M. Medical Biochemistry. Philadelphia: Mosby, 1999

2. Abozguia K, Phan TT, Shivu GN, et al. Insights into how to conduct a clinical trial in the UK. J R Soc Med 2007;100:469-72

Abbreviations: Symbols and abbreviations should be those currently in use. Authors should not create new abbreviations and acronyms. The RSM’s book Units, Symbols and Abbreviations provides lists of approved abbreviations.

Units: All measurements should be expressed in SI units. Where the original reading was made in non-SI units, the value recorded should be reported with the SI equivalent given in parentheses.

Statistics: If preparing statistical data for publication, please read the statistical guidelines.

5. Proofs and eprints

Proofs will be sent by email to the designated corresponding author as a PDF file attachment and should be corrected and returned promptly; corrections should be kept to a minimum.

A PDF eprint of each published article will be supplied free of charge to the author for correspondence; hardcopy offprints may be ordered from the publisher when the proofs are returned.