Aims and Scope of the Journal of Vascular Surgery®
Journal of Vascular Surgery® is dedicated to the science and art of vascular surgery and aims to improve the management of patients with vascular diseases by publishing relevant papers that report important medical advances, test new hypotheses, and address current controversies. To achieve this goal, the Journal will publish original clinical and laboratory studies, and reports and papers that comment on the social, economic, ethical, legal, and political factors, which relate to these aims. As the official publication of The Society for Vascular Surgery, the Journal will publish, after careful peer review, selected papers presented at the annual meeting of this organization and affiliated vascular societies, as well as original articles from members and nonmembers.
Aims and Scope of the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders publishes high quality clinical, research, case reports, techniques, and practice manuscripts related to all aspects of venous disease, lymphatic disease, and wound care with an emphasis on the practicing clinician. The journal seeks to provide novel and timely information to vascular surgeons, interventionalists, phlebologists, wound care specialists, and allied health professionals who treat patients presenting with vascular and lymphatic disease.
Aims and Scope of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques
Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques is a surgical journal dedicated to publishing peer reviewed high quality case reports related to all aspects of arterial, venous, and lymphatic diseases, including the placement and maintenance of arterio-venous dialysis accesses with an emphasis on the practicing clinician. The Journal seeks to provide novel and timely information to vascular surgeons, interventionalists, phlebologists, wound care specialists, and allied health professionals involved in the management of patients with the entire spectrum of vascular disease. Authors will be notified of an accept decision and at the same time requested to pay an Author Processing Fee of US $500 (exclusive of VAT/Sales Tax). Following payment of this fee, case reports and vascular images will be made universally available at no further charge through ScienceDirect, www.sciencedirect.com, and through the Journal's own website, www.jvascsurgcases.org
Before submitting a manuscript to the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications, you must review the instructions listed below. Submitted manuscripts will be considered for publication in either the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the Journal of Vascular Surgery:Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, or the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques. If your manuscript is selected for publication in the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders you will be charged a fee for the color images included in your paper. The Publisher will collect this fee, which will be US $650.00 for the first color image and US $150.00 for each additional color image. Unless your figures are sufficiently complex to merit color, please submit charts and graphs in black and white. If your manuscript is accepted for the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, you will be charged a US $500 publication fee.
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Editorial Policies and Information for Authors available on the submission and peer-review web site www.editorialmanager.com/jvs. These policies are printed in the January and July issues of the Journal of Vascular Surgery, the January issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, and in the March issue of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques. You may also request a copy of our policies by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer review process. The Editors and reviewers, by providing prompt and authoritative review, aim to optimize the quality of the published papers. All submitted manuscripts are reviewed initially by the Editors or Associate Editors. A submission may be rejected outright if it does not have sufficient merit to warrant further review or deals with subject matter outside the scope of the Journal. Other manuscripts will be sent to at least one member of the Editorial Board and two or three additional reviewers. The identities of these reviewers are kept confidential. The Journals operate a single blind peer review process. The identities of the reviewers are kept confidential, though the reviewers are able to see the author names, affiliations, and conflicts of interest during the review process. Reviewers are asked to give the Editors a confidential opinion on the importance, originality, and scientific merit of the manuscript; rank its importance relative to what has already been published in the medical literature; rank its importance regarding inclusion on the cover and suggest changes that will improve the paper.
Conflict of interest. The decisions of the Editors must be fair and objective and they must be seen to be impartial. Because the final decision on publication rests with the Editors, their decisions must not be influenced by the Society for Vascular Surgery®, the affiliated vascular societies, or representatives of companies, advertisers, government, or others who might have conflicts of interest.
Reviewers must decline to review any manuscript applications with which they may have a conflict of interest and should avoid reviewing any manuscript if circumstances exist that could be viewed as affecting their impartiality. For example, a reviewer should not review a manuscript submitted by a close personal friend, individuals from his or her institution, individuals with whom the reviewer has collaborated, or a scientist with whom the reviewer has had longstanding scientific or personal differ When the reviewer is uncertain as to whether a conflict exists, he or she should inform the Editor of the circumstances and the Editor will make the final decision.
The authors must certify that their article is original, has been written by the stated authors, has not been published previously, and is not under consideration for publication by another journal. These and other warranties are attested to at the time of submission and when the Copyright Transfer form is signed.
Previous presentations and abstracts. If the work has been presented previously at a meeting as an oral presentation or poster or has been published in an abstract, a detailed report will be considered for publication. However, the authors are expected to submit the details of the previous presentations and provide the abstracts. In general, manuscripts will not be considered if the work had been published previously in full-length conference proceedings or as a book chapter.
Major update of a previous study. If the submitted manuscript is a major update of the results of a previously published study, the authors must submit copies of the previous papers so that the Editors can determine whether the new paper provides significant new information or statistical power to warrant publication. In general, such updates should increase the number of patients by at least 50% or the reported mean follow up by at least 2 years.
Media releases. The Editors recognize that news organizations have the right to disseminate information that may have been obtained from a presentation at a scientific meeting or through direct discussions with the author. It is the author's responsibility to inform the Editors that the work has been reported previously by a journalist and explain the circumstances. In doing so, the authors should supply the Editors with the original media report. If the results of the study may potentially have a major impact on patient management, the authors can request the Editor's consideration of prompt review and publication. Once submitted to the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications, discussion of the contents of a manuscript with the media must be delayed until the review process is complete and the manuscript is posted at the Journal's web site pending publication, unless the Editors provide prior approval. If the authors provide additional information to the media during the peer-review process, the article may be rejected or withdrawn from publication. In some instances, the Editors may ask the authors to prepare a brief press release summarizing the manuscript. However, as with all papers, further discussion of the results with the media must be deferred until the acceptance and postings of the manuscript.
Multiple publication. A joint publication or secondary publication of a full-length paper in another journal may be considered if the manuscript contains important information that deserves to be disseminated to a significantly different readership than that of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publication. The Editors may grant permission for secondary publication in another journal if the original report in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publication is appropriately acknowledged and the secondary publication follows the initial publication in the Journal. Abstracts or full-length summaries of papers presented at meetings may be published simultaneously in another journal with permission of the Editors of both journals providing an appropriate acknowledgment is made in each journal.
To qualify for authorship in a Journal of Vascular Surgery Publication, each author must have made a significant contribution to the conception or completion of the manuscript and is willing to share the responsibility for the content of the paper. Specifically, authorship is limited to those who made a direct and substantial contribution to each of the four following areas:
These guidelines are based on the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). Each of the authors will be are required to read and approve the Application for Publication submitted by the corresponding author.
Number of Authors. The maximum number of expected authors for a clinical or basic research manuscript is usually between six and ten, and the Editors request that each author be carefully examined with respect to the authorship criteria listed above, and suggest that some contributors might be better acknowledged at the end of the manuscript than included as authors. More than ten authors will be permitted for multicenter clinical submissions, Reporting Standards, Practice Guidelines, Consensus Documents and for large single institutional studies if all authors contributed in all four areas to the work, as outlined above. As an alternative, a smaller number of key authors can submit the work on behalf of a larger research group, which can then be listed and acknowledged in an appendix. The number of authors is limited to 6 for case reports and vascular images.
Author Contributions. An Author Contribution Statement is published at the end of each Clinical and Basic Research manuscript. The information for this statement is submitted as part of the Application for Publication.The order of the authors' names is at the discretion of the coauthors who may wish to add a footnote explaining the order of authorship and/or author contributions. If two authors participated equally and would qualify for "first authorship", this can be indicated on the Application for Publication and will be published in a footnote to the article.
Acknowledgement. If an individual has contributed to the work but does not meet all the requirements for authorship, he or she should be recognized in the final paragraph of the manuscript.
The authors' university, institutional, and/or corporate affiliations must be acknowledged on the title page along with sources of funding. In addition, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might represent a competition of interest in respect to the manuscript. If a company's product is mentioned in a manuscript or other article type (including Letters to the Editor and Editorials), all authors are expected to declare whether they have a consulting or employment arrangement or a royalty or stock agreement with the company. The authors must indicate any competition of interest or the lack thereof on the Application for Publication that is required before a manuscript can be sent out for review.
A conflict of interest statement is published with each Clinical and Basic Reearch article see Johnston KW Rutherford RB. Disclosure of competition of interest. J Vasc Surg 1999; 30:200-2. If a paper is accepted for publication, the authors will be asked to clarify and update their conflict of interest statements.
Failure to disclose a conflict of interest will be dealt with according to the following article paragraph: see Johnston KW, Rutherford RB. Failure to disclose competitive interest. J Vasc Surg 2000; 31:1306:
"If it is brought to the Editors' attention that an author may have failed to make an appropriate disclosure, the Editors will give the author the opportunity to explain. If a satisfactory explanation is not forthcoming, the Editors will bring the issue to the attention of the author's institution for clarification. If the oversight can be explained as an honest mistake, a simple notation of the error will be published. If there was either self deception or a deliberate attempt to conceal a significant financial competitive interest, the Editors will conclude that this may represent an attempt to deceive and may be a violation of public and professional trust. The Editors may publish a notation that the paper may be unreliable because the author did not meet the standards of honest disclosure of competitive interests required by the Journal."
Manuscripts that involve research conducted on human subjects must follow the principles outlined in the Declaration of Helsinki
(http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3) and include a statement in the Methods section stating that the experimental protocol and informed consent were
approved by the Institutional Review Board, and that all subjects gave informed consent. Manuscripts that report animal experiments must include a statement
in the Methods section stating that the study was approved by the Institutional Review Board and that the animal care complied with the Guide for the Care
and Use of Laboratory Animals, Institute of Laboratory Animal Resources, Commission on Life Sciences, National Research Council. Washington: National
Academy Press, 1996 (http://nap.edu/openbook.php?record_id=5140).
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In accordance with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications requires that clinical trials be registered in a public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment as a condition of consideration for publication. Relevant trials that began before July 1, 2007 must be registered prior to editorial review. Registration in any registry that is a primary register of the WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) or in ClinicalTrials.gov is acceptable. Registration must be indicated by providing the unique study number assigned by the approved registry on the Application for Publication form.
A CLINICAL TRIAL is defined by the ICMJE as any research project that prospectively assigns people or a group of people to an intervention, with or without concurrent comparison or control groups, to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome.
HEALTH-RELATED INTERVENTIONS are those used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome; examples include drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, educational programs, dietary interventions, quality improvement interventions, and process-of-care changes.
HEALTH OUTCOMES are any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events.
Detailed instructions and a tutorial for registering a trial are available at: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/manage-recs/how-register.
Authors of unregistered trials, or those with inadequate information in the registry, will be given an opportunity to explain the reason that they failed to comply with this requirement, but it is expected that studies that fit the definition of a clinical trial be registered regardless of the country of origin since these rules are international.
More information about the ICMJE policies on Clinical Trial Registration are available at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html.
The Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications are published by Elsevier Inc. For information on Ethics in publishing and Ethical guidelines for journal publication see www.elsevier.com/publishingethics and www.elsevier.com/journal-authors/ethics.
Submitted manuscripts are subject to Similarity Check screening. Please be sure that you have properly cited each of the sources of information used to write your manuscript.
In membership with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Editors of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications adhere to the COPE Code of Conduct, which can be found at http://publicationethics.org/resources/code-conduct. Charges of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, duplicate and redundant publication will be managed according to COPE Guidelines.
Except for open-access articles with a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs (CC BY-NC-ND) license, published manuscripts become the property of the Journal for which they are accepted, which are copyrighted by The Society for Vascular Surgery. They may not be published or reproduced in whole or in part without the written permission of the author(s) and the Publisher. These requirements for submission of a manuscript are in accordance with "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf).
Permission to reproduce published material. Permission to reproduce material published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery and Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders must be obtained from the Publisher at (215) 239-3804 or online at http://journals.elsevierhealth.com/periodicals/ymva/content/permission.
Authors will be consulted, whenever possible, regarding reproduction or republication of their material. The authors retain the copyrights for papers published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques. This journal is fully open access; all articles will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download upon publication. Permitted (re)use is defined by the following Creative Commons user licenses (see http://www.elsevier.com/about/open-access/open-access-policies/oa-license-policy).
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Using Our Online Submission Software. All new and revised manuscript files, required forms, and associated content must be submitted electronically through Editorial Manager (online at: http://www.editorialmanager.com/jvs/default.asp). Authors must be registered on the Editorial Manager web site. Use of Editorial Manager to upload submissions requires an internet connection, a valid email address, Adobe Acrobat Reader (free download at http://www.adobe.com//products/acrobat/readstep2.htm, and Microsoft Word 2003 - 2010. Complete submission instructions are provided on the Editorial Manager web site. Please note that all original and revised submissions formats and inclusions must be in accordance with the Information for Authors. Manuscripts that do not meet all submission requirements will be returned to the author for correction.
To upload a manuscript using Editorial Manager, authors must provide the following information during the submission process:
This form is used to collect many important pieces of information, and is required for most submissions. The Application for Publication is not required for Invited Commentaries or Editorials. This form must be completed by the Corresponding Author, and reviewed and approved by each author. The information collected on this form is provided to reviewers and Editors assigned to review the manuscript. A Competition of Interest Statement will be published with each accepted Basic and Clinical Research article based on the information provided on this form. Authors are required to specify their contributions and meet the requirements for authorship, as listed in the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). Each author must contribute to a manuscript in each of the
This form is required if your manuscript includes data which might reveal the identity of one of more patients.
This form must be completed for ALL Case Report and Vascular Image submissions. If your institution has a standard form to obtain publication consent, that form may be used in place of this document. Consent forms SHOULD NOT be submitted with your manuscript files, but must be available upon request by the Editorial Office. A statement regarding the patient(s’) publication consent MUST be included in the text of your manuscript.
Reporting Standards. Authors must use the appropriate reporting guideline when writing any health research manuscript. Reporting Guidelines are available on the EQUATOR Network Web site, which also provides guidance on selecting a relevant guideline. Meeting these basic reporting standards will greatly improve the value of your manuscript and facilitate the peer review process. The following guidelines are endorsed by the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications:
Table of Contents Summary. During the submission process, authors of Clinical and Basic Science submission will be asked to summarize the manuscript in 2 sentences. Please keep the summary concise and limited to 400 characters. Please state the study design and the most important finding of the manuscript first, followed by a sentence that states the most important conclusion. If accepted for publication, this summary will appear on the table of contents under the title of your article.
Intercostal artery reimplantation did not significantly decrease spinal cord injury in this retrospective study of 805 patients with open repair of TAAs and TAAAs. The authors suggest physiologic interventions to reduce the rate of spinal cord ischemia.
This retrospective multicenter study analyzed presentation, etiology, management and outcome of 32 patients with post-EVAR aorta-enteric fistula (AEF). The study suggests that AEF is more frequent after EVAR performed for pseudoaneurysm or emergency and that treatment is associated with high mortality.
Text formatting instructions. All text files must be prepared using: Microsoft Word, double spaced with Times New Roman 12-point font. Manuscripts must conform to standard English usage and are subject to editing in conformance with the policies of the Journal. For reference, authors may consult the American Medical Association's Manual of Style (AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors. Iverson C, Christiansen S, Flanagin A, et al. 10th ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 2007) (AMA-10). The following changes have been made from the 9th edition of the AMA Manual of Style.
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Generic drug names from the United States Adopted Name (USAN) should be used. Proprietary drug names may be cited in parentheses. Generic equipment names should be used whenever possible, and the proprietary name of the equipment must be cited in parentheses after the proprietary name. Cite the manufacturer and the city, state, and country of manufacture. Measurements of height and weight, etc., should be stated in metric units. Hematologic and clinical chemistry measurements can be stated in System International (SI) units or non-SI units. Note that SI units are recommended in the "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). Only standard abbreviations should be used; avoid unusual or coined abbreviations. The first time any abbreviation is used it should be included in parentheses after the words it replaces. Abbreviations should not be used in the title or abstract.
Manuscripts should conform to the guidelines for reporting on vascular surgery. The following have been developed by the Document Oversight Committee and accepted by The Society for Vascular Surgery:
Title page. A complete title page is required for all submissions and must appear at the beginning of the manuscript file. The title page must include:
Title. Titles must be concise and accurately reflect the content of the manuscript. Furthermore, titles should be
declarative, stating the topic and results when possible, rather than posing a question. This is important for assisting clinicians and researchers in
locating an article on Medline once it has been published. Please make sure that your title:
Unstructured Abstract: Case Reports, Debates, Evidence Summaries, Innovative Techniques, Practice Management, and Vascular and Endovascular Technique manuscripts require short, unstructured abstracts. Include the abstract after the title page in the manuscript file. Though an unstructured abstract does not have section headings, it must describe what is unique and important about the paper, the primary concerns of the patient(s), the important clinical findings, and the main diagnoses and interventions in a clear and organized manner. The final sentence of the abstract should describe the outcomes and the "take-away" lesson.
Structured Abstract: Basic Research, Clinical Research, Education Corner and Review articles must include a 250-400 word structured abstract after the title page in the manuscript file. The abstract must clearly state the main factual points of the article. The abstract should be informative, not descriptive. Detailed results should be included in the abstract because many readers only have access to abstracts and not the entire article. A structured abstract will include combinations of the following headings that apply and are informative, as described in detail in previous publications:
Haynes RB, Mulrow CD, Huth EJ, Altman DG, Gardiner MJ. More informative abstracts revisited. Ann Intern Med 1990;113:69-76
Ad Hoc Working Group for Critical Appraisal of the Medical Literature. A proposal for more informative abstracts of clinical articles. Ann Intern Med 1987;106:598-604
Typical abstract headings include:
Tables, figures, reference citations, and trademarked names should not appear in the abstract. Because many readers only have access to the abstract, it is essential that it contain numerical results and not simply summary conclusions.
Abstracts are not required for: Vascular Images, Historical Vignettes, Letters to the Editor, Invited Commentary, Editorials, and Presidential Addresses.
The manuscript file must include the title page, abstract, manuscript, and references. The usual sections for a full basic or clinical science manuscript include Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. Subheadings may be useful in the Methods and Results sections to help clarify the content in longer papers. Methods must be described in sufficient detail to allow others to reproduce the work. For established methods, appropriate references and a brief description are sufficient; but for new methods, appropriate details are required. (NOTE: Please do not include statements that claim that this is the first time a procedure has been performed, reported, etc., as these claims are difficult to verify and may not be accurate.) If the description of the method is very long, the techniques should be summarized and referenced and the details provided as an appendix that will be published on the internet but not in print. For human studies, the following details are generally important: eligibility (inclusion and exclusion criteria), randomization methods, blinding methods, total consecutive patients enrolled, and number of exclusions or drop outs and reasons. For randomized controlled trials, the CONSORT document provides reporting guidelines that should be met in articles submitted to the Journal:
See Moher D, Schultz ICF, Altman DG for the CONSORT group. The CONSORT statement: revised recommendation improving the quality of reports of parallel group randomised trials. Lancet 2001;357:1191-4. Full details are available at http://www.consort-statement.org/. This article provides a checklist of the items that should be included in the report of the methods, results and discussion and the suggested details of a flow diagram that provides information on patient flow through the study. See Reporting Standards.
Standards have been published that provide guidelines for reporting meta-analyses of the randomized controlled studies: See Moher D, Cook DJ, Eastwood S, Olkin I, Rennie D, Stroup DF. Improving the quality of reports of meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials: the QUORUM statement. Lancet 1999;354:1896-900.
Reporting standards have been published that provide guidelines for observational studies: See Stroup DF, Berlin JA, Morton SC, Olkin I, Williamson GD, Rennie D, et al. Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting. Metaanalysis of Observational Studies in Epidemiology [MOOSE] group. JAMA 2000;283:2008-12.
A redline manuscript is required for all revised submissions and must meet all of the formatting requirements of the non-redlined manuscript. The redline manuscript must include the abstract and title page. The redline manuscript must be created using "Track Changes" in Microsoft Word, and must show every change that has been made in the revision. Manually highlighting, underlining or otherwise indicating the changes made is not sufficient. Once all of the changes are shown, the redline must be saved as a PDF. This will ensure that the author will be able to cite the correct page and line numbers in the Reviewer Response form . Detailed instructions about how to create a redline document may be found here.
Limit illustrations to those that amplify, and do not duplicate the text. A reasonable number of line or halftone illustrations will be reproduced. You may not submit more than the maximum number of figures permitted for the selected article type. Please review the instructions for the specific article type before proceeding. Inclusion of color illustrations is at the discretion of the Editor. Operative and pathology photographs should be in color. Other figures and charts should be black and white unless sufficiently complex to require color. Original drawings or graphs should be prepared by computer software or by a professional artist.
All images must be submitted electronically via the Editorial Manager system as separate numbered files. Number your figures consecutively in Arabic numerals according to the order of citation in the text. All figures must be cited. This includes images that are intended to be “online only” appendices. (Example: Figure 1A, Figure 1B, Figure 2, Supplemental Figure 1, Supplemental Figure 2). TIFF, JPEG, and EPS files must have a resolution of at least 300 DPI at 3 inches wide. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint files are acceptable, as long as the illustration spans at least 3inches in the document, the image is sharp, and all text is legible. Lettering or text used in the illustration must be at least 8-point font. Submissions that include figures that are embedded in the text of the manuscript, or that include figures that are compiled in one file, will be returned to you for correction. During the submission process, illustrations will undergo an Artwork Quality Check which will not function properly unless the images are uploaded as separate files.
When you submit files, please pay attention to the results of the Artwork Quality Check. If the results of the check indicate "pass", your image files are acceptable. If your results are "pass with warning", this does not necessarily mean that your figures are acceptable. To determine whether or not your illustrations will be acceptable for publication, note the number located in the top right-hand corner of the Artwork Quality Check results page. The resolution of each figure will be calculated at a size of 18 picas (3 inches) wide. If the resolution is 300 DPI or greater at a size of 18 picas (3 inches), it is appropriate for submission. Images that are less than 300 DPI at a width of 18 picas are unacceptable. You must correct your figures before proceeding. If you fail to improve the figure quality and you submit your manuscript, the submission will be returned for correction. For assistance, contact the Editorial Office at: email@example.com.
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Previously published images. If a figure has been previously published, the legend must give full credit to the original source, and a letter from the original source giving permission to reproduce the figure must be uploaded with the submission. Submissions with previously published images that are not accompanied by an original written permission document will be returned to the author.
Life table graphs. Lines should be truncated when the standard error exceeds 10% and should have the "n" for each group at relevant time points along the x-axis. Because life table graphs are preferred for in-text inclusion, data tables should be submitted only for the online version of the manuscript if the authors desire to provide this level of detail.
3D radiological data. You can enrich your online article by providing 3D radiological data in DICOM format. Radiological data will be visualized for readers using the interactive viewer embedded within your article, and will enable them to: browse through available radiological datasets; explore radiological data as 2D series, 2D orthogonal MPR, 3D volume rendering and 3D MIP; zoom, rotate and pan 3D reconstructions; cut through the volume; change opacity and threshold level; and download the data. Multiple datasets can be submitted. Each dataset will have to be zipped and uploaded to the online submission system via the '3D radiological data' submission category. The recommended size of a single uncompressed dataset is 200 MB or less. Please provide a short informative description for each dataset by filling in the 'Description' field when uploading each ZIP file. Note: all datasets will be available for download from the online article on ScienceDirect. So please ensure that all DICOM files are anonymized prior to submission. For more information see: https://www.elsevier.com/books-and-journals/content-innovation/3d-radiological-data#instructions
Legends must be numbered, double spaced and uploaded in a separate document file. Indicate original magnification and stain for photomicrographs.
Format: All videos should be in MP4 format. The preferred codec is H264. Please do not submit videos that exceed 150 MB. Authors will be notified if there are any problems with submitted files and asked to resubmit modified files. Image editing and correct formatting are the author's responsibility.
Author Summaries: Authors of Clinical, Basic Research, and Review articles are encouraged to submit a 5 minute video summary of their manuscript.
Video Demonstrations: Authors should consider adding narration or explanatory captioning to video demonstrations of new techniques and procedures.
AudioSlides: AudioSlides are short, webcast-style presentations that are shown next to online articles on ScienceDirect. This format gives authors the opportunity to present their research in their own words, helping readers understand quickly what a paper is about and determine its relevance. After acceptance, the authors will have the option to add AudioSlides to their published manuscript. This feature is complimentary. More information about AudioSlides will be provided to you if your manuscript is accepted for publication.
Publication: As with all other manuscript files, videos must be the original unpublished work of the authors. By submitting your manuscript and video files to the Journal of Vascular Surgery Publications, the authors also agree to allow the publication of the manuscript files, including the video files, to be published in full or in part in Journal of Vascular Surgery, Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, and/or Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques, in all formats and media now known or hereafter developed.
Tables should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Results should not be summarized in a table; use a graph instead. Number your tables consecutively in Roman numerals according to the order of citation in the text. All tables must be cited, including tables intended to be supplemental “online only”. Example: (Table I, Table II, Supplemental Table I, Supplemental Table II.) Because tables should be self-explanatory, provide a brief caption for each table. Tables must be created in a Microsoft Word using 12 pt. Times New Roman font. Double space your tables and upload them to Editorial Manager. Tables may be uploaded together in one Word document, with each table starting on a new page, or in separate files. They may not be embedded in manuscript document. Manuscripts with tables that do not meet these requirements will be returned to the author.
Abbreviations used in the table should be explained in a footnote; however, abbreviations that have been defined in the body of the text do not need to be spelled out or explained in the table. If a table or any data therein have been previously published, a footnote in the table must give full credit to the original source, and the original Publisher's permission to reproduce the table must be provided.
Cite references selectively; an extensive literature review is rarely necessary and only pertinent references should be given, (i.e., those that provide the basis for a key statement). References should be cited consecutively in the text by superscript Arabic numbers in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, a table, or a figure. References should not be cited alphabetically. The reference list should be double spaced. References to articles in press must include authors' names, title of article, and name of journal. Personal communications and unpublished data are not to be cited as references; instead, indicate these sources in the text at the appropriate place and include the individual's preferred given name, initials, surname, title, city, and year of communication. A note of approval from the source for the statement should be appended to the manuscript. Make sure all references have been verified. The accuracy of the references, including spelling of references in foreign languages, is the responsibility of the authors and is crucial so that they can be linked to the original citation in the web version. Authors should be certain that all references use the standard abbreviated journal names according to Index Medicus. This is imperative to ensure linking of references in the online version of the Journal. References that do not use the standard abbreviated journal names will not link. If there are six or fewer authors, list all; if seven or more, list only the first six, then et al. The format for references is described in detail in "Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals" (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). Examples follow:
This journal encourages you to cite underlying or relevant datasets in your manuscript by citing them in your text and including a data reference in your Reference List. Data references should include the following elements: author name(s), dataset title, data repository, version (where available), year, and global persistent identifier. Add [dataset] immediately before the reference so we can properly identify it as a data reference. This identifier will not appear in your published article.
During the submission process, authors whose papers have been presented at a sponsoring society meeting must choose their sponsoring society and year of presentation from the available drop-down menu. An option of 'none" may be chosen by those authors whose submissions are not affiliated with a sponsoring society.
For manuscripts that contain statistically-analyzed data, please identify the co-authors responsible for the statistical analysis in the “Author Contributions” section of the Application for Publication. Please include the names of individuals who provided statistical analysis, but who do not meet the criteria for authorship, in an acknowledgement paragraph at the end of the manuscript.
Special care must be taken to exclude photographs/images that contain identifiable individual characteristics such as a patient’s face, case number, initials, etc. Photographs of identifiable individuals must be accompanied by a completed Identifiable Patient Consent Form.
This form must bear the signature of identifiable patients/volunteers. In cases where the patient/volunteer is a minor or incapable of signing the consent form, the signature of both living parents or guardians is required. To protect the patient(s’) privacy, the authors are required to archive this written consent form and produce it only at the request of the Editorial Office. The author SHOULD NOT upload the form with the manuscript files in Editorial Manager at the time of submission.
Patient publication consent is required for all Case Reports and Vascular Images submitted to our Journals. A statement regarding the patient(s’) agreement to publish their case details and images must be included in the Case Report introduction and in the text of the Vascular Image. The authors must be able to provide consent forms if requested by the Editorial Office, but they SHOULD NOT upload them in Editorial Manager. If your institution does not have a standard publication consent form, you may use the Patient Publication Consent Form.
Basic Research Articles do not include human clinical information but may include those studies in which only group samples of human blood or tissue are used and the results/conclusions are research oriented.
Clinical Research articles involve human clinical information, descriptions of patient populations, clinical applicability results/conclusions and must include 10 or more patients. Clinical Research includes:
Randomized Controlled Trials. Any research project that prospectively assigns people or a group of people to an intervention, with or without concurrent comparison or control groups, to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome.
Cohort. Longitudinal study of a patient population used to investigate the causes of disease, establishing links between risk factors and health outcomes.
Case Control. Study in which two existing groups differing in outcome are identified and compared on the basis of some supposed causal attribute.
Cross-sectional study that analyzes data collected from a population, or a representative subset, at a specific point in time.
Study Protocols will be considered for publication if they describe planned or ongoing research. Completed studies should be submitted as Clinical or Basic Research Manuscripts. A structured abstract is required for all Study Protocols. The study dates must be reported on the title page and in the manuscript. For studies that require IRB approval prior to enrollment of the first patient, approval must be obtained and disclosed in the Study Protocol before the submission will be considered for publication.
The SPIRIT (Standard Protocol Items for Randomized Trials) statement website. provides comprehensive recommendations for protocol studies. Authors of protocol submissions should follow the SPIRIT statement, which includes guidance on title construction, data collection and the disclosure of funding.
Systematic review Study Protocols should follow the PRISMA-P (Preferred reporting items for systematic review and meta-analysis protocols) reporting guideline found here.
Case Reports. (NOTE: Please do not include statements that claim that this is the first time a procedure has been performed, reported, etc., as these claims are difficult to verify and may not be accurate.) Case Reports should not exceed 1200 words, four figures, and 30 references. A brief 100-word unstructured abstract, should emphasize the important message illustrated by the case(s). Patient publication consent must be obtained from each patient described in the submission. A statement regarding the patient(s’) agreement to publish their case details and images must be included in the introduction. The author is responsible for obtaining written publication consent and archiving that file. To protect the patient(s’) privacy, the author SHOULD NOT submit the consent form to the Editorial Office. If your institution does not have a standard publication consent form, you may use the Patient Publication Consent Form.
Innovative Techniques. Innovative Techniques submissions will be considered for publication in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques. These articles are similar to the “Vascular & Endovascular Technique” section in the Journal of Vascular Surgery, however they have a 100 word unstructured abstract and a 1200 word body, include fewer than 5 cases and provide less than 6 months of follow-up. Innovative Techniques are practical and well-illustrated descriptions and technical tips of new or established operative and/or endovascular procedures. A brief description summarizing the author's views regarding the procedures advantages, disadvantages and outcomes should be included, with up to 10 references. The submission of supporting video is encouraged.
Vascular Images. Vascular Images will be considered for publication in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques. The publication fee is US $500.00 for this online-only, open access, Journal. In return, the copyrights for the published case will remain the property of the authors. Fees are not required until after manuscript acceptance. Select Vascular Images may be chosen to be published for the cover of the Journal of Vascular Surgery or the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders. In that case these Images will not be considered open access and the fee will be waived. Submissions accepted for the Vascular Images Section present interesting vascular images and associated short educational summaries in a focused, case-report format. Patient publication consent must be obtained from each patient described in the submission. A statement regarding the patient(s’) agreement to publish their case details and images must be included in the text of the manuscript. Written publication consent must be provided to the Editorial Office if requested, but consent forms SHOULD NOT be uploaded with your manuscript files (See Patient Publication Consent). When submitting this type of manuscript, please make sure that you have designated which image should appear on the Journal cover. The Editor may not select an image from your accepted manuscript for the cover; however, it is required that you designate one image as the cover image before submission. Previously, published images will not be considered for this section. Color illustrations that are suitable for the Journal cover are preferred. Cover images must not include arrows, or any other added graphics and, whenever possible, text should be cropped out of the cover image. Appropriate images include radiographs, pathology, anatomy, operative findings, and other relevant clinical pictures. The images should illustrate features of vascular disease, including technical approaches. Illustrations and text must be confined to one printed page (no more than 350 words, with a limit of four illustrations: one for the cover and three that must fit in the right hand column). Vascular images should possess both scientific and artistic merit. Descriptions of images must be included in the text, since figure legends will not be published, and only key references should be provided (with a limit of five). Images must be of professional quality and meet the basic requirements for resolution specified in Illustrations (figures, charts, graphs).
Letters to the Editor/Responses. A letter containing 500 words or less, with no more than ten references and one illustration or table, will be considered for publication if it amplifies a recent article in one of the Journal of Vascular Surgery Journals by extending or clarifying the original manuscript content, or by presenting an opposing interpretation of the results or conclusions. Letters may also be used to submit brief original observations or opinions. The authors of the original paper will be provided with an opportunity to respond to a Letter to the Editor. If the authors respond in a timely fashion, both the Letter to the Editor and the authors' Response will be published together. Letters accepted for publication may be copyedited.
Invited "Special Sections" Submissions. Although manuscripts for these "Special Sections" will generally be invited from specific authors, unsolicited submissions could be considered. Authors of unsolicited manuscripts should contact the Journal office to discuss their potential topic with the Assistant Editor prior to submission.
The Publisher will edit and send out Author Proofs only to corresponding authors. Corrections to these proofs must be returned to the Publisher within 1 week. The Publisher is responsible for sending and receiving Copyright Transfer Forms. Any delay in return of page proofs and Copyright Transfer Forms to the Publisher will result in both a delay of article placement on the JVS web site In-Press section and in print publication. Please do not send completed Copyright Transfer Forms to the Editorial Office.
After a manuscript has been peer-reviewed and accepted for publication in either the Journal of Vascular Surgery or the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders, the authors will have the option to publish their research in an open access format. Fees for this service are collected by the Publisher, and will have no bearing on the peer review or acceptance process. This is purely optional and authors may continue to have their articles published in the current manner without open access.
All articles published Open Access will be immediately and permanently free for everyone to read and download. Permitted reuse is defined by the following Creative Commons user license:
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To provide Open Access, our journals have a publication fee which needs to be met by the authors or their research funders for each article published Open Access. Your publication choice will have no effect on the peer review process or acceptance of submitted articles.
The publication fee for the Journal of Vascular Surgery and the Journal of Vascular Surgery: Venous and Lymphatic Disorders is US $3300, excluding taxes. Learn more about Elsevier's pricing policy: http://www.elsevier.com/openaccesspricing
Authors can share their research in a variety of different ways and Elsevier has a number of green open access options available. We recommend authors see our green open access page for further information (http://elsevier.com/greenopenaccess). Authors can also self-archive their manuscripts immediately and enable public access from their institution's repository after an embargo period. This is the version that has been accepted for publication and which typically includes author-incorporated changes suggested during submission, peer review and in editor-author communications. Embargo period: For subscription articles, an appropriate amount of time is needed for journals to deliver value to subscribing customers before an article becomes freely available to the public. This is the embargo period and begins from the publication date of the issue your article appears in.
This journal has an embargo period of 12 months.
The Publisher is responsible for the printing and mailing of requested Reprints. As a courtesy, the authors of articles published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery or Journal of Vascular Surgery Venous and Lymphatic Disorders will have the option to request either 25 paper offprints, or a single e-offprint at no cost. The e-offprint is an electronic link that allows free access to the full-length article. The e-offprint link may be shared with up to 25 colleagues. Authors of articles published in the Journal of Vascular Surgery Cases and Innovative Techniques will be provided with a shareable e-offprint link that will be active for 50 days after article publication. Any Reprints in excess of this number must be requested from the Publisher when the Copyright Transfer Form is returned.