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INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

The European Journal of Surgical Sciences is published three times a year by Bilimsel Tıp Yayınevi. Official language of the journal is English. European Journal of Surgical Sciences invites submission of Original Articles based on clinical and laboratory studies, brief reports (for the presentation of the new concepts), Review Articles including up to date published material (by invitation only), Letters to the Editor and News and Announcements of congress and meetings concerning all aspects of Surgical Sciences. Case reports submitted to European Journal of Surgical Sciences will automatically be directed to the our other journal, European Journal of Surgical Cases (www.eejsc.com). The goal of the journal is to present and improve scientific knowledge dealing with Surgical Sciences via the articles mentioned above.

Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be submitted online via www.eejss.com according to the descriptions given on the web page. Manuscripts should not exceed 20 double-spaced typed pages, including figures, tables, and reference list (references are to be limited to 40 for reviews, 30 for original articles, 10 for brief reports and up to five for letters to the editor). Authors are also advised to keep a copy of their papers for reference. As it is the responsibility of all authors to agree on the content of their paper before submission, all manuscripts must be signed by each author.

European Journal of Surgical Sciences regrets it will have to decline consideration of any article that does not conform to the Uniform Requirements for manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, as reported in www.icmje.org.

Evaluation of manuscripts

Initial evaluation of the submitted papers is performed by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editors. The papers approved for reviewer evaluation are sent to three selected reviewers as blinded-manuscripts. The decision of acceptance of the manuscripts needs at least two reviewers? affirmative opinions. The Editor is the complete authority regarding reviewer selection. The reviewers are mainly selected from Editorial Board. The Editor may decide to send the manuscript to independent national or international reviewers according to the subject.

Preparation of manuscripts

Papers must be written in English. Authors whose mother tongue is not English should have their papers checked for linguistic accuracy by a native English speaker.

Use Arial font, 12 point type, double spacing with 2 cm margins on the left and right sides throughout typing. Prepare in IBM compatible programs (Microsoft Windows, Word 98 at least). Begin each of the following sections on a separate page: title page, abstract and key words, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, and captions. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Type the page number in the lower right corner of each page. The main text should not contain any information regarding author(s)`s name and affiliation. Abbreviations should be internationally accepted and should be defined accordingly in the text in parenthesis when first mentioned and used in the text.

The text of observational and experimental articles should be divided into sections with the headings Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Long articles may need subheadings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion sections) to clarify their content. Other types of articles, such as reviews and editorials are likely to take their own relevant main headings. Original articles should not exceed 5000 words.

The letters to the Editor is for letters that are addressing issues or exchanging views on topics arising from published articles or uncommitted subjects without original research interest. It should not exceed 1000 words and not include an abstract.

Concise independent reports representing a significant contribution in the related field may be submitted as a brief report. The maximum length of a short communication is 1500 words. Brief reports should include title, an unstructured paragraph of abstract and 2-5 key words in English. The main text should include a maximum of one figure and two tables.

Title Page: The title page should contain the following: 1) the title of the article which should be concise but informative, 2) a short running title of no more than 60 characters (including spaces), 3) full names (first middle and last names) of each author with highest academic degrees, 4) name of department(s) and institution(s) where the work was carried out, 5) disclaimer(s), if any 6) the full postal and e-mail address of the author responsible for correspondence regarding the manuscript, 7) the source(s) of support in the form of grants, equipment, drugs etc. or all of these, 8) Indication whether the study has been presented previously as an abstract in any congress or symposium.

Abstract: An informative abstract of not more than 250 words in English must accompany each manuscript except Letter?s to the Editor. Abstract must be structured and include data on problem (background), materials and methods, results and conclusion. Only approved abbreviations should be used. It should emphasize the new and important observations or aspects of the study. Abstracts of the review articles should be a brief overview of the main points from the review. References, tables and citations should not be used in abstract.

Keywords: Up to six key words should be provided that might be used by researchers searching bibliographic databases for the paper. Always try to use terms from the Medical Subjects Headings list from Index Medicus (www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).

Main Body of The Text

Introduction: Acquaint the readers with the problem and with the findings of others. Quote the most pertinent papers and state clearly the nature and purpose of the work.

Materials and Methods: Explain clearly yet concisely your clinical, technical or experimental procedures. Previously published papers related to methods should be cited with appropriate references.

Results: Findings must be described without comment. A concise textual description of the data presented in tables, chats and figures should also be included.

Discussion: Comment on your findings and relate them to those from other authors. Define their relevance to experimental research or clinical practice.

Acknowledgement: All the entities that provide contribution to the technical content, data collection and analysis, writing, revision etc. of the manuscript and yet do not meet the criteria to be an author should be mentioned in the acknowledgement part.

References: The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references. Data and manuscript that have not yet been published should not be cited as reference. These should be stated in the main text as ?author(s), unpublished data, year".

Citations in the text should be identified by numbers in brackets at the end of the sentences. The list of the references at the end of the paper should be given according to their first appearance in the text. All authors? names should be listed up to six authors and first six for seven and over using journal abbreviations as listed in Index Medicus. For example:

a. Articles from journals:

Ozmen MM, Aslar AK, Besler HT, Cinel I. Does splanchnic ischemia occur during laparoscopic cholecystectomy? Surg Endosc 2002; 16: 468-471.

b. Books:

Ringswen MK, Bond D.Gerontology and Leadership skills for nurses. 2nd ed. Albany(NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.

c. Chapter in Books:

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis and management.2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p.465-78.

d. Articles from electronic publications:

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis[serial online] 1995 Jan-Mar; 1(1): [24 Screens]. Available from: URL: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/EID/eid.htm

e. Congress presentation:

Bengtsson S, Solheim BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Reinhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sep 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. North-Holland; 1992. p. 1561-5.

f. Web site:

World Health Organization (WHO). Accessed date: 2008 Jul 9. Available from: http://www.who.int

Tables: Tables should be supplement not duplicate the text. Each table should be typed (double spaced) on a separate sheet and numbered consecutively with arabic numerals. Tables should have a brief title. Place self-explanatory matters in footnotes. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by lower-case superscript letters. Each table must be cited in the text in consecutive order. For the data from another published or unpublished source, permission should be obtain and it should be fully acknowledged.

Illustrations: Illustrations should be limited to those essential for the text. The same results should be presented as either graphs or tables not as both. All figures, whether photographs, graphs, or diagrams, should be numbered consecutively and kept separately from the text. The publisher reserves the right to reduce or enlarge illustrations. Arrows, letters, and numbers should be inserted professionally. If this is not possible, inscriptions should be made on a transparent overlay (not on the actual photograph). Micrographs should have an internal magnification marker; the magnification should also be stated in the caption. Legends must be double spaced, brief, self-sufficient explanations of the illustrations in no more than four or five lines. Remarks such as ?For explanation, see text" should be avoided. The legends should be typed on a separate page with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers or letters are used to identify parts of illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend.

The illustrations should be sent in a format that will produce high-quality image (for example, JPEG or GIF). Authors should control the images of such files on a computer screen before submitting them to be sure they meet their own quality standards. For recognizable photographs of patients, signed releases of the patient or of his/her legal representative should be enclosed; otherwise, patient names or eyes must be blocked out to prevent identification.

Cover letter: The author and the co-authors should sign a cover letter declaring acception of full responsibility for the accuracy of all contents in accordance with the order of authors. They should also declare that the manuscript is an original work that has not been previously published, and is not currently submitted to any other publication. The cover letter should include contributions and responsibilities of each author, and whether there is a conflict of interest regarding manuscript. If there is no conflict of interest it should also be stated. The scanned copy of cover letter should be submitted concurrently with manuscript submission.

Copyright release form: Scientific and legal responsibilities pertaining to the paper belong to the authors. The ideas and recommendations mentioned in the articles and accuracy of the references are the responsibility of the authors. The owner of copyright of the accepted manuscript is Bilimsel Tip Yayinevi. A copyright release form signed by all authors must be included with the manuscript submission. Submissions received without signed copyright forms cannot be sent out for review. There is no royalty payment to the authors.

Checklist for Submitted Articles

Articles must be complete. They must include the following:

  1. Signed cover letter
  2. E-mail address as well as postal address, telephone and fax numbers for corresponding author
  3. Affiliations of all authors
  4. Signed copyright transfer form
  5. Signed author agreement form
  6. The manuscript including figures and tables (written as double spaced) arranged in the following order:
  7. Title Page (Title, running title, author(s) with highest academic degree(s), department(s), and institution(s), disclaimers, name(s) and address(es) for correspondence and reprints, indication for manuscript presented previously).

    Abstract (250 words) and Keywords (up to 6)

    Article divided into appropriate sections (introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion)

    Complete and accurate references and citations listed consecutively

    All figures (with legends) and tables (with titles) cited

  8. Article checked by someone whose mother tongue is English (if necessary)

Manuscripts lacking any of the above elements will be rejected from the production process and returned to you with a request for those missing elements.

The ethical responsibilities of the articles belong to the writers. European Journal of Surgical Sciences executes compliance with the Declaration of Helsinki Principles (http://www.wma.net/e/policy/b3.htm).

If the editorial board finds necessary, the admitted articles will be reviewed by the ethical advisors of the journal. Authors submitting an article must accept this situation.

Citation: Eur J Surg Sci

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