Information For Authors
- Manuscript Submission Guidelines
- Open Access Policy
- NIH/HHMI Wellcome Trust Policies
- Self-Archiving Policy
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE AND POLICY
Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques will accept original manuscripts which contain material that has not been reported elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract of not more than 400 words. Prior abstract presentations should be described in a footnote to the title. Submissions should be accompanied by a letter requesting evaluation for publication.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPT
Manuscripts should be submitted in Word format, double spaced with ample margins on both sides, top, and bottom.
The title page should include the authors' names and affiliations, the source of a work or study (if any), and a running title of about 45 characters. Please indicate the name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed. Title pages must be submitted as part of the manuscript document. The second page should consist of an abstract of not more than 250 words, which should be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The articles should follow this format: abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references. Number pages consecutively. At the end of the article, give the name and address of the individual to whom reprint requests should be directed. Revised articles must include a cover letter stating the required changes and a revised manuscript without track changes.
Please follow the requested style to avoid delays in publication. Consult an issue of the Journal for the exact format.
Manuscripts must be submitted online using the following URL: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/lap
TABLES AND ILLUSTRATIONS
Tables should be submitted in Word format. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. Remember each table must stand alone, i.e., contain all necessary information in the caption, and the table itself must be understood independently of the text. Details of experimental conditions should be included in the table footnotes. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in tables, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.
Please follow these guidelines for submitting figures:
• Do NOT embed art files into a Word or PDF document.
• Line illustrations should be submitted at 1200 dpi.
• Halftones and color should be submitted at a minimum of 300 dpi.
• Save as either TIFF or EPS files.
• Color art must be saved as CYMK — not RGB.
• Black and White art must be submitted as grayscale — not RGB.
• Do NOT submit PowerPoint, PDF, Bitmap, or Excel files.
Please name your artwork files with the submitting author's name, i.e., SmithFig1.tif, SmithTable2.tif etc. Authors who do not follow these guidelines may have their submission returned to them without being reviewed.
You will be given directions on how to correct any files that do not pass.
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT ART FILES
Do NOT include figure legend(s) within a figure file. All figure legends should be prepared in one separately prepared Word document. Submissions that contain the legend(s) as part of the figure file(s) will be returned without review in order for the files to be adjusted and resubmitted according to the journal's requirements.
Converting Word or Excel files: Perhaps the best and easiest way to convert Word or Excel files into a format that is suitable for print is to scan them using the guidelines below:
• All files should be scanned at 100% size.
• Use 300 dpi
• Final color mode: cmyk
• Save file as: .tif or .eps
If you need directions on how to convert a Power Point slide to acceptable format, go to https://home.liebertpub.com/MEDIA/pdf/ppconvert.pdf
Please upload individual files of all manuscript material — do NOT upload a single PDF file containing all text, figure, and table files of your article. Once all individual files are uploaded on to Manuscript Central, the system will automatically create a single PDF proof for you and the peer-review process.
Journal of Laparoendoscopic & Advanced Surgical Techniques welcomes and encourages supplementary videos to accompany full manuscripts. Videos should demonstrate cutting-edge minimally invasive surgical techniques. These videos should be uploaded under the "supplemental material" category when submitting a full manuscript.
VIDEOS NOT ACCOMPANIED BY FULL MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION
Note: only abstracts and videos (without the support of a full original submission) must be to JLAST's complementary videojournal, Videoscopy. Click here for author instructions and submission information to Videoscopy.
Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting. If you are submitting a video supplement, be sure to include a cover letter on BOTH submissions indicating a companion submission has been presented.
Abbreviations of journal titles should follow MEDLINE.
Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Disclosure Statement.” In this portion of the article, authors must disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts. This statement should include appropriate information for EACH author, thereby representing that competing financial interests of all authors have been appropriately disclosed according to the policy of the Journal. It is important that all conflicts of interest, whether they are actual or potential, be disclosed. This information will remain confidential while the article is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision. Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at http://www.icmje.org/index.htlm#conflicts for further guidance. If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."
When naming your figure files, please label them with your manuscript number, followed by a period (.), and then list the figure number. Ex: MET-2008-0123.Fig1. Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number. (i.e: When figures or table files are opened, the figure or table number should appear inside the file.)
References should be presented in the following style: Journal articles: Ko ST, Airan MC. Technique and early experience of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and cholangiogram. Surg Endosc 1990;4:58–59, 49A. Books: Cuschieri A, Bouchier IAD: The biliary tract. In: Cuschieri A, Giles GR, and Moossa AR (eds): Essential Surgical Practice. London: Wright Publishers, 1988, pp. 1051–1056. If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be designated. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references, and are reminded that inaccurate references are highly frustrating to the reader, the cited author, and indexing services.
The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published material. Written permission must be obtained (by the author) from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, not the author or editor) of the journal or book concerned. An appropriate credit line should be included in the figure legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author for any unpublished material cited from other laboratories, and should accompany the manuscript.
Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany page proofs, and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher. Reprints ordered after an issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.
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