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All submitting authors are required to complete their submissions using an ORCID identifier. Please visit the ORCID website for more information, or to register.

Surgical Infections 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. The editor and publisher are committed to a rapid review process and timely publication.

Effective immediately, the flagship journal Surgical Infections will once again start publishing a very limited, highly selected group of case reports per year that will go through a very rigorous peer review process. It is anticipated that only 10% of submitted case reports (per year) will be accepted for publication. The case reports will be open access and will carry a mandatory $600 USD article processing charge to be paid upon acceptance.


All manuscripts must be submitted online using the following url:   

Please read all the instructions to authors before submitting.


Preparation of Manuscript

Manuscripts must be doubled spaced throughout including references.  Please submit text of manuscripts in Microsoft Word.

Be prepared to submit:

  • the manuscript title
  • all author(s) names, valid email address and affiliations, source of a work or study (if any)
  • a running title
  • corresponding author information, including name, address, phone and fax numbers, and email address
  • a structured abstract, which is mandatory except for “Letters to Surgical Infections” and “The Image of Surgical Infection” and must be self-explanatory without reference to the text. The structured abstract should consist of Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions
  • At the end of the article, give the name, address, and email address of the individual to whom reprint requests
    and correspondence should be directed
  • approval by the relevant human subjects or animal welfare committee and adherence to all relevant regulations must be mentioned wherever appropriate
  • Letters to the Editor(s) are welcomed, but with a 500-word limit and no more than one (1) table OR figure, and with a maximum of four (4) references.

Tables and Illustrations

Prepare each table with its title as a separate file. Use Arabic numerals to number tables. 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 (all abbreviations must be defined in the legend). Details of experimental conditions should be included in the table footnotes. Information that appears in the text should not be repeated in a table, and tables should not contain data that can be given in the text in one or two sentences.

Color photographs that enhance the presentation meaningfully will be considered for publication.  Authors are responsible for charges for color.  Please follow these guidelines for submitting all figures:

• 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.
• Do NOT submit PowerPoint or Excel files.
•  When naming your files, please label them with your last name and Fig1.(For example, Smith.Fig1).  Label figures and tables inside the files in addition to naming the file with the figure or table number.

NOTE:  Supplemental Information, if provided, will not be copyedited or typeset; it will be posted online as supplied.)


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.



References should be presented in the Vancouver style:

Journal articles: Ko ST, Airan MC. Technique and early experience of laparoscopic cholecystectomy and cholangiogram. Surg Endosc 1990;4:58-59.

Books: Cuschieri A, Bouchier IAD. The biliary tract. In: Cuschieri A, Giles GR, and Moossa AR, eds. Essential Surgical Practice. London: Wright Publishers, 1988: 1051-1056.

When a citation has more than four authors, list the first three and use "et al." If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be designated. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow MEDLINE. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the reference, and are reminded that inaccurate references are highly frustrating to the reader, the cited author, and indexing services, and may delay publication.  Within the text, citations should be identified by numbers in brackets, and the list of references at the end of the article must be numbered by order of citation. Ensure that issue numbers and pagination relation to “discussion” are omitted from the reference citation. Only works referred to in the text and already accepted for publication can be included. All cited references (i.e., in tables) must be mentioned in the text and reference list.

Disclosure Statement
Immediately following the Acknowledgments section, include a section entitled “Author 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 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.


Please see the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals at for further guidance.

If no conflicts exist, the authors must state “No competing financial interests exist."


The author must obtain permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from material published previously.
Written permission must be obtained 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 or legend or table footnote, and full publication information should be included in the reference list. Written permission must be obtained from the author of any unpublished material 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.


Surgical Infections is published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers, 140 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle, NY 10801-5215.  Telephone: (914) 740–2100; fax: (914) 740–2101.; Email:;


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By signing the copyright transfer statement, authors still retain a set of rights that allow for self-archiving.

Authors may archive their preprint manuscripts (version prior to peer review) at any time without restrictions. Authors may archive their postprint manuscripts (accepted version after peer review) in institutional repositories, preprint servers, and research networks after a 12 month embargo. The 12 month embargo period begins when the article is published online. Postprints must not be used for commercial purposes and acknowledgement must be given to the final publication, and publisher, by inserting the DOI number of the article in the following sentence: “Final publication is available from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers[insert DOI]”. Authors may archive on their personal website without an embargo provided their manuscript is updated with an acknowledgement to the publisher copyright and final published version.

The final published article (version of record) can never be archived in a repository, preprint server, or research network.


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The views, opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations set forth in any Journal article are solely those of the authors of those articles and do not necessarily reflect the views, policy or position of the Journal, its Publisher, its editorial staff or any affiliated Societies and should not be attributed to any of them.

Society Affiliations

The Official Journal of:

Chinese Society of Surgical Infection and Intensive Care
Chinese Society of Surgical Infection and Intensive Care