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Purpose of VideourologyTM

VideourologyTM is an international online peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing video contributions of minimally invasive surgery and advanced surgical techniques.  Videourology is intended to enable physicians to learn, evaluate, and implement new surgical strategies in their surgical practice using the most up-to-date Flash, QuickTime, and MP4 technologies. The flagship publication, Journal of Endourology, publishes articles while its companion journal, Videourology, publishes original videos containing material that has not been reported elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract or a conference presentation.

Exclusivity

Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, except in the form of an abstract. Prior abstract publications should be described as a footnote to the title. Published submissions become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., unless alternate licensing is arranged.  By submitting a manuscript to Videourology, the author(s) agree(s) to each of these conditions.

Please be sure to read all instructions before beginning your submission.

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

Use of English Language

All submissions must be in English. Appropriate use of English is a requirement for review and publication in Videourology™. To support non-native speakers, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., has partnered with Editage to provide language editing and translation services for a fee prior to official submission. To learn more about the services, please visit the Liebert Author Services website. Please note that employing the use of such services is not mandatory and using it, or any other language editing service, does not guarantee the acceptance of any paper. All submissions are subject to peer review.

Submitting your video to Videourology™ is a two-step process:

1.   Upload your video to http://videos.liebertpub.com 
2.   Complete your submission at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/videourology

Further instructions for this two-step process are provided after the guidelines below on initial preparation of both the video and the abstract that accompanies it.

Preparation of Video

  • Videos may be up to 10 minutes in duration.  Submission of longer videos require the permission of the Editor.
  • The video must include audio narration explaining the procedure.  Text and audio in the video must be in English. Audio must include narration in clear, grammatically correct English.

The video must be high quality material that describes new surgical techniques or modification of a current technique. Video of classic surgeries that are not part of the Videourology library will be considered.  Videos must be clear, in focus, and without excessive camera movement. Grainy, blurry videos will not be accepted. Editing must involve smooth transitions. Radiographs and other images must not contain any patient-identifiable information. Three to ten PowerPoint® slides may be included in the video to include details of patient history, clinical and laboratory findings, data and analysis. Conclusions must be related to the submission and must not be overstated

Accepted video formats are:

  •  Windows Media Video (WMV)
  •  MPEG (MPG, MPEG, MP4)
  •  Audio Video Interleave (AVI)
  •  QuickTime (MOV)

Most codecs supported by these formats are acceptable. After submission, the editors  may need to request the video submitted in a different codec in the event a non-standard codec is used.

  • High-Definition (HD) video is preferred:
    • · The resolution of the video should be at least 512x384 for 4:3 aspect ratio videos, and 512x288 for 16:9 videos. Videos can be larger than these dimensions, but
         not smaller.
    • · Videos must be in NTSC format (the European PAL format is not supported.)
    • · Videos that are only a PowerPoint® slideshow will not be considered.

Preparation of Word File (Abstract) to Accompany Video: 

A Word document must be provided that contains the following:

  • Full video title
  • Exact running time of video
  • All contributing authors
  • All authors’ affiliations and email addresses
  • A structured abstract up to 500 words, organized as follows: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • Basic statistical analysis including statistical significance (p values) must be included.
  • Include references, if applicable (Prior abstract presentations should be mentioned as a footnote to the video title). See below for reference style.
  • Patient Consent Statement (see below under LEGAL.)
  • The source of work or study, and if there are any conflicts of interest or obligations resulting from it.
  • Author Disclosure Statement.  This statement should disclose any commercial associations during the last three years that might create a conflict of interest in connection with the video. See “Author Disclosure” under LEGAL.)
  • Authors must state, “Author(s) have received and archived patient consent for video recording/publication in advance of video recording of procedure.” This sentence will appear near the Author Disclosure Statement online, should the video be accepted.

If a single patient video is submitted, the abstract should include data on a series of patients in whom the technique was utilized.

Submission Process

Step 1:

This step has two parts: Upload your video at http://videos.liebertpub.com. You will then receive instructions via email to select three thumbnail images to include in the final submission. You will be guided through this process by three emails in total; the first confirms your successful video upload to the system. The second part asks you select the three thumbnail images (a URL is provided in this email to view the video and select the thumbnails; do NOT select a thumbnail of  a PowerPoint slide.) You will then receive a third and final email with the video review URL that you will include in your submission in Step 2.

Step 2:

After you receive the series of emails, go to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/videourology to upload the Word file portion of your submission.  If you do not already have an account in Manuscript Central, you will need to create one.  After logging in to the system, you will be prompted for various information about your submission.

All videos related to minimally invasive surgery, and advanced open surgical techniques will be considered. Videos related to surgical anatomy, embryology, physiology, pathology, or radiology of conditions of interest to surgeons are also acceptable.

Technical assistance is available by emailing authorservices@liebertpub.com

References

Authors are strongly encouraged to provide references with their video, if applicable.   References will help acknowledge the video as a contribution to the literature. In addition, any previous presentation of the video or abstract should be stated as a reference.   Publications citing the video will automatically be linked. References should be presented in the following style:

Journal articles with up to 6 authors:

J Withington, J Armitage, W Finch, O Wiseman, J Glass, N Burgess. Assessment of stone complexity for PCNL:  a systematic review of the literature, how best can we record stone complexity in PCNL? J Endourol 2016;30:13-23.

Journal articles with more than 6 authors (show first 3 followed by et al):

 D Glassman, M Yiasemidou, H Ishii, et al. Effect of playing video games on laparoscopic skills performance: a systematic review. J Endourol 2016;30:146-152.

Books:

Ellison EC, Zollinger, Jr RM.  Zollinger's Atlas of Surgical Operations, 10e. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Professional; 2016.

Videos:

 Qin C, Shao P, Ju X, Li J, Meng X, Ly W, Yin C.  Retroperitoneal laparoscopic partial nephrectomy with segmental renal artery clamping. Videourology. 2010;24: DOI: 10.1089/vid.2010.0097.

Websites:

File T. Computer and internet use in the United States. U.S. Census Bureau. 2013. Available at: www.census.gov/prod/2013pubs/p20-569.pdf (accessed July 12, 2016).


If it is necessary to cite an abstract, this should be so designated.  Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow those used in MEDLINE.

Peer Review

Authors are encouraged to suggest names of appropriate reviewers and may also request that a particular individual not serve in that capacity. At least two reviewers will review the abstract and the video as part of the peer-review process. Reviewer selection is ultimately at the discretion of the Editor.  Major revisions may require changes in the video with resubmission.

Videourology uses a single-blind process where the authors’ names are available to the each reviewer, but the reviewers’ names are not revealed to the authors. Peer reviewers are chosen based on their areas of clinical and research interests and their performance with past reviews. Reviewers with any real or perceived conflict of interest with the submission are not considered.

Letters to the Editor

Comments from viewers regarding previously published videos in Videourology will be considered by the Editor. The letter must not exceed 200 words. The authors of the video will be requested to respond.

LEGAL:

Experimentation in Human Subjects, Patient Consent, and Internal Review Board Approvals/Waivers

Papers reporting human experimentation will be reviewed in accordance with the precepts established by the Declaration of Helsinki (2013). https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/

Papers containing studies performed on human subjects must include a statement that the investigations were performed after approval by a local Human Investigations Committee or Institutional Review Board, and after obtaining informed consent from a patient (or other responsible individuals).  If it is deemed necessary during the peer review process, the editors may require that the authors provide the editorial office with copies of such documentation. It is required that the author(s) retain and archive all relevant forms, releases, statements, and consents.

Anonymity of patients, healthy volunteers, and other study participants is paramount and must be protected as required by law. In most cases, a general description of the study participants is sufficient insofar as meaning is not lost.  Nonessential data (age, sex, occupation, etc.) of individual subjects should not be included in a manuscript unless it is clinically or epidemiologically relevant or important to the manuscript.

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki as revised in 2013. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.

A sentence declaring adherence to Institutional Review Board protocols and informed consent should be included in the submission.  If the study is judged exempt from approval from an Institutional Review Board, a statement from the committee is required indicating a waiver has been issued. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If securing consent is not possible or waived by an institutional review board, a statement and evidence to this effect must be noted by the authors in the submission. The information on ethics committee review and approval, and securing of informed consent from the study participants should also be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission.

The participant confidentiality and consent requirements contained herein are applicable to any text, photograph, image, video, or any other media submitted to Videourology.

Animal Experimentation

Authors must clearly state in the text that the experiments were carried out in compliance with the relevant local institutionally reviewed animal use regulations and/or national laws relating to the conduct of animal experimentation, or, where such laws do not exist, that the studies were performed in accordance with an internationally recognized code of practice.  Authors should clearly state source(s) and numbers of animals being used in all experiments in their manuscript.
 

Copyright

Videos previously presented at meetings will be considered as long as the authors have retained ownership of its copyright at the time of submission. Copyrighted background music cannot be used in the video without permission from the copyright owners. All accepted videos will become the property of Videourology. However, after being published in Videourology, the videos may be presented and viewed at scientific meetings, but may not be republished elsewhere.
 

The copyright agreement process between the author and the Publisher is handled via email when the video is accepted for publication. Authors will receive a follow-up email with instructions on how to complete the online Copyright Agreement form.

The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to ensure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright. 

Permissions for Use of Republished Material

The author is responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce figures, tables, and text from previously published materials, even if it is the author’s own work.  Written permission must be obtained from the original copyright holder (generally the publisher, the author, or editor) of the journal, book, or video 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 of any unpublished material cited from other institutions and should accompany the submission.

Author Disclosure Statement(s)

When uploading your video submission, you will be asked to disclose any commercial associations that might create a conflict of interest in connection with submitted manuscripts.  This Author Disclosure 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 information will remain confidential while the video is being reviewed and will not influence the editorial decision.  

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

Music

If music is used in your video, please provide the source of the music, and whether or not it is copyrighted material. Copyrighted music cannot be used in the video without permission from the copyright owners.   Written permission from the copyright holder must be supplied by the submitting author at the time of submission.  There are several websites that offer royalty-free music and are listed below.  Note that these are third-party sites and the Publisher does not endorse and/or support any of these sites in any capacity:

Reprints (Copies of Videos)

 After the video is published it may not be published elsewhere without explicit permission from the Publisher. While personal copies of the video can be downloaded and saved for personal use only, any systematic download that would create a new database will not be allowed.

Responding to Allegations of Possible Misconduct

The Publisher is committed to helping protect the integrity of the public scientific record by sharing reasonable concerns with authorities who are in the position to conduct an appropriate investigation into an allegation.  As such, all allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal who in turn will review the circumstances, possibly in consultation with associate editors and/or members of the editorial board. Initial fact-finding will usually include a request to all the involved parties to state their case and explain the circumstances in writing. In questions of research misconduct centering on methods or technical issues, the Editor-In-Chief may confidentially consult experts who are blinded to the identity of the individuals, or if the allegation is against an editor, an outside expert. The Editor-In-Chief will arrive at a conclusion as to whether there is enough reasonable evidence that the possibility of misconduct occurred.

When allegations concern authors, the peer review and publication process for the manuscript in question will cease while the process described herein is researched. The investigation will be taken to completion even if the authors withdraw their paper.  In the case of allegations against reviewers or editors, they will be replaced in the review process while the matter is investigated.

Editors or reviewers who are found to have engaged in scientific misconduct will be removed from further association with the Journal, and reported to their institution.

If an inquiry concludes there is a reasonable possibility of misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief will retract the paper from the Journal and the scientific record.  If the paper is still under peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will withdraw the paper from consideration to the Journal.

All allegations will be kept confidential.

 Definitions of Scientific Misconduct

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers follows the guidelines and rules regarding scientific misconduct put forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI). Scientific misconduct and violation of publishing ethics vary and can be intentionally or unintentionally perpetrated. Some examples of misconduct and violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scientific Misconduct: Fabrication, falsification, concealment, deceptive reporting, or
    misrepresentation of any data constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Authorship Disputes: Deliberate misrepresentation of a scientist’s contribution to the
    published work, or purposefully omitting the contributions of a scientist.
  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: Improper use of scholarly exchange and activity
    may constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes   misconduct.
  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted
    practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments
    to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting
    of results constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research: 
    Including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biologic, or chemical materials constitutes misconduct.
  • Conflict of Interest:  Nondisclosure of any conflicts, direct or indirect, to the Journal which prevents you from being unbiased constitutes misconduct.
  • Deliberate misrepresentation: of qualifications, experience, or research accomplishments to advance the research program, to obtain external funding, or for other professional advancement constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Plagiarism: Purposely claiming another’s work or idea as your own constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Simultaneous Submission:  Submitting a paper to more than one publication at the same time constitutes misconduct.

Publisher Policies

All Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. journals follow the standards, guidelines, and best practices set forth by the -Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE; publicationethics.org), the International Committee of Journal Medical Editors (ICJME; www.icmje.org), the World Medical Association (WMA); www.wma.net) and the American Medical Association (www.ama-assn.org).

Videourology is a single-blinded peer-reviewed videojournal. All submissions are subject to peer review. Upon submission, videos are assessed by an editor for suitability for the videojournal.  For those that are deemed suitable, a minimum of two expert reviewers in the area of study will be selected to assess the scientific basis and significance of the submission. Following peer review, the Editor and/or Associate Editors will determine if the video should be accepted, require revision, or is unacceptable for publication.

Confidentiality in Peer Review

Editors and reviewers must maintain strict confidentiality of submissions during the peer-review process. Sharing a submission in whole or in part, outside the scope of what is necessary for assessment, is impermissible prior to an accepted submission's official publication date.

Sharing of Materials during Peer Review

Authors must honor any reasonable request for materials, methods, or data necessary to reproduce or validate the research findings during peer review unless it violates the privacy or confidentiality of human research subjects.

Submissions Authored by the Editor-in-Chief and/or Associate Editors

The Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editors will recuse themselves from participating in the review process of any submission in which there is a potential or actual competing interest.

Self-Citation and Self-Plagiarism

Videourology is committed to maintaining the integrity of the peer review process by upholding the highest standards for all published videos. To avoid plagiarism, be sure to properly cite and reference all published works, if applicable. (Deposition of a preprint on a preprint server is not considered as prior publication and will not impact consideration of any submission.)

 

Time in Review

Videourology aims to maintain a short, but thorough peer-review process. The average time in review is 30 days, however, the Editor(s) will strive to expedite manuscript handling if/when special circumstances dictate.

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Failure to whitelist these domains may significantly hinder the progress of peer review on submitted manuscripts, and the production process of accepted papers.
 

AUTHORSHIP

Definition of Authorship

Authorship, as defined by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, is based on the following criteria:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Non-Author Contributors

Contributors who meet fewer than all four of the above criteria for authorship should not be listed as authors, but they should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgments section with a description of their contribution to the work.

For further information, visit the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ website at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/roles-and-responsibilities/defining-the-role-of-authors-and-contributors.html

ORCID IDs

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

AUTHORSHIP LIMIT

There is a limit of 35 of authors permitted on a single submission, but in cases where there are 20 or more co-authors, Videourology™ recommends that a collective group or consortium name be provided and the individual authors listed in the Acknowledgements.

CORRESPONDING AUTHOR**

One author should be designated as the corresponding author who will be responsible for communication between the authors and the journal editorial office(s) and publisher. This individual will be responsible for ensuring all authors submit copyright forms and coordinating and responding to page proofs, as well as any managing any other necessary contact during the peer review and/or production processes.

**NOTE: Due to configuration restraints, the submission system permits only one author to be identified as the corresponding author of record. However, we recognize that some submissions call for more than one corresponding author to be noted. In such cases, select one author to be the main point of contact and/or corresponding author for all communications regarding the peer review process of the paper, but on the title page of the manuscript, designate additional co-corresponding authors by including an asterisk after the authors' names in the byline, and include an accompanying footnote on the title page that reads, "*Co-corresponding authors."  Please ensure that the title page of the submission page carries the full affiliation details and email addresses of all authors who should be noted as a corresponding author. If the paper is accepted for publication, the full contact information for all desginated co-authors will be listed at the end of the article as per usual journal style.

WORKING GROUPS / TEAM AUTHORSHIP

Working Groups or Teams may be listed in the manuscript byline, but the entire listing of names and affiliations should be included in the acknowledgment section of the manuscript. Do not list the names in a footnote on the title page.

VARIATIONS OF AUTHORSHIP

It is permissible to list up to three authors as co-first authors, or as contributing equally to the work. Include an asterisk (*) next to the authors' names who are considered as first authors. Include a corresponding footnote, using the asterisk, on the title page that reads, "These authors contributed equally to this work and are considered to be co-first authors."

CHANGES IN AUTHORSHIP

Changes in authorship after submission or acceptance of a paper are strongly discouraged, but the editorial leadership recognizes that in certain circumstances, it may be required. The journal's policy for such cases is as follows:

  • A request to alter authorship must be made in writing from the corresponding author to the Editor-in-Chief, with a detailed explanation for the request, and the names and affiliations of the authors requiring addition and/or deletion.
  • Authorship may be altered after submission or acceptance of a paper ONLY with the expressed written approval of all authors named on the manuscript, as well as the individual(s) being added and/or deleted. The Publisher can provide a form for this, if needed.
  • Upon receipt of the request and all written approvals of all involved parties, the Editor-in-Chief will consider the request, render a decision, and notify the corresponding author.
  • There is a one-year post-publication statute of limitation on requests for alterations in authorship.
  • Post-publication changes or alterations to conference abstracts are prohibited.

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EXCLUSIVITY

Manuscripts should be submitted with the understanding that they have neither been published, nor are under consideration for publication elsewhere, in the same form or substantially similar form, except in the form of a conference abstract.  If work was presented at a conference, supply the name, date, and location of the meeting as a footnote on the title page of the submission.

AUTHOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

  • Competing Interests. A competing interest exists when an individual (or the individual's institution) has financial or personal relationships that may inappropriately influence his actions. These competing interests may be potential or actual, financial or other.
  • Personal Financial Interests. Stocks or shares in a company that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; consulting fees or other remuneration from an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; patents or patent applications that are owned by or licensed to companies/institutions that may gain or lose value from publication of the article.
  • Funding. Research support by organizations that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article. This support includes salary, equipment, supplies, honoraria, reimbursement or prepayment for attending symposia, and other expenses.
  • Employment. Recent (within the past 5 years), current, or anticipated employment by an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article.
  • Other Competing Interests. Any personal relationship which may inappropriately affect the integrity of the research reported (by an author) or the objectivity of the review of the manuscript (by a reviewer or Editor), for example, competition between investigators, previous disagreements between investigators, or bias in professional judgment.

SELF-CITATION AND SELF-PLAGIARISM

Videourology™ is committed to maintaining the integrity of the peer review process by upholding the highest standards for all published articles. All manuscripts will be processed through plagiarism detection software prior to peer review. Plagiarized manuscripts will be rejected immediately. While a manuscript submission may contain some redundancy in language and content (i.e., Materials and Methods) compared to work previously published by authors, self-plagiarism can infringe upon copyright. To avoid plagiarism, be sure to properly cite and reference all published works.

AFFILIATIONS

Authors should identify as their institution(s) the facility where the work was performed and executed.  Changes in an author’s affiliation after the work was completed but prior to the submission or publication of the manuscript should be noted by including an asterisk as a superscript to the name in the author listing, as well as a corresponding footnote on the title page indicating “Current Address” listing the new affiliation.   Corrections to affiliations or contact information due to relocation after publication is not permitted.

REPRINTS

Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany the proofs and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher as reprints ordered after the issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.

INTERNAL REVIEW BOARD APPROVALS/WAIVERS

(as described and defined on the World Medical Association's website; www.wma.net)

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki as revised in 2013. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.

If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement from the committee is be required. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If not possible, an institutional review board must decide if this is ethically acceptable. This information should be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and in a sentence declaring adherence should be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript.

ETHICS OF EXPERIMENTATION

All articles involving the use of human fetuses, fetal tissue, embryos, and embryonic cells must adhere to the US Public Law 103–41, effective December 13, 2001. (http://ethics.od.nih.gov/).

ETHICAL TREATMENT OF ANIMALS

All peer-reviewed submissions containing animal experiments must comply with local and national regulatory principles and contain a statement in the Materials and Methods section stating whether their national and institutional guidelines for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.

For further information, consult the World Medical Association’s website: https://www.wma.net/policies-post/wma-declaration-of-helsinki-ethical-principles-for-medical-research-involving-human-subjects/

AUTHOR DISCLOSURE STATEMENTS

  • Competing Interests. A competing interest exists when an individual (or the individual's institution) has financial or personal relationships that may inappropriately influence his actions. These competing interests may be potential or actual, financial or other.
  • Personal Financial Interests. Stocks or shares in a company that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; consulting fees or other remuneration from an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article; patents or patent applications that are owned by or licensed to companies/institutions that may gain or lose value from publication of the article.
  • Funding. Research support by organizations that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article. This support includes salary, equipment, supplies, honoraria, reimbursement or prepayment for attending symposia, and other expenses.
  • Employment. Recent (within the past 5 years), current, or anticipated employment by an organization that may gain or lose financially from publication of the article.
  • Other Competing Interests. Any personal relationship which may inappropriately affect the integrity of the research reported (by an author) or the objectivity of the review of the manuscript (by a reviewer or Editor), for example, competition between investigators, previous disagreements between investigators, or bias in professional judgment.

INTERNAL REVIEW BOARD APPROVALS/WAIVERS

(as described and defined on the World Medical Association's website; www.wma.net)

When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), or if no formal ethics committee is available, were in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki as revised in 2013. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment whether the conduct of the research was appropriate.

If the study is judged exempt from review, a statement from the committee is be required. Informed consent by participants should always be secured. If not possible, an institutional review board must decide if this is ethically acceptable. This information should be outlined in the cover letter accompanying the submission, and in a sentence declaring adherence should be included in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript.

COPYRIGHT AGREEMENT FORM

Upon acceptance of any manuscript, all authors will receive an email with detailed instructions and a unique, author-specific link to access and complete our online Copyright Agreement form. It is critical to ensure the accuracy of ALL authors' email addresses when uploading submissions to Manuscript Central to ensure the proper delivery of all email communications. FAILURE BY ALL AUTHORS TO SUBMIT THIS FORM WILL RESULT IN A DELAY OF PUBLICATION. The corresponding author is responsible for communicating with coauthors to ensure they have completed the online copyright form. Authors not permitted to release copyright must still return the form acknowledging the statement of the reason for not releasing the copyright. Copyright forms may also be completed by logging in to the system using an author's credentials. After logging on, click on Author Center and complete the forms located under "Manuscripts I Have Coauthored."

Published manuscripts become the sole property of the Journal and will be copyrighted by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., unless alternate arrangements are made prior to publication, including CC-BY licensing (see below). By submitting a manuscript to the Journal, the author(s) agree(s) to each of the above conditions. In addition, the author(s) explicitly assign(s) any copyrighted ownership he/she (they) may have in such manuscript to the Journal.

OPEN ACCESS / CC-BY LICENSING

Videourology™ is a subscription-based peer-reviewed journal with Open Access options. Creative Commons CC-BY and CC-BY-NC licensing is available for all articles published open access for a standard Article Processing Charge (APC) of $3,200.00 USD. Please contact our Open Access Manager to order open access for your article. Learn more about open access publishing on our website.

PERMISSIONS

When reproducing copyrighted material such as figures, tables, or excerpted text, the author(s) of the submitted paper must obtain permission from the original publisher and submit it concurrently with the manuscript. The publication from which the figure or table is taken must be listed in the reference list. Finally, a footnote to a reprinted table or the legend of a reprinted figure should read, "Reprinted by permission from Jones et al." and list the appropriate reference. All permissions must be supplied at the time of submission.  Authors are responsible for any fees that may be incurred by securing permission to reproduce or adapt material from other published sources.

REUSE OF MATERIAL POSTED ON SOCIAL MEDIA

As material posted on social media platforms is usually not peer-reviewed content, it is not permitted as an official citation and/or reference.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers permits the use of accepted pre-published manuscripts for the sole purpose of pitching to news organizations under strict embargo, and with the approval of and expressed collaboration with the publisher. A watermarked PDF version of the article (not a Word document or any other editable version) may be shared only with named, personal contacts at trusted news sources upon request. News sources must be informed upon delivery of the PDF that the manuscript is for reference-only purposes and can be used only in preparation of their news coverage of the article. It is strictly prohibited to publicly share, post, or otherwise distribute the PDF in any media format. Upon official publication of the article, news organizations must link directly to the published article on the publisher’s journal website. To coordinate publication timing and press efforts, please contact the Director of Marketing, Kathryn Ryan (kryan@liebertpub.com).

DATA SHARING

Submitted manuscripts that report the results of clinical trials must contain a data sharing statement with the following information:

  • Whether deidentified participant data (including data dictionaries) will be shared;
  • What data in particular will be shared;
  • Related documentation (i.e., study protocols, statistical analyses, etc.) will be available;
  • When the data will be available and for what length of time will it be available
  • What access criteria data will be shared

For more detailed information on the requirements, please visit the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors website at: http://www.icmje.org/about-icmje/faqs/clinical-trials-registration/. An additional resource for information is available in reference no. 1.

Cited Reference for Data Sharing guidelines:

  1. Taichman DB, Sahni P, Pinborg A, et al. Data sharing statements for clinical trials: a requirement of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Ann Intern Med 67(1):63-65; doi: 10.7326/M17-1028.

PREPRINT SERVERS

Videourology™ recognizes the growing popularity of community non-peer-reviewed preprint repositories such as bioRxiv, arXiv, ChemRxiv, PeerJ Preprints, etc. Deposition of a preprint on a preprint server is not considered as prior publication and will not impact consideration of any manuscript submitted to Videourology™. The existence of a publicly available preprint should be declared upon submission.

RESEARCH FUNDER COMPLIANCE (FundRef)

Upon submission of a manuscript, the submitting agent will have an opportunity to enter funding/grant information. If funding information is entered correctly, the publisher will deposit the funding acknowledgements from the article as part of the standard metadata to FundRef. The entered information should include funder names, funder IDs (if available), and associated grant numbers.  Special care should be taken when entering this information to ensure total accuracy. (See https://www.crossref.org/services/funder-registry/ for a listing of more than 13,000 international funding agencies.)

GOVERNMENT FUNDED RESEARCH

Videourology™ is fully NIH-, HHMI-, RCUK, and Wellcome Trust-compliant.

OPEN ACCESS

Our open access publishing solutions allow you to comply with the open access policies of your institution, government, and funding body. If you are employed or funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Wellcome Trust, Research Councils UK (RCUK), or Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), you can find more information below:

  • NIH and HHMI Public Access Policy–In order to assist our authors who have NIH funding to comply with this policy, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers will deposit the final paginated version of the published article to PubMed Central (PMC) on behalf of the authors after a 12-month embargo period. Authors need not take any action. This service is provided free of charge. Authors who wish to remove the 12-month embargo period are encouraged to consider publishing with Open Option.
  • Wellcome Trust Policy–To easily comply, you can choose to have your article published open access under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. The publication charge will be covered by the Wellcome Trust.
  • Research Councils UK (RCUK)–To easily comply, you can choose to have your article published Open Access under the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license. The publication charge will be covered by the RCUK.

ATTENTION: To ensure the receipt of all communications from the journal editorial office and publisher, please whitelist the following domains to prevent spam filter detection or non-deliverables:

  • manuscriptcentral.com
  • amazonses.com
  • liebertpub.com

Failure to whitelist these domains may significantly hinder the progress of peer review on submitted manuscripts, and the production process of accepted papers.

POST-ACCEPTANCE / PRODUCTION

All accepted manuscripts will go through copyediting, typesetting, figure sizing and placement, author proofing, corrections, revisions (from corrected proofs), online-ahead-of-print release, and lastly, issue assignment. Depending on the length and complexity of any accepted submission, these steps typically take 3-6 weeks from acceptance.  Changes or alterations to a submission are not permitted after acceptance, but should be addressed in page proofs.

PAGE PROOFS

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author as designated in Manuscript Central when the manuscript was submitted. It is the corresponding author's responsibility to share the page proofs with co-authors, if desired, and to coordinate all authors' corrections into one proof. The Publisher will not accept corrections from multiple authors/sources.

AUTHOR RESPONSE TO GALLEY PROOF

  • The corresponding author is responsible for returning corrected galley proofs generally within 72 hours of receipt.
  • If the corresponding author does not respond within that timeframe, the manuscript may be delayed in the publication schedule, or published as is, at the discretion of the Editor and Publisher.
  • If the corresponding author expects to be unavailable during the time the manuscript is in production, the publisher should be provided with an alternate contact. 
  • Only corrections directly related to errors in typesetting and/or layout will be allowed.
  • Any requested changes related to content, or that alter the outcome of a study, will require the approval of the Editor, and may require further peer review.

REPRINTS

Reprints may be ordered by following the special instructions that will accompany the proofs and should be ordered at the time the corresponding author returns the corrected page proofs to the Publisher as reprints ordered after the issue is printed will be charged at a substantially higher rate.

POST-PUBLICATION CORRECTIONS

In the event an error is discovered after publication of an article, the corresponding author should submit the correction in writing to the editorial office for consideration.  After editor approval, alterations will be made to the online version of the article, and if the errors are significant, an official correction statement will be issued.

  • Changes to author affiliations or contact details due to relocation after publication are not permitted.
  • Corrections to meeting abstracts will be made only to the online version.  The Journal does not issue formal correction statements for corrections to meeting abstracts, regardless of the nature of the correction.
  • Correction Statements/Errata to published articles that require the reproduction of color figure(s) and/or table(s) may incur additional costs to the author(s).

RETRACTIONS**

The journal and its publisher are committed to upholding the proper protocols and established standards of peer review.  Published papers found to be in violation of any of the misconduct noted above, or in the accepted principles of peer review and scientific publishing, will be officially retracted from the literature.  An official retraction notice explaining in full detail the circumstances surrounding the need for a retraction.

**Any publication fees for retracted and/or withdrawn articles are nonrefundable in any circumstance.

STUDY DESIGN AND ETHICS

RESPONDING TO ALLEGATIONS OF POSSIBLE MISCONDUCT

The Publisher is committed to helping protect the integrity of the public scientific record by sharing reasonable concerns with authorities who are in the position to conduct an appropriate investigation into an allegation. As such, all allegations of misconduct will be referred to the Editor-In-Chief of the Journal who in turn will review the circumstances, possibly in consultation with associate editors and/or members of the editorial board. Initial fact-finding will usually include a request to all the involved parties to state their case and explain the circumstances in writing. In questions of research misconduct centering on methods or technical issues, the Editor-In-Chief may confidentially consult experts who are blinded to the identity of the individuals, or if the allegation is against an editor, an outside expert. The Editor-In-Chief will arrive at a conclusion as to whether there is enough reasonable evidence that the possibility of misconduct occurred.

When allegations concern authors, the peer review and publication process for the manuscript in question will cease while the process described herein is researched. The investigation will be taken to completion even if the authors withdraw their paper. In the case of allegations against reviewers or editors, they will be replaced in the review process while the matter is investigated.

Editors or reviewers who are found to have engaged in scientific misconduct will be removed from further association with the Journal, and reported to their institution.

If an inquiry concludes there is a reasonable possibility of misconduct, the Editor-in-Chief will retract the paper from the Journal and the scientific record. If the paper is still under peer review, the Editor-in-Chief will withdraw the paper from consideration to the Journal.

All allegations will be kept confidential.

DEFINITIONS OF SCIENTIFIC MISCONDUCT

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers follows the guidelines and rules regarding scientific misconduct put forth by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Office of Research Integrity (ORI).

Scientific misconduct and violation of publishing ethics vary and can be intentionally or unintentionally perpetrated. Some examples of misconduct and violations include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Scientific Misconduct: Fabrication, falsification, concealment, deceptive reporting, or misrepresentation of any data constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Authorship Disputes: Deliberate misrepresentation of a scientist's contribution to the published work, or purposefully omitting the contributions of a scientist.
  • Misappropriation of the ideas of others: Improper use of scholarly exchange and activity may constitute fraud. Wholesale appropriation of such material constitutes misconduct.
  • Violation of generally accepted research practices: Serious deviation from accepted practices in proposing or carrying out research, improper manipulation of experiments to obtain biased results, deceptive statistical or analytical manipulations, or improper reporting of results constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Material failure to comply with legislative and regulatory requirements affecting research: Including but not limited to serious or substantial, repeated, willful violations of applicable local regulations and law involving the use of funds, care of animals, human subjects, investigational drugs, recombinant products, new devices, or radioactive, biologic, or chemical materials constitutes misconduct.
  • Conflict of Interest: Nondisclosure of any conflicts, direct or indirect, to the Journal which prevents you from being unbiased constitutes misconduct.
  • Deliberate misrepresentation: of qualifications, experience, or research accomplishments to advance the research program, to obtain external funding, or for other professional advancement constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Plagiarism: Purposely claiming another's work or idea as your own constitutes misconduct and/or fraud.
  • Simultaneous Submission: Submitting a paper to more than one publication at the same time constitutes misconduct.

RETRACTIONS

The journal and its publisher are committed to upholding the proper protocols and established standards of peer review.  Published papers found to be in violation of any of the misconduct noted above, or in the accepted principles of peer review and scientific publishing, will be officially retracted from the literature.  An official retraction notice explaining in full detail the circumstances surrounding the need for a retraction.

Three versions of the article format versions are referenced in the below policy guidelines:

•    Original Submission: The article version that is submitted by the author for consideration, before peer review.
•    Accepted Version: The article version that has been formally accepted after peer review, prior to any typesetting for the journal. This is the version accepted by the editor, before proofs, corrections, and typesetting. Also known as the “raw” accepted version of a manuscript.
•    Article of Record: This article version is the “version of record” that has been formally copyedited, typeset, and published online epub ahead of print and/or in a journal issue. It is the same version published in the “Online Now” section of the journal website.

Self-Archiving Policy

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers offers authors many options and opportunities to self-archive their work. Self-archiving of work is also referred to, or known as, publishing “Green Open Access”.

Authors can self-archive the original submission version of their article on any website or repository without embargo.

Additionally, authors can self-archive the accepted version of their article on their personal websites or institutional repositories only, without embargo. Any archiving of the accepted version for inclusion in subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central (PMC), should follow the requirements of the funder of the work.  

Authors are not allowed to publish or self-archive the article of record on any website, social media platform, or repository without permission from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, unless they publish their paper Gold Open Access (OA). Learn more about publishing your work Open Access here.

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ society partners or associated affiliates may set self-archiving policies independently, outside of the below -mentioned general policies. Authors should refer to the copyright policy of their chosen journal, which can be found on the Journal Collection Page or by contacting the specific journal editorial office directly. In addition, specific funding organizations have separate agreements and authors should refer to the policies of those specific funding agencies prior to the submission of their manuscript.

Original Submission Version

The original submission version of an article is the author's version that has not been peer reviewed.

This version may be placed on:

•    The author's personal website
•    The author's company or institutional repository or archive
•    Any not-for-profit subject-based preprint servers or repositories

Self-archiving of the original submission version is not subject to an embargo period.

If your submission is formally accepted after peer review in one of our journals, authors must include an acknowledgement of acceptance for publication on all archive sites and, following online publication, authors must include the following notice on the first page:

This is the original submission version (pre-peer review) of the following article: [full citation], which has now been formally published in final form at Videourology™ at [link to final article using the DOI]. This original submission version of the article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ self-archiving terms and conditions.

The original submission version posted may never be updated or replaced with the article of record version unless the author chooses to publish their paper OA under any of the Creative Commons Licenses available through the publisher. If you are interested in publishing your work OA, please feel free to review our Open Access policies and Licenses or contact us.

Accepted Version

Authors may only archive the accepted version of their manuscript on their personal and professional websites, and/or the author’s institutional repository or archive. Any archiving of the accepted version for inclusion in subject-based repositories, such as PubMed Central (PMC), should follow the requirements of the funder of the work. This process may impose additional embargo periods.  

The accepted version may be placed on:
•    The author's personal website
•    The author's company/institutional repository or archive

The accepted version posted must include the following notice on the first page:

This is the accepted version of the following article: [full citation], which has now been formally published in final form at Videourology™ at [link to final article using the DOI]. This original submission version of the article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with the Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers’ self-archiving terms and conditions.

The posted accepted version may never be updated or replaced with the article of record version unless the author chooses to publish their paper Open Access under any of the Creative Commons Licenses available through the publisher. If you are interested in publishing your work OA, please feel free to review our Open Access policies and Licenses or contact us.

Article of Record

The article of record version may never be archived on a website, or in a repository or research network, unless published Gold Open Access under any of the Creative Commons Licenses available through the publisher. If you have questions, please contact us for more information. You can also review our Open Access policies and Licenses.

Funder Requirements

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. publishers adheres to national and international funder requirements. Various funders, such as the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for example, have specific requirements for depositing the accepted version and/or the article of record version of the author manuscript in a repository after an embargo period. Authors funded by these organizations should follow the self-archiving terms and conditions of these separate agreements based on the policies of the specific funding institutions. If you have questions, please contact us for more information.

Terms and Conditions for Use of All Self-Archived Article Versions

Authors may use either the original submission version or accepted version in the following ways:

•    For purposes of your own curriculum or teaching, dissertation, thesis, or book provided that all posted versions include the aforementioned notices, and follow all guidelines and requirements specified.
•    To share with researchers and research colleagues provided that such sharing is not for commercial purposes.

The self-archived submitted and accepted versions may only be used in non-commercial capacities. Individual users may view, print, download, and copy self-archived articles, as well as text and data mine the content conditions for non-commercial and non-promotional research and private study purposes, under the following requirements:

•    The authors' moral rights are not compromised and there is clear "attribution" of the author(s) in the shared work.
•    The authors’ integrity remains intact; the work should never be altered in such a way that the author's reputation or integrity may be damaged.
•    Any reuse complies with the copyright policies of the owner of that content.
•    Self-archived content may never be republished verbatim in whole or in part in print or online formats.

 

 

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Our journal editors welcome contributions from researchers around the world; however, they are also required to follow sanction laws and regulations. Upon the date of this update (August 2020), sanction measures imposed by the United States, United Nations, European Union, and Australia are currently in place against the following countries: Cuba, Crimea, Iran, North Korea, and Syria. Journal editors will treat with caution any submission from a sanctioned country regarding the subject matter and will seek appropriate legal advice from the publisher if necessary.

Papers from sanctioned countries that are submitted to any Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., journal MUST contain a confirmation statement after the conclusion section of the manuscript which indicates that EACH listed author confirms that their research is supported by an institution that is primarily involved in education or research.

For further questions, please contact our Director of Production and Editorial Operations.

ARCHIVING AND PRESERVATION

Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., deposits and archives all publications in Portico for long-term digital preservation. Your article will be easily searchable on Google, Google Scholar, and other search engines.

PUBLISHER

Videourology™ is owned and published by Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, 140 Huguenot Street, 3rd Floor, New Rochelle, NY 10801; Tel: 914-740-2100; Email: Info@liebertpub.com; Website: www.liebertpub.com/VID

Liebert Open Access

Ensure maximum visibility, discoverability, and impact for your article with our Liebert Open Access (OA) option

Explore Liebert Open Access

Does your research funder have an open access mandate or would you like to expand the dissemination of your research?

The Liebert Open Access option enables authors to publish open access in our esteemed subscription-based journals.

The benefits of Liebert Open Access include:

  • High visibility; open access articles are freely available online upon publication
  • You retain copyright with the open access license allowing broad dissemination of your research
  • You can freely share your article in repositories and research networks without restrictions
  • Easy compliance with open access mandates
  • Rigorous editorial and peer-review
  • Targeted email announcement featuring a direct link to article

Identification and Marketing

Open access articles are listed with an OA icon in journal tables of content (TOC), TOC alerts, and in marketing announcements. Open access articles are highlighted and promoted in targeted email announcements to thousands of research leaders in your field.

Copyright and Licensing

If you choose to publish with open access, you will retain copyright of your article and a Creative Commons license will be applied. The liberal Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 (CC-BY) license is the default open access license used at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The CC-BY license permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly credited.

At this time we allow authors to choose between the CC-BY or CC-BY-NonCommercial license. A limited number of journals offer NonCommercial licenses exclusively.

Ordering Open Access

Once your article has been accepted for publication in a journal, you will receive an email with information on ordering Liebert Open Access. If you would like more information about Liebert Open Access or would like to order open access, please email openaccess@liebertpub.com.

Publishing open access includes an article publication charge (APC) and authors are asked to fill out a short open access order form.  You can pay by credit card or receive an invoice to be returned with payment or via bank transfer. Please remember that traditional subscription journals can carry mandatory or optional author fees. The Liebert Open Access APC does not cover or replace existing publication or author fees.

Publishing biomedical or biotechnology research?

Biomedical researchers should consider publishing in BioResearch Open Access, a fully open access peer-reviewed journal dedicated to publishing top research in the biomedical and biotechnology fields. For details, please visit the information for authors on the journal website.

 *Please note that PubMedCentral, not the Publisher, has sole control over when the paper is made live on PMC.

 

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JOURNAL FEES

  • There are no submission fees to Videourology™.
  • Open Access and Creative Commons licensing options are available. Contact our Open Access Manager for more information.
  • Any fees collected or payments associated with a submitted and/or published video that is subsequently withdrawn and/or retracted for any reason are non-refundable.
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