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Policies

Contents

General Submission Rules

Data required and electronic files required at submission includes:

  • Title
  • Shortened Title
  • Keywords
  • Abstract
  • Footnote/Acknowledgements
  • Attach full text manuscript as a Microsoft Word document
  • Cover letter and attachments: discuss potential reviewer conflicts of interest in your cover letter, suggest appropriate outside reviewers and include IRB or IACUC approval numbers, or letter of exemption. Also include written permission for reprinting tables or figures, copies of any published material that could be considered duplicative, and release authorization forms for photographs.

Case Reports

Instructions specific to case reports

  • The Case Report should be a clinical observation that is the first of its kind and/or an unexpected or unusual observation of a disease process (of relevance to a meaningful number of patients)
    • New disease
    • New syndrome
    • Previously unknown and important manifestation of a common disease
    • New understanding of the pathophysiology of a common disease
  • A new (first) observation of an important side effect of a commonly used drug
  • A new therapeutic activity of a new treatment, including drugs and non-drug therapies
  • The experience, which could be a new treatment, might be the stimulus for further clinical research
  • Knowledge about the event could affect other physicians’ management of their patients who have a similar situation

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Peer Review Process

One reviewer from UT and one outside the institution will typically review each manuscript. The review process is single-blind, reviewers are asked to comment on novelty of the research, adequacy of design in answering the experimental question, appropriateness of the data collected and its analysis, and overall communication style. Typical review time is expected to be 2 weeks. Potential conflicts of interest will be identified and managed in recruitment of reviewers from UT with appropriate expertise for evaluation of the work.

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Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

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