Instructions for authors

To give your manuscript the best chance of publication, online submission and review of manuscript is mandatory for all types of papers following the instructions for authors.

Aim & Scope

Clinical Surgery Research Communications is an open access, peer-reviewed, international journal available in print and online. The journal considers the basic and clinical research relevant to surgical practice. The diagnosis, therapy, epidemiology, prevention, biomarkers, pathology, surgical teaching and surgical management are included but not limited to the scope of this journal. The research will be of general interest to a broad range of surgeons, surgical researchers and basic science researchers.

Submission Guidlines

Manuscripts must be submitted to Clinical Surgery Research Communications via online submission. Submit text files only as .DOC, .DOCX, or .RTF file formats. Other file formats are not permitted and should be converted to .DOC or .DOCX.

Categories of Articles

The papers may be submitted as original articles, reviews, editorials, letters to the editor, rapid communications, and case reports.

Original articles

These papers include scientific reports of the results of original basic and clinical research. The text is limited to 5000 words including the title page, abstract, text, references, figures, and tables. Abstracts are limited to 300 words.

Review articles

These papers are systematic, critical assessments of literature and data sources about basic and clinical topics. Review articles must be no longer than 6000 words including title page, abstract, text, tables, figures, and references.


Commentary on papers published elsewhere in the issue. The text is limited to 1500 words with no more than 30 references.

Letters to the editor

Letters to the editor related to papers previously published in Clinical Surgery Research Communications will have the best chance of acceptance if they are received within three months of the article’s publication. The letters is limited to 600 words with no more than 4 authors.

Rapid communications

A Rapid Communication presents work that is notably important, interesting, or timely to those in a particular subfield or selected topics from recognized scientific organizations.

Case reports

Case Reports should detail new, interesting, or unusual cases, which should make a contribution to medical knowledge and must have educational value or highlight the need for a change in clinical practice or diagnostic/prognostic approaches or therapeutic challenge. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. The text is no less than 1500 words.


Manuscript Format

The following components are required for a complete manuscript: cover letter, title page, abstract, text, acknowledgement (optional), Funding/Support (optional), conflicts of interest, references, figure legends, and tables. Include page numbers and continuous line numbering on the document, beginning with the title page as number 1.

Title page

This is the first page of the manuscript submission file. Title length should be no longer than 120 characters, including spaces. Running title is a short version of the title (up to 45 characters including spaces). Provide each author's name, academic degrees, and affiliation, name of corresponding author with address, telephone number, fax and e-mail.


A structured abstract should be submitted. The abstract should be 250 words or less. It should be structured into the subsections "Backgrounds and Aims”, "Methods”, “Results" and "Conclusion."


A maximum of 6 keywords is allowed. Keywords can be selected from the linked alphabetically formatted list or can be of your own choice. 


The text should be structured as Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion. Use headings in all sections and use subheadings in the Methods and Results. Every reference, figure and table should be cited in the text in numerical order according to order of mention.

Acknowledgement (optional)

This section should acknowledge anyone who contributed to the research or writing of the article but who does not qualify as an author. One or more of the following categories may apply: 1) contributions that should be acknowledged but that do not justify authorship, such as general support from a departmental head. 2) acknowledgments of technical help; 3) acknowledgments of financial and material support, which should specify.

Funding/Support (optional)

Details of all funding sources or support for the work should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear after the 'Acknowledgements' section.

Conflicts of interest

Journal requires corresponding authors to summarize all authors' conflict of interest disclosures. All authors must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with: publication of the manuscript, an institution or product that is mentioned, and/or its importance to the study outcome. Authors should also disclose conflicts of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript. This conflict of interest information is provided to editors and peer reviewers.


Identify references in the text by alphabetic numerals e. g. [1-3] or [1, 2]. The reference list should be separated from the text; references must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the formats used by the NLM in Index Medicus. The titles of journals should be abbreviated according to the style used in Index Medicus. Use complete name of the journal for non-indexed journals. Avoid using abstracts as references. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations" with written permission from the source. Avoid citing a "personal communication" unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text.

Reference to a journal publication:

King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, et al. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 1998: 390:537-551.

Reference to a book

Voet D, Voet JG. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons 1990. 1223 p.

Reference to a website

Cancer Research UK, 1975. Cancer statistics reports for the UK. (accessed 13.03.03).

Figures and Legends

Submit only publication quality figures in TIFF or JPEG file format. The file size should be no more than 10 MB.

• The following resolutions are required to ensure print quality: 1200 dpi for line art; 300 dpi for halftones/color (RGB); 600 dpi for combination halftones/color.

• Figures should be consecutively numbered according to the order in which they were first cited in the text.

• Gray shading in figures may not reproduce well for publication and should be avoided. Do not use overall background shading in figures. Do not use gray-shaded bars in graphs—use bars with solid, open, or hatched fill. Avoid fine lines and very small type and symbols in figures. Lines should be reasonably dark and type and symbols should be easily read if the figure is reduced for publication.

• Figures with multiple parts should be labeled and referred to as (a), (b), (c), etc.

• Do not embed figures in word processing programs (eg, Microsoft Word).

• Symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters should be illustrated and explained in the legend, which should be included at the end of the manuscript.


Submit single-spaced on separate pages in the word processing program used. Tables imported into the word-processing program from spreadsheet programs (eg, Microsoft Excel) should be left in table format and not converted to text. Gridlines should be retained.

• All tables should be consecutively numbered according to the order in which they were first cited in the text.

• Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material.

• Place explanatory matter in footnotes rather than in the heading.

• Define all non-standard abbreviations in the footnotes.

• Do not embed tables as graphic files

Supplemental Information

All supplementary information must be uploaded as a separate file. It will be published in the online version only. Supplementary information is mentioned in the article text and published online in its original format along with the article. Supplemental information will undergo peer review with the rest of the manuscript but will not be copyedited or changed from its original format. It must be relevant but not integral to the paper. It can comprise additional tables, data sets, figures, movie files, audio clips, 3D structures, and other related nonessential multimedia files. Like the manuscript accompanying it, it should be original and not previously published. If previously published, it must be submitted with the necessary permissions.

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