Instructions to Authors
Pelviperineology publishes original papers on clinical and experimental topics concerning the pelvic floor diseases in the fields of Urology, Gynaecology and Colo-Rectal Surgery from a multidisciplinary perspective. All submitted manuscripts must adhere strictly to the following Instructions for Authors.
Manuscript and illustrations must be submitted via Manuscript Manager (https://ppj.manuscriptmanager.net). This enables rapid and effective peer review. Contributions will be acknowledged automatically by the Editors. Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site. Please read the Authors Instructions carefully before sending your contribution.
Agreements: All manuscripts must carry a written statement that the submitted article is original and has never been submitted for publication to any other journal, nor has it ever been published elsewhere, except as an abstract or as a part of a lecture, review, thesis.
Each author must read and sign the statements on Authorship Responsibility, Informed Consent, Criteria, and Contributions, Reporting of Conflicts of Interest and Funding & Copyright Transfer/Publishing Agreement electronically by clicking the confirmation link on Manuscript Manager while they are submitting their manuscripts. The corresponding author also must sign the Acknowledgment Statement section via the link on Manuscript Manager during the submission process.
Editorial Line: The journal welcomes articles that may update non-specialists in this field, such as internal medicine physicians, family doctors, neurologists, etc., about conditions of general interest involving the pelvic floor and being resolved thanks to a multidisciplinary approach. The ideal article for Pelviperineology should be clear. Its sections should describe precisely the methodology of the study and the statistical methods; illustrations must be of good quality. In highly specialized topics, an easily understandable abstract, a good introduction, and a correct sections distribution are particularly appreciated.
Pelviperineology, despite being an open access journal, does not ask for any financial contribution to the Authors of articles accepted for publication. Pelviperineology is almost entirely funded on sponsors and advertisers that do not affect the Editorial choices and the published content. Advertising is fully and clearly separated from the articles. Material accepted for publication is copy-edited and typeset. Proofs are then sent to contributors for a final check, but extensive changes to the proofs may be charged to the contributors.
The Editorial Board guides the journal. The updated list of the editorial board members can be reached at Pelviperineology Editorial board page. Jacob BORNSTEIN is the Editor in Chief of Pelviperineology.
Submission is considered on the condition that papers are previously unpublished, are not offered simultaneously elsewhere, that all Authors (defined below) have read and approved the content, that Authors have declared all competing interests, and the work has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards after relevant ethical review. Whenever these are relevant to the content being considered or published, Editors and Editorial board declare their interests and affiliations.
Manuscripts concerned with human studies must contain statements indicating that informed, written consent has been obtained, that studies have been performed according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki and that a local ethics committee has approved the procedures. If individuals might be identified from a publication (e.g. from images) Authors must obtain explicit consent from the individual. Authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed when reporting experiments on animals. A signed statement of informed consent to publish (in print and online) patient descriptions, photographs, video, and pedigrees should be obtained from all persons (parents or legal guardians for minors) who can be identified in such written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees and should be indicated in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript. Such persons should be shown the manuscript before its submission. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, Authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and Editors should note it.
All Authors are responsible for the quality, accuracy, and ethics of the work. Authors are required to disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review data objectively. These include (but are not limited to) relevant financial (for example patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker’s fees), personal, political, intellectual, or religious interests. Authors should describe the study sponsor's role, if any, in study design, collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such an involvement, Authors should state it. Biases potentially introduced when sponsors are directly involved in research are analogous to methodological biases. All Authors must provide details of any other potential competing interests of a personal nature that readers or Editors might consider relevant to their publication. Pelviperineology takes no responsibility for the Authors’ statements. The manuscripts, once accepted, become property of the journal and cannot be published elsewhere without the written permission of the Journal.
As stated in the Uniform Requirements, credit for Authorship requires substantial contributions to
Any change in Authorship after submission must be approved in writing by all Authors.
In appropriate places in the manuscript, please provide the following items:
- If applicable, a statement that the research protocol was approved by the relevant institutional review boards or ethics committees and that all human participants gave written informed consent.
- The identity of those who analyzed the data.
- For clinical trials, the registration number and registry name.
PEER REVIEW PROCESS in BRIEF
Submitted manuscripts are subjected to double-blind peer-review.
The manuscript submission and Editorial review process is as follows:
An Author submits a manuscript. The manuscript is assigned to an Editor. The Editor reviews the manuscript and makes an initial decision based on manuscript quality and Editorial priorities, usually either to send the manuscript to Peer Reviewers or to reject the manuscript so that the author can submit it to another journal. For those manuscripts sent to Peer Reviewers, the Editor decides based on Editorial priorities, manuscript quality, reviewer recommendations, and perhaps discussion with fellow Editors. At this point, the decision is usually to request a revised manuscript, reject the manuscript, or provisionally accept the manuscript. The decision letter is sent to the Author. Only manuscripts that strictly adhere to Instructions for Authors will be evaluated. Contributions are accepted on the basis of their importance, originality, validity and methodology. Comments of Peer Reviewers may be forwarded to the Author(s) in cases where this is considered useful. The Author(s) will be informed whether their contribution has been accepted, refused, or if it has been returned for revision and further review. The Editor reviews all manuscripts prior to publication to ensure that the best readability and brevity have been achieved without distortion of the original meaning. The Editors reserve the right to reject an article without review.
Statistical Editing. Statistical Editor reviews only pertinent manuscripts considered for publication. If both the study design and data presented are considered statistically acceptable, the statistical reviewer may suggest acceptance of the manuscript to the responsible Editor. Any methodological and statistical issue detected during the statistical review is addressed to the Authors for clarification. The final acceptance of the paper is contingent on the clarifications made by the Authors according to the statistical reviewer’s suggestions.
Plagiarism. All manuscripts submitted to the journal are screened for plagiarism using the ‘iThenticate’ software. Results indicating plagiarism may result in manuscripts being returned or rejected.
Preparation of research articles, systematic reviews and meta-analyses must comply with study design guidelines:
CONSORT statement for randomized controlled trials (Moher D, Schultz KF, Altman D, for the CONSORT Group. The CONSORT statement revised recommendations for improving the quality of reports of parallel group randomized trials. JAMA 2001; 285: 1987-91) (http://www.consort-statement.org/);
PRISMA statement of preferred reporting items for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (Moher D, Liberati A, Tetzlaff J, Altman DG, The PRISMA Group. Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses: The PRISMA Statement. PLoS Med 2009; 6(7): e1000097.) (http://www.prisma-statement.org/);
STARD checklist for the reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy (Bossuyt PM, Reitsma JB, Bruns DE, Gatsonis CA, Glasziou PP, Irwig LM, et al., for the STARD Group. Towards complete and accurate reporting of studies of diagnostic accuracy: the STARD initiative. Ann Intern Med 2003;138:40-4.) (http://www.stard-statement.org/);
STROBE statement, a checklist of items that should be included in reports of observational studies (http://www.strobe-statement.org/);
MOOSE guidelines for meta-analysis and systemic reviews of observational studies (Stroup DF, Berlin JA, Morton SC, et al. Meta-analysis of observational studies in epidemiology: a proposal for reporting Meta-analysis of observational Studies in Epidemiology (MOOSE) group. JAMA 2000; 283: 2008-12).
PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT
Text, illustrations, tables etc must be submitted via Manuscript Manager. Please read carefully the Authors Instructions before sending your contribution.
Text: Please ensure that you have removed any reviewing notes from your manuscripts. Manuscript should be entered or pasted in the Manuscript Manager.
Tables: Tables submitted as photographs or graphics will be rejected and this delays the submission process. The layout should be as simple as possible with no shading or tinting.
Figures: Illustrations should be professionally produced and of a standard suitable for reproduction in print. You are required to upload high resolution graphics files (minimum 600 dpi). Figures should be supplied as PNG (.png) , GIF (.gif) or JPG .jpg); labeled combination or charts/ graphs/ diagrams (line) can be supplied as a PNG or GIF format. Figures and tables must be uploaded separately. They should not be embedded into the text. Only images relating to the text may be used. The identity of any individual in a photograph or illustration should be concealed unless written permission from the patient to publish is supplied. Legends must be typed on a separate page. Each table and illustration must be cited in the text in consecutive order.
Reviews should be divided onto the following sections and appear in the following order:
Systematic Reviews should be divided onto the following sections and appear in the following order (see also http://prisma-statement.org/):
Original articles should be divided into the following sections and appear in the following order:
Title Page: The title page provides the complete title and a running title (not to exceed 55 characters and spaces). List each contributor's name and institutional affiliation. Corresponding Author is the contributor responsible for the manuscript and proofs. This is the person to whom all correspondence and reprints will be sent. The corresponding author is responsible for keeping the Editorial office updated with any change in details until the paper is published.
Abstract and Keywords
The abstract must not exceed 250 words. It should summarize the aim of the study and describe the work undertaken, results and conclusions. Abstract must follow the format below:
* Objectives: A sentence indicating the problem and the objective of the study;
* Materials and Methods: One or two sentences reporting the methods;
* Results: A short summary on the results, detailed enough to justify the conclusions. Avoid writing “the results are presented” or “ discussed”;
* Conclusion: A sentence with the conclusions.
In addition, you should list up to five keywords in alphabetical order.
Body of the article should be divided into the following sections:
Introduction: Clearly state the objective of the study. Give only strictly relevant references and don’t review their topics extensively. The Introduction should briefly discuss the objectives of the study and provide the background information to explain why the study was undertaken, and what hypotheses were tested.
Materials and methods: Clearly explain the methods and the materials in detail to allow the reader to reproduce the results. Animal preparation and experimentation should cite the approving governing body. Equipment and apparatus should cite the make and model number and the company name and address (town, county, country) at first mention. Give all measurements in metric units. Use generic names of drugs. Symbols, units and abbreviations should be expressed as Système International (SI) units. In exceptional circumstances, others may be used, provided they are consistent. Apply to the Editorial office for advice.
Results: Results must be presented in a logic sequence with text, tables and illustrations. Underline or summarize only the most important observation. Tables and text should not duplicate each other.
Discussion: This section should be concise. Emphasize only the new and most important aspects of the study and their conclusions. The Discussion should include a brief statement of the principal findings, a discussion of the validity of the observations, a discussion of the findings in light of other published work dealing with the same or closely related subjects, and a statement of the possible significance of the work. Authors are encouraged to conclude with a brief paragraph that highlights the main findings of the study.
Acknowledgements and disclosures: Authors' duty to acknowledge funding sources, technical assistance, provision of materials or reagents, and other matters that might pertain to the paper. Authors must acknowledge individuals who do not qualify as Authors but who contributed to the research. Mention only those that give a substantial contribution. If an organization or industry-sponsored the work, it is essential to declare this, and the Authors need to indicate that they had complete access to the data supporting the publication. If a professional medical writer wrote the paper, this must be declared..
Abbreviations: Include in the manuscript a list of new or special abbreviations along with the spelled out form or definition. For commonly accepted abbreviations, word usage, symbols, etc., Authors are referred to the CBE Style Manual published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences or Units, Symbols and Abbreviations published by the Royal Society of Medicine.
Tables: Tables should be numbered consecutively within the text. Tables and text should not duplicate each other. Explain all abbreviations in a footnote. Provide a number and title for each table. Regardless of Authorship or publisher, permission must be received in writing for its use if a table has been previously published. Include an acknowledgement of the original source in a footnote. Tables should not be submitted as photographs or graphics files.
Figure and table legends: Cite all tables and figures in the text, numbering them sequentially as they are cited. Each figure must have a corresponding legend. The legend must be numbered with an arabic number that corresponds to the illustration as it appears in the text. Legends to tables (where necessary) and figures should contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text. Explain all symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters used in the figure and provide information on the scale and/or magnification.
Supplementary material: Quantitative or qualitative data too extensive for inclusion in the print edition of the Journal may be presented in the online edition, as supplementary material. It must be included as part of the original submission and will be reviewed as an integral part of the paper. The availability of supplementary material should be indicated in the main manuscript, to appear after the references at the end of the paper, providing titles of figures, tables, etc. formatted as it should appear in the printed edition. We welcome audios and videos, if relevant to the paper. Full details on how to submit supplementary material available on request at [email protected].
|Manuscript type||Author limit||Word limit||Abstract word limit||Referemce limit||Table limit||Figure limit||Keyword limit|
|Original article||6||4000 words||250 words
|Review||6||6000 words||250 words