Submission of Manuscripts

JFS requirements for manuscripts are generally in accordance with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations). The ICMJE Recommendations may be found at: http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/.

The following integrates the ICMJE Recommendations as they apply to the JFS with the specific requirements of JFS.

Manuscripts must be written in English and submitted via the JFS Manuscript Central site: http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jofs. Figures can be saved in a neutral data format such as TIFF, PNG or EPS with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Authors should not use PowerPoint or similar programs or import graphics into Word. Scanned figures should have a resolution of 300 dpi (halftone) or 600 to 1200 dpi (line drawings) in relation to the reproduction size. Detailed information on the submission of electronic artwork can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com.

JFS assigns manuscripts for review without identifying the authors (to ensure blind review); therefore, the title page must be uploaded as a separate file (Note: The title page should NOT be included in the manuscript file itself). The title page should contain the title, a list of authors, each author’s highest academic degree(s) and affiliation(s), any source of funding, any disclaimers, any conflicts of interest, whether the information has been presented; if so, at what meeting, where and when (month/dates/year), and any acknowledgments.

The manuscript file should be double-spaced and include the manuscript title, abstract, keywords, text, references, tables, and figure legends. The abstract and keywords should be on a separate page within the manuscript file and should be identical to those included in the Manuscript Central submission site. Figures must be uploaded as separate files on the Manuscript Central site. If the tables are complex Excel files, they should also be uploaded as separate files. Supplemental Information should be included as separately uploaded file(s) and designated as such with an appropriate header. Authors should reference the Supplemental Information in the manuscript.

The submitted manuscript should be accompanied by a cover letter, as described below, and permissions to reproduce previously published material or to use figures that may identify human subjects. Authors should keep copies of everything submitted. The EIC and/or Associate Editors reserve the right to publish the manuscript in a category different from that specified by the authors upon submission of the original manuscript.

The cover letter should also specify, if applicable, information about possible duplicate publication, financial or other relationships that could give rise to conflicts of interest, and any other information the EIC may need to make an informed decision in accordance with established policies and practices. Copies of any permission(s) to reproduce published material, to reproduce illustrations or report sensitive personal information about identifiable persons, or to name persons for their contributions must accompany the manuscript.

Within the cover letter the authors may, if they wish, suggest up to three individuals who may be able to independently and critically review the paper. The use of such reviewers is at the EIC and/or Associate Editor’s discretion. Authors should confirm the availability and willingness of reviewers prior to recommending them to avoid delays in the review process.

The EIC and/or Associate Editors reserve the right to request explicit, written clarification of individual author’s roles, their concurrence in the manuscript content, or any other issue that must be resolved prior to accepting the manuscript for peer review.

JFS does not accept submissions of manuscripts from third parties without the explicit, written permission of the author(s).