All manuscripts should be submitted via the journal’s online submission and review system; do not submit a manuscript via e-mail. Make sure your submission is complete and correct before completing the steps to submit it to the journal office. Manuscripts that do not satisfy minimum submission requirements will be returned to authors to correct. You will have an opportunity to review the constructed PDF file before approving the submission. Review this document carefully; after it is sent to the editors and reviewers, no changes can be made until an editorial decision is reached.
All submissions require a Title Page. Manuscripts must be double-spaced. Fonts should be 10 point or larger. All four margins should be at least 2.5 cm (1 in). If a manuscript is formatted for A4 paper, leave at least a 5 cm (2 in) margin at the bottom of the page. Number pages consecutively, preferably the upper right corners.
At first submission, manuscripts may be submitted as single Word document files, including title page, references, figure legends, figures, and tables. All manuscript components need to be included to allow for evaluation of your manuscript. If the editors request a revision, however, source files of the manuscript, figures, and tables will be required as well as other submission and publication elements.
General Arrangement, All Submissions
ALL articles should be arranged in the following order.
- Cover letter (optional)
- Manuscript, as a single file in word processing format (eg, .doc), consisting of Title Page, Abstract (if required for the article type; see relevant section), Body Text, References, Figure Legends, if any (in numerical order, on the same page); be sure to number all pages of the manuscript file
- Tables (each Table should be a separate file in word processing file format, eg, .doc)
- Appendices (each Appendix should be a separate word processing file format, eg, .doc)
- Figure Legends (placed consecutively, in numerical order, all on the same page)
- Figures (each Figure should be a separate file in figure file format)
- Other submission elements (Supplemental Digital Content, etc.)
All submissions require a Title Page with the following information on the first page(s) of the manuscript file
1. Article Title: (do not use abbreviations in the title);
2. Author Information: First name, middle initial, and last name of each author, with their highest academic degree(s) (M.D., Ph.D., etc.), and institutional affiliations; make sure the names of and the order of authors as they appear on the Title Page and entered in the system match exactly
3. Corresponding Author: Name, mailing address, phone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author; only one corresponding author may be designated for the entirety of the review and publication process; see Authorship) ;
4. Clinical trial number and registry URL, if applicable;
5. Prior Presentations: Note any presentation/s of the work at conferences for meetings; include name, exact date, location;
6. Acknowledgments: List individuals or organizations to be acknowledged, if any. Provide complete name, degrees, academic rank, department, institutional affiliation, city, state, country, and a brief description of their contribution;
7. Word and Element Counts: Number of words in the Abstract, in the Introduction, and in the Discussion section;, number of Figures; number of Tables; number of Appendices, if any; and number of Supplementary Digital Files, if any. Make sure all intended elements are submitted;
8. Abbreviated Title (Running Head): State the essence of the article (50 characters maximum) for all article types except Images in Anesthesiology, Letters to the Editor, and Mind to Mind;
9. Summary Statement: Brief statement (35 words maximum) to be printed in the Table of Contents for Review Article, Clinical Focus Review, and Special Article submissions;
10. Funding Statement: Disclosure of all financial support for the work, including departmental or institutional funding/support. Comments such as "No Funding Received" are not acceptable. If only institutional/hospital/departmental funds were used, add the following statement: “Support was provided solely from institutional and/or departmental sources.” Be sure to specify funding from any of the following organizations: National Institutes of Health (NIH), Wellcome Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) (see section on Compliance with NIH and Other Research Funding Agency Accessibility Requirements). Provide both the name and location of each funding agency/source.
11.Conflicts of Interest: Authors must disclose all financial and non-financial relationships and activities within 36 months of manuscript submission, in accordance with International Committee of Medical Journal Editors “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.” If no competing interests, please add the following statement: “The authors declare no competing interests.” Refer also to the Conflicts of Interest and Sponsorship section of the Instructions for Authors.
If any of these elements are not applicable to your submission, write "not applicable" after the number and topic; for example, "5. Prior Presentations: Not applicable."
Review Articles and Special Articles require an unstructured, one- or two-paragraph summary of the key points of the article of 150 words or fewer.
Make sure the text of the Abstract in the manuscript file and in the system match exactly.
1. Introduction (new page, 500-word limit;
2. Materials and Methods (new page): A subsection entitled "Statistical Analysis" should appear at the end of the Materials and Methods section when appropriate (for comments re. Statistics). Include, as relevant, statements about informed consent, animal care, IRB approval, and/or clinical trial registration;
3. Results (new page);
4. Discussion (new page, 1,500-word limit): The discussion should focus on the findings in the current work.
LENGTH: The Introduction and Discussion sections should not exceed 2,000 words combined. It is recommended that the Introduction be no longer than 500 words and the Discussion section no more than 1,500 words. Manuscripts that do not meet these word limits may be sent back to the authors.
PAGE NUMBERING: Number all pages in the manuscript file.
Supply all authors' names for each reference; do not use "et al." Please confirm the accuracy of your references by comparison with original sources, not with someone else's reference lists, and examine your citations for typographical errors. Supply complete publication information for all references.
Anesthesiology style is that references in legends to tables and figures be cited in the order in which they occur (as if they were cited in the text). This includes references that appear only in a table or figure legend and not in the text. Because it is recognized that authors may use software to format references, and to ensure that references are cited in the proper order, references cited in a table or figure legend should also be cited in the text at the first (but not necessarily subsequent) callout to that figure or table; a reference should not be cited only in a table or figure legend. If references are cited only in a table or figure legend, this will require renumbering of references during composition of the manuscript and possibly delay publication.
Use the following reference formats:
1. Journal: Carli F, Mayo N, Klubien K, Schricker T, Trudel J, Belliveau P: Epidural analgesia enhances functional exercise capacity and health-related quality of life after colonic surgery: Results of a randomized trial. Anesthesiology 2002; 97:540-9
2. Book: Barash PG, Cullen BF, Stoelting RK: Clinical Anesthesia, 3rd edition. Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1997, pp 23-4
3. Chapter: Blitt C: Monitoring the anesthetized patient, Clinical Anesthesia, 3rd edition. Edited by Barash PG, Cullen BF, Stoelting RK. Philadelphia, Lippincott-Raven Publishers, 1997, pp 563-85
Format: Acceptable graphics formats are .tif, .eps, .jpg, or .pdf.
Resolution: Photographic or halftone figures should be saved at 300 ppi resolution, with image sizes no smaller than 4 x 6 inches, approximately 1200 to 1800 pixels wide. Line-art, graphs, charts, diagrams must be 1200 ppi, approximately 4800 pixels wide, minimum.
If images are submitted with resolutions lower than these specifications, we may be unable to publish them, even if we accept the submission. Therefore, please make sure that the images submitted with your manuscript comply with these specifications.
Additional detailed information about digital art for publication can be found at http://links.lww.com/ES/A42
If a revision is requested, do not paste graphics into word processing documents; submit them as separate files in figure file format. NOTE: Before approving your submission, view the PDF that is created by the system to make sure images are easily legible for the editors and reviewers.
If a manuscript is accepted for publication, authors of Original Investigations, Comprehensive Reviews, and Clinical Focus Reviews can elect to have included in the online (only) version of their article a brief biographical sketch and photos of the first author (and if more than one author) the senior or corresponding author. These biographical sketches and photo files must be uploaded as supplemental digital content in Editorial Manager at the revision stage. The biographical sketch for each author has a limit of 100 words. The photo is limited to a headshot only. Only two authors will be shown. Submission of bio and photo at the revision stage is no guarantee of eventual manuscript acceptance. Manuscripts will not be held in production after acceptance in order for authors to upload bio and photos.
Number and cite all Supplemental Digital Content consecutively in the text. In-manuscript citations (other than biographical sketches) should include the type of material submitted, should be clearly labeled as "Supplemental Digital Content," should include a sequential number, and should provide a brief description of the supplemental content. For example: “See table, Supplemental Digital Content 1, listing all medications used in this study.” Each Supplemental Digital Content file must be composed to stand alone. For example, tables and figures must include titles, legends, and/or footnotes, following journal style, so the viewer can fully understand the supplemental content on its own. Production will not make any edits to the supplemental files; they will be presented as submitted.
For audio and video files, enter the author name, videographer, participants, length (minutes), and size (MB) of file in Editorial Manager. Authors should de-identify patients and remove patients’ names from Supplemental Digital Content, obtain written consent from the patients or legal guardians, and submit written consent with the manuscript. Copyright for video or audio supplemental digital content will be required upon acceptance. For a list of acceptable file types and size limits, please review the publisher’s requirements for submitting Supplemental Digital Content.
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