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Guidelines for Authors

Last updated March 21, 2017

 

Guidelines for Authors

 

Contents

1 ABOUT THE BPG

1.1 Journals List

1.2 Open-Access

1.3 Copyright

1.4 Article Processing Charge

1.5 Privacy Policy

1.6 Disclaimer Statement

1.7 Publisher

1.8 Help Desk

1.9 Website

1.10 Submit a Manuscript

2 PEER-REVIEW PROCESS

3 PUBLISHING PROCESS

4 GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION, SUBMISSION, AND MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

4.1 Editorial

4.2 Frontier

4.3 Diagnostic Advances

4.4 Therapeutic Advances

4.5 Field of Vision

4.6 Minireview

4.7 Review

4.8 Topic Highlight

4.9 Basic Study

4.10 Case Control Study

4.11 Clinical Trials Study

4.12 Observational Study

4.13 Prospective Study

4.14 Randomized Clinical Trial

4.15 Randomized Controlled Trial

4.16 Retrospective Cohort Study

4.17 Retrospective Study

4.18 Evidence-Based Medicine

4.19 Systematic Review

4.20 Meta-Analysis

4.21 Scientometrics

4.22 Case Report

4.23 Letter to the Editor

5 ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

 

1 ABOUT THE BPG

Baishideng Publishing Group (BPG) publishes 42 peer-reviewed, open-access journals covering a broad range of topics in clinical medicine, as well as several topics in biochemistry and molecular biology, relevant to human health today.

 

1.1 Journals List. BPG publication 42 journalslist, as follows:

World Journal of Anesthesiology

World Journal of Biological Chemistry

World Journal of Cardiology

World Journal of Clinical Cases

World Journal of Clinical Infectious Diseases

World Journal of Clinical Oncology

World Journal of Clinical Pediatrics

World Journal of Clinical Urology

World Journal of Critical Care Medicine

World Journal of Dermatology

World Journal of Diabetes

World Journal of Experimental Medicine

World Journal of Gastroenterology

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology and Therapeutics

World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery

World Journal of Hematology

World Journal of Hepatology

World Journal of Hypertension

World Journal of Immunology

World Journal of Medical Genetics

World Journal of Meta-Analysis

World Journal of Methodology

World Journal of Nephrology

World Journal of Neurology

World Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology

World Journal of Ophthalmology

World Journal of Orthopedics

World Journal of Otorhinolaryngology

World Journal of Pharmacology

World Journal of Psychiatry

World Journal of Radiology

World Journal of Respirology

World Journal of Rheumatology

World Journal of Stem Cells

World Journal of Stomatology

World Journal of Surgical Procedures

World Journal of Translational Medicine

World Journal of Transplantation

World Journal of Virology

 

1.2 Open-Access. All articles published by BPG are selected by an in-house editor and fully peer-reviewed by external reviewers. BPG applies the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits others to distribute, remix, adapt, build upon this work non-commercially, and license their derivative works on different terms, provided the original work is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. See:http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/

 

1.3 Copyright. Copyrightthe author(s). Published by Baishideng Publishing Group Inc. All rights reserved.

 

1.4 Article Processing Charge. The Article Processing Charge (APC) is payable to BPG by the author(s) or research sponsor(s). World Journal of Gastroenterology charges a flat rate of $1898; all other BPG journals charge a flat rate of $698. The publication fee is waived for solicited manuscripts.

 

1.5 Privacy Policy. BPG is committed to the protection of your personal information. The privacy policy outlined here applies only to information collected by BPG through the www.wjgnet.com website. For details about the privacy policy, please visit http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/gerinfo/269

 

1.6 Disclaimer Statement. All articles published in journals owned by the BPG represent the views and opinions of their authors, and not the views, opinions or policies of the BPG, except where explicitly indicated otherwise.

 

1.7 Publisher. Baishideng Publishing Group Inc,8226 Regency Drive,Pleasanton, CA 94588-3144, United States. bpgoffice@wjgnet.com

 

1.8 Help Desk. For details, please visit:  http://www.wjgnet.com/esps/helpdesk.aspx

 

1.9 Website.For details, please visit: http://www.wjgnet.com

 

1.10 Submit a Manuscript. For details, please visitExpress Submission and Peer-review Systemat: http://www.wjgnet.com/esps/Login.aspx?RedirectType=1

 

2 PEER-REVIEW PROCESS

Upon submission of any manuscript for consideration for publication in a journal published by the BPG, the scientific editor first performs a search of the Web of Science, Google and/or PubMed databases to determine the topical relevance and timeliness of the manuscript’s content as well as to make an initial assessment of potential academic misconduct related to the general features of the study and/or topical content. The results of this initial review are either approval to enter into the peer-review process or rejection. The first step in the peer-review process involves delivery of the manuscript to 1 to 3 external reviewers with expertise in the paper’s topic and/or field. The reviewers are allotted a period of 14 to 28 d in which to thoughtfully assess the manuscript and return comments to the editorial office, at which time the editorial director conducts a decision-making meeting to assess the reviewers’ comments. Manuscripts that have received positive comments and meet the general publication requirements of BPG and any specific requirements of the particular journal are forwarded directly to the editor-in-chief, who provides signatory approval recommending that the manuscript is “To Be Accepted”. If the manuscript fails to meet the high-quality standard assessed by the peer-reviewers or does not meet the BPG and/or journal-specific criteria, it is rejected. All manuscripts recommended for acceptance must pass a final review by the editor-in-chief before they are officially accepted for publication and entered into the production phase.

 

3 PUBLISHING PROCESS

Step 1 Manuscript reception and registration

Step 2 Initial review by scientific editor

Step 3 Peer-review

Step 4 End of Peer-review

Step 5 First round of meeting evaluation

Step 6 To be accepted

Step 7 Revision by the author(s)

Step 8 Second round of meeting evaluation

Step 9 To be accepted/revised/rejected

Step 10 Final review by the Editor-in-Chief (final quality control for academic content and language quality)

Step 11 Final acceptance and charging of publication fee

Step 12 Language editing

Step 13 Production

Step 14 Proofreading by scientific editor

Step 15 Proofreading by deputy editor

Step 16 Final review by Editor-in-Chief

Step 17 Release of online open-access papers in electronic form on the BPG website

Step 18 Release of online papers on PubMed Central

Step 19 Delivery of high-quality PDF reprints to the author(s)

Step 20 End of the publication process

 

4 GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION, SUBMISSION, AND MANUSCRIPT FORMAT

The following manuscript type will be published in the BPG series journals:

 

4.1 Editorial. Editorial board members are invited to make comments on an important topic in their field, regarding its current research status and future directions that will promote development of this discipline. The detailed writing requirements of Editorial can be found at:http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/214

 

4.2 Frontier. Highly influential scientists are invited to write frontier article select a highly cited, cutting-edge original paper of his/her own and summarize the major findings, the problems that have been resolved and remain to be resolved, and the future research directions in order to help readers understand his/her important academic point of view and perspectives on the directions of research in their field. The detailed writing requirements of Frontier can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/216 

 

4.3 Diagnostic Advances. Highly influential scientists are invited to write about the most up-to-date, high-quality diagnostic advances in their field in order to improve the diagnostic skills of readers in topics covering the spectrum of general clinical diagnosis, differential diagnosis, pathological diagnosis, laboratory diagnosis, imaging diagnosis, endoscopic diagnosis, biotechnological diagnosis, functional diagnosis, and physical diagnosis. The detailed writing requirements of Diagnostic Advances can be found at:http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/197

 

4.4 Therapeutic Advances. Highly influential scientists are invited to write therapeutic advances article high-quality summaries and perspectives on the most up-to-date therapeutic advances in their field in order to help improve the therapeutic skills of readers in topics covering the spectrum of medication therapy, psychotherapy, physical therapy, replacement therapy, interventional therapy, minimally invasive therapy, endoscopic therapy, transplantation therapy, and surgical therapy. The detailed writing requirements of Therapeutic Advances can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/213

 

4.5 Field of Vision. Highly influential scientists are invited to write field of vision commentaries on recent perspectives of seminal articles, on hot topic articles, or the latest articles in the research field in order to keep readers at the forefront of research and increase the impact of their clinical research. Seminal (classic) articles are papers that are included in the Web of Knowledge and which have received a large number of citations (ranking in the top 1%) after being published for more than 3 years, reflecting the article’s quality and impact on the field. Hot topic articles are papers that are included in the Web of Knowledge and have received a large number of citations after being published for no more than 2 years, reflecting their representation of cutting-edge trends in scientific research. Latest articles are the most recently published high-quality papers that are included in PubMed and which reflect the latest trends in their research field. In general, these commentary type articles will focus on the status quo of the overall research in the field, highlighting the most important research topics, the problems that have now been resolved and remain to be resolved, and the future research directions that may maximize the practical impact on a field. The basic information for the article that is the subject of these types of commentaries will be clearly stated at the beginning of the new article and will include author names, article title, journal name, year, volume, and inclusive page numbers. The detailed writing requirements of Field of Vision can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/215

 

4.6 Minireview. Highly influential scientists are invited to write minireview article on recent advances and trends in molecular biology, genomics, and related cutting-edge technologies to provide readers with the latest knowledge and to help improve their diagnostic and therapeutic skills. The detailed writing requirements of Minireview can be found at:http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/192

 

4.7 Review. Highly influential scientists are invited to write review article will focus on the status quo of the overall research in the field, highlighting the most important research topics, the problems that have now been resolved and remain to be resolved, and the future research directions that may maximize the practical impact on a field. The detailed writing requirements of Review can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/217

 

4.8 Topic Highlight. Highly influential scientists are invited to write a series of topic highlight article. We identify these experts from the pool of authors with highly-cited publications; specifically, these are authors whose numbers of citations represent the top 1% over the past 10 years. Such a high number of citations can directly reflect the quality of the authored paper and the academic influence of the author. Commenting on and discussing a series of hot topic articles (7-10 articles) will help improve the diagnostic and therapeutic skills of readers. The detailed writing requirements of Topic Highlight can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/186

 

4.9 Basic Study. These basic study articles are submitted by any author and are written as basic studies of novel and innovative findings in medical basic research. The detailed writing requirements of Basic Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/218

 

4.10 Case Control Study. These case control study articles are submitted by any author and are structured as the identification of person/s with a disease of interest and a control (comparison, referent) group without the disease followed by a description of the relationship of an attribute of the disease and its examination by comparative analysis of diseased vs non-diseased persons, with regard to the frequency or levels of the attribute in each group. The detailed writing requirements of Case Control Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/195

 

4.11 Clinical Trials Study. These clinical trials study articles are submitted by any author and describe a pre-planned study of the safety, efficacy, or optimum dosage schedule (if appropriate) of one or more diagnostic, therapeutic or prophylactic technique(s), device(s) or drug(s) selected according to predetermined criteria of eligibility and observed for predefined evidence of favorable and/or unfavorable effects. The detailed writing requirements of Clinical Trials Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/196

 

4.12 Observational Study. These observational study articles are submitted by any author and describe a clinical study in which participants may receive diagnostic, therapeutic or other types of interventions, but the investigator does not assign participants to receive specific interventions (as in an interventional study). The detailed writing requirements of Observational Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/200

 

4.13 Prospective Study. These prospective study articles are submitted by any author and describe an observational study of a population for a sufficient number of persons over a sufficient number of years to generate incidence and/or mortality rates subsequent to the selection of the study group. The detailed writing requirements of Prospective Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/201

 

4.14 Randomized Clinical Trial. These randomized clinical trial articles are submitted by any author and describe a clinical trial in which the participants are assigned by chance to separate groups for comparison of different treatments; neither the researchers nor the participants can choose which group any individual is ultimately assigned to. Using chance to assign people to groups means that the groups will be similar and that the treatments they receive can be compared objectively. At the time of the trial, it is not known which treatment is best. Finally, study participation in a randomized trial is completely at the discretion of the patient. The detailed writing requirements of Randomized Clinical Trial can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/202

 

4.15 Randomized Controlled Trial. These articles are submitted by any author and describe a clinical trial that involves at least one test treatment and one control treatment, concurrent enrollment and follow-up of the test- and control-treated groups, and in which the treatments to be administered are selected/assigned by a random process, such as the use of a random-numbers table. The detailed writing requirements of Randomized Controlled Trial can be found at:  http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/209

 

4.16 Retrospective Cohort Study. These retrospective cohort study articles are submitted by any author and describe a research study in which the medical records of groups of individuals who are alike in many ways but differ in a certain characteristic (for example, female nurses who smoke and those who do not smoke) are compared for a particular outcome (such as gastric cancer). The detailed writing requirements of Retrospective Cohort Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/210

 

4.17 Retrospective Study. These retrospective study articles are submitted by any author and describe a study to test etiologic hypotheses by which inferences about an exposure to putative causal factors are derived from data relating to characteristics of persons under study or to events or experiences in their past. The essential feature of the Retrospective Study is that some of the persons under study have the disease or outcome of interest and their characteristics are compared with those of unaffected persons. The detailed writing requirements of Retrospective Study can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/211

 

4.18 Evidence-Based Medicine. These evidence-based medicine articles are submitted by any author and describe an approach of practicing medicine with the goal to evaluate and improve patient care. These articles require the judicious integration of the best research evidence with patient values to help guide decisions in medical care and aim to help physicians in making proper diagnoses, devising the best testing strategies, choosing the best treatments and/or methods of disease prevention, and developing guidelines for large groups of patients with the same disease. The detailed writing requirements of Evidence-Based Medicine can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/198

 

4.19 Systematic Review. These systematic review articles are submitted by any author and summarize the recent and comprehensive published material on a particular subject, without bias. The degree of comprehensiveness may vary (from broad to narrow) according to the time range of material scrutinized, but the Systematic Reviews that are most often desired for publication focus on the current literature. The textual material examined for Systematic Reviews may be equally broad or narrow and can encompass, for medicine-related topics specifically, clinical material as well as experimental research or case reports. State-of-the-art reviews tend to address more current matters. The Systematic Reviews must be distinguishable from a HISTORICAL ARTICLE on the same subject, but a review of the historical literature is also within the scope of this publication type. The detailed writing requirements of Systematic Review can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/203

 

4.20 Meta-Analysis. These meta-analysis articles are submitted by any author and are composed of a systematic review, mixed treatment comparison, meta-regression, and overview of reviews, and provide a summary of a given quantitative effect (e.g., the effectiveness and safety of clinical treatments determined by combining data from two or more randomized controlled trials, thereby providing more precise and externally valid estimates than those that would be obtained from each individual dataset if analyzed separately from the others). The detailed writing requirements of Meta-Analysis can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/278

 

4.21 Scientometrics. These scientometrics articles are submitted by any author and describe a study that measures and analyzes science research. In practice, scientometrics is often carried out using bibliometrics (a measurement of the impact of (scientific) publications). The detailed writing requirements of Scientometrics can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/212

 

4.22 Case Report. These case report articles are submitted by any author and report a rare or typical case or case series. The detailed writing requirements of Case Report can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/187

 

4.23 Letter to the Editor. These letter to the editor articles are submitted by any author and either discuss and make reply to topics published in the BPG publishes 42 journals or introduce and comment on a controversial issue of general interest. The detailed writing requirements of Letter to the Editor can be found at: http://www.wjgnet.com/bpg/GerInfo/219 

 

5 ONLINE SUBMISSIONS

Since the BPG does not return or save any of the documents related to a rejected manuscript, the authors should retain one copy of the text, tables, photographs and illustrations. In addition, the editors are not responsible for loss or damage to photographs and illustrations that may have been sustained during mailing. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online submission platform, the ESPS at: http://www.wjgnet.com/esps/Login.aspx?RedirectType=1. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us via e-mail at: editorialoffice@wjgnet.com or online at the Help Desk: http://www.wjgnet.com/esps/helpdesk.aspx or by telephone at: 0086-10-8538-1892.