Instructions for Authors
Vascular publishes original articles, reviews, and leading articles on diseases of the non-cardiac vascular system. Short notes are also accepted.
Manuscripts containing new material are accepted for consideration for publication with the provision that they are submitted solely to Vascular and that no part of the material has been submitted to any other publication. Authors should prepare one manuscript in Microsoft Word, arranging the material in the following order: title page, abstract, text, acknowledgment, references, figure legends, and tables. Review articles do not require an abstract. Articles should indicate that the work has not been previously presented and that all authors are conversant with the paper’s contents and approve of its submission. For the purposes of peer review, all papers submitted for publication are allocated to two members of the Advisory Editorial Board or to special experts in the field addressed in the article.
The title page should include title of manuscript; type of manuscript (eg, original paper, case report, book review); name and initials of each author; department and institution to which the work is to be attributed; city and state; acknowledgment of grant support; name, address and telephone number of grant support; and name, address, fax and telephone numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. An abbreviated title of no more than 40 characters should be included to be used as a running head. The title page should provide complete information (meeting title, city, state, country, and dates) if the paper was presented at a scientific meeting.
ABSTRACT AND KEY WORDS
The second page of the manuscript should provide an abstract of no more than 150 words that summarizes the following aspects of the study: purpose, basic methods, principal findings, and conclusions. The abstract should also include up to six keywords.
The text should be arranged as introduction, methods, results, and discussion. Abbreviations should be kept to a minimum and defined fully on first use. Tables should be referred to consecutively using arabic numbers.
For drugs and their products, generic names are preferred; where proprietary terms are used, these should be accompanied by
the name and brief address of the manufacturer. Authors should use the International System of Units for all units of measure. Where the original reading was made in non-SI units, the value recorded should be reported with the SI equivalent given in parentheses.
Methods must conform to the relevant national ethical criteria. The Journal reserves the right to reject an article if it feels adequate ethical or experimental standards have not been demonstrated.
Methods of statistical analysis used must be explained clearly, with the test for each comparison cited. Significance (P) should be reported to two decimal places. The actual value of statistics such as c2 and t and number of degrees of freedom should be stated where relevant. Authors must distinguish clearly between standard deviation and standard error of the mean.
It is the author’s responsibility to obtain and present written permission to use materials previously published elsewhere.
References should be prepared according to the Decker House Style for references, which can be accessed at the following Web site: <www.bcdecker.com>. Examples:
1. Threlfall EJ, Hampton MD, Ward LR, Rowe B. Application of pulsed field gel electrophoresis to an international outbreak of Salmonella agona. Emerg Infect Dis 1996;2:130–2.
2. Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. Vol 1. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465–78.
It is preferred that authors do not use a reference manager when preparing references.
Tables must be prepared in MS Word using the Table feature (NOTE: Tables cannot be used if they are in PowerPoint or Excel or if they are supplied as images). Tables and columns are all to have headings in place and provided with a title and numbered consecutively in the text with Arabic numerals. Avoid excessive use of horizontal lines. Tables should be provided at the end of the article, after the references and on separate page.
The Journal Vascular is now published in full color and encourages you to submit all images in color where possible.
Images submitted electronically are provided as follows:
· Color photographs are saved in CMYK as TIF files at 300 dpi at 5 inches (12.5 cm) in width (1500 pixels)
· Black and white photographs are saved in greyscale as TIF files at 300 dpi at 5 inches (12.5 cm) in width (1500 pixels)
· Line drawings (eg, bar graphs, algorithms) are prepared in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Adobe Illustrator without embedded images from other sources. We request bar graphs to be prepared as 3D images. Existing line drawings are scanned at 600 dpi at a minimum of 12.5 cm (5 in) in width (2100 pixels) and saved as EPS files (flow charts must not exceed 7 inches [18 cm] in width).
Note 1: Bitmap and JPG files will upload but are NOT considered acceptable for most production processes if your manuscript is accepted for publication.
Note 2: Illustrations must be provided separately from the manuscripts. Any existing images added to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint will be rejected. Send original TIF or EPS files.
Vascular uses a Web-based manuscript processing system, which can be accessed at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/vascular. First time authors may begin the submission process by choosing “Create Account” and following the instructions. More detailed instructions and a question/answer database are accessible under “Forms & Instructions” and “Get Help Now.” Manuscripts will no longer be accepted by mail, except through prior consent from the Editor.