Interventional Radiology Author Guidelines (ver3-2-2. 2018.7)
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GENERAL
nterventional Radiology publishes original manuscripts dealing with clinical investigations, basic research and case reports in all aspects of interventional radiology, in English. The journal welcomes submission of original research, technical notes, case reports, review articles and pictorial essays.

Submitted manuscripts must be original and not have been previously published, or under consideration for publication elsewhere. All submitted manuscripts are processed through CrossCheck® and peer reviewed. Manuscripts that appear to be excessively duplicative of other published materials will be rejected.
These guidelines are based in part on “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals” as published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform (ICMJE). For any information that is not mentioned in these guidelines, authors should refer to the ICMJE Recommendations, which are available at www.icmje.org.

PEER REVIEW PROCESS
Peer review is an important process of evaluation for any manuscript submitted to Interventional Radiology. Every article submitted for full peer review will receive a comprehensive, fair, unbiased critical assessment.

All submitted manuscripts will be initially reviewed by the Editor-in-Chief of Interventional Radiology to evaluate eligibility for publication. The editors will assess the importance and originality of the research, suitability and interest to the readership of the journal, and the quality of the manuscript. Any manuscripts that satisfy our screening criteria will generally be sent to two experts in the field of study for peer review.

The editors of the Interventional Radiology make all decisions on the manuscript publication, which include acceptance, major or minor revisions, and rejection. The decision letters along with the comments by the editors and reviewers will be sent to the corresponding author via e-mail.

Manuscripts that receive a revision, authors should submit the revised manuscript by the due date instructed in the decision letter. When submitting a revised manuscript authors must include a detailed point-by-point response. All authors must approve every revision, correction and amendment prior to re-submission of the revised manuscript.

EDITORIAL POLICY and PUBLICATION ETHICS
Overview
Interventional Radiology supports and adheres to the guidelines and best practices including Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf) by the International Committee of Medical Journals Editors (ICMJE) and the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (a joint statement by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), the World Association for Medical Editors (WAME) and the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA); (http://doaj.org/bestpractice).

AUTHORSHIP
All authors listed in the manuscript must meet the following criteria of contribution described by ICMJE in the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals.
-Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the research or the acquisition and analysis of data
-Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content
-Final approval of the version to be published
-Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

The corresponding author must ensure that a manuscript is read and approved by all authors prior to submission.
Contributors who do not meet the criteria above should not be listed as authors. Guest or honorary authorship is not permitted.
Those who do not qualify for an authorship may be acknowledged individually or together as a group under a single heading with “Acknowledgements” the on the title page. Examples of activities that do not qualify a contributor for authorship are acquisition of funding, general supervision of a research group, or general administrative support and writing assistance, technical editing, language editing, and proofreading.

Authors should discuss, determine and (if they exist) settle any disagreements about the order of authorship before submitting their manuscript. Any changes such as order, addition, and deletion of authors, between the initial manuscript submission and the final decision, should be discussed and approved by all authors. Any request for such changes must be agreed by all authors.

Adding, deleting, or changing the author names and their order is not permitted after the acceptance of the manuscript for publication.

CLINICAL TRIALS
In accordance with ICMJE’s policy on trial registration, all clinical trials must be registered with a public trials registry before the time of first patient enrollment. ICMJE defines clinical trials as any research project that prospectively assigns people or a group of people to an intervention, with or without concurrent comparison or control groups, to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a health-related intervention and a health outcome. Health-related interventions includes but not limited to those used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome; examples include drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, educational programs, dietary interventions, quality improvement interventions, and process-of-care changes.

Interventional Radiology requires all clinical trials to be registered with databases that are accessible to the public at no charge, open to all prospective registrants, managed by a not-for-profit organization, have a mechanism to ensure the validity of the registration data, and are electronically searchable.

Submitted manuscripts must include the unique registration number in the abstract as evidence of registration. The name of the registration database must also be provided. For details regarding the required minimal registration data set, please go to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) site at http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/browse/publishing-and-editorial-issues/clinical-trial-registration.html

The journal accepts registration from the following list of registries as well as others listed at http://www.icmje.org:
http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/ (Clinical Trials)
http://www.anzctr.org.au/ (Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry)
http://isrctn.org (ISRCTN Register)
http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp (Netherlands Trial Register)
http://www.umin.ac.jp/ctr (UMIN Clinical Trials Registry)

In reporting randomized clinical trials, authors must comply with published CONSORT guidelines (http://www.consort-statement.org/). The recommended checklist must be completed and provided to the Journal at the time of manuscript submission. The recommended trial flow diagram should be presented as a figure.

REPORTING GUIDELINES
Various reporting guidelines have been developed for different study designs. Authors are encouraged to follow published standard reporting guidelines for the study discipline.
CONSORT for randomized clinical trials (http://www.consort-statement.org/)
CARE for case reports (http://care-statement.org/)
STROBE for observational studies (http://strobe-statement.org/)
PRISMA for systematic reviews and meta-analyses (http://prisma-statement.org/)
STARD for studies of diagnostic accuracy
(http://www.equator-network.org/reporting-guidelines/stard/)
Please access http://www.equator-network.org/ to find the guideline that is appropriate for your study.

It is extremely important than when you complete any Reporting Guideline checklist that you consider amending your manuscript to ensure your article addresses all relevant reporting criteria issues delineated in the relevant reporting checklist.

COPYRIGHT
Authors will be asked to sign the Copyright Transfer Agreement Form. All authors must read and agree to the conditions outlined in the form. The corresponding author can sign on behalf of co-authors. Manuscripts cannot be published until a signed form has been received by the Editorial Board of Interventional Radiology. A link for downloading the form will be provided in the acceptance letter. Authors should be aware that if any copyrighted or previously published materials are used in the manuscript, it is the authors’ responsibility to obtain the necessary permission prior to making a submission.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST (COI) STATEMENTS
Authors must disclose any conflicts of interest (COI) related to the research and study presented in the manuscript in the title page. Even if the authors have no conflicts of interest to declare, a statement to confirm this should be included in the title page. Authors are responsible for declaring any applicable conflicts of interest including, but not limited to, agreements for research support (including provision of equipment or materials), honoraria (such as lecture fees), consulting, stock ownership and any other financial or personal relationships that may cause any bias to the results of research. Disclosure is not intended to prevent authors with potential conflicts of interest from contributing to Interventional Radiology.

ETHICAL APPROVAL AND INFORMED CONCENT
Studies involving human subjects or animals should state that the procedures followed were in accordance with the Declaration of Helsinki, and that the study had been approved by the relevant institutional or national review board. If no approval from any review board was required, that must be explicitly stated in the manuscript.

Written consent must be obtained from individual participants (or guardians of participants) prior to the study. Any personal data such as pictures, specific dates, names or any other material that may identify patients must not be used in the manuscript.

Articles reporting on data from animal testing must indicate in the “Subjects and Methods” section the approval of the testing design by the affiliated institution’s Animal Care and Use Committee, without mentioning the name of the institution using the phrase “our affiliated institution.”

Exclusive Submission
Articles that have been previously published or are being considered for publication in another journal in any language will not be accepted. The Editorial Committee makes decisions on acceptance of the peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Redundant or Duplicate Publication
Articles that are being considered for publication in another journal, including advanced publications such as “in-press” or “E-pub ahead of print” articles, in any language might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication.

The author should notify the editor formally about all submission and the previous reports that could be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or similar work.

Editorial actions should be expected if redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs without such notification. Editorial actions may include: immediate rejection of the submitted manuscript; retraction of published work; published notice of violation, and revocation of publishing privileges.

Misconducts and Breach of Publication Ethics
All manuscripts submitted to Interventional Radiology must be the authors’ original work and not duplicate any other previously published work in any language. The authors must guarantee that the same manuscript is not simultaneously submitted to another journal.

All authors are fully responsible for the originality and contents of their submitted manuscripts. All records and data presented in the manuscript must be accurate, without any fabrication, manipulation, or falsification. When authors find inaccuracy in their own published work, authors must notify the editorial office promptly to retract or correct the paper.

All information and contents that originate from other resources must be credited and cited, as guided in the “References” section.

Any identified misconducts are subject to investigation by the Editorial Board of Interventional Radiology. If the allegation raises any valid concerns after the investigation, the author will be contacted to address the issue and given a right to respond. The Editorial Board may publish an “Expression of Concern” if suspicion is raised after the article has already been published. If misconduct or the breach of publication ethics is established, regardless of the severity, this may result in a retraction of the paper, publication of formal notice of misconduct, formal notice to an author’s institution, and formal embargo on future contributions to Interventional Radiology.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION (via SCHOLAR ONE ®)
Interventional Radiology receives online submission only. Please login to the submission system at https://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/ivr and submit your manuscript according to the instructions.

TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS

  1. Original Research
    Original Research should include a novel technique or new knowledge, which contributes to the field of interventional radiology. The method should be reasonable and described clearly. Any limitations of the work should be addressed and discussed. The conclusions should be consistent with the results obtained. A small case series with less than five (5) cases should be submitted as a “Case Report” or “Technical Note”.
    The main text of Original Research should not exceed 3,500 words (excluding the abstract), and the number of references is limited to 50.
  2. Technical Note
    A Technical Note should describe a novel technique in interventional radiology. The main text should not exceed 2,500 words (excluding the abstract).
  3. Case Report
    A Case Report describes a single or a few cases involving rare diseases or conditions, or unique interventional techniques. The main text should not exceed 2,500 words (excluding the abstract).
  4. Review
    A Review should provide a broad overview and update on a particular topic in interventional radiology. The contents of the Review should be supported by references. Original data or findings from unpublished studies should not be included in Review articles. The main text of a Review should not exceed 4,000 words (excluding the abstract) and the number of references is limited to 100.
  5. Pictorial Essay
    A Pictorial Essay should consist of figures, illustrations and pictures to impart descriptive information, with minimal text. The essay should not contain new data or statistics. The main text of the Pictorial Essay should not exceed 2,000 words (excluding abstract), and the number of references is limited to ten (10).

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

The information provided below is based in part on “Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals,” as published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). For any information that is not mentioned in these guidelines, authors should refer to the ICMJE Recommendations.

Manuscripts that do not follow the instructions below WILL BE RETURNED to the corresponding author for technical revision before undergoing peer review.

All manuscripts must be written in English, typed double-spaced with wide margins throughout. Incomplete or improperly prepared manuscripts will be returned to authors without review.
A title page should be prepared as a separate file from the main document. The main document should be prepared in the following order: abstract, text, references, figure legends, tables and figures. Pages must be numbered in the upper right-hand corner of each page, starting with the “Main Text” and continuing through to the references. Standard abbreviations and units should be used. Define abbreviations at first appearance and avoid their use in the title and abstract.

TITLE PAGE
Please prepare a separate Microsoft Word file for the title page. The title page should include the following information:
(NOTE: This information will not be included in the PDF that goes to the reviewers)

  • Title of the manuscript.
  • Type of manuscript.
  • Author names, email addresses, telephone and fax numbers, and institution information (name and address including zip code) of all authors with the corresponding author clearly identified.
  • Present addresses of authors who have moved since the study.
  • Acknowledgment of grants, disclosures or other assistance. Disclosures of each author must be stated. If there are no disclosures, that fact must be explicitly stated.
  • Three (3) to (5) key words for indexing.
  • For a sample title page, please click here.

PLEASE NOTE:
As Intervention Radiology uses double-blind peer review, the title page should be submitted separately from the main document to ensure anonymity of the manuscript during the review process.

ABSTRACT
Please provide a structured abstract of no more than 250 words for Original Research and Technical note), which should be structured into the following sections: Purpose, Material and Methods, Results, Conclusions.
An unstructured abstract of no more than 125 words is required for Case reports, Review articles, and Pictorial essays.

TEXT
The text of Original Research and Technical Notes should be divided into the following sections: Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion.
Case Reports should be divided into: Introduction, Case report(s), Discussion.

REFERENCES
Number each reference in the order cited in the text. The authors are responsible for the accuracy of the information included in the references. Personal communications and unpublished data should not be included in the reference list but should be cited in parentheses (brackets) in the text, for example “(Jones T., personal communication)”. References should be formatted in the following order: names of authors; title; abbreviated journal title; year of publication; volume; inclusive page numbers.
If there are more than six (6) authors, list only the first six authors, followed by “et al.”. For abbreviations of journal names, follow Index Medicus.

  • Journal articles
    1. Kiyosue H, Ibukuro K, Maruno M, Tanoue S, Hongo N, Mori H. Multidetector CT anatomy of drainage routes of gastric varices: a pictorial review. Radiographics. 2013; 33: 87-100.
    2. Kichikawa K, Uchida H, Yoshioka T, et al. Iliac artery stenosis and occlusion: preliminary results of treatment with Gianturco expandable metallic stents. Radiology. 1990; 177: 799-802.
  • DOI Articles (online publication before issue publication with page numbers)
    1. Inoue M, Tanaka T, Nakagawa H, Yoshioka T, Kichikawa K. Splenic vein embolization using coil anchors and prophylactic occlusion of a hepatofugal collateral for hepatic encephalopathy due to splenorenal shunt: Technical note and Literature Review. Case Rep Radiol. 2013; doi: 10.1155/2013/160653.
  • Book chapters
    1. Tanaka T. Hybrid Interventional CT/Angio System. In: Mahnken AH, Rick J, editors. MR-guided interventions in radiology 2nd ed. *****: Springer; 2013. p.515-529.
      For reference styles for other media formats, or for further details, please refer to Citing Medicine, which is available at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/

TABLES
Tables should be prepared in a separate file from the main document, and must be numbered in the order of appearance in the text. Each table should have a brief, informative title. A caption for each table is required. All abbreviations used in tables should be explained in the footnotes.

FIGURES
All images must be submitted as TIFF files. No other files are acceptable. Each figure must be cited in the text in numerical order and must be accompanied by a figure legend. Make sure to identify all annotations found in the figure in the caption. If any copyrighted materials are used, please include the relevant credit line as instructed by the original copyright holder.
Figure requirements: dpi(dots per inch)Line
drawings: 800 dpi
Halftone and color works: 300 dpi
Minimum width: 76 mm
Annotations, e.g. arrows, should be used to indicate subtle but salient points. They should be put on a different layer to the main figure/illustration in the TIFF file to enable editing by editorial staff if necessary.

VIDEOS
Up to two (2) article-related supplementary video files can be submitted. The format of the video files should be: .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .mpg or .avi. Each video clip should not exceed one (1) minute in length or 10MB. All narration must be in English.

Manuscript Specifications for Interventional Radiology
Type of Articless Main Text Word Limit Abstract Word Limit and Format No. of References No. of Figures No. of Tables
Original Research 3500 words 250 words;structured 50 7 5
Technical Note 2500 words 250 words;structured 10 7 5
Case Report 2500 words 125 words:unstructured 10 7 3
Review 4000 words 125 words;unstructured 100 10 5
Pictorial Essay 2000 words 125 words;unstructured 10 20 3

*Introduction, Case report(s), Discussion

PUBLICATION FEE
The journal charges a fee upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication. If there is at least one<br
(1) author who is a member of JSIR,the fee for JSIR member will apply:
JSIR Members: US $ 100
Non-Members: US $ 200

ADVERTISING POLICY
Interventional Radiology will not accept any advertisement for products or services to be published or posted on the journal and its related webpages. The journal will not accept any advertisement for products or services to be published.

Questions related to submissions and editorial issues should be addressed to
Interventional Radiology Assistant Managing Editor E-mail: office@jsir.or.jp