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Submissions Conditions of Acceptance

Submissions Conditions of Acceptance

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission’s compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines:

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it pending peer review or publication with another journal. If there are any conflicts, an explanation box is provided in Comments to the Editor at the end of this page.
  • The submission does not infringe any copyright, nor violate any proprietary rights, nor contain any libelous matter, nor invade the privacy of any person or third party.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines. The authors understand that failure to adhere to these submission guidelines will delay the peer review process.
  • If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in ensuring a blind review have been followed. The authors understand that failure to adhere to these guidelines will delay the peer review process.

Conditions of Acceptance 1

The authors agree to provide informed consent documents with the submission for any patient photographs, if any. The manuscript will not be accepted or printed without all appropriate consent documents.

Conditions of Acceptance 2

Institutional Review Board approval was obtained and must be noted in the Methods section of the manuscript.

Any clinical trial that involves human subjects and health outcomes must have been registered with This must be noted in the Methods section. The identification number must be listed in the cover page with a short description.

Conditions of Acceptance 3

Authors agree to disclose all affiliations, funding sources, and financial or management relationships that could be perceived as potential sources of bias. This MUST be clearly noted in the acknowledgement section of the manuscript. Authors who fail to disclose any conflict of interest hold ethical and legal liability.