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Clinical Pediatrics

Editor:
Ochsner Children's Health Center, New Orleans, LA, USA
 

Published in Association with Society for Clinical Pediatrics

Published in Association with Ochsner Clinic Foundation

Clinical Pediatrics is a practice-oriented journal emphasizing outpatient pediatric care. We solicit and encourage submission of manuscripts of value to the practitioner in all areas of child care including pediatric practice, clinical research, behavioral and educational management, community health issues, medical education, and subspecialty or affiliated specialty applications to pediatric practice.

Clinical Pediatrics is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

Original Articles
Clinical research concerning diagnosis and management, sociologic and anthropologic studies, and studies on delivery of health care. Original articles have no word limitations; this is left up to the discretion of the author(s). Original articles should be accompanied by an abstract of 150 words or less in a single paragraph without headings such as background, materials and methods, results etc. Five or more keywords should be included on the title page.

Commentaries
Review articles on subjects relevant to the delivery of health care to children, particularly with emphasis on current diagnostic and management recommendations. No abstract is necessary. Before submission, authors of these commentaries are encouraged to consult with the editor via e-mail at clpjournal@ochsner.org since similar articles may be in press.

Brief Reports
Articles of less than 1,500 words with no abstract, a total of 1-4 tables or figures, and approximately 15 references. To be acceptable, such reports should offer a new clinical observation or new management approach.

Resident Rounds
Case reports written by a resident, fellow or medical student with the guidance of a faculty/staff physician. They should be cases that taught the physician in training something appropriate to be shared with colleagues in a similar stage of education. They will usually be patients who presented in an unusual fashion or who demonstrated unique clinical or laboratory manifestations of their diseases. The case report should be approximately 500 words, the discussion 1000 words, and the manuscript should include no more than 4 tables and figures and approximately 15 references. A "hospital course" section and "final diagnosis" should also be included. The title should be a descriptive wording of the initial presentation and not give away the diagnosis. Contributors are encouraged to review other published Resident Rounds to be sure the topic has not been recently covered with the same material. Resident Rounds do not need abstracts and the structure should be as follows:

a) Case report

b) Final Diagnosis

c) Hospital Course

d) Discussion

e) Conclusion

Letters to the Editor
Letters pertaining to manuscripts published in Clinical Pediatrics or on topics of interest. They should be approximately 300 words with no more than five references.

Submission of Manuscripts
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically to http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/clp. Authors will be required to set up an online account on the SageTrack system powered by ScholarOne. Files should be submitted in Microsoft Word and should include the following elements: complete author names, author contact information, including credentials, departmental and institutional affiliations, any source of financial assistance, acknowledgments, abstract (150 words or less), keywords, references, tables, illustrations, and legends.

Manuscripts will be sent out for single-blind peer review by experts in the field. Obtaining permission for any quoted or reprinted material that requires permission is the responsibility of the author. Submission of a manuscript implies commitment to publish in the journal. Authors submitting manuscripts to the journal should not simultaneously submit them to another journal, nor should manuscripts have been published elsewhere in substantially similar form or with substantially similar content. Authors in doubt about what constitutes prior publication should consult the editor. Clinical Pediatrics follows the editorial style of the American Medical Association. For reference style, please see the reference section below. Original illustrations are returned only if requested by the authors. Laboratory values may be described in either metric mass units or the International System of Units (SI units). The equivalent value in the alternate system should be given in parentheses immediately after the primary value. The same sequence should be used in each article. All acronyms should be spelled out with the first appearance in text.

Manuscript Preparation

Manuscripts should be prepared using the AMA Style Guide (10th Edition).

Page Numbers
All the pages must be numbered sequentially.

The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) References, (6) Tables, (7) Figures, and (8) Appendices.

Title page. Please include the following:

  • Full article title
  • Acknowledgments and credits
  • Each author’s complete name, academic degrees, and institutional affiliation(s)
  • Grant numbers and/or funding information
  • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

Abstract. All original research articles should have an unstructured abstract (word limit is 150 words). Case reports, commentaries, and resident rounds do not need an abstract. Type the abstract on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

Abstracts are not required for special features such as letters, news articles, editorial etc.

References should not be cited in abstract.

Keywords: Five or more keywords should be provided on the title page.

Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

Items to Avoid in Headings:

  • Avoid citing figures or tables and references in headings. Cite them in the appropriate place in the text that follows the heading.

References

For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.

Cite references in consecutive order using superscript Arabic numbers. Use commas to separate multiple citation numbers in text. Corresponding references should be listed in numeric order at the end of the document. Unpublished works and personal communications (oral, written, and electronic) should be cited parenthetically (and not on the reference list).

For eg., As reported previously, 1,3-8,19

Page numbers are required for direct quotations.

Basic rules for the reference list

Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

Here are a few examples of commonly found references. For more examples please check AMA (10th Ed).

Books

Author(s) separated by commas. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; year.Goldberg L, Elliot DL. Exercise for Prevention and Treatment of Illness. Philadelphia, Pa: FA Davis Co; 1994.

Chapter or article from a book

Author(s) of article. Title of article. In: Editor's name, ed. Title of Book. Place of publication: Publisher; Year: Chapter or page number. Gamble VN. On becoming a physician: a dream not deferred. In: White EC, ed. The Black Women's Health Book: Speaking for Ourselves. Seattle, Wash: Seal Press; 1990:52-64.



Articles in journals

AMA style requires the use of standard abbreviations for all references, when applicable. Abbreviations for many common medical journals can be found in the AMA Manual of Style (pp.473-479). Additional abbreviations can be searched in the PubMed Journal Database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/journals?itool=sidebar).

Author. Article title. Journal Title. Month Year; Volume: Inclusive page numbers.
CLPelo J. A survey of persons who use integrated control devices. Assist Technol. 1998;10:77-83.



Articles in Online Journals

The preferred citation style for an electronic journal uses a DOI (digital object identifier). The DOI provides a persistent link to the electronic item and is considered to be more stable than a URL. If the DOI is not given on the full text article or in the citation, use a DOI lookup tool to locate it (http://www.crossref.org/guestquery/) or use the format for an article without a DOI.

Article from online journals with DOI available.
Note that when using a DOI, no access date or URL are used.

Author. Title of article. Name of Journal.Year;vol(issue):pages. doi:xx.xxxx.
Florez HR, Martinez RL. Outdoor exercise reduces the risk of hypovitaminosis D in the obese. J Steroid Biochem Mol Bio. 2007;103(3-5):679-681. doi:10.1016 /j.jsbmb.2006.12.032.

Article from online journals without DOI available.
The accessed date will often be the only date available.

Author. Title of article. Name of Journal. Year;vol(issue);pages. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.
Hay PJ. Understanding bulimia. Aust Fam Physician. 2007;36(9):708-712. http://www.racgp.org.au/afp/200709/18554. Accessed October 11, 2009.

Web pages

Author or responsible body. Title of item cited. Name of website. URL. Published date. Updated date. Accessed date.
World Health Organization. Saving the future generation in Darfur. World Health Organization. http://www.who.int/features/2007/ child_health/en/index.html. Published July 7, 2007. Accessed October 11, 2009.

Other Media
Use for DVDs, videos, cd-roms, and other media formats.

Author. Title [format]. Publisher place: Publisher; Year.
Holzknect J. History of physical therapy in the United States [DVD]. New York, NY: Insight Media; 2007.



IMPORTANT NOTE: To encourage a faster production process of your article, you are requested to closely adhere to the points above for references. Otherwise, it will entail a long process of solving copyeditor’s queries and may directly affect the publication time of your article. In case of any question, please contact the journal editor at clpjournal@ochsner.org

Tables. They should be structured properly. Each table must have a clear and concise title.

They should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear in the text.

For each Table, there must be a corresponding citation in the text and for each Table citation here must be a corresponding Table.

IMPORTANT: PERMISSION- The author(s) are responsible for securing permission to reproduce all copyrighted figures or materials before they are published in Clinical Pediatrics. A copy of the written permission must be included with the manuscript submission.

Appendices. They should be lettered to distinguish from numbered tables and figures. Include a descriptive title for each appendix (e.g., “Appendix A. Variable Names and Definitions”). Cross-check text for accuracy against appendices.

Abbreviations. Avoid using abbreviations in the title and subtitle, unless space considerations require an exception or unless the title or subtitle includes the name of a group that is best known by its acronym. In both cases the abbreviation should be expanded in the abstract and at first appearance in the text.

Footnotes. Footnotes should be avoided in text, but are allowed on the title page. They are placed in the following order: author affiliations, death of an author, information about members of a group, corresponding author contact information.

Figure and Artwork Submission
There is a charge to authors to print color figures (See Color Figure section). Therefore, if you do not want to pay for color figures, please make sure the figures you submit to the journal have already been converted to grayscale.

Sizing. Please save the image as the same size as the final printed version; files should not be saved at a size greater than 10% larger than the intended size of the illustration. Electronic copies of figures: Electronic submission of figures is required when created in the following electronic formats: TIFF (identified *.TIF) Tag Image File Format, EPS (identified *.EPS) Encapsulated Postscript File, and JPEG (identified *.JPG) Joint Photographic Experts Group. The following graphic application file formats are supported: Adobe Illustrator version 8.0, and Adobe Photoshop version 5.5 or higher Scanned art specifications. If you are submitting scanned art, please follow these guidelines: Line art (black and white) should be scanned at 1200 ppi and 1 bit bitmap. Grayscale and color images should be scanned at 300 ppi and 8 bit bitmap. (Note regarding grayscale shading: Whenever possible, crosshatching should be used in lieu of grayscale shading. If shading must be used, it should not exceed a 20% screen, and bold type must be used.) Please save each figure as its own file and do not include any extra text (ie, figure captions).

There are 3 requirements in file identification: application and version used to create the file (ie, Illustrator 8.0), type of file (ie, .TIF, .EPS), and identification of figure by number (ie, file names should include the figure number; Figure 1). When saving the file, be sure to embed the fonts into the file. There is no other way to ensure that the text in your art will remain as you intend. If hard-copy originals are submitted, all artwork should be clean black-and-white originals, never photocopies. Artwork should be protected from marks and should not be folded or stapled. Each figure should appear on a separate sheet of white paper. It is the responsibility of the author to provide correct, final copies of the figures by the time the article is submitted to the publisher. Photographs. Photographs of recognizable patients must be accompanied by a signed release from the patient authorizing publication. Masking eyes to hide identity is not sufficient.

Illustrations. Include two sets of unmounted, glossy, black-and-white photographic prints for each illustration, with a gummed label on the back of each giving the first author's name, the figure number, and an arrow indicating the top. Photocopies of the illustration(s) must be attached to each of the other two copies of the manuscript, or, if the manuscript is sent electronically, the photocopies should be mailed with a hard copy of the paper to the editorial assistant of Clinical Pediatrics at the address above.

Color figures. Color figures that will enhance the article may be accepted for publication. The author must be prepared to pay a per-page charge of US $800 for the first color figure and US $200 for each additional page. An invoice will be sent after the article is published. Color figures should be submitted at 300 dpi resolution. Please submit figures in grayscale or black and white if you do not intend to pay color figure charges.

Authorship

Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

(i) made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
(ii) drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
(iii) approved the version to be published.

Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html

Acknowledgements

Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

Funding

To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), CLP additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

Declaration of conflicting interests

It is the policy of CLP to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

Research ethics

All papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at http://clinicaltrials.gov or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, http://www.icmje.org/publishing_10register.html). If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate on the Title Page which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Patient consent

Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

Contributor’s publishing agreement

Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

CLP and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

Reprints
Reprint information will accompany author proofs, or contact reprint@sagepub.com.

Legends and Permission
Credit for any previously published illustration must be given in the corresponding legend. All symbols should be explained in the legend. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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