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Author Guidelines

We publish original research articles, reviews, educational articles, case reports, short communications, letters to the Editor, commentaries, editorials and book reviews.

    • Original research articles have no more than 3000 words, max 30 references and up to 5 tables or figures.
    • Reviews have no more than 5000 words, max 100 references and up to 5 tables or figures.
    • Educational articles have no more than 5000 words, max 100 references and up to 8 figures or tables.
    • Case reports have no more than 1000 words, max 15 references, and up to 2 tables or figures.
    • Short communications, can be either short original research data articles or short reviews / perspectives. They have no more than 1500 words, max 15 references and up to 3 figures or tables.
    • Commentaries are miscellaneous articles of special interest to Pathologists and related scientists. They have no more than 1000 words, max 5 references and 1 figure or table.
    • Editorials are related to material published recently by the Journal. They have no more than 1000 words and up to 1 figure or table.

All manuscripts submitted to Journal of Surgical and Molecular Pathology are in English and conform to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (2013,

All submitted manuscripts should be original contributions, not previously published elsewhere and not under consideration for publication anywhere else. Regarding ethical principles authors are expected to follow the World Medical Association's Declaration of Helsinki ( For research papers using animals the Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing and Education issued by the New York Academy and Sciences` Adhoc Committee on Animal Research should be followed. All research involving humans or animals subjects to a prior approval by the local Ethics Committee.

All manuscripts should be accompanied by a declaration of no conflicting interests. Also authors should declare any funding related to their work. In the cover letter the authors declare that the manuscript is an original contribution, not previously published elsewhere and not under consideration for publication anywhere else, that the manuscript has been approved by all authors, and that the copyright is transferred to Journal of Surgical and Molecular Pathology in case of acceptance. The cover letter is signed by all authors.

Manuscripts are required to be structured as follows:

Title page: Full title, full names, addresses, and affiliations of all authors plus email address for corresponding author, abbreviated title (up to 40 characters), key words (up to 5), any financial support, any conflict of interest. Also the contribution of each author to the manuscript should be noted.

Abstract: The Abstract is limited to 250 words and for research articles it is structured as follows: Aim, Materials and Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Main Text: The text is organized in five main headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions. Use only standard abbreviations. The full term appears before the first use of the relevant abbreviation.

References: The Vancouver reference style system is used. References are cited consecutively in numerical order (Arabic numericals), as they appear in the text, within square brackets. The last names and initials of all authors should be written if they are up to six, otherwise the first six are referred, with et al following. The Reference contains the Authors’ names (as above), the title of journal article, the title of journal (abbreviated according to the instructions of the Index Medicus), the year of publication, the volume number (issue number) and the page numbers of the article. References in books are given as follows: Author/Editor (if it is an editor/editors always put (ed./eds.) after the name), title, series title and number (if part of a series), edition, publisher, year of publication. References in chapters of books are as follows: Author of the chapter, title of chapter followed by, In: Editor (always put (ed./eds) after the name), title of book, series title and number, edition, publisher, year of publication, page numbers (use “p” before page numbers)

The style conforms to the following examples:

ARTICLE: Paraskevakou H, Gakiopoulou Ch, Lazaris A, Agrogiannis G, Kavoura E, Boletis I, et al. Immunohistochemical evaluation of podocalyxin expression in glomerulopathies with nephritic syndrome. Hellenic Archives of Pathology 2012;26(1): 43-51.

BOOK: Rosai J ed., Rosai and Ackerman’s Surgical Pathology, 10th Edition, Mosby; 2011

Tables: The Tables are presented at the end of the text and have short and concise heading.

Figures: The figures are submitted in separate files in JPEG or TIFF formats (at least 300 dpi). Number in Arabical numericals. Figure Legends are explicit.


Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. Manuscript is an original contribution, not previously published elsewhere and not under consideration for publication anywhere else.
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  5. The instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

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