For authors and reviewers
The journal Česko-slovenská Patologie (Czech and Slovak Pathology; established in 1965; abbreviaton: Cesk Patol) supplemented independently by the journal Soudní Lékařství (Forensic Medicine, abbreviation: Soud Lek) is the official journal of the Czech and Slovak Societies of Pathology and of the Czech and Slovak Societies of Forensic Medicine and Toxicology. It is devoted to publication of original studies in the field, case reports with novel observations and review articles. The journal publishes articles in English as well as in national languages (Czech, Slovak).
An article is received with the understanding that it is submitted solely to this journal, and that no substantial portion of it has been submitted elsewhere. Manuscripts not prepared in accordance with the submission guidelines detailed below may be returned to the authors.
Standard Manuscript Form (you can download a template for your manuscript from our website www.patologie.info/csp). All pages of the manuscript should be double-spaced and numbered (including references, tables and figure legends) using 12 point font (preferably Times New Roman) for all text, and with 2.5 cm margins throughout. Please refrain from using EndNotes etc. as references or automatic list numbering because these features are lost in conversion: simply type the reference number in parentheses in the text and type the reference list. Formatting, such as Greek letters, italics, super- and subscripts, may be used: the coding scheme for such elements must be consistent throughout. Microsoft Office 2007 saves files in an XML format by default (file extensions .docx, .pptx and xlsx). Files saved in this format cannot be accepted for publication. Instead, files should be saved in the Word 97-2003 version (.doc). Name your files with: “Name_Manuscript.doc”, “Name_FIG1.jpg”, etc.
Figures. Supply all figures electronically. Digital files TIFF or JPG (micrographs, photographs; minimum resolutions 300 dpi and at least 700 pixels (longer side) and EPS (graphs, annotated artwork; minimum resolution 800 dpi) are accepted. When preparing composite figures, prepare one file with composite figure and graphics (arrows, asterisks, etc.), but provide also separate files with the original source files and name the files appropriately (e.g. Name_Figure1A.jpg, Name_Figure1B.jpg, etc.). The composite figure will be prepared prior to the publication by our typographic designer according to your proposal.
Figures should be numbered in the order they are first mentioned in the text. Individual figure files should not exceed 10 MB. Do not include titles or captions within your illustrations.
Abbreviations should be avoided in the title and in Summary. Commonly-abbreviated terms should be spelled out in their first occurrence and then may be referenced in abbreviation through the remainder of the manuscript. Measurements, symbols and abbreviations should conform to SI Units.
You can download a template of the manuscript format for your paper from the journal website (www.patologie.info/csp).
Separate pages (but not separate files) should be used for the title page, summary and keywords, text, references, tables, figure legends. Number pages consecutively starting with the title page. Refer to tables and figures in the text, examples: (Fig. 1), (Tab. 1).
- Title Page must include:
- Concise title accurately reflecting the findings of the work
- Names and initials of all authors, e.g. Smith J., Davis G.F.
- Department, institution and address (city, country), where the research was performed
- For the different institutional affiliations use the superscript indexing, e.g. Smith J.1, Davis G.F.2
- Name, address, phone, fax, and email of the corresponding author.
- Summary and Keywords:
The text must be preceded by a summary which should not exceed 300
words. The summary need not be structured into separate sections, should
be prepared on a separate sheet and should be intelligible to the
general reader without reference to the text. Underneath the summary,
the author should give 3 to 6 keywords, preferably chosen from the medical subject headings (MeSH) in Index Medicus. Separate the keywords by hyphens.
The Czech/Slovak speaking authors should also provide (on the next separate page) the summary and keywords in the national language.
- Text: start on a new page.
- Original article:
The text should be divided into sections: INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND
METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (in this order).
For Materials and Methods, authors should describe experimental and statistical methods in enough detail so that other researchers can replicate results and evaluate claims. When providing supplier information for materials sources, company name should be provided. Website references to company information are not permitted.
When appropriate, you can divide the section by subheadings (especially the Results and Discussion).
The main headings are presented in full capitals, in a bold font (i.e., RESULTS). Subheadings are presented in a bold font (Subheadings A), lower level in italics + bold (Subheadings B) and the lowest level in italics (Subheadings C).
Acknowledgements of people, grants, funds, etc. should be placed in a separate section before the reference list. The names of funding organizations should be written in full.
- Case reports especially written-up single cases which present original observations, new insights into pathogenetic mechanisms and/or information based on novel or developing technology may be published after peer review. The text is to be composed in Introduction - Clinical history - Materials and Methods - Results - Discussion, or: Introduction - Case report - Discussion, when appropriate.
- Review articles on a wide range of topics appear regularly in the Journal. Articles may be unsolicited, or may be commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief. Contributors are welcome to submit single articles directly, or may wish to discuss their proposal in advance. The review should begin with an introduction and end with a conclusion or a perspective. It should be accompanied by a short informative abstract including key words. Reviews are subject to the other requirements of original papers and will undergo the same peer-review process.
- Letters to the Editors will be published at the discretion of the editor and are subject to copy editing. Comments on previously published papers, items of topical interest, and brief original communications will be considered under this heading. They should be limited to 3 manuscript pages and should include no more than 5 pertinent references.
- Original article: The text should be divided into sections: INTRODUCTION, MATERIALS AND METHODS, RESULTS, DISCUSSION, ACKNOWLEDGMENTS (in this order).
Reference citations in the text should be identified by numbers in parentheses. Some examples: (3), (3,5), (1-5), (1-3,7) etc.
List of references (heading References) should begin on a new page, be double-spaced and numbered consecutively in order of citation in the text, including citations in tables and figure legends. Reference citations should not appear in titles or headings. Each reference must have an individual number. Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal’s name according to the Index Medicus. Please avoid excessive referencing. Personal communications and unpublished works should only be mentioned in the text. Do not use footnotes or endnotes as a substitute for a reference list. References with less than six authors should list all names; for more than six authors, list the first three names followed by et al.
References should conform to the style of the Journal. Sample references are given below:
Galizia E, Giorgetti G, Piccinini G, et al. BRCA1 expression in triple negative sporadic breast cancers. Anal Quant Cytol Histol 2010; 32(1): 123-129.
- Chapter in edited books:
Glinoer D. Thyroid disease during pregnancy. In: Braverman LE, Utiger RE, eds. Werner and Ingbar’s The Thyroid: A Fundamental and Clinical Text (8th ed). Philadelphia, PA: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins; 2000: 1013–1027.
Stevens A, Lowe J. Pathology (2nd edn). Mosby: London; 2000: 224–226.
- Article in press:
Baselga J, Rothenberg ML, Tabernero J, Loretelli C, Bianchi F. TGF-ß1, pSMAD and TGFß-related markers in patients with advanced metastatic cancer. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. In press 2011.
Tables should be typed double-spaced and submitted on separate pages, as part of the manuscript file. All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals and should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order, example: (Tab. 1). For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table. Be sure that each table is cited in the text.
- Figure legends at the end of the main document. Each figure should have a concise caption describing accurately what the figure depicts. Figure legends should be submitted as part of the manuscript and should state the staining method and magnification. If the exact scale is critical, scale bars should be used on the photograph and specified in the legend. Figures should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order, example: (Fig. 1).
Non-Native English Speakers : Authors who are not native speakers sometimes receive negative comments from referees or editors about the English-language usage in their manuscripts, and these problems can contribute to a decision to reject a paper. To help reduce the possibility of such problems, we strongly encourage such authors to have the manuscript reviewed before submission for clarity by a colleague whose native language is English.
SUBMISSION items include a cover letter, the manuscript and figures. All contributions should be submitted electronically via email to the Editor-in-Chief.
The cover letter (signed by the corresponding author) must include following statements:
- that the manuscript, or parts of it, have not been and will not be submitted elsewhere for publication
- that the manuscript has been read and approved by all the authors, and that the requirements for authorship have been met
- statement of financial or other relationships that might lead to a conflict of interest. If no conflict exists, authors should state: The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest
Where scanned signatures (in PDF file) cannot be provided in the electronic submission, authors may send a duplicate signed copy to the Editorial Office via the post or by courier. Without the signed cover letter, the manuscript will not be accepted for publication.
SUBMISSION ADDRESS for the journal "Česko-slovenská Patologie" (Czech and Slovak Pathology):
Josef Zámečník, M.D., Ph.D. - Editor-in-Chief.
Dept. of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Charles University Prague, 2nd Medical Faculty and University Hospital Motol, V Úvalu 84,
150 06 Prague 5, Czech Republic
SUBMISSION ADDRESS for the journal "Soudní Lékařství" (Forensic Medicine):
Přemysl Klír, M.D., Ph.D. - Editor-in-Chief.
Dept. of Forensic Medicine IPVZ, Budínova 2,
180 81 Prague 8, Czech Republic
The copyright transmission must be signed by the authors before the manuscript is accepted for publication.
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