Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology is a bi-monthly journal which publishes original papers on clinical or experimental research pertinent to the rheumatic diseases; work on connective tissue diseases and other immune disorders also are within the journal's scope. Contributors may submit Editorials, Original Articles, Rapid Papers, Review Articles, Case Reports and Letters to the Editor. Every issue also contains a section dedicated to the area of Pediatric Rheumatology.
Articles will be considered for publication on the condition that they are submitted solely to Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology. The statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications are those of the Authors, and the Editors and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for these statements.
Manuscripts will be acknowledged on receipt. All submitted articles will be read by the Editors and sent to two or more members of the Editorial Board or outside consultants for formal review. The referees' comments will be forwarded to the Authors.
STARTING WITH MANUSCRIPTS SUBMITTED FROM MARCH 1, 2012 THERE WILL BE A PAGE CHARGE APPLIED TO ARTICLES OF OVER 4 PRINTED PAGES. FOR EACH PAGE EXCEEDIND THIS LIMIT THE AUTHORS WILL BE CHARGED € 100.00 PER ADDITIONAL PAGE. Instructions for payment will be sent to authors along with the proofs.
Please click on the "Submission on line" button on top of this page to submit a manuscript, and follow the instructions on how to submit a manuscript.
Manuscripts should be accompanied by a cover letter containing:
In preparing their manuscripts authors should adhere to the norms laid out in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (JAMA 1993; 269: 2282-6). The style should be clear and concise, and authors not fluent in English should have their paper corrected by a native English speaker, preferably one with a scientific background.
Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced with wide margins (at least 2 cm on all sides). Single-spaced material is not acceptable. Begin each of the following sections on a separate page: title page; abstract and key words; text; acknowledgements; references; individual tables; and legends. Number the pages consecutively, beginning with the title page.
The title page should include:
The second page should contain a concise abstract, proportional in length to the paper itself, and 3 to 10 indexing terms drawn from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus. All measurements, including hematologic and clinical chemistry data, should be reported in metric units in terms of the International System of Units (SI). Only standard abbreviations should be used.
NOTE: Excessive authorship should be avoided: case reports with more than 6 authors will not be considered for publication. In letters to the Editors with more than six authors the respective contributions of each must be specified in the accompanying cover letter.
Original articles, brief papers, and rapid papers should be divided into the following sections (for case reports and letters see above):
Structured abstract: A summary (250 words or less) suitable for use by abstracting journals, and divided into the following sections: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
Introduction: State the purpose of the article and summarise the rationale for the study, giving only the most pertinent references.
Materials and methods: Describe how the study subjects (including controls) were selected. Identify the methods, apparatuses (including manufacturer), and procedures used in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established procedures; provide references and brief descriptions for published but not well-known methods; describe new or substantially modified methods. Identify all drugs and chemicals used, including their generic name, dose, and route of administration.
Ethics: For experiments with human subjects, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the standards of the responsible local committee or with the Helsinki Delaration of 1975/83. For animal experiments, indicate which guidelines or national law on the use of laboratory animals were followed.
Statistics: Describe the statistical methods used (citing standard works) in sufficient detail that a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data may verify the reported results. Quantify findings with appropriate indicators of measurement error or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). Avoid sole reliance on statistical hypothesis testing, such as the use of P values, which fail to convey important quantitative information.
Results. Present results succinctly and in logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. In the text emphasize or summarise only the most important observations; avoid repeating the data given in the tables and illustrations.
Discussion. Highlight only the new and most significant aspects of the study and discuss the conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail material already presented in the Results. Include the implications of your findings and their limitations. Relate the observations to other relevant studies. Avoid conclusions not completely supported by your data.
Acknowledgements. Specify: (a) inputs that deserve acknowledgement but do not justify authorship (scientific advisers, critical review of the proposal, data collection, or participation in a clinical trial [Note: authors must obtain written permission from persons who are acknowledged by name, as readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions]; (b) technical assistance; (c) financial and material support; and (d) financial relationships that may involve a conflict of interest.
Starting with manuscripts submitted from March 1, 2012 there will be a page charge applied to articles over 4 printed pages. For each page exceeding this limit the authors will be charged € 100.00 per additional page. Instructions for payment will be sent to authors along with the proofs.
References should be compiled numerically according to their order of citation in the text [identified by arabic numbers in parentheses], and typed double-spaced. Use the format described in the Uniform Requirements, which is based on the US National Library of Medicine's Index Medicus. Journals titles should be abbreviated in accordance with the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus (published each January in Index Medicus).
"Unpublished observations" and "personal communications" may not be used as references, and citing abstracts should be avoided. References to written, but not oral, communications may be inserted in the text within parentheses. Manuscripts that have been submitted but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as "unpublished observations".
References must be verified by the authors against the original documents. List all authors when 6 or less; when 7 or more list only the first three and et al.
Restrict tables and figures to those necessary to explain the argument of the paper and assess its support. Use graphs in the place of tables with many entries; do not duplicate data in more than one form. If a figure or table has already been published, authors must acknowledge the original source, and procure and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material.
Type each table double-spaced on a separate sheet. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. Supply a title or legend for each. Place explanatory material in footnotes (using *, ¥, ·, ||, ¶, **, $, §, etc.), not in the legend. Explain non-standard abbreviations, and identify statistical measures of variations such as the SD and SEM.
Figures must be prepared on a computer or professionally drawn and photographed. Freehand or typewritten lettering is not acceptable. Graphics may be sent in one original (labelled "original") and 3 photocopies. For half-tone work send sharply contrasted, black-and-white photographic prints in 4 copies. Lettering should be clear, homogeneous, and large enough that when reduced for publication it will still be legible. The effect of reduction in size of the figure itself to fit the journal format should also be taken into consideration. Each figure must labelled on the back with its number, the authorÌs name, and the indication"top". Figures should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned in the text.
Colour figures. The authors are expected to bear the costs of printing colour plates. The charge is € 800.00 for the first colour figure + € 100.00 for each additional colour figure in the same manuscript.
Proof-reading. Contributors will be provided with one set of galley proofs and are asked to read them for printer's errors and return them within one week by fax (sending the original proofs by regular mail). Changes within reason are allowed at no extra cost, but excessive alterations and additions will be charged to the author.
Reprints. Reprints can be ordered from the Editor, using the order form that is sent with the proofs. Orders must be received before the article goes to press; those received after that time are subject to a surcharge.