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Preparing your manuscript

       JVATiTD has no restrictions on the length of articles; however, the text is expected to be concise and complete. Manuscripts submitted to the journal should be in English and neither been published before nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere. Full experimental details must be provided so that the results can be reproduced. Authors should publish all experimental controls and make full datasets available where possible.

Article types

JVATiTD publishes the following article types:

  • Letter to the editor: a letter to the editor may contain a re-analysis of a previously published article; a study that may not cover ‘standard research’ but that is of general interest to the journal; or a brief report of research findings adequate for the journal’s scope.
  • Review: review articles provide concise and precise updates on the latest progress made in specific research areas within the scope of JVATiTD.
  • Research: articles containing the results of original research (work reporting scientifically sound experiments and providing a substantial amount of new information).
  • Short report: studies on important preliminary research findings, ongoing research projects or results of limited significance.
  • Case report: a detailed report of the diagnosis, treatment, and follow-up of an individual patient.

       Manuscripts should be submitted through our online submission system. The submitting author is responsible for the manuscript during the submission and peer-review process. He/she must ensure that all eligible co-authors have been included in the author list and that they have all read and approved the submitted manuscript.

Formatting guidelines

       1. File formats

       Microsoft Word (DOC, DOCX) and rich text format (RTF) file formats are acceptable for the main manuscript document. Editable files are required for processing in production. Figures must be submitted as separate image files, not as part of the submitted manuscript file.

       2. Main manuscript text

  • Use double line spacing
  • Include line and page numbering
  • Use SI units
  • Do not use page breaks in your manuscript
  • Please ensure that special characters are embedded in the text; otherwise, they will be lost during conversion to PDF

       Since JVATiTD adopts double-blind peer-review, information that allows identification of authors or institution should NOT be included in the manuscript main document

       3. Abstract and keywords

       Abstract should be presented according to section, as follows:

  • Research: Abstract structured on sections Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • Short Report: Abstract structured on sections Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions
  • Case Report: Abstract structured on sections Background, Case Presentation, Conclusions
  • Editorial: Abstract unstructured – one continuous paragraph.
  • Letter to the editor: Abstract unstructured – one continuous paragraph
  • Review: Abstract unstructured – one continuous paragraph

       The following articles should present at least three and at maximum five key –words, preferably according to MeSH indexing terms

  • Research
  • Case Report
  • Short Report
  • Review

        4. Illustrations and figures
       When preparing figures, please follow the formatting instructions below.

  • Figures should be provided as separate files, not embedded in the main manuscript file.
  • Each figure of a manuscript should be submitted as a single file that fits on a single page in portrait format.
  • Tables should NOT be submitted as figures but should be included in the main manuscript file.
  • Multi-panel figures (those with parts a, b, c, d etc.) should be submitted as a single composite file that contains all parts of the figure.
  • Figures should be numbered in the order they are first mentioned in the text, and uploaded in this order.
  • Figures should be uploaded in the correct orientation.
  • Figure titles (max 15 words) and legends (max 300 words) should be provided in the main manuscript, not in the graphic file.
  • Figure keys should be incorporated into the graphic, not into the legend of the figure.
  • Individual figure files should not exceed 10 MB. If a suitable format is chosen, this file size is adequate for extremely high quality figures.
  • It is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures (or tables) that have previously been published elsewhere. Permission should be indicated in the figure legend, and the original source included in the reference list.

       Figure file types
We accept the following file formats for figures:

  • EPS (suitable for diagrams and/or images)
  • TIFF (suitable for images)
  • JPEG (suitable for photographic images, less suitable for graphical images)
  • PNG (suitable for images)
  • BMP (suitable for images)
  • CDX (ChemDraw – suitable for molecular structures)

       5. Tables
       When preparing tables, please follow the formatting instructions below.

  • Tables should be numbered and cited in the text in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Table 1, Table 2 etc.).
  • Tables less than one A4 or Letter page in length can be placed in the appropriate location within the manuscript.
  • Tables larger than one A4 or Letter page in length can be placed at the end of the document text file. Please cite and indicate where the table should appear at the relevant location in the text file so that the table can be added in the correct place during production.
  • Tabular data provided as additional files can be uploaded as an Excel spreadsheet (.xls ) or comma separated values (.csv). Please use the standard file extensions.
  • Table titles (max 15 words) should be included above the table, and legends (max 300 words) should be included underneath the table.
  • Tables should not be embedded as figures or spreadsheet files, but should be formatted using ‘Table object’ function in your word processing program.

       6. Additional files
      As the length and quantity of data is not restricted for many article types, authors can provide datasets, tables, movies, or other information as additional files.

      All Additional files will be published along with the accepted article. Do not include files such as patient consent forms, certificates of language editing, or revised versions of the main manuscript document with tracked changes. Such files, if requested, should be sent by email to the journal’s editorial email address, quoting the manuscript reference number. Please do not send completed patient consent forms unless requested.

      Results that would otherwise be indicated as “data not shown” should be included as additional files. Since many web links and URLs rapidly become broken, JVATiTD requires that supporting data are included as additional files, or deposited in a recognized repository. Please do not link to data on a personal/departmental website. Do not include any individual participant details. The maximum file size for additional files is 20 MB each, and files will be virus-scanned on submission. Each additional file should be cited in sequence within the main body of text.

       If additional material is provided, please list the following information in a separate section of the manuscript text:

  • File name (e.g. Additional file 1)
  • File format including the correct file extension for example .pdf, .xls, .txt, .pptx (including name and a URL of an appropriate viewer if format is unusual)
  • Title of data
  • Description of data

       Additional files should be named “Additional file 1” and so on and should be referenced explicitly by file name within the body of the article, e.g. ‘An additional movie file shows this in more detail [see Additional file 1]’.

       For further guidance on how to use Additional files or recommendations on how to present particular types of data or information.


        7. ‘Availability of data and materials’ section 
JVATiTD strongly encourages all datasets on which the conclusions of the manuscript rely to be either deposited in publicly available repositories (where available and appropriate) or presented in the main paper or additional supporting files, in machine-readable format (such as spread sheets rather than PDFs) whenever possible.

       The following format for the ‘Availability of data and materials section of your manuscript should be used:

      “The dataset(s) supporting the conclusions of this article is(are) available in the [repository name] repository, [unique persistent identifier and hyperlink to dataset(s) in http:// format].”

       The following format is required when data are included as additional files:

      “The dataset(s) supporting the conclusions of this article is (are) included within the article (and its additional file[s]).”

       JVATiTD endorses the Force 11 Data Citation Principles and requires that all publicly available datasets be fully referenced in the reference list with an accession number or unique identifier such as a DOI.

       For databases, this section should state the web/ftp address at which the database is available and any restrictions to its use by non-academics.

       For software, this section should include:

  • Project name: e.g. My bioinformatics project
  • Project home page: e.g.
  • Archived version: DOI or unique identifier of archived software or code in repository (e.g. enodo)
  • Operating system(s): e.g. Platform independent
  • Programming language: e.g. Java
  • Other requirements: e.g. Java 1.3.1 or higher, Tomcat 4.0 or higher
  • License: e.g. GNU GPL, FreeBSD etc.
  • Any restrictions to use by non-academics: e.g. licence needed

       Information on available repositories for other types of scientific data, including clinical data, can be found in our editorial.

       8. References
All references, including URLs, must be numbered consecutively, in square brackets, in the order in which they are cited in the text, followed by any in tables or legends. The reference numbers must be finalized and the reference list fully formatted before submission. For further information including example references please read our reference preparation guidelines.

Please note that “Editorial” section manuscripts should contain at maximum two references and “Letter to the Editor” at maximum ten references.

       What should be cited?

       Only articles, clinical trial registration records and abstracts that have been published or are in press, or are available through public e-print/preprint servers, may be cited.

       Unpublished abstracts, unpublished data and personal communications should not be included in the reference list, but may be included in the text and referred to as “unpublished observations” or “personal communications” giving the names of the involved researchers. Obtaining permission to quote personal communications and unpublished data from the cited colleagues is the responsibility of the author. Footnotes are not allowed, but endnotes are permitted. Journal abbreviations follow Index Medicus/MEDLINE.

       Any in press articles cited within the references and necessary for the reviewers’ assessment of the manuscript should be made available if requested by the editorial office.

       How to format your references

       JVATiTD uses the Vancouver style according to the International Committee of Medical Doctor Journals. Examples of reference style are shown below. Please ensure that the reference style is followed precisely; if the references are not in the correct style, they may need to be retyped and carefully proofread.

       Web links and URLs: All web links and URLs, including links to the authors’ own websites, should be given a reference number and included in the reference list rather than within the text of the manuscript. They should be provided in full, including both the title of the site and the URL, as well as the date the site was accessed, in the following format: The Mouse Tumor Biology Database. Accessed 20 May 2013. If an author or group of authors can clearly be associated with a web link, such as for weblogs, then they should be included in the reference.

       Authors may wish to make use of reference management software to ensure that reference lists are correctly formatted.

       Example reference style:

       Article within a journal:

       Smith JJ. The world of science. Am J Sci. 1999;36:234-5.

       Article within a journal (no page numbers):

       Rohrmann S, Overvad K, Bueno-de-Mesquita HB, Jakobsen MU, Egeberg R, Tjønneland A, et al. Meat consumption and mortality – results from the European Prospective Investigation into Cancer and Nutrition. BMC Med. 2013;11:63.

       Article within a journal by DOI

       Slifka MK, Whitton JL. Clinical implications of dysregulated cytokine production. Dig J Mol Med. 2000; doi:10.1007/s801090000086.

        Article within a journal supplement

       Frumin AM, Nussbaum J, Esposito M. Functional asplenia: demonstration of splenic activity by bone marrow scan. Blood 1979;59 Suppl 1:26-32.

       Book chapter, or an article within a book

       Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR. Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, Jeon KW, editors. International review of cytology. London: Academic; 1980. p. 251-306.

       Online First chapter in a series (without a volume designation but with a DOI)

       Saito Y, Hyuga H. Rate equation approaches to amplification of enantiomeric excess and chiral symmetry breaking. Top Curr Chem. 2007. doi:10.1007/128_2006_108.

       Complete book, authored

       Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.

       Online document

       Doe J. Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. 1999. of subordinate document. Accessed 15 Jan 1999.

       Online database

       Healthwise Knowledgebase. US Pharmacopeia, Rockville. 1998. Accessed 21 Sept 1998.

       Supplementary material/private homepage

       Doe J. Title of supplementary material. 2000. Accessed 22 Feb 2000.

       University site

       Doe, J: Title of preprint. (1999). Accessed 25 Dec 1999.

       FTP site

       Doe, J: Trivial HTTP, RFC2169. (1999). Accessed 12 Nov 1999.

       Organization site

       ISSN International Centre: The ISSN register. (2006). Accessed 20 Feb 2007.

       Dataset with persistent identifier

       Zheng L-Y, Guo X-S, He B, Sun L-J, Peng Y, Dong S-S, et al. Genome data from sweet and grain sorghum (Sorghum bicolor). GigaScience Database. 2011.


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