INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS

 

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page for the journal's section policies, as well as the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. 

 

Instructions for Submissions

 

Please note: Below are only guidelines that author should follow to keep the manuscript at a length that will sustain readership. Please provide manuscript in Word document format, along with the figures and tables.

 

Original articles describe investigations and original research that represent new and significant contributions and advances in nephrology.

Instructions:

  • Total word count (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures) should not exceed 4000 words
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed 6
  • Suggested limit of 30 references and should be limited to recent works

 

Review articles examine major areas or sub-specialty in the field of nephrology. The purpose is to describe new developments, summarize progress or analyze published evidence.

Instructions:

  • Total word count (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures) should not exceed 4000 words
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed six
  • Suggested limit of 35 references

 

Editorials are most often solicited by the Editors, and are related to an article published in the same issue. They express the opinions and views of recognized experts on a specific topic.

Instructions:

  • Total word count should not exceed 1500 words (excluding references and text for tables and figures)
  • No abstract
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed two
  • Limit of 8 references
  • Limited or no subheadings within the body of the manuscript

 

Commentaries are most often solicited by the Editors, and are not related to a specific article. They express the opinions and views of recognized experts on a specific topic. The commentary format may be used for ongoing dialogues, discussions of controversial issues, or subjective articles of interest in any field of nephrology.

Instructions:

  • Total word count should not exceed 2000 words (excluding references and text for tables and figures)
  • No abstract
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed 2
  • Limit of 8 references
  • Limited or no subheadings within the body of the manuscript

 

Practice guidelines and published statements, intended to guide clinical and patient care (for example, Guidelines, Recommendations, Consensus Statements, and Position Papers).

Instructions:

  • Total word count (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures) should not exceed 4000 words
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed 6
  • Suggested limit of 30 references

 

Letters to the Editor should comment on work previously published in PJN. Publication is based on the decision of the Editorial Board, who occasionally may ask experts on the merit of the contents. The Editors may invite a reply to the letter by the original author. The Editor may consider publication of a letter that comments on other matters of interest to Nephrology. However, this section is not considered to be an appropriate venue for publishing new data without peer review. Studies with scientific merit should be considered for submission as an Original Article or Short Communication.

Instructions:

  • Total word count should not exceed 750
  • No tables or figures are to be included
  • Limit of 5 references

 

Perspectives in nephrology discuss significant topics and issues relevant to nephrology. These articles are typically from a more personal or opinion-based standpoint than a Review Article. Perspectives should state the topic and background information concisely, discuss opposing viewpoints, and make recommendations for further investigations or actions. Interested authors should correspond with the editor prior to submission to discuss the suitability of the proposed subject matter.

Instructions:

  • Total word count (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures) should not exceed 2500 words
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed 4
  • Suggested limit of 30 references

 

Short communications are brief reports of preliminary or limited results of original research, observations, or case series on the causes, mechanisms, diagnosis, course, treatment, and prevention of kidney diseases.

Instructions:

  • Total word count (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures) should not exceed 1500 words
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words and must not contain headings
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed 3
  • Suggested limit of 20 references

 

Case reports on nephrology-specific cases. Cases will typically be judged on clinical interest and educational value to the nephrology field and NOT novelty or rarity.

Instructions:

  • Total word count should not exceed 1500 (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures)
  • Include an unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words that summarizes the report
  • Include a concise overview describing the case and brief literature review
  • Limit of 4 tables or figures
  • Limit of 25 references

 

Meeting reports should focus on key developments presented and discussed at Nephrology convention, symposia and related meeting.

Instructions:

  • Total word count should not exceed 3500 (excluding abstract, references and text for tables and figures).
  • Abstract should be no longer than 250 words
  • Total number of tables and figures and tables should not exceed four
  • Suggested limit of 20 references

 

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Authors' Professional and Ethical Responsibilities

 

Philippine Journal of Nephrology adheres to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ (ICMJE) recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, which can be found at http://www.icmje.org/.

 

Authorship

The ICMJE definition of author requires the person to have contributed directly to the intellectual content of the paper and should meet ALL the following criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Other persons who may have made direct or indirect contributions to the work but cannot be considered authors based on the above criteria, should be listed in the Acknowledgments section. Because acknowledgment may imply endorsement by acknowledged individuals of a study’s data and conclusions, the corresponding author must obtain written permission to be acknowledged from all acknowledged individuals.

When submitting a group author manuscript, the corresponding author should clearly indicate the preferred citation and should clearly identify all individual authors as well as the group name. Other members of the group should be listed in the acknowledgements.

 

Role of the Corresponding Author

The corresponding author is the individual who takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process. Only one author can be the corresponding author and who shall be responsible for the following:

  • Comply with all the submission requirements including all the required forms and consent;
  • Ensure that all authors have reviewed and approved the final version of the manuscript prior to submission;
  • Inform the other authors on the decision, reviewer comments, and other messages from the journal, and distribute proofs among coauthors for review;
  • Return corrections and ensure that all authors approve each version of the article
  • Correspond with the PJN regarding critiques of the work and cooperate with any requests from the journal for data or additional information should questions about the paper arise after publication.

 

Sources of support

Sources of support for research, including funding, grants, equipment, and drugs, must be disclosed in the Acknowledgment section. There must also include a description of the role played by the funding source in the collection of data, analysis, interpretation and preparation of the manuscript; if the funding source has no such involvement, this should be stated as such.

 

Conflict of interest

All authors must disclose any conflict of interest, or declare if they have none.

Please download and accomplish the “Author Certification Form.”

 

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 legal guardian) gives written informed consent for publication.

 

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Manuscript Preparation Guidelines

 

Authors may also refer to the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE)'s "Manuscript Preparation" guidelines for additional advice on appropriate manuscript preparation.

 

Structure and Presentation

The manuscript should be written as concisely as possible. Focus on the content rather than the look of the manuscript. Please refer to the prescribed word limit in the section “INSTRUCTION FOR SUBMISSION” for specific manuscript category.

Use at least single line spacing throughout, including in the references and figure legends. Use a common font such as Verdana, Arial, Helvetica, or Times in size 11 or 12 points. Avoid using manuscript formatting except for italic, superscript and subscript.

For section and subsection headings, please use the heading styles built into your word processing template to a maximum of three levels.

 All papers must contain the following items, when applicable: 

 

Title Page

The title page should include the following:

  1. The title of the article (150 characters maximum, using sentence case). It should reflect the content of the article.
  2. Full names of the authors (last, given, middle initial), with academic degree(s) attained or registration; avoid including affiliation title e.g. Member, Diplomate, Fellow etc. Correct: Zamora, Ma. Norma V. MD. Incorrect: J.A. Smith MD FRCP.
  3. The affiliation for each author. For each affiliation, include the name of the department (if any), the institution, the city, the province and country where the work was done. Link the authors to their designations using these characters in the order shown: * (asterisk, never superscripted) ** double asterisk and so on.
  4. At least three potential reviewers (name, affiliation and email address), who could, in the author’s opinion, expertly review the manuscript. The Editors, however, reserve the right to choose all reviewers. These reviewers should not have published with any of the co-authors during the past 2 years and should not currently work or collaborate with one of the institutes of the co-authors of the submitted manuscript.
  5. A shortened version of the title for use as a running header (no more than 60 characters, upper case).
  6. The full name of the corresponding author, with postal address, e-mail address, and fax and telephone numbers.
  7. Acknowledgments of grant support and of individuals who were of direct help in the preparation of the study or the manuscript. State also if there is none.
  8. A word count for the text only (excluding abstract, acknowledgments, figure legends, and references).
  9. The number of figures and tables.
  10. List of meeting/s or scientific forum where the materials have been previously presented or is under consideration for presentation. Indicate the name, place, date of meeting and any prize or awards

 

Abstract and key words

Include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words for original and review articles.

Use these subheadings:

  1. Background or Objective
    • State the purpose of objective of the study
  2. Methods
    • Generally the following are included:
      • - Study design
      • - Setting
      • - Subjects, participants, patients or population
  1. Results
  2. Conclusions (or Summary)

 After the abstract, list up to eight key words or phrases for journal (not library database) indexing. A list of key words is required for all submissions except editorials and commentaries. Present the key words in one paragraph, separated by commas, with no terminal punctuation.

 

Text

Organization

Organize the text using the applicable structure from the list set out here.

  1. Introduction (or Background)
  2. Methods
  3. Results
  4. Discussion
  5. Conclusions (or Summary)
  6. Acknowledgments
  7. Conflict of Interest Disclosures
  8. References
  9. Appendices (optional)
  10. Figure Legends
  11. Tables

 

Abbreviations

Multi-word phrases used frequently (four times or more) in the text may be abbreviated if necessary. Introduce the abbreviation in parentheses after the first occurrence of the phrase, [for example, “chronic kidney disease (CKD)”. Note that sentences may never begin with an abbreviation.

Abbreviations for units of measurement and standard scientific symbols (for example, 3 mL, Na, BUN) may be used without explanation.

 

Units of Measurement

Use the SI system, and its standard symbols, throughout the manuscript. When units other than SI units are widely used, they can be indicated in parentheses after the SI unit.

 

Dates and Times

All dates are to be presented in the form Month dd yyy: for example, September 25, 2017. Times are to be presented using the 24-hour clock., using “h” as a separator between the hour and the minutes: for example, 8h30, 17h00.

 

Proprietary and Generic Names

Use generic names for all drugs.

 

References

Provide direct references to original research sources when possible and if available Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) or URL. Avoid using abstract as references.

The manuscript’s reference list must be numbered (using Arabic numerals) consecutively in the order in which the references are first cited in the text. Citations appearing in tables and figures must fit into the numbering sequence from the point at which the table or figure is first mentioned in the text.

 

Reference style and format: please consult – http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html

 

Figures

Figures for reproduction should approximately fit within the typeset area of the journal. The following resolutions are optimal:

  • Black-and-white line drawings, 600–1200 dpi
  • Line drawings with some grey or coloured lines, 600 dpi
  • Illustrations and photographs, 300 dpi

Authors should supply electronic versions of the figure content in EPS, GIF, TIFF, or JPEG format. Other formats, such PDFs, may be used, but are not preferred. Drawings in made in Microsoft Word and Powerpoint are discouraged, because the display of such drawings may not be reproduced as intended by the author.

 

Tables

Authors are asked to keep each table to a reasonable size; minimize the use of abbreviations, and if abbreviations must be used, use only well-known and accepted forms. The same data should not be presented in both a table and a figure.

 Tables are to be numbered using uppercase roman numerals (I, II, III, and so on) in the order in which they are cited in the article text. Tables should also have a title (above the table) that summarizes the whole table; it should be no longer than 15 words.

 

Reporting Guidelines:

Philippine Journal of Nephrology adheres to the recommendation of ICMJE to follow guidelines in reporting research study. Please refer to the EQUATOR Network for a more detailed description and applicable guideline to be used for specific study designs example, CONSORT for randomized trials, STROBE for observational studies, PRISMA for systematic review and meta-analysis, and CARE for case report, etc.

 

Copyright Notice

The author retains the Copyright for articles published in Philippine Journal of Nephrology unless specifically attested in the “Author Certification”.  What is required of the author is to submit a signed “Author Certification” granting PJN and or PSN the exclusive license to publish such work.

Indicated as well in the certification is the recognition and acceptance that PJN is an OPEN-ACCESS publication, wherein all published articles/materials are open to be used to expand the body of knowledge in the field of Medicine - Nephrology, for non-commercial purposes, provided the article/s used are properly cited and recognized according to International Creative Commons License Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 4.0 [CC BY-NC-SA 4.0].

 

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