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Manuscript Types


Manuscript types eligible for submission are described below.

Case Report

Case reports present interesting or unusual examples of disease, side effects, symptoms, treatments, pathogenesis, or unusual circumstances in medicine and healthcare. Articles can be accompanied by pictures if necessary—these require informed patient consent to publish—and should contribute to the existing literature on the condition they report on. Manuscripts must present out of the ordinary cases.

Commentary

Commentaries discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific research or wider research on a general topic. They elaborate on or offer original ideas about a specific paper or a widely-researched subject.  Commentaries differ from reviews in that they present the author’s original ideas and suggestions instead of only collating and reporting the previous research.

Concise Review

These are similar to a review, but less elaborate and often sum up several studies in a more concise manner for easier reading and reference.

Debate

These are published in response to another paper often presenting differing opinions.  Debates may present arguments which are not based on practical or original research. Sociological and ethical aspects of subjects can be debated, provided they are within the journal aims and scope.

Dedication

Dedications are to colleagues or notable researchers in a specific field who have recently passed away.  Contact the editor in chief of the applicable journal prior to manuscript submission.

Editorial

Written by the Editor-in-Chief, deputy Editor-in-Chief, Guest Editor or Associate Editor of a journal, editorials are intended to inform readers of changes concerning the journal, or to introduce supplements, special issues, or new ideas relevant to the journal.  In limited circumstances individuals other than the individuals listed here may propose an editorial topic if they wish.

Expert Review

These are similar to a review but are invited and are generally written by an opinion leader in the area.

Image of Interest

This submission type presents images supporting evaluation of a condition or diagnosis of an unusual case.  The image may be pathologic or radiographic, and must be of high quality and illustrative of the full spectrum of the disorder.  Your manuscript should contain a summary of the presentation, an indication of the features of the image leading to diagnosis or critical to the management of the condition.  There should also be a discussion of the disease or diagnostic or therapeutic process.  There may be no more than two figures and the word count excluding the abstract and references may be no more than 300 words.

Letter to the Editor

Letters to the editor can be submitted on any topic relevant to the journal and are usually in response to an article published in the journal. They can suggest new subjects to be incorporated by the journal or commend and review papers published in the journal.  We recommend that individuals considering submitting a letter to the editor should contact the editor in chief first to discuss their manuscript.  Authors should be aware that letters to the editor are not always added to some databases/indexes.  Where the editor in chief determines that a letter to the editor does not require peer review a 50% discount on the journal’s standard applicable article processing fee will apply.  Otherwise the standard article processing fee will apply, except if the letter addresses an issue on a published paper typically addressed through an expression of concern or retraction; in such cases no fee will apply.

Meeting Report

This manuscript type reports on a meeting with specific relevance to the journal it is submitted to. Meetings can be international or national conferences or institutional seminars.

Methodology

Methodology manuscripts explain a new methodology or an improvement in existing methodologies in therapeutics techniques or medical procedures.

Opinion

A short, opinionated response to an article published in the journal it is submitted to or elsewhere.

Original Research

These should detail original experiments/research conducted by the authors.  Any research on any topic is accepted, provided it falls within the aims and scope of the journal.  Original research must add to scientific knowledge on the subject and must be completed in accordance with ethical principles.  Research on humans or animals must have applicable ethical approvals.

Perspective

Typically presenting an opinion based on practical experience, these manuscripts are similar to opinion articles, but stem from personal experience of the subject discussed. They can be written in response to other papers provided the author has relevant experience.  Perspectives in Medicinal Chemistry accepts only perspective articles prepared in compliance with the requirements stated in its aims and scope.

Rapid Communication

This is a broad-scoped category for short papers discussing a topic relevant to the journal.  Since these articles are shorter they are often able to be published in a timelier manner.  They are assigned high processing priority by the publisher.

Research Proposal

Research proposals present outlines of proposed studies and should describe the goals, methodology and the predicted results of the research.  Research proposals may also contain the results of preliminary studies, although authors should consider presenting such results in an original research paper.

Review

A review is a detailed examination including the benefits and drawbacks of a medicine, therapeutic technique, computer program, policy, or anything else appropriate to the journal.  They are substantially composed of a report on previous research.  Authors wishing to present original ideas in addition should choose the Commentary type.  All journals accept unsolicited review manuscripts for peer review.

Short Commentary

A short commentary is similar to a commentary but briefer at around 1,000 words excluding references.

Short Report

Short reports present new research that adds to previous studies. This can be reporting on the reliability or unreliability of research or informing readers of new factors that may influence the outcome of the study. Authors must acknowledge the work they build upon including any unpublished sources. Manuscripts should be no longer than approximately 1,000 words excluding references.

Short Review

A short review is similar to a review but briefer at around 1,000 words excluding references.

Software or Database Review

Discussing software, code, a database etc (one of the two prefixes will be excluded prior to publication).  These articles should review one of these that is likely to be useful to a number of researchers in a specific subject area. The example data used in software or database reviews should be available to readers for non-commercial purposes, and reviewers must be able to use the example anonymously.  Software or database reviews can be used to directly compare the reviewed programs with alternative options.

Technical Advance

A broad-scoped category of manuscript reporting an advance within the journal's scope.  New procedures, experiments, standard practices, or computational methods should be presented in technical advance articles. They report on significant advancements in technology that the reader will benefit from learning about.

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