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SUBMISSION

Manuscript and illustrations must be submitted via Isubmit system. (www.isubmit.it). This enables rapid and effective peer review. Contributions will be acknowledged automatically by the Editors. Full upload instructions and support are available online from the submission site. Please read carefully the Authors Instructions before sending your contribution.

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Pelviperineology publishes original papers on clinical and experimental topics concerning the diseases of the pelvic floor in the fields of Urology, Gynaecology and Colo-Rectal Surgery from a multidisciplinary perspective. All submitted manuscripts must adhere strictly to the following Instructions for Authors. All manuscripts must carry a written statement that the submitted article is original and has never been submitted for publication to any other journal, nor has it ever been published elsewhere, except as an abstract or as a part of a lecture, review, or thesis.

Editorial Line:  Articles should collect the most recent references and the state of the art in problems interesting the pelvic area. The journal welcomes as well articles that may update non specialists in this field, as internal medicine physicians, family doctors, neurologists, etc., about conditions of general interest involving the pelvic floor and being resolved thank to a multidisciplinary approach. The ideal article for Pelviperineology should be clear. Its sections should describe precisely the methodology of the study and the statistical methods; illustrations must be of good quality. In the case of highly specialized topics, an easy understandable abstract, a good introduction, and a correct sections distribution are particularly appreciated.

Pelviperineology despite being an open access journal, does not ask for any financial contribution to the Authors of articles accepted for publication. Pelviperineology is almost entirely funded on sponsors and advertisers that do not affect in any way the Editorial choices and the published content. Advertising is fully and clearly separated from the articles. Material accepted for publication is copy-edited and typeset. Proofs are then sent to contributors for a final check, but extensive changes to the proofs may be charged to the contributors.

PUBLICATION POLICY

Submission is considered on the condition that papers are previously unpublished, are not offered simultaneously elsewhere, that all Authors (defined below) have read and approved the content, that Authors have declared all competing interests, and the work has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards after relevant ethical review.  Whenever these are relevant to the content being considered or published, Editors and Editorial board declare their interests and affiliations.

LICENSING

Manuscripts will be considered for publication in the form of original articles, reviews, case reports and letters. Letters to the Editor are encouraged. Papers accepted must be licensed for publication in Pelviperineology  and a completed Copyright Transfer Agreement must accompany every accepted paper. Authors will be required to transfer copyright in their paper to Pelviperineology.  Copyright transfer is a condition for publication and papers will not be passed to the publisher for production unless copyright has been transferred.

ETHICS

Manuscripts concerned with human studies must contain statements indicating that informed, written consent has been obtained, that studies have been performed according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki and that the procedures have been approved by a local ethics committee. If individuals might be identified from a publication (e.g. from images) Authors must obtain explicit consent from the individual. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

INFORMED CONSENT

A signed statement of informed consent to publish (in print and online) patient descriptions, photographs, video, and pedigrees should be obtained from all persons (parents or legal guardians for minors) who can be identified in such written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees and should be indicated in the Acknowledgment section of the manuscript. Such persons should be shown the manuscript before its submission. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, Authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and Editors should note it.

DISCLOSURES

All Authors are responsible for the quality, accuracy, and ethics of the work. Authors are required to disclose interests that might appear to affect their ability to present or review data objectively. These include (but are not limited to) relevant financial (for example patent ownership, stock ownership, consultancies, speaker’s fees), personal, political, intellectual, or religious interests.  Authors should describe the role of the study sponsor, if any, in study design; collection, analysis, and interpretation of data; writing the report; and the decision to submit the report for publication. If the supporting source had no such an involvement, Authors should state it. Biases potentially introduced when sponsors are directly involved in research are analogous to methodological biases. All Authors must provide details of any other potential competing interests of a personal nature that readers or Editors might consider relevant to their publication.

Pelviperineology takes no responsibility for the Authors’ statements. The manuscripts, once accepted, become property of the journal and cannot be published elsewhere without the written permission of the Journal.

AUTHORSHIP

As stated in the Uniform Requirements, credit for Authorship requires substantial contributions to (a) the conception and design or analysis and interpretation of the data, (b) the drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content, and c) final approval of the version to be published. Any change in Authorship after submission must be approved in writing by all Authors.

ASSURANCES

In appropriate places in the manuscript, please provide the following items:

  • If applicable, a statement that the research protocol was approved by the relevant institutional review boards or ethics committees and that all human participants gave written informed consent.
  • The identity of those who analyzed the data.
  • For clinical trials, the registration number and registry name.

REVIEW PROCESS

The manuscript submission and Editorial review process is as follows:

  1. An Author submits a manuscript.
  2. The manuscript is assigned to an Editor.
  3. The Editor reviews the manuscript and makes an initial decision based on manuscript quality and Editorial priorities, usually either to send the manuscript to Peer Reviewers or to reject the manuscript at that point so that the author can submit it to another journal.
  4. For those manuscripts sent to Peer Reviewers, the Editor makes a decision based on Editorial priorities, manuscript quality, reviewer recommendations, and perhaps discussion with fellow Editors. At this point, the decision is usually to request a revised manuscript, reject the manuscript, or provisionally accept the manuscript.
  5. The decision letter is sent to the Author.

Evaluation and review of the manuscripts:  Only manuscripts that strictly adhere to Instructions for Authors will be evaluated. Contributions are accepted on the basis of their importance, originality, validity and methodology. Comments of Peer Reviewers may be forwarded to the Author(s) in cases where this is considered useful. The Author(s) will be informed whether their contribution has been accepted, refused, or if it has been returned for revision and further review. The Editor reviews all manuscripts prior to publication to ensure that the best readability and brevity have been achieved without distortion of the original meaning. The Editors reserve the right to reject an article without review.

Statistical Editing

Only pertinent manuscripts considered for publication are reviewed by a Statistical Editor.

  1. If both the study design and data presented are considered statically acceptable, the statistical reviewer may suggest acceptance of the manuscript to the responsible Editor.
  2. Any methodological and statistical issue detected during the statistical review is addressed to the Authors for clarification. The final acceptance of the paper is contingent on the clarifications made by the Authors according to the statistical reviewer’s suggestions.

Acceptable file formats:

Text: Manuscript should be entered or pasted in the ISubmit System.

Tables: Should form an integral part of the text file. Tables submitted as photographs or graphics will be rejected and this delays the submission process. Each table must be typed on a separate page. Each table must be captioned and self explanatory. The layout should be as simple as possible with no shading or tinting. 

Figures: Illustrations should be professionally produced and of a standard suitable for reproduction in print. You are required to upload high resolution graphics files (min 600 dpi) . Figures  should be supplied as PNG (.png) , GIF (.gif) or JPG .jpg);  labeled combination or charts/ graphs/ diagrams (line) can be supplied as a PNG or GIF format.   

Figures must be uploaded separately.  They should not be embedded into the text. Only images relating to the text may be used. The identity of any individual in a photograph or illustration should be concealed unless written permission from the patient to publish is supplied. Legends must be typed on a separate page. Each table and illustration must be cited in the text in consecutive order.

ARTICLE TYPES

Reviews: The reviews highlight or update new and/or controversial areas. The Journal welcomes un-solicited reviews.

Original articles: Original articles describe the results of basic or clinical studies or clinical trials. Original articles should not exceed 2500 words and 25 references.

Case Reports: Pelviperineology publishes significant cases reports related to the Pelvic Floor.

Letters to the Editors: Letters to the Editors offer opinions on papers published in Pelviperineology. Text should not exceed 400 words, and include no more than 5 references. Letters commenting on papers are sent to the Authors of those papers for a response. Letters are selected for their importance, relevance, and originality; not all letters submitted can be published.

PREPARATION OF THE MANUSCRIPT 

Manuscripts should be typed in a standard, easy to read font.. Please ensure that you have removed any reviewing notes from your manuscripts.

Reviews should be divided onto the following sections and appear in the following order:

  1. title page (with  Title, Authors names and affiliations),
  2. abstract and keywords,
  3. body of the article,
  4. references;
  5. acknowledgments and disclosures,
  6. figures,
  7. figure legends,
  8. tables.

Original articles should be divided into the following sections and appear in the following order:

  1. title page (with  Title, Authors names and affiliations),
  2. abstract and keywords,
  3. body of the article,
  4. references;
  5. acknowledgments and disclosures,
  6. figures,
  7. figure legends,
  8. tables.

Body of the article should be divided into the following sections:

  1. Introduction,
  2. materials and methods,
  3. results,
  4. discussion
  5. and optionally appendices, (f) supplementary material.

Title Page

On the title page provide the complete title and a running title (not to exceed 55 characters and spaces). List each contributor's name and institutional affiliation. Corresponding Author is  the contributor responsible for the manuscript and proofs. This is the person to whom all correspondence and reprints will be sent. The corresponding author is responsible for keeping the Editorial office updated with any change in details until the paper is published.

Abstract and Key Words

The abstract must not exceed 250 words. It should summarize the aim of the study and describe the work undertaken, results and conclusions. Abstract must follow the format below:

  • A sentence indicating the problem and the objective of the study;
  •  One or two sentences reporting the methods;
  • A short summary on the results, detailed enough to justify the conclusions. Avoid writing “the results are presented” or “… discussed”;
  • A sentence with the conclusions.

In addition, you should list up to five key words in alphabetical order.

Introduction
Clearly state the objective of the study. Give only strictly relevant references and don’t review extensively their topics. The Introduction should briefly discuss the objectives of the study and provide the background information to explain why the study was undertaken, and what hypotheses were tested.

Materials and methods

Clearly explain the methods and the materials in detail to allow the reader to reproduce the results. Animal preparation and experimentation should cite the approving governing body. Equipment and apparatus should cite the make and model number and the company name and address (town, county, country) at first mention.
Give all measurements in metric units. Use generic names of drugs. Symbols, units and abbreviations should be expressed as Système International (SI) units. In exceptional circumstances, others may be used, provided they are consistent. Apply to the Editorial office for advice.

Results

Results must be presented in a logic sequence with text, tables and illustrations. Underline or summarize only the most important observation. Tables and text should not duplicate each other.

Discussion

This section should be concise. Emphasize only the new and most important aspects of the study and their conclusions.  The Discussion should include a brief statement of the principal findings, a discussion of the validity of the observations, a discussion of the findings in light of other published work dealing with the same or closely related subjects, and a statement of the possible significance of the work. Authors are encouraged to conclude with a brief paragraph that highlights the main findings of the study.

Acknowledgements and disclosures

It is the duty of Authors to acknowledge funding sources, technical assistance, provision of materials or reagents and other matters that might pertain to the paper.  Authors must acknowledge individuals who do not qualify as Authors but who contributed to the research.  Mention only those that give a substantial contribution. If the work was sponsored by an organization or industry, it is essential this being declared and the Authors need to indicate that they had complete access to the data that support the publication.  If the paper was written by a professional medical writer, this must be declared.

Abbreviations

Include in the manuscript a list of new or special abbreviations along with the spelled out form or definition. For commonly accepted abbreviations, word usage, symbols, etc., Authors are referred to the CBE Style Manual published by the American Institute of Biological Sciences or Units, Symbols and Abbreviations published by the Royal Society of Medicine.

Tables

Tables should be numbered consecutively within the text. Tables and text should not duplicate each other. If possible, hold tables to one standard manuscript page; if the table continues past one page, repeat all column headings and the stub (left-hand column). Explain all abbreviations in a footnote. Provide a number and title for each table. Regardless of Authorship or publisher, permission must be received in writing for its use if a table has been previously published. Include an acknowledgement of the original source in a footnote. Tables should not be submitted as photographs or graphics files.

Figure and table legends

  • Cite all tables and figures in the text, numbering them sequentially as they are cited.
  • Each figure must have a corresponding legend. The legend must be numbered with an arabic number that corresponds to the illustration as it appears in the text. Legends to tables (where necessary) and figures should contain sufficient information to be understood without reference to the text. Explain all symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters used in the figure and provide information on scale and/or magnification.


Supplementary material

Quantitative or qualitative data too extensive for inclusion in the print edition of the Journal may be presented in the online edition, as supplementary material. It must be included as part of the original submission and will be reviewed as an integral part of the paper. The availability of supplementary material should be indicated in the main manuscript, to appear after the references at the end of the paper, providing titles of figures, tables, etc. formatted as it should appear in the printed edition. We welcome audios and videos, if relevant to the paper. Full details on how to submit supplementary material available on request  at Editor@pelviperineology.org.

REFERENCES:

Avoid using abstracts as references. References to papers accepted but not yet published should be designated as “in press” or “forthcoming”; authors should obtain written permission to cite such papers as well as verification that they have been accepted for publication. Information from manuscripts submitted but not accepted should be cited in the text as “unpublished observations” with written permission from the source.

Avoid citing a “personal communication” unless it provides essential information not available from a public source, in which case the name of the person and date of communication should be cited in parentheses in the text. For scientific articles, obtain written permission and confirmation of accuracy from the source of a personal communication.

References in the text must be numbered in the order of citation. References in text, tables and legends must be identified with Arabic numerals in superscript. Unpublished works cannot be cited. We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting. Reference Manager reference styles can be searched here: http://www.refman.com/support/rmstyles.asp .

List all Authors when six or fewer; when seven or more, list only the first three and add et al.

Journal titles should be cited in full. The style of references and abbreviated titles of journals must follow that of Index Medicus or one of the examples illustrated below: 

  • MacRae HM, McLeod RS. Comparison of haemorrhoid treatment modalities: a metanalysis. Dis Colon Rectum 1995; 38: 687-94.
  • Court FG, Whiston RJ, Wemyss-Holden SA, et al. Bioartificial liver support devices: historical perspectives. ANZ J Surg 2003; 73: 793-501.

Committees and Groups of Authors:

  • The Standard Task Force, American Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons: Practice parameters for the treatment of haemorrhoids. Dis Colon Rectum 1993; 36: 1118-20.

Cited paper:

  • Treitz W. Ueber einem neuen Muskel am Duodenum des Menschen, uber elastiche Sehnen, und einige andere anatomische Verhaltnisse. Viertel Jarhrsxhrift Prar. Heilkunde (Prager) 1853; 1: 113-114 (cited by Thomson WH. The nature of haemorrhoids. Br J Surg 1975; 62: 542-52. and by: Loder PB, Kamm MA, Nicholls RJ, et al. Haemorrhoids: pathology, pathophysiology and aetiology. Br J Surg 1994; 81: 946-54).


Chapter from a book:

  • Milson JW. Haemorrhoidal disease. In: Beck DE, Wexner S, eds. Fundamentals of Anorectal Surgery. 1 1992; 192-214. 1a ed. New York: McGraw-Hill

Books and Monographs:

  • Bateson M, Bouchier I. Clinical Investigation and Function, 2nd edn. Oxford: Blackwell Scientific Publications Ltd, 1981.

AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Article Tracking

Authors can check the status of their articles online and will receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. Please ensure that a correct e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript.

Proofs

Proofs will be available as a PDF to download from Isubmit System. Full instructions will be sent via email notification when the proof is ready for collection. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required in order to read this file, which can be downloaded (free of charge) from http://www.adobe.com/products/acrobat/readermain.html.  In your absence, please arrange for a named colleague to correct on your behalf. Major alterations will be charged to the author and can delay publication.

Proofs must be returned only by fax (+39.049.79.62.518) or email (Editor@pelviperineology.org) within three days of receipt of notification. We cannot accept proofs by post - and any late return of proofs will lead to delayed publication of the paper. Authors will receive one set of proofs only.

Offprints
A PDF is provided upon publication to the corresponding author. Paper offprints can be purchased prior to print publication.

Archiving Policy

Unless specifically requested at submission, the publisher will dispose of all material submitted 2 months post publication.

Revised June 2013