As editors and reviewers of KSSTA, we aim to publish only high quality scientific manuscripts. We appreciate the great effort you have made preparing your paper and submitting it to KSSTA. The review process aims to improve your manuscript, even when your paper in the end might not be suitable for publication in KSSTA. Generally, it is of utmost importance to meticulously follow the instructions for authors in terms of manuscript preparation. To exactly follow these guidelines for structure, format and line numbering is mandatory.
The process involved from submission of your manuscript until final acceptance is briefly outlined below:
Initial screening: Once submitted, the editorial office checks the manuscripts for abstract formatting, reference formatting, English language, Conflict of Interest forms and consecutive line numbering. In case of any inconsistencies, the manuscript is sent back to you as author for correction of these mistakes.
The manuscript is forwarded to the editors, who either accept to take it forward in the review process or rapidly reject it due to clear scientific criteria, which will be explained to the authors. The most common reasons for rapid reject are that the manuscript is out of scope for KSSTA or it does not substantially add to current scientific knowledge.
If the editors decide to the manuscript forward, it will be sent to at least two peer reviewers. Based on the reviewers’ recommendations and comments the editors then make their decision: either major revision or reject. If the decision is major revision the comments are sent to the authors.
The revised manuscript resubmitted by the author is forwarded to the editors, who then work through all the corrections and point-by-point response of the authors. The editors either accept the manuscript as it is or give further comments asking for additional revision. Almost all manuscripts need 2 to 3 revisions until final acceptance. The final decision for all manuscripts is either taken by the Editor-in-Chief or the Deputy Editors-in-Chief.
Once accepted, the manuscript is published online within three weeks. It is then considered as an official publication in KSSTA and can be cited.
Submission of a manuscript implies that the work described has not been published before or is not under consideration for publication in any other journal. The manuscript has been approved by all authors and co-authors, if any, as well as by the responsible authorities (e.g. ethical committee, hospital authorities). The publisher will not be held legally responsible should there be any claims for compensation.
STRUCTURE, FORMAT AND CONSECUTIVE LINE NUMBERING
Please meticulously follow the instructions for authors in terms of manuscript preparation, to exactly follow these guidelines for structure and format. See detailed instructions below.
Please also add consecutive line numbers throughout the manuscript. DO NOT start new line numbering on each page.
Authors wishing to include figures, tables, or text passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to obtain permission from the copyright owner(s) for both the print and online format and to include evidence that such permission has been granted when submitting their papers. Any material received without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
‘Funding Information’ is required for authors during manuscript submission. Once a funding source has been searched and selected from the ‘Find a Funder’ feature, any available subordinate organisations are displayed in an additional drop down menu to prompt the capture of more accurate data.
If an author has not received external funding, the author needs to check the ‘Funding information not available’ checkbox.
LEVELS OF EVIDENCE
The journal asks all authors to assign a level of evidence to all clinically-oriented manuscripts, as detailed in the table.
The following word processor file formats are acceptable for the main manuscript document:
- Microsoft word (DOC, DOCX)
- Rich text format (RTF)
- Portable document format (PDF)
- DeVice Independent format (DVI)
TeX/LaTeX users: Please use BioMed Central’s TeX template and BibTeXstylefile if you use TeX format. During the TeX submission process, please submit your TeX file as the main manuscript file and your bib/bbl file as a dependent file.