Authors’ guidelines

  1. Manuscripts are considered for publication with the understanding that they do not contain previously published material, have not been published previously and are not currently under review at another journal or elsewhere. Conference presentations (including summaries, abstracts and posters) and doctoral (PhD) or master (MSc) theses are exempt but should be acknowledged in the title page.
  2. The Authors of manuscripts that include illustrations, tables and/or sections of text that have been published previously elsewhere must request permission to reproduce the material from the copyright holder. This permission must be presented in written form during submission of the manuscript. In the absence of such permission, all material received will be regarded as the Authors’ own work.
  3.  All the manuscripts that do not respect the Authors’ Guidelines will be resent to the Author.
  4. Studies must adhere to the ethical standards established in the  The Code of Ethics of the World Medical Association (Declaration of Helsinki) and have to be conducted in accordance with these. Submitted manuscripts should be compatible with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals and aim for the inclusion of representative human populations (i.e., sex, age and ethnicity) as per those recommendations.
  5. All animal experiments must follow the ARRIVE guidelines and should be conducted in accordance with the National Research Council’s Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals. Authors will have to state this in the Ethics paragraph. The sex of animals must be indicated, and where appropriate, the influence (or association) of sex on the results of the study.
  6. For the studies involving patients and animals Authors must indicate the name of the approving committee and the approval number or code protocol. Indeed, they must guarantee that the enrolled participants (or who stands in for – e.g., legal guardians, next of kin in case of death, animal owner) signed an informed consent with the awareness of being part of a scientific publication.
    Finally, the patients’ names or the needless references related to personal aspects or sensitive data that could reveal the identity of a patient must be omitted from the text and all the iconographic materials.
  7. The Publisher’s conduct must be in accordance with the ICMJE recommendations about the responsibilities in the submission and peer-review process.
  8. No fees are required to submit the manuscripts.

 

QUICK GUIDE 

Article descriptionAbstractWord limitTables/FiguresReferences
Research articles
Research Articles report on primary research. They must describe significant and original observations. Consideration for publication is based on the article’s originality, novelty, and scientific soundness, and the appropriateness of its analysis.
The article must be subdivided into the following sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusions.
Unstructured abstract, max. 350 words.The text should be 3000-5500 words (8 to 16 typed, double-spaced pages) not including abstract, tables, figures, references.Min. 4
Max. 6-8
Max. 120-150
Review article
Reviews are summaries of recent insights in specific research areas of a topic that has direct relevance in the field. Key aims of Reviews are to provide systematic and substantial coverage of mature subjects, evaluations of progress in specified areas, and/or critical assessments of emerging technologies. They should discuss a topic of current interest, outline current knowledge of the subject, analyze different opinions regarding the problem discussed in a balanced manner, be up to date on the latest data in the literature. Normally these are authored by individuals who have themselves made a significant contribution to the original literature on the topic under review and are acknowledged authorities in the field.
Unstructured abstract, max. 350 words.The text should be 2000-4000 words not including abstract, tables, figures, references.A minimum number of 3 display items is required including figures and tables or boxes for important but marginal topics.Max. 150-180
Brief reports
Brief Reports are short announcements of research results. They must contain data derived from cutting-edge research and be of potential interest to a large proportion of the readership. They are independent, concise reports representing a significant contribution to the field. Such communications should represent complete, original studies and should be arranged in the same way as full-length manuscripts.
Unstructured abstract, max. 200 words.The text should be limited to 2500 words not including abstract, tables, figures, references.Max of 2 figures and/or tables (combined total).Max. 20
Perspectives
Perspectives are intended to review concepts in a field of interest to ARO based on the writer own assessment. They should provide a new view with the goal of sparking debate and open up future research avenues
Unstructured abstract, max. 200 words.The text should be between 2000 and 3500 words not including abstract, tables, figures, references.A minimum number of 2 display items is required.Max. 50-100
Opinions
Opinions are short articles intended to convey the author’s viewpoint: on an issue that is critical to the research community; on the strengths and weaknesses of a hypothesis or scientific theory; on a research study. In the latter cases they should provide constructive criticism and be supported by available evidence. Opinion articles should not contain unpublished or original data.
Unstructured abstract, max. 200 words.The text should be limited to 2500 words not including abstract, tables, figures, references.A minimum number of 2 display items is required.Max. 20
Commentaries
A commentary is a thorough analysis referred to a work already published in the field of interest to ARO, written to draw attention to its possible impact. They should be written by expert in the field.
No abstractThe text should be between 1500 - 2000 words not including tables, figures, references.Max of 2 figures and/or tables (combined total).Max. 20
Meeting ReportsNo abstractThe text should be between 2000 and 3500 words not including tables, figures, references.Max of 2 figures and/or tables (combined total).Max. 20
Letter to the Editor
Letters are encouraged if they directly concern articles recently published in the journal. If accepted, the editors reserve the right to submit such letters to the authors of the articles concerned prior to publication, in order to permit them to respond in the same issue of the journal.
In exceptional cases, Letters may also address data published in another journal or general subjects related to matters discussed in the journal.
Unstructured abstract, max. 200 words.The text should be limited to 2500 words not including abstract, tables, figures, references.Max of 2 figures and/or tables (combined total).Max. 20
Editorials
Editorials are discussions related to a specific topic, article or issue written by an editor or other member of the publication staff.
No abstractThe text should be between 1500 - 2000 words not including tables, figures, references.Max of 2 figures and/or tables (combined total).Max. 20
Interviews
These types of articles are usually written by the editors who use a question/answer format to interview leading scientists or eminent characters to provide an authoritative view on a particular aspect related to the field of interest to ARO.
No abstractThe text should be limited to 2500 words not including tables, figures, references.Max of 2 figures and/or tables (combined total).Max. 20
Case report
Accurate and transparent data collection from episodes of care informs the delivery of high-quality individualized healthcare. Therefore, case reports submitted to Annals of Research in Oncology should make a contribution to medical knowledge, must have educational value, highlighting the need for a considerable change clinical practice or diagnostic/prognostic approaches. The ones that describe preventive or therapeutic interventions are discouraged, as these generally require stronger evidence.
Should adhere to international case report guidelines supporting the measurement of:
(1) clinician and patient-assessed outcomes, (2) effectiveness of Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPGs), and (3) the return on investment (ROI).
See ARO’s Case report format belowLimited to 1500-1800 wordsMax of: 1-2 tables and 3 figures.See ARO’s Case report format below.
Clinical Trial
Description of the results of interventional studies related to health. They can include: pilot studies, safety and efficacy trials, surrogate endpoint studies, and proof-of concept studies.
Clinical Trials Articles should have the following format: 1) Abstract, 2) Introduction, 3) Materials and Methods, 4) Results, 5) Discussion.
Abstract with the clinical trial registry numberThe text should be limited to 12000 words.Max. 15 tables and figures.Max. 120-150

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