All contributions must be written in English. Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere or in other languages (except in the form of an abstract or as part of a published lecture, or thesis) and are not currently under consideration by another journal. The corresponding author is responsible for ensuring that the article's contents have been approved by all the other coauthors.
Based on ICJME criteria, to qualify as an author, one should contribute substantially to the intellectual content of the submitted manuscript. This consists of a) contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data for the work; b) Drafting the work or revising it critically, and c) Final approval of the version to be published.
By submitting an article, the authors agreed to the transfer of the copyright to the publisher when it is accepted for publication.
Authors who include figures, tables, or passages that have already been published elsewhere are required to provide evidence that permission from the copyright owner(s) for such reproduction within both the print and online formats has been granted. Any material received with submitting manuscript without such evidence will be assumed to originate from the authors.
Manuscripts should be submitted and tracked to a final decision at www.archbreastcancer.com. Manuscripts that do not comply with instructions for authors will not be sent for external review.
Archive of Breast Cancer (ABC) considers the following types of articles for publication: original research articles, reviews, letters, clinical experiences, case reports and series, and short communication.
Preparation of manuscripts
- Original article
Original articles should not exceed 5,500 words, including abstract and references, figure legends and tables. The number of tables, figures and references should be appropriate to the manuscript content. Authors whose first language is not English are advised to have their manuscripts checked carefully before submission.
Abbreviations of standard SI units of measurement should be used.
Sections of the manuscript
Papers should be divided into the following sections: 1)Title page, 2)Abstract, 3)Keywords, 4)Introduction, 5)Methods, 6)Results,7)Discussion, 8)Acknowledgements, 9)Conflict of Interests, 10)References, 11)Figure and video legends, 12)Tables, 13) Figures, and 14) videos whenever it would be applicable.
All the manuscripts should be prepared using Word processing software (in .doc or .docx format). Submissions of text in the form of PDF files are not accepted. Manuscripts should be double-spaced, including text, tables, legends, and references.
Number each page and avoid footnotes; instead, and as sparingly as possible, use parentheses within the text. Use the TAB key once for paragraph indents, Times New Roman for the text font and Symbols for the Greek and special characters.
- Full title
- Complete names of the all authors and with their highest academic degree(s) and their affiliations and the email addresses of each author;
- Corresponding author’s name should be followed by an asterisk;
- Mailing address, telephone, fax, and Email for correspondence;
- Running title of no more than 20 characters;
- Indicate the number of words in the abstract and manuscript.
- All abstracts may not exceed250 words;
- Do not cite references in the abstract;
- The abstract should be self-explanatory without reference to the main text;
- Limit use of acronyms and abbreviations;
- The structure of abstract includes Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.
- Provide 3 to 5 keywords for indexing purposes. Keywords found in the Medical Subject Headings List (MeSH) of Index Medicus are preferable (see www.nlm.nih.gov).
- State clearly the main objectives of the study;
- Should indicate the main reasons for doing the work;
- A detailed review of the literature is not recommended;
- The content should be accompanied by relevant references.
- Mention the type of study;
- Describe the methods, tools, and procedures employed with sufficient details to allow others to reproduce the results without the need to communicate with the authors;
- Describe the intervention and control groups, when relevant;
- Mention the type of statistical tests used
- The rationale for using specific statistical tests, if applicable;
- State statistical significance when appropriate;
- ABC is going to endorse the COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics) guidelines, therefore, all researchers are asked to read these guidelines to avoid cases of suspected research and publication misconduct (e.g. falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, and redundant publication). For more information about COPE please visit http://www.publicationethics.org.
Also, the authors should state that their study complies with the Declaration of Helsinki, that the locally appointed ethics committee has approved the research protocol and that informed consent has been obtained from the subjects (or their guardians).
- State findings of the study in the text, tables, or figures and not repeat the same findings in tables and figures and the text;
- Be precise and do not include material that is appropriate for the discussion e.g. explanation of findings;
- Units, quantities, and formulas should be mentioned according to the System International (SI units);
- All measurements should be presented in metric units.
- State the original and important features of the study. Do not repeat the findings presented in the results section;
- Contain the significance of the findings and the relevance to previously published studies;
- State only the conclusions that are supported by the study;
- Mention the limitations and applications of the results.
All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship as defined previously should be listed in the acknowledgments section. Examples include a department chairperson who provided only general support, a person who provided purely technical help or writing assistance.
9.Conflict of Interest
- State all funding sources, and the names of companies, manufacturers, or external organizations providing technical or equipment support.
- The accuracy of reference details is the responsibility of authors;
- Personal communications, unpublished observations, and submitted manuscripts are not accepted references;
- In the main text, references should be entered consecutively by superscript Arabic numerals. The reference list should be organized in numerical order according to the order appearing in the text. Examples of acceptable reference formats are as follow:
- Harris JR, Lippman ME, Morrow M, Osborne CK. Diseases of the Breast. 5thed. china: Wolters Kluwer Health; 2014.
- Reference to a chapter in an edited book:
- Hirshaut Y, Pressman P, Brody J. Breast Cancer: The Complete Guide: 5thEdition: Random House Publishing Group; 2009. Chapter 11: Hormone therapy and chemotherapy;p. 186-234.
- Reference to a chapter in an edited book which has been written by authors in a book edited by others:
- Newman LA, Bensenhaver JM, eds. Ductal Carcinoma Insitu andMicroinvasive/Borderline Breast Cancer. In: Kanumuri P, Chapgar BA. Epidemiology of Ductal Carcinoma Insitu. 4th ed. Springer. New York; 2015, p. 1-12.
- If there are 7 or more authors, list the first 6 ones and then insert "et al."
11.Figure and video legends
Each figure should have a concise caption (legend) describing accurately what the figure depicts. Figure legends should be mentioned at the end of the manuscript file and not in the figure file. Figure legends should begin with the term Fig. in bold type, followed by the figure number also in bold type (e.g. Fig 1).
Tables should be presented in a separate file. For each table, a short descriptive title should appear above. Please make sure that each table is cited in the text and is numbered using Arabic numerals. For previously published material as tables, indicate the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table caption. Asterisks (*) for significance values and other statistical points should be included beneath the table body.
Figures should be limited to the number necessary for clarity and must not duplicate data given in tables or in the text. Submissions should have no more than 8 total figures and tables. Any number exceeding this should be designated as supplementary material for online access only. Figures must be suitable for high-quality reproduction and should be submitted in the desired final printed size so that the quality of the figure would not be affected after being printed. Figures should be no larger than 125 (height) x 180 (width) mm (5 x 7 inches) and should be submitted in a separate file from that of the manuscript. Figures should be saved in TIFF format at a resolution of at least 300 pixels per inch at the final printed size for color figures and photographs, and 1200 pixels per inch for black and white line drawings. Although some other formats can be translated into TIFF format by the publisher, the conversion may alter the tones, resolution, and contrast of the image. Therefore, PDF is not acceptable as a source file for figures and illustrations.
Authors can submit videos and computer-generated graphics as well as a slide presentation if they think it is a part of their manuscript. The videos will be referred to as well though the editors and reviewers may suggest changes. It is essential to cover those parts of the videos that can identify the patient's identity.
The length of each video clip or computer graphic should not exceed 40 MBs. The authors can submit 3 videos or computer graphics not more than three. A concise legend for each video must have appeared in the manuscript. Only the videos which are compatible with Windows Media Player and submitted in MPEG-1 or MPEG-2 (*.mpg) or QuickTime (*.mov) format can be accepted.
- Short Communication
A small-scale study that includes important new information may be published as a short communication. It usually carries an abstract up to 150 words, text up to 800 words, up to two tables or figures, and essential references.
- Letters to the Editor
Letters commenting on articles published recently (within the past 4 issues)archive of Breast Cancer Journal or expressing views on relevant topics will be considered for publication.
- Case Report and Series
Case reports include case report/studies of a patient(s) that describe a novel approach or add important insights into mechanisms, diagnosis or treatment of a disease. Case reports are limited to 1,500 words including references. The body of a case report manuscript should include title page, structured abstract (including background, case presentation, conclusion), keywords, introduction, case presentation. It should also contain discussion, acknowledgments, references and illustrations (if applicable) as explained for the original articles.
All ethical considerations according to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines especially the informed consents in the case reports should have appeared at the end of the article just before the references.
- Review Article
Authors are encouraged to contact the Editor-in-Chief (email@example.com) before preparing an unsolicited review article to avoid duplication of other works already in progress. Review articles are limited to 7,000 words including references and should include the following sections: title page, abstract, main text, acknowledgments, references, figure legends, tables, and figures.