Lasers in Surgery and Medicine

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Edited By: Brian Wong

Impact Factor: 2.619

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 49/198 (Surgery)

Online ISSN: 1096-9101

Author Guidelines

Online Submission and Peer Review

The following areas are required to be answered prior to being able to make your final submission.

A. All submissions with photos of human faces where eyes are not blacked out must have patient release to use photo permission (form above) in addition to the normal patient consent forms

B. All submissions where human subjects are involved must have Institutional Review Board approval (IRB)

C. All submissions where animal subjects are involved must have Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee approval (IACUC) where applicable by country

D. All submissions with National Institute of Health (NIH) funding must be stated and made clear on the title page. (see above)


Lasers in Surgery and Medicine is now receiving submitted manuscripts online at . Please refer to the Specific Instructions below.


Articles describe new findings of major importance.


Lasers in Surgery and Medicine will publish reviews which provide an overview of therapeutic techniques and/or research in areas of interest in laser medicine and biology. Most of these reviews will be solicited, but unsolicited submissions are welcome. Authors should contact the editors prior to preparing a review article.


Letters may express an opinion about material previously published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine, or express views on any issue related to lasers in medicine and biology.

Case reports

Case reports are not published unless they represent very original information. Authors of case reports that don't meet these requirements are encouraged to submit to Wiley’s open access journal Clinical Case Reports (, which aims to directly improve health outcomes by identifying and disseminating examples of best clinical practice.

Specific Instructions for Authors

Note: Please read these instructions carefully--technical deficiencies must be corrected before manuscripts can be reviewed.

Wiley Editing Services

There should be no barriers to getting your research published, yet we know that manuscripts are often returned for English language and formatting issues. Let Wiley Editing Services provide you with expert help to ensure your manuscript is ready for submission.
Submission of Manuscripts

Submit all new manuscripts online. Launch your web browser and go to . Check for an existing user account. If you are submitting for the first time, and you do not find an existing account, create a new account. Follow all instructions.

Submit manuscript as word doc. file and figures as tiff files only.

Do not embed tables and figures into your main document..



Upload as many files as needed for your manuscript in groups of three or fewer. These files

will be combined into a single .PDF document for the peer review process. If you are submitting

a revision, please only include the latest set of files.

For revisions, please delete the original versions of all text. DOC files, table and figure files

and upload the revised files as directed above.

To designate the order in which your files appear, use the dropdowns in the "Order" column below.

View your uploaded files by clicking on PDF. When you are finished, click "Save and Continue."

File Designation Instructions: File Designation Instructions.pdf

At the end of a successful submission, a confirmation screen with manuscript number will appear and you will receive an e-mail confirming that the manuscript has been received by the journal. If this does not happen, please check your submission and/or contact tech support at .

Manuscripts should contain the following components:

Title Page.

The title page should include the complete article title; the first name, middle initial and last name of all authors, with their highest academic degree; institution(s) with which each author is affiliated, with city, state and zip code; with authors' initials in parentheses at their respective institution(s); acknowledgments of grant or other research funding; and the name, complete mailing address, telephone number, and facsimile number, cable address, or Telex number for all correspondence.

Key Words.

Key words used for indexing the article should appear in alphabetical order and should not repeat terms already in the title.


Provide a structured abstract in which the following sections are delineated: Background and Objective: Gives brief overview of the topic and in this context states the main objective of the study; Study Design/Materials and Methods: Describes the basic design, subjects, and scientific methods (for case reports, section title is Study Design/Patients and Methods); Results: Gives main results of the study including confidence intervals and exact level of statistical significance, whenever appropriate; Conclusion: States only those conclusions supported by the data obtained, and, whenever appropriate, the direct clinical application of the findings (avoid speculation). Include the headings Background and Objective, Study Design/Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusions in the text of the abstract.


The introduction should not be an extensive review of the literature, but only of that portion which is pertinent to the purpose of the study and its relationship to work in the same field.

Materials and Methods.

Materials and methods should be written clearly and in such detail that the work can be duplicated by others. Particular care should be taken in specifying laser wavelength, pulsewidth or exposure duration, focal spot, and treatment energy, power, irradiance, or fluence.


Results must be described concisely. Text, tables and figures must be consistent and not repetitious.


Discussion should be concise, explaining the significance of the experimental findings and their relation to previous investigations.


List references in consecutive numerical order (not alphabetically). Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by arabic numerals (in parentheses). Once a reference is cited, all subsequent citations should use the original reference number.

Authors are responsible for bibliographic accuracy and must check every reference in the manuscript and proofread each reference in the page proofs. Abbreviations of journal titles should follow those used in Index Medicus . Do not use periods after abbreviations of journal titles. References must contain names of all authors, complete titles, and first and last page numbers. Unpublished observations and personal communications should be cited parenthetically in the text and not be included in the References.


Journal Article:
Tan OT, Stafford TJ, Murray S, Kurban AK. Histologic comparison of the pulsed dye laser and copper vapor laser effects on pig skin. Lasers Surg Med 1990; 10:551-558.

Chapter in a Book:
Golenhofen K, Finger K, Foster B, Mandrek K, Noack T. Light-induced relaxation of smooth muscle after treatment with BAY K 8644 is related to release of nitric oxide. In: Sperelakis N, Wood J, eds. Frontiers in Smooth Muscle Research. New York: Wiley-Liss, Inc. 1990:595-604.


Legends must be typed double-spaced, beginning on a separate sheet of paper. The legend should allow the illustration to be fully understandable without recourse to the text. Use arrows, letters, etc., for enhanced understanding of features being illustrated.


Tables must be typed on separate pages, be numbered in order of appearance with sequential arabic numerals, have a title, and be cited in the text.


Illustrations from other publications must be acknowledged. Include the following when applicable: author(s), title of article, title of journal or book, volume number, page(s), month and year. The publisher's and author's permission to reprint must accompany the manuscript.

Primary Data Retention.

Primary data used in the preparation of articles published in Lasers in Surgery and Medicine should be retained in readily accessible and interpretable form.

Authorship Standards.

Each author of a manuscript submitted to Lasers in Surgery and Medicine must have made a significant contribution to the research and must assume responsibility for the content of the article. (See Huth EJ: Guidelines on authorship of medical papers. Ann Intern Med 1986; 104:269-274.)

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

For authors choosing OnlineOpen

If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

For RCUK and Wellcome Trust authors click on the link below to preview the terms and conditions of this license:

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA

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