Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis

Cover image for Vol. 30 Issue 2

Edited By: Richard A. McPherson

Impact Factor: 1.038

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 23/30 (Medical Laboratory Technology)

Online ISSN: 1098-2825



Author Guidelines


1. SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Thank you for your interest in Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis. Please read the complete Author Guidelines carefully prior to submission, including the section on copyright.

Note that submission implies that the content has not been published or submitted for publication elsewhere except as a brief abstract in the proceedings of a scientific meeting or symposium.

Once you have prepared your submission in accordance with the Guidelines, manuscripts should be submitted online at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/jcla

If you need help with your submission, please contact the Editorial Office: jcla.eo@wiley.com

2. EDITORIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Aims and Scope

Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis publishes original articles on newly developing modes of technology and laboratory assays, with emphasis on their application in current and future clinical laboratory testing. This includes reports from the following fields: immunochemistry and toxicology, hematology and hematopathology, immunopathology (including immunohistochemistry and molecular probe assays), microbiology, genetic testing, immunohematology, and clinical chemistry.

Editorial Review and Acceptance

The acceptance criteria for all papers are the quality and originality of the research and its significance to our readership. Except where otherwise stated, manuscripts are single-blind peer reviewed. Papers will only be sent to review if the Editor-in-Chief determines that the paper meets the appropriate quality and relevance requirements.

Conflict of Interest Disclosure

Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis now requires that all authors fill out the ICMJE Form for Potential Conflicts of Interest upon initial submission of their manuscript and upload the completed forms as “Supplementary Material for Review”.  In addition, any information disclosed on the form should be summarized as a statement on the manuscript title page. Authors may download the disclosure form by visiting http://www.icmje.org/coi_disclosure.pdf.

Publication Ethics

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Ethics guidelines can also be found at http://exchanges.wiley.com/ethicsguidelines.

3. PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

English Language and Editing Help

Wiley’s English Language and Editing Service guarantees that your paper is not rejected for English language and formatting reasons. Covering English language editing support, translation services, manuscript formatting and figure preparation help, our service ensures that your manuscript is ready for submission.

Writing for Search Engine Optimization

Optimize the search engine results for your paper, so people can find, read and ultimately cite your work. Simply click here to read our best practice SEO tips – including information on making your title and abstract SEO-friendly, and choosing appropriate keywords.

Parts of the Manuscript

The manuscript file should be presented in the following order: (i) title, (ii) abstract, (iii) key words, (iv) main text, (v) references, (vi) tables (each table complete with title and footnotes) (vii) figure legends. Figures should be supplied as separate files.

Title page
The title page should contain:
(i) a short informative title that contains the major key words. The title should not contain abbreviations (see Wiley’s best practice SEO tips)
(ii) the full names of all authors and the details of their affiliated institution at the time the work was carried out
(iii) a short running title (no more than 40 characters, abbreviations are permitted)
(v) a summary of information disclosed on the conflict of interest form.

The present address of any author, if different from that where the work was carried out, should be supplied in a footnote.

Structured Abstract
The abstract should be divided into the following sections Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion. It should not exceed 200 words. The substance of it should be factual and comprehensive on its own.

Keywords
List five to ten key words that will adequately index the subject matter.

Organization of Text
Text should be divided into the following sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion.

References

References follow the Vancouver style, i.e. numbered sequentially as they occur in the text and ordered numerically in the reference list.

• All citations mentioned in the text, tables or figures must be listed in the reference list.
• If cited in tables or figure legends, number according to the first identification of the table or figure in the text.
• Reference to unpublished data and personal communications should not appear in the list but should be cited in the text only (e.g. Smith A, 2000, unpublished data).
• Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references.

Submissions are not required to reflect the precise reference formatting of the journal (use of italics, bold etc.), however it is important that all key elements of each reference are included. Please see below for examples of reference content requirements.

Journal
1. Freedman JB, Musclow EG, Garvey BL, Abbott D. Unexplained periparturient thrombocytopenia. Am J Hematol 1994;21:397-407.

Chapter in a Book
2. Glassy MC, Gaffar SA, Peters RE, Royson I. 1994. Human monoclonal antibodies to human cancer cells. In: RA Reisfeld, S Sell, editors. Monoclonal Antibodies and Cancer Therapy. New York: Wiley-Liss, Inc. p 97-109.

Book
3. Reisfeld RA, Sell SM, editors. 1994. Monoclonal Antibodies and Cancer Therapy. New York: Wiley-Liss, Inc.

Electronic Material
4. Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000–01 [Cited 2015 May 11]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.

Tables
Tables should be typed double-spaced, each on a separate page at the end of the manuscript. The tables should be numbered consecutively with arabic numerals and contain a brief, specific title. The data presented in the table must be logically and clearly organized; it should be self-explanatory and should supplement, not duplicate the text.

Figure Legends
Figure legends should be numbered consecutively with arabic numbers. They should be brief and specific. Magnification for light photomicrographs should be indicated, if possible. Internal scale markers are suggested for electron micrographs. The type of stain used should be indicated in the legend only if it is other than hematoxylin and eosin.

Figures
Please provide the highest-quality figures possible.

Colour figures: Figures submitted in colour may be reproduced in colour online free of charge. Please note, however, that it is preferable that line figures (eg graphs and charts) and supplied in black and white so that they are legible if printed by a reader in black and white. If you wish to have figures printed in colour in hard copies of the journal, a fee will be charged by the Publisher.

4. COPYRIGHT, LICENSING AND ONLINE OPEN

Accepted papers will be passed to Wiley’s production team for publication. The author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Wiley’s Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be asked to complete an electronic license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

Authors may choose to publish under the terms of the journal’s standard copyright transfer agreement (CTA), or under open access terms made available via Wiley OnlineOpen.

Standard Copyright Transfer Agreement: FAQs about the terms and conditions of the standard CTA in place for the journal, including standard terms regarding archiving of the accepted version of the paper, are available at: Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Note that in signing the journal’s licence agreement authors agree that consent to reproduce figures from another source has been obtained.

OnlineOpen – Wiley’s Open Access Option: OnlineOpen is available to authors of articles who wish to make their article freely available to all on Wiley Online Library under a Creative Commons license. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made open access. Authors of OnlineOpen articles are permitted to post the final, published PDF of their article on their personal website, and in an institutional repository or other free public server immediately after publication. All OnlineOpen articles are treated in the same way as any other article. They go through the journal's standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

OnlineOpen licenses. Authors choosing OnlineOpen retain copyright in their article and have a choice of publishing under the following Creative Commons License terms: Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (CC BY NC); Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial-NoDerivs License (CC BY NC ND).

If your research is funded by certain funders (including but not limited to The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)), you will also be offered the option of publishing under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License OAA in order to comply with your funder’s requirements.

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright Terms and Conditions FAQs.

Funder Open Access and Self-Archiving Compliance: Please click here for more information on Wiley’s compliance with specific Funder Open Access and Self Archiving Policies, and click here for more detailed information specifically about Self-Archiving definitions and policies.

5. PUBLICATION PROCESS AFTER ACCEPTANCE

Wiley’s Author Services

Author Services enables authors to track their article throughout the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The corresponding author will receive a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit www.wileyauthors.com/track for more details on online production tracking.

Proofs

Once the paper has been typeset the corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing instructions on how to provide proof corrections to the article. It is therefore essential that a working e-mail address is provided for the corresponding author. Proofs should be corrected carefully; responsibility for detecting errors lies with the author.

Early View

The journal offers rapid speed to publication via Wiley’s Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. Early View articles are given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before allocation to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article. More information about DOIs can be found at http://www.doi.org/faq.html.

6. POST PUBLICATION

Article PDF for authors

A PDF of the article will be made available to the corresponding author via Author Services.

Printed Offprints

Printed offprints may be ordered online for a fee. Please click on the following link and fill in the necessary details and ensure that you type information in all of the required fields: http://offprint.cosprinters.com/cos. If you have queries about offprints please e-mail: offprint@cosprinters.com.

Author Marketing Toolkit

The Wiley Author Marketing Toolkit provides authors with support on how to use social media, publicity, conferences, multimedia, email and the web to promote their article.

7. CONTACT DETAILS

Editorial Office: jcla.eo@wiley.com

Author Guidelines updated 24 February 2016

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