Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis

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Edited By: Richard A. McPherson

Impact Factor: 1.356

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2012: 18/32 (Medical Laboratory Technology)

Online ISSN: 1098-2825

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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

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Editorial correspondence should be addressed to:

Dr. Richard A. McPherson, Editor
Maryann Fischler, Managing Editor
Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
Editorial Office
Department of Pathology
Medical College of Virginia Hospitals
Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA 23298-0258
(804) 828-5389; Fax (804) 828-6156

Title Page. Make titles brief and specific. Indicate author(s), affiliation(s), and source of support. Give the address, Fax and telephone numbers, and the E-mail address of the author responsible for proofs. Please indicate name, address, Fax and telephone numbers of author to whom reprint requests are to be sent. Provide a short version of the title (no more than 40 characters) for running heads. List five to ten key words that will adequately index the subject matter, preferably from the Index Medicus list of accepted key words; do not repeat words from the title.

Structured Abstract. This should be typed, double-spaced on a separate page and is not to exceed 200 words. The substance of it should be factual and comprehensive on its own. It should be sectioned into Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion.

Organization of Text. Each page after the first, including references, legends, and tables, should be numbered consecutively with last name of the senior author at the page top. Quotations must be accurate and give full credit to source. Permission to quote and reproduce text previously published must be cleared by the author and copies of all permissions must be included with the manuscript. Indicate placement of all tables and illustrations in the text. Text should be divided into the following sections: introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion.


References should be cited in the text numerically and set off by parentheses, i.e., (1), (2). References should be listed as they appear, numbered consecutively, and typed double-spaced. Follow the style of Index Medicus and do not use periods after abbreviations of journal titles. Authors are responsible for bibliographic accuracy and must check every reference in the manuscript and proof-read upon receipt of proofs.

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.

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

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.

Illustrations. Drawings and figures should be of high quality and camera ready. Halftones (photographs, photomicrographs, electron micrographs, roentgenograms) should be submitted cropped and unmounted. Halftones that are grouped under one figure number should be lettered "a," "b," "c," etc. on the lower right-hand corner. Color will be printed only at the author's expense. Upon acceptance of color illustrations, the publisher will provide price quotes.

Legends. They should be numbered consecutively with arabic numbers and typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of 8.5 × 11-inch white bond paper. 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.

Only previously unpublished work should be submitted; all text, including solicited material, is subject to editorial review and revision. Only manuscripts in English will be accepted and manuscripts become the property of the Journal and may not be published elsewhere without written permission from both the editor and publisher. Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the author will be requested to sign an agreement transferring copyright to the publisher.

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