The Breast Journal

Cover image for Vol. 23 Issue 4

Edited By: Shahla Masood

Impact Factor: 2.297

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2016: 33/80 (Obstetrics & Gynecology); 144/217 (Oncology)

Online ISSN: 1524-4741



Author Guidelines


Manuscripts will be considered in the form of editorials, original articles, first time case reports, breast images, short communications, description of techniques, and letters to the editor. Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work, except in abstract form, and is not being submitted simultaneously to another publication.

Manuscript submission and specifications

Manuscripts should be submitted using our online manuscript processing system, ScholarOne.  This system may be accessed at http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/tbj

This journal works together with Wiley’s Open Access Journal, Cancer Medicine, to enable rapid publication of good quality research that is unable to be accepted for publication by our journal. Authors may be offered the option of having their paper automatically transferred for consideration by the Editor of Cancer Medicine. Authors will not need to reformat or rewrite their manuscript at this stage, and publication decisions will be made a short time after the transfer takes place. The Editor of Cancer Medicine will accept submissions that report well-conducted research which reaches the standard acceptable for publication. Cancer Medicine is a Wiley Open Access journal and article publication fees apply. For more information please go to www.cancermedicinejournal.com.

Authors may be offered the option of having their case report automatically transferred for consideration by Wiley's Open Access Clinical Case Reports journal (www.clinicalcasesjournal.com).

Pre-submission English-language editing

Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited before submission to improve the English. A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/english_language.asp. All services are paid for and arranged by the author, and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

Copyright:
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 signing the copyright transfer agreement

If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp

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 License 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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor/faqs_copyright.asp and visit http://www.wileyopenaccess.com/details/content/12f25db4c87/Copyright--License.html.

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: http://www.wiley.com/go/funderstatement.

Submission of manuscripts
Manuscripts should be prepared preferably using the latest versions of Microsoft Word or WordPerfect. Make sure the file is double-spaced and has no hard returns at the end of lines. Ragged right margins are preferable to justified lines. All textual elements should begin flush left with no paragraph indents and two returns after every element, such as titles, headings, paragraphs, legends, etc. Please be sure to keep a back up copy of the file for reference and safety.

The first text page should contain: 1. Title; 2. Full names, medical degrees and affiliations of all authors; 3. Full postal address for the corresponding author, to whom the proofs will be sent, including also telephone, fax numbers, and e-mail for that person; 4. Running title of no more than 45 characters, including spaces; 5. List of keywords.

The Breast Journal requires the submitting/corresponding author (only) to provide an ORCID iD when submitting their manuscript. If the author does not have an ORCID iD, an easy-to-use application to obtain one is available through the journal’s ScholarOne system.

Original Articles - Manuscripts
These should be structured as follows: Title page, Abstract; Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Conclusion. Acknowledgments (optional); References; Tables; Figure legends (double-spaced); Figures.

Articles should represent original and in-depth studies involving all aspects of clinical or laboratory investigations. Articles should be less than 3,500 words in length. That word count includes the title page, abstract, references, tables, figures. References are recommended to be less than 50. The number of figures and tables combined should not be greater than 6 and be appropriate for the data presented; tables and figures should not simply repeat information in the text.

Short Communication
Short Communications: Text should begin with a title page than abstract of 100 words or less that does not include headings, and be followed by a brief introduction. Total text length should be 2500 words. The word count includes the title page, abstract, references, tables, figures. There should be no more than twenty references. There should be no more than 2 figures or 2 tables or any combination not to exceed 4.

Case Reports
Case reports: Text should begin with a title page than abstract of 100 words or less that does not include headings, and be followed by a brief introduction. Total text length should be 1100 words. The word count includes the title page, abstract, references, tables, figures. There should be no more than twenty references. There should be no more than 2 figures or 2 tables or any combination not to exceed 4.

Commentaries
Reports on small studies, clinical observation and personal experience focused to various aspects of breast cancer diagnosis, patient care, research and education can be submitted with no more than 1200 words. Text should begin with Title Page, no subtitles and limit references to 10. The Editor reserves the right to shorten text, delete objectionable comments, and make any other changes that may be necessary to comply with the style of the journal. There should be no more than 2 figures or 2 tables or any combination not to exceed 4.

Breast Images
These should be structured as follows: Title page, no references. Articles should be 300-550 words in length. We believe that the study of breast disease lends itself particularly well to visual case presentations. The purpose of this section of the Journal, therefore, is to present an interesting visual description of a defined entity. The image may consist of a single photo or a series of photos that, when grouped together, give a visual description of the specific illness. It is expected that the submitting authors(s) will supplement the visual "Image" with brief text as necessary to tell the full story. The images should not exceed four in number.

Letter to the Editor
Brief reports or letters regarding articles published in the Journal of no more than 1200 words, concisely written in an objective, constructive fashion, will be considered for publication. The Editor reserves the right to shorten text, delete objectionable comments, and make any other changes that may be necessary to comply with the style of the journal. The Editor may forward Letters to the Editor to the corresponding author of the article under discussion to afford an opportunity for rebuttal. The paper under discussion must be listed first in the reference list. If necessary, one figure and one table prepared in accordance with journal guidelines may be included. Up to 10 references may be included, typed double spaced on a separate page.

Authors should indicate their permission for publication of their letters in a postscript to the body of the letter. Brief reports with more than one author should carry a postscript stating that all authors are familiar with the contents of the report and agree to its publication. No abstract is required.

Abstracts - Original Articles - Manuscripts
Each paper should have an abstract of no more than 300 words. The abstract should state concisely the goals, methods, principle results and major conclusions of the paper. Incomplete and uninformative descriptions such as 'a new method of analysis was used,' should not be used. Acronyms are not permitted in the abstract. Research notes (six or fewer manuscript pages) do not require abstracts.

References: All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance and should be as complete as possible. In text citations should cite references in consecutive order using Arabic superscript numerals. Sample references follow:

Journal article:

1. King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, Trott JR. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 1998;390:537-551.

Book:

2. Voet D, Voet JG. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1990. 1223 p.

Please note that journal title abbreviations should conform to the practices of Chemical Abstracts.

For more information about AMA reference style - AMA Manual of Style

Illustrations
All figures must be submitted electronically according to the specifications outlined below. Failure to submit images according to these specifications will result in reproductions that are small and illegible or in images that are declined. Color photographs should be saved as TIF or JPG files at 300 dpi at 5 inches in width Black and white photographs should be saved in grayscale as TIF files at 300 dpi at 5 inches in width New line drawings should be prepared in Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, or Illustrator without embedded images from other sources. Existing line drawings should be scanned at 1200 dpi at a minimum of 12.5 cm (5 in) in width and saved as EPS files (flow charts must not exceed 7 inches [18 cm] in width). Any existing images added to Microsoft Word or PowerPoint will be rejected. Send original TIF or EPS files.

Color figures that significantly enhance the article will be considered for publication.  Part of the reproduction and printing costs will be paid by The Breast Journal. The author must be prepared to pay a per page charge of $800.

All illustrations should be able to be reduced to 50-66% of their original size with no loss of clarity or legibility. Figure legends should be typed, double-spaced. Cite each figure in the text by its number. Figures should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. If a figure has been previously published, permission must be received in writing for its use regardless of authorship or publisher. Acknowledgment of the original source must be included at the end of the legend.

Policy on Review of Page Proofs
Manuscripts for The Breast Journal are copyedited by a freelance editor hired by the publisher, Wiley Blackwell Publishing. The editor will not check the typeset proofs of accepted manuscripts for errors, thus it is the responsibility of the primary author of each paper to review page proofs carefully for accuracy of citations, formulas, etc., and to check for omissions in the text. It is imperative that the author do a prompt, thorough job of reviewing the returned proofs. Page proof must be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. An order form for offprints will be enclosed with proofs.

NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley Blackwell’s Author Services.
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through 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 author will receive an e-mail with 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 http://authorservices.wiley.com/bauthor for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

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