The Breast Journal

Cover image for Vol. 21 Issue 4

Edited By: Shahla Masood

Impact Factor: 1.411

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 54/79 (Obstetrics & Gynecology); 177/211 (Oncology)

Online ISSN: 1524-4741

Author Guidelines

Manuscripts will be considered in the form of original articles, breast images, short communications, description of techniques, and letters. Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work, except in abstract form, and is not being submitted simultaneously to another publication.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  If an author is unable to access this system, please submit both in hard copy and on disk, to the Editorial office:

Shahla Masood, MD, Editor
The Breast Journal
Department of Pathology
University of Florida Health Sciences Center
655 West 8th Street
Jacksonville, FL 32209-6511

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

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

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 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.

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

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 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:

Submission on disk
Disks may be either IBM or MacIntosh compatible. Manuscripts should be prepared preferably using the latest versions of Microsoft Word or WordPerfect; alternatively, manuscripts may be saved on disk in ASCII format. Please be sure to indicate platform, software name and version number for all disks submitted (e.g. IBM Wordperfect, version 6.0). 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. Once a manuscript has been accepted, authors will be required to submit a final version on disk.

Hard copy
Three clear copies should be submitted, printed or typed double-spaced on one side of an 8½ x 11 paper with margins of at least 3 cm. Three copies of any artwork should also be submitted. All pages, including tables, must be numbered. All art must be labeled with the author's name, the figure number, and the name of the journal. Manuscripts must be submitted exclusively to The Breast Journal and will become the copyright of the Publisher. Please submit completed, signed Copyright Transfer Agreement with final accepted manuscript.

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.

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

Other articles: The above format may be varied between the Introduction and Acknowledgments sections for other articles.

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 for The Breast Journal should follow the Vancouver (or numerical) system. References are identified in text in parentheses (1), preceding punctuation. A full list of references should be provided in numerical order, sequentially as they appear in the text. The reference list should conform to the style used by the National Library of Medicine and Index Medicus. All references must be verified by the contributors. They should be double-spaced at the end of the article, in the form of the following examples.

Journal article
Author AB, Author CD. Title of paper. J Title Abbrev 1994; 00:000-00. (In press.)

Article in edited book
Author AB, Author CD, Author EF et al. [If six or more] Chapter title. In: Editor AB, Editor CD, eds. Title of book. Place: Publisher, 1994: 000-00.

Author AB. Book Title, 5th edn. Place: Publisher, 1994.

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 for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.