Scope and policy
Focus and Scope
Open Access Policy
Conflict of interest
Authors must declare all sources of support for the research and any association with a product or subject that may constitute conflict of interest.
PROTECTION OF PATIENT'S RIGHTS TO PRIVACY
Identifying information should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives informed written consent for publication. The patient should be shown the manuscript to be published. Refer to www.icmje.org.
References to ethnic classification must indicate the rationale for this.
Open Access Policy
This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.
Form and preparation of manuscripts
Peer Review Process
Original articles are first reviewed by an Editorial Advisory Group with the power to recommend rejection or referral for review by one or more subject referees. Manuscripts from review may be accepted, returned to author for revision or rejected. All final decisions on a manuscript are at the editors discretion.
Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
Material submitted for publication in the South African Journal of Surgeryl (SAJS) is accepted provided it has not been published elsewhere. The SAJS reserves copyright of the material published.
The SAJS does not hold itself responsible for statements made by the authors.
Short items are more likely to appeal to our readers and therefore to be accepted for publication.
Original articles of 3 000 words or less, with up to 6 tables or illustrations, should normally report observations or research of relevance to clinical medicine. References should preferably be limited to no more than 15.
Short reports or scientific letters, which include case reports, side effects of drugs and brief or negative research findings should be 1000 words or less, with 1 table or illustration and no more than 6 references.
Editorials, Opinions, Issues in Medicine, etc. should be about 800 words and are welcome, but unless invited, will be subjected to the SAJS peer review process.
Review articles are rarely accepted unless invited.
Letters to the editor, if intended for the correspondence column, should be marked 'for publication' and signed by all authors. Letters should be no longer than 400 words with only one illustration or table.
Obituaries should not exceed 400 words and may be accompanied by a photograph.
Research articles should have a structured abstract not exceeding 250
words (50 for short reports) comprising: Objectives, Design, Setting,
Subjects, Outcome measures, Results and Conclusions.
Figures consist of all material that cannot be set in type, such as photographs and line drawings. If any tables or illustrations submitted have been published elsewhere, the author should obtain written consent to republication from the copyright holder and the author(s). All illustrations, figures etc. must be of high resolution/quality, preferably jpeg or equivalent but not powerpoint, and preferably attached as supplementary files.
References should be inserted in the text as superior numbers and should be listed at the end of the article in numerical and not in alphabetical order.
Authors are responsible for verification of references from the original sources.
References should be set out in the Vancouver style and approved abbreviations of journal titles used; consult the List of Journals in Index Medicus for these details.
Names and initials of all authors should be given unless there are more than six, in which case the first three names should be given followed by et al. First and last page numbers should be given.
Journal references should appear thus:
Price NC . Importance of asking about glaucoma. BMJ 1983; 286: 349-350.
Jeffcoate N. Principles of Gynaecology. 4th ed. London: Butterworth,
Unpublished observations and personal communications may be cited in the text, but not in the reference list
Proofs will be forwarded to the author before publication and if not returned within 2 weeks will be regarded as approved. Alterations at this stage are costly and may be charged to the authors.
CHANGES OF ADDRESS
Please notify the Editorial Department of any address changes so that proofs etc. may be sent without delay.
Authors can earn up to 15 CPD points for published articles. Certificates may be requested after publication of the article.
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