NeoReviews Author Guidelines
NeoReviews publishes comprehensive, peer-reviewed analytical and critical review articles on important subjects in neonatology and perinatology. While reviews most often are prepared at editorial invitation, unsolicited manuscripts are welcomed and are published when they meet the scientific and literary standards set by the NeoReviews Editorial Board. Suggested manuscript length is approximately 3,000 words, excluding abstract and references.
Authors are encouraged to include clinical images, videos, and audio files that may enhance readers' understanding of the material. The images or videos may be used for the journal's home page. Electronic files, slides, or (for the Historical Perspectives column) glossy prints may be submitted.
For Visual Diagnosis, Index of Suspicion in the Nursery, and Video Corner, authors are encouraged to provide differential diagnoses for each case.
Authors of solicited reviews should remember that because NeoReviews is a reviews-only journal, adhering to deadlines is particularly important to meet the publication date each month.
Many authors are asked to write review articles for more than one journal. We understand that it may be difficult to avoid using similar phrases, but if there is substantial repetition of a previous article, it should be indicated by reference or acknowledgment of the earlier article, in order to avoid self-plagiarism. Verbatim repetition should be placed in quotation marks, followed by a reference to the previously published article. The American Academy of Pediatrics subscribes to an online plagiarism detection system.
Manuscripts should be accompanied by a submission letter signed by all authors, stating the following:
the manuscript is being submitted only to NeoReviews;
it will not be submitted elsewhere while under consideration;
it has not been published elsewhere; and
should it be published in NeoReviews, it will not be published elsewhere--either in similar form or verbatim--without the permission of the NeoReviews editors and the American Academy of Pediatrics.
In order to satisfy the Accreditation Council on Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) core competencies, all NeoReviews authors should address professionalism, communications skills, practice improvement, and systems-based practice in their submissions whenever possible.
Grammar, punctuation, and scientific writing style should follow the American Medical Association Manual of Style, 10th Edition (2007).
Articles should be succinct, professional, and objective. Abbreviations should be avoided where possible. Any that are unavoidable should be listed alphabetically, with definitions, at the beginning of the manuscript (under an "Abbreviations" header).
One or two educational gaps should be listed at the beginning of the manuscript. When possible, these gaps will focus on practice changes that neonatologists might wish to consider after reading the review article.
Besides the educational gaps, a list of four or five learning objectives should accompany the article.
Recommendations for further reading should be designated as "Suggested Reading." An alternative is to cite references within the text, with a limit of 50. (A short list of suggested readings is preferred to an exhaustive reference list.) Please use the journal abbreviations found in Index Medicus.
For journal references, provide the names of up to four authors, or if more than four authors are cited, name the first 3 authors, followed by "et al."
Tables, Illustrations, and Figures
Tables and illustrations should be used to highlight key points and interest readers. Tables should be comprehensible without reference to the text, and must be submitted in a Word file. Each table should be numbered consecutively, with a brief title.
Authors are expected to obtain permissions for any non-AAP images that accompany an article, as well as absorb the cost of these image permissions.
Figures and illustrations should be numbered according to the order in which they are mentioned in the text.
Image file submissions should be JPEG, TIFF, GIF, or PowerPoint formats. The dpi for halftones (photos, slides, etc.) must be at least 300 and the dpi for line drawings must be at least 1200.
The journal does not accept Word files for illustrations. Illustrations should not be embedded within a manuscript.
Hard copies of illustrations should be identified by number, the author's name, and the image "top" should be indicated. Prints should not be stapled, clipped together, mounted, or trimmed. "Crop" marks or details to be emphasized should be indicated on tissue overlays, not on the illustrations themselves.
Photographs of patients (if identifiable) require written parental permission. (You may request a model release form from the NeoReviews editorial office.) It is the responsibility of the author to obtain this permission, enclose a copy with the manuscript, and keep a copy on file.
Legends/captions for figures should be included in the manuscript.
Color illustrations are reproduced at no extra charge to the author, and may be submitted as files in JPEG, TIFF, or GIF formats; slides; or prints. One copy of the original file, color slide, or print is requested for the best reproduction.
Videos should be submitted in QuickTime 6.0 or higher format, and may be prepared on either a PC or Macintosh computer. All videos should be submitted at the desired viewing size and running length. To avoid excessive delays in downloading the files, videos should be no more than 6MB in size, and run between 30 and 60 seconds. Authors are encouraged to use QuickTime's "compress" option to help control file size. In addition, cropping frames and image sizes can significantly reduce file sizes. Videos can be looped to play more than once, provided file size does not become excessive.
Authors will be notified of any problems with submitted videos and will be asked to modify them. No video editing will be done at the editorial office; all changes are the responsibility of the author.
Videos may be submitted via email (or CDRW, if necessary). Video files should be named clearly to correspond with the figure they represent (eg, figure1.mov, etc.). Be sure all video files have filenames that are no more than eight characters long, and include the suffix ".mov." A "read me" file containing the number, names, and types of files submitted should also be included. In addition, a caption for each video should be provided (in the manuscript's Word file), stating clearly the content of the video presentation and its relevance to the article.
Authors with a financial association with a profit-making company are not prohibited from publishing in NeoReviews. However, the AAP Author Full Disclosure Policy does require that all authors disclose to learners any relevant financial interest or other relationship with the manufacturer(s) of any commercial product(s) and/or providers of commercial services discussed in an educational presentation and with any commercial supporter(s) of the activity. Each author also is required to disclose whether his or her article contains any discussion of off-label (unapproved or investigational) use of products, including medications and/or medical devices. Each author will be asked to complete an AAP Full Disclosure Form.
Any material that has been published previously must include a reprint permission form from the publisher granting NeoReviews permission to use the material. The required reprint permission acknowledgment should be included in figure captions and in table footnotes. Many publishers now provide such permission electronically via their Web sites.
Checklist for Authors of Articles in NeoReviews
With original submission, be sure to include the following:
One (1) copy of the manuscript (approximately 3,000 words, excluding abstract, tables, and references [in the format listed above under "References"] or suggested readings [listed alphabetically]). Include titles and affiliations of all authors.
Include a list of one (1) or two (2) educational gaps and four (4) or five (5) learning objectives for your article.
Permission or letters for reproduction of illustrations or other material previously published elsewhere, if applicable.
Any tables, figures, illustrations, and videos (see above "Tables, Illustrations, and Figures" and "Videos" sections for more information).
List of key words for indexing (may be included in the manuscript's Word file)
List of abbreviations with definitions (may be included in the manuscript's Word file).
Honoraria for recruited articles are released after the final copy of the manuscript has been published. Authors' Social Security numbers or tax identification numbers are required for payment to be processed.
Submit all UNSOLICITED manuscripts to the NeoReviews Editorial Office at NeoReviewsEditorial@aap.org.