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Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift

Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift

Main editors: H. Kurz; P. Pietschmann; J.G. Meran; P. Mikosch

ISSN: 0043-5341 (gedruckte Version)
ISSN: 1563-258X (elektronische Version)

Zeitschriften Nr. 10354

Instructions for Authors

Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift

General 

The “Wiener Medizinische Wochenschrift”, WMW, is an international, medical, peer-reviewed journal in English and German.

Humanistic Tradition and Topicality 

“From the microscope to clinical application!”, this aim as formulated by one of our most celebrated authors of the past, Theodor Billroth, is continued today by inte¬grating the whole field of experimental medical work and clinical practice into the Journal. We feel a responsibility to maintain this tradition of a humanistic and holistic view of medicine, thereby addressing questions of ethics, history and theory of medical science. As stated in the first issue from 1851, one of the primary aims of the WMW is to communicate the latest results of medical research to the practising physician.

Authors and Audience 

The WMW is a forum in which scientists from all Central European countries communicate their research finding and clinical results. We publish both original articles and reviews on a broad spectrum of clinical and pre-clinical medicine of interest to physicians in research and practice.

Topical Issues 

The WMW presents papers within the successful framework of thematic issues which are compiled by guest editors, dealing in-depth with selected topics, such as dementia, geriatric oncology, Helicobacter pylori and phytomedicine. Particular care is taken to insure that the thematic issues reach the relevant medical audience.

Rapid Publication 

The manuscripts submitted to our journal are subjected to a double-blind peer-review process. As a rule, manuscripts are sent out to two independent reviewers. Currently the vast majority of the authors receive a decision about their manuscript within 8 weeks of submission. Currently 12 issues are published annually. Manuscripts may be submitted in English or German, however we encourage submission of original articles in English.

Legal Requirements 

Manuscripts submitted for publication
must contain a statement to the eff ect that
all human studies have been reviewed by
the appropriate ethics committee and have
therefore been performed in accordance
with the ethical standards laid down in an
appropriate version of the 1964 Declaration
of Helsinki. It should also be stated
clearly in the text that all persons gave their
informed consent prior to their inclusion
in the study. Details that might disclose
the identity of the subjects under study
should be omitted.

Conflict of interest 

Authors must indicate whether or not
there is a fi nancial relationship between
them and the organization that sponsored
the research. Th is note should be added in
a separate section previous to the reference
list. If no confl ict exists, authors
should state: Th e authors declare that there
is no conflict of interest.
Th e Editor in Chief reserves the right to
reject manuscripts that do not comply with
the above-mentioned requirements. The
author will be held responsible for false
statements or for failure to fulfi l the abovementioned
requirements.
A paper is accepted for review on the understanding
that:
➧ the manuscript has not been and will
not be submitted simultaneously to another
journal, in whole or in part,
➧ it reports previously unpublished work,
➧ all named authors have agreed to submit
the paper to WMW in its present form,
➧ if the paper is accepted, all the authors
will observe the terms of the License to
Publish.
Every paper is assessed by two independent
referees on whose recommendation
the Editor’s decision on acceptance or rejection
will be based.

Editorial Procedure 

Authors are requested to submit their articles online. Please log directly onto the site
http://wmw.edmgr.com/
and upload your manuscript following the instructions given on the screen. The Editorial Office is automatically alerted by the system immediately after your manuscript has been received.
In case you encounter any difficulties while submitting your manuscript online, please get in touch with the editorial office by clicking on ‘‘contact us’’ from the tool bar.

Ethical Responsibilities of Authors 

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) the journal will follow the COPE guidelines on how to deal with potential acts of misconduct.
Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results which could damage the trust in the journal, the professionalism of scientific authorship, and ultimately the entire scientific endeavour. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which include:
  • The manuscript has not been submitted to more than one journal for simultaneous consideration.
  • The manuscript has not been published previously (partly or in full), unless the new work concerns an expansion of previous work (please provide transparency on the re-use of material to avoid the hint of text-recycling (“self-plagiarism”)).
  • A single study is not split up into several parts to increase the quantity of submissions and submitted to various journals or to one journal over time (e.g. “salami-publishing”).
  • No data have been fabricated or manipulated (including images) to support your conclusions
  • No data, text, or theories by others are presented as if they were the author’s own (“plagiarism”). Proper acknowledgements to other works must be given (this includes material that is closely copied (near verbatim), summarized and/or paraphrased), quotation marks are used for verbatim copying of material, and permissions are secured for material that is copyrighted.
    Important note: the journal may use software to screen for plagiarism.
  • Consent to submit has been received explicitly from all co-authors, as well as from the responsible authorities - tacitly or explicitly - at the institute/organization where the work has been carried out, before the work is submitted.
  • Authors whose names appear on the submission have contributed sufficiently to the scientific work and therefore share collective responsibility and accountability for the results.
  • Authors are strongly advised to ensure the correct author group, corresponding author, and order of authors at submission. Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.
  • Adding and/or deleting authors at revision stage may be justifiably warranted. A letter must accompany the revised manuscript to explain the role of the added and/or deleted author(s). Further documentation may be required to support your request.
  • Requests for addition or removal of authors as a result of authorship disputes after acceptance are honored after formal notification by the institute or independent body and/or when there is agreement between all authors.
  • Upon request authors should be prepared to send relevant documentation or data in order to verify the validity of the results. This could be in the form of raw data, samples, records, etc. Sensitive information in the form of confidential proprietary data is excluded.
If there is a suspicion of misconduct, the journal will carry out an investigation following the COPE guidelines. If, after investigation, the allegation seems to raise valid concerns, the accused author will be contacted and given an opportunity to address the issue. If misconduct has been established beyond reasonable doubt, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:
  • If the article is still under consideration, it may be rejected and returned to the author.
  • If the article has already been published online, depending on the nature and severity of the infraction, either an erratum will be placed with the article or in severe cases complete retraction of the article will occur. The reason must be given in the published erratum or retraction note. Please note that retraction means that the paper is maintained on the platform, watermarked "retracted" and explanation for the retraction is provided in a note linked to the watermarked article.
  • The author’s institution may be informed.

Manuscript Preparation 

Arrange the elements of the manuscript in the following order: (1) Title, (2) Summary, (3) Keywords, (4) Introduction, (5) Material and methods, (6) Results, (7) Discussion, (8) Acknowledgments, (9) References, (10) ¬Figure captions, (11) Tables.
Spelling should follow Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary and be consistent throughout the paper. Pharmaceutical products have to be given with their international generic names. Protected registered trade names should appear with the symbol ® (e.g., Aspirin®).
On the title page include the title of the manuscript, its running head (condensed title, not exceeding 60 characters and spaces), the name of each author, each author’s affiliation, the correspondent footnote (name of author, postal address, telecopier number, e-mail address), and footnote(s) indicating the present location of any author no longer at the institution at which the work was performed. By superscript numbers key affiliations to authors’ names.

Summaries 

The paper must be accompanied by a short summary in English and German, each ¬limited to 150 words.

Keywords 

Provide up to 5 keywords in English and German (a keyword may be a noun phrase consisting of 3 or more words). Keywords should be self-sufficient to allow the classification of the paper by subject area and to function as heads in a volume’s index of keywords. Choose them according to Index Medicus, do not merely duplicate words from the title.

References  

References may be made to published work and papers in press. Reference citations are not permitted in the abstract of a paper. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all literature citations. Work in progress, in preparation, unpublished work, and personal communications should be cited as footnotes to the text. References should be listed numerically in the text in the order of appearance as parenthesized consecutive numbers, e.g., [1, 2]. Where there are more than two references, the citation should appear as hyphenated numbers, e.g., [1–3]. References should be typed double-spaced in numerical order of citation. Abbreviations of journals should conform to those used in Medline. The following formats must be used:
Journal article with one, two, or three authors: all of the authors are listed.
Journal article with more than three authors: only the first three authors are listed following “et al”.
Journal article in press (manuscript has been accepted for publication): Journal name (in press).
Abstracts: Authors, Title, Journal, Volume, Page, year, abstract number (e.g., Proc Am Soc Clin Oncol 2007;25:215s (abstr 4571))
References should be quoted according to the Vancouver Format (Ref.) e.g.
Journal article
–––––––––––
Smith JJ. The world of science. Am J Sci 1999;36:234–5.
Book
Blenkinsopp A, Paxton P. Symptoms in the pharmacy: a guide to the management of common illness. 3rd ed. Oxford: Blackwell Science; 1998.
Book chapter
–––––––––––
Wyllie AH, Kerr JFR, Currie AR. Cell death: the significance of apoptosis. In: Bourne GH, Danielli JF, Jeon KW, editors. International review of cytology. London: Academic; 1980. pp. 251–306.
Article by DOI
–––––––––––
Slifka MK, Whitton JL (2000) Clinical ¬implications of dysregulated cytokine production. J Mol Med (in press). DOI: 10.1007/s001090000086
Online document
––––––––––––––
Doe J (1999) Title of subordinate document. In: The dictionary of substances and their effects. Royal Society of Chemistry. Available via DIALOG. http://www.rsc.org/dose/title of subordinate document. Cited 15 Jan 1999
Always use the standard abbreviation of a journal‘s name according to the ISSN List of Title Word Abbreviations, see http://www.issn.org/en/node/344

Figures and Tables 

The number and final size of illustrations and tables must be kept to the minimum required for clarification of the text. Do not give the same data in both tables and graphs. Do not use any pie charts. Do not integrate figures or tables into the text. Number figures and tables consecutively in separate series. In addition to the number, each figure must have a legend and each table must have a title. All figures and tables must be cited in the text.
Plan figures to fit into the column width of 81 mm. The maximum space available on one page is 169 by 240 mm. Scale the length, width, point size of type and symbols, and line weights of a figure propor¬tionally. At the final size of a figure, no capital letter or symbol should be smaller than 1.5 mm and no line weight should be less than 0.25 mm. Group the legends for figures on a separate sheet.
Give the title and any footnotes of a table directly above and below the table.

Type of Publications 

Full papers and Reviews should be written as concisely as possible without impairing the clear and precise presentation of the subject matter. Both form and content of the paper should be carefully checked to exclude the need for corrections in proof. A charge will be made for changes intro¬duced after pagination of the manuscript.
Short Communications should be pre¬pared as described above except for the following: the average length of Short Communications should not exceed 1500 words and a maximum of 2 figures or tables is accepted. The summary should not exceed 80 words. Short Communi¬cations can only be accepted or rejected.
Letters to the Editor are welcome, should be a maximum of 750 words, and may include a table or figure and references.

Proofs 

Correspondents will be sent page proofs as PDF files to be printed and marked for corrections and dispatched to the publisher by letter post within 3 days. Changes should be kept to a minimum. All costs of corrections and alterations – other than those of typesetter’s errors – exceeding 10% of the costs of typesetting will be ¬charged to the author.

Offprints 

The publisher will supply the correspondent with 10 complimentary copies of the relevant issue. Along with the page proofs, an order form with a price list for offprints will be sent to the correspondent. The prices are valid for orders placed when the proofs are returned.

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