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About World Journal of Surgical Oncology
This page includes information about the aims and scope of World Journal of Surgical Oncology, editorial policies, open access and article-processing charges, the peer review process and other information. For details of how to prepare and submit a manuscript through the online submission system, please see the instructions for authors.
Aims & scope
World Journal of Surgical Oncology publishes articles related to surgical oncology and its allied subjects such as epidemiology, cancer research, biomarkers, prevention, pathology, radiology, cancer treatment, clinical trials, multimodality treatment and molecular biology. Emphasis is placed on original research articles. The journal will also provide significant clinical case reports as well as balanced, extensive and timely review articles on selected topics.
World Journal of Surgical Oncology considers research in surgical oncology and related fields. Oncology is a multidisciplinary super-speciality of which surgical oncology forms an integral component, especially when it comes to solid tumours. It is a fast growing speciality. Surgical oncologists around the world are involved in research extending from detecting the mechanisms underlying causation of cancer, to its treatment and prevention. The role of a surgical oncologist also extends across the whole continuum of care. With continued developments in diagnosis and treatment, the role of a surgical oncologist is ever-changing. Hence, the journal aims to keep the new generation surgical oncologist abreast with latest developments in their field and in related fields that will ultimately influence the work of surgical oncologists.
All articles published by World Journal of Surgical Oncology are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication, without subscription charges or registration barriers. Further information about open access can be found here.
Authors of articles published in World Journal of Surgical Oncology are the copyright holders of their articles and have granted to any third party, in advance and in perpetuity, the right to use, reproduce or disseminate the article, according to the BioMed Central copyright and license agreement.
For authors who are US government employees or are prevented from being copyright holders for similar reasons, BioMed Central can accommodate non-standard copyright lines. Please contact us if further information is needed.
Open access publishing is not without costs. World Journal of Surgical Oncology therefore levies an article-processing charge of £1290/$2110/€1550 for each article accepted for publication. We routinely waive charges for authors from low-income countries. Generally, if the submitting author's institution is a Member the cost of the article-processing charge is covered by the membership, and no further charge is payable. In the case of authors whose institutions are Supporter Members, however, a discounted article-processing charge is payable by the author. For further details, see our article-processing charge page. A limited number of waivers for article-processing charges are also available at the editors' discretion, and authors wishing to apply for these waivers should contact the editors.
All articles published in World Journal of Surgical Oncology are included in PubMed, the most widely used biomedical bibliographic database service, which is run by the US National Library of Medicine. Other bibliographic databases that index articles published in World Journal of Surgical Oncology include:
- Cases Database
- Current contents
- Google Scholar
- Index Copernicus
- PubMed Central
- Science Citation Index Expanded
The full text of all research articles is deposited in PubMed Central, the US National Library of Medicine's full-text repository of life science literature, and other digital archives including e-Depot (The Netherlands). All case reports published in this journal will also be indexed in Cases Database.
World Journal of Surgical Oncology is tracked by Thomson Reuters (ISI) and has an Impact Factor of 1.09.
Publication and peer review process
Criteria for publication
World Journal of Surgical Oncologyconsiders the following types of articles:
Research: reports of data from original research.
Case reports:reports of clinical cases that can be educational, describe a diagnostic or therapeutic dilemma, suggest an association, or present an important adverse reaction. All case report articles should be accompanied by written and signed consent to publish the information from the patients or their guardians.
Reviews: comprehensive, authoritative, descriptions of any subject within the journal's scope; these articles are usually written by opinion leaders that have been invited by the Editorial Board.
Technical innovations: articles that present a new experimental method, test or procedure. The method described may either be completely new, or may offer a better version of an existing method. The article must describe a demonstrable advance on what is currently available. The method needs to have been well tested and ideally, but not necessarily, used in a way that proves its value.
Meeting reports: short reports on conferences that the authors have attended, usually invited by the Editorial Board. It is best for these articles to be published as soon after the meeting as possible, and they should focus on the key developments presented and discussed at the meeting.
World Journal of Surgical Oncology follows a stringent peer review process. Each submitted article is first reviewed by the Editorial board and then sent to at least two reviewers for peer review. Reviewers are selected from the database and after a detailed search of MEDLINE. The chosen reviewers will have expertise on the subject they are reviewing. The electronic review process facilitates faster publication, with attempts to complete the peer review process in 3-4 weeks.
Edited by Manoj Pandey, World Journal of Surgical Oncology is supported by an expert Editorial Board.
Authors will be able to check the progress of their manuscript through the submission system at any time by logging into My World Journal of Surgical Oncology, a personalized section of the site.
High-quality, bound reprints can be purchased for all articles published. Please see our reprints website for further information about ordering reprints.
World Journal of Surgical Oncology will consider supplements based on proceedings (full articles or meeting abstracts), reviews or research. All articles submitted for publication in supplements are subject to peer review. Published supplements are fully searchable and freely accessible online and can also be produced in print. All full length articles (proceedings, reviews or research articles) are indexed by PubMed. PubMed displays the title of the supplement only in the case of meeting abstract collections. For further information, please contact us.
All manuscripts submitted to WJSO should adhere to BioMed Central's editorial policies.
Citing articles in World Journal of Surgical Oncology
Articles in World Journal of Surgical Oncology should be cited in the same way as articles in a traditional journal. Because articles are not printed, they do not have page numbers; instead, they are given a unique article number.
Article citations follow this format:
Authors: Title. World J Surg Onc [year], [volume number]:[article number].
e.g. Roberts LD, Hassall DG, Winegar DA, Haselden JN, Nicholls AW, Griffin JL: Increased hepatic oxidative metabolism distinguishes the action of Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor delta from Peroxisome Proliferator-Activated Receptor gamma in the Ob/Ob mouse. World J Surg Onc 2009, 1:115.
refers to article 115 from Volume 1 of the journal.
Why publish your article in World Journal of Surgical Oncology?
World Journal of Surgical Oncology's open access policy allows maximum visibility of articles published in the journal as they are available to a wide, global audience. Articles that have been especially highly accessed are highlighted with a 'Highly accessed' graphic, which appears on the journal's contents pages and search results.
Speed of publication
World Journal of Surgical Oncology offers a fast publication schedule whilst maintaining rigorous peer review; all articles must be submitted online, and peer review is managed fully electronically (articles are distributed in PDF form, which is automatically generated from the submitted files). Articles are published with their final citation immediately upon acceptance in a provisional PDF form. The article will subsequently be published in both fully browsable web form, and as a formatted PDF; the article will then be available through World Journal of Surgical Oncology, BioMed Central and PubMed Central and will also be included in PubMed.
Online publication in World Journal of Surgical Oncology gives authors the opportunity to publish large datasets, large numbers of color illustrations and moving pictures, to display data in a form that can be read directly by other software packages so as to allow readers to manipulate the data for themselves, and to create all relevant links (for example, to PubMed, to sequence and other databases, and to other articles).
Promotion and press coverage
Articles published in World Journal of Surgical Oncology are included in article alerts and regular email updates. Some may be included in abstract books mailed to academics and are highlighted on World Journal of Surgical Oncology's pages and on the BioMed Central homepage.
In addition, articles published in World Journal of Surgical Oncology may be promoted by press releases to the general or scientific press. These activities increase the exposure and number of accesses for articles published in World Journal of Surgical Oncology. A list of articles recently press-released by journals published by BioMed Central is available here.
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