Article SubmissionsSubmitted articles will be peer-reviewed for strong methodology, clear and communicative technical writing as well as meaningful contribution to the collective body of knowledge. Importantly, we actively encourage the submission of content relevant to the community even if it does not fit one of the categories listed in the author guidelines.
We ask that authors please refrain from submitting to the WFJSM work which they have published or hope to publish elsewhere. This practice will ensure that authors’ works, in this or other journals, meet the standards regarding duplicate publications that are considered best practices in scientific publishing.
Both students and faculty staff the journal. Established professionals will be sought for peer-review. Submissions are accepted from physicians, scientists and students at all levels. If you are interested in serving on journal staff or assisting as a faculty mentor please contact the editorial board at firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to your contributions to make the Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine a significant resource for the medical and scientific community.
Author GuidelinesSubmitted articles will undergo a double-blind peer-review for strong methodology, clear and communicative technical writing as well as meaningful contribution to the collective body of knowledge. As such, we encourage authors to make sure that their manuscripts are blinded and do not include any identifying information. We actively encourage the submission of content relevant to the community even if it does not fit one of the categories listed.
For submissions of the following types, the specifications are as follows:
All manuscripts will be assessed by editors and may undergo a peer-review process. Manuscripts will be evaluated for scientific accuracy.
Editorial decisions will be
- Reject with review
- Reject or accept with revision
A manuscript may undergo several rounds of revision before acceptance. Decisions will be communicated to the corresponding author via email.
Peer Review Flowchart
All submissions will be checked for plagiarism. The WFJSM uses the definition of plagiarism written by Dr. Miguel Roig for the DHHS Office of Research Integrity. Plagiarism is therein defined as: “Appropriating an idea (e.g., an explanation, a theory, a conclusion, a hypothesis, a metaphor) in whole or in part, or with superficial modifications without giving credit to its originator... Copying a portion of text from another source without giving credit to its author and without enclosing the borrowed text in quotation marks… Self-plagiarism occurs when authors reuse their own previously written work or data in a ‘new’ written product without letting the reader know that this material has appeared elsewhere.” - http://ori.hhs.gov/images/ddblock/plagiarism.pdf.
Corrections and Retractions
Since the Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine is released annually, there is ample time for corrections before print publication and every effort will be made to ensure that errors are caught in the editing process. In regards to honest errors that are found after publication, the Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine will follow the ICMJE’S guidelines for corrections. Corrected versions of manuscripts will be electronically published with the previous version archived. Pervasive errors that invalidate previous results may lead to replacement of the manuscript altogether. Citations will be linked to the newest manuscript.
The Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine agrees with the ICMJE’s definition of misconduct as including but not limited to data fabrication, data falsification including deceptive manipulation of images, purposeful failure to disclose conflicts of interest, and plagiarism. In regards to misconduct, staff will follow procedures delineated by the COPE flowcharts. Manuscripts submitted by authors who have knowingly engaged in misconduct will not be reviewed for publishing. Manuscripts that have already been published will be labelled as ‘retracted’ online with an explanation for the retraction.
Authors are responsible for obtaining written permissions to republish or reproduce any previously published material from the copyright holder of the original source. The authors of manuscripts contained in the WFJSM grant WFJSM exclusive worldwide first publication rights and further grant a nonexclusive license for other uses of the manuscripts for the duration of their copyright in all languages, throughout the world, in all media. Copyright ownership of these articles remains with the authors. Authors may be asked to complete and sign a copyright form.
Authors must refrain from submitting work which they have published or hope to publish elsewhere. This practice will ensure that authors' works meet the ICMJE's standards regarding overlapping publications.
Submissions are accepted from physicians, scientists, and students at all levels from any academic institution. They are evaluated by both Editors-in-Chief, along with respective Section Editors, for clarity, interest, and unique contribution to their field. If Editors decide that a submission requires further steps before it can be reviewed, they use written communication to inform authors of the steps they would need to take in order to fit the qualifications for submission. If a manuscript is deemed appropriate for peer review, Section Editors take on a liaison role in finding qualified members of that field for a double-blind process. Editors-in-Chief and Section Editors teach junior editors how to identify a knowledgeable peer reviewer and are encouraged to use the Wake Forest Clinical and Translational Science Institute database to find appropriate candidates. Editors relay anonymized comments between authors and reviewers through standardized forms until the manuscript is accepted with no further changes or declined. After this process has concluded, Section and Chief Editors continue to evaluate accepted text for grammar, structure, flow of ideas, minor flaws, and placement of figures, tables, and images. This final product is sent to the authors for any changes before publishing.
If a manuscript is rejected, authors have the option to use any comments from the reviewers to revise their manuscript and re-submit it to the journal. If they choose to do so, the re-submission will be read by a new set of reviewers.
Peer Review ProcessSubmitted articles will be peer-reviewed for strong methodology, clear and communicative technical writing, as well as meaningful contribution to the collective body of knowledge. Studies with negative results or those challenging previously published work will receive equal consideration. We actively encourage the submission of content relevant to the community even if it does not fit one of the categories listed in the author guidelines. Editors-in-Chief use their experience and insight to advise authors on how to modify manuscripts to fit into an acceptable category.
AuthorshipThe Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine recognizes the ICMJE’s criteria for authorship. These include:
- Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work
- Drafting or revising of the work
- Final approval of the version to be published
- Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work
Conflict of InterestThe Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine agrees with the ICMJE’s definition of conflict of interest as well as their reporting policies. Authors are required to declare all competing interests in relation to their work. These may be through financial support of the research or non-financial influences that may call an author’s perspectives or authenticity into question. All submissions must include a ‘Disclosures’ section at the end of the manuscript listing all conflicts of interests. If the authors do not have conflicts of interests, the statement should read, “No financial support given. Authors report no conflicts of interest.” Editors may ask for further information relating to competing interests. Editors and reviewers are also required to declare any competing interests and will be excluded from the peer review process if a conflict of interest exists.
In cases where students must give constructive comments or rejections to authors in their field of interest, two expert faculty advisors are in place to relay this information. This policy is in place to maintain the integrity of an honest peer review while allaying any concerns student editors may have of receiving negative attention from their superiors.
Human and Animal RightsThe Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine agrees with the ICMJE’s definitions and policies regarding human research participants as well as the IAVE’s consensus author guidelines on animal ethics and welfare in research. Research involving human subjects, human material, or human data, must have been approved by the Institutional Review Board. All research must have been carried out within an appropriate ethical framework. If there is suspicion that work has not taken place within an appropriate ethical framework, editors may reject the manuscript. Authors will be expected to have obtained ethics committee approval and informed patient consent for any experimental use of a novel procedure or tool where a clear clinical advantage based on clinical need was not apparent before treatment.
Informed ConsentThe Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine agrees with the ICMJE’s definitions and policies regarding the protection of research participants. Informed consent must be acquired from any participants before any identifiable details of their information, such as their name or image, are included in a manuscript.
Data sharing policyReaders who are interested in the data generated by published manuscripts as it relates to their own field of work or research may request it from published authors. Requestors may contact the authors by using their information listed on the first page of every article. Requests should clearly state who the requesting party is and the reason they require the data. If this request is deemed appropriate, we strongly encourage that authors make this information available as soon as possible to the requestor.
The Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine is published in hard copy annually each Spring. Manuscripts may be published electronically any time of the year shortly after acceptance, with reasonable time allotted for configuration to an online format.
Electronic Publishing allows finalized manuscripts to be read online ahead of print publication. The Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine follows the guidelines set by the ICMJE on electronic publishing notably that all manuscripts will be kept on an internal site, that the state of published work is kept up to date, and that an archive will contain all corrected or retracted manuscripts.
The Wake Forest Journal of Science and Medicine maintains financial independence and does not publish advertisements. No income is derived from advertisements. This policy keeps editors free from outside influence and maintains the integrity of our content. In addition, the Journal calls for manuscripts by sending an electronic flyer to department coordinators at Wake Forest Baptist Health, with no monetary incentive.