For Authors

About the Journal

Thank you for your interest in the Philippine Journal of Endo-Laparoscopic Surgery. PJELS is the official journal of the Philippine Association of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons. This is an open access journal for scientific research in the field of Endo-Laparoscopic surgery in the Philippines. This journal follows the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals, issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), and the Cope of Conduct and Best Practice Guidelines for Journal Editors, issued by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Please refer to the following guidelines to help you prepare your manuscript. Feel free to contact the editorial office by email (pjels@pales.ph) should you have any questions. Manuscripts that deviate from the instructions will be sent back for correction before peer review. 

All manuscripts submitted to the Philippine Journal of Endo-Laparoscopic Surgery (PJELS) must be original and not published elsewhere (except in abstract form) and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. PJELS will consider manuscripts prepared according to the instructions below. 

All manuscripts submitted to PJELS are subjected to peer review and editing. A manuscript is reviewed by at least two experts in the field, who may also be members of the Editorial Board. The decision of the Editors-in-Chief is final. The authors are notified of the decision by e-mail, with reviewer comments, if applicable. The peer reviewers of the journal are recruited from the various disciplines related to endoscopic and laparoscopic surgery from members of the Philippine Association of Laparoscopic and Endoscopic Surgeons (PALES). 

The Disclosures section should appear in the manuscript as a separate section immediately before the references. The Disclosure section is required for submission. If it is not in the manuscript, the submission will be returned for correction before review. If the authors have nothing to disclose, state this in the section for each author, listing each author by name. Disclosures, if any, should include all commercial or corporate relationships that might pose a conflict of interest, e.g., all of the authors’ relationships with all pharmaceutical or device companies. This includes all of the authors’ relationship with a pharmaceutical or surgical device company including consultantships, honoraria, stock ownership, gifts, free or reimbursed travel/ vacations, equity interests, arrangements regarding patents or other vested interests. 

Conflict of Interest forms must be submitted separate from the disclosure section mentioned above. You must submit a completed and signed International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) disclosure form for each author. Manuscripts submitted without all forms will be returned for corrections. Blank ICMJE forms are available for download at http://www.icmje.org/. 

A letter of approval from the Research Ethics Committee (REC) or Institutional Review Board (IRB) that oversees the submitted research article must also be submitted if applicable to your kind of research. 

Manuscripts must be clearly and concisely written in English, and authors are urged to aim for clarity, brevity, and accuracy of information and language. The position of figures and tables should be indicated in the text.

TITLE PAGE:

  1. Full title of manuscript

  2. A short running head of not more than 40 characters

  3. The first and last names of each author with highest academic degree, and the department and institutional affiliation for each author. All authors must meet the criteria for authorship in the Consensus Statement on Journal Authorship cited later in these instructions.

  4. The name, institutional address, telephone and email of the author to whom correspondence should be addressed.

  5. The Corresponding author should carefully check the names and order of all authors when submitting a manuscript. Additions or deletions of authors or changes to the order of authors cannot be made after an article has been accepted.

ABSTRACT AND KEYWORDS:

  1. Structured Abstract of not more than 250 words

  2. List up to five keywords.

TEXT

(Text should be arranged in this order):

  1. Introduction

  2. Materials and Methods

  3. Results

  4. Discussion

  5. Acknowledgments

  6. Disclosures

  7. References

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Acknowledgments of people who helped in preparing the paper should appear in this section if needed.

 

DISCLOSURES:

Disclosures are required for each author to be included within the manuscript. Each statement must include the author’s name and declare the conflict of interest, or “no conflict of interest”.

REFERENCES:

We will be using the National Library of Medicine (NLM) method of citing your references.  GO TO LINK

The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references. Citations in the text should be identified by numbers in superscript and in brackets. The in-text references and the reference list at the end of the manuscript should be in citation order. Only published works and/or already accepted manuscripts for publication can be included. Please see the following samples on how to list the references correctly: 

Articles from journals: 

Name(s) and initials of ALL author(s), full title, journal name as abbreviated in Index Medicus, year published, volume followed by a colon, first and last page numbers.

 

Fuentes MB, Goel R, Lee-Ong AC, Cabrera AB, Lawenko M, Lopez-Guiterrez J, Lomanto D.  Single-port endo-laparoscopic surgery (SPES) for totally extrapaeritoneal inguinal hernia: a critical appraisal of the chopstick repair. Hernia. 2013 17(2):217-21. 

Articles from electronic publications: 

Name(s) and initials of ALL author(s), full title, journal name as abbreviated in PubMed. DOI number, and publication date. 

 

With DOI number: 

Faylona JM. Evolution of ventral hernia repair. Asian J Endosc Surg. DOI: 10.1111/ases.12392, June 19, 2017. 

 

Without DOI number: 

Bates D. The quality case for information technology in healthcare. Available at: http://www.biomedcentral.com/ 1472–6947/2/7. October 2002; Accessed 19 December 2002. 

 

Books: 

Name(s) and initials of ALL author(s), title, edition, publisher, place of publication, year published. 

Roy C. Ultrasound of the abdomen (exercises in radiological diagnosis) Springer,Berlin, 1988.

TABLES:

  1. All tables are to be numbered using Arabic numerals. 

  2. Tables should always be cited in text in consecutive numerical order. 

  3. For each table, please supply a table title. 

  4. The table title should explain clearly and concisely the components of the table.

  5. Identify any previously published material by giving the original source in the form of a reference at the end of the table title. 

  6. Footnotes to tables should be indicated by superscript lower-case letters (or asterisks for significance values and other statistical data) and included beneath the table body .

 

FIGURES:

Figures should be limited to those essential for the text. The same results should be presented as either figures or tables, not as both. All figures, whether photographs, graphs, or diagrams, should be numbered consecutively and cited within the text. Letter of consent from the original author of the figure, if the figure in the manuscript does not belong to you.

Figure Legends: 

Legends must be brief, self-sufficient explanations of the figures in no more than four or five lines. Figure legends are considered text and should appear in your main document.

ETHICAL CONSIDERATION FOR AUTHORS:

 

This journal is committed to upholding the integrity of the scientific record. 

 

Authors should refrain from misrepresenting research results that could damage the trust in the journal and ultimately the entire scientific endeavor. Maintaining integrity of the research and its presentation can be achieved by following the rules of good scientific practice, which includes:

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 (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 authors 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 from all co-authors and responsible authorities 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.

Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.

Requests to add or delete authors at revision stage or after publication is a serious matter, and may be considered only after receipt of written approval from all authors and detailed explanation about the role/deletion of the new/deleted author. The decision to accept the change rests with the Editorin-Chief of the journal.

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.

In addition:

 

  • Changes of authorship or in the order of authors are not accepted after acceptance of a manuscript.

  • Requests to add or delete authors at revision stage or after publication is a serious matter, and may be considered only after receipt of written approval from all authors and detailed explanation about the role/deletion of the new/deleted author. The decision to accept the change rests with the Editorin-Chief of the journal.

  • 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.

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 proven, this may result in the Editor-in-Chief’s implementation of the following measures, including, but not limited to:

  • 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 proven, 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.

  • The author’s institution may be informed.

Manuscript Categories

 

 

Original Article

Technical Details:

Word limit: 3,750 words including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 250 words maximum, structured (sub-headers): Introduction, Methods, Results, Conclusion.

References: Up to 50 in total.

Description: Full-length reports of current research in either basic or clinical science. Arrange text as follows: Abstract; Introduction; Materials and Methods; Results; Discussion; Acknowledgment; References; and when relevant Supporting Information. Video is welcome as Supporting Information.

Manuscript preparation

 

Articles on Surgical Technique 

Technical Details:

Word limit: 1,200 words including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 250 words maximum, structured (sub-headers): Introduction; Materials and Surgical Technique; Discussion.

References: Up to 20 in total.

Figures/tables: Up to 4 in total.

Description: Outlines particular techniques. Arrange text as follows: Abstract; Introduction; Materials and Surgical Technique; Discussion; Acknowledgment; References; and when relevant Supporting Information. Video is particularly welcome as Supporting Information.

 

Review Articles (By Invitation)

 

Technical Details:

Word limit: 5,000 words including abstract but excluding references, tables and figures.

Abstract: 250 words maximum, structured or unstructured.

References: Up to 80 in total.

Figures/tables: Minimum 1 image or figure.

Description: Reviews are comprehensive analyses of specific topics. They are submitted upon invitation by the Editor. Proposals for reviews may be submitted; however, in this case authors should only send an outline of the proposed paper for initial consideration. Both solicited and unsolicited review articles will undergo peer review prior to acceptance.

ISSN: 1908-7500