Annual Meeting Report

Instructions for Authors: Tips and Tricks to Make Them Palatable

MODERATOR: Shari Leventhal Managing Editor Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology Derwood, Maryland SPEAKERS: Mary Anne Baynes Chief Marketing Officer Overleaf Raleigh, North Carolina Katherine Bennett Managing Editor Scientific Publications, American Society for Radiation Oncology Southlake, Texas REPORTER: Shari Leventhal Updating and maintaining a journal’s instructions for authors are often some of the more tedious tasks of an editorial team. Most editors will agree that their instructions should be improved but often don’t know the best ways to improve them. This session was developed to provide examples of how to help make instructions for authors and related materials simpler for submitting authors while maintaining the elements for the manuscript process that are important to the editorial team. Katherine Bennett, Managing Editor, Scientific Publications, for the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO), was the first speaker to present during the session and discussed the checklist that ASTRO’s Red Journal (International Journal of Radiation Oncology), one of its three publications, offers their authors to ensure submission compliance in an easily understandable format (Figure 1). Bennett explained that the Red Journal’s instructions for authors are 22 pages and a total of 7525 words. According to Bennett, they created the checklist to balance “the constant back and forth of trying to simplify [and] make [the instructions] shorter” and at the same time address “the need to lengthen [them] for authors who litigate every point.” The checklist provides an easily printable and simplified list of key items for authors to review as they […]

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