Updated Author Instructions for 2014

The Ochsner JournalFor first-time writers, preparing a manuscript for a medical journal can be nerve wracking. Each journal has its own set of author instructions and reference requirements. None of the journals has the same requirements, and some even throw in some quirky instruction that doesn’t make any sense to the author.

The Ochsner Journal author instructions are not quirky and have been updated for 2014. In the updated instructions, the editorial team clarified several submission requirements regarding authorship, plagiarism, and abstracts.

Each author and coauthor on a manuscript submitted to The Ochsner Journal must meet at least one of the following criteria:

All manuscripts submitted to The Ochsner Journal are checked via iThenticate for duplication of previously published work. The editorial team evaluates manuscripts with high duplication scores on a case-by-case basis. Depending on the extent and type of duplication, manuscripts are either rejected or returned to the author for revisions.

 The editorial board requires all manuscripts submitted to The Ochsner Journal to include structured abstracts. Abstracts for original research articles, reviews, and commentaries must include the following headings: background, methods, results, conclusions. The headings for case report abstracts are background, case report, conclusions.

If you have questions about The Ochsner Journal author instructions, please email ocjournal@ochsner.org or call 504-842-3761 for assistance.

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