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  1. Selecting a Journal

  2. Potential journals in Public Health • American Journal of Epidemiology • American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene • Clinical Infectious Diseases (CID) • Emerging Infectious Diseases (EID) • International Journal of Infectious Diseases • International Journal of Tb and Lung Disease • Journal of Clinical Investigation • Journal of Clinical Microbiology (J Clin Micro) • Journal of Infectious Disease (JID) • Journal of Medical Entomology • Journal of Parasitology • Journal of Virology • Parasite Immunology • Parasitology

  3. When to choose target journal? EARLY! Journal choice determines: - Length of paper - Number of figures - Reference format

  4. Choosing a Journal Evaluate journals to find best match for your study Confirm choice with co-authors (maybe with journal editors)

  5. Evaluating a Journal 1. What do they publish? - Subject Areas - Hypothesis vs. Descriptive vs. Methods - Full length articles only? Short reports as well? • Who is their audience? 3. Does my study meet their requirements? Ref: Penrose & Katz

  6. Briefly read published articles American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene “Effect of Mosquito Midgut Trypsin Activity on Dengue-2 Virus Infection and Dissemination in Aedes aegypti” Emerging Infectious Diseases “Leptospirosis during Dengue Outbreak, Bangladesh” “Retinal Hemorrhages in 4 Patients with Dengue Fever” Does my article fit in?

  7. About the Journal Review the journal’s website

  8. From the website: The American Journal of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene Goal: “Emphasis on laboratory science and the application of technology in the fields of tropical medicine, parasitology, immunology, infectious diseases, epidemiology, basic and molecular biology, virology and international medicine.” Audience: “Microbiologists, epidemiologists, virologists, parasitologists, pharmacologists, and clinicians at major granting institutions including philanthropic & governmental institutions active in the public health field, and medical and scientific libraries.”

  9. Additional factors to consider • Costs (do they charge per page?) • Acceptance rate (10% ? 30%?) • Publication speed (2 months? 1 year?) • Figures -Number - Color charges - Picture resolution • Free full-text access to readers on-line?

  10. Short articles • Called “Short reports”, “Dispatches” or “Notes” • Style/length vary by journal • For submission of important preliminary observations, technique modifications, or data that do not warrant publication as a full paper • Fewer words, figures, tables, references • A brief abstract is required for indexing, but delineated sections are not always used

  11. Not sure? Ask! • Ask colleagues, co-authors • Send editors a short summary of your paper & ask them if interested • Find email address on website e.g., for Emerging Infectious Disease: “Inquiries about the suitability of proposed articles may be directed to eideditor@cdc.gov.Send a brief abstract or synopsis of the proposed manuscript for assessment.”

  12. After choosing a journal • Obtain “Instructions to Authors” from web or paper journal • Read the rules of the game • Follow every direction they give • Why? Make it easy for them to say yes!

  13. Finding the “Instructions to Authors” Instructions to Authors

  14. Instructions to authors 1. Preparation of the manuscript • Line spacing and margins • Page numbers • Font & size (often 12 pt, Times New Roman) • Order: figures and figure legends? • Number of characters in title & running title • Word limit • Subheadings (if style not specified, look at published articles)

  15. Follow the guidelines & your data will look the best! Instructions to authors 2. Tables, figures, and graphs: • Font • Internal lines in tables? • File format: .TIFF? .JPG? .EPS? - be careful with .PPT from Mac! • Required resolution: 300- 1200 dpi Color mode: RGB or CMYK?

  16. Instructions to authors • Abstract/Summary - Word limit (150 to 300 words usually) - Structured or not? • Acknowledgments - Who & what to include • References - Journal specific format!

  17. Instructions to authors Format of References: Journal #1 (AJTM&H) 1 Michaels E, Bunyan DJP, Charlesworth JM Jr, Black JM III, 2004. Global mapping: lymphatic filariasis in perspective. Parasitol Today 11: 472-476. Journal #2 (EID) (1) Michaels E, Bunyan DJP, Charlesworth JM Jr, Black JM III. Global mapping: lymphatic filariasis in perspective. Parasitol Today. 2004;11: 472-6. Use EndnoteTM software

  18. Questions? Ask editors! “Your website says figures must be 300 dpi BUT the latest issue of the paper journal says 600 dpi. Which one do you prefer?” Email the editors! …and thank them for their help

  19. Journal Impact Factor 2007 impact factor = A/B A = the number of times articles published in 2005-6 were cited in indexed journals during 2007 B = the number of articles, reviews, proceedings or notes published in 2005-6 The 2007 impact factor could only be published in 2008, since it could not be calculated until all of the 2007 publications had been received http://www.sciencegateway.org/rank/index.html