Sections and Organization
Parts of a Submission
Follow guidance for developing each component below. Many manuscripts are rejected due to formatting. If you have questions, send an inquiry to the managing editor at firstname.lastname@example.org
Supporting Documentation File Submission
1. Title Page
Include a full title of up to 200 characters
2. Author List, Names, and Affiliations Page
Enter all qualifying author names of the manuscript in the following order:
3. Corresponding Author
The submitting author will be designated as the “corresponding author” in the submission system. Corresponding authors act as TMT's primary contact and the only author able to view or change the manuscript while it is under editorial review.
The corresponding author role may be transferred to another coauthor with the written approval of all authors. Transferring the corresponding author role also transfers access to the manuscript submission. The corresponding author will be listed as such upon publication.
3a. Corresponding author contact details
Please provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address, and telephone number(s).
4. Authorship requirements
Manuscripts are exclusively submitted to TMT, with the understanding they have not been published elsewhere, in any form, and will not be submitted elsewhere, unless declined by TMT.
TMT endeavors to follow, the ICMJE recommendations for scholarly work in medical journals, as it aspires to adhere to the highest standards of scholarly publication practices. Details may be obtained here.
Below you will find the "Role of Authors and Contributors" as outlined by ICMJE. Should you wish for a more detailed explanation, please click here. All authors must meet all four criteria below.
Contributors who do not meet the criteria above, can be listed in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript. See the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidelines for "Non-Author Contributors" here." Obtaining funding, collecting of data, or overall supervision of a research group, does not qualify authorship.
TMT expects all authors to review, discuss, and agree to their individual contributions and roles.
Those who contributed to the work but do not meet authorship criteria should be listed in Acknowledgments with a description of their role. Authors are responsible for ensuring those named in Acknowledgments agree to be included. Please note that the Acknowledgement section should be included in the title page and uploaded separately to ensure a double blind review.
6. Conflict of Interests Page
Authors are responsible for disclosing financial support from commercial entities or other non financial conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results. If no competing interests exist, please state "The authors declare no potential conflicts of interest". The conflict of interest page should uploaded as a supplementary file, and not part of the main manuscript.
Competing interests include any financial interests, direct or indirect, that might raise questions regarding bias in the your work, conclusions, implications or perspectives stated – including relevant commercial or other sources of funding for each individual author(s).
It is the role of the corresponding author to ensure this is adhered to.
7. Cover letter Page
The cover letter should address the following questions:
8. Redundant or Duplicate Publication
According to COPE, a redundant publication is a “work, or sections of that work, that is published more than once.”
If redundant or duplicate publication is attempted or occurs without notification to TMT, the journal will follow the editorial action contained in the COPE Flowchart for Redundant Publication.
Authors should alert the editor if the work includes subject matter about which a previous paper has been published. Referred work should be referenced in the new paper. Copies of materials, including papers in press, should be submitted with your manuscript submission to assist the editor in determining how to handle the issue.
Main Manuscript File Submission
1. Title Page
Include a full title of up to 200 characters without author names or titles, to ensure double blind peer review.
Your original research manuscript submission MUST contain an abstract. The Abstract comes after the title page in the manuscript file. The journal requires structured abstracts. The abstract should be 250-400 words. Please see CONSORT or PRISMA style abstract formats to determine which to use for your paper.
The abstract must be structured with headings (Objective, Design, Setting, Participants, Interventions, Main outcome measures, Results, Conclusions). For meta-analyses headings are typically: Objective, Design, Results, and Conclusion.
Provide trial registration number(s) for clinical randomized controlled trials.
This section should clearly describe your study rationale. It should end with a statement of the specific study hypothesis and/or study objectives.
4. Methods and Findings
Provide an interpretation of results with recommendations for future research.
For clinical trials, provide the trial identification number(s) and name(s) (e.g., trial registration number, protocol number or acronym).
5a. Human and Animal Subjects
TMT follows the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors .
When reporting research involving human data, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed have been assessed by the responsible review committee (institutional and national), and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration (revised in 2013). Authors must explain rationale for their approach and demonstrate the institutional review body explicitly approved any doubtful aspects of the study. Approval by a responsible review committee does not preclude editors from forming their own judgment as to whether the conduct of the research was appropriate. Authirs must remember to add the trial registration number to the end of the abstract.
Authors should include a statement in the manuscript that informed consent was obtained for experimentation with human subjects, observing privacy rights of human subjects. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent requires an identifiable patient is shown the manuscript to be published. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. If identifying characteristics are de-identified, authors should provide assurance that such changes do not distort scientific meaning.
For manuscripts reporting experiments on animals, the corresponding author must confirm that all experiments were performed in accordance with relevant guidelines and regulations. The manuscript must include a statement identifying the institutional and/or licensing committee approving the experiments, including any relevant details.
The Introduction should present a broad context for the manuscript. Think of readers who are not experts that may read your article. Include a brief review of key literature. If there are relevant issues pro and con in the field, mention them so a non-expert can understand. The Introduction should end with a statement of the overall purpose of the experiment(s) and a commentary on whether it was achieved.
Methods should provide enough detail for reproduction of the findings. Protocols for new methods should be included. Well-established methodological procedures may simply be referenced. A full description of the methods should be included within the manuscript.
Methods should also include a section with descriptions of any statistical methods used. The description should conform to the ICMJE Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals: Writing and editing for biomedical publication, published in the J Pharmacol Pharmacother. 2010 Jan-Jun; 1(1): 42–58., and available at the following link here. It reads as follows:
Submit detailed protocols for newer or less established methods. Well-established protocols may simply be referenced. Protocol documents for clinical trials, observational studies, and other non-laboratory investigations may be uploaded as supporting information.
We recommend you explore laboratory protocols in protocols.io, where protocols can be assigned their own persistent digital object identifiers (DOIs).
To include a link to a protocol in your article:
This allows editors and reviewers to consult your protocol when evaluating the manuscript. Any referenced protocol(s) will automatically be made public when your article is published.
The Results section should include all primary and secondary outcome measures analyzed. The section may be divided into subsections, each with a concise subheading. Tables and figures central to the study should be included in the main paper. The Results section should be written in past tense.
For smaller data sets and certain data types, authors may provide their data within their manuscript or in Supporting Information files accompanying the manuscript. Authors should attempt to maximize the accessibility and reusability of data by selecting file formats where data can be easily and efficiently extracted. An example is spreadsheets or flat files in lieu of PDFs for tabulated data.
Ensure the methodology has been accurately described for statistical analysis. Include details and access to original data to verify results. Provide confidence levels, and define terms and symbols. Include software used. In comparative studies, power calculations are usually required. In research manuscripts, requiring complex statistics, the advice of an expert statistician should be sought at the design/implementation stage of the study. It is appropriate to include statisticians as co-authors. Should you have further questions, please contact the managing editor.
TMT strongly urges authors to make all data underlying the findings described in their manuscript fully available without restriction. Authors can include relevant software code and data in the peer review process by uploading it to TMT’s Code Ocean computational reproducibility workflow; and strengthen the validity, attribution, and trust-based reputation of their work with TMT’s ARTiFACTS.ai service option, a purpose built blockchain-enabled platform for academic and scientific research and development.
The Discussion should be tightly argued. Start with a summary of the main findings. Include paragraphs on the generalizability, clinical relevance, strengths, and limitations of your study. You may also want to add the following:
10. Funding statement
This section should describe sources of funding that have supported the work. Please include relevant grant numbers and the URL of any funder's web site. Please also include this sentence: “The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.” Otherwise, describe the role of your sponsors or funders, and amend the aforementioned sentence as needed.
All available works can be cited in the reference list. Acceptable sources include:
12. Formatting references
13. Supporting Information
Authors can submit essential supporting files and multimedia files along with their manuscripts. All supporting information will be subject to peer review. All file types can be submitted. Supporting information files are published exactly as provided, and are not copyedited.
14. Supporting information captions
List supporting information captions at the end of the manuscript file and not in a separate file. The file number and name are required in a caption. We recommend including a one-line title. You can include a legend, but it is not required.
15. Figures, Tables and Multimedia
a. Figure preparation files
TMT does not redraw figures.
b. Figure citations
Cite tables in ascending numeric order upon first appearance in the manuscript file.
Place each table in your manuscript file directly after the paragraph in which it is first cited (read order). Do not submit your tables in separate files.
Tables require a label (e.g., “Table 1”) and brief descriptive title to be placed above the table. Place legends, footnotes, and other text below the table.
d. Multimedia and 3D Models
TMT publishes multimedia and 3D models embedded in the HTML and PDF versions of articles. These will be displayed in line with article text, as are with figures.
Multimedia and 3D models are accepted when needed to show findings that 1) are critical to argue article conclusions and 2) can't be satisfactorily presented in text, table, or figure. The editors will determine if this medium is used appropriately.
e. Text Citation
Multimedia and 3D models must be numbered independently of figures and tables, and cited at the relevant point in the manuscript text, e.g., “Movie 1”, and “Model 1”.
A title should be part of the legend and not incorporated in the multimedia or 3D model itself.
A legend must be included in the manuscript document after the reference list and not included in the video or 3D model itself. Legends should include sufficient detail to be intelligible without reference to the text. Legends must define all symbols and include essential information. If videos are not in real time and the time is not displayed in the video, the period represented must be stated in the legend. Rather than stating “See text,” legends should be more specific; for example, “See Results”.
h. Size and Format
Video and 3D models should be sized to convey essential scientific information. 3D models must be in U3D format.
Video file size limit is 25 MB. If the video file is larger, it should be supplied via WeTransfer or Dropbox. Upon publication of the article, large video files can be placed on a separate server or repository (Figshare) or similar, whereby a link to the video file will be included in the article abstract.
Please be sure to optimize videos for PC, tablet, and smartphone viewing.
For each video, please submit a preview image, or poster frame, that best illustrates the main focus.
Should you have additional questions as to Figures, Tables, and Multimedia, please contact the managing editor or publisher.
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