Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Instructions for Authors
Submission of Manuscripts. Manuscripts should be submitted online
via the journal’s Manuscript Central site— http://mc.manuscriptcentral.
com/copd. Paper submissions will not be accepted. Files are best submitted with the text supplied as Microsoft Word files and all table & figure
files submitted as separate individual files. Name the files as: COPD plus
the last name of the lead author, the word “Draft,” and the date as six
digits (Example: COPD Smith Draft 051504). Once the review process
is completed successfully, you will be notified of acceptance and given
further instructions for submitting final files.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission to reproduce copyrighted material from other sources and are required to sign an agreement for the transfer of copyright to the publisher. All accepted
manuscripts, artwork, and photographs become the property of the
COPD: Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease will not
consider publishing manuscripts on research that has been funded by
Article Type: Select one from the following list and include as a heading above your article: Original Research, Review, Perspectives, Clinical
Pearl, Case Report, Special Feature, Editorial, Letter to the Editor, Book
Review, Notice Affiliation.
Article Title: Maximum length 100 characters.
Author Data: Full name, affiliation, mailing address, e-mail, and fax for
Corresponding Author: Identify the corresponding author and give the
preferred e-mail address for receiving correspondence and proofs and
preferred mailing address to receive any complimentary material.
Key Words: Four to six words or phrases - preferably MeSH (Medical
Subject Heading) terms, the controlled vocabulary used by PubMed -
that describe the main topics of your article.
Abstract: One paragraph (250 words maximum) summarizing the content of your article (i.e. rationale, objectives, main findings, and principle conclusions). Do not include headings, abbreviations, footnotes, or
acronyms. Do not cite references, figures, or tables.
Introduction: One or two paragraphs providing background material, the
rationale for the study, and the hypothesis or central question. The ideal
length is 500 words.
Right Running Head: A shortened version of the title, no longer than 50
characters, suitable to run at the top of the right pages of the article.
Required Headings and Length:
Original Research or Review Articles: Required headings are: Materials
and Methods, Results, Discussion, Reference. Grants, funding, previous
publication, etc. are footnoted on the first page of the article. Other acknowledgements are grouped into one paragraph after the Discussion.
Case report: These follow the same format as Original Research or Review
Articles, but are limited to approximately 2,000 words.
Special Features, Clinical Pearls, Perspectives, State of the Art Articles:
Send a proposal to Editor Crapo before completion or submission of the
article. Include a description of scope, novel aspects, and tentative contents of the proposed article. Clinical Pearls and Perspectives must be of
practical value to physicians; personal opinions, when fully supported
by data, may be included. State of the Art articles are comprehensive,
scholarly works of longer length (24–40 pages; 5,000–10,000 words).
Be consistent in type and font size (12 pt Times Roman is preferred);
in style of headings; and in use of italics, symbols, and special characters.
Use numeral keys for 0 (zero) and 1 (one).
Do not use manual page breaks, automatic numbering for lists, end-of-line hyphenation, or right-hand justification. Double-space the entire
article including tables, references, and figure legends.
Cite all figures, tables, and equations in the text (parenthetically within
a sentence). Place complex mathematical equations and chemistry on
Use generic names of drugs. Include the city, state, and country of the
manufacturer, parenthetically after the first mention. Abbreviate units of
measure only if preceded by a number.
References, Bibliography, and Source lines
Provide complete information (as described below) for references and
source lines. Be sure you cite all references within the text as Arabic
numbers enclosed in parentheses. Do not cite using superscript num-
bers; do not include Ibid., op cit., or annotations. (Handle annotations as
footnotes to the text discussion.).
Journals: List all authors (do not use et al.) in inverted style (last
name followed by first initials); full article title; journal (standard
abbreviation); year of publication, volume number; issue number;
inclusive pages (or “in press” if not yet published).
Example: Smith AB. Crohn’s disease: transmission electron
microscopic studies. Hum Pathol 1975; 6:26–29.
Books: List all chapter authors (do not use et al.) in inverted style
(last name followed by first initials). Then full chapter title; book title;
edition number if applicable (e.g., 3rd Ed.); all book editors if applicable
(inverted style) with “Ed.” or “Eds.” immediately following; city/state;
publisher; 4-digit year of publication; inclusive pages. Example: Hull R,
Hirsh J. Diagnosis of venous thrombosis, In: Colman RW, Hirsh J, Marder
VJ, Salzman R, eds. Hemostasis and Thrombosis: Basic Principles and
Clinical Practice. Philadelphia: Lippincott, 1982:844–856.
Follow these samples for other types of sources:
Meetings or conferences: Prasad EA, Jackson P. Abstracts of papers,
Part 2. 212th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society,
Orlando, FL, Aug 25–29, 1996.
Electronic publications: http://publish.aps.org/abstract/PRD/v61/
010303 (accessed June 2000).
Illustrations and Tables. Illustrations submitted (line drawings, halftones, photos, photomicrographs, etc.) should be clean originals or digital
files. Digital files are recommended for highest quality reproduction and
should follow these guidelines:
· 300 dpi or higher
· sized to fit on journal page
· EPS, TIFF, or PSD format only
· submitted as separate files, not embedded in text files
Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text, but should
be included as separate sheets or files. A short descriptive title should
appear above each table with a clear legend and any footnotes suitably
identified below. All units must be included. Figures should be com-
pletely labeled, taking into account necessary size reduction. Captions
should be typed, double-spaced, on a separate sheet. All original figures
should be clearly marked in pencil on the reverse side with the number,
author’s name, and top edge indicated.
· Number separately with Arabic numerals in the sequence discussed
in the text.
· Include table titles and figure legends; define all abbreviations and
include a source line when applicable. Each figure and table must be
on a separate page at the end of the document. Do not embed figures
and tables within the text.
· Create tables using Microsoft Word’s table function or via the tab key
(hitting the key only once between columns). Maintain a consistent
typeface, size, and double-spacing.
· Create separate files for each figure at (1) two resolutions: low resolution ( 72 dpi) and high resolution (300 dpi for photos; 900 dpi for
charts and drawings); and at (2) final size. Include the low resolution
version at submission of the first draft, and the high resolution version
at submission of the accepted article.
· Use 8 pt Helvetica upper/lower case for labels within the art and for
part labels (A, B, C, etc.). Lines or rules within art should be 1/2 pt.
Color illustrations will be considered for publication; however, the
author will be required to bear the full cost involved in their printing
and publication. The charge for the first page with color is $1000.00. The
next three pages with color are $500.00 each. A custom quote will be
provided for color art totaling more than 4 journal pages. Good-quality
color prints or files should be provided in their final size. The publisher
has the right to refuse publication of color prints deemed unacceptable.
Page Proofs. Proofs will be sent out to all authors via e-proofs. Therefore, each author must submit an e-mail address in order to receive e-proofs. All proofs must be corrected and returned to the publisher by
the specified deadline. If proofs are not returned by the specified deadline, the manuscript may be pulled from the issue. Only correction of
typographical errors is permitted.
Journal Copies. Corresponding authors will each receive a PDF of their
article. Offprints and extra journal copies can be ordered at the page proof
stage through the publisher.