Author Guidelines

PREPARING FOR SUBMISSION

Submitted manuscripts should follow the recommendations stated in Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals (Vancouver system).

In his/her covering letter, the corresponding author should reveal whether the submitted article – or very similar work - has been previously published, or orally presented, or is under consideration elsewhere. The corresponding author is also asked to submit the names and addresses (including telephone, fax, or e-mail, if available) of 2-3 experts, who may be asked to referee the submitted manuscript, but who should not work in the same institute as the author(s) of the submitted manuscript.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.

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Types of papers the Journal welcomes:

The regular sections of the journal include: Original research, Reviews, Theory and Methods, Editorials, Letters to the Editor, Short communications, Dissertation summaries, Clinical case reports, Public health practices, History and biographies, Book reviews and Conference and workshop reports.

Special issues on selected topics may be published from time to time.

  • Original research articles represent papers that report the results of original quantitative or qualitative health research. The length of the paper should not exceed a total of 6000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures. (approx. 8 typeset pages)
  • Review articles are scholarly reviews of the literature on some important topic within the scope of the journal. The maximum length of reviews is 1.5 x the length of original research articles (see above). Review articles may contain up to 100 references.
  • Theory and methods provide authors an opportunity to discuss and debate theoretical issues in research or policy; they can also submit articles that focus on the theoretical framework, design and methods of their studies which would otherwise not be included in original research articles due to lack of space. The length of the paper should not exceed a total of 6000 words incl. abstract and references, excl. tables/figures.
  • Short communications describe new interesting findings, working practices or techniques and are limited to 3000 words. They should contain the same sections as the original research articles, with one figure or table, and a maximum of three references.
  • Letter to the Editor is limited to 1000 words incl references and encourages discussion and/or criticism related to a scientific paper published in the journal within six months of receiving the letter. The author of the original paper will be invited to provide a response. The provided text may include one table or illustration and a maximum of three references. The Editor retains the rights to review and/or publish the submitted material.
  • Dissertation summaries inform readers of successfully defended Master’s and Doctoral theses on a topic relevant to circumpolar health. It should include title, institution, degree, date, and an abstract of less than 200 words. A photo of the student is also welcome.
  • Clinical case reports, Public health practice, History and biography, Book reviews, Conference and workshop reports are published from time to time. Please discuss with Editor regarding suitability before submission.


Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Conflict of interest and funding Authors are responsible for disclosing financial or other support from the industry or other conflicts of interest that might bias the interpretation of results.

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.

Ethics and consent When reporting experiments on patients or animals, please indicate whether the procedures followed were approved by your local ethics committee and/or in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008 (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/17c.pdf).


Publication fee See here.

WAIVER POLICY - please see here.


WITHDRAWAL OF MANUSCRIPT If you withdraw your manuscript after it has been peer reviewed, or after it has been typeset (but not yet published) you will be charged according to the following:

For peer review: EUR 250/USD 290 per article
For peer review and typesetting: 475/USD 565 per article


MANUSCRIPT LAYOUT

Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: introduction (motivation, problem identification and a short literature survey), present investigation (background, materials, subjects and results), and conclusion. Begin each section, including figure and table legends, on separate sheets; insert running page numbers.

Figures Upon acceptance please supply figures/graphics/images in at least 300 dpi.

If graphs or charts are based on data in a spreadsheet such as Excel, please submit the spreadsheet also. The Editorial Office may re-draw some charts in consultation with the authors. In general, do not use 3-D charts where 2-D will serve the purpose. Do not use grid lines. Do not include chart title within the chart. For clarity, the use of colours is encouraged.

If the figures/graphics/images have been taken from sources not copyrighted by the author, it is the author’s sole responsibility to secure the rights from the copyright holder to reproduce those figures/graphs/images for both worldwide print and web publication. All reproduction costs charged by the copyright holder must be borne by the author.

When figures/graphics/images are reproduced, a parenthesis should be added to the figure legend thus: (Reproduced with permission from xxx). For further information, please see Guidelines.

Supplementary material Supplementary material may be added free of charge, and will be published in the form in which it is received.

Title page Organize the title page in the following way: 1) title of manuscript, 2) name of author(s), 3) name of department(s) and institution(s), and 4) name and full postal and email address of the corresponding author who also acts as 'Guarantor' for all parts of the paper. Please observe that the journal adheres to a 'double blind' review process and thus the title page revealing the identity of the authors should be uploaded separately.

The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the article.

Abstract Articles must include a structured abstract of 200-300 words. The abstract should provide sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Objective, Design, Results, Conclusions. After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

References Each reference should materially advance the argument of the paper rather than being confirmatory or included for completeness. The recommended amount of references in original articles is ca. 30-40.

References should follow the standard biomedical format (Vancouver). ARTICLES FAILING TO FOLLOW THIS STYLE WILL BE RETURNED TO THE AUTHORS FOR CORRECTION. See also NLM's Citing Medicine at www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine

Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text by Arabic numerals and in parentheses, e.g. (14).

Information from papers in manuscript but not yet accepted should be cited in the text as 'unpublished observation(s)' or 'personal communication'.

For a key of how to abbreviate journal names, please consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus.

Journals

  1. Kara D, Luppens SB, Cate JM. Differences between single- and dual-species biofilms of Streptococcus mutans and Veillonella parvula in growth, acidogenicity and susceptibility to chlorhexidine. Eur J Oral Sci. 2006;114:58-63.
  2. Jun BC, Song SW, Park CS, Lee DH, Cho KJ, Cho JH. The analysis of maxillary sinus aeration according to aging process: volume assessment by 3-dimensional reconstruction by high-resolutional CT scanning. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005;132:429-34.
  3. Hailman E, Vasselon T, Kelley M, Busse LA, Hu MC, Lichtenstein HS et al. Stimulation of macrophages and neutrophils by complexes of lipopolysaccharide and soluble CD14. J Immunol. 1996;156:4384-90.
  4. Wall S. GLOBAL HEALTH ACTION—fuelling a hands-on approach to global health challenges. Glob Health Action. 2008; 1. 2008. DOI: 10.3402/gha.v1i0.1822
  5. Soininen L, Pukkala E. Mortality of the Sami in northern Finland 19792005. Int J Circumpolar Health. 2008; 67: 43-55.

Books

  1. Ludwig JA, Reynolds JF. Statistical ecology. A primer on methods and computing. New York: Wiley; 1988.
  2. Brown AM, Stubbs DW, editors. Medical physiology. New York: Wiley; 1983.
  3. Blaxter PS, Farnsworth TP. Social health and class inequalities. In: Carter C, Peel JR, editors. Equalities and inequalities in health. 2nd ed. London: Academic Press; 1976. p. 165-78.

Website

  1. UN Development Programme. Millennium Development Goals, Goal 4: reduce child mortality. http://www.undp.org/mdg/goal4.shtml (cited Oct 20, 2008).
  2. Richardson ML. Approaches to differential diagnosis in musculoskeletal imaging [Internet]. Version 2.0. Seattle (WA): University of Washington School of Medicine; c2000 [revised 2001 Oct 1; cited 2006 Nov 1]. Available from: http://www.rad.washington.edu/mskbook/index.html


Submission Please provide a complete manuscript as a PDF file with all figures, tables, legends and supplementary material (if applicable) placed at the end of the manuscript after the reference list.

  • Dissertation summaries inform readers of successfully defended Master’s and Doctoral theses on a topic relevant to circumpolar health. It should include title, institution, degree, date, and an abstract of less than 200 words. A photo of the student is also welcome.
  • Clinical case reports, Public health practice, History and biography, Book reviews, Conference and workshop reports are published from time to time. Please discuss with Editor regarding suitability before submission.