This journal will accept original scientific articles focused on all aspects of rare disease research; from genetic defect to a defined and validated intervention. This will include basic research related to target identification for intervention in specific rare diseases, systems biology research that may lead to binning currently disparate rare diseases, preclinical data supporting small molecule, biologic, gene therapy or cell based approaches to therapeutics, novel animal models for rare diseases applications, and research related to repositioning approved or late stage clinical compounds for rare diseases. The focus also extends to clinical research in rare diseases spanning basic research to surmount the overarching problems of clinical trials for small patient populations, patient recruitment and retention, and power, use of novel adaptive clinical trial design, natural history studies, endpoint and clinical outcome criteria that may be broadly applicable, better diagnostic criteria for diseases that are defined by extreme phenotypes. Another topic of clinical interest will be the construction of new informatics tools for registry building. There will also be a focus on issues of regulatory policy for rare disease; including reports on new orphan designations, changes in regulatory policy and policies of rare disease reimbursement as well as patient perspectives. The journal will feature independent, original research articles as well as in-depth review of specific rare diseases and therapeutics, and opinion pieces from regulators, patient advocates and leading industry and academic researchers focused on rare diseases.
Wendy A.G. van Zelst-Stams, MD, PhD
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SUBMISSION OF MANUSCRIPT
Authors are requested to submit their manuscript electronically to www.mstracker.com.
Note that the manuscript should be uploaded as one file with tables and figures included. This file can be a Microsoft Word document or an Adobe PDF.
Please contact the Editorial Office if you experience difficulties with the online system.
After the article has been accepted, the following electronic files are required:
It is possible to have figures printed in colour, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author. See Preparation of Manuscripts for the required file formats.
Please include in the cover letter a statement that the manuscript has not been published before and is not being considered for publication in another journal. Authors are requested to suggest 5-6 potential reviewers for their manuscript. Please provide names, titles, affiliations, addresses and emails of the suggested reviewers.
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Organization of the paper and style of presentation
Manuscripts must be written in English and American spelling should be used consistently throughout the manuscript.
Authors whose native language is not English are recommended to seek the advice of a native English speaker, if possible, before submitting their manuscripts. Peerwith offers a language and copyediting service to all scientists who want to publish their manuscript in scientific peer-reviewed periodicals and books.
Manuscripts should be prepared with wide margins and double spacing throughout, including the abstract, footnotes and references. Every page of the manuscript, including the title page, references, tables, etc., should be numbered. However, in the text no reference should be made to page numbers; if necessary, one may refer to sections.
Try to avoid the excessive use of italics and bold face.
Manuscripts should be organized in the following order:
Headings and subheadings should be numbered and typed on a separate line, without indentation.
SI units should be used, i.e., the units based on the metre, kilogramme, second, etc.
The title page should provide the following information:
The abstract should be clear, descriptive, self-explanatory and not longer than 200 words, it should also be suitable for publication in abstracting services.
The abstract for research papers should follow the “structured abstract” format. Section labels should be in bold uppercase letters followed by a colon, and each section will begin on a new line.
Number as Table 1, Table 2 etc, and refer to all of them in the text.
Each table should be provided on a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should not be included in the text.
Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title.
Column headings should be brief, but sufficiently explanatory. Standard abbreviations of units of measurement should be added between parentheses.
Vertical lines should not be used to separate columns. Leave some extra space between the columns instead.
Any explanations essential to the understanding of the table should be given in footnotes at the bottom of the table.
For citations in the text, numbers between square brackets should be used. All publications cited in the text should be presented in a list of references following the text of the manuscript.
References should be listed alphabetically in the following style:
 B. Newman and E.T. Liu, Perspective on BRCA1, Breast Disease 10 (1998), 3-10.
 D.F. Pilkey, Happy conservation laws, in: Neural Stresses, J. Frost, ed., Controlled Press, Georgia, 1995, pp. 332-391.
 E. Wilson, Active vibration analysis of thin-walled beams, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Virginia, 1991.
Footnotes should only be used if absolutely essential. In most cases it is possible to incorporate the information in the text.
If used, they should be numbered in the text, indicated by superscript numbers and kept as short as possible.
Number figures as Fig. 1, Fig. 2, etc and refer to all of them in the text.
Each figure should be provided on a separate sheet. Figures should not be included in the text.
Colour figures can be included, provided the cost of their reproduction is paid for by the author.
For the file formats of the figures please take the following into account:
Figures should be designed with the format of the page of the journal in mind. They should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%.
On maps and other figures where a scale is needed, use bar scales rather than numerical ones, i.e., do not use scales of the type 1:10,000. This avoids problems if the figures need to be reduced.
Each figure should have a self-explanatory caption. The captions to all figures should be typed on a separate sheet of the manuscript.
Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.
Copyright of your article
Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that they have read and agreed to the terms of the IOS Press Author Copyright Agreement.
Quoting from other publications
An author, when quoting from someone else's work or when considering reproducing figures or table from a book or journal article, should make sure that he is not infringing a copyright. Although in general an author may quote from other published works, he should obtain permission from the holder of the copyright if he wishes to make substantial extracts or to reproduce tables, plates or other figures. If the copyright holder is not the author of the quoted or reproduced material, it is recommended that the permission of the author should also be sought. Material in unpublished letters and manuscripts is also protected and must not be published unless permission has been obtained. Submission of a paper will be interpreted as a statement that the author has obtained all the necessary permission. A suitable acknowledgement of any borrowed material must always be made.
PROOFS & PURCHASES
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