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As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor). While the manuscript is undergoing the peer review phase, the authors will not submit the manuscript to another journal without notifying the editor.
  • The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or PDF document file format.
  • We fight plagiarism: please understand that your article will be checked with available tools for discovering plagiarism.
  • The text is double-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than quoting/underlining (except with URL addresses); and all figures and tables are placed at the end.

    If tables are used, they should be double spaced on separate pages. They should be numbered and cited in the text of the article.

    If figures are used, they must be submitted as .tiff or .jpg files, with the requested digital resolution.

    If material which has already been published is used, a copy of the written permission for the reproduction and adaptation has to be provided before publication. The procedure for requesting the permission is the responsibility of the Authors.

    If abbreviations are used in the text, authors are required to write full name+abbreviation in brackets [e.g., multiple myeloma (MM)] the first time they are used, then only abbreviations can be written (apart from titles; in this case authors have to write always the full name).

  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  • This journal charge a publication fee for publication: by submitting their manuscript to the Journal of Peritoneum (and other serosal surfaces), authors agree to pay the amount due whether their manuscript will be accepted for publication.
  • Please read this advice and download associated files. The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors has  published in all ICMJE journals an editorial introducing a new “Disclosure Form for Potential Conflict of Interest”, with the aim to establish uniform reporting system, which can go over the existing differences in current formats or editors’ requests. We at PAGEPress Publications welcome this initiative as a possible uniforming, standardizing way to have this important disclosure authorizing the publications of manuscripts. We are therefore asking you to duly fill in the “Uniform Format for Disclosure of Competing Interests in ICMJE Journals” and upload it on the Web site of the PAGEPress journal your work is involved with or email it back to us, in mind to allow PAGEPress to peer-reviewing your work. The document is in Adobe format, it includes instructions to help authors provide the requested information and the completion procedure is user-friendly. Kindly note that the format have to be completed and signed by each author of the work. We remain waiting for the completed form to proceed with publication. Please be informed that if this Disclosure Form is missing, we will not be able to publish your work.
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    - Each Author of the paper has to download and fill in the Conflict of Interest form (http://www.pagepressjournals.org/public/COI_disclosure.pdf).
    Please note that these documents are necessary prior to publication.

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  1. Register as an Author; we encourage you to register also as a Reader and a Reviewer at the same time;

  2. Download and follow the Guidelines for Authors;

  3. Read our Editorial Policies and our Competing Interest policies.

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  5. Use the NOTIFY EDITOR e-mail button to inform the Editors that the revised version has been submitted.

Guidelines for Authors

Manuscripts have to be double-spaced with one-inch marginsHeadings must be used to designate the major divisions of the paper. To facilitate the review process, manuscripts should contain page and line numbering. 
Manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscript checked by a language editing service, or by an English mother-tongue colleague prior to submission.

As an option, PAGEPress offers its own professional copyediting service.
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The first page must contain: i) title (lowercase), without acronyms; ii) first name and family name of each author, separated by commas; iii) affiliation(s) of each author (in English); iv) acknowledgments; v) full name and full postal address of the corresponding author. Phone, fax number and e-mail address for the correspondence should also be included; vi) three to five key words. The second page should contain: i) authors’ contributions, e.g., information about the contributions of each person named as having participated in the study (http://www.icmje.org/#author); ii) disclosures about potential conflict of interests; iii) further information (e.g., funding, conference presentation ...).

If tables are used, they should be double-spaced on separate pages. They should be numbered and cited in the text of the manuscript. 

If figures are used, they must be submitted as .tiff or .jpg files, with the following digital resolution:
i) color (saved as CMYK): minimum 300 dpi;
ii) black and white/grays: minimum 600 dpi;
iii) one column width (8.5 cm) or 2 column widths (17.5 cm).
A different caption for each figure must be provided at the end of the manuscript, not included in the figure file.
Authors must obtain written permission for the reproduction and adaptation of material which has already been published. A copy of the written permission has to be provided before publication (otherwise the paper cannot be published) and appropriately cited in the figure caption. The procedure for requesting the permission is the responsibility of the Authors; PAGEPress will not refund any costs incurred in obtaining permission. Alternatively, it is advisable to use materials from other (free) sources.

If abbreviations are used in the text, authors are required to write full name+abbreviation in brackets [e.g. Multiple Myeloma (MM)] the first time they are used, then only abbreviations can be written (apart from titles; in this case authors have to write always the full name). 

If names of equipment or substances are mentioned in the text, brand, company names and locations (city and state) for equipment and substances should be included in parentheses within the text.

Original Articles (3500 words max, abstract 180 words max, 30 references max, 3/5 tables and/or figures): In general, this kind of publication should be divided into an Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions and References. A maximum of 10 authors is permitted and additional authors should be listed in an ad hoc Appendix. 
Reviews (4000 words max, abstract 180 words max, minimum 40 references, 3/5 tables and/or figures): They should be introduced by a general summary of content in the form of an Abstract. Following a short introduction, putting the study into context and defining the aim, reviews will concentrate on the most recent developments in the field. A review should clearly describe the search strategy followed (key words, inclusion, exclusion criteria, search engines, ...). No particular format is required; headings should be used to designate the major divisions of the paper. 
Case Reports (about 1800 words, abstract 150 words max, 15 references max, 1-2 tables and/or 3 figures max): A case report is a detailed narrative of symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatments and follow-up of one or several patients. Cases that present a diagnostic, ethical or management challenge or highlight aspects of mechanisms of injury, pharmacology and histopathology or are accompanied by a literature review of the topic presented are deemed of particular educational value. They should be divided into: Abstract, Introduction, Case report(s), Discussion, Conclusions and References.

For further details on the specific layout to follow for the different types of papers published by the Journal, please refer to the Section Policies


References should be prepared strictly according to the Vancouver style. References must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first cited in the text (not alphabetical order), and they must be identified in the text by Arabic numerals in superscript. References in the main text must always be cited after dots and commas. References to personal communications and unpublished data should be incorporated in the text and not placed under the numbered references [Example: (Wright 2011, unpublished data) or (Wright 2011, personal communication)]. Where available, URLs for the references should be provided directly within the MS-Word document. References in the References section must be prepared as follows: 
i) more than three authors, cite 3 authors, et al. If the paper has only 4 authors, cite all authors; 
ii) title style: sentence case; please use a capital letter only for the first word of the title; 
iii) journal titles mentioned in the References list should be abbreviated according to the following websites:
a. ISI Journal Abbreviations Index (http://library.caltech.edu/reference/abbreviations/);
b. Biological Journals and Abbreviations (http://home.ncifcrf.gov/research/bja/);
c. Medline List of Journal Titles (ftp://ftp.ncbi.nih.gov/pubmed/J_Medline.txt);
iv) put year after the journal name; 
v) never put month and day in the last part of the references; 
vi) cite only the volume (not the issue in brackets); 
vii) pages have to be abbreviated, e.g., 351-8. 

To ensure the correct citation format, please check your references in the PubMed database (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed).


Standard journal article 

Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med 2002;347:284-7. 


Christensen S, Oppacher F. An analysis of Koza’s computational effort statistic for genetic programming. In: Foster JA, Lutton E, Miller J, Ryan C, Tettamanzi AG, eds. Genetic programming. EuroGP 2002: Proceedings of the 5th European Conference on Genetic Programming, 2002 Apr 3-5, Kinsdale, Ireland. Berlin: Springer; 2002. pp 182-91. 

Article with organization as author 

Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension 2002;40:679-86. 


Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis, MO: Mosby; 2002. 

Bjørn Lomborg, ed. RethinkHIV - Smarter ways to invest in ending HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press; 2012. 

Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, eds. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York, NY: McGraw-Hill; 2002. pp 93-113.