Online Journal : Submission to Palliative Care Research

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Palliative Care Research

Submission to Palliative Care Research in English

  1. Editorial Policy
    Palliative Care Research is an official journal of the Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine (JSPM), and accepts articles on clinical topics and other basic aspects represented by any fields relating to palliative medicine. Palliative Care Research is published as an online digital journal. Submission of an article is understood to imply that the article is original and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.
  2. Submission Requirements and Conditions
    When submitting an article from Japan, at least one of the authors must be a member of JSPM (only non-members of JSPM are permitted when submitting from other countries.). All of the procedures employed in the article should be in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration (1964, 1975, amended in 1983, 2003 and 2008) of the World Medical Association, Ethical Guidelines for Clinical Studies (2004), International Ethical Guidelines for Epidemiological Studies (2008) and other humane laws.
    Furthermore, the protocol of a study should be approved by an institutional review board (IRB) before the study starts. In case of an in vivo study, all animals should receive humane care in compliance with the institutional guidelines. Authors must detail all of the above in their “Methods” section of their article. Also, there is a need to make clear the matter of conflicts of interest between corporations in order to preserve the impartiality and credibility of scientific research. After an article has been accepted for publication, a Conflict of Interest Report must be submitted (for use by a Palliative Care Research announcer) on a topic decided by the Palliative Care Research Article Announcer’s Report Items.
  3. Article Categories
    The types of articles welcomed to be submitted to Palliative Care Research are those of original research, case reports, rapid communications, review articles and letters to editor. Any articles such as opinions about the journal, questions about published articles, answers to questions from authors, etc. are treated as “letters to the editor”.
  4. Article Acceptance and Rejection
    All the articles will be peer-reviewed by the Editorial Board of the JSPM. The decision of the editor-in-chief, as advised by his/her reviewers, is final.
  5. Article Writing Requirements
    Articles will be accepted in either English or Japanese. In the event of an article being published, it is necessary that an English abstract as well as an English and Japanese diagram explanation be attached as part of the final steps for publication, as this journal’s information will be published in CrossRef. Key words should also be in English and Japanese.
    Article titles should be limited to 100 characters for Japanese articles and 50 words for English titles, and running titles should be limited to 25 characters for Japanese articles and 12 words for English articles.
    The abstract should be limited to 400 characters in Japanese or 250 words in English for works of original research, case studies and rapid communications, and should state the research objectives, primary expertise and the main conclusion.
    As a general rule, articles in Japanese should be limited to 8,000 characters for original papers, 4,000 characters for rapid communications and case studies, 12,000 characters for reviews and 1,200 characters for review articles. This does not include words used in summaries, pictures, diagrams and references.
    Pictures and diagrams should be limited to five for original papers and review articles, three for rapid communications and case studies, and one for letters to the editor.
    Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word files. Additionally, data for diagrams, etc. shall be in .jpg, .doc or .ppt format.
    Original research articles should be organized in the following order: 1) title, 2) introduction, 3) methods and materials, 4) results, 5) discussion, 6) conclusion, 7) references, 8) acknowledgements, 9) diagrams, 10) pictures and explanations. This also applies to case studies and rapid communications.
    Articles that have already been or are in the process of being published will not be accepted. Be advised that in the event of this occurring with an already accepted article, severe action may have to be taken.
    Any English characters or symbols used in the paper should be typed in half-width characters.
    References should be typed using the Vancouver-style, be numbered as they appear in the article, be written with up to three authors listed (more than three authors should be addressed with “et al”). They should also be ordered as follows: title, name of journal (as per the Index Medicus), year of publication (Anno Domini), volume/issue and page number (starting page and finishing page). This is be separated with “;”, “:”, “.” or “,” followed with a half-width space.

    Example (magazine articles):
    Schenck AP, Rokoske FS, Durham DD, et al. The PEACE Project: Identification of Quality Measures for Hospice and Palliative Care. J Palliat Med. 2010; 13: 1451-9.

    Example (book):
    Cherny NI. Pain assessment and cancer pain syndrome. In Doyle D, Hanks G, Cherney N, Calman K eds. Oxford Textbook of Palliative Medicine, 4th ed. Oxford University Press, Oxford, 2009; 599-626.

  6. How to Submit Articles
    Articles must be submitted electronically using J-STAGE’s Editorial Manager (
    When submitting, first register as a user, then log in as an author. After logging in, click on “open first time submission draft” and follow the instructions on the screen.
    Articles should be submitted as Microsoft Word files. Additionally, data for diagrams, etc. shall be in .jpg, .doc or .ppt format.
    Make reference to the log-in screen manual for instructions on how to submit articles. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the editing department.

    The submission process is explained in detail below:
    User registration
    • Register as a user to submit an article.
    • Click “Register” in the middle of the screen, and enter information about the author.
    Article submission
    • Using the username and password delivered via e-mail, return to the submission page or the log-in page.
    • At the author main page, begin the “new article submission” process as displayed.
    Article classification
    • Select the type of article from “original research”, “rapid communications”, “case report”, “review article” or “letter to the editor”.
    • Enter the article’s title and running title in Japanese and English.
    Author information
    • The lead author should log in as the submitter. If there are multiple authors, make addition registrations in the “author information” section.
    • The lead author should click on the “corresponding author” box.
    • By returning to the “author information” screen , one can see and edit the author information and add, remove or change the order of additional authors.
    • Enter a summary of the article in Japanese and English.
    Key words
    • Enter the article’s key words. There is a limit of five words.
    • When choosing key words, reference Igaku Chuuou Zasshi Igakuyougo Shizourasu (Volume 1, 1983, Igaku Chuuou zasshikeigyoukai) and Nihon Igakuyougo Jiten (Nihon Igakukai) for Japanese. For English key words, reference Mesh.
    Questions to the author
    • Answer any questions relating to author confirmation.
      “Is the Japanese author a JSPM member?”
      “Is the word count and amount of pictures and diagrams within the allotted number?”
      “Are the co-authors in agreement with the submission of this article?”
    • If the author has any questions to the editorial department or staff, enter them on this screen.
    Endorsing reader
    • If there are any endorsing readers, enter their information here.
    • Up to three readers may be entered.
    Critiquing reader
    • Just as above, if there are any critiquing readers, enter their information here.
    • Up to three readers may be entered.
    File update
    • When doing the article’s final update, confirm that the article is in accordance with the submission requirements. The details are as follows:
      -Check the article classification pull-down menu and upload the manuscript, figures, tables and any other items. The main article must be properly uploaded. The remaining files may be directly included in the main article.
    Article submission confirmation
    • An uploaded article and diagrams will be converted to a .pdf file, so check to make sure that there are no mistakes.
    • If there are no mistakes in the .pdf file, then select “accept” on the right of the screen and click the submit button.
    Contact information
    • If there are any questions or concerns about the process, please contact the editing staff listed below.
  7. Corrections by the Author
    The JSPM will send an e-mail with a PDF file of the accepted manuscript to the corresponding author(s). Authors will be asked to check proofs. Only simple errors may be corrected.
  8. Publication Fees
    There is no fee for the publication of an article.
  9. Copyrights
    Upon acceptance of the article by the journal,the author(s) will be asked to transfer the copyrights of their article to the JSPM.
  10. Submissions in English
    For papers in English, authors whose native language is not English are strongly advised to have their manuscripts checked by a native English-speaker prior to submission (see “Submissions to Palliative Research in English”) or submit in English of an equal standing as such. English submissions must be 4,000 words or less for original research, 2,000 words or less for case reports and rapid communications and 6,000 words or less for review articles.
    Furthermore, papers regarding articles written in English should be reviewed by native speakers of English.
  11. Contacting the Publishing Department
    Japanese Society for Palliative Medicine, Palliative Care Research Editorial Department

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