Guidelines for Authors
Conflicts of Interest
Types of Papers
Letter to the Editor
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
NIH-Funded Research, Self-Archiving
Original papers and reviews written in English are considered for publication. Manuscript should be submitted online
Should you experience any problems with your submission, please contact the Editorial Office at:
Prof. J. Cunha-Vaz
S. Karger AG
Editorial Office 'Ophthalmologica'
CH–4009 Basel (Switzerland)
Fax +41 61 306 1434
All manuscripts are subject to editorial review.
Manuscripts are received with the explicit understanding that they are not under simultaneous consideration by any other publication.
A cover letter with the name, address, and telephone and telefax numbers of the corresponding author must accompany each manuscript. This letter must include a statement that affirms that all authors
concur with the submission.
Submission of an article for publication implies transfer of the copyright from the author to the publisher upon acceptance. Accepted papers become the permanent property of 'Ophthalmologica'; and
may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher.
It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications.
Conflicts of Interest
Authors are required to disclose any sponsorship or funding arrangements relating to their research and all authors should disclose any possible conflicts of interest. Conflict of interest statements
will be published at the end of the article.
Published research must comply with the guidelines for human studies and animal welfare regulations. Authors should state that subjects have given their informed consent and that the study protocol
has been approved by the institute's committee on human research. Further, they should also state that animal experiments conform to institutional standards.
Whether intentional or not, plagiarism is a serious violation. We define plagiarism as a case in which a paper reproduces another work with at least 25% similarity and without citation.
If evidence of plagiarism is found before/after acceptance or after publication of the paper, the author will be offered a chance for rebuttal. If the arguments are not found to be satisfactory,
the manuscript will be retracted and the author sanctioned from publishing papers for a period to be determined by the responsible Editor(s).
Types of Papers
- Original Paper
- New Technologies in Ophthalmology
- Letter to the Editor
Reviews are either invited, or may be submitted for consideration. Invited reviews, if accepted, are not subject to page charges. The recommended length is 6 printed pages (approx. 15 double-spaced
Mini Reviews should contain an easy-to-read literature overview on a specific topic. Papers are either invited or may be submitted for consideration. Only concise articles of no more than 2 printed
pages (approx. 6 double-spaced manuscript pages), including an abstract of max. 200 words and references, will be accepted. Please submit your mini review online.
Letter to the Editor
Letters are only accepted if they directly concern articles previously published in this journal and clinical subjects related to the matters discussed. The editor reserves the right to submit copies of
such letters to the authors of the articles concerned prior to publication in order to permit them to respond in the same issue of the journal. Letters should have a maximum of one printed page (350–420
words, up to 8 references).
The first page of each paper should indicate the title, the authors’ names, the institute where the work was conducted, and a short title for use as running head.
The exact postal address of the corresponding author complete with postal code must be given at the bottom of the title page. Please also supply phone and fax numbers, as well as
Please supply 310 key words in English that reflect the content of the paper.
Each paper needs an abstract in English of not more than 150 words
The abstract is of utmost importance. It should contain the following information: purpose of the study, procedures, results, conclusions and message of the paper.
Tables and illustrations:
Tables and illustrations (both numbered in Arabic numerals) should be sent in separate files. Tables require a heading and figures a legend, also in a separate file.
Due to technical reasons, figures with a screen background should not be submitted. When possible, group several illustrations in one block for reproduction (max. size 180 x 223 mm). Black and white
half-tone and color illustrations must have a final resolution of 300 dpi after scaling, line drawings one of 8001,200 dpi.
Color illustrations are reproduced free of charge. In the print version, the illustrations are reproduced in black and white. Please avoid referring to the colors in the
text and figure legends.
Up to 6 color illustrations per page can be integrated within the text at CHF 800.00 per page.
In the text identify references by Arabic numerals [in square brackets]. Material submitted for publication but not yet accepted should be noted as unpublished data and not be included in the
reference list. The list of references should include only those publications which are cited in the text. Do not alphabetize; number references in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.
The surnames of the authors followed by initials should be given. There should be no punctuation other than a comma to separate the authors. Preferably, please cite all authors. Cite all authors,
et al is not sufficient. Abbreviate journal names according to the Index Medicus system. Also see International Committee of Medical Journal Editors: Uniform requirements for manuscripts
submitted to biomedical journals (www.icmje.org
Reference Management Software:
(a) Papers published in periodicals:
Chatel J-M, Bernard H, Orson FM: Isolation and characterization of two complete Ara h 2 isoforms cDNA. Int Arch Allergy Immunol 2003;131:
(b) Papers published only with DOI numbers:
Theoharides TC, Boucher W, Spear K: Serum interleukin-6 reflects disease severity and osteoporosis in mastocytosis patients. Int Arch Allergy Immunol DOI: 10.1159/000063858.
Matthews DE, Farewell VT: Using and Understanding Medical Statistics, ed 3, revised. Basel, Karger, 1996.
(d) Edited books:
Tarou LR, Bloomsmith MA, Hoff MP, Erwin JM, Maple TL: The behavior of aged great apes; in Erwin JM, Hof PR (eds): Aging in Nonhuman Primates. Interdiscipl Top Gerontol. Basel, Karger, 2002, vol 31,
Use of EndNote is recommended for easy management and formatting of citations and reference lists.
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
S. Karger Publishers supports DOIs as unique identifiers for articles. A DOI number will be printed on the title page of each article. DOIs can be useful in the future for identifying and citing articles
published online without volume or issue information. More information can be found at www.doi.org
Supplementary material is restricted to additional data that are not necessary for the scientific integrity and conclusions of the paper. Please note that all supplementary files will undergo editorial review
and should be submitted together with the original manuscript. The Editors reserve the right to limit the scope and length of the supplementary material. Supplementary material must meet production quality
standards for Web publication without the need for any modification or editing. In general, supplementary files should not exceed 10 MB in size. All figures and tables should have titles and legends and all
files should be supplied separately and named clearly. Acceptable files and formats are: Word or PDF files, Excel spreadsheets (only if the data cannot be converted properly to a PDF file), and video files
(.mov, .avi, .mpeg).
Karger's Author's ChoiceTM
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The option is available for a one-time fee of CHF 3,000.00, which is a permissible cost in grant allocation. More information can be found at
The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandates under the NIH Public Access Policy that final, peer-reviewed manuscripts appear in its digital
database within 12 months of the official publication date. As a service to authors, Karger submits your manuscript on your behalf to PubMed Central (PMC) immediately upon publication. It usually receives
a PMCID within approximately a month and will appear in PMC after 12 months. For those selecting our premium
service, the usual embargo will be overridden, accelerating the accessibility of your work. More
details on NIH's Public Access Policy are available here
Karger permits authors to archive their pre-prints (i.e. pre-refereeing) or post-prints (i.e. final draft post-refereeing) on their personal or institution's servers, provided the following conditions are
met: Articles may not be used for commercial purposes, must be linked to the publisher's version, and must acknowledge the publisher's copyright. Authors selecting Karger's
feature, however, are also permitted to archive the final, published version of their article,
which includes copyediting and design improvements as well as citation links.
There are no page charges for papers of 3 or fewer printed pages (including tables, illustrations and references). Each additional complete or partial page is charged to the author at CHF 325.00. The
allotted size of a paper is equal to approx. 8 manuscript pages (including tables, illustrations and references).
Unless indicated otherwise, proofs are sent to the corresponding author and should be returned with the least possible delay. Alterations other than the correction of printer's errors are charged to the
Order forms and a price list are sent with the proofs. Orders submitted after the issue is printed are subject to considerably higher prices.