Resources for authors

Resources for Authors

With more than a hundred years of experience, we know how to ensure your scientific contribution the visibility and exposure it deserves – worldwide.
Karger Publishers prides itself on a spirit of tradition as well as innovation, and on upholding the best of Swiss quality and efficiency along with flexibility. Our teams of experienced product managers, production editors and editorial staff will guide you expertly through the submission, publication and dissemination of your research article. Contacts are listed on each journal's home page or for queries on specific topics, please find contact information below.

Submission

All Karger journals are peer reviewed by experienced experts in the field. To find the right journal for your paper, go to the Journal Index or the Subject Guide.
Every journal homepage contains a 'Guidelines for Authors' section with requirements to be followed when preparing your manuscript.
Please also consult the general Technical Instructions page on the preparation of manuscripts and figures.
Our journals offers online submission: the respective links and instructions can be found on the appropriate journal's homepage.

Ahead of Print: Online-first Journals

Virtually all Karger journal articles are published online first, so they are available for readers online and fully citable shortly after their authors' approval to print. Ahead of Print articles from Medline-indexed journals will be searchable in PubMed soon after online publication.

Author's ChoiceTM

Author's Choice is an option that lets authors decide how to distribute their articles: either via the classic subscription model or with Open Access rights for online usage. Karger offers you the choice. To learn more, please read about Author's Choice here: www.karger.com/authors_choice.

NIH-Funded Research

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) mandate under the NIH Public Access Policy that final, peer-reviewed manuscripts appear in the PMC digital database within 12 months of the publication date. As a service to our authors, Karger will submit your manuscript on your behalf to PMC (formerly PubMed Central) upon publication. For those selecting our premium Author's ChoiceTM service, the usual 12-month embargo will be overridden, accelerating the accessibility of your work.
More details on NIH's Public Access Policy are available here.

Self-Archiving

Karger permits authors to archive their accepted manuscripts on their personal or institution's servers, provided the following conditions are met: Articles may not be used for commercial purposes, must acknowledge the publisher's copyright and must be linked to the publisher's version at www.karger.com. Authors selecting Karger's Author's ChoiceTM service are also permitted to archive the final, published version of their articles, which include copyediting and design improvements as well as citation links.

How to Achieve Maximal Awareness of Your Article

Karger ensures that your publication will be seen by its target readership. To achieve maximal awareness of your publication, we suggest you to take the following steps:
  • Update your online CV and website by including the complete citation of your publication
  • Inform your institute's library that your article/book has been published so that it may be added to the list of publications they maintain
  • Include your publication in the suggested reading list of the courses you teach
  • Post a link to your publication on your social media sites or share it using the ‘Recommend this’ buttons next to your publication at www.karger.com
  • Cite your article in future publications
  • Reprints

    Order forms and a price list are sent along with article proofs. Orders submitted after the issue is printed are subject to considerably higher prices; please contact Peter Roth. To receive a PDF Author's Copy of your article, please Contact Jana Steimle and include the complete article reference.

    Reference Linking

    All references in Karger journal articles (html fulltext) are linked to external resources such as
  • Pubmed/Medline (NLM)
  • CrossRef /DOI)
  • Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS)
  • Cambridge Scientific Abstracts (CSA)
  • ISI Web of Science
  • As of 2005, the PDF journal articles contain embedded the same citation links. To experience the PDF Plus technology, see this sample article

    CrossRef/DOI

    As a member of the CrossRef, Karger utilizes Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) in bibliographic data to facilitate unique and persistent identification of research material. Journal article citations contain reference links to source material located on the World Wide Web, when available. In addition to persistent identification, CrossRef also facilitates the discovery of research material on the Web through the CrossRef Search Pilot initiative powered by a Google search engine. This collaborative effort launches a typical Google search but filters the result to include the scholarly research content from participating scholarly publishers. Thus, reducing the false hits produced by general web searches.

    Reference Management

    Use of EndNote is recommended for easy management and formatting of citations and reference lists.

    Queries on Submitted Papers

    If you have a question about a paper you have submitted to one of our journals, please contact us using the e-mail address indicated on the journal's homepage or submission website. For other matters, authors may write to Christoph Reber. Please be sure to mention the name of the journal to which you submitted your paper, the title of your work and the corresponding author.

    Errors in Medline

    We take great care to send Medline/PubMed appropriately encoded data and double-check the spelling of names, particularly with regard to accents and signs not covered by HTML. Despite these efforts, conversion errors can occur.
    If the mistake is only in Medline, please go to the Reporting Errors Section of PubMed FAQs at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/services/pubmederror.html for instructions.
    If the mistake also shows up on the Karger site and/or in the printed journal, contact info@karger.com or use the Error Report form. Please state journal name, volume, issue and page numbers as well as the DOI number if the article has not yet been printed, as well as article title and the nature of the error.

    Publishing Projects

    We have the capacity and publishing expertise to disseminate scientific information worldwide, either as part of one of our book series, as an independent book or as a special journal issue. Send Gabriella Karger or our experienced Product and Marketing Managers Thomas Nold or Peter Roth an outline of your project and Karger will contact you with an offer tailored to your specific needs.

    Author's Discount

    A published paper in a Karger book or journal entitles you to a special Author's Discount of currently 25% on all our book publications. Just mention your status as an author when you order directly from us.

    External Language Editing Services

    Several experienced companies provide professional language editing services to authors around the globe. Authors may wish to use such services to improve a paper's English and, therefore, its overall quality. This assistance is suggested either before an article is submitted for peer review or before it is accepted for publication.

    External editing services provide expert editors in a wide variety of fields. They will check an author's manuscripts not only for terminology and language specific to the author's field of expertise but also for proper English usage, grammar, punctuation, spelling, verb tense, and phrasing. In addition, professional editors make sure the text sounds natural and that sentences are well constructed.

    For more information, see the websites of these external language editing services:
  • American Journal Experts (AJE)
  • Recommended Reading for Authors


    D.E. Matthews, V.T. Farewell:
    Using and Understanding Medical Statistics
    4th, completely revised and enlarged edition
    A broad introduction to biostatistics that should be on the shelf of every life scientist

    G. Fortwengel:
    Guide for Investigator Initiated Trials
    An essential manual for beginners and senior researchers alike

    Guide to Paediatric Drug Development and Clinical Research
    Tailoring drugs to paediatric requirements – an overview

    Translational Medicine – What, Why and How: An International Perspective
    New insights into concepts and practices of translational medicine

    Privacy, Data Protection and Responsible Government
    Indicating the direction biobanks need to follow

    Handbook of Clinical Gender Medicine
    A new vision to understanding medicine

    GenEthics and Religion
    Examines the role religion can play in establishing ethical guidelines to protect human life in the face of rapid advances in biology and especially gene technology

    Book Review

    You have published a book and would like to see it reviewed in one of our journals: Send Peter Stähli of Book Reviews the necessary details.