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Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders

Guidelines for Authors
www.karger.com/dem_guidelines

Submission
Conditions
Conflicts of Interest
Ethics
Peer-Review Policy
Plagiarism Policy
Arrangement
Color Illustrations
References
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
Supplementary Material
Self-Archiving/Green Open Access, Author's ChoiceTM,
   Funding Organizations (NIH etc.)

Page Charges
Proofs
Reprints



Submission

Two types of manuscripts will be considered and should be submitted online.

1. Original Research Articles. An Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion sections are required.

2. Review Articles in which a specific field is reviewed through an exhaustive literature survey. An Abstract is required and should be divided into Background, Summary and Key Messages. Review Articles should consist of a maximum of 4,000 words.

Names, postal and e-mail addresses of 6 experts in the appropriate area of research should accompany each manuscript. Referees suggested should not be from the same institution or be research collaborators of the author(s).

Should you experience any problems with your submission, please contact:

Franziska Stalder
Editorial Office 'Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders'
S. Karger AG
P.O. Box
CH-4009 Basel (Switzerland)
Tel. +41 61 306 1573
Fax +41 61 306 1434
dem@karger.com




Conditions

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. 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 ‘Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders’ and may not be reproduced by any means, in whole or in part, without the written consent of the publisher.

For legal reasons, we must receive your 'Submission Statement' with your original (hand-written) signature. Please download, print, sign and either fax or scan it to make it legally binding.

It is the author's responsibility to obtain permission to reproduce illustrations, tables, etc. from other publications.

The manuscripts should be accompanied by a statement by the submitting author certifying that all the authors have read the papers and have agreed to be listed as authors. A similar statement should be appended for the names of colleagues who are acknowledged in footnotes as having contributed to or criticized the paper.

For papers involving human subjects, adequate documentation should be provided to certify that appropriate ethical safeguards and protocols have been followed. Animal experiments should include a clear description of the method of anesthesia and killing.




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.




Ethics

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.




Peer-Review Policy

Dementia and Geriatric Cognitive Disorders is a peer-reviewed journal that uses a single-blind peer-review. Our aim is to provide authors with fast and constructive feedback regarding their submitted manuscript. The Editor-in-Chief and the international editorial board ensure a thorough and fair peer-review and the highest scientific publishing standards. Editors guide the peer-review process for papers in their areas of expertise. They select reviewers and make the decision whether to accept/reject or send a manuscript for revision after at least two review reports are received, and then a further decision to accept/reject or request further revisions following author revisions. Reviewers must have a recent publication record in the area of the submission, must not have published with the authors in the previous three years, and must not be from the same institution as the authors. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible to maintain high-quality peer-review of papers submitted to the journal.




Plagiarism Policy

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).




Arrangement

All pages should be consecutively beginning numbered with the title page, then the text, acknowledgements, references and legends to figures.

Title page: 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.
NB: Authors wishing to preserve the phonetic meaning of diacritics (PubMed reduces diacritics to their root characters) must spell their names accordingly when submitting manuscripts (e.g. Müller should be Mueller).

Title: Shorter titles are easier to read. To facilitate electronic retrieval of your paper, titles should be kept to the point and contain only relevant information.

Full address: 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 a phone number, as well as e-mail address.

Key words: Please supply 3–10 key words in English that reflect the content of the paper. Please use key words as found in the headings of Index Medicus or MeSH database, avoid terms already present in your title and be specific.

Abstracts of Review Articles: Should be divided into the following subsections: Background, Summary and Key Messages. The Background should provide a brief clinical context for the review and is followed by the Summary, which should include a concise description of the main topics covered in the text. The Key Messages encapsulate the main conclusions of the review.

Abstracts of Original Research Articles: The first page of the text should include an abstract of up to 10 lines. It should be structured as follows:
   Background/Aims: What is the major problem that prompted the study?
   Methods: How was the study carried out?
   Results: Most important findings?
   Conclusion: Most important conclusion?

Footnotes: Avoid footnotes.

Abbreviations: Abbreviations should not be used excessively in the text. Only standard abbreviations should be used. Nonstandard abbreviations of terms that are used frequently in the text should be explained by the term written out completely and followed immediately by the abbreviation in parentheses, for example: ‘increase in norepinephrine (NE) content ...’.

Tables and illustrations: : Tables are part of the text. Place them at the end of the text file. Illustration data must be stored as separate files. Do not integrate figures into the text. Electronically submitted b/w half-tone and color illustrations must have a final resolution of 300 dpi after scaling, line drawings one of 800–1,200 dpi.




Color Illustrations

Online edition: 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.

Print edition: Up to 6 color illustrations per page can be integrated within the text at CHF 960.00 per page.




References

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. 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).

Examples

(a) Papers published in periodicals:
Allain H, Bentue-Ferrer D, Tribut O, Pinel J-F: Drugs and vascular dementia. Dement Geriatr Cogn Disord 2003;16:1–6.

(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.

(c) Monographs:
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, pp 209–231.

Reference Management Software: 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

Multimedia files and other supplementary files, directly relevant but not essential to the conclusions of a paper, enhance the online version of a publication and increase its visibility on the web. These files will undergo editorial review. The Editors reserve the right to limit the scope and length of the supplementary material. Multimedia and supplementary material should meet production quality standards for publication without the need for any modification or editing. Files should not exceed 10 MB in size. Figures and tables need to have titles and legends, and all files should be supplied separately and labeled clearly. All supplementary material should be referred to in the main text. A DOI number will be assigned to supplementary material and it will be hosted online at https://karger.figshare.com under a CC BY license. Authors will be charged a processing fee of CHF 250.00 for supplementary material.




Self-Archiving/Green Open Access

Karger permits authors to archive their pre-prints (i.e. pre-peer review) or post-prints (i.e. accepted manuscript after peer review but before production) on their personal or their institution’s internal website. In addition, authors may post their accepted manuscripts in public Open Access repositories and scientific networks (e.g. ResearchGate or Mendeley) no earlier than 12 months following publication of the final version of their article. For all self-archiving, the posted manuscripts must:

  • Be used for noncommercial purposes only
  • Be linked to the final version on www.karger.com
  • Include the following statement:

‘This is the peer-reviewed but unedited manuscript version of the following article: [insert full citation, e.g. Cytogenet Genome Res 2014;142:227–238 (DOI: 10.1159/000361001)]. The final, published version is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number].’

It is the author’s responsibility to fulfill these requirements.

For papers published online first with a DOI number only, full citation details must be added as soon as the paper is published in its final version. This is important to ensure that citations can be credited to the article.

Manuscripts to be archived in PubMed Central due to funding requirements will be submitted by Karger on the author’s behalf [see Funding Organizations (NIH etc.)].

For self-archiving Author's ChoiceTM (Gold Open Access) articles, see Author's ChoiceTM.


Author's ChoiceTM

Karger’s Author's ChoiceTM service broadens the reach of your article and gives all users worldwide free and full access for reading, downloading and printing at www.karger.com. 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 www.karger.com/authors_choice.
The final, published version of the article may be posted at any time and in any repository or on other websites, in accordance with the relevant Creative Commons license. Reposted Open Access articles must:

  • Follow the terms of the relevant Creative Commons license
  • Be linked to the final version on www.karger.com
  • Include the following statement:

‘The final, published version of this article is available at http://www.karger.com/?doi=[insert DOI number].’

It is the author’s responsibility to fulfill these requirements.

For papers published online first with a DOI number only, full citation details must be added as soon as the paper is published in its final version. This is important to ensure that citations can be credited to the article.


Funding Organizations (NIH etc.)

The U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) Public Access Policy mandates that accepted, peer-reviewed manuscripts are archived in its digital database, PubMed Central (PMC), within 12 months of the official publication date. As a service to authors, Karger submits NIH-funded articles to PMC on behalf of the authors immediately upon publication. The NIH assigns a PMCID within approximately 1 month and the manuscript will appear in PMC after a 12-month embargo. For authors making their paper Open Access through Author's ChoiceTM, the embargo will be overridden, thereby accelerating the accessibility of the article. Karger also complies with other funders’ requirements (including Wellcome Trust and RCUK) for submission to PMC.
Authors should include information on their grant in the Acknowledgements section of their papers.




Page Charges

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).




Proofs

Unless otherwise indicated, proofs are sent to the corresponding-named author and should be returned with the least possible delay. Alterations other than the correction of printer's errors are charged to the author.




Reprints

Order forms and a price list are sent with the proofs. Orders submitted after the issue is printed are subject to considerably higher prices.