Journal of Clinical Urology
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Journal of Clinical Urology

Formerly British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology


Editor-in-Chief
Ian Pearce Consultant Urological Surgeon, Manchester Royal Infirmary

eISSN: 20514166| ISSN: 20514158|Current volume: 8|Current issue: 4

The Journal of Clinical Urology, formerly British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology, is a clinically orientated journal of urology and is an official publication of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. To reflect recent major changes in the field of urology, in particular the increasing importance of non-surgical management, considerable input is expected from medical urology as well as from the more surgically focused aspects of the specialty.

The journal covers the whole scope of urology in five sections to align it with the BAUS specialist sections: oncology; endourology; female neurological and urodynamic urology; andrology and genito-urethral surgery; and academic/basic science. It publishes high-quality original audit and research, commissioned reviews, comment articles and relevant case reports, with the overall aim of being readable, educational and clinically relevant to everyday urological practice. The audience is primarily consultant and trainee urologists, but in the longer term it will attract specialists in fields allied to urology including uro-radiology, uro-oncology, genito-urinary medicine and nursing.

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

The Journal of Clinical Urology (JCU), formerly British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology, is a clinically orientated journal of urology and is an official publication of the British Association of Urological Surgeons. To reflect recent major changes in the field of urology, in particular the increasing importance of non-surgical management, considerable input is expected from medical urology as well as from the more surgically focused aspects of the specialty.

The journal covers the whole scope of urology in five sections to align it with the BAUS specialist sections: oncology; endourology; female neurological and urodynamic urology; andrology and genito-urethral surgery; and academic/basic science. It publishes high-quality original audit and research, commissioned reviews, comment articles and relevant case reports, with the overall aim of being readable, educational and clinically relevant to everyday urological practice. The audience is primarily consultant and trainee urologists, but in the longer term it will attract specialists in fields allied to urology including uro-radiology, uro-oncology, genito-urinary medicine and nursing.

Founding Editor
Justin Vale Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London
Associate Editors
Erik Mayer Imperial College Healthcare Trust, London, UK
Sri Sriprasad Darent Valley Hospital, Dartford, UK
Andy Thorpe Freeman Hospital, Newcastle Hospitals NHS, UK
Social Media Editor
Vaibhav Modgil Russells Hall Hospital, Dudley, West Midlands, UK
Editorial Board
Anuruddha Abeygunasekera Colombo South Teaching Hospital, Sri Lanka
Garrett Durkan University Hospital Galway and Mid-Western Regional Hospital, Limerick, Ireland
Vincent Ganapragasam University of Cambridge, UK
Jonathan Glass Guy's & St. Thomas' Hospital Trust, London
Tamsin Greenwell UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London
Rebecca Hamm The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals Trust, UK
Chris Harding Freeman Hospital, Newcastle, UK
Paul Jones Morriston Hospital, Swansea, ABM University Health Board, UK
Hing Leung Beatson Institute for Cancer Research, Glasgow
John McCabe St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals, UK
Kim L Moretti The Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Adelaide, Australia
Asif Muneer UCL Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK
Robert Pickard Institute of Cellular Medicine, Newcastle University
Justine S Royle Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, UK
Nicholas Rukin New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton, UK
Andrew Sinclair Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport NHS Foundation Trust
Tim Terry University Hospital Leicester
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        1. Peer review policy
        2. Article types
        3. Authorship
        4. How to submit your manuscript
        5. Journal contributor’s publishing agreement
          5.1 SAGE Choice
        6. Statements and conventions
          6.1 Acknowledgement
          6.2 Declarations of conflicting interests
          6.3 Funding acknowledgements
          6.4 Other Statements
          6.5 Contributorship
        7. Permissions
        8. Manuscript style
          8.1 File Types
          8.2 Journal Style
          8.3 Reference Style
          8.4 Manuscript Preparation
        9. After Acceptance
          9.1 Proofs
          9.2 E-prints and complimentry copies
          9.3 SAGE production
          9.4 OnlineFirst Publication
        10. Further Information

    Journal of Clinical Urology
    The Journal of Clinical Urology (formerly the British Journal of Medical and Surgical Urology) welcomes original scientific articles of clinical interest.

     

    1. Peer review policy

    Journal of Clinical Urology operates a strictly anonymous peer review process in which the reviewer’s name is withheld from the author and, the author’s name from the reviewer. The reviewer may at their own discretion opt to reveal their name to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for both identities to remain concealed. Each manuscript is reviewed by at least two referees. Referees will be encouraged to provide substantive, constructive reviews that provide suggestions for improving the work and distinguish between mandatory and non-mandatory recommendations. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, and an editorial decision from the Editor-in-Chief, based on the reviewers’ recommendations and his own analysis of the article, is generally reached within 4-6 weeks of submission.

    When submitting your article in SAGE track, you will be required to select the main topic of your manuscript. It is important that you choose a category from the drop-down menu. This will ensure that your article is dealt with and reviewed as quickly as possible.

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    2. Article types

    Journal of Clinical Urology accepts the following kinds of articles:

    Original Research Article
    Papers should be as concise as possible and generally not exceed 2,500 words (excluding references). Each paper should be formatted as follows:

    Title page: The title should be concise with no abbreviations. Please provide the surname, initials, department, institution, city and country of each author, and the name, email address, full mailing address, telephone number and fax number of the corresponding author to whom proofs should be sent. 
    Abstract: The second page of the manuscript must contain only the abstract, which should be of no more than 200 words and must be clearly written and comprehensive to readers before they have to read the paper.

    The abstract should be sub-divided into:
    Objective: a short statement of the aims, not a long paragraph of background information 
    Subjects/patients (or materials) and methods
    Results: Please avoid long lists of detailed values, but state the main findings
    Conclusion: Please state whether the aims have been met. References should be avoided, but if essential, they must be cited in full. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.

    Immediately after the abstract, please provide a list of 3-6 keywords, using English spelling and avoiding general and plural terms and multiple concepts (avoid, for example, `and’, `of’). Be sparing with abbreviations: only abbreviations firmly established in the field are eligible. These keywords will be used for indexing purposes
    Any manuscripts submitted without a structured abstract will be returned to the author immediately without peer review, thus delaying the evaluation process.
    Abbreviations: Define abbreviations that are not standard in this field at their first occurrence in the article. Ensure consistency of abbreviations throughout the article. (Please also see section 8.2 below)
    Introduction: (max 300 words) The introduction should assume that the reader is knowledgeable in the field and aim to be concise
    State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
    Experimental/Materials and Methods: Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described.
    Results

    Discussion: (max 800 words). This should explore the significance of the results of the work, not repeat them. A combined Results and Discussion section is sometimes appropriate. Avoid extensive citations and discussion of published literature.

    Conclusions: The main conclusions of the study should be presented

    References: Please see section 9.3 below

    ‘Case which changed my practice’(Max 700 words)
    Papers for this section of the journal should comply with the following:

    Articles should not exceed 700 words (excluding references). They should include a brief summary of the case followed by a discussion putting the learning point in context, and a clear statement of what you have learned from the case. Illustrations (X-rays, clinical photos) are encouraged, but must contain nothing which could identify the patient. Consent to use any such materials must be obtained from the patient prior to publication and authors will be asked to confirm that they have done so on the copyright transfer form. There should be no more than 7 relevant references.

    Case reports (max 500 words)
    Articles should comply with the following:

    Case reports should not exceed 500 words (excluding references). They should include a brief summary of the case and then discussion about the interesting aspects of the case. Illustrations (X-rays, clinical photos) are encouraged, but must contain nothing which could identify the patient. Consent to use any such materials must be obtained from the patient prior to publication and authors will be asked to confirm that they have done so on the copyright transfer form. There should be no more than 5 relevant references. It is important to bear in mind that a case will be published only if it has an interesting clinical message. Just because a condition is unusual does not necessarily make it of interest, and conversely a common condition can present or behave in an unusual way making it an informative case study.

    Reviews/comments:

    These articles are generally commissioned by the Editor and the length agreed with the prospective author. In all other aspects a review should comply with the general guidelines in terms of nomenclature, title page, figures and references. If you have suggestions for a review please contact the editorial office (uro@sagepub.com).

    For all article types please note:

    Nomenclature and units:Please supply, as a separate list, the definitions of field-specific terms used in your article. Follow internationally accepted rules and conventions: use the international system of units (SI). If other quantities are mentioned, give their equivalent in SI (please also see section 9.2 below)

    Declarations

    Please note all manuscripts should be accompanied by a separate document entitled ‘Declarations’. This should be submitted under the file designation ‘Declarations’. This must include each of the below headings with the corresponding information. Please note that manuscripts which do not include these Declarations will be returned. These headings will be published at the end of every accepted manuscript, where one of these headings is not applicable please indicate as such under the heading.  Please see section 6 for additional information regarding declarations. 

    DECLARATIONS
    Conflicting interests
    Funding 
    Ethical approval
    Guarantor 
    Contributorship
    Acknowledgements

    For guidelines on submitting artwork, figures, tables and supplementary files please see sections 8 below.

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    3. Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once the authorization of all contributing authors has been gathered. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.
    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

        1. have made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data
        2. drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content
        3. approved the version to be published.

    Authors should meet the conditions of all of the points above. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    When a large, multicentre group has conducted the work, the group should identify the individuals who accept direct responsibility for the manuscript. These individuals should fully meet the criteria for authorship.
    Acquisition of funding, collection of data, or general supervision of the research group alone does not constitute authorship, although all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in the Acknowledgments section.

    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at http://www.icmje.org/ethical_1author.html.

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    4. How to submit your manuscript

    Before submitting your manuscript, please ensure you carefully read and adhere to all the guidelines and instructions to authors provided here. Manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned.

    Journal of Clinical Urology is hosted on SAGE track a web based online submission and peer review system powered by ScholarOne™ Manuscripts. Please read the Manuscript Submission guidelines below, and then simply visit http://mc.manuscriptcentral.com/uro to login and submit your article online.

    When making a submission, the following separate, unpaginated documents should be uploaded. Please do not submit one combined document. The separate files (with the exception of Declarations) will be combined into a pdf in the online system.

        1. Title page (title, names of authors, affiliations, keywords, corresponding author)
        2. Main document (includes structured abstract, main text, acknowledgements, references)
        3. Tables (each as a separate Word document)
        4. Figure legends (Word document)
        5. Figures (as separate tiff, jpg or eps files)
        6. Any supplementary files
        7. Declarations (please see Section 6)

    IMPORTANT: Please check whether you already have an account in the system before trying to create a new one. If you have reviewed or authored for the journal in the past year it is likely that you will have had an account created.  For further guidance on submitting your manuscript online please visit ScholarOne Online Help.

    New User Account
    Please log onto the website via the link above. If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please ensure to enter a current and correct email address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes a matter of minutes to set up. When you have finished, your User ID and password is sent via email immediately. Please edit your user ID and password to something more memorable by selecting ‘edit account’ at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details type your email address in the ‘Password Help’ to receive an emailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the submission website.

    Online Submission
    Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Centre and the ‘Click here to Submit a New Manuscript’ option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the ‘Next’ button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the ‘Get Help Now’ button at the top right of every screen. Further help is available through ScholarOne’s® Manuscript CentralTM customer support at +1 434 817 2040 x 167.
    To upload your files, click on the ‘Browse’ button and locate the file on your computer. Select the designation of each file (i.e. main document, submission form, figure) in the drop down box next to the browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the ‘Upload Files’ button. Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) and then click the Submit button.
    You may suspend a submission at any point before clicking the Submit button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also log back into your author centre at any time to check the status of your manuscript.
    Please ensure that you submit editable source files only. The main text should be in Microsoft Word or RTF, the tables as separate Word files, and the figures as separate EPS, JPEG or TIF files. Please ensure that your document does not include page numbers; Journal of Clinical Urology SAGE track system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor-in-Chief’s decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    All papers must be submitted via the online system. If you would like to discuss your paper prior to submission, please refer to the contact details below. (Section 10, Further Information)

    Submitting a Revision 
    Authors submitting revised manuscripts should follow the instructions above to submit through the SAGE track system. To create a revision, go to the ‘Manuscripts with Decisions’ option in your Author Dashboard and select ‘create a revision in the ‘Action’ column. Revised text should be highlighted in the text, and authors of all revised submissions should, when prompted, provide information explaining the changes in your manuscript as this will be provided to reviewers.

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    5. Journal contributor's publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Journal of Clinical Urology and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarised other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.

    5.1 SAGE choice

    If you wish your article to be freely available online immediately upon publication (as some funding bodies now require), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice subject to payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer reviewing procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. For further information, please visit SAGE Choice

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    6. Statements and conventions

    The following statements should be uploaded under the file type ‘Declarations’ for every manuscript submitted. These will be published at the end of every paper accepted for publication.

    DECLARATIONS
    Conflicting interests
    Funding 
    Ethical approval
    Guarantor 
    Contributorship
    Acknowledgements

    Please see the below example of a completed declarations section:

    DECLARATIONS
    Conflicting interests: MS is an employee of XXX. BF has received grants from XXX. 
    Funding: This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number XXX].
    Ethical approval: The ethics committee of  XXXX approved this study (REC number: XXXX)
    Guarantor: BF
    Contributorship: BF and NP researched literature and conceived the study. MS was involved in protocol development, gaining ethical approval, patient recruitment and data analysis. BF wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors reviewed and edited the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript
    Acknowledgements: We would like to thank XXX XXXX for his assistance and guidance in this research.
    Please read the following information carefully for additional information regarding these declarations.

    6.1 Acknowledgements
    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship, should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.

    6.2 Declaration of conflicting interests
    Within your Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement you will be required to make a certification with respect to a declaration of conflicting interests. It is the policy of Journal of Clinical Urology to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles. 

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None Declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.  

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that any of the authors of the article have with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article. 

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor-in-Chief in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    6.3 Funding acknowledgements
    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), Journal of Clinical Urology additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgement on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for funding acknowledgement guidelines.

    All research articles should have a funding acknowledgement in the form of a sentence as follows, with the funding agency written out in full, followed by the grant number in square brackets:

    This work was supported by the Medical Research Council [grant number xxx]. 
    Multiple grant numbers should be separated by comma and space. Where the research was supported by more than one agency, the different agencies should be separated by semi-colon, with “and” before the final funder. Thus:
    This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust [grant numbers xxxx, yyyy]; the Medical Research Council [grant number zzzz]; and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council [grant number aaaa].

    In some cases, research is not funded by a specific project grant, but rather from the block grant and other resources available to a university, college or other research institution. Where no specific funding has been provided for the research we ask that corresponding authors use the following sentence: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Important note: If you have any concerns that the provision of this information may compromise your anonymity dependent on the peer review policy of this journal outlined above, you can withhold this information until final accepted manuscript.

    6.4 Other Statements

    6.4.1 Research ethics
    All papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

    We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/b3/index.html and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at http://clinicaltrials.gov or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, http://www.icmje.org/publishing_10register.html). If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate on the Title Page which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    6.4.2 Patient consent
    Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: http://www.icmje.org/urm_full.pdf. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and Editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

    6.4.3 CONSORT & ICMJE
    All randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart. Please refer to the CONSORT statement website at http://www.consort-statement.org for more information.

    Journal of Clinical Urology has adopted the proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which requires, as a condition of consideration for publication of clinical trials, registration in a public trials registry. Trials must register at or before the onset of patient enrolment. The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article. For this purpose, a clinical trial is defined as any research project that prospectively assigns human subjects to intervention or comparison groups to study the cause-and-effect relationship between a medical intervention and a health outcome. Studies designed for other purposes, such as to study pharmacokinetics or major toxicity (e.g. phase I trials), would be exempt. Further information can be found at www.icmje.org .

    6.4.4 Guarantor
    The Guarantor is the person willing to take full responsibility for the article, including for the accuracy and appropriateness of the reference list. This will often be the most senior member of the research group and is commonly also the author for correspondence. Please state this person’s name as initials.

    6.4.5 Statistical Analysis
    Where statistical analyses have been carried out please ensure that the methodology has been accurately described. In comparative studies, power calculations are usually required. In research papers, requiring complex statistics, the advice of an expert statistician should be sought at the design/implementation stage of the study.

    6.5 Contributorship
    For multi-authored papers this statement should outline what each party contributed to the authorship of the paper. Authors should be identified by their initials. An example is shown below.

    BF and NP researched literature and conceived the study. MS was involved in protocol development, gaining ethical approval, patient recruitment and data analysis. BF wrote the first draft of the manuscript. All authors reviewed and edited the manuscript and approved the final version of the manuscript.

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    7. Permissions

    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

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    8. Manuscript Style

    8.1 File Type

    Only electronic files conforming to the journal's guidelines will be accepted. Preferred formats for the text and tables of your manuscript are Word DOC, RTF, XLS. LaTeX files are also accepted.  Please also refer to additional guideline on submitting artwork [and supplemental files] below.

    8.2 Journal Style

    Journal of Clinical Urology conforms to the SAGE house style.  Click here to review guidelines on SAGE UK House Style 
    Units, symbols and abbreviations

    For detailed advice please refer to the guidelines in Baron, DN (1988). Units, symbols and abbreviations, 4th edn. (Obtainable from The Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1M 8AE, UK). Note that the SI system of units is preferred. Because of the multidisciplinary nature of the readership and to avoid confusion, the number of abbreviations in the text should be kept to a minimum. Standard abbreviations acceptable without definition are limited to the following:
    CNS (central nervous system); CSF (cerebrospinal fluid); DNA (deoxyribonucleic acid); HLA (human leukocyte antigen; MRI (magnetic resonance imaging); CT (computerized tomography); MS (multiple sclerosis); RNA (ribonucleic acid). Nonstandard definitions must be defined in full at their first usage in the abstract and again at their first use in the text.

    8.3 Reference Style

    Journal of Clinical Urology adheres to the SAGE Vancouver reference style. Click here to review the guidelines on SAGE Vancouver to ensure your manuscript conforms to this reference style.

    If you use EndNote to manage references, download the SAGE Vancouver output file by following this link and save to the appropriate folder (normally for Windows C:\Program Files\EndNote\Styles and for Mac OS X Harddrive:Applications:EndNote:Styles). Once you’ve done this, open EndNote and choose “Select Another Style...” from the dropdown menu in the menu bar; locate and choose this new style from the following screen.

    8.4 Manuscript Preparation

    The text should be double-spaced throughout and with a minimum of 3cm for left and right hand margins and 5cm at head and foot. Avoid full justification, i.e. do not use a constant right-hand margin. Text should be standard 10 or 12 point. Consult a recent issue of the journal to become familiar with layout and conventions

    8.4.1 Keywords and Abstracts: Helping readers find your article online
    The title, keywords and abstract are key to ensuring readers find your article online through online search engines such as Google. Please refer to the information and guidance on how best to title your article, write your abstract and select your keywords by visiting SAGE’s Journal Author Gateway Guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    8.4.2 Corresponding Author Contact details
    Provide full contact details for the corresponding author including email, mailing address and telephone numbers. Academic affiliations are required for all co-authors. These details should be presented separately to the main text of the article to facilitate anonymous peer review.

    8.4.2.1 Corresponding Author Contact details

    Journal of Clinical Urology has its own Twitter account @JCUrology.

    As a way of encouraging ongoing discussion within the field, Journal of Clinical Urology authors are offered the option of providing their Twitter handle to be published alongside their name and email address within their article. This way, Journal of Clinical Urology readers who have questions or thoughts regarding your paper can tweet you directly. Providing a Twitter handle for publication is entirely optional, if you are not comfortable with Journal of Clinical Urology promoting your article along with your personal Twitter handle then please do not supply it. 

    By providing your personal twitter handle you agree to let Journal of Clinical Urology and SAGE Publications use it in any posts related to your journal article. You may also be contacted by other Twitter users. Journal of Clinical Urology and SAGE Publications will have no control over you or your tweets at any time. If you would like guidance on how to promote your article yourself on Twitter or other Social Media channels please visit http://www.uk.sagepub.com/journalgateway/files/using_social_media_to_promote.doc. For further information please also see the GMC guidance on the use of social media by doctors: http://www.baus.org.uk/Resources/BAUS/Documents/PDF%20Documents/News/Doctors__use_of_social_media.pdf.pdf

    To include your Twitter handle within your article please provide this within the SAGE Track Submission form when prompted and on the separate title page in the format outlined below (please refrain from adding this to the manuscript itself to facilitate anonymous peer review). 

    Joe Bloggs, Department of Urology, Urology University Hospital, JCU Town, JC1 345, UK.
    Email: JoeBloggs@email.com
    Twitter: @drjoebloggs

    8.4.3 Guidelines for submitting artwork, figures and other graphics
    For guidance on the preparation of illustrations, pictures and graphs in electronic format, please visit SAGE’s Manuscript Submission Guidelines.
    Present tables and figure legends on separate pages at the end of the manuscript. Consult a recent issue of the journal to become familiar with layout and conventions

    Tables
    Tables should be submitted in Word, typed on separate pages. Tables should be numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals, and cited as such in the manuscript.

    The preferred placing of tables in the main text should be indicated. Tables should include a brief descriptive title and be self-explanatory. Footnotes to tables indicated by lower-case superscript letters are acceptable, but they should not include extensive experimental details.

    Figures supplied in colour will appear in colour online regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For specifically requested colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from SAGE after receipt of your accepted article.

    8.4.4 Guidelines for submitting supplemental files
    This journal is able to host approved supplemental materials online, alongside the full-text of articles. Supplemental files will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article.  For more information please refer to SAGE’s Guidelines for Authors on Supplemental Files.

    8.4.5 English Language Editing services
    Non-English speaking authors who would like to refine their use of language in their manuscripts might consider using a professional editing service.  Visit English Language Editing Services for further information.

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    9. After Acceptance

    9.1 Proofs

    We will email a PDF of the proofs to the corresponding author. Please check for typographical errors and completeness. Extensive alterations to the submitted text incur additional production costs that will be charged to the authors. Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within 3 days of receipt.

    9.2 E-Prints and Complimentary Copies

    SAGE provides authors with access to a PDF of their final article. For further information please visit Offprints and Reprints. We additionally provide the corresponding author with a complimentary copy of the print issue in which the article appears up to a maximum of 5 copies for onward supply by the corresponding author to co-authors.

    9.3 SAGE Production

    At SAGE we place an extremely strong emphasis on the highest production standards possible. We attach high importance to our quality service levels in copy-editing, typesetting, printing, and online publication (http://online.sagepub.com/). We also seek to uphold excellent author relations throughout the publication process.

    We value your feedback to ensure we continue to improve our author service levels. On publication all corresponding authors will receive a brief survey questionnaire on your experience of publishing in Journal of Clinical Urology with SAGE. 

    9.4. OnlineFirst Publication

    A large number of SAGE journals benefit from OnlineFirst, a feature offered through SAGE’s electronic journal platform, SAGE Journals Online. It allows final revision articles (completed articles in queue for assignment to an upcoming issue) to be hosted online prior to their inclusion in a final print and online journal issue which significantly reduces the lead time between submission and publication. For more information please visit our OnlineFirst Fact Sheet

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    10. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be emailed to the Editorial Office: uro@sagepub.com

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