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International Journal of Surgical Pathology

International Journal of Surgical Pathology

2017 Impact Factor: 1.188
2017 Ranking: 146/200 in Surgery | 64/79 in Pathology
Source: Journal Citation Reports®, 2018 release, a Clarivate Analytics product; Indexed in PubMed: MEDLINE

Cyril Fisher Royal Marsden Hospital, UK

eISSN: 19402465 | ISSN: 10668969 | Current volume: 27 | Current issue: 1 Frequency: 8 Times/Year

Keep your diagnostic skills sharp…..

Published 8 times a year, the International Journal of Surgical Pathology (IJSP) offers original research and observations covering all major organ systems, timely reviews of new techniques and procedures, discussions of controversies in surgical pathology, extraordinary case reports, and intriguing images in pathology. Each issue offers a truly global forum for basic and applied human studies that show important diagnostic and prognostic features of tissue and use standard techniques. IJSP also features diagnostic pearls, ground-breaking investigations from the forefront of molecular surgical pathology as it applies to surgical pathology, highlights pitfalls and possible mistakes, and profiles of tumors and immunomarkers.

Among the important topics covered in recent issues are:

  • Correlations between morphology and molecular biology in tumors
  • Thyroid tumor pathology
  • Diagnostic clues in tumors
  • Controversial aspects of tumor pathology
  • Thyroid tumors
  • Soft tissue tumors
  • Breast tumors and tumor-like conditions
  • Immunohistochemical profiles of tumors
  • Genetics and pathology of familial gastric cancer
  • Sentinel lymph node examination
  • Critical analysis of Image Analysis Systems in Pathology

IJSP includes the following sections in every issue: Guest Editorials; News; Essays; Consensus Conferences; Controversies in Surgical Pathology; Molecular Surgical Pathology; Review Articles; Techniques in Pathology; Original Articles; Diagnostic Clues; Pitfalls in Pathology; Legal Aspects of Pathology; History of Surgical Pathology; Images in Pathology; Case Reports, and Letters to the Editor.

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

International Journal of Surgical Pathology is an official journal of the Italian Society of Anatomic Pathology and Diagnostic Cytopathology (SIAPEC) and of the Spanish and Hong King Divisions of the International Academy of Pathology (IAP). The following divisions of the IAP as well as additional societies are supporting sponsors of IJSP: Bolivian, Romanian, Brazilian, Australian, Portuguese, and Puerto Rican Divisions of the International Academy of Pathology, the Argentine Society of Pathology, the Brazilian Society of Pathology, and the Korean Society of Pathologists.


The mission of International Journal of Surgical Pathology is to provide a forum for the communication of scientific information in the field of surgical pathology. Studies that emphasize important diagnostic and prognostic features involving human tissue provide the basis for publication of works utilizing standard techniques, as well as those from applied and basic science. Manuscript categories include: original articles; review articles; molecular surgical pathology; case reports; news; diagnostic pearls, pitfalls and mistakes; profiles of tumors and immunomarkers; images in pathology; controversies in surgical pathology; historical aspects; and medicolegal issues (invited and submitted).

Cyril Fisher Royal Marsden Hospital, UK
Former Editor-in-Chief
Juan Rosai Instituto Nazionale Tumori, Milan, Italy
Managing Editor
Armanda Locatelli Centro Diagnostico Italiano, Italy
Associate Editors
John K. C. Chan 1Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Hong Kong
Ronald A. Delellis Rhode Island Hospital, USA
Fabio Facchetti University of Brescia, Italy
Christopher Fletcher Harvard Medical School , USA
Kristin Henry Imperial College London, United Kingdom
Manuel Sobrinho-Simoes University of Porto, Portugal
Robert H. Young Massachusetts General Hospital, USA
Deputy Editor in Chief
Vincenzo Eusebi University of Bologna, Italy
Editorial Board Members
Philip W. Allen SA Pathology, Australia
Paulo C. Cardoso de Almeida Brazil
Pedram Argani Johns Hopkins University, USA
AW Barrett Queen Victoria Hospital, United Kingdom
Hector Battifora Pathology Consultation Service, USA
Justin A. Bishop Clements University Hospital, USA
John S. J. Brooks University of Pennsylvania,USA
Gianni Bussolati University of Turin, Italy
Runjan Chetty UHN Research, Canada
Antonio Cubilla Universidad Nacional de Asuncion, Paraguay
Bogdan Czerniak MD Anderson Cancer Center, USA
Bernard Czernobilsky Hebrew University, Israel
Howard D. Dorfman Albert Einstein College of Medicine, USA
Ricardo Drut Sister Maria Ludovica Children's Hospital, Argentina
Gary Ellis ARUP Laboratories, USA
Jonathan I. Epstein Johns Hopkins Medicine Pathology, USA
Giovanni Fellegara Centro Diagnostico Italiano, Italy
Allen Gown PhenoPath Laboratories, USA
Ye Lin Hock Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, United Kingdom
Syed Hoda Weill Cornell Medicine, USA
Tseng-Tong Kuo Chang Gung Memorial Hospital, Taiwan
Virginia Livolsi University of Pennsylvania, USA
Antonio Llombart-Bosch University of Valencia, Spain
Carlos Manivel Minneapolis VA Healthcare System, USA
Maria J. Merino NIH National Cancer Institute, USA
Michal Michal Charles University, Czech Republic
Elizabeth Montgomery Johns Hopkins Medicine Pathology, USA
Kiyoshi Mukai Keiyu Hospital, Japan
Oscar Nappi Cardarelli General Hospital, Italy
Manju Prasad Yale School of Medicine, USA
Jaime Prat Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain
Alexandra Rice Royal Brompton Hospital, United Kingdom
Daniel Santa Cruz WCP Laboratories Inc., USA
Stuart J. Schnitt Harvard Medical School, USA
Walter Schurch Universite de Montreal, Canada
Thomas Seemayer University of Nebraska, USA
Amitabh Srivastava Harvard Medical School, USA
Fattaneh Tavassoli Yale School of Medicine, USA
Khin Thway Royal Madison NHS Foundation Trust, United Kingdom
Jerònimo F. Vila Catholic University of Valencia, Spain
Sean Williamson Henry Ford Health System, USA
Richard Zarbo Henry Ford Health System, USA
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  • Instructions for Authors


    The mission of the International Journal of Surgical Pathology is to provide a forum for the communication of scientific information in the field of surgical pathology. Studies that emphasize important diagnostic and prognostic features involving human tissue provide the basis for publication of works utilizing standard techniques, as well as those from applied and basic science. Manuscript categories include: original articles; review articles; molecular surgical pathology; case reports; news; diagnostic pearls, pitfalls and mistakes; profiles of tumors and immunomarkers; images in pathology; controversies in surgical pathology; historical aspects; and medicolegal issues (invited and submitted).

    Submission of Manuscripts

    Manuscripts must be submitted electronically at, where authors will be required to set up an online account in the SAGETRACK system powered by ScholarOne. Files should be submitted in Microsoft Word and should include the following elements: complete author names; author contact information, including credentials; departmental and institutional affiliations; acknowledgments; abstract (150 or fewer words); keywords; references; tables; illustrations; and legends. Original works will be accepted with the understanding that they are contributed solely to the International Journal of Surgical Pathology and have not been published by and are not under simultaneous review by another publication. Accepted manuscripts become the sole property of the journal and may not be published elsewhere without the consent of the publisher. A form stating that the authors transfer all copyright ownership to the publisher will be sent from the editorial office when the manuscript is accepted; this form must be signed by all authors of the article (faxes are accepted). Average time from submission to first decision: 16 days.


    As part of our commitment to ensuring an ethical, transparent and fair peer review process SAGE is a supporting member of ORCID, the Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID provides a unique and persistent digital identifier that distinguishes researchers from every other researcher, even those who share the same name, and, through integration in key research workflows such as manuscript and grant submission, supports automated linkages between researchers and their professional activities, ensuring that their work is recognized.

    The collection of ORCID iDs from corresponding authors is now part of the submission process of this journal. If you already have an ORCID iD you will be asked to associate that to your submission during the online submission process. We also strongly encourage all co-authors to link their ORCID ID to their accounts in our online peer review platforms. It takes seconds to do: click the link when prompted, sign into your ORCID account and our systems are automatically updated. Your ORCID iD will become part of your accepted publication’s metadata, making your work attributable to you and only you. Your ORCID iD is published with your article so that fellow researchers reading your work can link to your ORCID profile and from there link to your other publications.

    If you do not already have an ORCID iD please follow this link to create one or visit our ORCID homepage to learn more.

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

    Manuscript Preparation

    Manuscripts should be prepared using the AMA Style Guide (10th Edition).


    One inch margins are required around the text.

    Line Spacing
    Single space is required within the abstract, notes, titles and headings, block quotes, tables and figures, and references etc; double space is required before and after each single spaced block.

    Text should be in 10-point or 12-point, Times New Roman.

    Half-inch indents are standard.

    Page Numbers
    All the pages must be numbered sequentially.

    The manuscript should include four major sections (in this order): Title Page, Abstract, Main Body, and References.

    Sections in a manuscript may include the following (in this order): (1) Title page, (2) Abstract, (3) Keywords, (4) Text, (5) References, (6) Tables, (7) Figures, and (8) Appendices.

    1. Title page. Please include the following:

    • Full article title
    • Acknowledgments and credits
    • Each author’s complete name, academic degrees, and institutional affiliation(s)
    • Grant numbers and/or funding information
    • Corresponding author (name, address, phone/fax, e-mail)

    2. Abstract. Abstracts should be structured for reports of original data, systematic reviews (including meta-analyses), and clinical reviews (word limit shotld be250-300, depending on the journal style) and should be unstructured for other major manuscripts (word limit should be150, depending on the journal style).

    Type the abstract on a separate page headed by the full article title. Omit author(s)’s names.

    Abstracts are not required for special features such as letters, news articles, editorial etc.

    References should not be cited in abstract.

    3. Keywords: A short list of keywords should be given at the end of the abstract.

    4. Text. Begin article text on a new page headed by the full article title.

    IMPORTANT: Please remove all author identifying information in the manuscript for the purpose of double blind peer review.



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    Items to Avoid in Headings:


    Ø Avoid using a single abbreviation as a heading, even if the abbreviation has been expanded earlier in the text.

    Ø Avoid expanding abbreviations for the first time in a heading. Spell the abbreviation out in the heading if that is its first appearance and introduce the abbreviation, if appropriate, at the next appearance of the term.

    Ø Avoid citing figures or tables and references in headings. Cite them in the appropriate place in the text that follows the heading.




    In-text citation.


    For each text citation there must be a corresponding citation in the reference list and for each reference list citation there must be a corresponding text citation.


    Cite references in consecutive order using superscript Arabic numbers.


    Each superscript must match one reference in the References list.

    Use commas to separate multiple citation numbers in text. Corresponding references should be listed in numeric order at the end of the document. Unpublished works and personal communications (oral, written, and electronic) should be cited parenthetically (and not on the reference list). Superscript numbers are placed outside periods and commas, and inside colons and semicolons.

    When more than 2 references are cited at a given place in the manuscript, use hyphens to join the first and last numbers of a closed series; use commas without space to separate other parts of a multiple citation.

    For eg., As reported previously, 1,3-8,19

    The derived data were as follows3,4


    Page numbers may be used in the superscript numbers; they are enclosed in parentheses.


    Page numbers are required for direct quotations.




    Basic rules for the reference list


    Ø The title “References” is centered at the top of a separate page at the end of the document.


    Ø Entries are preceded by their number and are given in numerical order.


    Ø The reference list should be single-spaced. Single-space between entries.


    Ø The second line and all subsequent lines of each item in the reference list should be indented (hanging indent).


    Do not use “et al.” in the Reference list at the end; names of all authors of a publication should be listed there.

    Figure and Artwork Submission

    Electronic submission of figures is highly preferred, except for Case Reports. If hard copies of photographs are submitted, rather than digital images, they should be submitted in triplicate. Photographs should be black-and-white or color glossy prints, not films or negatives, and should not be mounted or trimmed. Mark lightly on the back, in soft pencil, the lead author’s name, figure number, and correct orientation ("top"). Photographs may be as large as 7" wide and 9" long (including legend). Artwork includes charts and graphs, maps, photographs, and line art. Acceptable file formats include the following: TIFF, EPS, JPEG, and PDF. Microsoft application files are acceptable for line art (vector art). These are figures that only contain black and white lines, such as charts, and no gray-shaded or color areas.

    Scanned images

    Line art should be scanned as a bitmap at 900 ppi. Photos should be scanned as a grayscale or CMYK at 300 ppi.

    Color figures

    Color figures that will enhance the article will be accepted for publication. Color figures should be be submitted at 300 ppi resolution.


    IJSP additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading titled 'Funding'. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Declaration of Conflicting Interests

    It is the policy of IJSP 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 ensure that a ‘Declaration of Conflicting Interests’ statement is included. If no conflict exists, please 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 all authors of the article has 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 evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    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 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 or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, 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.

    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. 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.

    For Case Reports, Images in Pathology, Pitfalls in Pathology, and Letters to the Editor, informed consent must be obtained from all individual patients included in the study and/or manuscript.

    Sage Choice

    If you or your funder wish your article to be freely available online to nonsubscribers immediately upon publication (gold open access), you can opt for it to be included in SAGE Choice, subject to the payment of a publication fee. The manuscript submission and peer review procedure is unchanged. On acceptance of your article, you will be asked to let SAGE know directly if you are choosing SAGE Choice. To check journal eligibility and the publication fee, please visit SAGE Choice. For more information on open access options and compliance at SAGE, including self/author archiving deposits (green open access) visit SAGE Publishing Policies on our Journal Author Gateway.

    Authors who would like to refine the use of English in their manuscripts might consider using SAGE Language Services. This service is open to any authors who need assistance cleaning up their paper and are willing to pay professionals for help. Please note that any costs incurred are the sole responsibility of the author and that using this service does not guarantee acceptance into the journal, but is intended as a resource for editing, translating, figure and text formatting, and other manuscript preparation needs.


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