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Plasmatology

Plasmatology


eISSN: 26348535 | ISSN: 26348535

Please note that Clinical Medicine Insights: Blood Disorders is now published under the new title Plasmatology.

Plasmatology is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal, which considers manuscripts on all aspects of human blood plasma and its components, from basic and preclinical research to clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic applications. All aspects related to plasma donation are also covered by the journal.

Please see the Aims and Scope tab for further information.

A wide range of article types are welcomed by the journal, including original research, methodologies, case reports, reviews, perspectives, editorials and commentaries.

The journal welcomes unsolicited article proposals. All articles are listed on PubMed and are freely available via PubMed Central.

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

Indexed in:  ESCI, DOAJ, EBSCO & ProQuest

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement

Plasmatology
promotes inclusive, open science that reflects the disciplinary, human, and geographic diversity of the research community.

Diversity as a core value embodies inclusiveness, mutual respect, and multiple perspectives.

We welcome editors, editorial board members, peer reviewers and authors from all backgrounds, cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, races, religions, sexes, sexual orientations, gender identities, mental or physical (dis)abilities, ages, career stages, socioeconomic status or any other individual status.

We are committed to continually improving our editorial and review processes whilst playing our part in eradicating bias and inequality in all forms.

Submission information

Submit your manuscript today at https://peerreview.sagepub.com/BDX

Please see the Submission Guidelines tab for more information on how to submit your article to the journal.

Open access article processing charge (APC) information

All of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with submitted and accepted papers to Plasmatology will be waived under an educational grant from Grifols.

Contact:
Please direct any queries to the Managing Editor, Jonathan Collin at jonathan.collin@sagepub.co.uk

Plasmatology is an international, open access, peer-reviewed journal, which considers manuscripts on all aspects of human blood plasma and its components, from basic and preclinical research to clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic applications. All aspects related to plasma donation are also covered by the journal. The main aim of the journal is to gather, in a single source, the most relevant scientific knowledge on human plasma as a fluid whose components circulate through the whole body acting on most vital organs. In this sense, to convey the richness of plasma as a component of the human body with relevance to health and disease through the overarching concept of a unifying, ubiquitous, communicative fluid, is the essence of Plasmatology. A wide range of article types are welcomed by the journal, including original research, methodologies, case reports, reviews, perspectives, editorials and commentaries.

The journal welcomes unsolicited article proposals. All articles are listed on PubMed and are freely available via PubMed Central.

From March 2021 onwards all of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with submitted and accepted papers to Plasmatology to be waived under an educational grant from Grifols.

Please direct any queries to the Managing Editor, Alessandro Baliani at alessandro.baliani@sagepub.co.uk.

Managing Editor
Jonathan Collin SAGE Publications Ltd, London, UK
Associate Editor
Huy Pham Be The Match Seattle Collection Center, Seattle, WA, USA
Zbigniew Szczepiorkowski Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, Hanover, NH, USA
Christopher Tormey Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT, USA
Editorial Board Member
Chester Andrzejewski Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA, USA
Vicente Arroyo European Foundation for the Study of Chronic Liver Failure, Barcelona, Spain
Mercè Boada Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Daniele Focosi Pisa University Hospital, Italy
Pietro Gentile University of Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy
Larry Gold SomaLogic, Inc., Boulder, CO, USA
Jerrold Henry Levy Duke University, Durham, NC, USA
Freddy Nguyen Mt. Sinai Hospital, New York, NY, USA
Resia Pretorius Stellenbosch University, South Africa
Agustin Ruiz Universitat Internacional de Catalunya, Barcelona, Spain
Elizabeth Staley UW, Seattle, WA, USA
Tony Wyss-Coray Stanford University School of Medicine, Palo Alto, CA, USA
  • Clarivate Analytics: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
  • EBSCO
  • ProQuest
  • Scopus
  • Plasmatology Manuscript Submission Guidelines

    Please note that Clinical Medicine Insights: Blood Disorders is now published under the new title Plasmatology.

    Please direct any queries to the Managing Editor, Jonathan Collin at jonathan.collin@sagepub.co.uk

    Table of Contents:

    1. Open Access
    2. Article processing charge (APC)
    3. What do we publish?
    3.1 Aims & scope
    3.2 Article types
    3.3 Writing your paper
    4. Editorial policies
    4.1 Peer review policy
    4.2 Authorship
    4.3 Acknowledgements
    4.4 Funding
    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests
    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent
    4.7 Clinical trials
    4.8 Reporting guidelines
    5. Publishing policies
    5.1 Publication ethics
    5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement
    6. Preparing your manuscript
    6.1 Word processing formats
    6.2 Artwork, figures and other graphics
    6.3 Supplementary material
    6.4 Reference style
    6.5 English language editing services
    7. Submitting your manuscript
    7.1 How to submit your manuscript
    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts
    7.3 Information required for completing your submission
    7.4 Permissions
    8. On acceptance and publication
    8.1 SAGE Production
    8.2 Online publication
    8.3 Promoting your article
    9. Further information 

     

    This Journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics.

    This Journal recommends that authors follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE).

    Please read the guidelines below then visit the journal’s submission site https://peerreview.sagepub.com/plasmatology to upload your manuscript. Please note that manuscripts not conforming to these guidelines may be returned. Remember you can log in to the submission site at any time to check on the progress of your paper through the peer review process.

    SAGE Publishing disseminates high-quality research and engaged scholarship globally, and we are committed to diversity and inclusion in publishing. We encourage submissions from a diverse range of authors from across all countries and backgrounds.

    Only manuscripts of sufficient quality that meet the aims and scope of Plasmatology will be reviewed.

    As part of the submission process you will be required to warrant that you are submitting your original work, that you have the rights in the work, that you are submitting the work for first publication in the Journal and that it is not being considered for publication elsewhere and has not already been published elsewhere, and that you have obtained and can supply all necessary permissions for the reproduction of any copyright works not owned by you.

    Plasmatology may accept submissions of papers that have been posted on pre-print servers; please alert the Editorial Office when submitting (contact details are at the end of these guidelines) and include the DOI for the preprint in the designated field in the manuscript submission system. Authors should not post an updated version of their paper on the preprint server while it is being peer reviewed for possible publication in the journal. If the article is accepted for publication, the author may re-use their work according to the journal's author archiving policy.

    If your paper is accepted, you must include a link on your preprint to the final version of your paper.

    If you have any questions about publishing with SAGE, please visit the SAGE Journal Solutions Portal

    1. Open Access

    Plasmatology is an open access, peer-reviewed journal. Each article accepted by peer review is made freely available online immediately upon publication, is published under a Creative Commons license and will be hosted online in perpetuity.

    For general information on open access at SAGE please visit the Open Access page or view our Open Access FAQs.

    2. Article processing charge (APC)

    From March 2021 onwards all of the Article Processing Charges (APCs) associated with submitted and accepted papers to Plasmatology will be waived under an educational grant from Grifols.

    3. What do we publish?

    3.1 Aims & scope

    Before submitting your manuscript Plasmatology, please ensure you have read the Aims & Scope.

    3.2 Article types

    1. Original Articles. The Editors will consider preclinical, interventional and observational studies with clearly stated aims, well-reported methodology (including main outcome measures) and results, and a discussion of the results in the context of the published literature).
    2. Review Articles. The following types of high-quality review will be considered: (a) General reviews that provide a synthesis of an area that fits within the aims and scope of the journal; (b) Drug reviews – review articles focusing on the available evidence for the use of a particular drug or combination therapy.
    3. Perspective Reviews. Review-style articles that address important new areas of general interest and afford the author the opportunity to present a forward-looking perspective on the topic and/or incorporate their own experience in the field;
    4. Systematic Reviews. These should answer a specific research question and be reported according to the PRISMA guidelines. They should also include a PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and a completed PRISMA checklist as a supplementary file (please see section 4.8).
    5. Meta-analyses. These should answer a specific research question and be reported according to the PRISMA guidelines. They should also include a PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and a completed PRISMA checklist as a supplementary file (please see section 4.8).
    6. Case Reports. These structured reports should describe an unusual case and include a full review of the pertinent literature and a section on implications for clinical care.
    7. Study Protocols. These can be for forthcoming or ongoing research. Information on trial registration (where applicable) and ethics approval should be included in the manuscript.
    8. Editorials. Editorials are short articles on topics of recent interest that discuss the findings, implications, and/or outcomes of specific research or wider research on a general topic. These articles are usually commissioned by the Editor.
    9. Opinion. Similar to Editorials, these short articles address a topic under debate, and provide the opportunity for the author to voice their opinion on a particular study or area of research. These articles are usually commissioned by the Editor.
    10. Letters to the Editor. These brief pieces should be as concise as possible, usually no more than 1000 words.

    3.3 Writing your paper

    The SAGE Author Gateway has some general advice and on how to get published, plus links to further resources.

    3.3.1 Making your article discoverable

    For information and guidance on how to make your article more discoverable, visit our Gateway page on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online

    4. Editorial policies

    4.1 Peer review policy

    Following a preliminary triage to eliminate submissions unsuitable for Plasmatology all papers are sent out for review. The covering letter is important. To help the Editor with the preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

    The journal’s policy is to have manuscripts reviewed by at least two expert reviewers. Plasmatology utilizes a single-blind peer review process in which the reviewer’s name and information is withheld from the author Reviewers may at their own discretion opt to reveal their names to the author in their review but our standard policy practice is for their identities to remain concealed. All manuscripts are reviewed as rapidly as possible, while maintaining rigor. Reviewers make comments to the author and recommendations to the Editor-in-Chief or Associate Editor who then makes the final decision.

    The Editor or members of the Editorial Board may occasionally submit their own manuscripts for possible publication in the journal. In these cases, the peer review process will be managed by alternative members of the Board and the submitting Editor / Board member will have no involvement in the decision-making process.

    4.2 Authorship

    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. 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. Made a substantial contribution to the concept or design of the work; or acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data,
    2. Drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    3. Approved the version to be published,
    4. Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content.

    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 International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.

    4.3 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, or a department chair who provided only general support.

    4.3.1 Third party submissions

    Where an individual who is not listed as an author submits a manuscript on behalf of the author(s), a statement must be included in the Acknowledgements section of the manuscript and in the accompanying cover letter. The statements must:

    • Disclose this type of editorial assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input
    • Identify any entities that paid for this assistance
    • Confirm that the listed authors have authorized the submission of their manuscript via third party and approved any statements or declarations, e.g. conflicting interests, funding, etc.

    Where appropriate, SAGE reserves the right to deny consideration to manuscripts submitted by a third party rather than by the authors themselves.

    4.3.2 Writing assistance

    Individuals who provided writing assistance, e.g. from a specialist communications company, do not qualify as authors and so should be included in the Acknowledgements section. Authors must disclose any writing assistance – including the individual’s name, company and level of input – and identify the entity that paid for this assistance. It is not necessary to disclose use of language polishing services.

    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    4.4 Funding

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

    4.5 Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of Plasmatology 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 at the end of your manuscript, after any acknowledgements and prior to the references. If no conflict exists, please state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    For guidance on conflict of interest statements, please see the ICMJE recommendations.

    4.6 Research ethics and patient consent

    Medical research involving human subjects must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

    Submitted manuscripts should conform to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals, and all papers reporting animal and/or human studies must state in the methods section that the relevant Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board provided (or waived) approval. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee, in addition to the approval number.

    For research articles, authors are also required to state in the methods section whether participants provided informed consent and whether the consent was written or verbal.

    Information on informed consent to report individual cases or case series should be included in the manuscript text. A statement is required regarding whether written informed consent for patient information and images to be published was provided by the patient(s) or a legally authorized representative. Please do not submit the patient’s actual written informed consent with your article, as this in itself breaches the patient’s confidentiality. The Journal requests that you confirm to us, in writing, that you have obtained written informed consent but the written consent itself should be held by the authors/investigators themselves, for example in a patient’s hospital record. The confirmatory letter may be uploaded with your submission as a separate file.

    Please also refer to the ICMJE Recommendations for the Protection of Research Participants

    All research involving animals submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee with oversight of the facility in which the studies were conducted. The journal has adopted the Consensus Author Guidelines on Animal Ethics and Welfare for Veterinary Journals published by the International Association of Veterinary Editors.

    4.7 Clinical trials

    Plasmatology conforms to the ICMJE requirement that clinical trials are registered in a WHO-approved public trials registry at or before the time of first patient enrolment as a condition of consideration for publication. The trial registry name and URL, and registration number must be included at the end of the abstract.

    4.8 Reporting guidelines

    The relevant EQUATOR Network reporting guidelines should be followed depending on the type of study. For example, all randomized controlled trials submitted for publication should include a completed CONSORT flow chart as a cited figure and the completed CONSORT checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should include the completed PRISMA flow chart as a cited figure and the completed PRISMA checklist should be uploaded with your submission as a supplementary file. The EQUATOR wizard can help you identify the appropriate guideline.

    Other resources can be found at NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives.

    5. Publishing policies

    5.1 Publication ethics

    SAGE is committed to upholding the integrity of the academic record. We encourage authors to refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics’ International Standards for Authors and view the Publication Ethics page on the SAGE Author Gateway.

    5.1.1 Plagiarism

    Plasmatology 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 published articles. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked with duplication-checking software. Where an article, for example, is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where the 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; taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author's institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; or taking appropriate legal action.

    5.1.2 Prior publication

    If material has been previously published, it is not generally acceptable for publication in a SAGE journal. However, there are certain circumstances where previously published material can be considered for publication. Please refer to the guidance on the SAGE Author Gateway or if in doubt, contact the Editor at the address given below.

    5.2 Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. Plasmatology publishes manuscripts under Creative Commons licenses. The standard license for the journal is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced and the use is non-commercial. For more information, you are advised to visit SAGE's OA licenses page.

    Alternative license arrangements are available, for example, to meet particular funder mandates, made at the author’s request.

    6. Preparing your manuscript

    6.1 Word processing formats

    The preferred format for your manuscript is Word. LaTeX files are also accepted. Word and (La)Tex templates are available on the Manuscript Submission Guidelines page of our Author Gateway.

    6.2 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

    Figures supplied in color will appear in color online.

    6.3 Supplementary material

    This journal is able to host additional materials online (e.g. datasets, podcasts, videos, images etc) alongside the full-text of the article. These will be subjected to peer-review alongside the article. For more information please refer to our guidelines on submitting supplementary files, which can be found within our Manuscript Submission Guidelines page.

    6.4 Reference style

    Plasmatology adheres to the AMA Manual of Style. View the guide here to ensure your manuscript conforms to this style.

    6.5 English language editing services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information.

    7. Submitting your manuscript

    7.1 How to submit your manuscript

    To submit your manuscript to Plasmatology, please visit the manuscript submission site https://peerreview.sagepub.com/plasmatology and ensure that references are formatted with AMA reference style.

    7.2 Title, keywords and abstracts

    Please supply a title, short title, an abstract and keywords to accompany your article. 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 the SAGE Journal Author Gateway for guidelines on How to Help Readers Find Your Article Online.

    7.3 Information required for completing your submission

    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.

    You will be asked to provide contact details and academic affiliations for all co-authors via the submission system and identify who is to be the corresponding author. These details must match what appears on your manuscript. At this stage please ensure you have included all the required statements and declarations and uploaded any additional supplementary files (including reporting guidelines where relevant).

    7.4 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.

    8. On acceptance and publication

    If your paper is accepted for publication after peer review, you will first be asked to complete the contributor’s publishing agreement. Once your manuscript files have been checked for SAGE Production, the corresponding author will be asked to pay the article processing charge (APC) via a payment link. Once the APC has been processed, your article will be prepared for publication and can appear online within an average of 30 days. Please note that no production work will occur on your paper until the APC has been received.

    8.1 SAGE Production

    Your SAGE Production Editor will keep you informed as to your article’s progress throughout the production process. Proofs will made available to the corresponding author via our editing portal SAGE Edit, or by email to the corresponding author and should be returned promptly. Authors are reminded to check their proofs carefully to confirm that all author information, including names, affiliations, sequence and contact details are correct, and that Funding and Conflict of Interest statements, if any, are accurate. Please note that if there are any changes to the author list at this stage all authors will be required to complete and sign a form authorizing the change.

    8.2 Online publication

    One of the many benefits of publishing your research in an open access journal is the speed to publication. With no page count constraints, your article will be published online in a fully citable form with a DOI number as soon as it has completed the production process. At this time it will be completely free to view and download for all.

    8.3 Promoting your article

    Publication is not the end of the process! You can help disseminate your paper and ensure it is as widely read and cited as possible. The SAGE Author Gateway has numerous resources to help you promote your work. Visit the Promote Your Article page on the Gateway for tips and advice.

    9. Further information

    Any correspondence, queries or additional requests for information on the Manuscript Submission process should be sent to the Plasmatology editorial office as follows:

    Jonathan Collin: jonathan.collin@sagepub.co.uk

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