• Instructions for Journal of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology of Shandong University International Authors



    Journal of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology of Shandong University mainly publishes articles in the field of otolaryngology and ophthalmology, with research papers, abstracts of works, commentaries, literature reviews, reports of clinical experience, technologies and methods, pathological discussions, analyses of cases, etc. Readers include medical staffs specializing in otolaryngology and ophthalmology in hospitals of different levels, administrative staff in medical institutions, researchers of medical information, undergraduate students, master's and doctoral students, and teachers in medical colleges and universities.


    Submission to the journal

    Full-length original research articles, review articles and Editorials on clinical and basic aspects of topics represented by the fields of interest of otolaryngology and ophthalmology are welcome. Short communications and Case Reports should be focused on major new developments of general interest to the otolaryngology and ophthalmology readership.

    Manuscripts should be submitted online at



    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship as defined above should be listed in an acknowledgements section.


    Randomised controlled trials

    Journal of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology of Shandong University recommends that authors adopt the proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which require, 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 External link



    Work on human beings that is submitted to Journal of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology of Shandong University should comply with the principles laid down in the Declaration of Helsinki; Recommendations guiding physicians in biomedical research involving human subjects. Adopted by the 18th World Medical Assembly, Helsinki, Finland, June 1964, amended by the 29th World Medical Assembly, Tokyo, Japan, October 1975, the 35th World Medical Assembly, Venice, Italy, October 1983, and the 41st World Medical Assembly, Hong Kong, September 1989. The manuscript should contain a statement that the work has been approved by the appropriate ethical committees related to the institution(s) in which it was performed and that subjects gave informed consent to the work. Studies involving experiments with animals must state that their care was in accordance with institution guidelines. Patients' and volunteers' names, initials, and hospital numbers should not be used.


    Conflict of interest

    At the end of the text, under a subheading 'Conflict of interest statement' all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.


    Role of the funding source

    All sources of funding should be declared as an acknowledgement at the end of the text. Authors should declare the role of study sponsors, if any, in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. If the study sponsors had no such involvement, the authors should so state.


    Peer-review policy

    Only manuscripts of high relevance and suitability will enter into the peer review process, which will be conducted by at least two internationally known experts in the field, and will aim to ensure that all published manuscripts provide new scientific knowledge. Authors may suggest that specific individuals be or not be involved as reviewers, but the final decision of acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board.


    Editorial policies

    Submission of a manuscript to Journal of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology of Shandong University implies that readily reproducible materials described in the manuscript, including all relevant raw data, will be freely available to any scientist wishing to use them for non-commercial purposes. Nucleic acid sequences, protein sequences, and atomic coordinates should be deposited in an appropriate database in time for the accession number to be included in the published article. In computational studies where the sequence information is unacceptable for inclusion in databases because of lack of experimental validation, the sequences must be published as an additional file with the article.


    File formats

    Manuscripts should be typewritten (double spaced) with 4 cm margins, and on one side of the paper only.

    Short communications and case reports intended for publication should be a maximum of 500 words, 10 references, and one table or figure.

    The following word processor file formats are acceptable for the main manuscript document:

              * Microsoft Word (2000 and above)

              * Portable document format (PDF)


    Structure of manuscripts

    Manuscripts in general should be organized in the following order:

    Title (should be clear, descriptive and not too long)

    Name(s) of author(s)

    Complete postal address of affiliations

    Full telephone, Fax No. and email address of the corresponding author

    Present address of author(s) if applicable

    Complete correspondence address and email address to which the proofs should be sent

    Abstract, a structured abstract. Background and objective, Methods, Results and Conclusion

    Key words (indexing terms), a list of 3-10 key words must be provided with every article


    Material studied, area descriptions, methods, techniques




    Acknowledgements, Conflict of interest statement, and acknowledgement of the role of the funding source for the study


    Tables and Figures

    1. SI units should be used.

    2. Journal of Otolaryngology and Ophthalmology of Shandong University reserves the privilege of returning to the author for revision accepted manuscripts and illustrations which are not in the proper form given in this guide.


    Should be numbered in the order they appear within the manuscript; in the text they should be referred to by numbers in square brackets on the superscript. The abbreviations of journal titles should conform to those adopted by List of Serial Title Word Abbreviations, CIEPS/ISDS, Paris, 1985 (ISBN 2-904938-02-8).

    Only articles and abstracts that have been published or are in press, or are available through public e-print/preprint servers, may be cited; unpublished abstracts, unpublished data and personal communications should not be included in the reference list, but may be included in the text. Notes/ footnotes are not allowed. Obtaining permission to quote personal communications and unpublished data from the cited author(s) is the responsibility of the author. Journal abbreviations follow Index Medicus/Medline.

    In the reference list, periodicals [1] and books [2] should accord with the following examples:

    [1] Kim BJ,Kim DW,Kim SW,et al. Endoscopic versus traditional craniofacial resection for patients with sinonasal tumors involving the anterior skull base[J]. Clin Exp Otorhinolaryngol,2008,1(3):148-153.

    [2] Zhang Zhinan. Criteria of diagnosis and therapeutic response in hematologic diseases[M]. 2nd. Beijing: Scientific Publication,1998:168-360.

    Figures and figure legends

    Figures should be provided as separate files and should not be included in the main text of the submitted manuscript. Each figure should comprise only a single file in TIFF (preferred format for diagrams), PDF, PNG (preferred format for photos or images), Microsoft Word (figures must be a single page), PowerPoint (figures must be a single page), JPEG, BMP. Color images must be in RGB (red, green, blue) mode. Include the font files for any text. Figures wider than 1 column should be between 10.5 cm and 18.0 cm wide. Numbers, letters, and symbols should be no smaller than 6 points (2 mm) and no larger than 12 points (6 mm) after reduction and must be consistent. Do not save figure numbers, legends, or author names as part of the image. File sizes should not exceed 5 MB. Images should not exceed 500 pixels per inch in width or height.

    The legends should be included in the main manuscript text file immediately following the references, rather than being a part of the figure file. For each figure, the following information should be provided: Figure number (in sequence, using Arabic numerals - i.e. Fig.1, Fig.2, Fig,3 etc); short title of figure (maximum 15 words); detailed legend, up to 300 words.

    Please note that it is the responsibility of the author(s) to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.


    Each table should be numbered in sequence using Arabic numerals (i.e. Tab.1, Tab.2, Tab.3 etc.). Tables should also have a title that summarizes the whole table, maximum 15 words. Detailed legends may then follow, but should be concise.

    Smaller tables considered to be integral to the manuscript can be pasted into the end of the document text file, in portrait format (note that tables on a landscape page must be reformatted onto a portrait page or submitted as additional files). These will be typeset and displayed in the final published form of the article. Such tables should be formatted using the 'Table object' in a word processing program to ensure that columns of data are kept aligned when the file is sent electronically for review; this will not always be the case if columns are generated by simply using tabs to separate text. Columns and rows of data should be made visibly distinct by ensuring the borders of each cell display as black lines. Commas should not be used to indicate numerical values.


    Upon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to sign a 'Journal Publishing Agreement''.


    One set of page proofs in PDF format will be sent by email to the corresponding author. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures.


    The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail and two sample copies. Additional print copies and offprints can be ordered by the authors. An order form with prices will be sent to the corresponding author.

    Publication charges

    The cost of a limited number of illustrations is borne by the Journal. The cost for color photographs (US$ 60 per page) is defrayed by the authors. A charge of US$ 30 per printed page will be levied on all manuscripts accepted. We offer a complete or partial fee waiver for authors who do not have funds to cover publication fees. Editors and reviewers have no access to payment information, and hence inability to pay will not influence the decision to publish a paper.

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