Journal of Vascular Access

Journal of Vascular Access The Journal of Vascular Access publishes only peer-reviewed original manuscripts dealing with clinical and laboratory investigations in the fast growing field of vascular access. ISSN: 1724-6032 (ONLINE) ISSN: 1129-7298 (PRINT) Journal metadata

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  • Publisher

    Wichtig Editore

  • Profile

    The Journal will consider for publication original articles, reviews, case reports and clinical trial protocols, as well as papers dedicated to more practical aspects covering new devices and techniques.


    Critical presentations of broad topics of potential interest to those active in the areas of use and development of vascular access. Their length must not exceed eight (8) printed pages, corresponding to about 24 double spaced typewritten pages.


    The purpose of the editorials is to provide the reader with a balanced overview of relevant and up to date subjects concerning vascular access. Their length must not exceed six (6) printed pages, corresponding to about 18 double spaced typewritten pages 

    Original manuscripts

    The majority of submissions falls into this category. Their length must not exceed six (6) printed pages, corresponding to about 18 double spaced typewritten pages, including Figures and Tables.

    Begin each of the following sections on separate pages: Title page, Abstract (structured abstract) and Keywords, Text, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures, Legends. 

    Techniques in vascular access 

    This section hosts a series of articles on technical aspects in the creation and management of vascular access patients. The aim of this series is educational, that is information which can be applied in the daily clinical practice. Voluntary contributions are welcome: please address proposals of titles to the Coordinating Editor: The format might be a step by step description of a technique or it can include a case report, which highlights real problems and stimulates the interest of the reader. In the latter case, Authors can follow this outline: 

    1) Present pertinent medical history of the problem(s) in the specific patient;
    2) Outline the treatment options;
    3) Describe what was done and why;
    4) Report the outcomes, and
    5) Comment summarizing all issues related to the technique described in the case report.
    Their length must not exceed eight (8) printed pages, including figures, corresponding to about 24 double spaced typewritten pages.
    Case Reports

    Clinical case descriptions are accepted in a limited number and should follow the indications for original manuscripts below. Their length is limited to about 2-4 typewritten pages, including references and figures. 

    Letters to the Editor

    Letters are welcome and will be considered for publication. The text should be limited to 500 words, 5 references and 2 figures. Please refer to the Guidelines for Letters to Editors. Starting from January 2013, Letters to Editors will be published online only.  They will be included in a regular issue of the Journal with regular page numbers, but will not be published in print.

  • Indexing


    Science Citation Index Expanded (SciSearch)
    CURRENT CONTENTS/Science Edition
    EMBASE / Excerpta Medica

  • Editors

    Maurizio Gallieni
    Nephrology and Dialysis Unit
    Ospedale San Carlo Borromeo
    Via Pio II, 3
    20153 Milano - Italy
    Fax: 39 02 4022 2222

    Jan Tordoir
    Maastricht - The Netherlands

  • Guide to authors

    Manuscripts that do not adhere to the following guidelines will be returned to the Corresponding Author for technical revision before undergoing the peer review process.

    Title page

    The title page should contain:

    a) The full title of the article, no longer than 135 characters (count letters and spaces); avoid abbreviations
    b) The short title, no longer than 75 characters (count letters and spaces); avoid abbreviations
    c) All authors, listed as first name, middle initial, and last name;
    d) Institutional affiliation for each Author, using superscripts and not symbols (e.g. Paul Smith1).
    e) Abstract, which must not exceed 250 words, structured in Purpose, Methods, Results and Conclusions
    f)  Keywords: below the abstract, identify 3 to 6 keywords in alphabetical order under which you believe the article should be indexed. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings list from lndex Medicus whenever possible. 

    Manuscript Text

    Starting on a new page, type manuscript using Arial font size 12, as this creates less problems when building your PDF, and save it as Word document (.doc). Use double spacing and do not justify the right margin. 
    In order to avoid extra page charges, the length of manuscripts must follow the indications supplied in the "Content type" paragraph above. Authors will be charged Euro 130,00 for each additional page directly by the Publisher. Extra page charges do not apply to invited articles. Members of the Vascular Access Society and of the affiliated societies will be charged the reduced fee of Euro 100,00.

    Type your manuscript as a single Word file, divided in the following sections:Introduction: should be pertinent to the study but not an in-depth review of the literature.Materials and methods: should be clearly defined so that the study may be duplicated by other investigators.Results: should be as concise as possible.Discussion: offers an explanation of the results of the study and should limit itself to the subject matter of the paper. Use only standard abbreviations. The full term for which an abbreviation stands for, should precede its first use in the text. Cite figures consecutively in the text and number them in the order in which they are presented. Figures must be submitted as separate files and not embedded in the word document. 


    Acknowledge statistical consultation and assistance (when provided by a person different from the Author) in an acknowledgement at the end of the article before the references. Indicate the name, degree and affiliation of the individual. Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from everyone acknowledged by name
    1) If you use automated reference numbering software or bibliography software, turn it off before submitting the manuscript.
    2) References should follow the text and begin on a separate page.
    3) They must be double-spaced and numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text, using the automated numbering tool of Word.
    4) Identify references in text, tables, and legends in Arabic numerals in parentheses, i.e. (7).
    5) If there are 6 or fewer authors, all authors should be listed. If there are more than 6 authors, list the first three and then "et al"
    6) References used within tables should appear as footnotes in the table legend. These references should not be repeated in the main reference list unless they are also cited within the text.
    7) List only references pertinent to the manuscript, which you have read and that the reader can retrieve in a literature research.
    8) Journals’ names should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus/Medline ( If there is any doubt about abbreviation of a journal name, it should be spelled out completely.
    9) All references must be verified by the Author(s) against the original documents.
    10) Personal communications, unpublished data, abstracts, oral or poster presentations should be limited and incorporated in parentheses within the text without a reference number.
    11) Any references to studies (including books or articles) that have been accepted for publication, but not yet published, should indicate where they will be published and have the term "in press" in the reference in place of volume and page numbers. These must be updated prior to publication, if possible.
    Examples of correct forms of references are given below: 

    Journal Article

    Standard journal article - (List all Authors when six or less: when seven or more list only first three and add et al):
    Gundersen K, Bradley RF, Marble A. Serum phosphorus and potassium levels after intravenous administration of glucose. N Engl J Med 1954; 250: 547-54. 


    Wilmore DW, Carpentier YA eds. Metabolic support of the critically ill patient. Berlin Heidelberg: Springer-Verlag 1993; 157-71. 

    Chapter in a Book

    Knochel JP, Jacobson HR. Renal handling of phosphorus clinical hypophosphatemia and phosphorus deficiency. In: Brenner BM, Rector FC, eds. The Kidney. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1985; 619-62. 

    Electronic citation (URL)

    References to web resources must always include the full link and the date the information was accessed and the link was live. (E.g.  US Renal Data System, USRDS 2010 Annual Data Report: Atlas of Chronic Kidney Disease and End-Stage Renal Disease in the United States, National Institutes of Health, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, Bethesda, MD, 2010. Chronic kidney disease in the general population. Accessed on Feb 20, 2011 ) 

    Figure Legends 

    Type legends for illustrations double spaced, starting on a separate page with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend.


    As a general rule, tables should not unnecessarily offer duplicate information given in the text. Each table should have a brief title that is fully understandable without reference to the text and should not offer duplicate information offered in the text. Type each table on a separate sheet; using double spacing. Tables should be created in a Word document using the table tools. Do not format tables as columns or tabs and do not submit tables as figures. Tables should be numbered consecutively in Roman numerals by order of citation in the text. Each table must include title, appropriate column heads and explanatory legends, including definitions of any abbreviation used. References used within tables should appear as footnotes in the table legend. 

  • Publication ethics


    To protect its integrity and to ensure the most reliable information to its readers, the Journal of Vascular Access will not consider manuscripts that have appeared, in part or in total, in other publications. Manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Vascular Access must be an original contribution not previously published in any language or country (except as an abstract or preliminary report) and must not be under consideration for publication elsewhere. 
    The Coordinating Editor and the Editorial Board are responsible for establishing and maintaining the highest possible standards of the Journal as well as for maintaining its integrity and consider research and publication misconduct to be a serious breach of ethics.  Authors who violate ethical considerations such as duplication and plagiarism, will face disciplinary actions. 

    Plagiarism is when an Author reproduces another work without appropriate citation and credit. Plagiarism, whether intentional or not, is a serious violation of ethics. 
    Duplicate submission/publication occurs when two or more papers without full cross-reference, share the same hypothesis, data, discussion and conclusion. 
    The Journal will apply sanctions to individual authors depending on their type of involvement with the article.
    In serious cases the manuscript will be retracted and the Journal will refuse to accept submission from the same authors. 

    The Coordinating Editor and the Editorial Board are primarily responsible for ensuring a fair review process. However, the final responsibility rests with the authors, not with the Journal, its Editors, or the Publisher and the statements and opinions contained in the articles published in the Journal of Vascular Access are solely those of the individual Authors and contributors.  
    If accepted, manuscripts must not be published elsewhere in similar form, in any language or country. Publication of the material elsewhere (duplicate publication) without permission of the Journal is a copyright infringement. Authors who distribute e-print, preprints, reprints or content in any format including digital copies of an article before print publication may have their accepted manuscript rejected. 

  • Contact

    Maurizio Gallieni, MD 
    Coordinating EditorNephrology and Dialysis Unit
    Ospedale San Carlo Borromeo
    Via Pio II, 320153 Milano - Italy
    Fax: 39 02 4022 2222

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