Guide to authors
The journal does not publish case reports.
The journal is issued in one volume. Each volume consists of four numbers.
Original articles in British English are published after acceptance by reviewers on condition that they are contributed solely to Scandinavian Journal of Surgery. The journal does not perform linguistic revisions of original articles. All contributions should conform with the recommendations stated in the Declaration of Helsinki of the World Medical Association (1964).
Manuscript which does not follow the Journal´s instructions, will be returned to the author for changes. Manuscript must not be in a pdf form. Manuscript must be written double spaced with 3 cm margins and submitted electronically to the Editorial Office: email@example.com
Please do not forget to number the pages.
Length of manuscript:
Articles should be short, the total length (all included) must not exceed a maximum of 4500 words.
Define an abbreviation when you use it for the first time. Avoid capitalisation of words. Only the first word begins with a capital letter.
Use italics sparingly. Do not use bold type, do not underline words.
All numbers from one to ten should be written as words, except when speaking about units (1 mm, 50 kg). Numbers from 11 onwards should be written as digits, except in the beginning of a sentence.
Body of Paper
The paper should be organised with the following subtitles: Title, Abstract, Keywords, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, References, Presentations (figures, tables etc) and presentation Legends
Title should be short and specific. A capital letter is used only in the first word. Short running title should follow.
Authors should be stated by including name and institution (First name initials only, Surname, Department, Hospital or University, City and Country) of all authors, each separately listed with complete information. Do not use degrees like “Prof” or “ PhD”. They will not be published. Example:
A. Viinikainen1, H. Göransson2, J. Ryhänen3
1 Department of Hand Surgery, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland
2 Department of Hand and Microsurgery, Tampere University Hospital, Tampere, Finland
3 Department of Hand Surgery, Oulu University Hospital, Oulu, Finland
Address and email of the corresponding author should be included under the title Correspondence. Example:
Gianfranco P.D. Caminiti 3rd, M.D.
Rava University School of Medicine
2, Dolphin Street, St Teresa of Greenfields, CT 11207, U.S.A.
Abstract and Key words
The second page should consist of a short structured abstract. The abstract should be organised according to the following headings: Background and Aims, Material and Methods, Results and Conclusions.
A minimum of six to ten Key words (according to Index Medicus) should be included.
Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion
Significant scientific and/or financial support should be acknowledged.
References, a maximum of 30, should be numbered in order of appearance in the text using numbers in carved parentheses placed on the writing line, and listed in the following style under the title References: names of three first authors and “et al”, full title of the paper, name of journal abbreviated in accordance to Index Medicus, year, volume, first and last page number. Only relevant references should be used. Leave out unnecessary periods and commas.
The following example illustrates the simple form to be used: 1. Rich NM, Leppaniemi A. Vascular trauma: a 40-year experience with extremity vascular emphasis. Scand J Surg 2002;91:109– 126
Other sample references:
Philip Sandblom: Relationship between illness and creativity. In: Philip Sandblom. Creativity and Disease. How Illness Affects Literature, Art and Music. Bohusläningens Boktryckeri AB, Uddevalla, 1991: 15–33
A. Hirshberg, K. Mattox. Top Knife. The Art and Craft of Trauma Surgery. tfm Publishing Ldt, Harley, 2005
Boone J, Livestro DP, Elias SG, Borel Rinkes IH, van Hillegersberg R. International survey on esophageal cancer: part I surgical techniques. Dis Esophagus 2009 Jan 23. [Epub ahead of print]
World Wide Web:
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Figures and Tables
A maximum of 3 figures and 3 tables will be allowed. Please include all presentations (illustrations, photos, tables or figures) into the manuscript, and not as separate email attachments.
All illustrations, such as photographs, line drawings, graphs, charts and tracings should be legible after reduction to one (8,3 cm) or two (17,1 cm) column widths. Figure legends should be written below the presentation.
Black and white illustrations will be reproduced free of charge. Colour illustrations will be published at the contributor’s expense. Tables should be self-explanatory and they should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Table number and title should appear above the table, each table on a separate sheet.
For numbering figures and tables, use arabic numerals