INSTRUCTIONS FOR AUTHORS
Author guidelines for manuscript preparation and submission
Welcome to the Journal of the Romanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology
The RSACI journal is a national premier scientific and academic journal devoted to reporting the latest, research progress and findings of research and clinical practice in the fields of interest of our society members. It was launched in 2004 and is published trimonthly (4 issues annually), and starting with 2016, it is published in English.
We encourage our society members and those interested in the activities of RSACI to submit manuscripts to the Journal of the Romanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology, original articles and brief communications of their clinical or basic research activity, awareness, training and education materials, news and current perspectives, and, not least, opinions and comments for the reader services, as we constantly try to enhance the value of our society journal.
Manuscript submission general information
Authors must be sure they are submitting to the most suitable journal, make sure that their manuscript is accurate and readable and understand the copyright policy.
Articles written in accurate scientific English and suitable for publication should be submitted to:
Please follow the instructions given below.
English language editing
Authors for whom English is a second language may choose to use the services of a professional editing service provider, either a professional company or a qualified colleague, with expertise and experience in English language editing of scientific and medical manuscripts. Such services are paid for and arranged by the author, and does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.
Publishing ethics and conflict of interests
Submission is considered on the conditions that the manuscript does not have any instances of plagiarism, of fabricated or falsified information, does not represent a duplicate or multiple submission, does not have inappropriate authorship and all authors have read and approved the content, and all authors have also declared potential conflict of interests, and that the work complies with ethical policies of RSACI, EAACI and WAO, and has been conducted under internationally accepted ethical standards. If the manuscript involves human subjects or experimental animals, the authors must give details of the approvals obtained from the ethics committees. If the manuscript reports medical research involving human subjects, statements confirming that informed consent was obtained and that the research was carried out according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki, must be included. Any form of registration that may identify a patient must be excluded. When clinical images of patients are submitted it is the responsibility of the authors to obtain, prior to submission, full informed consent by the patient for the use of the photographs, and to ensure that full anonymity is preserved. All authors are responsible for adhering to guidelines on good publication practice. Authors are responsible to disclose any potential conflict of interest related to the article or to the subject of their manuscript. The authors must acknowledge financial support for the research work and other financial or personal connections to the work.
Categories of manuscripts
- Editorials must be up to 1500 words, usually commissioned by the editorial board, after consultation with Editor-in-Chief and Associate Editor.
- Review articles may be reviews or minireviews dedicated especially to recent developments in a particular field of allergy and immunology (up to 15 printed pages).
- Original articles and brief communications include original work, research papers, clinical trials, observational studies, case reports (up to 15 printed pages), and short communications (up to 5 pages).
- Awareness, training and education section may include position papers, guidelines or practice parameters, evidence-based medicine articles, diagnostic and therapeutic advances, topic highlight articles by or for medical doctors in training and young specialists, awareness and educational materials (up to 20 printed pages).
- News and current perspectives may be presentations of most recent developments and concepts, new frontier articles or field of vision commentaries, academic points of view and perspectives (up to 12 printed pages).
- Reader services may include selected commentaries or points of view, letters to the editor, correspondence and information for readers (also in the Romanian language).
Manuscripts should be typewritten in A4 page format, with 1,5 lines spacing, and page numbering. Times New Roman font, 12-point size, is required. They must be provided as Word files (not PDF).
Title page should carry the following information: the title of the manuscript (concise and informative), authors’ names and their institutional affiliations, department(s) and institution(s). Corresponding author and its address must be stated, e-mail address must be indicated.
An abstract must accompany each manuscript and should not exceed 300 words. Following the abstract, a list of 3-10 keywords is important for indexing purposes.
Structure of the manuscript depends on the category submitted. Original articles must include background, including the aims/objectives of the study, methods/methodology, results, discussions and conclusions. Acknowledgements placed after the Discussion or before references, should specify any contributions that need acknowledgment but do not justify authorship. Appropriate units of measurement and nomenclature must be used. Only abbreviations and symbols generally accepted should be used, unfamiliar ones must be defined when first used. In-text citations must name authors in parentheses when you cite their work. For the work of one or two authors use (Author, Year of publication) or (Author 1 and Author 2, Year of publication), and for the work of three or more authors use (Author 1 et al, Year of publication).
Tables must be included in the main manuscript file, starting on a separate page.
Figures must be submitted as digital version separately PowerPoint, TIFF or JPG files format only. The photos submitted should be high-resolution figures (300 dpi) format.
If authors wish to use a figure, illustration or a table that has been previously published, they must acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. The responsibility is entirely of the authors, when using figures, illustrations or tables without permission and/or without mentioning in the manuscript details regarding the source. Each figure/table should have a legend containing sufficient information to make it intelligible without reference to the text.
References should be numbered consecutively in aphabetical order. The reference list is a separate section at the end of the manuscript. All references must be up-to-date. Avoid footnotes. Authors are recommended to consider the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) guidance, the recommended style for references is based on the National Information Standards Organization NISO Z39.29-2005 (R2010) Bibliographic References as adapted by the National Library of Medicine for its databases, samples of formatted references being available online:
Example of citing of a published article from a journal with a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) example:
Popescu FD. Cross-reactivity between aeroallergens and food allergens. World J Methodol. 2015 Jun 26;5(2):31-50. doi: 10.5662/wjm.v5.i2.31. PubMed PMID: 26140270; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4482820.
Acceptance for publishing, offprints and author material archive policy
Submitted manuscripts are subject to review and editing in order to be accepted for publication. After a manuscript is submitted, authors are permitted to supply names of potential referees. Although manuscripts are subject to review and editing, the Journal of the Romanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology and the Romanian Society of Allergology and Clinical Immunology (RSACI) does not hold itself responsible for statements made by contributor authors.
Access to the PDF offprint of an accepted article may be available for the authors, by request. Please note that unless specifically requested otherwise, our Journal policy is to dispose of electronic material submitted, three months after publication. Therefore, if you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office as soon as possible.