• Double blind peer review process
• Article types: original research, reviews, technical reports, medical hypotheses, commissioned articles, special issue articles, editorials, and translated articles from non-English language journals
• Your paper, your way; no formatting rules until acceptance
• No restrictions on word count, figures, tables, or references
• Unrestricted online supplemental information
• Publication of articles reporting negative research results
An article processing charge (APC) of USD 1000 applies to papers accepted after peer review. Please find more information here.
Manuscripts are prepared according to the ‘your paper, your way’ style in terms of formatting. However, your submission must contain:
1. A separate cover page with the title, list of authors, affiliation(s) of all authors, email address of all authors, and the full address and contact information of the corresponding author. This cover page must be uploaded as a separate document in Editorial Manager.
2. A cover page containing only the title, as part of the main manuscript. This version will be sent to reviewers for double blind evaluation of your work.
3. A graphical abstract; preferably embedded in the main manuscript.
4. An abstract and keywords.
5. Manuscript text, figures, tables, and references; preferably all embedded in the main manuscript.
Although the authors are free to structure the manuscript as they please, it is recommended to follow the downloadable template provided by JCTR for
original research papers.docx (95.4 KB)
review papers.docx (95.0 KB)
. These exemplary manuscript templates were designed such that your work is easy to follow by readers and reviewers, i.e., the people who decide on the value and fate of your work. For clarity and referencing purposes, the numbering of sections and subsections is encouraged. JCTR has also provided a downloadable template for the cover page, cover letter (not required for submission), and an
examplary rebuttal.pdf (42.5 KB)
that authors are welcome to use.
JCTR has no restrictions on word count, the number of figures and tables, and the number of references. However, it is strongly advised to proportion the amount of text in the main manuscript to the amount of available data and the essence of the study. Data that are clearly deducible from the figures and tables should not be repeated in the text. There is ample room in the online supplement to present second-order information, which may pertain to any part of the main manuscript. For the sake of reproducibility and clarity, JCTR does strongly encourage authors to report all the data of the study and to provide a detailed description of the methods. However, authors are requested to strategically allocate primary data to the main manuscript and secondary data to the online supplemental information.
JCTR has proofreading and illustration services available to optimize your manuscript.
The ‘your paper, your way’ style applies to initial submissions and resubmissions. Upon acceptance of the manuscript, the authors are required to format the manuscript according to the JCTR formatting rules.
Manuscripts must be submitted through the Editorial Manager system.
In order to increase the chances that an article is sent out for review, JCTR encourages authors to understand how manuscripts are handled.
Authorship should be limited to people who have contributed substantially to the work. The authorship in JCTR articles should be defined according to the authorship criteria of International Committe of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendation. The criteria are as follows:
(1) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; and
(2) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
(3) Final approval of the version to be published; and
(4) Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
The corresponding author should be clearly indicated for all manuscripts submitted. The corresponding author(s) is/are responsible for:
(1) Obtaining permission from all the authors mentioned in the manuscript; and
(2) Ensuring adherence to all editorial and submission policies and for any; and communications and actions that may be necessary after publication; and
(3) Including written permission from the authors of the work concerned for any mention of any unpublished material included in the manuscript, e.g. data from manuscripts-in-press, personal communication, or work in preparation.
Changes to authorship
The authors should carefully check the list and order of authors before submitting their manuscript. The editorial office considers the authorship list is definitive at the time the original submission is received.
Any addition, deletion, or rearrangement of author names in the authorship list should be made only before the manuscript is accepted for publication. The corresponding author should justify the reasons for the change in authorship list and the proof of written confirmation from all authors (including the existing authors, author(s) to be added and/or removed) agreeing with such change in a signed letter attached to an email sent to the editorial office for evaluation.
The requests for authorship changes need to be approved in writing by the editorial office before any changes can be made. Note that the changes to authorship should still be in adherence to the authorship criteria of International Committe of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) recommendation.
Peer review process
Submitted manuscripts (include Special Issue manuscripts) are handled according to the flow chart below. Authors should take note of the pre-screening procedure by the editorial office to prevent a desk reject. The items that are prescreened are addressed separately below. It should be noted that the journal actively screen for plagiarism with the assistance from embedded tools in the Editorial Manager system, and the handling editor is in charge of the crosscheck.
Guest Editors of Special Issues are not able to make decisions regarding their own manuscripts submitted to
their Special Issue, as this would constitute a conflict of interest. An Editorial Board member will instead be responsible for decision making.
The Guest Editor will be unable to access the review process except in their role as author. Similarly, Editors-in-Chief or other Editorial Board members are not able to access the review process of their manuscript except in their role as author.
The handling editors are responsible for monitoring and ensuring the fairness, timeliness, and quality of the peer-review process.
Peer-review tasks are assigned to external reviewers with the proper expertise. These external reviewers are chosen by the handling editor to whom the task has been delegated.