Slide 1 - European Urology

					    EAU Annual Meeting
   April 18, 2010 Barcelona

          ESU Course 20

How to write a manuscript and get it
  published in European Urology

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Faculty
• Prof. Francesco Montorsi (Italy) - Chair

•   Prof.   Christian Gratzke (Germany)
•   Prof.   Giacomo Novara (Italy)
•   Prof.   Shahrokh Shariat (U.S.A)
•   Prof.   Alexandre Zlotta (Canada) – Co-Chair



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    With special thanks to
Dr. Christine McKillop for her
contribution to the material of
          this course


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              European Urology Editorial Team

Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Francesco Montorsi Milan, Italy

Associate Editors
Prof. Anders Bjartell Malmö, Sweden
Prof. Christian Stief Munich, Germany
Prof. Tullio Sulser Zurich, Switzerland
Prof. Alexandre Zlotta Toronto, Canada

Surgery Editor
Prof. Markus Graefen Hamburg, Germany

EAU-EBU Update Series Editor
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      European Urology Editorial Team
Words of Wisdom Editor
Prof. Fritz Schröder Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Editorial Office Manager
Cathy Pierce Milan, Italy

Editorial Assistants
Kerri James-Salina Milan, Italy
Patricia Bachmann Basel, Switzerland
Judith Carleen Munich, Germany
Beth Roby New York City, U.S.A
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Course material and slides will be available
online after the EAU meeting at:


 www.europeanurology.com



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   HOW TO GET YOUR
MANUSCRIPT PUBLISHED IN
  EUROPEAN UROLOGY

   Francesco Montorsi



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       Original Articles Submitted 2006 - 2010
              2005   2006   2007   2008   2009          2010
January         71     90    103    106    104             99
February        64     96    122     96    114             81
March           64     84    100     98    126           118
April           86     77    103    102      82
May             66     98    119    103    108
June            67     88    117    127    106
July            79    146    121    126    105
August          80    109    150     78      95
September       94    122    122     96    107
October         82    104    115    104    113
November        82     91    121     96      99
December        78    117    121    107      98
TOTALS         913   1222   1381   1233      The
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           ACCEPTANCE – REJECTION RATES
                (ORIGINAL ARTICLES)

           2005    2006   2007   2008          2009
Straight    32%    33%    43%     40%            52%
Reject
Reject      40%    43%    46%     47%            36%
After
Peer
Review
Accept      28%    24%     11%    13%            12%
After
Peer
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           2008 Impact Factors
•   European Urology                  6.512
•   Journal of Sexual Medicine        5.393
•   Journal of Urology                3.952
•   Prostate                          3.069
•   British Journal of Urology Int    2.704
•   Urology                           2.242
•   Urologia Internationalis          0.891


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      The European Urology 2008
        Impact Factor Equation

            4161
 Citations in 2008 of Articles
published in European Urology


                                     6.512
        in 2006 and 2007
                                 =
             639
        Source items
published in European Urology
       In 2006 and 2007

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                   EUROPEAN UROLOGY
                                                            ???
                       IF TREND
4500                                         6.512
4000
                                     5.634
3500
3000                         4.850
2500                 3.542
2000
1500      2.651
1000
 500
   0
         2004        2005    2006    2007        2008

       Citations      Source Items

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• We need top quality Original
  Articles

• We read with interest proposals
  for review articles but these are
  less important for us

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Original Articles are more demanding than
Review Articles

• Authors should think about a hypothesis to
  assess
 Study must be designed and completed
 Rigorous analysis of the results
 A well written manuscript is closing the
     circle

• Altogether, this is very demanding!

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  The Platinum Original Article…
• Must address a timely and interesting hypothesis

• Must have a topic which is not too specific

• Must be based on sound methodology

• Has results which may change practice patterns




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   The “Our Experience” Article
• It is clear that data based on large patient
  series attract the interest of readers

• Large sets of patients are difficult to be
  assessed with care

• The article MUST address a hypothesis, it
  cannot be a compilation of results

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           Helpful tips when considering
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• Make sure European Urology is the appropriate
  journal for your manuscript (if the manuscript is not
  really “top” do not waste time - head to another
  journal!)

• Follow the author guidelines – especially the recent
  changes (word count, abstract, etc)




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Deciding on authorship




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                                        Who should be listed as an author?
• Substantial contributions to:
   –   Conception and design
   –   Acquisition of funding
   –   Data acquisition or analysis
   –   Data interpretation
   –   Drafting the article
   –   Revising it for intellectual content

• General supervision of the research group does not justify
  authorship

• Sequence of names: first and last position; alphabetical

• The first 2 authors may equally contribute to the article and
  this can be clearly stated at time of submission

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         Helpful tips when considering
The Platinum Journal for your next manuscript:

• Have the manuscript revised by a
  professional copyeditor prior to submission

• Expect comments from the reviewers

• Respect the revision deadlines: 30 days for
  Major Revision / 15 days for Minor Revision


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                  Why papers are rejected (1)
• The study did not assess an important
  scientific issue
• The study was not original
• The study did not test the author’s
  hypothesis
• A different type of study should have been
  done
• Compromise of original protocol, e.g.
  caused by practical difficulties


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                       Why papers are rejected (2)

•   Poor study design
•   Sample size too small
•   Study uncontrolled
•   Statistical analysis incorrect or inappropriate
•   Authors draw unjustified conclusions
•   Conflict of interest
•   Badly written


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Responding to reviewer’s comments

• Address each comment individually in written
  resubmission
• Number and respond courteously to every comment
• Mark changes in text
• You do not have to make all changes if you
  disagree with them – present a valid argument
• Don’t argue with the reviewer, both reviewers and
  authors are trying to improve things for the reader




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