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Established on DEC 1, 2015
Revised on NOV 2, 2017

1. About this journal

1-1. Aims and scope

Pediatric Emergency Medicine Journal (Pediatr Emerg Med J, PEMJ; pISSN 2383-4897, eISSN 2508-5506) is peer-reviewed, open access, the official, biannual journal of the Korean Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine (KSPEM). PEMJ focuses on both basic and clinical research of pediatric emergency medicine including pathophysiology, epidemiology, diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, and simulation. PEMJ accepts original articles, reviews, editorials, case reports, brief communications, correspondences, and special contributions in related areas. The journal is aimed at both the pediatricians who want to know more about dealing with emergency cases such as trauma or poisoning and the emergency physicians who want to know more about dealing with cases of children or adolescents.

Manuscripts for submission to PEMJ should be prepared according to the following instructions. For issues not addressed in these instructions, the author should refer to the Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals by the ICMJE, 2013 (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/), and Good publication practice guidelines for medical journals, 2nd edition, by the KAMJE, 2013 (http://www.kamje.or.kr/intro.php?body=publishing_ethics).).

1-2. About the journal

It launched in JUN 30, 2014 with volume 1 and number 1. It is to be published biannually, on JUN 30 and DEC 31. Supplement issues may be published. It is the official journal of the KSPEM.

1-3. Open access

PEMJ is an Open Access journal, but is freely distributed to members of the KSPEM and relevant institutions. This journal is indexed in KoreaMed (https://koreamed.org/SearchBasic.php) and KMbase (http://www.similarsites.com/goto/kmbase.medric.or.kr?searchedsite=kmbase.medric.or.kr&pos=0). Full text PDF files are also freely available at the official and mobile website (https://pemj.org and pemj.org/m, respectively).

1-4. Editorial board

Publisher
Jun Dong ParkSeoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Editor-in-Chief
Ji Whan HanThe Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, Korea
Editorial Board
Jea Yeon ChoiGachon University, Incheon, Korea
Jin Hee JeongGyeongsang National University, Jinju, Korea
Sion JoChonbuk National University, Jeonju, Korea
Jae Yun JungSeoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Kyeong Won KangJeju National University, Jeju, Korea
Mi Jin KimUniversity of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea
Hyung-il KimYonsei University Wonju College of Medicine, Wonju, Korea
Jung Heon KimCheongju St. Mary's Hospital, Cheongju, Korea
Jung-Youn KimKorea University, Seoul, Korea
Jae Ryoung KwakAjou University, Suwon, Korea
Hyuksool KwonSeoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Bongjin LeeChungnam University, Daejeon, Korea
Hyun Jung LeeSoonchunhyang University, Asan, Korea
Jeong-Yong LeeUniversity of Ulsan, Ulsan, Korea
So-Hyun NamDong-A University, Busan, Korea
So Hyun PaekSeoul National University, Seoul, Korea
Joo-Hyun SuhMyongji Medical Foundation, Goyang, Korea
Ikwan Chang
Manuscript Editor
InfolumiSeongnam, Korea
English Editor
Yunju SuhCentereach, New York
Managing secretary
Ae Ri KimKorean Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine, Seoul, Korea

1-5. Contact us

PEMJ editorial office
71, Ihwajang-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul, 03087, Republic of Korea
TEL: +82-2-3674-7888, FAX: +82-2-3674-7889
E-mail: pemoffice@kspem.org, Website: http://kspem.org

2. For authors and reviewers

2-1. Information for contributors

I. General information

PEMJ is the official journal of the KSPEM, published biannually. There are no specific limits to contribution requirements, but the scope of content should be in accord with the "aims and scope" of the journal. PEMJ solicits competent investigators’ contributions including original articles, reviews, editorials, case reports, brief communications, correspondences, and special contributions. Authors should refer to the “Information for contributors” of the journal, the Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals by the ICMJE, 2013 (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/), and Good publication practice guidelines for medical journals, 2nd edition, by the KAMJE, 2013 (http://www.kamje.or.kr/intro.php?body=publishing_ethics).
This information for contributors was established on DEC 1, 2015, and the final revision was published on NOV 2, 2017.

II. Editorial policy

The editorial board presumes that all authors listed in a manuscript have agreed to the following policy of PEMJ on submission of manuscript.

Any authors may submit manuscripts of original articles, reviews, editorials, case reports, brief communications, correspondences, and special contributions written in Korean or English. Except for negotiated secondary publications, manuscripts submitted to the Journal must be previously unpublished and not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

The editorial board reserves the right to make corrections, both literary and technical, to the papers. Under any circumstances, the identities of the reviewers will not be revealed. It is the author's responsibility to ensure that a patient's anonymity be carefully protected, to verify that any experimental investigation with human participants reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent, and to follow all guidelines for experimental investigation with human participants required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated.

If an author should be added or deleted after the submission, it is the responsibility of the corresponding author to ensure that the author concerned are aware of and agree to the change in authorship. The editorial board has no responsibility for such changes.

PEMJ is published biannually on JUN 30 and DEC 31. All published manuscripts become permanent properties of KSPEM and they may not be published elsewhere without written permission.

III. Research and publication ethics

Regarding policies on research and publication ethics not addressed in these instructions, authors should refer to the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on good publication (http://publicationethics.org/), the Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals by the ICMJE, 2013 (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/) or Good publication practice guidelines for medical journals, 2nd edition, by the KAMJE, 2013 (http://www.kamje.or.kr/intro.php?body=publishing_ethics).

III-A. Statement of human and animal rights and informed consent

Any investigations involving humans and animals should be approved by the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), respectively, of the institution where the study took place. In addition, investigations with pathogens requiring a high degree of biosafety should obtain approval by relevant committee (Institutional Biosafety Committee; IBC). Informed consent should be obtained, unless waived by the IRB, from patients (or legal guardians) who participated in clinical investigations. Human participants should not be identifiable, such that patients' names, initials, hospital numbers, dates of birth or other protected healthcare information should not be disclosed. If experiments involve animals, the research should be based on national or institutional guidelines for animal care and use. Original articles submitted to PEMJ that address any investigation involving humans and animals should include a description about whether the study was conducted under an approval by the IRB (with or without patient informed consent) or IACUC, respectively. IRB No. is required for submission process, and if absent, the process cannot proceed.
PEMJ can request an approval by the IRB or IACUC when necessary. It is noteworthy that a Korean act of bioethics and biosafety was revised on November 11, 2014.

III-B. Authorship and author’s responsibility

The corresponding author takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process, and typically ensures that all the journal’s administrative requirements, such as providing details of authorship, ethics committee approval, clinical trial registration documentation, and gathering conflicts of interest forms and statements, are properly completed, although these duties may be delegated to one or more coauthors. The corresponding author should be available throughout the submission and peer review process to respond to editorial queries in a timely manner, and should be available to respond to critiques of the work and cooperate with any requests from the journal for data or additional information or questions about the paper even after publication.

Authors must meet all aspects of the following 4 criteria: (1) Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis or interpretation of data for the work; (2) Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; (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. Any persons who do not meet any aspect of the above criteria, may be listed as contributors in the Acknowledgments section.

Maximal number of authors are recommended to be limited to 3 for review, 5 for systematic review, and 10 for case report, respectively. Only one author should correspond with the editorial board. A footnote indicating that the two first authors made equal contributions is permissible, as long as the authors certify that each had a "first author" role equally. The editorial board does not allow adding authors or changing the first or the corresponding authors once its decision of ‘Accept’ is made. Any change in the byline (addition or deletion of authors, change in the name order) requires a letter signed by all authors indicating agreement with the same. The editorial board has no responsibility for such changes.

III-C. Originality and duplicate publication

Manuscripts under review or published by other journals will not be accepted for publication in PEMJ, and articles published in this journal are not allowed to be reproduced in whole or in part in any type of publication without permission of the editorial board. Figures and tables can be used freely if original source is verified according to Creative Commons Non-Commercial License. It is mandatory for all authors to resolve any copyright issues when citing a figure or table from a different journal that is not open access.

III-D. Secondary publication

It is possible to republish manuscripts if the manuscripts satisfy the condition of secondary publication of ICMJE as followings: certain types of articles, such as guidelines produced by governmental agencies and professional organizations, may need to reach the widest possible audience. In such instances, editors sometimes deliberately publish material that is also being published in other journals, with the agreement of the authors and the editors of those journals. Secondary publication for various other reasons, in the same or another language, especially in other countries, is justifiable and can be beneficial provided that the following conditions are met. The authors should receive approval from the editors of both journals (the editor concerned with secondary publication must have a photocopy, reprint, or manuscript of the primary version). The priority of the primary publication is respected by a publication interval of at least 1 week (unless specifically negotiated otherwise by both editors).

The paper for secondary publication is intended for a different group of readers; an abbreviated version could be sufficient. The secondary version faithfully reflects the data and interpretations of the primary version. The footnote on the title page of the secondary version informs readers, peers, and documenting agencies that the paper has been published in whole or in part and states the primary reference. A suitable footnote might read: “This article is based on a study first reported in the [title of journal, with full reference].”

III-E. Process to manage research and publication misconduct

When the editorial board faces suspected cases of research and publication misconduct such as duplicate publication, plagiarism, fraudulent or fabricated data, changes in authorship, undisclosed conflicts of interest, ethical problem with a submitted manuscript, a reviewer who has appropriated an author’s idea or data, complaints against editors, and etc., the resolving process will follow the flowchart provided by COPE (http://publicationethics.org/resources/flowcharts). The editorial board makes a decision on suspected cases, and KAMJE may be consulted on a debatable matter.

III-F. Editorial responsibilities

The editorial board will continuously work towards monitoring and safeguarding publication ethics: guidelines for retracting articles; plagiarism screening for all manuscripts (https://crosscheck.ithenticate.com/en_us/login), maintenance of the integrity of the academic record; preclusion of business needs from compromising intellectual and ethical standard; publishing corrections, clarifications, retractions and apologies when needed; avoiding plagiarism, and fraudulent data. The responsibilities of the editorial board shall include: responsibility and authority to reject or accept article; avoid conflicts of interest with respect to articles they reject/accept; acceptance of a paper when reasonably certain; promoting publication of correction or retraction when errors are found; preservation of the anonymity of reviewers.

III-G. Editorial Conflicts of interest

A conflicts of interest may exist when an author (or the author’s institution or employer) has financial or personal relationships or affiliations that could bias the author’s decisions regarding the manuscript. Authors are expected to provide detailed information about all relevant financial interests and relationships or financial conflicts, particularly those present at the time the research was conducted and through publication, as well as other financial interests (such as patent applications in preparation), that represent potential future financial gain. All disclosures of any potential conflicts of interest, including specific financial interests and relationships and affiliations (other than those affiliations listed in the title page of the manuscript) relevant to the subject of their manuscript will be disclosed by the corresponding author on behalf of each coauthor, if any, as part of the submission process. Likewise, authors without conflicts of interest will be requested to state so as part of the submission process. If authors are uncertain about what constitutes a relevant financial interest or relationship, they should contact the editorial board. Failure to include this information in the manuscript will prohibit commencement of the review process of the manuscript. For all accepted manuscripts, each author’s disclosures of conflicts of interest, relevant financial interests and affiliations, and declarations of no such interests will be published. The policy requesting disclosure of conflicts of interest applies for all manuscript submissions. If an author’s disclosure of potential conflicts of interest is determined to be inaccurate or incomplete after publication, a correction will be published to rectify the original published disclosure statement. Authors are also required to report detailed information regarding all financial and material support for the research and work, including but not limited to grant support, funding sources, and provision of equipment and supplies as part of the submission process. For all accepted manuscripts, each author’s source of funding will be published.
The authors should disclose all potential conflicts of interest in the unblinded full title page. If there is a disclosure, the editors, reviewers, and readers can interpret the manuscripts with this understanding.

IV. Preparing manuscripts

IV-A. Categories of manuscripts
PEMJ publishes original article, review, editorial, case report, brief communication, correspondence, and special contribution.

  • Original article: Original investigations in areas relevant to pediatric emergency medicine. Maximum 4,000 words, 10 tables and/or figures, and 30 references. Include a structured abstract and its length should not exceed 300 words. Additional material may be placed in supplemental material. Systematic Reviews are critical assessments and evaluations of research (not simply summaries) that attempt to address a focused clinical question using methods designed to reduce the likelihood of bias. Meta-analyses combine this with aggregate analyses. This kind of manuscripts should be structured into the subheadings: introduction, main subject, and conclusion. Such articles must be compliant with relevant guidelines and include a narrative abstract and its length should not exceed 300 words. In case of systematic review, the length is limited to 5,000-8,000 words with a maximum of 100 references. Also, there should be no more than 5 authors.
  • Review: Clinical review that address a specific question or a relevant issue is acceptable. Such articles should summarize current research relevant to the questions they address, be evidence-based to the extent possible, be balanced, and should detail the importance of the clinical question or issue. Include a narrative abstract and its length should not exceed 300 words. Do not combine a case report with your review. This kind of manuscripts should be structured into the subheadings: introduction, main subject, and conclusion. The length is limited to 5,000-8,000 words with a maximum of 100 references. Also, there should be no more than 3 authors.
  • Case report: Case report must be a brief description of a previously undocumented disease process, a unique manifestation or treatment of a known disease process or unreported complications of treatment regimens. Entities previously reported elsewhere must be extremely important to be considered. Include an abstract with keywords, introduction, case, discussion focusing on the implications of the case reported, references, and figures or tables. Maximum 1,500 words, 20 references, and 4 figures or tables. The abstracts should not exceed 200 words.
  • Correspondence: Discussion, observations, opinions, corrections, and comments on topics appearing in PEMJ; very brief reports or other items of interest. Letters discussing a PEMJ article should be received within 8 weeks of the article's publication. The original authors will be given the opportunity to reply. Letters of topics unrelated to the science of medicine, as well as those containing personal criticisms, will not be published. An abstract is not required. Maximum 500 words, 5 references.
  • Brief communication: This kind of manuscript should be prepared in the following sequence: title page, abstract with key words, text without section titles, acknowledgments (if necessary), references, and figures or tables. Maximums: narrative abstract, 100 words; word counts of the text, 1,500 words; number of references, 20; figures, 2; table, 1.
  • Editorials: Authoritative comments or opinions on controversial matters with significant implications for pediatric emergency medicine; or, qualified, thorough analysis and criticism of articles appearing in PEMJ. Maximum 1,500 words.
  • Special contribution: This kind of manuscript does not conform to a traditional format. Please discuss with the editorial board before submission.
  • Any article longer than these limits should be discussed with the editorial board.

IV-B. Reporting guidelines for specific study designs

For the specific study design, such as randomized control studies, studies of diagnostic accuracy, meta-analyses, observational studies, and non-randomized studies, it is recommended that the authors follow the reporting guidelines listed in the following table.

Initiative Type of study Source
CONSORT Randomized controlled trials http://www.consort-statement.org
STARD Studies of diagnostic accuracy http://www.stard-statement.org
PRISMA Preferred reporting items of systematic reviews and meta-analyses http://www.prisma-statement.org
STROBE Observational studies in epidemiology http://www.strobe-statement.org
MOOSE Meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology http://www.consort-statement.org/resources/downloads/other-instruments/moose-statement-2000pdf/

IV-C. Preparing manuscripts for publication

  • We accept manuscripts written in Korean or English. In Korean manuscripts, abstract with keywords, references, tables, and figure legends must be written in English. Authors whose mother language is not English should receive language-editing service and indicate the proof on the title page. All text files should be in Microsoft Word format (doc or docx, 2007 and above), and all figures need to be in JPG/JPEG/TIFF/PPT format. Text or figure files should not be uploaded as PDF files. The manuscript should be typed in a 12-point font and double-spaced on A4 with 1 inch-margin on both sides.
  • The manuscript should be organized in the following order: full title page (including all the authors’ details and statements on conflicts of interest) as a separate file; blinded main document in a single file, which starts with blinded title page, abstract with keywords, introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, figure legends, tables, and figures.
  • The use of abbreviations is discouraged and should be kept to a minimum. When used, they should be fully described at first appearance in the text and described in the parenthesis. After that they can be used. Technical terms apply the latest version of lexicon published from Korean Medical Association (http://term.kma.org/). In case that translated terms (medical terms, proper nouns, place names, drug names, units, etc.) are unavailable, authors can put in English terms. If translated terms are available but poorly understandable, authors could put in English terms in parentheses at first appearance and should use only translated terms (Korean) after that time. Do not leave blanks between Korean words and subsequent parentheses. However, leave blanks between English words and subsequent parentheses.
  • Radiation measurements and laboratory values should be in accordance with the International System of Units (SI). However, some customarily used units (e.g., mmHg) are acceptable. Leave blanks in front of units except % and ℃. P values should be typed in capital letters not in italics in the text (“P”) and should be marked as “P value” in the table.
  • PEMJ performs double-blinded review of the submitted manuscripts. The authors' names, affiliations, and any other remarks that may identify the authors should not appear in the main document, figures, and supplementary materials for the blinded review. In case identifying details are found, the editorial board will ask the corresponding author to re-upload the files after deleting such details before sending the manuscript for an external peer review.
  • The names and locations (city or province/country or state) of the manufacturers of equipment and generic names should be given.
  • If you need subheadings, you should number them in following order: 1., 2., 3., 4., 1), 2), 3), 4), a., b., c., d.
  • Please also refer to the most recent articles published in PEMJ for style.

IV-D. Registration of clinical trial research

Any research that deals with a clinical trial should be registered to the primary registry, such as the WHO International Clinical Trials Portal (http://www.who.int/ictrp/en/), NIH ClinicalTrials.gov (http://www.clinicaltrials.gov/), ISRCTN Resister (www.ISRCTN.org), University Hospital Medical Information Network (www.umin.ac.jp/ctr/index/htm), or Netherlands Trial Register (http://www.trialregister.nl/trialreg/index.asp), and Clinical research information system (https://cris.nih.go.kr/cris/index.jsp). The clinical trial registration number should be published at the end of the abstract.

IV-E. Title page
Include the following items on the full title page.

  1. Title: less than 50 words
  2. Full names, affiliations, and order of all authors: Each author’s full name must be provided in the order of first name, middle name, and last name. Academic degree is not required. When authors from different institutions (name of academic institution is preferred) / are included, the authors should be matched with their organizations by placing the relevant organization number in superscript after each author’s name.
          e.g., Jun Dong Park1
                1Department of Pediatrics, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea
  3. Running title: The abbreviated title will be printed at the top of each page of the published paper and should be no longer than 10 words (including spaces).
  4. Contact information of the corresponding author (address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address).
  5. ORCID (Open researcher and contributor ID): ORCID of all authors are recommended to be provided. To have ORCID, authors should register in the ORCID web site available from: http://orcid.org/. Registration is free to every researchers in the world.
  6. Type of manuscript
  7. Conflicts of interest statement: All funding, other financial support, and material support for the work, if it exists, should be clearly identified in the conflicts of interest statement at the lowest column. If no conflicts of interest exist for any of the authors, this also should be noted.
  8. Proof of English-editing (optional): Authors whose mother language is not English should indicate the fact of language-editing and name of the agency (city or province, country or state).

IV-F. Main body

The main body is a blinded document for review and should contain the following components in a single file, each component starting on a separate page: blinded main body in a single file, which starts with blinded title page, abstract and keywords written in English (even in manuscripts written in Korean), introduction, methods, results, discussion, acknowledgments, references, and figure legends. Tables and figures should not be embedded in the text.

  1. Abstract
    Your abstract should be 300 words or less, and structured into the subheadings: Purpose, Methods (include information on design, setting, participants, interventions, and main outcomes measured), Results, and Conclusion. However in case of review, case report or brief communication, this structure is unnecessary. In your results, you should emphasize the magnitude of findings over test statistics, ideally including the size of effect and its confidence intervals for the principal outcomes. Citations should not be used in the abstract. Abbreviations should be minimized and, if used, must be defined within the abstract by the full term followed by its abbreviation in parentheses. Keywords should be listed 5 to 10 using semicolon. For the selection of keywords, refer to the list of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH, http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html). In case of an RCT, the trials registry number should appear after the conclusion (e.g., NCT01616745). This section should be typed in English even in case that your manuscripts are written in Korean.
  2. Main body
    1) Introduction: The most effective introduction section should concisely argue how the topic is new, scientifically important, and clinically relevant. Usually, we recommend three paragraphs: The first paragraph to describe the circumstances or historical context that led you to investigate the issue. The second to describe why your investigation is consequential. What are its potential implications? How does it relate to issues raised in the first paragraph? Why is this specific investigation the next logical step? The last to explain the goals of this investigation: Clearly state the specific research objective or hypothesis and your primary outcome measure.
    2) Methods:
    - The methods should include subsections with contents that detail the study design, study setting and population, study protocol, measurements or key outcome measures, and data analysis (include sample size determinations and other relevant information, the names of statistical tests, and software used).
    - The role of funding organizations and sponsors in the conduct and reporting of the study should be included here.
    - When equipment is used in a study, provide in parentheses the model number, name, and location of the manufacturer.
    - If citing an in-press paper for the description of methods, please upload a copy of the in-press paper for the editor and reviewers. This in-press material will be handled with appropriate confidentiality.
    - Research involving human participants or animals must meet local, legal and institutional requirements, and generally accepted ethical principles such as those set out in the Nuremberg Code, the Belmont Report, or the Declaration of Helsinki.
    - Manuscripts reporting data involving human participants must indicate a positive review by an IRB or equivalent. This requirement includes studies that qualify for IRB expedited status. Most institutions require IRB review of studies that qualify for exempt status and that this determination be made by the IRB, not by the authors. The “Methods” section of the manuscript must explicitly state that IRB approval was obtained, that the IRB determined the study was exempt, or that the study did not involve human participants (e.g., publicly available and previously de-identified information from national data sets, or other studies not meeting the definition of human participants research, additional information available at www.hhs.gov/ohrp/policy/cdebiol.html). IRB approval number should be typed after this remark (e.g., IRB No. ##-##-###). The “Methods” section should also indicate the type of consent used (written, verbal, or waived), and confirm that consent was obtained from all participants (unless waived by the IRB).
    - Manuscripts reporting the results of investigations of live vertebrate animals must indicate approval by an IACUC or equivalent. We reserve the right to request submission of IRB or IACUC documentation at any time.
    - When working with administrative databases, authors should be diligent in checking the validity of variables (e.g., by cross-checking with other variables in the dataset) and patterns of missing data. Both of these factors can bias results. Authors should also recognize that causal inferences are generally limited when interpreting results from administrative data sources. For analyses using probability samples, care should be taken to use clusters, strata and weights in analyses and that substantially restricting such samples (e.g., to small age groups) may create bias and unusual associations between variables.
    - Authors considering performing survey projects and submitting survey manuscript should review the following commentary, which discusses some of the key features of survey methodology: Mello MJ, Merchant RC, Clark MA. Surveying emergency medicine. Acad Emerg Med 2013;20(4):409-12.
    3) Results: Results should be concisely stated and include the statistical analysis of the data presented. Results presented in tabular or graphic form should be referred to in the text, but the material should not be presented again. In addition to the data collected in the study, the results should also indicate the success of protocol implementation (e.g., was blinding successful, was there a high inter-rater reliability?). In keeping with the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine regarding gender-specific research, we ask that “all papers reporting the outcomes of clinical trials report on men and women separately unless a trial is of a sex-specific condition (such as endometrial or prostatic cancer).” (Women’s Health Research: Progress, Pitfalls, and Promise; National Academies Press 2010, available at http://www.iom.edu/Reports/2010/Womens-Health-Research-Progress-Pitfalls-and-Promise.aspx)
    4) Discussion: Briefly summarize the results and how they relate to your area of investigation. Consider only those published articles directly relevant to interpreting your results and placing them in context. Do not stress statistical significance over clinical importance. Do not use a separate conclusion section, but instead append it as the last paragraph of the Discussion beginning something like: "In summary . . .” Take care that the conclusion is restricted to what can be justified by your experimental results. Discuss shortcomings and biases related to study design and execution.
  3. References
    1) References should be typed in English (even in manuscripts written in Korean) and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Every reference must be cited at least once in the text. Each reference should be cited as superscripts (Vancouver style). Although the superscript should be typed after author’s surname, it should be typed at the end of the sentence but ahead of the period, if no author’s surname is typed in there. If authors’ number is less than three, all the authors’ surname should be typed. However, in case of three or more authors, the superscript should be located after the first author’s surname.
    2) The abbreviated journal title should be used according to the NLM catalog (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/nlmcatalog/journals) or the KoreaMed (http://www.koreamed.org/).
    3) If there are six or fewer authors in a reference, then all the names of the authors should be listed. If the number of authors is greater than six, list the initial six authors, and then abbreviate the rest of the authors with by “et al.”
    4) Personal communications and unpublished data should be cited in the body of the paper in parentheses, not listed in the references section. Manuscripts that have been accepted for publication may be listed as “Forthcoming”; manuscripts that have been submitted or are under revision but have not been accepted should not be cited as references.
    5) The use of abstracts that have not been published as full manuscripts is discouraged.
    6) Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and text citations.
    7) Number of references is limited to 100 in reviews, 30 in original articles (but, 100 in systematic reviews), 20 in case reports and brief communications, and 5 in correspondences. The style and punctuation for references should follow the format illustrated in the following examples. For types not addressed in these examples, the author is referred to the Recommendations for the conduct, reporting, editing, and publication of scholarly work in medical journals by the ICMJE, 2013 (http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/), and Good publication practice guidelines for medical journals, 2nd edition, by the KAMJE, 2013 (http://www.kamje.or.kr/intro.php?body=publishing_ethics).
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  4. Tables
    Tables should be created clearly and referenced in the text in sequential order. Tables should be placed collectively after the main body of text. Each table should be submitted on a separate page with a descriptive title that is composed of a phrase without a period at the top of the table. Define all abbreviations in a footnote to the table. If necessary, footnote signs can be used as listed order; *, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡, §§, ||||, ¶¶. If a table has been previously published should be accompanied by the written consent of the copyright holder and the footnote must acknowledge the original source. Tables should be typed in English.
  5. Figures and legends
    Figures must be referenced in the text in sequential order. Figures should clarify and augment the text. Each figure should be submitted on a separate page with the title that is composed of a clause. Authors should note that the figure legend should be typed in 12-point font, double-spaced and the list of figure legend should be located at the end of the main body. Figures in PDF are not of acceptable quality for publication. Photographs must be submitted electronically according to the following specifications: color photographs should be saved as TIF files in RGB at a minimum of 12.5 cm (5 in.) in width at 300 dpi; black and white photographs should be saved as TIF files in grayscale at a minimum of 12.5 cm (5 in.) in width at 300 dpi. In addition, authors should note that all photographs with discriminability of the patients’ identity must be submitted with the written consents and the authors take the legal responsibility in case of lawsuits. Any special instructions about sizing, placement, or color should be clearly noted. Symbols, arrows, or letters used to identify parts of the illustration must be explained clearly in the legend. The illustrations of pathological tissue should state clearly the type of stain and the magnifying power (e.g., H&E, ×400), and the main contents should be marked by signs or arrows on the picture. Line drawings should be original copies. If a figure has been previously published, it should be accompanied by the legend acknowledging the original source and the consent of copyright holder. Figures and their legends should be typed in English.
  6. Acknowledgments
    All persons who have made substantial contribution, but who are not eligible as authors should be named in the acknowledgments. This section (if necessary) should be located between discussion and references.

V. Submitting manuscripts

V-A. First submission

Corresponding authors should submit manuscripts via the electronic manuscript management system for PEMJ, https://submit.pemj.org/. Registration is required for the first time user. If you do not have an account, click "Registration" button and make your account. ID should be your email address being actively used now. If you have an account but forgot your password, click the "Forgot password" button. Your password will be given to your email address on your request. To begin, enter your User ID and password into the boxes provided, and click. Subsequently click “Author Center.” At the “Author Main” screen, click “New Submissions.” After that, fill in “Submission Agreement” and follow steps 1-8.
Step 1. Title, Abstract: Choose manuscript type and topic, then enter your title, running title, abstract, and keywords into the appropriate boxes. If you need to insert a special character, click the "Special Characters." If you are submitting a manuscript that does not require an Abstract, please type “N/A” in the Abstract box. Please type in corresponding author’s information including the address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.
Step 2. Authors: Enter the personal information for additional authors in the boxes. Please note that maximum number of first author is two.
Step 3. File upload: The “Manuscript file” should not include authors’ name or name of affiliations. Upload and select the correct file designation for each. Please note that copyright transfer agreement with each author’s signature is required at this step.
Step 4. PDF conversion: Merged file will be created as PDF format by clicking “Build PDF” button.
Step 5. Cover letter & additional info.: Please, write down cover letters to the Editor-in-Chief. Authors of original articles must fill in IRB No. at this step, and if not, submissions cannot proceed.
Step 6. Suggest reviewers: Authors should provide contact information of 2 suggested reviewers who are not affiliated with the corresponding author’s institution. Please note that the journal may not use your suggestions, but your help may speed up the peer review process.
Step 7. Preview: Review the information in the Preview chart for correctness; make changes if needed. If you have not completed a required step, you will not be able to submit your manuscript.
Step 8. Submit: Once it is submitted, you will be able to monitor the progress of your manuscript through the peer review process.

V-B. Revision

The revised manuscript should be resubmitted via the web system (https://submit.pemj.org/). Failure to resubmit the revised manuscript within 60 days without any notice from the corresponding author is regarded as a withdrawal. The corresponding author must indicate concisely what alterations have been made in response to the reviewers' comments point by point (any changes should be marked with underline). When preparing your revised manuscript, prepare a “list of responses” to the comments. Your list of responses should be uploaded as a file in addition to your revised manuscript online (https://submit.pemj.org/, follow the instructions at the Author Center). Acceptable reasons should be given for noncompliance with any recommendation of the reviewers.
  1. A Major Revision and a Minor Revision should be submitted within 60 days of the decisions. Otherwise, the manuscript will be treated as a new submission.
  2. Please carefully read and follow the instructions written here and those included in the manuscript decision e-mail.
  3. To start the submission of a revised manuscript, log in at https://submit.pemj.org/. Click the "Manuscripts in Revision" queue in the "Author Main" area. Then, find the submission you wish to start the revision process for and click on the "Revision" link for that manuscript.
  4. Please submit a point-by-point “list of responses” to the editor/reviewer comments by directly pasting it in the “Author’s Opinion” box provided in "Response note" page as well as by uploading the same as a Microsoft Word document file (doc/docx) on the "Attach File" page. Any changes in the authorship should be reported to the editor in the cover letter (Please refer to III-B. Authorship and author’s responsibility).
  5. For file uploading, if you have updated a file, please delete the original version and upload the revised file. To designate the order in which your files appear, use the "order" column on the "File upload" page.
  6. For a revision, we require revised Main Document and also “list of responses”. Each should be a Microsoft Word document.

VI. Review process

  1. The submitted manuscript will first be evaluated at the editorial board regarding the possibility of plagiarism, completeness of the submitted materials, and their suitability to PEMJ. Prior to the peer review, the editorial board can reject manuscripts for misconduct, or request the authors for explanation. Manuscripts may be returned to the authors at this stage if they have serious flaws or are not suitable for PEMJ.
  2. Submitted manuscripts will generally be reviewed by the editorial board, as well as two peer reviewers who are experts in the submitted subject matter and the peer reviewers will make suggestions to the editorial board.
  3. PEMJ performs double-blinded peer review of the submitted manuscripts. Neither the peer reviewers nor the authors are revealed to each other. Authors may suggest preferred reviewers during manuscript submission. However, the ultimate selection of the reviewers will be determined by the editorial board.
  4. The authors can monitor the progress of the manuscript throughout the review process at the submission website (https://submit.pemj.org/).
  5. The first review is finished within 60 days after the first submission. Reviewers consider the originality, scientific importance, study design, methodology, brevity in expression, priority for publication, and potential for revision. Reviewers should provide constructive criticism on the parts requiring revision. Submitted manuscripts will be rendered one of the following decisions: Accept, Minor Revisions, Major Revisions, and Reject. A revision needs to be submitted within 60 days of the decision. Otherwise, the manuscript will be treated as a new submission.
    1) All submitted manuscripts are subject to the Crosscheck, and the editorial office can reject the manuscripts suspected of plagiarism.
    2) Manuscripts for case reports regarding diseases that have already been reported cannot be published. However, they may be published after proper review process if they contain the discussion over unknown aspects of the disease, new diagnostic and therapeutic modalities, and unknown associated diseases.
    3) If manuscripts regarding drugs or equipment have a potential for commercial use, the editorial office can consult proper specialists on them.
    4) Manuscripts containing the contents which have already been rejected by PEMJ can be published only if substantially improved.
    5) The editorial board reserves the right to make corrections to literary and technical flaws found in the accepted manuscripts after proper communication with the corresponding authors.
    6) The editorial board can refer the editing process to outsourced manuscript editors.
  6. The decision to accept a manuscript is not based solely on the scientific validity and originality; other factors are considered, including the extent and importance of new information in the paper as compared with that in other papers being considered, the Journal's need to represent a wide range of topics, the overall suitability for PEMJ, and research and publication ethics.
  7. Decision letters usually, but not always, convey all factors considered for a particular decision. Occasionally, reviewers’ comments may appear to be inconsistent with the decision, which takes into consideration reviewers' comments as well as the additional factors listed above.
  8. If the authors believe that the editorial board has rejected their article in error, perhaps because the reviewers have misunderstood its scientific content, an appeal may be submitted by e-mail to the editorial board (pemoffice@kspem.org).

VII. Galley proof

Corresponding authors will receive PDF files of galley proofs to check the copyedited and typeset article before publication. Complete instructions will be provided with the e-mail for downloading and printing the files and for sending back the corrected proofs to the editorial board. However, corrections should be kept to minimum. The editorial board retains the prerogative to question major alterations that might affect the scientific content of the manuscript. In addition, authors may be charged for alterations to the proofs beyond those required to correct errors or to answer queries. Because any fault found after the publication is the responsibility of the authors, we urge our contributors to proofread their accepted manuscripts very carefully. The corresponding author may be contacted by the editorial board, depending on the nature of the correction in the proof. If the proof is not returned to the editorial board within 48 hours, it may be necessary to reschedule the manuscript for a subsequent issue.

VIII. Copyrights and publication fee

VIII-A. Copyrights

Copyrights of all published materials are owned by the Korean Society of Pediatric Emergency Medicine and must not be published elsewhere without written permission. The form of copyright transfer agreement is available from: https://submit.pemj.org/about/Checklist.php

VIII-B. Publication fee

Publication fee and cost for printing color illustrations are not charged to the authors. PEMJ does not provide reprint service.

2-2. E-submission

Electronic submission is the only method of submitting manuscripts to PEMJ . Authors must go to https://submit.pemj.org/.

2-3. Checklist for authors

  1. Original articles need an approval by the IRB and IRB No.
  2. Double-spaced typing with 12-point font.
  3. Title page with title (less than 50 words), authors’ full name(s) and affiliation, running title (less than 10 words), information for correspondence (including address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address), ORCID, type of manuscript, conflicts of interest statement, and proof of language-editing (optional).
  4. Sequence of blinded manuscripts: blinded title page, abstract with keywords, introduction, methods, results, discussion (Do not make a conclusion section), acknowledgments, references, and figure legends (Do not embed figures and tables in manuscripts).
  5. Abstract of 300 words maximum for original or review articles, case reports, and brief communications, but in case of original articles, abstract should be structured. Keywords (less than 10) as in MeSH.
  6. Include a word count for main body only, exclusive of title, abstract, references, tables, and figure legends.
  7. All tables and figure numbers should be found in the main body.
  8. References listed in a proper format. Check that all references listed in the references section are cited in the text and vice versa.
  9. A cover letter stating its scientific significance, the material has not been published previously, and will not be submitted for publication elsewhere, and stating conflicts of interest of all listed authors, if any.
  10. Include a title for each table and figure and brief legend as needed (no more than 10 to 15 words).
  11. Have each author read the manuscript and agree with this submission.


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