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Section Policies

Original Research

Manuscripts reporting original research work must follow the standard format for scientific papers (e.g. Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Literature Cited).  The journal places original research into one of these categories:

  • Original Research Papers are the result of individual experiments, comparisons of laboratory or surgical techniques, updates on clinical trials, best practices, cost-effectiveness studies, meta-analyses. References and graphics are required. Related links and resources encouraged. 2,000 to 4,000 words.
  • Literature Reviews summarize the current state of knowledge of a particular topic, including recent and likely progress. References and graphics are required. 2,000 to 4,000 words.

The editors are especially interested in papers that focus on issues of importance to eye banks that may not be an editorial priority for existing journals because of the nature of their readership and/or time or space constraints.

Practice-Related Material

For manuscripts related to professional and educational topics that are not original research, consider one of the formats below. Examples include:

  • Global Perspectives describe innovative work within a particular country or region that has broader relevance for an international audience. References and graphics are encouraged. 2,000 to 3,000 words.
  • Viewpoints discuss current challenges in eye banking representing different points of view from three or more authors, each offering observations from his or her vantage point. Note: These manuscripts are generally invited by the editors, but please query if you have a proposal. 750 to 1,000 words.
  • Historical Reviews trace the development of an individual or institution that has made a significant contribution to the eye banking community. References and graphics are encouraged. 1,500 to 2,000 words.
  • Commentaries address an essential question of current interest to eye bankers. References and graphics are encouraged. Note: These manuscripts are generally invited by the editors, but please ask if you have a proposal. 2,000 to 3,000 words.
  • Pro and Cons invite two or more experts to share multiple sides of an issue of timely importance to eye bankers. Note:These manuscripts are generally invited by the editors, but please ask if you have a proposal. 1,500 to 2,500 words.
  • A Typical Day glimpses into a day in the life of a professional working in an eye bank-related role. Intended to provide insights into the daily challenges faced by personnel in different regions or practice settings. Photographs encouraged. 750 to 1,250 words.
  • Reports share timely, relevant information that do not fit into one of the above categories.  700 to 2,500 words.

Collateral Material

The journal publishes news and opinions of timely relevance to professionals in the eye banking community. This content may take forms including but not limited to:

  • Call to Action is a 1,000- to 1,500-word manuscript written by the Editor-in-Chief or by a member of the Editorial Board at the invitation of the Editor-in-Chief. Each article is specifically designed to encourage readers to take action on a particular matter.
  • Letters to the Editor are encouraged and should be submitted by e-mail (at any time). Correspondence may correct errors, provide support or agreement, or offer different points of view and additional information. Correspondence should not exceed 500 words. Up to four references may be included. If the letter refers to a published article, that article should be one of the references. Figures and tables are generally not accepted. Letters should be sent in digital format by e-mail to the Journal Manager; please put “Letter to the Editor” in the subject line. Correspondence is considered for publication by the Editor-in-Chief in consultation with the Editorial Board. The corresponding author is given an opportunity to reply; the response should be received with 14 days of receipt. When appropriate, an effort is made before publication to resolve any controversies between correspondents and the authors of an article.
  • Surveys seek feedback from subscribers on a variety of editorial subjects and will appear regularly. The editors use responses to help plan future issues and tailor the content of the journal to better fulfill its mission.
  • Announcements offer opportunities to announce national or international meetings, symposia, or workshops, as well as honors or awards. This material is not peer reviewed and the editors, while assessing the value of each item for inclusion, are not responsible for the accuracy of the content, nor do they endorse any particular meeting or posting. The Editor-in-Chief makes the final decision about material to include. Announcements should be sent in digital format by e-mail to the Journal Manager; put “Announcement” in the subject line. Please provide the URL, if available, to the page within the website on which the item appears. Note: At this time we are not posting classified advertisements for any service, including job listings.