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Guide for Authors

Review process

All manuscripts are subject to peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. Upon a submission, the Editorial Office will consult with associate editors to have a preliminary check on the manuscript submitted, and then decide to whether to send out for a peer review. All peer-reviewers’ identities will remain anonymous to the authors.

Format of manuscript

Title page

The following information should be included


Not exceed 200 words, should be structured as below for all research articles; other article should use non-structured abstract.


Main text


Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. All references must be numbered consecutively and citations of references in the text should be identified using numbers in square brackets (e.g., “as discussed by Smith [1]”; “as discussed elsewhere [3, 4]”). All references should be cited within the text; otherwise, these references will be automatically removed.

GCTR uses “Vancouver” style, as outlined in the ICMJE sample references (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html).

Preparation of Figures

Upon submission of an article, authors are supposed to include all figures and tables in the Word file of the manuscript. Figures and tables should not be submitted in separate files. If the article is accepted, authors will be asked to provide the source files of the figures. Each figure should be supplied in a separate electronic file. All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Figures should be supplied in bitmap formats (Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.). Bitmap images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons. If a bitmap image has labels, the image and labels should be embedded in separate layers.

Preparation of Tables

Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used. Table should be well annotated and easy to read and interpret with little reference to the text.


Some editorial modification will be made after the manuscript is accepted, so it is important to check proofs carefully. Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within 48 hours of receipt. The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. It will, therefore, be appreciated if the manuscripts and figures conform from the outset to the style of the journal.


Global Clinical and Translational Research is a subscription journal but supports open access publication. For Open Access papers, authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution and reproduction in any medium, provided that the original work is properly cited.

The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in this publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that the relevant laws and regulations do not protect these names.

While the advice and information in this journal are believed to be true and accurate on the date it is going to press, neither the authors, the editors nor the publisher can accept any legal responsibility for any errors or omissions that may be made. The publisher makes no warranty, express or implied, with respect to the material contained herein.

Disclosure Policy

A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning the validity of research is influenced by a secondary interest, such as financial gain. We require that our authors reveal any possible conflict of interest in their submitted manuscripts.

If there is no conflict of interest, authors should state, “The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest regarding the publication of this paper.”

Clinical Studies

Global Clinical and Translational Research  aims to comply with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on trials registration. Therefore, authors are requested to register the clinical trial presented in the manuscript in a public trials registry and include the trial registration number at the end of the abstract. Trials must be registered prospectively before patient recruitment has begun. We promote the transparency in clinical trial reporting.

In addition, the journal endorses the Principles and Guidelines for Reporting Preclinical Research by the National Institutes of Health, which a considerable number of journals have agreed to endorse. The journal also promotes the core set of standards for rigorous reporting of study design (Adapted from Landis, et al, Nature 2012).

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