|Information for Authors|
Scope of Magazine
IVD Technology, whose print edition is published four times a year, is written exclusively for original equipment manufacturers of in vitro diagnostic products. The goal of IVD Technology is to help industry professionals develop, design, and manufacture medical products that comply with complex and demanding regulations and market requirements.
Readers are professional personnel in product R&D, design, manufacturing, quality assurance, regulatory affairs, and corporate management. Circulation is approximately 15,000.
Articles cover the development and manufacturing of the following:
• Clinical chemistry products
• Hematology products
• Microbiology products
• Nucleic acid-based probes
1. Write as if you are addressing your peers: assume the reader understands the subject, identify the problem or issue, get to the point in the first sentence/paragraph, give specific instruction, and offer sources for additional assistance, if applicable.
2. Eliminate background, long introductions, and summaries.
3. Be specific, illustrating your points with real-world examples from your experience that show the complexity of the problem, decision, or task being discussed.
4. If possible, submit a 1- to 2-page outline before writing the complete manuscript.
Requirements for Publication
The publishability of a manuscript in IVD Technology is determined by a variety of factors. Manuscripts must be clearly directed to IVD Technology's readership, must not repeat recent coverage of the same topic, must be sharply focused on a well-defined thesis, and must meet the standards of peer reviewers (when applicable). When possible, authors should consult with editorial staff before beginning manuscripts. Query letters, summaries, and outlines are welcome.
Manuscripts must be typed double-spaced and should have an unjustified (ragged) right column. References and bibliographies are acceptable (see below for format); abstracts and footnotes to the text are not.
The appropriate length of submitted manuscripts varies with subject matter and audience. In general, manuscripts addressing topics of broad interest to a wide variety of IVD Technology readers range from 1500 to 2000 words long; topics appealing to narrower audiences, such as one specific job category or type of manufacturer, typically do not exceed 1500 words. Commentaries, however, should be no longer than 1000 words.
Whenever possible, please submit manuscripts electronically, preferably as Microsoft Word documents, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Some manuscripts are subjected to double-blind peer review to ensure the quality and relevance of the materials. Manuscripts are also subject to copyediting. Authors are given the opportunity to review and approve or alter the edited draft before publication. On average, submissions require four to six weeks for review and one to three months for publication following review.
1. Manuscripts are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they are unpublished and are not under review elsewhere.
2. While IVD Technology does not discourage vendors or others engaged in the sale of products or services to our readers from submitting articles for publication, we do ask that authors disclose any financial interest in the material presented and strive to discuss it in a balanced, objective way.
3. No promotion of a specific brand or source of products or services is acceptable. Similarly, efforts to steer readers toward products or services offered by authors must be avoided.
4. UBM Canon assumes the copyright to published manuscripts.
5. UBM Canon assumes no responsibility for unsolicited manuscripts or artwork, although they are accepted for review. Unsolicited materials will not be returned unless accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope.
1. Tables should contain only words and common mathematical and technical symbols; art (arrows, etc.) should not be included.
2. Tables should be numbered (Roman numerals) in order of mention and clearly identified.
3. Each must have a brief title or legend; additional information may appear as footnotes to the table or as discussion in text.
4. Tables should be limited to one per four manuscript pages.
Figures and Illustrations
1. Artwork must be provided on separate pages, must not be included in the manuscript copy and must correspond exactly to the text explanation.
2. Line art, graphs and photographs should be camera-ready.
3. Figures should be numbered (Arabic numerals) in order of mention and clearly identified on the back.
4. Each must have a brief title or legend; additional information should appear as discussion in text.
5. Lettering and symbols should be large enough to remain legible after reduction.
6. Figures or illustrations should be limited to one per four manuscript pages.
7. Artwork will be returned on request.
References and Bibliographies
1. References should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned, and should be indicated in text by superscript Arabic numerals.
2. Bibliographies (i.e., suggested readings) are unnumbered and should be organized alphabetically.
3. Use the following styles:
Article in journal:
• Culver DH, Horan T, Gaynes RP, et al., "Surgical Wound Infection Rates by Wound Class, Operative Procedure, and Patient Risk Index," Am J Med, 91:1525-1575, 1991.
• Placencia AM, Arin ML, Peeler JT, et al., "Physical Tests Are Not Enough," Med Dev & Diag Indust, 11(9):72-78, 1988. (Issue number  needed because journal not consecutively paginated.)
Book and book chapter:
• Putz-Anderson V, Cumulative Trauma Disorders, New York, Taylor & Francis, 1988.
• Small A, "Design for Older People," in Handbook of Human Factors, Salvendy G (ed), New York, John Wiley, pp 499-500, 1987.
Standards and reports:
• Selected ASTM Standards on Packaging, 2nd ed., Philadelphia, American Society for Testing and Materials, 1987.
• Human Factors Engineering Guidelines and Preferred Practices for the Design of Medical Devices, AAMI HE-1988, Arlington, VA, Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation, 1988.
Proceedings and meeting abstracts:
• Hernandez J, Klein K, Learned V, et al., "Isokinetic Wrist Strength of Females with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome," in Proceedings of the Human Factors Society 34th Annual Meeting, Santa Monica, CA, Human Factors Society, p 795, 1990.
• Margolis WE and Finniman F, "What Quality Means to the Drug Industry," presented to the American Society for Microbiology at the 78th Annual Meeting, Dallas, May 1980. (For unpublished proceedings, give city and date of meeting where presentation was made, not the city of the organization's office.)
• Federal Register, 57 FR:10702
• 21 USC 551(4)
• Community Nutrition Institute v. Young, 818 F2d, 943 (DC Cir 1987).
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