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The Cancer Journal requests original manuscripts concerning experimental, clinical, epidemiological or social studies, observations or investigations on human and animal cancers. It is a scientific and medical journal. Contributors should not send data that have been or will be published elsewhere. Data already presented orally, as posters or in abstract form are welcome for publication.

Manuscripts written in English or French should be sent to:
Dr J.C. Salomon
Institut de Recherches Scientifiques sur le Cancer
BP 8
F-94801 Villejuif Cedex, France

Five typewritten copies of the manuscript should be submitted (with five sets of illustrations one of which is an original). All manuscripts will be subjected to editorial review.

Instructions for the preparation of manuscripts.

Please use the best quality printing you can, with only standard characters and just one font (no bold, neither italic); do not justify on the right and do not put more than 60 signs/line and 30 lines/page. Printwheel or letter-quality mode 10 should be preferred to a laser printer. Leave space between characters (10 pitch).

1. Front page: The author's name and the name of the institution(s) where the work was carried out should appear only on the original copy manuscript and not on the four other copies.

2. Titles and abstracts in two languages (English and French) are to be provided on two separate pages. The abstract in the original language must not exceed 250 words. This abstract should consist of four paragraphs, labeled Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions, indicating respectively, the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results. Authors must keep in mind that most readers will read the abstract before deciding whether or not to read the article itself. With the abstract a list of key words in the corresponding language must be provided (maximum of 10 words). Authors encountering difficulties in translating their abstracts should not delay in sending their manuscripts. Upon request, the editorial office will provide a low-cost translation by a professional versed in biology and medicine. A translation should be requested when submitting the manuscript to avoid a delay in the publication of the paper if it is accepted.

3. The classical structure: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, References may be used as a format by the author, but the Journal does not discourage any other type of presentation if it helps comprehension by the reader. Results and Discussion may be combined to save space or to improve the logical sequence of the material. The Materials and Methods section may be presented at the end and will then be published in small type. The Journal endorses the principles embodied in the declaration of Helsinki and assumes that all investigations involving humans will have been performed in accordance with these tenets.

4. Tables and illustrations: Tables (numbered in sequence with Roman numerals) and illustrations (also numbered in sequence with Arabic numerals) should be prepared on separate sheets. The legend for each table or illustration should include a descriptive title and an explanatory paragraph that enables the reader to understand the experimental details without referring to the text. The legend must be typed on a separate sheet.

For the reproduction of illustrations, good drawings and original photographs should be submitted; negatives or photocopies or "raw material" from the computer cannot be used. A montage of several illustrations can be accepted for reproduction or crop marks should be provided. On the back of each illustration, its number, the author's name as well as "top" and "bottom" should to be indicated. If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects should not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the figure.

5. Abbreviations: since there is no universally accepted list of abbreviations or agreement upon the principles for their construction, authors should use the ones they are familiar with, taking care to define them at first mention and leaving the final form to house-style.

6. References: The list of references should include only those publications which are cited in the text. It must be numbered consecutively (citation by number).
a) Papers published in periodicals: 1. Three authors' surnames with first name initials, followed by "et al. " (if more than three authors) ; 2. Full title of the paper; 3. Journal abbreviation; 4. Volume (in Arabic numerals); 5. First and last page numbers (of paper); 6. Year of publication.
Example: Schneider E, Horton JK, Yang CH et al. Multidrug resistance-associated protein gene overexpression and reduced drug sensitivity of topoisomerase II in a human breast carcinoma MCF7 cell line selected for etoposide resistance. Cancer Res. 54, 152-158, 1994.
b) Books: 1. All authors' surnames with first name initials; 2. Full title; 3. Full title of the book; in: parentheses, name of the editor; 4. Name of the publisher and place of publication; 5. First and last page numbers (of chapter) and year of publication.
Example: Brown R S. Surgical treatment of cancer of the tongue; in Tumor surgery of the head and neck (S Smith ed.); Academic Press, New York, pp 345-371, 1975.

7. Page charges: The policy of The Cancer Journal is to maintain a low subscription price in order to promote a wide diffusion. Consequently, authors will be charged 500 FF for each printed page of an article or communication submitted in 1998. An accepted manuscript will be published only after the author or the financial officer of his institution agrees to pay these page charges. The first author of each accepted paper will receive an annual subscription to the Journal. Inability to pay will not influence decision on acceptance. Authors unable to meet this charge should make the reason known upon submission of the manuscript.

8. Workshops, conferences, meetings: The Cancer Journal will publish abstracts of workshops that have been refereed by the program committee of the workshop. These will be published without delay. Charges will cover at least the full cost of each printed page.

9. Reprints: Reprints are available upon request. A price list will be sent to the authors before printing. Orders sent after the paper has been printed are subject to a considerable price increase. Allow four weeks from the date of publication for delivery of reprints (by surface mail ; by airmail upon request and at a fee). We remind you that the copyright belongs to the authors and that they are therefore free to reproduce their own articles, on the condition that the full title of the journal is credited.

10. Dual publication: if material in a submitted article has been published before or is to appear in part or entirely in another publication, the Editor must be informed.

11. Announcements of meetings, conferences and the like that are of interest to the readership of The Cancer Journal should be sent to the Editor as early as possible.

12. Full address: The exact mailing address, including the postal code, of the senior author must be given. Should correspondence be handled by another person, his name and address should be indicated accordingly.

13. Further details: Authors may consult the leaflet "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals" (International Committee of Medical Journal Editors) obtained free of charge from the editor.


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