Instructions to Authors for the Preparation of Abstracts (Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine)   download pdf

1. Abstracts must be submitted electronically.

2. Not more than approx. 2,200 characters are allowed (approx. 400 words = 1/2 to 3/4 page, using letters of 12 characters per inch (cpi) as the minimum incl. title, authors’ names and authors’ affiliations). Type the text single spaced with no paragraphs or indentations. Figures must not be included, tables should be avoided.

3. Title: The abstract title should be brief and specific, please do not use abbreviations. Use bold font. The initial letter is a capital, the rest lower case.

4. Authors' names:
4.1 Authors’ names start with their initial(s) and are followed by their second names. Authors’ names are in plain font.
4.2 Underline the corresponding author.
4.3 Give department, institution, town and country of all authors (no country abbreviation before postal code).
4.4 If there is more than one affiliation, add superscript numbers to each author name and precede each affiliation with the corresponding superscript number. Run on and do not start a new line with a new affiliation.

5. Abbreviations: Use standard abbreviations only. When you use non-standard abbreviations, spell out the full word at first mentioning and insert the abbreviation in parenthesis, after then use the abbreviation consistently.

6. References: References in text are numbered style in parentheses in the order of their citation. At the end of the text citations should be assembled in the order they appear in the text in accordance with the Vancouver style
     1. Jacobsen DW, Catanescu O, DiBello PM, Barbato JC. Clin Chem Lab Med 2005;43:1076-83.
     2. Kleine TO. In: Ruiz-Torres A, Hofecker G, editors. Modification of the rate of aging. Wien: Facultas, 1992:177-82.
The names of the journals should be abbreviated according to the Chemical Abstracts Bibliographic Source Index. Give first and last pages.

7. Make sure that you use correct English with regard to spelling and grammar.

With respect to biochemical terminology and abbreviations please follow the rules laid down by the IUPAC-IUB Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature compiled in Biochemical Nomenclature and Related Documents, a compendium 2nd edition 1992, published for the IUBMB by Portland Press Ltd. Enzyme names should be in accordance with the recommendations of the IUPAC-IUB Commission on Biochemical Nomenclature, as given in Enzyme Nomenclature, Recommendations (1992) of the Nomenclature Committee of the IUBMB, published for the IUBMB by Academic Press Inc. The binomial Latin names of plants and animals should be given in italics. Nomenclature of bacterial genetics should follow Demerec et al., Genetics, 1966;54:61-6.

Inquiries should be addressed to:
Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, Editorial Office, attn. Ms. Heike Jahnke, Walter de Gruyter GmbH & CoKG., Postfach 30 34 21, 10728 Berlin, Germany

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