Urology Research & Practice

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It is strongly advised to review the journal's policies before submitting any manuscripts to ensure compliance with the journal's guidelines.

Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts submitted for evaluation should be original and not previously presented or published in any electronic or print medium. If a manuscript was previously presented at a conference or meeting, authors should provide detailed information about the event, including the name, date, and location of the organization.

Manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with ICMJE-Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated in May 2023). 

Authors are required to prepare manuscripts in accordance with the relevant guideline listed below:
●    Randomized research studies and clinical trials: CONSORT guidelines (for protocols, please see the SPIRIT guidance)
●    Observational original research studies: STROBE guidelines 
●    Studies on diagnostic accuracy: STARD guidelines
●    Systematic reviews and meta-analysis: PRISMA guidelines (for protocols, please see the PRISMA-P guidelines)
●    Experimental animal studies: ARRIVE guidelines and Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, 8th edition
●    Nonrandomized evaluations of behavioral and public health interventions: TREND guidelines
●    Case report: the CARE case report guidelines
●    Genetic association studies: STREGA
●    Qualitative research: SRQR guidelines

To find the right guideline for your research, please complete the questionnaire by Equator Network here.

Urology Research and Practice  encourages authors to follow the ‘Sex and Gender Equity in Research – SAGER – guidelines’ when preparing their manuscripts to promote the inclusion of sex and gender considerations in research. Before submission, authors can consult EASE Guidelines for Authors and Translators to produce clear, concise and accurate manuscripts that are easy to understand and free of common errors and pitfalls.

The style of manuscripts should follow the AMA Manual of Style, 11th Edition.
 
Manuscripts can only be submitted through the journal’s online manuscript submission and evaluation system. Manuscripts submitted via any other medium and submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be evaluated.
 
In addition to the manuscript files, authors are required to submit the following during the initial submission:
· Copyright Agreement and Acknowledgement of Authorship Form, and
· ICMJE Disclosure Form  (should be filled in by all contributing authors) These forms are available for download at https://urologyresearchandpractice.org/EN  

Preparation of the Manuscript
Title page
: A separate title page should be submitted with all submissions and this page should include:
●    The full title of the manuscript as well as a short title (running head) of no more than 50 characters,
●    Name(s), affiliations, highest academic degree(s), and ORCID IDs of the author(s),
●    Grant information and detailed information on the other sources of support,
●    Name, address, telephone (including the mobile phone number), and email address of the corresponding author,
●    Acknowledgment of the individuals who contributed to the preparation of the manuscript but who do not fulfill the authorship criteria.
●    If the author(s) is a member of the journal’s Editorial Board, this should be specified in the title page.
 
Abstract: An abstract should be submitted with all submissions except for Letters to the Editor. The abstract of Research Articles should be structured with subheadings (Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion). Please check Table 1 below for word count specifications.
 
Keywords: Each submission must be accompanied by a minimum of three to a maximum of six keywords for subject indexing at the end of the abstract. The keywords should be listed in full without abbreviations. The keywords should be selected from the National Library of Medicine, Medical Subject Headings database (https://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html).
 
Main Points: All submissions except letters to the editor should be accompanied by 3 to 5 “main points.” These main points should highlight the most important results of the study and emphasize the main message of the manuscript. The main points should be structured as a list and should be written in a clear and straightforward manner. Since the main points are intended for experts and specialists in the field, they should be written in plain language that is easy to understand. By including main points with the manuscript, authors can help ensure that the most important findings and messages of their study are conveyed clearly to the reader.

Manuscript Types
Research Articles

Research articles provide new information based on original research. The acceptance of research articles is typically based on the originality and importance of the research. The main text of a Research Article should be structured with subheadings, including Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, and Discussion. 

Limitations, drawbacks, and the shortcomings of original articles should be mentioned in the Discussion section before the conclusion paragraph.

Please check Table 1 for the limitations for Original Articles

Clinical Trials 
Urology Research and Practice adopts the ICMJE's clinical trial registration policy, which requires that clinical trials must be registered in a publicly accessible registry that is a primary register of the WHO International Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) or in ClinicalTrials.gov. By registering clinical trials in a publicly accessible registry, authors can help to promote transparency and accountability in their research.
 
Instructions for the clinical trials are listed below.
 
• Clinical trial registry is only required for the prospective research projects that study the relationship between a health-related intervention and an outcome by assigning people to different groups.
• To have their manuscript evaluated in the journal, authors should register their research to a public registry at or before the time of first patient enrollment.
• Based on most up to date ICMJE recommendations, Urology Research and Practice accepts public registries that include minimum acceptable 24-item trial registration dataset.
• Authors are required to state a data sharing plan for the clinical trial registration. Please see details under the “Data Sharing” section.
• For further details, please check ICMJE Clinical Trial Policy and COPE Data and Reproducibility guidelines.

Reporting Statistical Analysis 
Statistical analysis to support conclusions is usually necessary. Statistical analyses must be conducted in accordance with international statistical reporting standards (Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, Pocock SJ. Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. Br Med J 1983: 7; 1489-93). Information on statistical analyses should be provided with a separate subheading under the Materials and Methods section and the statistical software that was used during the process must be specified.

When reporting statistical data in a research paper, it is important to present the values in a clear and consistent manner. P values, confidence intervals (CIs), and other statistical measures should be rounded appropriately and expressed according to the guidelines provided. For example, P values should be expressed to two digits to the right of the decimal point unless the first two digits are zeros, in which case three digits should be provided (eg, instead of P < .01, report as P = .002). However, values close to .05 may be reported to three decimal places because .05 is an arbitrary cut-off point for statistical significance (eg,  P = .053). P values less than .001 should be designated as P < .001 rather than providing the exact value (eg, P = .000006). 
 
Units should be prepared in accordance with the International System of Units (SI).
 
Review Articles
Review articles that are written by authors with extensive knowledge and expertise in a particular field and a strong track record of publication are welcomed. These authors may even be invited to contribute a review article to the journal. Review articles should provide a comprehensive overview of the current state of knowledge on a topic in Urological conditions and should include discussions and evaluations of relevant research. The subheadings of the review articles can be planned by the authors. However, each review article should include an “Introduction” and a “Conclusion” section. Please check Table 1 for the limitations for Review Articles.

Letters to the Editor
A "Letter to the Editor" is a type of manuscript that discusses important or overlooked aspects of a previously published article. This type of manuscript may also present articles on subjects within the scope of the journal that are of interest to readers, particularly educational cases. Readers can also use the "Letter to the Editor" format to share their comments on published manuscripts. The text of a "Letter to the Editor" should be unstructured and should not include an abstract, keywords, tables, figures, images, or other media. The manuscript that is being commented on must be properly cited within the "Letter to the Editor."

Editorial Comments
Invited editorial comments on selected articles are published in the journal to provide expert insight and critical analysis of the research presented. These comments are written by authors who have demonstrated expertise or a high reputation in the topic of the research article. The journal carefully selects and invites these authors to contribute their comments. The editorial comments should not exceed 1000 words in length and should not include an abstract, keywords, tables, figures, images, or other media.

Editorial Commentaries
Editorial commentaries are opinions or perspective pieces about the papers previously or currently published in the Urology Research and Practice, or topic of interest to the readership of the journal. In general, comments on specific papers should be given directly under the published paper. Articles should contain a title page, the main text, funding information, a conflict of interest statement, and references; the abstract is not needed. The main text should not exceed 800 words. The maximum number of references is 5. Before submitting an editorial commentary, the author must send an e-mail to [email protected] to state the scientific importance of the proposed article. Editorial commentaries will only be considered if publications are submitted by senior clinicians or researchers.

Residents Corner Articles
"Resident Corner Articles" is a section of the Urology Research & Practice that is dedicated to publishing original articles written by residents in training. This section is published in every second issue of the journal. To be eligible to submit an article for this section, authors must provide official certification of their resident status and training level. This certification can be provided in the form of a letter on official institution letterhead, signed by the head of the department, and uploaded as an additional file with the manuscript. The total number of authors should not exceed 5, and the resident must be the first author. Authors should select "Resident Corner" as the article type during the submission process and include a cover letter with their manuscript. The manuscript must also adhere to the author instructions for original articles (see above).

Video Article
A "Video Article" is a manuscript that presents a clinical case or new or advanced surgical techniques through a video. The video should be between 5-8 minutes in duration and accompanied by a structured abstract that includes sections on the objective, materials and methods, results, and conclusion. The video should include a narration and may also include graphs and images to illustrate the key points and results. These articles should highlight the main idea and striking results of the research or case in a concise and engaging way. The video should not include music. Accepted formats are .wmv, .mov or .mp4. Please refer to Table 1 for the limitations of "Video Article."

Mini Review
This type of article aims to review a novel topic in a succinct way. A mini review should be prepared as a 1000-word main text accompanied by an unstructured abstract.

Surgical Technique
This type of article aims to summarize new surgical techniques in a brief way providing the need and rationale of the technique by comparing it with the previous techniques. Novel aspects of the technique and post-operative care should be emphasized in this type of article. Surgical technique must contain a structured abstract including the following subheadings: Background, Description of Technique, Patients and Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Main text should also be structured with the same subheadings with the abstract section of the article.

Clinical Update
This type of article aims to present the current perspectives of clinical topics that will affect the patient care. A clinical update article should be maximum 3000 word long accompanied by a 150-word unstructured abstract.

Guideline of guidelines
Guideline of guidelines aims to provide a critical commentary of the urology guidelines. This type of article should me maximum 3000 word long with an unstructured abstract. Authors are only commissioned or invited by the editor.

Table 1. Limitations for each manuscript type

Type of manuscript Word limit* Abstract word limit Reference limit Table limit  Figure limit
Research Article 4000 250 (Structured) 35 6 5 or total of 10 images
Residents Corner Articles 3000 250 (Structured) 35 6 5 or total of 10 images
Review Article 5000 250 50 6 10 or total of 15 images
Letter to the Editor 400  No abstract 5 No tables No media
Clinical Trial 3000 250 (Structured) 30 6 5 or total of 10 images
Mini Review 1000 150 10 2 2 or total of 5 images
Surgical Technique 1200 150 10 No tables 4 or total of 8 images
Guideline of Guidelines 3000 250 40 5 4 or total of 8 images
Clinical Update 3000 150 30 5 4 or total of 8 images
Editorial Comments 1000 No abstract No tables No media

*Word limit should not include the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends.
 
Tables
Tables should be included in the main document, after the reference list, and they should be numbered consecutively in the order they are referred to within the text. Each table should have a descriptive title placed above it, and any abbreviations used in the table should be defined below the table by footnotes (even if they are defined in the main text). Tables should be created using the "insert table" command of the Word processing software, and they should be arranged clearly to make the data easy to read and understand. The data presented in the tables should not be a repetition of the data presented in the main text, but should support and enhance the main text.
 
Figures and Figure Legends
Figures should be submitted as separate files in TIFF or JPEG format, and they should not be embedded in the Word document or the main manuscript file. If a figure has subunits, each subunit should be submitted as a separate file, and the subunits should not be merged into a single image. The figures should not be labeled (a, b, c, etc.) to indicate subunits. Instead, the figure legend should be used to describe the different parts of the figure. Thick and thin arrows, arrowheads, stars, asterisks, and similar marks can be used on the images to support figure legends.Images should be anonymized to remove any information that may identify individuals or institutions. The minimum resolution of each figure should be 300 DPI, and the figures should be clear and easy to read. Figure legends should be listed at the end of the main document. Figures should be referred to within the main text, and they should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are mentioned. 
 
Abbreviations
All acronyms and abbreviations used in the manuscript should be defined at first use, both in the abstract and in the main text. The abbreviation should be provided in parentheses following the definition, and it should be used consistently throughout the paper.

Identifying products
When mentioning a drug, product, hardware, or software program in a manuscript, it is important to provide detailed information about the product in parentheses. This should include the name of the product, the producer of the product, and the city and country of the company. For example, if mentioning a Discovery St PET/CT scanner produced by General Electric in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA, the information should be presented in the following format: "Discovery St PET/CT scanner (General Electric, Milwaukee, WI, USA)." Providing this information helps to ensure that the product is properly identified and credited.

Supplementary Materials
Supplementary materials, including audio files, videos, datasets, and additional documents (e.g., appendices, additional figures, tables), are intended to complement the main text of the manuscript. These supplementary materials should be submitted as a separate section after the references list. Concise descriptions of each supplementary material should be included to explain their relevance to the manuscript. Page numbers are not required for supplementary materials.

References
Both in-text citations and the references must be prepared according to the AMA Manual of Style 11th Edition.

When citing publications, preference should be given to the latest, most up-to-date sources. Citing the latest sources can help to ensure that the paper is relevant and timely, and that it reflects the latest developments in the field.

It is the responsibility of the authors to ensure the accuracy of the references in their article. All sources must be properly cited, and the citations must be formatted correctly.

In the main text of the manuscript, references should be cited in superscript after punctuation. 

If an ahead-of-print publication is cited, the DOI number should be provided in the reference list.

Journal titles should be abbreviated in the reference list in accordance with the journal abbreviations in Index Medicus/MEDLINE/PubMed. 

When there are six or fewer authors, all authors should be listed. If there are seven or more authors, the first three authors should be listed followed by “et al.” in the reference list. 

The reference styles for different types of publications are presented in the following examples.
 
Journal Article: Ammitzboll C, Andersen JB, Vils SR, et al. Isolation, behavioral changes, and low seroprevalence of SARS-CoV-2 antibodies in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus or rheumatoid arthritis. Arthritis Care Res. 2022;74(11):1780-1785.

Book Section: Cohen EL. The multidisciplinary, interdisciplinary, and transdisciplinary nature of health communication scholarship. In: Thompson TL, Harrington NG, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication. London: Routledge;2022:3-16.
Books with a Single Author: Haslwanter T. An Introduction to Statistics with Python. 2nd ed. New York, NY: Springer International Publishing; 2022.
Editor(s) as Author: Thompson TL, Harrington NG, eds. The Routledge Handbook of Health Communication. London: Routledge;2022.
Thesis: Chunga A. The Role of the Gastrointestinal Tract Microbiota in Colonisation Resistance Against Common Enteric Pathogens in Malawian Children. Dissertation. University of Liverpool; 2022.
Websites:  International Society for Infectious Diseases. ProMed-mail. Accessed December 13, 2022. http://www.promedmail.org 
Epub Ahead of Print Articles: Torres X, Bennasar M, Bautista-Rodríguez C, et al. The heart after surviving twin-to-twin transfusion syndrome. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2022 Mar 26. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2022.03.049. [Epub ahead of print].

Production Processes

Language Editing
Once a manuscript has been accepted for publication, the language editing service of Urology Research & Practice is provided by AVES to ensure that it is clear and well-written. This process may involve correcting grammar, punctuation, and formatting errors, as well as making changes to improve the overall clarity and readability of the manuscript.

Proof Production
After the copy-editing process is complete, the manuscript is published online as an "ahead-of-print" publication, which means that it is available to readers before it is included in a scheduled issue of the journal. This allows readers to access the latest research as soon as it becomes available.

When the PDF of the article is generated, the corresponding author will receive an email with a link to our online proofing system. With that email, the author can make corrections to the article.

The corresponding author is asked to review the proof and approve it for publication within a specified time period, typically two days. 

Web-based proofing provides a faster and more accurate process by allowing you to type your corrections directly, eliminating the potential introduction of errors. Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness, and correctness of the text, tables, and figures. Since the article is in the pre-publication process, significant changes will only be implemented with the editorial decision.

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