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Revised as of December 25, 2016 

Instructions for Authors   Copyright Transfer Form

Clinical and Molecular Hepatology publishes original basic and clinical research on liver diseases. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically (http://submit.e-cmh.org/). The journal publishes in English. Authors lacking ability with English syntax should seek the appropriate editorial assistance prior to submitting their manuscripts.
These guidelines are in accordance with the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals,” published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors at http://www.icmje.org.

The Editorial Office,
Clinical and Molecular Hepatology
Room A1210, 53 Mapo-daero(MapoTrapalace, Dowha-dong), Mapo-gu, Seoul, 04158, Korea
Tel.: 82-2-703-0051, Fax: 82-2-703-0071, E-mail: kasl@kams.or.kr

Contributions may be submitted as original articles, case reports, review articles, editorials, special topics and letters to the editor. Special topics cover interesting pathological or radiological images in hepatology, meeting reports and hepatology issues elsewhere. Review articles, editorials and special topics are invited by the editorial board. However, authors who are interested in contributing reviews are requested to first contact the Editor-in-Chief with an outline of the proposed article. Letters to the editor may be subjected to peer review and undergo editing for clarity and brevity.

All investigations involving human participants must be conducted according to the ethical guidelines of the 1975 Declaration of Helsinki, and be approved by the institutional review board. For studies involving animal experimentation, author(s) must provide assurance that all the animals received humane care according to the criteria outlined in the NIH "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals". The author must state that the use of animals (means all mammals and birds) in the manuscript was approved by the institutional Animal Ethical Committee (AEC) in accordance to the article 14 th of Korean Animal Protection Law, or equivalent, in the paper. It must be clearly stated that animal use has complied to the article 13 th of Korean Animal Protection Law (The principles of animal use) and the relevant institutional polices in the manuscript. Copies of the protocol approved by institutional AEC or equivalents, must be available for review by the editor if necessary.

The corresponding author must give written assurance that neither the submitted material nor portions thereof have been published previously or are under consideration for publication elsewhere. Any material that could constitute prior or concurrent publication of similar data by any one of the authors should be submitted with the manuscript. It is assumed that the corresponding author speaks for his or her co-authors and certifies that all the listed authors meaningfully participated in the study and that they have seen and approved the final manuscript.

Authors should acknowledge any commercial affiliation or consultancy that could be constructed as potential conflicts of interest under a heading “Conflict of Interest statement” prior to the references.

For the policies on the research and publication ethics not stated in this instructions, ‘Good Publication Practice Guidelines for Medical Journals ( http://kamje.or.kr/publishing_ethics.html )’or ‘Guidelines on good publication ( http://www.publicationethics.org.uk/guidelines )’ can be applied.

Original article must arranged as follows: (1) title page (2) abstract (250 words or less with a list of 5 or less key words), (3) introduction, (4) materials and methods (or patients and methods), (5) results, (6) discussion, (7) acknowledgements, (8) conflict of interest statement (9) references, (10) tables, and (11) figure legends.
Case reports consist of (1) title page, (2) abstract (150 words or less with a list of 5 or less key words) (3) introduction, (4) cases, (5) discussion, (6) references (20 or less), (7) tables and figure legends and (8) figures (5 or less) on separate pages.
Special topics should be no longer than 3,000 words (including references) and 10 or less references.
The manuscript should be written in A4 (21×30 cm) paper in double space texts by leaving 3 cm space in the right, left, top and bottom sides at 10 point fonts.

1. Title page
Provide a concise title. List the full names of all authors and their institutional affiliation. In a multi-authored work involving more than a single institution, indicate individual affiliation by means of superscript Arabic numbers. Indicate a change of address in a similar fashion. List the footnotes to the title page. Provide the contact information for the corresponding author (name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address), and running title. All abbreviations should be explained in this page (e.g. AFP, alpha fetoprotein; ALT, alanine aminotransferase).

2. Abstract
Abstract of original articles must contain 250 words or less and must be organized as follows: Backgrounds/Aims, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Five or less key words from MeSH terms (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html) should be provided at the end of the abstract.
Abstract of case reports must contain 150 words or less in unstructured form.

3. Introduction
Provide the minimum background information that will orient the general reader. Do not engage in a literature review.

4. Methods
Provide a level of detail such that another investigator could repeat the work. For methods that are used without significant modification, citation of the original work will suffice. Identify and provide references for all the statistical methods used.

5. Results and Discussion
Present the major findings of the study in graphical form if practicable. Do not illustrate minor details if their message is adequately conveyed by simple descriptive text. Mention all the tables and figures. In the discussion, concisely present the implications of the new findings for the field as a whole, minimizing any reiteration of the results and avoid repetition of material in the introduction; keeping a close focus on the specific topic of the paper.

6. Acknowledgements
An acknowledgement of persons who made a genuine assistance and provided special reagents may be included. Grant and financial support related with the work should be specifically stated.

7. References
References should be numbered in the order they are cited, and the number of reference should be marked in the text by means of a superscript Arabic numerical. Only literature that is published or in press (with the name of the publication) may be numbered and listed; abstracts and letters to the editor may be cited, but they must be less than 3 years old and identified as such.
Cite the names of all authors when there are six or less; when seven or more list the first six followed by et al.

Articles in journals
1. Kim YS, Jung ES, Hur W, Bae SH, Choi JY, Song MJ, et al. Noninvasive predictors of nonalcoholic steatohepatitis in Korean patients with histologically proven nonalcoholic fatty liver disease. Clin Mol Hepatol 2013;19:120-130.
2. Chung C, Iwakiri Y. The lymphatic vascular system in liver diseases: its role in ascites formation. Clin Mol Hepatol 2013;19:99-104.

Book chapters
1. Gumucio JJ, Berkowitz CM. Structural organization of the liver and function of the hepatic acinus. In: Kaplowitz N, ed. Liver and Biliary Diseases. Vol I. 2nd ed. Baltimore: Williams & Wilkins, 1992:2-17.

Abstract or Article in a supplement
1. Cho YJ, Lee SH, Kim BH, Yang SK, Jo YH, Lee DH. Characteristics of hepatocellular carcinoma with reference to ages in Korean patients [Abstract]. Hepatology 1998;28:246A.

2. Bellentani S, Marino M. Epidemiology and natural history of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). Ann Hepatol 2009;8(Suppl 1):S4-S8.

1. Ontario Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance (OCDPA). Economic cost of chronic disease in Canada 1995-2003. OCDPA web site, <http://www.ocdpa.on.ca/OCDPA/docs/OCDPA_EconomicCosts.pdf>. Accessed 2011

8. Permissions
Direct quotations, tables or illustrations taken from copy-righted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the publisher. The permission is presented as a footnote or addition to the legend and it must provide complete information as to the source. Photographs of identifiable persons must be accompanied by a signed release that indicates their informed consent.

9. Abbreviations
Standard abbreviations not requiring definition are those listed in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Otherwise, do not abbreviate unless a term is used more than five times in a paper. In this case, the abbreviation should be spelled out, in its first use in the text with the abbreviated form in parentheses, and it should also be listed on the footnote page (see above). Abbreviations used in figures or tables should be defined in the legend. Radiation measurements and laboratory values should be in accordance with the International System of Units (SI) (resources: “SI Units in Radiation Protection and Measurements, NCRP Report no. 82” [August 1985]; “Now Read This: The SI Units Are Here,” JAMA 1986;255:2329-2339).

10. Drug names
Use generic names. The proprietary name may be mentioned in parenthesis. The names and locations (city and state or country) of manufacturers should be included in parentheses when mentioning proprietary drugs, tools, instruments, software, etc.

11. Tables
Prepare tables on individual sheets of paper, double spaced and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals in the order of their appearance in the text. The title of tables should be written concisely in clauses and phrases. The first letter of the table title starts with a capital letter. Explain all abbreviations and symbols such as *, †, ‡, §, ∥, , **, ††, ‡‡, §§. Do not duplicate the material presented in a figure.

12. Figure legends
Number the figures with Arabic numerals in the order they are mentioned in the text. Provide a title (this should not appear on the figure itself) and sufficient explanation to render the figure intelligible without reference to the text. For any copyrighted material, indicate that permission has been obtained (see Permissions, above). Figure legends should be typed consecutively on a separate sheet of paper.

13. Figures
Illustrations should be sharp and presented in the PPT format at the time of submission. They should be less than 10 MB in size for electronic upload. Figures should be supplied in the JPG or TIFF format at a final resolution of not less than 300 dpi. Please provide an image file on CD or Webhard with the assistance of The Editorial Office when it is larger than 10 MB. Microscopic pictures should be explained according to the staining method and scaled by the power of magnification. Authors are charged for color figures.

The journal utilizes anonymous peer-review in evaluating manuscripts for publication. Submitted papers will be reviewed by at least two referees, and decisions will be available in approximately one month. With respect to the revision and resubmission of manuscripts, it is the journal's policy to allow a couple of resubmission only, which should be received within 2 months from the time of receipt of the initial review letter. In general, a manuscript requiring more than a couple of revision or returned beyond 2 months will be handled as a new submission. Domestic corresponding authors are charged for their original articles, brief communications and clinical case reports, which is 6,000 Won (Korean Currency) per page. Page charge is waived for international contributors (corresponding author from outside of Korea), and is reimbursed for domestic contributors.

Copyright for all material published in Clinical and Molecular Hepatology is vested in The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver. In accordance with the Copyright Act, all manuscripts must be accompanied by a Copyright transfer form signed by all authors and that follows these guidelines. Statements and opinions expressed in the articles and communications in Clinical and Molecular Hepatology are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Editor(s) or publisher, and the Editor(s) and publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such material. Neither the Editor(s) nor the publisher guarantees, warrants or endorses any product or service advertised in the journal; nor do they guarantee any claim made by the manufacturer of such product or service

Editorial Office
The Korean Association for the Study of the Liver
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TEL: +82-2-703-0051   FAX: +82-2-703-0071    E-mail: kasl@kams.or.kr
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