Articles and all editorial communications should be addressed to the Editor in Chief Mario Lima, Department of Paediatric Surgery, Paediatric Surgery Unit, University of Bologna via Massarenti 11, 40138 Bologna, ITALY. Proposals should always be sent by email to

Original articles are preferred and are accepted for publication on the condition that they are contributed solely to this journal.

  • Papers should be as brief as possible, consistent with the subject. The manuscript should be restricted to 3,000 words, up to 30 references and carry no more than four tables or figures.
  • Short case reports are accepted, provided do not exceed 1000 words, two figures and five references. This section presents reports on rare cases. An unstructured abstract of up to 150 words and six key words should be provided.
  • Reviews. The Editorial Board encourages submission of review articles on topics of current interest. The manuscript should be restricted to 4000 words and up to fifty references. An abstract of no more than 250 words and up to six key words should be provided.
  • How I do it? Submissions to this section should provide a description of a well-established MIS (MIS Minimally Invasive Surgery) procedure focusing on its technical aspects. The operative steps should be illustrated with high-quality figures. The manuscript should be restricted to 1500 words, a 150 words abstract, six key words and may carry up to 10 figures and 10 references.
  • Instruments and Equipments. Modifications to existing instruments / equipment or descriptions of new ones should be presented in no more than 500 words, up to three references and 2 figures.
  • Letters to the Editor. Comments on papers recently published in the Journal. The letters should be restricted to up to 500 words and three references and should not carry any figures.


Authors submitting a manuscript do so on the understanding that if it is accepted for publication,  they will grant to JEMIS a non-exclusive license to  publish and distribute their article or editorial material in both print and electronic formats and to republish the stated material in a collection of articles or in any other format. In addition, Authors grant JEMIS an exclusive license to republish or reprint the stated material in whole or in part for commercial purposes. Articles published by this publisher are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial License, which permits use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited, the use is non-commercial and is otherwise in compliance with the license.

The Authors will send to the Editorial Board a Limited Copyright Assignment duely filled.

Authors can therefore store the published paper (PDF or Word document) in the knowledge database of their affiliated institution or in their personal website for free access by readers.


The Journal of Endoscopic and Minimally Invasive Surgery subscribes in general to the «Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations)» (

You can read more on peer review work-flow followed by this journal and on Publication Ethics.


Authors are required to submit the final version of their manuscript on a file sent by mail. Authors are responsible for applying for permission for both print and electronic rights for all borrowed materials and are responsible for paying any fees related to the applications of these permissions.

Please be sure to include an accurate address for editorial communications and for reprint requests. Include also Institutions and/or University Departments of the authors.

A brief structured abstract of the paper with the headings Background/Purpose, Methods, Results, and Conclusions should precede the body of the paper, to run no more than 200 words, and to replace any summary section at the end of the article.

Case Reports should contain a brief unstructured abstract.

Keywords should appear immediately after the abstract in all submitted works.

a) Introduction (1 to 2 sentences)
b) Material and Methods (1 to 2 sentences)
c) Results  (1 to 2 sentences)
d) Discussion and Conclusions (1 to 2 sentences)
e) English keywords

The manuscript should be organised as follows:
a) Title
b) Short title (max 5 or 6 words)
c) Author(s)
d) Clinic, Department, Institution (College, University, etc.)
e) Date of submission of manuscript
f) Abstract in English,
g) Keywords in English
h) Address of author
i) E-mail address
j) Beginning of text

Figures and tables should be cited in order in the text; their position should be clearly marked. Arabic numbering in progressive order should be used for both figures and tables. All line drawings and photographs should be submitted in print quality (at least 300 dpi). Legends for illustrations should be listed on a separate sheet, and included at the end of the manuscript. A legend must accompany each illustration.

Each table should be presented on a separate sheet and appropriately numbered. Legends should be on the same sheets as the tables. The contributor must bear all costs connected with color illustrations.

References should be compiled at the end of the article according to the order of citation in the text, not alphabetically. The note numbers should be enclosed in square bracket. References should be written, double-spaced, under the heading REFERENCES. Abbreviations for titles of medical periodicals should conform to those used in the latest edition of Index Medicus. Give inclusive page numbers.

Journal article, one author:
1. Valayer J: Conventional treatment of biliary atresia: Longterm results. J Pediatr Surg 31:1546-1551, 1996
Journal article, two or three authors:
2. Atwell JD, Spargo PM: The provision of safe surgery for children. Arch Dis Child 67:345-349, 1992
Journal article, more than three authors:
3. Seo T, Ito T, lshiguro Y, et al: New neonatal extracorporeal membrane oxygenation circuit with a self-regulating pump. Surgery 115:463-472,1994
Journal article, in press:
4. Coran AG: The hyperalimentation of infants. Biol Neonate (in press)
Complete book:
5. Rowe Ml, O’Neill JA, Grosfeld JL, et al: Essentials of Pediatric Surgery. St Louis, MO, Mosby YearBook, 1995
Chapter of book:
6. Skandalakis JE, Gray SW, Ricketts R: The esophagus, in Skandalakis JE, Gray SW (eds): Embryology for Surgeons. Baltimore, MD, Williams & Wilkins,1994, pp 65·112
Paper presented at a meeting:
7. Bealer JF, Vanderwall K., Adzick NS, et al: A new treatment option for patients with congenital diaphragmatic hernia. Presented at the 14th annual meeting of the International Fetal Medicine and Surgery Society, Newport, RI, May 3·6,1996
Online Resources:
8. Hooper JF. Psychiatry & the Law: Forensic Psychiatric Resources Page [Internet]. Tuscaloosa (AL): University of Alabama, Department of Psychiatry and Neurology; 1999 Jan 1  [updated 2006 Jul 8; cited 2007 Feb 23]. Available from:

Contributors are provided with galley proofs and are asked to proofread them for typesetting errors. Important changes in data are allowed, but authors will be charged for excessive alterations in proof. Galley proofs should be returned within 48 hours.

If individuals might be identified from a publication (e.g. from images) authors must obtain explicit informed consent from the individual. Please do not confuse this with consent for the procedure. Consent is required for studies involving human subjects, all case reports, letters that describe cases and some original articles. Cohort studies are exempt; instead you must provide evidence of IRB approval (name of IRB, date of approval and approval code/reference number).

Audio/Video content: Authors are required to obtain the prior written consent of any other persons that are visible in the Video, or parental consent for any minor visible in the video, to use their image in the video clip.

The Editorial Board scrutinises submitted papers for evidence of plagiarism and falsified data using the appropriate software (usually CrossCheck). If authors wish to screen their submissions for plagiarism before submission, the following sites are offering a free service: Article checker ( ); CrossRefMe ( ); Doc Cop ( ); Dupli Checker ( ); Plagiarisma ( ); Plagiarism Checker ( ); and The Plagiarism Checker ( ). There is no requirement to submit the results of plagiarism self-checking to the editorial office.

Authors are required to disclose competing interests. A competing interest exists when a primary interest (such as patients’ welfare or the validity of research) might be influenced by a secondary interest (such as financial gain or personal rivalry).

All sources of funding must be disclosed in the Acknowledgments section of the paper. List governmental, industrial, charitable, philanthropic and/or personal sources of funding used for the studies described in the manuscript. Attribution of these funding sources is preferred. If in doubt – disclose. For further details, please refer to the Conflict of interest.

For papers where there are no competing interests, include the statement ‘Conflicts of interest: No conflicts of interest declared.’
For research where no source of funding is declared, include the statement ‘This research was carried out without funding.’

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