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A. Jay Block, MD, FCCP
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Affiliations: Gainesville, FL 
 ,  Dr. Block is Editor-in-Chief, CHEST, and Emenitus Professor of Medicine, University of Florida.

Correspondence to: A. Jay Block, MD, FCCP, Seagle Building, Suite 408, 408 W. University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601

Chest. 2000;117(4):927-928. doi:10.1378/chest.117.4.927
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It has come to my attention that many people and many organizations feel that the publication of supplements demeans a journal. Support by pharmaceutical companies for the publication of symposia that boost their own product raises concerns on the parts of both readers and editors. The reputations of certain journals have been tarnished by their publication of such “paid advertisements.”

CHEST does not publish supplements that tout certain drugs. While it is true that the budgets for supplement publication do enhance the fiscal position of the journal (make money), there is a rigorous review process that precedes the acceptance of a supplement. First, I review the table of contents for pertinence to the readers and for obvious conflicts of interest for the supporting organization. If I approve the program, a peer consultant that I select thoroughly reviews the individual manuscripts. If the consultant suggests changes, we insist that the authors make those changes. Have any supplements been rejected at this stage? The answer is yes. More than one supplement has been rejected because of weak science and/or conflict of interest.

I thought that it might be wise to publish the rules as stated in a handout sent to all parties that propose to publish a supplement in CHEST (see Appendix). Following these rules has produced the high-quality supplements that have appeared in CHEST.1

CHEST Editorial Guidelines and Price Schedule for Supplement Submissions

Manuscripts received by the CHEST editorial office for publication in a CHEST supplement must meet the following criteria to be considered for publication.

Submission Guidelines

  1. The program for the proposed supplement must be reviewed and approved by the Editor-in-Chief in advance of the conference/symposium. Manuscripts are subject to peer review and may be rejected if they do not meet CHEST standards.

  2. Supplements must have a commitment of funding or industry support; however, the supporting organization shall not dictate editorial content of the supplement. No title or article shall have the appearance of a conflict of interest, paid advertisement, or proprietary study (such decisions to be made by the Editor-in-Chief).

  3. Supplement material should have a broad interest to one or more constituent memberships of the ACCP (cardiologists, cardiovascular or thoracic surgeons, pulmonologists, critical care physicians, anesthesiologists, etc).

  4. Time of the publication will be decided by the editorial production staff of CHEST. An estimated publication date will be set once CHEST offices have received all the supplement material. CHEST reserves the right to move up or delay publication.

  5. A designated supplement material receipt date will be set by the CHEST editorial offices. All manuscripts and materials must reach the editorial offices by that date; late material will not be processed for publication.

  6. Manuscripts shall be submitted all at one time, in both paper form and on 3.5-inch diskette, complete with all tables, glossy copies of all figures, and assignment of copyright signed by all authors; each manuscript should include the address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address (if available) of the corresponding author.

  7. All manuscripts should be 10 to 15 double-spaced typewritten pages, with bibliographies limited to no more than 50 references. Manuscripts should also conform to CHEST Preparation of Manuscripts instructions in all editorial aspects. Studies should be formatted, including abstract, introduction, methods, results, and discussion sections. Manuscripts that are not studies shall be either formal lectures, review articles, or commentaries. Lists, outlines, musings, and editorials will not be acceptable for publication.

  8. The supplement will be mailed by ACCP to all recipients of CHEST (ACCP members and CHEST subscribers, domestic and foreign), a circulation of about 23,000 clinical cardiopulmonary specialists and institutions.

Price Schedule

The cost of a supplement will hinge on its length in printed pages and on the printing process (B/W vs 4-color). The minimum supplement length will be 32 printed pages; the maximum supplement length will be 150 printed pages.


The price of a supplement will be $50,000 for up to 60 pages; each additional 4-page increment, or portion thereof, will cost $2,000. Four-color process (if color figures are used in the supplement) will add $2,500 to the total cost of the supplement.

Additional copies may be purchased by the sponsors. Please inquire about pricing for such overrun copies.


Rochon, PA, Gurwitz, JH, Cheung, CM, et al (1994) Evaluating the quality of articles published in journal supplements compared with the quality of those published in the parent journal.JAMA272,108-113. [PubMed] [CrossRef]




Rochon, PA, Gurwitz, JH, Cheung, CM, et al (1994) Evaluating the quality of articles published in journal supplements compared with the quality of those published in the parent journal.JAMA272,108-113. [PubMed] [CrossRef]
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