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