Editorial & Publishing Policies

Aim and Scope

Aims: The need for better and more specialized treatment of the sequelae of diabetes is not only acute but also global. The aim of Diabetic Foot & Ankle is therefore to disseminate freely accessible research results on the latest advances in all aspects pertinent to diabetic foot and ankle pathology and its related areas of prevention, clinical care, pathophysiology, epidemiology, and surgical and cardiovascular management.

The journal is essential to all educators, researchers, clinicians, and other health care professionals engaged in patients with diabetes mellitus.

Scope: Manuscripts on any aspect of diabetic foot and ankle research will be considered for publication. We welcome

  • Research articles on all aspects of diabetic foot and ankle care and management.
  • Preclinical research articles presenting theoretical or experimental knowledge contributing to the development of new treatments of diabetic foot and ankle.
  • Review articles presenting the state-of-the-art of important aspects of diabetic foot and ankle care and management.
  • Case reports presenting unique cases of diabetic foot and ankle pathology and treatment.
  • Trend articles presenting new ideas or early-stage promising research.
  • Perspectives allowing for personal points of views or experiences [invited].
  • Letters to the Editor debating articles published in the journal.

 

Section Policies

Clinical Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Preclinical Research Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Invited Review Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Case Reports

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Trend Articles

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Perspectives

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Invited Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Editorials

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Letters to the Editor

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Unchecked Peer Reviewed

Diabetic Limb Salvage – A Multidisciplinary Team Effort

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed

Diabetic Charcot Foot & Ankle

Unchecked Open Submissions Checked Indexed Checked Peer Reviewed
 

Peer Review Process

Papers submitted to Diabetic Foot & Ankle are subject to rigorous peer review so as to ensure that the research published is 'good science'.

All manuscripts will undergo preliminary evaluation at the editorial level and those judged to be of significant importance will subsequently be peer reviewed by two or more experts. The Editors will see the papers through peer review to acceptance or rejection.

All articles go through a preliminary review by the Editor-in-Chief. When articles are felt to not be appropriate for full peer review, authors are notified at that point, usually within approximately two weeks. Articles that are felt to be appropriative for full review are assigned to at least two peer referees.

Manuscripts are sent out for review electronically, and all correspondence takes place via e-mail. Diabetic Foot & Ankle has a 'double blind' review process: Authors are not told who reviewed their paper, and reviewers are not told who wrote the paper. Peer reviewers are informed of the identity of the authors immediately after the manuscript is either accepted or rejected. The referees’ identity remains unknown to the authors although it is up to the referee if he/she wants to contact the author at a later stage and reveal his/her identity.

Peer reviewers are asked to give their opinion on a number of issues pertinent to the scientific and formal aspects of a paper, and to judge the papers on grounds of originality and urgency. All relevant information will be forwarded to the author(s).

Peer reviewers will have six possible options, for each article:

  1. Accept manuscript (i.e. no need for any revision)
  2. Accept after revision (i.e. accepted if the author makes the requested revisions)
  3. Revise and resubmit (i.e. accepted or rejected after revisions have been made - paper will be sent out for another peer review round)
  4. Submit elsewhere (i.e. if the manuscript is better suited for another journal)
  5. Reject manuscript (i.e. if the manuscript is substandard)
  6. See comments (i.e. if the reviewer cannot choose from any of the above)

 

When asking for revisions, reviewers have two possible goals: to ask authors to tighten their arguments based on existing data, or to identify areas where more data are needed. Even formal revision may be required if the language or formalities is sub-standard. To facilitate rapid publication, authors are given a maximum of 2 months for revision. After 2 months, revised manuscripts will be considered new submissions.

 

Publication Frequency

All articles published in Diabetic Foot & Ankle are posted online immediately as they are ready for publication, i.e. after final proofreading. The journal does not collate numbered issues published regularly but all articles will be assigned a DOI number (Digital Object Identifier) whereby they become searchable and citeable without delay.

 

Open Access Policy

Open Access
Diabetic Foot & Ankle is published Open Access under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 Unported license. Authors retain the full copyright to their articles. See copyright section.

Diabetic Foot & Ankle is accessible via the journal’s website at http://www.diabeticfootandankle.net as well as via international search engines such as Google Scholar.

OAI metadata harvesting for this journal can be reached via the following link:

http://www.diabeticfootandankle.net/index.php/dfa/oai

 

Archiving

This journal utilizes the LOCKSS system to create a distributed archiving system among participating libraries and permits those libraries to create permanent archives of the journal for purposes of preservation and restoration.

In addition, all files will be archived with CLOCKSS, Portico and PubMed Central.

 

Author Self-Archiving

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post any version of their manuscript to personal or institutional websites, in repositories and similar, prior to and after publication (while providing the bibliographic details of that publication).