Editorial Policies

Focus and Scope

AJCC-REP is an open access, peer-reviewed online journal that will consider any original and high-quality cancer case reports showing one of the following: 1) unexpected or unusual presentations of a cancer case; 2) description of a rare surgical condition of a cancer case; 3) an unexpected event in the management of a cancer patient; 4) description of a new cancer surgical procedure; 5) expansion or refreshment of knowledge about anatomy in medical imaging; and 6) innovation in cancer surgery.

Our mission is to provide for the prompt publication of original works of high quality, generally within two months of final acceptance. Manuscripts will be accepted with the understanding that they report original unpublished works that are not under consideration for publication by another journal. All manuscripts submitted to AJCC-REP will be subject to review by two reviewers. All manuscripts submitted to AJCC-REP are treated in confidence, without access to any person other than the Editor-in-Chief, the Managing Editor, the journal's secretary and the reviewers.


Section Policies

Case Reports

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Letters to the Editor

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Peer Review Process

Only manuscripts of high relevance and suitability will enter into the peer review process, which will be conducted by internationally known experts in the field, and will aim to ensure that all published manuscripts provide new scientific knowledge. Authors may suggest that specific individuals be or not be involved as reviewers, but the final decision of acceptance or rejection rests with the editorial board.

On submission, a manuscript is evaluated by the particular Editor. If that Editor is unable to handle the manuscript, it is sent to an author's second or third choice Editor. If a manuscript does not meet the general criteria for publication, it will be returned to the authors without being peer reviewed, typically within one week. Before making such a decision, an AJCC-REP Editor might discuss a paper with an editorial colleague to seek a second opinion. Otherwise, manuscripts are sent to two or three reviewers, who are requested to complete their review within two weeks. The Editors reach decisions on papers sent for peer review usually within four weeks of their submission date.

There are several types of decisions possible:

  • Accept in principle
  • Minor revision
  • Major revision
  • Reject

If revisions are needed, we allow 1-3 months for a revised manuscript to be resubmitted (unless an author has specific reasons for requesting an extension). Articles that are resubmitted after this time are considered as new submissions.


Publication Frequency

Articles will be published online upon acceptance, but be arranged in volumes monthly.


Open Access Policy

This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.


Editorial Board Policy

The Editorial Board of AJCC-REP consists of members from the Advisory Editorial Board, Senior Editorial Board and Associate Editorial Board.

Advisory Editorial Board (AdEB)
consists of approximately 30 distinguished professors with international reputation. All members are appointed by invitation from the Chief and/or Associate Chief Editors. Self-recommendation is welcome.
AdEB members may be requested to review manuscripts or invited to write a review article in the areas of their expertise.
The term for an AdEB member is five years and is renewable.

Senior Editorial Board (SEB)
will consist of approximately 100 well-established scientists. They will be invited by AdEB. Self-recommendation is encouraged.
SEB members will be required to review manuscripts in their field of expertise, but no more than two manuscripts for each member each year; and are expected to submit and/or solicit at least one manuscript each year.
The term for an SEB member is three years and is renewable. 

Associate Editorial Board (AsEB)
AsEB will consist of approximately 300 scientists. They may be invited by SEB. Self-recommendation is encouraged.
AsEB members will be required to submit and/or recruit at least one manuscript each year, and are expected to review manuscripts, but no more than four manuscripts for each member each year. They may be promoted to the senior editorial board upon fulfillment of their responsibilities as an associate editor for two consecutive years. 
The term for an AsEB members is two years and is renewable.


Fast-Track Publication

AJCC-REP offers expedited handling of manuscripts that have been rejected from high-level journals. Authors should enclose reviews and/or comments from the editor of previously reviewed manuscripts to expedite their handling as the manuscript may be accepted based on the previous reviews. You will receive a final decision from the Managing Editor within a few days of submitting your manuscript.


Copyright and License Policies

Open access agreement. Upon submission of an article, its authors are asked to indicate their agreement to abide by an open access Creative Commons license (CC-BY). Under the terms of this license, authors retain ownership of the copyright of their articles. However, the license permits any user to download, print out, extract, reuse, archive, and distribute the article, so long as appropriate credit is given to the authors and source of the work. The license ensures that the authors' article will be available as widely as possible and that the article can be included in any scientific archive.

Open access agreement: US government authors. Papers authored by one or more US government employees are not copyrighted, but are licensed under a Creative Commons public domain license (CC0), which allows unlimited distribution and reuse of the article for any lawful purpose. Authors should read about CC-BY or CC0 before submitting papers.


Withdrawal of Submission

Generally, you can withdraw your submission at any time.

1. If you decide to withdraw your submission at review stage without obtaining the comments from reviewers, you can send us an E-mail to request the withdrawal of your manuscript without assigning any reason. After receiving a confirmation E-mail from the journal, you can submit your work elsewhere.

2. If you decide to withdraw your submission at review or editing stage with the comments from reviewers (e.g., in major revision or minor revision stage), you can send us an E-mail to request the withdrawal of your manuscript without assigning any reason. However, we would appreciate it if you would give the reasons for the withdrawal. After receiving a confirmation E-mail from the journal, you can submit your work elsewhere.

But in this case, you will not be welcome to submit your work to all the IUP journals in the next 1-5 years depending on the reasons for the withdrawal of your manuscript.

3. If you decide to withdraw your published article, you can send us an E-mail to request the withdrawal of your article, and appropriate reasons should be given.

In this case, however, we will issue an announcement about your withdrawal in our journal web site, and notify your institution on this issue. Depending on the reasons for the withdrawal of your article, you will not be welcome to submit your work to all the IUP journals in the next 1-5 years.


Pay Author Fees

The publication fee is $99.

The author publication fee will be charged upon manuscript acceptence for publication. If the payment process is not completed, the copyediting process will not begin.

As a co-author, an Editorial Board member, including Advisory Editorial Board member, Senior Editorial Board member, and Associate Editorial Board member, can publish TWO papers per year without paying the publication fee.


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