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Guidance Manuscript Submission Guide
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Upon formal approval of the proposal for the development of a guidance document, the first author will be informed by the Chair of the G+G Committee.

An ISTH staff person will be identified to help with each selected proposal and a time line will be established. The staff person will help to arrange teleconferences, prepare minutes, circulate drafts, etc.

Authors are again given a detailed template for preparation of the manuscript that includes information on format, length, and maximum number of figures, tables, and references, according to the JTH author instructions.


Manuscript Specifications:


The authors must be limited to seven.


References are limited to 30.

Manuscript Length:

Manuscripts must be brief and without abstracts. Manuscripts must not exceed 3,000 words of text, excluding title, authors, references and disclaimers; or 2,500 words if one table or figure is included.

Supplementary Materials:

Additional supplementary material (figures, tables, methods, additional data) may be submitted for publication on the JTH web site if the information is directly related to the text and if adequate reference to the supplementary material is made in the text. This material may be up to a full length manuscript.


Declaration of Interest:

According to JTH requirements


Committee review:

A completed manuscript will be submitted by the first author to the Guidelines and Guidance Committee for review by the committee. 

The manuscript shall be reviewed for

1.    attainment of the goal of the guidance document,

2.    adherence to style,

3.    word limitation,

4.    applicability to the needs and readability by non-experts

5.    absence of any conflicts of interest.


The G+G Committee will not conduct a thorough review (done by the reviewers) but will focus on overall principles to avoid duplication and overlap of efforts. Any recommendations for changes will be provided to the first author.

Once approved, the manuscript can be submitted to JTH.


JTH review:

All proposed Guidance Documents are subject to the same peer review process as with other manuscripts submitted to JTH and may be accepted or rejected accordingly

All SSC Official Communication manuscripts must be submitted through ManuscriptCentral.

The cover letter accompanying the manuscript must be undersigned by both the corresponding author and the Chairman of the G+G Committee.

Manuscripts must be submitted with clear identification as "ISTH Guidance Document”.

Manuscripts will be processed by the JTH Editorial Office.  Communications regarding the progress of SSC manuscripts should be directed to the JTH Editorial Office.

Manuscripts submitted will be sent by JTH to the JTH Associate Editor for Guidelines and Guidance Documents.

A detailed review will be carried out according to the JTH editorial/review process and overseen by the JTH Associate Editor for Guidelines and Guidance Documents.

If modifications are necessary, the first author shall be so notified by the JTH Associate Editor for Guidelines and Guidance Documents.



When a satisfactory revision is received, the first author and G+G Committee Chair will be notified by the JTH Associate Editor for Guidelines and Guidance Documents that the manuscript has been accepted for publication in JTH.

Accepted manuscripts will be promptly published in the Guidelines and Guidance section of JTH (hardcopy and online), which are open access, and linked to from the ISTH website.

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