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SSC Publication Guidelines


The Scientific and Standardization Committee (SSC) publishes official reports, recommendations and deliberations regarding practical matters of research standards, methods and nomenclature in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis (JTH). The following is the process for proposal submission, development, approval and publication to JTH.  

Official Communication Definition

A topic of predominant research importance that is directed primarily to the work of researchers.

Examples include:

  1. standardized definitions of outcomes (e.g., major bleeding) for purpose of harmonizing results across clinical trials;
  2. call for action for research;
  3. invitation to participate in ISTH/SSC-supported research (e.g., registry of cancer-associated recurrent thrombosis or registry splanchnic vein thrombosis).

- Or -

A laboratory- or basic science-based topic that does not have direct clinical applicability.

Examples include:

  1. standardized assay methods/reagents for oral factor Xa inhibitors;  
  2. standardized laboratory-based research technique.

Proposal and SSC Approval

Official Communications are the final product of Subcommittee projects and may take years to produce.  An approved Subcommittee project does not require additional approval to produce a manuscript, but has to go through a multi-step review process for final publication in JTH.

The first step after a project is complete should be Subcommittee approval on whether there is a need from the overall thrombosis and hemostasis community that an SSC communication will address. If approved for creation, the project leader with input from the Subcommittee Chairman will decide on the manuscript authors.  Once a manuscript is completed, it will then be submitted to the Subcommittee Chairman for dissemination among all Co-Chairmen for review and comment.   

The manuscript shall be reviewed for:   

  1. strength of recommendations and their basis, 
  2. applicability to the needs of the target audience,  
  3. adherence to style,
  4. word limitation.  

After Subcommittee reviewer comments/corrections/additions are incorporated into the draft manuscript, the revised version is resubmitted to the Chairman and Co-Chairmen for formal Subcommittee approval.  

If approved, the Subcommittee Chairman must confirm to ISTH headquarters in writing: 

  • When was this manuscript approved by the Subcommittee?
  • Who voted?
  • Any dissenting?  What were the issues?
  • Any others outside of Co-Chairmen that read and approved the manuscript on behalf of the Subcommittee?

Formally approved SSC manuscripts must be submitted by the first author to the Society’s official journal, JTH.  

JTH Publication Process and Requirements  

All SSC Official Communication manuscripts must be submitted through ManuscriptCentral (   

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

A detailed review will be carried out by at least 2 reviewers to be decided on by the JTH Associate Editor for SSC Communications.    

The first author will be notified by the JTH Associate Editor for SSC Communications if the manuscript has been accepted for publication. Accepted manuscripts will be promptly published in the SSC Communications section of JTH (hardcopy and online) with a link on ISTH’s website.  

SSC Communication Guidelines  

Authors: Limited to seven

References: Limited to 30

Submission: Manuscripts must be submitted with clear identification as "SSC Communication”. The cover letter accompanying the manuscript must be undersigned by both the corresponding author and the Subcommittee Chairman.

Manuscript Length: Manuscripts must be brief, without abstract.  Manuscripts must not exceed 1500 words for the main body of the text and can have up to 2 tables or figures.

Standard Format: Format for SSC Communications documents follow JTH guidelines

Supplemental: Additional supplementary material (figures, tables, methods) may be submitted for publication on the JTH website if the information is directly related to the text and if adequate reference to the supplementary material is made in the text.  Supplemental material must NOT be in the form of a full length manuscript.

Disclosures: According to JTH requirements


Please direct all communication regarding the progress of subcommittee manuscripts to JTH.

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