Announcing a New Editorial Policy Regarding Submission Quality

Cureus operates a free, merit-based publication system, in which we publish all articles that satisfy our requirements and contain no fraudulent or dangerous science. It is therefore the responsibility of the submitting author to meet us halfway by submitting an article draft that meets all listed requirements. Over the past several months, we’ve noticed an influx of submissions containing sloppy and careless work, much of it concerning figures and references. We’re a small team with limited editorial resources and, in exchange for offering free publication, we expect our authors to submit work that meets our requirements. (Requirements that are still quite streamlined compared to other journals, such as PeerJ.)

That is why, effective immediately, authors will have only two chances to submit a draft meeting all Cureus publishing requirements (as detailed below). Submitting an unacceptable draft will result in an editor-issued deferral. Once deferred, the author will be tasked with revising the article based on editor instructions before resubmitting.

If a second deferral follows (due to the author failing to follow editor instructions), the article draft will no longer be eligible for peer review (and publication within Cureus). This only applies to deferrals before peer review. Post peer review deferrals will not be counted against the author.

Additionally, if a submitting author has two drafts ruled permanently ineligible, as described above, he or she will no longer be permitted to publish in Cureus.

We pledge to work closely with all of our submitting authors to avoid such a scenario, but unfortunately we’ve reached a point where we must institute stricter submission enforcement due to the many poorly formatted and incomplete drafts we are receiving.

If you have concerns or questions regarding this change, please reach out to us at info@cureus.com and a Cureus team member will get back to you ASAP.

Optimizing for Mobile Users: Cureus Rolls Out Responsive Design

Roughly 25% of our community accesses Cureus via a mobile or tablet device. We’re not in the business of ignoring our users, which is why we’re happy to announce our new responsive design rollout. What is responsive design? To put it in plain terms, a responsive webpage will look great no matter how large or small your screen. When viewed on a phone (or even just a small browser window on your laptop), the page design will rearrange itself to give you, the reader, the best viewing experience. (For a more detailed response, check out this great piece by John Polacek.)

Desktop view (left) vs. Mobile view (right)
Desktop view (left) vs. Mobile view (right)

Since submitting an article draft doesn’t translate well to mobile (and really, who wants to do all of that on their phone?), this will remain a non-responsive process, designed to be completed on a desktop or laptop computer. Reading and scoring articles, posters and abstracts, however, is a perfect fit for our mobile and tablet users – and it just became easier than ever with our newly released page designs.

Quickly hop into an article on your phone with no need to resize the page or struggle with small buttons or text. Now you can read, score and share whenever you have a moment. We know how busy you are – perhaps your evening train commute is the best time for you to be active in the Cureus community. Or maybe you prefer to check out the latest published articles while relaxing in your yard. Whatever the case may be, you’ll be able to do it on your phone or tablet.

We’ll be making more pages responsive just as soon as we can – so stay tuned for more updates! Questions or comments? Shoot us an email at info@cureus.com.

Calling All Academic Departments: It’s Time to Share Your Hard Work With the World

Close your eyes and picture the following (it probably won’t be difficult):

Your academic department is full of hard-working researchers and practicing physicians. Cutting edge research and innovative clinical experiences are everywhere. Trusted veteran physicians and up-and-coming stars are working together. All of your department’s faculty and residents know that their collective work is making a difference. Worthy of praise, funding and patient referrals.

But does anyone else know?

By partnering with Cureus you can ensure that fellow physicians around the world are updated on the latest and greatest from your department. All Cureus channel partners receive their very own branded, quarterly email digests that are managed and sent by Cureus.

Featuring hand-picked, recently published articles from your department as well as author head shots, a Cureus quarterly digest is an excellent way to raise awareness surrounding your department, boost the profile of up-and-coming faculty and even gain patient referrals.

We invite each of our channel partners to customize their quarterly’s messaging to fit their department’s unique goals. With thousands of recipients and sky-high open and click rates, we’re confident that a Cureus quarterly digest is the best value for your department’s marketing budget. Take a look at the examples below, and contact us at info@cureus.com to learn how your department can reach physicians and researchers around the world.

Note: partial view of quarterly digest.
Note: partial view of quarterly digest.
Note: partial view of quarterly digest.
Note: partial view of quarterly digest.

Enhance Your Published Article by Adding a Patient Reported Outcome

Have you published an original article or case report featuring a patient who would want to share his or her story? Contact your featured patients and tell them about this exciting opportunity to describe their experience in a way that fellow and future patients can understand.

Let’s be frank, journal articles aren’t the most accessible reading outside of the medical community. Adding a Patient Reported Outcome (PRO) is a fantastic way to highlight clinical experience from the perspective that matters most – the patient’s. Preparing for treatment can be a stressful, frightening time. Hearing from someone who’s already experienced it – all in their own words – can make a world of difference when deciding who to entrust with one’s health.

Here’s how it works, and remember that publishing a PRO alongside your article is free!

We ask that you reach out to your patient first. Once the patient has agreed to participate, we’ll take over from there – it’s that easy! When the patient has submitted his or her PRO, we’ll edit for spelling and grammatical errors; their words will otherwise be published as is, with no interference from the article authors or Cureus staff. PRO authors can also include supplemental images.

Here’s a few examples:Transient Tumor Volume Increase in Vestibular Schwannomas after Radiotherapy and CyberKnife Ablation for Intramedullary Spinal Cord Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs): A Promising New Therapeutic Approach

Take advantage of this unique feature to make your published article something special. Reach out to your featured patients and contact graham.parker@cureus.com to learn more!

Is your Academic Department Getting the Most Out of its Marketing?

Thousands spent on traditional mailer campaigns. Countless hours spent printing, packing and sending department-produced newsletters or magazines. How many are dumped in the recycling without being opened? Every academic department with a serious interest in promotion needs to ask itself – is that investment of time and money really worth it?

In a word – no. We live in an increasingly digital age, and although some industries continue to do things the old-fashioned way, paying to produce a mail a hard copy newsletter or magazine just isn’t efficient anymore. We’ve created Cureus Channels as a way to fill this void while taking full advantage of all the latest and greatest digital technology.

Your department’s custom, branded Channel homepage serves as the one-stop shop for all of your latest published research and clinical experiences, as well as departmental news, media, event info and more! What’s more, we’ll also send out a branded quarterly email digest highlighting some of your latest articles and their authors. We work with you to fashion each quarterly digest to your liking – you pick the articles and authors to feature and supply a short introductory message and we take care of the rest!Screen Shot 2015-01-29 at 11.58.29 AM

Promote up-and-coming faculty, gain referrals and raise your department’s profile throughout the medical research community with a Cureus Channel. Contact me today at graham.parker@cureus.com to learn more.

Publishing with Cureus for the first time? Check out our new how-to videos!

New to Cureus? Has it been awhile since you last published with us? Good news! Our revamped Author Guide now features a series of short, snackable how-to videos designed to walk you through each step of the article submission process.

Just click the blue video icon next to select headers located throughout the Author Guide to view a short video walking you through that specific step of the submission process. We recommend taking a few minutes to watch the videos for each of the eight article submission steps before beginning the process. Taking ten minutes now will save you time later!

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ZEISS/Cureus Competition Spotlight: 3rd Place Article

ZEISS recently partnered with Cureus to host a publishing competition focused on microscope-integrated intraoperative fluorescence. The competition attracted articles submitted from all over the world, with the final field of published articles standing at 10. While prizes have already been awarded, we wanted to take some time to recognize a few of the highest-scoring articles.

Today we’ll take a look at the 3rd place article, “Indocyanine Green Videoangiography and Intraoperative Catheter Digital Subtraction Angiography in the Treatment of Intracranial Aneurysms: A Consecutive Series of 235 Cases,” written by Archie Defillo, Mushtaq Qureshi and Eric Nussbaum. Receiving an SIQ score of 6.9, this deserving article could’ve easily finished in either of the top two spots.

Cureus Editor-in-Chief Dr. John Adler was impressed with the scope of the article, focusing on the fact that “this article represents one of the largest published clinical series reporting experience with intraoperative fluorescence microscopy.”

Co-Editor-in-Chief Dr. Alexander Muacevic was also pleased with the article: “Large patient series of Indocyanine Green Videoangiography and Intraoperative Catheter Digital Subtraction Angiography in the treatment of intracranial aneurysms with distinct results and suggestions for the daily clinical praxis. Interesting to read for all neurovascular surgeons.”

Perhaps the size of this study is a sign that we’ll soon see larger and larger undertakings in the research and reporting of intraoperative fluorescence. That’s it for our coverage of the ZEISS/Cureus Intraoperative Fluorescence Publishing Competition. You can find the complete list of published articles here. Contact us at info@cureus.com to learn more about hosting your own competition!

Cureus Advisor Dr. George Lundberg Wins 2014 ASCP Ward Burdick Award for Distinguished Service to Pathology

Cureus is thrilled to share the news that Dr. George Lundberg, special advisor to Cureus, was recently bestowed the 2014 ASCP Ward Burick Award for Distinguished Service to Pathology. Awarded annually by the Board of Directors of the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the ASCP Ward Burick Award was presented to Dr. Lundberg during the ASCP Annual Meeting in Tampa, Florida on October 9.

Citing Dr. Lundberg’s illustrious career and extensive history as both educator and editor, the ASCP stated, “Dr. Lundberg has advocated for pathologists to play the critical role as the ‘interpreter’ who guides clinicians to select the appropriate diagnostic test and encourages medical laboratories to focus on the quality outcomes of diagnostic testing, rather than the volume of testing they perform.”

Dr. George LundbergWhen asked for his reactions to winning the ASCP Ward Burick Award, Dr. George Lundberg stated, “I have always, or at least since about 1969, believed that a laboratory test is a loop that begins when an individual decides to obtain a laboratory test, proceeds through a series of some 9 steps such as ordering, specimen collection, transportation, analysis, reporting and interpretation and ends with an action. Like a chain being only as strong as its weakest link, the test is only valid if all steps are completed correctly. In 2014, in AJCP, I proposed that we should add a 10th step…outcome….as a routine in what has come to be known as the ‘Brain to Brain Loop in Laboratory Testing.'”

Join us in congratulating Dr. Lundberg on his achievement – we are thrilled that he is part of the Cureus team!

ZEISS/Cureus Competition Spotlight: 1st & 2nd Place Articles

ZEISS recently partnered with Cureus to host a publishing competition focused on microscope-integrated intraoperative fluorescence. The competition attracted articles submitted from all over the world, with the final field of published articles standing at 10. While prizes have already been awarded, we wanted to take some time to recognize a few of the highest-scoring articles.

The articles featured today finished the competition in 1st and 2nd place, respectively.

With a final SIQ score of 7.5, the winner of the Grand Prize for Scientific Acclaim, A Bioengineered Peptide that Localizes to and Illuminates Medulloblastoma: A New Tool with Potential for Fluorescence-Guided Surgical Resection was submitted by Shelley Ackerman, Christy Wilson, Suzana Kahn, James Kintzing, Darren Jindal, Samuel Cheshier, Gerald Grant & Jennifer Cochran.

Cureus Co-Editor-in-Chief Dr. Alexander Muacevic had this to say about the winning article, “It’s all about finding ways to better illuminate brain tumors for complete tumor resection – something I feel this article certainly accomplished.”

The 2nd place article, recieving an SIQ score of 7.0, was Fluorescence-Guided Tumor Visualization Using the Tumor Paint BLZ-100, and was submitted by David Kittle, Adam Mamelak, Julia Parrish-Novak, Stacey Hansen, Rameshwar Patil, Pallavi Gangalum, Julia Ljubimova, Keith Black and Pramod Butte.

Dr. Muacevic, again with his thoughts: “This is an interesting new innovation and I congratulate the authors for their work. They developed an imaging system for in-vivo imaging of the tumor ligand BLZ-100 for use in surgical resections of gliomas. Next step is to prove the clinical application. Ultimately the question remains if a clinical benefit in terms of prolonged survival can be demonstrated using this new innovation.”

Meanwhile, Cureus Founder and Co-Editor-in-Chief, Dr. John Adler chipped in with his reaction: “Both of these gorgeous articles are examples of cutting edge science which will enable futuristic intraoperative fluorescence techniques to do ever better tumor resections.”

We’re thrilled that these excellent articles were submitted and published as part of the competition and we’re looking forward to publishing many more as our competitions continue! Stay tuned for a look at the 3rd place article!

Introducing Patient Reported Outcomes: Telling Both Sides of the Story

We’re excited to announce the addition of Patient Reported Outcomes to Cureus! Cureus articles are written by practicing physicians or medical researchers with an audience consisting of largely the same population. With Patient Reported Outcomes (PROs), Cureus is adding a new wrinkle to this tried-and-true system by allowing patients studied within Cureus articles to share the spotlight with the physicians and researchers.

With a PRO, a patient gets to share his or her experience from the other side of the knife, so to speak. From consultation to procedure to post-op, our readers can get a layman’s perspective while also learning what it would be like to undergo such a procedure themselves. Not only are PROs beneficial to potential patients, but to doctors as well. The inclusion of a Patient Reported Outcome with your published article can provide relevant, easily digestible evidence when recommending certain procedures to your current patients – just direct them to the PRO as a way of educating them about a potential course of action.

A recently published PROEach submitted PRO receives editing for spelling and grammatical errors by Cureus staff, but all PROs are otherwise published as is, with no interference from the article authors or the Cureus editorial team. PRO authors can also include supplemental images to be published alongside their words.

Check out our first published PROs below! Just click on the link and then click the purple “PRO” tab near the top of the article to read the patient reported outcomes for the following articles:

Transient Tumor Volume Increase in Vestibular Schwannomas after Radiotherapy

CyberKnife Ablation for Intramedullary Spinal Cord Arteriovenous Malformations (AVMs): A Promising New Therapeutic Approach

Would you like to add a PRO to one of your published articles? Contact your patient today – once patient consent has been obtained, we’ll gladly start a dialogue with the patient author!