Important Note

Ownership of the journal Cancer Detection and Prevention was transferred to Elsevier Ltd. in September 2008. This page remains available for historical purposes. The content on this page is likely to be out of date and may no longer be accurate.

Important Note

Ownership of the journal Cancer Detection and Prevention was transferred to Elsevier Ltd. in September 2008. This page remains available for historical purposes. The content on this page is likely to be out of date and may no longer be accurate.


Submission of Manuscripts to Cancer Detection and Prevention

(Note: Before sending your paper to the Editor, please read the following document, as well as the Manuscript Preparation Guidelines and the Manuscript Checklist.)

Cancer Detection and Prevention, the official journal of the International Society for Preventive Oncology, is a peer-refereed publication devoted to cancer prevention by predictive and preventive oncology. See: Journal Scope; Editorial Policy

The journal publishes original papers as well as invited and review articles that contribute important current information and interdisciplinary perspectives of immediate interest to oncology investigators.

The editorial board reviews all manuscripts for possible publication with the understanding that they are being submitted only to this journal and have not been published, simultaneously submitted or already accepted for publication elsewhere. This does not preclude consideration of a manuscript that has been rejected by another journal or of a complete report that follows publication of preliminary findings elsewhere, usually in the form of an abstract. Copies of any previously published versions should be submitted with the manuscript. Failure to do so will be cause for rejection. Acceptance is contingent on author submission of complete and consistent data, accurate reference list, and conclusions in keeping with results demonstrated in the study.

The decision to publish a manuscript is solely the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief and it is based on the reviewers' recommendations. Discrepancies and inaccuracies substantiated after acceptance may justify the return of the paper with the request for resubmission. All statements in, or omissions from, published manuscripts are the responsibility of the corresponding author, who will assist the editor and publisher by reviewing proofs before publication. Opinions expressed by the authors are not necessarily those of the publisher or the editors.

Manuscripts are subject to editing and styling that complies with the journal's standards. No published material may be reproduced or published elsewhere without the written permission of the publisher and the author. Upon acceptance of a manuscript for publication, the author will be requested to sign an agreement transferring copyright to the publisher, who reserves the full period of copyright throughout the world.

Manuscript management

Manuscripts and any supporting documents should be transmitted electronically whenever possible.

Submission and online review of manuscripts: The journal's online system will use the author's files submitted either on the disk that accompanies conventional submissions or as attachments to e-mail (see: Manuscript Submission Requirements). Editorial office staff will upload the files to the online management system and generate a PDF file for purposes of peer review. The corresponding author will be asked to approve the files before they are forwarded to the editorial board.

Communications and timetable: The editorial office will communicate all decisions about the manuscript to the corresponding author via e-mail. In most cases the authors will be informed of acceptance, rejection, or need for revision within 8 weeks of submission. Papers sent back to authors for revision must be returned within the time specified or the manuscript will be retired from further consideration.

Upon request, Elsevier will provide authors with a list of people who can check and improve the English of their paper (before submission). Please contact their Tokyo office:

Elsevier Japan
4F Higashi-Azabu, 1-Chome Bldg
1-9-15 Higashi-Azabu
Minato-ku, Tokyo 106-0044

Phone: (03)-5561-5032
Fax: (03)-5561-5045

Author Gateway: Authors may easily follow the status of their accepted papers and log-in at the Elsevier Author Gateway using the unique reference number (digital object identifier - DOI) assigned by Elsevier when the paper is received for publication.

Page proofs for accepted manuscripts are sent via email to the corresponding author from Elsevier. Any paid color art will be included in the PDF proof. The corresponding author must return all proofs within 48 hours and limit changes to corrections of typographical errors and errors in the presentation of data. Offprint order forms will be sent with the proofs. 25 reprints will be provided to the author(s) free of charge.

Manuscript submission requirements

A covering letter, signed by the corresponding author, should accompany the manuscript files. This letter must contain the statement that the manuscript has been "read and approved by all authors" and should mention any additional information that may be helpful to the editors, such as publication of data related to any part of the manuscript.

Written permission from the following parties should adjoin the cover letter, as appropriate:

  • those named in acknowledgments who have been credited with substantive scientific contributions to the work
  • one author of each work cited in the manuscript as a personal communication, unpublished data, or a manuscript in preparation, submitted for publication, or in press

Courier to the office of the Editor-in-Chief any related materials that cannot be supplied electronically (e.g., CDs with very large files or supplementary information, micrographs, etc.). If color or black-and-white photographic prints are submitted they must be glossy and provide sharp contrast. Attach an explanatory note about what the material is and the special circumstances. Provide 5 copies of this material for distribution to the editors and reviewers.

Avoid delays in the review and publication of papers:

  • Providing electronic formats of illustrations, pictures, tables and other artwork helps us to reproduce your work to the best possible standards, ensuring accuracy, clarity and a high level of detail.
  • Authors not fluent in the English language should have their manuscripts edited by an expert in the language prior to submission to the journal.
  • In the course of selecting appropriate reviewers of a manuscript, the Editor-in-Chief may give due consideration to the inclusion of a qualified candidate nominated by the authors.

Color art: Color artwork supplied with your article will appear in color on the web - at no charge. Authors must enclose a letter agreeing to pay the color charge upon acceptance of their manuscript for publication. The publisher will quote the exact charge for your approval; thereafter a color agreement will be faxed or e-mailed to you in the form of a PDF.

Manuscript Format:

  • Use standard 10- or 12-point size font, ragged right margin and double spacing throughout (see: Manuscript Categories; Manuscript Components).
  • Begin each section on a separate page. Number pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Locate the page number in the upper right-hand corner of each page.
  • Group the figure legends and tables after the bibliography section. A total of 10 figures and 6 tables may be submitted - numbered in the sequence cited.

Electronic submissions:

Electronic submissions should be sent by email to Cancer Detection and Prevention <>.

Separate files should be prepared and attached for each component of the submission:

  1. cover letter – this should mention any information that may be helpful to the editors, such as publication of data related to any part of the manuscript

  2. text of the article including legends (include all sections of the manuscript, such as references, in the same file)

  3. each figure or table

  4. each of the supporting documents including permissions needed to reproduce published material or to use illustrations of identifiable subjects.

Identify the software package and version used to prepare the document(s) in the email message.

The article file, cover letter, tables, and supporting documents may be submitted in any of the following file formats:

  • MS Word
  • WordPerfect
  • HTML
  • RTF
  • plain text

Figures may be may be submitted in any of the preceding formats, as well as the following:

  • SVG
  • TIFF
  • PNG
  • GIF
  • JPEG
  • Powerpoint

Conventional (hard copy) submissions:

Hard copies submissions are only necessary for manuscripts that have not been submitted electronically. [editorial office mailing address]

A disk should be included with the first submission and each subsequent revision - accompanied by three paper (hard) copies of the manuscript and three sets of publication quality figures.

The cover letter and manuscript files should be prepared in any of the formats described in the preceding section on electronic submissions and stored on a CD or a Windows- or DOS-formatted diskette. Make sure that the disk is labeled and that it's contents and the hard copy match exactly.

Print the manuscript on 8.5 x 11in or ISO A4 paper, on one side of the page, with margins of at least 2.5 cm (1 in).

A heavy paper mailing-envelope should be used to prevent any damage to the artwork during shipping.

The journal will not be responsible for damage and loss of manuscripts.

Authorship and disclosure form

The authorship and disclosure form will be transmitted when the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Authorship responsibility, financial disclosure, copyright transfer

Each author should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for the content.

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to:

  1. conception and design, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. final approval of the version to be published.

Conditions (a), (b), and (c) must all be met.

Each author must read and sign the statements on the form. The corresponding author must sign the acknowledgment statement.