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Conditions for Publication

After submitting a manuscript, all authors must sign a Conditions for Publication form to confirm scientific responsibility, attest to exclusive publication, certify that any commercial associations do not create a conflict of interest, and agree to the transfer of copyright to the THI Journal.

Scientific Responsibility (Authorship). In submitting a manuscript, all authors are attesting to the fact that they have participated substantially in the conception and design of the work, in the acquisition of data, or in the analysis and interpretation of data (when applicable). They should also have participated in the writing of the manuscript and have approved the final version to be published. They should have participated sufficiently to take public responsibility for the work. If requested, they should be able to produce for examination the data upon which the manuscript is based. If possible, the number of authors should be limited to 6. Nevertheless, we recommend the inclusion of people who made substantive contributions, such as radiologists and pathologists whose studies contributed to the resolution of medical or surgical problems.

Contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be recognized in an acknowledgments section, rather than given authorship (for more information, see the Acknowledgments section of our Information for Authors). Examples include technical help, writing assistance, or general support from a department chair. All such persons must give written permission to be acknowledged, by signing a separate copy of the Conditions for Publication form, clearly marked with the manuscript number and "FOR ACKNOWLEDGMENTS ONLY".

Exclusive Publication. Authors must certify that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published or is being considered for publication elsewhere. This includes symposia, transactions, book chapters, articles published by invitation, and preliminary publications of any kind except abstracts of 400 words or less. This does not preclude our consideration of 1) a complete report that follows publication of a preliminary report, 2) a paper that has been presented at a scientific meeting but has not appeared in print, or 3) a paper rejected elsewhere. Explanation of any potential duplicate publication should be made on the Conditions for Publication form.

Conflict of Interest. Authors must disclose any commercial association that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the manuscript. Research or project support from commercial firms, private foundations, and government should be acknowledged.

Copyright Transfer. When a manuscript is accepted for publication, copyright ownership is transferred to the THI Journal. Copyright will not be transferred to the Journal if authors clearly indicate that the article is considered a work of the U.S. Government, is written as part of the authors’ official duties, and falls under the public domain.

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