Manuscripts submitted as Commentaries, Critical Reviews, Papers, Technical Notes or Case Reports are accepted for consideration with the understanding that their essential contents, including text, tables and figures, have neither been previously published, nor concurrently submitted to another journal. Any content within a manuscript from previously published work must be quoted exactly and referenced. Use of previously published figures, tables, etc., require the written permission of the copyright owner of the prior work. Given the serious nature of dual publication, JFS suggests that if there is any doubt over the ability to publish your work that you contact the JFS Editorial Office.

Manuscripts must not be submitted to another journal unless and until the JFS formally declines to publish it. The prohibitions mentioned herein do not apply to abstracts or summaries published in connection with professional meetings, or press reports resulting from formal or oral presentation. In addition, they do not preclude consideration of a paper that has been rejected by another journal. In certain circumstances, papers previously published in non-English language journals may be considered.

Authors for which English is not their primary language are strongly encouraged to use professional translation or editing services before submitting their work. Authors may also contact Wiley Editing Services for assistance: Manuscripts may be rejected without review if the language is not understandable.

JFS employs the plagiarism detection system, iThenticate, with plagiarism checks conducted on manuscripts at the point of submission. If significant plagiarism is detected, JFS reserves the right to bar the author(s) from submitting further manuscripts to JFS. Authors may also choose to screen their work before submission at their own expense by visiting

Upon acceptance for publication, manuscripts become the copyright property of the AAFS. The corresponding author is responsible for transferring copyright to the AAFS through the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS). In doing so, the corresponding author confirms that all authors have contributed to the manuscript per the JFS Information for Authors and all have agreed that the accepted manuscript will be published in JFS.

Acceptance of manuscripts submitted for publication is the responsibility of the EIC and/or Associate Editors and occurs only after peer review of the manuscript in accordance with current AAFS Policies and Procedures. The initial review of submitted manuscripts is expected to be completed within 21 days.

The JFS EIC, Associate Editors, Managing Editor, Editorial Board Members, invited Guest Reviewers, Authors and others involved in the publication process are expected to conform to established policies concerning confidentiality, conflicts of interest, release of accepted manuscripts prior to actual publication, and the protection of anonymity of patients and victims.

JFS requires that authors submitting manuscripts for peer review (Commentaries, Critical Reviews, Papers, Technical Notes and Case Reports) have obtained required approval(s) for submission from authorized principals and/or internal reviews in their laboratories and/or organizations.

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