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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • If you are submitting a case report:

    Informed consent and sufficient anonymisation is mandatory for all submitted case reports. Patient consent should be archived by the authors and not submitted to the journal. The authors should provide the journal with a written statement that they have received and archived written patient consent. The informed consent form may be downloaded here: https://www.swissmedpreprints.pub/index.php/preprints/libraryFiles/downloadPublic/id. We kindly ask you to send the signed form to office@smw.ch. 

Author Guidelines

SwissMedPreprints is a preprint server for articles submitted to the journal Swiss Medical Weekly (https://smw.ch/). 

How to submit

Publication as a preprint on SwissMedPreprints is only possible by invitation from the SMW editorial board. 

When articles suitable for publication in Swiss Medical Weekly are sent for external review, the authors will receive an offer to post them in parallel on SwissMedPreprints.

It is also possible to publish articles on the preprint server even if they receive a desktop rejection for Swiss Medical Weekly; they can then be submitted to another journal.

The articles published on SwissMedPreprints must not have already been published elsewhere as a preprint. 

To submit an article to Swiss Medical Weekly, please click here.

Submitted articles must fulfil the criteria according to the author guidelines of the Swiss Medical Weekly.

Protection of patients’ rights to privacy

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients that the material will be available via the Internet after publication. 

Patient consent should be archived by the authors and not submitted to the journal. The authors should provide the journal with a written statement that they have received and archived written patient consent. Informed consent and sufficient anonymisation is mandatory for all submitted case reports.  The informed consent form may be downloaded here

Copyright and publishing rights

Authors are requested to grant the SMW sponsoring association a non-exclusive licence to publish. We do not ask authors to transfer copyright to us.

Self-archiving policy

Authors are permitted to deposit all versions of their paper in an institutional or subject repository (preprint, author's accepted manuscript and published article (version of record).

Preprint withdrawals

After a manuscript is deposited in SwissMedPreprints, it is citable and cannot be removed. However, SwissMedPreprints reserves the right to remove any preprints, in particular preprints that include plagiarized material or involve research that is not performed in accordance with the relevant ethical standards for research using animals or human subjects.

In rare circumstances, authors can request to have their preprint marked as «withdrawn» (e.g. if they acknowledge fundamental errors in the manuscript). In these cases, a statement explaining the reason for the withdrawal is posted on the SwissMedPreprints preprint page to which the DOI defaults. The original preprint is still accessible.

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