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Questions For Prospective Authors

Do You Consider Case Reports?

CORR no longer accepts case reports. Please see our editorial announcing this decision available here.

We will, however, accept a retrospective case series. See our editorial on requirements for considering a case series available here. When submitting, please follow the Clinical Research Article template and all instructions therein. For more information on all of our accepted article types and applicable templates, please see our Instructions for Authors page.

Do You Consider Review Articles?

Some kinds, but not others. We are interested in question-oriented systematic reviews and meta-analyses of randomized trials. In general, systematic reviews are performed if the source literature is retrospective and controlled or prospective and controlled, and meta-analyses are limited to randomized controlled trials. There are certain exceptions; feel free to email us with any questions you have about the suitability of your analysis. Please also see any recent meta-analysis or systematic review published in CORR. Finally, we have a short "recipe" for each article type, which you can download for systematic reviews (.docx) and for meta-analyses (.docx). See also the following examples of a published systematic review and published meta-analysis.

We also consider decision analyses, Markov analyses, and methodologically robust cost-benefit analyses.

We do not consider selective, monograph-style, or book-chapter style review articles.

Do You Consider Articles Drawn From Large Databases?

We consider studies that draw from large databases, such as the Nationwide Inpatient Sample (NIS), National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (NSQIP), National Hospital Discharge Survey (NHDS), National Trauma Databank (NTDB), and Medicare administrative databases, among others, if they either present a genuinely counterintuitive descriptive finding, or provide a specific suggestion to improve clinical care, practice management, or public policy. We will publish papers from these sources meeting one or both of those criteria when they are methodologically robust.

Do You Have Author Guidelines or Templates?

We do. Please see our guidelines for authors and an article-building tool (a nice app) that walks you through the creation of a clinical research article. Our apps for other designs are being created; in the meantime, you can download templates for basic/laboratory science articles, review articles (including systematic reviews and meta-analyses), and CORR Insights (our solicited commentaries) from page for article type instructions.

How should I decide whom to list as an author on my paper and whom to list in the acknowledgements section? Does CORR consider group-authorship arrangements?

In general, CORR adheres to the guidelines on authorship articulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, available here. We do allow group-authorship arrangements under the terms outlined there. You can see more about CORR's policies on authorship in this editorial.

What Are Your Artwork Guidelines?

See CORR's Artwork Guidelines (.docx) for information about requirements and accepted file formats for figures accompanying manuscripts.

Electronic Supplementary Material

See our guidelines for Electronic Supplementary Material (.docx) for information about requirements and accepted file formats for multimedia (audio, video, presentations) intended for publication.

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Questions About How to Submit

Where Do I Submit My Manuscript?

All submissions must be received through our online submission system at Please follow the instructions on this page. If you do not have an existing account, you will need to register a new account. If you already have an existing account, please do not make a new account. Log into your existing account and proceed to "Submit New Manuscript."

What Forms Do I Need to Submit?

Authors are not asked to sign our Copyright Transfer Agreement form and applicable terms until the revision stage after conditional acceptance. Copyright Transfer Agreement forms are not required for initial submission to CORR.

Currently, the only forms required to submit a new manuscript to our journal are completed ICMJE Conflict of Interest (.pdf) forms for all authors and the study's IRB or Ethical Committee Approval (if applicable). These forms must be uploaded with the manuscript on initial submission.

What Do I Do If I Forgot My Username or Password?

On the home page or login screen of, please follow the "Send Username/Password" link. The system will generate a new, temporary password that will be sent to the email address registered with the account. You must login with the temporary password within four (4) hours; otherwise, you will need to request another new, temporary password.

What should I do if I think one of the Senior Editors at CORR who might process my paper has a financial conflict of interest?

All of our Senior Editors and the Editor-in-Chief list their financial conflicts of interest at the bottom of our editorial board list, and we allow authors to request disqualification of a Senior Editor for reasons of financial conflict. Send an email to our editorial office as you submit your work. This will be handled confidentially. More information can be found in this editorial.

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Questions About the Journal

How Do I Request Permissions for Published Articles?

Requests for permissions should be made directly to the publisher. Articles published 2008 and later, use Springer RightsLink [instructions available here]. Articles published prior to 2008, use Lippincott Williams & Wilkins RightsLink [instructions available here].

The CORR Editorial Office cannot process permission requests; however, we can assist you with locating the appropriate RightsLink page if needed [search for articles published prior to 2008].

Where Can I Review CORR's Editorial Standards Pertaining to Articles It Reviews and Publishes?

A selected bibliography of CORR's editorials on topics relevant to our authors is available on our author guidelines page. It includes things like authorship, duplicate submission, reporting of statistics in abstracts, sex and gender in scientific reporting, and many other topics of interest.

If there is a topic we have not covered in one of our editorials, we have created an extensive list of CORR's existing guidelines and policies that may answer your questions directly. Please see our "Summary of Existing Guidelines and Policies Not Covered in Published Editorials" document for more information.

What If I Would Like to Become a Peer Reviewer at CORR?

We would welcome your involvement. Please send a short email summarizing your areas of expertise and qualifications to our editorial office, and please include a recent CV.

Do You Have Tools or Guidelines for Peer Reviewers?

Yes, we have both. We have some nice resources on scientific methodology, and a reviewer app, which walks you through the process of peer review. It is also very handy for journal clubs, if you are a resident or a fellow!

How Can I Become an Editor at CORR?

We choose our editors based on their performance as peer reviewers. Please get involved as a reviewer, and let us know of your interest in becoming more involved if you enjoy the work.

How Does CORR Choose Its Columnists? Are You Looking for New Ones?

We seek good writers with good ideas. Our columns are themed, and each is organized around a particular mission statement. Share your ideas with us by email. If we think it has potential, we'll ask you for a writing sample or two.

Where Can I Find CORR's Editorial Policies Not Covered in Published Editorials?

If there is a topic we have not covered in one of our editorials, we have created an extensive list of CORR's existing guidelines and policies that may answer your questions directly. Please see our "Summary of Existing Guidelines and Policies Not Covered in Published Editorials" document for more information.

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