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Guidelines to authors


Transplantationsmedizin is an international peer reviewed journal open to all scientists and fields of transplant medicine and related research. We welcome all contributions that enhance or illuminate relevant practice and science.


All material is assumed to be submitted exclusively to Transplantationsmedizin: hard copy plus disc. The Editor expects adherence to the principles outlined by the committee on Publication Ethics (


The manuscripts are written in clear, grammatical English or German.




Full-length reports of completed research in experimental or clinical transplantation should not exceed 6,000 words of text, with an abstract of not more than 300 words, no more than 50 references and a combined total of no more than 10 tables or figures.

Rapid or Brief Communications should not exceed 3,000 words of text, with an abstract of not more than 250 words, no more than 30 references, and a combined total of no more than 6 tables or figures.


Overviews should include a 250-word summary, text not exceeding 5,000 words, 100 references, and a combined total of no more than 10 tables or figures; the text is not to be divided into the usual sections.


Letters comment on articles appearing in Transplantationsmedizin or provide information on other pertinent subjects. Single case reports of high interest are suitable for submission as a letter. When a letter consists of commentary on a previous article, it may be sent to the original author(s) for a response, which may also be published. Letters should not exceed 500 words in length, no more than 5 references and a single table or figure.




Full-length reports of completed research must conform to the following format:


Page 1: Title page. This page contains the title (preferably not more than 15 words). Transplantationsmedizin prefers expressive titels to neutral ones; for example: "Low rate of acute rejection episodes within the first year after pediatric renal transplantation using MMF" instead of "Immunosuppression after pediatric renal transplantation with MMF".

Authors: The full first name, middle initials, and family name of each author, as well as the name(s) of the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed, with address(es) including postal codes. Please supply 5-10 keywords. The mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address for the corresponding author should be added.

Page 2: Footnotes. These should be designated by superscript arabic numbers and should include the footnotes to the title, giving sources of support, and to authors' names, giving current addresses and an address for correspondence from readers. Authors should indicate clearly any source of funding for work reported in the journal as well as any potential conflict of interest. This page should also include all footnotes to the text, given in numerical sequence.


Page 3: Abbreviations. This page should list abbreviations not likely to be familiar to the reader. They should be listed alphabetically with their meanings. Please do not abbreviate terms unless they are used frequently.


Page 4: The abstract page is separate from the text, with a separate word count. The abstract should – if appropriate – at least consist of four paragraphs, labeled Aim/Background, Material/Methods, Results, and Conclusions. They should briefly describe the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results. The abstract for Rapid and Brief Communications need not be divided into sections.


Page 5, pp: Text.

The introduction contains a statement of the purpose of the work, the problem that stimulated it, and a brief summary of relevant published investigations.

Materials and methods must be presented in sufficient detail to enable other investigators to repeat the work.

The results should be described concisely, avoiding redundant tables and figures illustrating the same data.

The discussion should interpret results, with minimal recapitulation of findings.


New page:

References are typed double-spaced starting on a separate page. Transplantationsmedizin uses the Vancouver System of reference formatting, with sequential numbering in the text, and respective ordering within the list. All references should be verified by the authors. Consult Index Medicus for standard journal abbreviations.

Provide names of all authors when there are six or fewer; if there are seven authors or more, list only the first three, followed by "et al".




  1. Kuhlmann U, Lenhard R, Persijn G, Lange H. HLA incompatibility and cold ischemia period as risk factors for renal allograft survival. Transplantationsmedizin 2000; 12: 85
  2. Stamm C. Bone marrow stem cell transplantation for regeneration of infarcted myocardium. In: Steinhoff G, Freund M, Jansson V, Rolfs A, eds. Stem cells in tissue regeneration. Lengerich: Pabst 2003; 127
  3. Schmid DO, Buschmann HG, Hammer C. Blood groups in animals. Lengerich: Pabst 2003


Type each table, double-spaced throughout (including column headings, footnotes, and data), on a separate page. Number the tables in sequence in arabic numerals and supply a concise, informative title for each one. Each column in the tables should carry a concise heading describing the data in the column. Use lowercase superscript letters to designate footnotes, and type the footnotes below the tables to which they refer. Tables are cited in the text in numerical order. Each table should be able to be understood without consulting the text.


Black/white or colour images must be in digital format, appended to the text document. All image/figure files must be sent on a disk separate from the text files. Additionally we need hard copies.


Legends should be supplied for all figures. They are numbered to correspond with the figures and typed double-spaced on a separate page.


Supporting information for the web: Additional substantive material may be submitted for review along with the manuscript, but instead of appearing in the print edition of the journal it will appear in the electronic version on the Web site Authors should clearly state in their cover letter that supporting information for the web site is being included with their manuscript.




  1. Preview (if necessary): One to three weeks after submission of the manuscript, the author may receive Editor´s letter with a copy of the manuscript in which the required corrections are indicated. The author should revise the manuscript and return three copies as soon as possible.
  2. Peer review: One to two months after submission of the manuscript, the authors will receive one or two anonymous review(s). In principle, the instructions, objections and requests made by the reviewers should be strictly followed. In this respect, the editor´s accompanying letter will give clear general instructions for further work on the manuscript.


After the paper has been accepted for publication, authors are required to submit the final accepted version to the publishers office as hard copy and disc. After arrival, the material will be published online ( within a week, in print within one to three months.


Contributors do not pay page charges. The publisher provides, free of charge, the corresponding authors with five hardcopies and a pdf-file of the respective issue.



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D-49525 Lengerich (Germany)

Tel. + 49 (0) 5484-308

Fax + 49 (0) 5484-550




Prof. Arno-E. Lison, M.D., Ph.D.

Internist, Nephrologe


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D-28865 Lilienthal



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