Instructions for Authors

Manuscripts submitted to Surgical Technology International are first reviewed by members of the Editorial Advisory Board. If revisions are recommended, their incorporation may be required for final acceptance. Manuscripts also are reviewed and copy edited by our editorial staff, and forwarded to the Corresponding Author for approval before page layout preparation.

All articles must be original, unpublished manuscripts submitted solely to Universal Medical Press. The publisher retains copyright of all published articles in Surgical Technology International and reserves the right to reproduce and distribute the article in print and electronic formats.

For additional information please contact:

Universal Medical Press

Tel: 1-415-436-9790

Fax: 1-415-704-3160

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The (1) Title Page and (2) Abstract forms are to be submitted in advance of the manuscript via email to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  (or faxed to the Editor at 1-415-704-3160.

Instructions for their completion are provided on the respective forms.

Download Title Page Form - (MS Word format)

Download Conflict of Interest Form - (MS Word format)



Authors are encouraged to submit their manuscripts electronically to   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Manuscript material also can be sent directly to the

Editorial Manager,

Surgical Technology International,

153 States Street.,

San Francisco,

CA 94114, USA.



The text of the article should be approximately 2,500 to 3,000 words in length, and include a brief Introduction and Conclusion. Use of generic names for instrumentation, devices, or other products is encouraged. However, minimal use of brand names is permitted as long as the item is identified at first mention in the text with ™ or ®, as appropriate, and includes the manufacturer's name and location (city and state, or country) in parentheses.

Manuscripts considered to be overly promotional may be rejected; brand names used excessively may result in their being deleted at the editing stage.


Separate files should be submitted for the text, tables (if different software is used), and figures:

Text: (a) title page, (b) abstract, (c) main text, (d) references.

Tables: lines should not be used.

Figure Legends—examples:

Figure 1a. Preoperative MRI: coronal section.

Figure 1b. Intraoperative ultrasound images.


Immediately following the article's main text, a list of references must be included. The author is responsible for the accuracy of the references. Citations in the text should be identified by numbers in brackets in consecutive numerical order within the body of the text.

Text citations must be provided for references, figures, and tables that accompany the article; for example: Recently, three large trials have assessed major clinical endpoints during long-term follow up (Figs. 1-3; Tables 4, 5).(20-25)


Referenced documents should be cited in consecutive numerical order within the body of the text in brackets. Each reference must contain complete information, and follow the format of the US National Library of Medicine and Index Medicus. The followings are examples for most types of references.


Standard Journal Reference Listing:

Oddsdottir M, Franco AL, Laycock WS, et al. Laparoscopic repair of paraesophageal hernia: new access, old technique. Surg Endosc 1995;9(6):164-8.

Article in a Supplement to an Issue:

Payne RS, Bailey JE, Franklin ST, et al. Frameless stereotactic neurosurgery. Neurosurg Sci 1990;8(4 Suppl):33S-41S.


Entire Book:

Smith D, Jones V (eds): Management of infections. Futura Publishing Company, Mount Kisco, NY, 1980.

Book with Author, Editor, & Translator:

Di Stefano GD. Myometrial biopsy. Simonetti SJ, trans; Martinelli GS (ed). New York: Consultants Bureau; pp 432- 57, 1989. Translation of: Le biopsie miometriali.

Volume with Separate Title:

Tracy RT, Reynolds AR, Wong S, et al. A history of surgery. Volume 9, The 20th Century: Technology andcontroversies. New Orleans: Excelsior, 1968.


Chapter in a Book-Same Author(s) & Editor(s) of Book & Chapter:

Cuschieri A, Szabo Z. Tissue approximation in endoscopic surgery. Oxford: Isis Medical Media. Chapter 1: Nomenclature and fundamental principles of knot tying; pp 1-6, 1995.

Chapter in a Book-Different Author(s) & Editor(s):

Smith JL III, West DJ Jr. Total hip arthroplasty. In: Jones DB, Smith MR (eds), Minimally invasive surgeryof the foregut, 3rd ed. St. Louis: Quality Medical; pp 334-45, 2000.


Hunt RB, Martin DC (eds). Endoscopy in gynecology. AAGL 20th Annual Meeting Proceedings,Las Vegas, NV. Baltimore: Port City Press; pp 371-380, November 13-17, 1991.


Digital Images

Separate files are needed for each image.

Graphs, charts, forms, etc. created in office-based software programs, such as Word or Powerpoint, can be submitted in their original file format. However, it is preferable to have Powerpoint slides in JPEG (.jpg) format; Word documents (.doc) are acceptable.

Photographic images or computer-generated illustrations (e.g., from drawing programs):

High resolution is required (300 ppi or higher in its print output size)

1,015 to 1,350 pixels in width for most images, 2,025 pixels in width for photographs, illustrations, diagrams, etc. with fine detail or integrated labels. Only high-resolution images can be used for print, which involve a minimum resolution as specified above. Output of low-resolution images in print media results in a grainy or "out-of-focus"appearance. For further information, contact the publisher at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Submit JPEG (.jpg), TIFF (.tif), or EPS files.

Original, high resolution digital images are required (as described above).

Images imported into Word can be converted back to their original resolution in jpg format. (Open an image file in Word, then save as Web Page file format)

Conversion of an image from Word file format (.doc) to JPEG (.jpg) is recommended so that the image's resolution (pixel dimensions) can be determined prior to submission.

Submitting low resolution images is discouraged.

Non-Digital Images


Photographic prints (color or black & white) are required to be a minimum of 5x7 inches in size, with the images sharp in clarity and exposed properly. Color or black & white slides, or transparencies, also can be used in 35-mm or larger formats. Two copies of each photograph are required.


Original drawings or other forms of artwork can be submitted for scanning. High-quality images are required (good resolution, sharpness, and color reproduction), and must be submitted on high-grade paper. Color photocopies, thermal paper, or computer printouts cannot be used. Artwork generated electronically (by computer) must follow guidelines for Digital Images, as described above.

Figure Labels:

Submission of photographs, slides, and artwork must be labeled as follows, with an arrow pointing in the direction of the top of the image: Smith, et al. Fig. 3a Top á The (1) Title Page and (2) Abstract forms are to be submitted in advance of the manuscript via e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , (or faxed to the Editor at 1-415-704-3160.

Title Page Form


CORRESPONDING AUTHOR - Corresponding Author

Name e-mail address(es)

Postal address

Telephone number

Fax number

LIST OF AUTHORS (in proper sequence)

For each Author:

1. Name (first and last names; middle name or initials are optional)

2. Highest Degrees & Board Certifications

3. Academic and/or Clinical Title(s)

4. Institutional affiliation(s)

5. Institution's locations (city and state, or country-if not U.S.A.)

For example:

Joan M. Doe, M.D., Ph.D., F.A.C.S.

Associate Professor Department of Surgery

Your State University School of Medicine City, State

Separate pages can be attached for additional authors, following the same format as above.