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Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology (SGO) is the official journal of the International Association of Surgeons, Gastroenterologists & Oncologists (IASGO). Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology is a quarterly open-access journal, published in English with a comprehensive peer-review process. Manuscripts submitted for publication must present original clinical and scientific research from the fields of surgery, gastroenterology, oncology, endoscopy, interventional radiology, and biology.


The following article types will be published in Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology:


Editorials are invited articles that respond to a topical issue. Editorial board members are invited to make comments on an important topic in their field, regarding the current state and future research directions. An editorial can have a 1000 words with 1-10 references. Typically, an editorial has one or two authors.

Review Articles

Review articles are articles that should provide an overview of existing knowledge on a topic, highlighting resolved issues and unresolved questions. A review article can have the following sections: Abstract, Introduction, Content, Conclusions, References. A review article should have a maximum of 4500 words with a maximum of 70 references. Systematic Reviews and Meta-analyses Systematic reviews are a type of review that uses systematic methods to collect significant published data and research studies, and integrate their findings qualitatively or quantitatively. Meta-analyses are often, but not always, important components of a systematic review procedure. The methodology involves specific statistics. For preparation, they manuscripts should follow the PRISMA guidelines. This articles can has up to 5000 words, maximum 70 references, 3-8 figures and tables.

Original Reports

Research articles use primary or secondary data. Both basic science and clinical research papers fall into this category. This type of article will be structured as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if applicable) and References. Structure: 3500 words, 20-30 references.

Surgical Techniques

Surgical techniques papers are used to describe a procedure or novel operative approach or, occasionally, an entirely new type of operation, and demonstrate its efficacy in addressing unsolved or partially solved issue.

Brief Reports

Brief Reports are short communications of definitive results of a study that is more limited in scope but of substantial clinical or scientific importance. Structure: 2500 words, 10-20 references.

Cases in Clinical Medicine

The case reports address brief discussions of rare diseases or new ideas that may contribute to better patient management. These may include a single case or a series of cases and / or a review of cases published in the literature. A case presentation should be structured as follows: Abstract, Introduction, Case Report, Discussions, Conclusions, Acknowledgements (if applicable). Case reports should up to 1500 words and 10-25 references.

Video Abstracts

High resolution video must be accompanied with narration by a native English speaking individual. Computer generated voice is not allowed. Use labels, arrows, case description slides, and other methods to enhance the understanding of the video material, as necessary.
Video length is limited to 10 minutes. Acceptable formats for submission are: mpeg, mov, wmv. A abstract structured with 300-500 words. The maximum number of authors is five. The maximum number of references is five.
Full articles combined with a video will also be considered; in this case, regular article guidelines should be followed.

Express Communication - high priority for publication

Original Articles, Surgical Techniques and Case Reports which present new and important surgical methods, diagnostic developments or therapeutic advances of exceptional scientific importance will be considered for publication in the next issue of the journal as "Express Communication" papers.

Letter to the Editor

Letter to the Editor includes constructive comments on articles published in SGO or offers an alternative point of view based on personal experience. This type of article provides the opportunity to cite relevant literature that the original article did not refer to. The letters could also present a brief preliminary study. These will be subject to peer review.


Correction to an error in published manuscript; due to author’s error.


Correction to an error in published manuscript; due to publisher’s error.


A retraction of a published article indicates that the original article should not have been published and that its data and conclusions should not be used. The most common reasons for the retraction of articles are scientific misconduct including plagiarism and self-plagiarism.

OPEN ACCESS Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology provides free access to the full text of articles. Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology applies the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, adapt, build upon the published works non-commercially, and license the derivative works on different terms, provided the original material is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. Please see:


Copyright belongs to Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology for all articles published, except for the following, which the author(s) specifically retain(s): • the right to make further copies of all or part of the published article for use in classroom teaching; • the right to reuse all or part of this material in a compilation or in a textbook; • the right to make copies of the published work for internal distribution.


Manuscripts submitted to the journal must be written in English language. For non-native English speakers, we strongly recommend to the authors to have their manuscripts reviewed by a native English speaker or to use a scientific writer’s services.

The journal only accepts electronic submission of manuscripts in Word format. Do not send your manuscripts in PDF format. Manuscripts should be typed (font size 11), double spaced on A4 paper, 2-cm margins, including tables, figures and references. Each table and figure must be cited in the text of manuscript.

The producers of equipment and medicine drugs or other materials are mentioned in parentheses (company name, city, state, country).

It is recommended that all measurements be converted to international units and in SI. Only internationally accepted abbreviations should be used.


Title page

The title page should include:

- the title of the article;
- full name of each author involved with their affiliations [name of department(s), institution(s), city, country];
- the corresponding author’s full name, postal address, phone / fax number and e-mail address;
- information about the type of article as considered by the authors (e.g. Review, Original Paper, Case Report etc.);
- Open Researcher and Contributor Identification (ORCID) number(s) for all authors if available;
- short title.


The articles must include abstract in English language of no more than 280 words.


An article require a minimum of 3 and a maximum of 8 key words.


If multiple abbreviations are used in the paper, a list of abbreviations and acronyms used should be made. This list shold be provided immediately after the abstract.


Introduction - which explicitly shows why certain subject attracted the author’s attention (the reasons for accomplishing the study) and presents a concise depiction of the actual stage of the matter at hand; in this section just a minimum number of bibliographic references should be quoted, without an exhaustive presentation of the literature.

Material and Method

Materials and Methods - should clearly describe the recruitment criteria of the patients in the study, the pursued clinical data, number of observations (for clinical studies) or entire description of the animal lots (for experimental studies). The statistic methods and special laboratory measurements should also be mentioned, with appropriate references.


Results - should include the findings of the work, presented in a logical order of tables, images, pictures. The content of the tables or images should not be repeated as information in the text.


Discussion - must include the comparison of personal results with similar data from the medical literature. New perspectives revealed by the study should be underlined and their implications, as well as the study limits must be commented. The data shown in the “Results” section should not be repeated. It is recommended to avoid assertions that cannot be supported by bibliographic references or by the study’s results.


Conclusions - explains the significance of the work.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding

Authors must state all possible conflicts of interest in the manuscript, including financial, consultant, institutional and other relationships that might lead to bias or to a conflict of interest. If there is no conflict of interest, this should also be explicitly stated as none declared.

All sources of funding being reported, including financial support or grants.

Ethics approval

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Committee for Human Rights. If doubt exists whether or not the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed.


All persons listed as authors are assumed to have been actively involved in one or more key aspects of the reported study. All authors must confirm that they have met the criteria for authorship as established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( Full responsibility for the content of articles lies with the authors.


Acknowledgements - the persons that contributed to the study, but were not included as authors, should be mentioned, after obtaining their consent.


Bibliographic references, should be numbered in the order in which they appear in the text. The reference to the quoted text will be marked with Arabian numbers inside round brackets. It is mandatory for all sources included in the "References" section to be quoted in the text and references to works that do not appear in “References” should not occur. Journal titles should be abbreviated according to international style (see Index Medicus). Only references that were consulted by the authors of the article should be quoted. See below eight examples of accurate citation:

journal article

1. Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002;347(4):284-7.

journal article with more than six authors

2. Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J, Marion DW, Palmer AM, Schiding JK, et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res. 2002;935(1-2):40-6.

volume with supplement

3. Geraud G, Spierings EL, Keywood C. Tolerability and safety of frovatriptan with short- and long-term use for treatment of migraine and in comparison with sumatriptan. Headache. 2002;42 Suppl 2:S93-9.

article not in English

4. Ellingsen AE, Wilhelmsen I. Sykdomsangst blant medisin - og jusstudenter. Tidsskr Nor Laegeforen. 2002;122(8):785-7. Norwegian

article published electronically ahead of the print version 5. Yu WM, Hawley TS, Hawley RG, Qu CK. Immortalization of yolk sac-derived precursor cells. Blood. 2002;100(10):3828-31. Epub 2002 Jul 5.

journal article on the Internet

6. Abood S. Quality improvement initiative in nursing homes: the ANA acts in an advisory role. Am J Nurs (Internet). 2002 Jun (cited 2002 Aug 12);102(6):(about 1 p.).
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7. Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002.

chapter in a book

8. Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113.


Tables must be included at the end of the manuscript. The citation should appear in the order of entry in the text. Each table, complete with title and footnotes, should be on a separate page, and should be constructed using the table function within a Word type document; do not insert the table as a picture.


Illustrations must be at the end of the manuscript. Illustrations should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. The authors should point within the text the place where the illustrations should be located. All illustrations must have legends. The legends should allow the interpretation of the images without reference to the text. The acceptable format for electronic submission is TIFF or JPG. Images should be professionally drawn and photographed; freehand is unacceptable. Pictures must be at least 300 dpi to ensure quality. Do not use images larger than 10MB. If photographs of persons are used, the subjects must not be identifiable, or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use the photograph. If an image has been previously published, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material.

Article Proofs

Page proofs and corrections: when a manuscript has been edited and is ready for printing, a copy of the proof will be sent to the corresponding author by e-mail as a PDF file. At this stage, authors may make only minor corrections; significant changes to the manuscript are not accepted. These would require additional review.

Proofs must be checked carefully and corrections sent within 2 working days from the time of receipt.


Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology only accepts electronic submissions of manuscripts, directly via the journal’s web site. Electronic submission saves time and allows the manuscript to be handled in electronic form throughout the editorial process.

Use the following link to submit a manuscript electronically:

Manuscripts must be submitted by one of the authors of the manuscript, and cannot be submitted by anyone else on their behalf. During submission the authors will be asked to provide a cover letter – observing the terms and conditions. As the manuscript moves through the submission and peer review processes, the status of the manuscript processing is available in the user’s account. Address questions about submissions to: editor[@]


Manuscripts submitted for publication in Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology cannot be published, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. Copies of any possibly duplicate published material should be submitted with the manuscript under consideration, with a statement in the cover letter as to why the manuscript currently being submitted is not a duplicate publication.


Intentional or not, the plagiarism is not acceptable in Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology. All articles accepted for publication in Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology are reviewed for originality with a plagiarism screening soft (Crossref Similarity Check, powered by iThenticate).

SELF-PLAGIARISM Self-plagiarism is when an author republishes an entire material or uses portions of a previously published text while creating a new material without citing the original content.

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ISSN: 2559 - 723X (print)

e-ISSN: 2601 - 1700 (online)

ISSN-L: 2559 - 723X

Journal Abbreviation: Surg. Gastroenterol. Oncol.

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Open Access Statement

Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology (SGO) is an open-access, peer-reviewed online journal published by Celsius Publishing House. The journal allows readers to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full text of its articles.

Journal Metrics

Time to first editorial decision: 25 days
Rejection rate: 61%
CiteScore: 0.2

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Surgery, Gastroenterology and Oncology applies the Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC BY-NC 4.0) license, which permits readers to copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format, remix, adapt, build upon the published works non-commercially, and license the derivative works on different terms, provided the original material is properly cited and the use is non-commercial. Please see: