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Author Guidelines

Journal of Proton Therapy (JPT) follows specific guidelines regarding the format of the manuscript being published to maintain uniformity of all the articles for the ease to the readers. Before submitting the articles, please follow the author guidelines provided below.


Editorial Process

After the manuscript submission by the author/s, the Editor will review the manuscripts with the understanding that they are being submitted to one journal at a time and have not been published, simultaneously submitted or already accepted for publication elsewhere. If the Editor determines the manuscript is appropriate for the Journal of Proton Therapy, it will be sent to two reviewers without revealing the identification of the authors. The Editors reserve the right to choose the reviewers. Based on the comments from the reviewers, the Editor will make a final decision on the manuscript. The authors will be informed about reviewers comments, suggestions, and acceptance/rejection within a period of 3-6 weeks. Once the manuscript has been accepted, it will be copyedited for grammar, punctuation, print style, and format. The corresponding author will receive a copyedited article for any correction, which needs to be returned within one week.


Manuscript Submission

You may choose one of the following methods to submit your manuscript:

First Method:

Journal Submission System: Manuscripts are submitted online through submission and review website (

IMPORTANT: New author/s will have to register as an AUTHOR for the online submission of your manuscript. For new author registration, please visit

Second Method:

Email: You can email your manuscript along with the supporting documents to


  • All manuscripts must be written in English. Authors whose native language is not English are encouraged to engage a native English speaker to review their manuscripts.
  • Please note that the manuscript (main article file) should not contain any information that will reveal the identity of the author/s . Do not include the title page in the main article. The editorial office will email you the title page form after the article submission.
  • References must be prepared according to instructions found in this page. References format must be the similar to the one of PubMed or Vancouver Style.
  • Images should be submitted separately as supplementary files. The size of each file must be less than 15 MB. If you have a file more than 15 MB, please contact the editorial office.


Title Page: The editorial office will email the title page form to the corresponding author after the journal receives the article for publication in the Journal of Proton Therapy.


Article file: This file should not contain any information of the authors such as acknowledgements, names in page headers, etc. Please prepare the Article File in Microsoft word format in the following order:

  • Abstract : It should have the full title of the manuscript along with an Abstract no more than 300 words for the original article, review article, technical report, and case report. Below the abstract should be provided 4 to 8 keywords.
  • Body of Manuscript (Please see above for the specific guidelines on the body of manuscript for a certain type of article)
  • References (reference guidelines are provided below)
  • Figure Legends (if any)
  • Tables and captions (if any)


Original Research Articles

These should include original experimental or theoretical investigation that represent new and significant contributions to the field of proton therapy. Limit: 15 pages.

Abstract: Required

Body of the manuscript:

  • Introduction: It should state the background to the research and its specific aims. Also, state what is being reported in the manuscript.
  • Methods and Materials: This section contains the information of techniques and procedures that was used to obtain the results. All detailed information on the research design, patients, equipment, materials, and variables should be included with the adequate reasoning of the procedures.
  • Results: This section must have the result in the style of: logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations in the order of its importance, by not repeating any information. Any additional information can be provided in an appendix.
  • Discussion: This section should explain the impacts of the research article’s strengths, limitations, and clear expression of the implications of study findings.
  • Conclusion: This section should state clearly the major findings of the research and give a clear explanation of their importance and relevance.


Technical Reports

These should include a brief description of a new procedure or technique, which has sufficient relevance to be useful to readers and other researchers. Limit: 8 pages.

  • AbstractRequired
  • Body of the manuscript: It must include Introduction, Methods and Materials, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion


Review Articles

These should include reviews of major areas or sub-areas in the field of proton therapy. Limit: 20 pages.

  • Abstract: Required
  • Body of the manuscript: It must include Introduction, Literature Review, Discussion (optional), and Conclusion.


Case Reports

These should include a concise description of a technique, procedure, clinical implementation, or clinical patient-related complication of relevance to the practice of proton therapy. Limit: 5 pages.

  • Abstract: Required
  • Body of the manuscript: It must include Introduction, Case Presentation, Results and Discussion, and Conclusion.


Scientific Reports/Letters to Editor

  • Abstract: Optional
  • Letters to editors should include the comments on papers published in Journal of Proton Therapy or on any other matters of interest to proton therapy. Limit: 4 pages.



  • Abstract: Optional
  • Editorials should include materials on proton therapy. Limit: 4 pages.


References should be assigned consecutive numbers as in order in the text (not in alphabetic order). Identify references in text, tables, and legends as they are mentioned, and also be listed in the same order on a separate page in the body of the text

1. Standard article:

List all authors when there are six or fewer, otherwise, list only the first three, followed by et al.

Jia Y, Beltran C, Indelicato DJ, Flampouri S, Li Z, Merchant TE. Proton therapy dose distribution comparison between Monte Carlo and a treatment planning system for pediatric patients with ependymoma. Med Phys. 2012;39(8):4742-7. doi: 10.1118/1.4736413.

2. Book:

List all authors or editors when there are six or fewer, otherwise, list only the first three, followed by et al.

Bentel GC, Nelson CE, Noel KT. Treatment planning and dose calculation in radiation oncology. 3rd ed. Elmsford, NY: Pergamon Press; 1986.

3. Online References

Weyh A, Konski A, Nalichowski A, Maier J, Lack D. Lung SBRT: dosimetric and delivery comparison of RapidArc, TomoTherapy, and IMR.  [Electronic version]. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2013;14(4):4065. Retrieved July 20, 2013, from


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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. My manuscript is free from plagiarism and duplicate submission.

    Please note that the Journal of Proton Therapy is committed to publishing articles that have neither been published elsewhere, nor are under review elsewhere. Manuscripts that are found to have been plagiarized from other manuscripts, whether published or unpublished, will incur plagiarism sanctions.

    All manuscripts submitted to the Journal of Proton Therapy will be checked by plagiarism detection software.


Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.

Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.

Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).


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