Policy on Use of Human Subjects

Experiments involving human subjects must conform with the Federal Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects (United States Office of Science and Technology Policy) and in the Declaration of Helsinki and be approved by a local Institutional Review Board. Compliance with the former and approval by the latter must be stated in the cover letter and the approval number must be provided in the Methods section of the article.

When patient informed consent is required, beginning with Volume 7, Issue 1, we require that the authors archive the consent and provide the journal with a written statement that attests they have received and archived written patient consent.