Aims and scope
The aims and scope of the Journal are to provide a forum for dissemination of information about current research and practice in the diagnosis, treatment and management of incontinence, and promotion of continence to the wider community. The Journal acts as a forum and exchange of information for all practitioner stakeholders.
The Journal aims to reduce the tyranny of distance and geographic isolation of clinicians. Its mission is to foster new authors and to meet the information needs of practitioners from novice to expert in all fields relating to incontinence.
All practitioners are encouraged to write about their work and experiences to promote the work and innovative practice of all clinicians working in continence across Australasia.
The Journal is unique as it is the only multi-disciplinary journal published, in Australasia and internationally, specifically specialising in continence issues.
Professional standards, ethics and conflict of interest
The Australian and New Zealand Continence Journal follows the Media Arts and Entertainment Alliance (MEAA, AJA Section) Code of Ethics for Journalists and the recommendations of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) Ethics Committee. The journal promotes the ethical publishing guidelines of COPE and refers authors to the reporting guidelines and standards documents on the Equator Network (https://www.equator-network.org/).
The Journal uses the Australian Government Style manual for authors, editors and printers and the Australian Standards of Editing Practice (2nd Ed) as the standard for editing articles submitted to the journal. Word usage and spelling for technical terms is guided by the ICS Terminology Standards and Mosby’s Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions (Australian and New Zealand Edition). Papers submitted to the journal are vetted for plagiarism using the iThenticate platform.
The Journal conforms to the Vancouver Reference system and the guidelines and policies as prescribed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), outlined in its Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly work in Medical Journals(http://www.icmje.org/recommendations/). The Journal recommends that all authors submitting papers to the Journal consult that document. The Journal provides information to authors regarding preparation of papers. The Journal is a member of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), and the managing editor is a member of the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the European Association of Science Editors (EASE) and Institute of Professional Editors (IPEd) Australia.
All papers pertaining to human or animal subjects must include a statement that approval for the study was obtained from an appropriate Research Ethics Committee. A consent statement including how that consent was obtained must be included in all papers pertaining to patient information and human subjects.
All clinical trials must be registered with a clinical trial registry for information and resources see Australian Clinical Trials (https://www.australianclinicaltrials.gov.au/ ) and Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Register (https://anzctr.org.au/ )
All authors must complete a Competing Interest Statement for authors (located in the submission section of the manuscript system),
All members of the ANZCJ Editorial Committee and Peer Review Panel complete a competing interest statement.