Focus and Scope

JOP - Journal of the Pancreas is an electronic journal and considers for publication original manuscripts and reviews on the exocrine and endocrine pancreas

The aim of JOP is to publish peer-reviewed articles as quickly as possible

JOP focuses on the entire spectrum of the pancreatic gland aspects: normal function, etiology, epidemiology, prevention, genetics, pathophisiology, diagnosis, surgical and medical management of pancreatic diseases including cancer, inflammatory diseases, diabetes mellitus, cystic fibrosis and other congenital disorders.

JOP also publishes: case reports, state-of-the-art reviews, book reviews, multimedia articles with clinical images, videos, etc, as well as slide show presentations, hypotheses and letters to the Editors. Comments on controversial issues and reviews of articles are also considered.

JOP official language is English.

Peer Review Process

All submitted articles will be peer-reviewed as quickly as possible. The integrity of the blind peer-review for submission to this journal is ensured (look at the Ensuring a Blind Peer Review policy).

Publication Frequency

JOP is published bimonthly in: January, March, May, July, September and November.

Open Access Policy

READERS: This journal provides immediate open access to its content on the principle that making research freely available to the public supports a greater global exchange of knowledge.

AUTHORS: A fee is required for publishing accepted manuscripts.

Source Data and Statistical Reports

Authors who publish in JOP can make their source data, reports of statistical analysis, as well as any other materials that they judge important, freely available to the scientific community. This is entirely in line with the spirit of JOP: scientific information is a patrimony belonging to the community and, as such, it must be freely accessible; data are a fundamental component of scientific information and they must be freely accessible as well.

The aim of this initiative is to improve the knowledge provided to the scientific community by the publication of the research results: as a matter of fact, other authors have the possibility of testing new hypotheses on the data published in JOP, beyond those taken into account in the original paper.

It is responsibility of JOP to safeguard the intellectual property of the authors who wish to publish their data: the authors retain the rights for conventional publication as well as for all additional materials published in JOP. Therefore, different authors who publish results obtained by a new elaboration of the same data must clearly identify the origin and property of the data; the citation details of the original article must be reported as well. Copyright conditions about research data publication are available in theCopyright Notice page.

A second important aspect of publishing source data and statistical reports, together with the conventional publication, is an undoubted enhancement in the quality of publication practices that can be achieved by reducing the possibility of misconduct related to data analysis. In order to limit this misconduct, the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in the "Statistics" section of theUniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals, suggests that the possibility of verifying the original data should warrant the reliability of the results reported in the scientific publications. Therefore, the publication of source data and statistical reports represents the direct application of such a recommendation.

Afirst responseto this initiative and acontributionon this topic are available on-line in JOP.


Conference Reports and Congress Proceedings

This kind of publications is welcomed in JOP. Please contact our Editorial Staff ( for the terms of submission.

Round Tables

This kind of publications is welcomed in JOP. Please contact our Editorial Staff ( for the terms of submission.

Journal History

When we first conceived the idea to create JOP, we aimed at something that could represent a reference point for the rapid dissemination and distribution of authenticated knowledge in pancreatology. We immediately realized that we will be facing a challenge as:

“It isn't because things are difficult that we don't try, but by not trying, things become difficult” (Seneca).

Here are some of the distiguishing characteristics of our journal:

  • JOP is in electronic format only: this ensures that accepted articles can be made available in a very short time.
  • The quality of a scientific article is certified by serious and accurate peer-reviewing: this is why papers submitted to JOP go through a thorough - but very fast - reviewing process.
  • JOP policy in terms of copyright is a quite innovative one. We strongly believe in the importance forauthors to retain the intellectual property of the articles that they send to journals in order to facilitate the scientific communication and exchange. To learn more about JOP copyright policy look at the Copyright Notice.
  • Authors who publish in JOP can make their source data, reports of statistical analysis, as well as any other materials that they judge important, freely available to the scientific community. Please see the Source Data and Statistical Reports page to get further information about the improvements in the publication practices provided by this innovative iniziative.