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Frequently Asked Questions

Answering important questions from our readers

What types of content should I submit for the CLSI online Communities?

CLSI is seeking content that explores key concepts and targets the interests of the health care community among various experience levels. Content includes case studies, perspectives pieces, tutorials, and human-interest features.

What do case studies on the CLSI Communities entail?

Case studies are step-by-step descriptions and results of specific projects that you or your organization completed.

What are perspectives pieces for the CLSI Communities?

Perspectives pieces are your own assessment, based on experience and/or research, of trends and developments in the field.

What information should be included in tutorials on the CLSI Communities?

Tutorials are how-to discussions or illustrations for practitioners of any experience level.

What are human-interest features on the CLSI Communities?

Human-interest features are less technical discussions of your own role, experiences, or insights about working in the field.

May I include trade names in the materials I submit for the CLSI Communities?

In keeping with CLSI’s trade name policy, content that requires readers to use a specific trade-name product to implement a technique or process will not be published. Commercial and promotional content will also be rejected.

How do I submit content for publication on the CLSI online Communities?

E-mail mgrimm@clsi.org or communities@clsi.org if you are interested in submitting content. Submissions will be accepted based on utility and appropriateness of content for CLSI customers and members. Criteria for acceptance include originality, readability, presentation, and contribution to the professional development of the reader. In some cases, CLSI may request revisions for articles that are intended to publish. In addition, CLSI may request that subject matter experts review submissions to verify technical accuracy. All submissions are regarded as privileged documents. CLSI will not release content to the public before receiving your written consent for publication.

Does CLSI have guidelines regarding word count, other textual elements, and formatting on the CLSI Communities?

To expedite the submission and publication process, please follow these guidelines:

  • Title: The most effective titles will be up to 10 words.
  • Text: Articles may be between 500 and 2000 words. Begin with an introduction that explains the significance of the methods or issues discussed. Aim for clarity of expression and readability throughout. Remember to define technical terms and introduce acronyms in parentheses following the terms they abbreviate.
  • References: Provide a list of all literature specifically cited in the text.
  • Figures: Use figures to summarize lengthy material such as lists, comparisons or contrasts, case-study descriptions, methods (possibly in flow chart form), relational models, results, and so on. Number and label all figures, and incorporate them directly into the text.

What is the copyright policy for content on the CLSI online Communities?

All contributions made to any CLSI work must be original and shall not infringe on the copyright or any other right of any third party. All such contributions shall be deemed to be works for hire. To the extent that they are not so deemed, CLSI shall be assigned all right, title, and interest. Government employees participating in the development of a CLSI consensus document or other work, as part of official duties, cannot and will not claim any copyright interest in any CLSI work.

CLSI is the sole copyright holder of every work that it publishes. Copying, adapting, translating, or otherwise reproducing by any means (electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording, or otherwise), any CLSI work without prior written permission from CLSI is prohibited.