\n• Have a clearly outlined topic and learning objective.
\n• Have a clearly defined specific topic to be presented/researched.
\n• If applicable, the final paper should be published in Neurourology & Urodynamics (NAU), or otherwise have a plan for dissemination and reaching target groups. If the paper is not to be published in NAU then this should be indicated in the proposal.
It is noted that the person(s) who submit the application to the Board of Trustees will be the working group chair. The Board will assess at the time of submission that the person(s) are of good character and are upstanding members of the ICS. In addition, in order to preserve the integrity of the peer review process of NAU, while allowing fast track publishing of ICS work, the content should be reviewed and approved by any relevant ICS Committees and Institutes, the ICS Board of Trustees, and 3-4 separate peer reviewers who are not part of the working group. In addition, the final draft will be peer reviewed by the ICS membership at large for the purposes of feedback.\n
Creation of Working/Committees
\nPlease follow the SOP for creation of a working group here.
Disclosure and sponsorship guidelines
\nPlease follow the ICS SOP for Disclosure and sponsorship when creating content here
ICS Consensus Statement or ICS Guidelines project creation procedure\n
|Proposal Stage\n||Creation of committee/working group/individual to prepare proposal.\n||This can be a committee that has decided to prepare a paper, an Institute Director or sub group of a School, or an ICS member or group of members. The proposal could also be suggested by an Industry contact. It is noted that the person(s) who have submitted the application to the Board of Trustees will be the working group chair. The Board will assess at the time of submission that the person(s) are of good character and are upstanding members of the ICS.\n|
|Proposal Stage\n||Proposal is sent to ICS office. Proposal format is according to the ICS Content Proposal Form Budget and proposal is sent to ICS office. The proposal should explain the need for the paper in no more than 2 pages specifying aims and objectives, learning outcomes, author expertise, target audience and requirement for content. Budget will only cover the costs of filming and editing costs. Budget can be prepared in conjunction with the ICS Office who can assist with the best way to record. The group should indicate 3-4 independent reviewers or ask for assignment. These reviewers are notified that they have been selected by the office.\n||The ICS Office will ensure no overlap with other working groups or projects and will advise the appropriate members should this be the case. The ICS office will notify the New Project Proposal group which is made up of all ICS Committee Chairs, all Institute Directors and the Board of Trustees. Any budget request to be approved by Board of Trustees. Feedback may be given at this early stage. The office may propose additional contributors for the project. The Board of Trustees are also to indicate whether any other Society is to be informed of the paper where Memorandum of Understandings exist.\n|
|Creation of working group\n||Applications are made transparent and in accordance with the SOP.\n||Call for applications from the ICS Membership in conjunction with ICS office. If WG is to include other societies then ICS office to work in conjunction with other Society administration office to make joint call for members.\n|
|Working Group selection\n||Review working group applications\n||This is undertaken by the Working Group chair and is in accordance with the Working Group Creation SOP\n|
|Preparatory Stage\n||Working group prepares content and where relevant reviews the literature and prepares the manuscript. Where relevant a DELPHI system and ‘PRISMA -checklist/guidelines’ should be used.\n||Office will assist with creating online fora for easy discussion and monitoring/chasing if required.\n|
|Content Review Stage\n||Manuscript is sent to the 3-4 independent ICS experts as well as the appropriate Committees and Institute Directors or Appointees. The independent reviewers are to provide constructive feedback to the authors. This feedback will need to be seriously considered and incorporated into the manuscript where appropriate.\n||The experts should respond within 3 weeks with appropriate feedback.\n|
|Peer Review Stage\n||Draft paper is placed on ICS website and presented to ICS membership for comment. In addition, where possible there will be an open session meeting at the ICS Annual Meeting to allow for open discussion of the document. Special email to be sent to Board of Trustees so that they can comment on content at this appropriate time.\n||Comments by ICS members and stakeholders. Document should be reviewed within 3 weeks.\n|
|Final Review Stage\n||The final revised manuscript and slide set are sent to the Education, Standardisation Steering Committee, and any relevant ICS Committee. It should be noted that the Education and Standardisation committees are not commenting on the content of the module but are reviewing for educational value and terminology adherence.\n||These Committees should respond within 2 weeks.\n|
|Sign off\n||The Board of Trustees are to have final review and sign off.\n||The Board of Trustees should sign off within 1 week or advise of any final adjustments needed.\n|
|Publication Stage\n||Once approved by the Board of Trustees the paper can be sent for publication in the ICS Journal NAU.\n||Article submitted to NAU should clearly reference International Continence Society (ICS) and the Committee involved in the creation of the paper followed by the authors.\n|
|Implementation Stage\n||Once completed the ICS office will disseminate the content via the ICS website, social media and other outlets.\n||\n|
Standard text for title of report for submission to NAU.
\n•\t[Title]: A Report from the XXXX Committee of the International Continence Society
\n•\t[Title]: A Report from the XXXX Working Group of the International Continence Society
\n•\tAn International Continence Society (ICS)/ (INSERT SOCIETY HERE) joint report on [Title]
\n•\tInternational Continence Society Guidelines on [Title]