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Author Guidelines

Instructions to Authors

Details of the types of manuscripts considered and relevant reporting guidance.

Authors: include forenames, initials & affiliations for each named author.

Corresponding author include mailing address with postcode, email, phone & fax.

Abstract: (< 200 words), key words; subheaded text, references (30 max, but this is flexible, avoid citing abstracts), 3-5 very short Key messages. Abbreviations and acronyms list (don't state in full in text).

Reference: style Vancouver, but if < 4 authors cite all, if > 4 authors only cite 1st 3 et al. If a website was used to access references eg NICE, provide web address and month accessed. Please do NOT supply references in Endnote.

Figures: (ideally PowerPoint) please use 'journal colours': shades of blue and if necessary, greys. Please include clear legends; key and expansion of abbreviations & acronyms as appropriate to the figure.

Photos: must be supplied separately and as 300 dpi jpegs, minimum size 100mm. Please do not provide images in word or any other application.

Tables: please supply in the layout you wish them to appear in the journal. Please include clear legends; key and expansion of abbreviations & acronyms as appropriate to the table.

See past issues for style guide  or

Conflict of interest: All authors must supply a conflict of interest statement or confirm none exists using the ICJME Disclosure of potential conflicts of interest document.

Acknowledgement of funding; this should be provided

Length of article

Review - text ~ 2000 words plus tables/illustrations

Achieving Best Practice - text ~500-1500 words plus tables/illustrations

Current Topics - text ~500-1500 words plus tables/illustrations

Case Report - < 2 pages of final copy. Note Case reports do not have an Abstract and do not have Key Messages (max 10 refs)

Copyright: Authors are responsible for obtaining copyright permission.

Submission: All submissions must be made online via our manuscript submission system.  Please download the HOW TO SUBMIT document which provides step-by-step guidance on how to submit your manuscript.

All manuscripts must comply fully with the instructions for authors.

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