Instructions for Authors

Submitted manuscripts should follow the recommendations stated in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

Please note that the submitting author will be the principal contact for editorial correspondence, throughout the peer review and proofreading process, if applicable.


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Language All articles should be written in English - British or American as long as consistency is observed. SI units should be used. Please subject the manuscript to professional language editing before submitting the final version if you are not a native speaker. A list of services can be found here.

Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an acknowledgments section.  Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chairperson who provided only general support. 

Funding This section acknowledges sources of financial support. Institutional names should be given in full (preferably in English) unless the acronyms have already been explained in the paper.

Disclosure statement If funding sources or other associations may be interpreted as a conflict of interest with respect to the research or the resulting article, this should be stated here. If there is no conflict, the following sentence should be included: “The authors report no conflict of interest”.

General structure  Wherever possible, the paper should follow the traditional layout: abstract; keywords; main text introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion; acknowledgments; declaration of interest statement; references; appendices (if any); table(s) with caption(s); figures; figure captions. In addition, kindly provide a 'Notes on Contributors' sections, with a short presentation of each author (titles and affiliations) as well as the ORCID id for each author, if available.

The journal strongly recommends that all authors submitting a paper register an account with Open Researcher and Contributor Identifier (ORCID). Registration provides a unique and persistent digital identifier for the account that enables accurate attribution and improves the discoverability of published papers, ensuring that the correct author receives the correct credit for their work. As the ORCID remains the same throughout the lifetime of the account, changes of name, affiliation, or research area do not affect the discoverability of an author's past work and aids correspondence with colleagues. 

Word Limits Please include a word count for your paper. A typical paper for this journal should be no more than 25 pages, inclusive of references.


The title should be informative and accurate and at the same time trigger the interest of the reader. A short running head will be derived from the title to appear on each page of the paper.

Abstract Articles must include a structured abstract of 200-300 words. The abstract should be able to provide sufficient information for a reader to be able to decide whether or not to proceed to the full text of the article. The abstract should be structured in the following way: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions. After the abstract, please give 5-10 key words; avoid using the same words as in the title.

Section headings Please do not number section headings. Use a maximum of three levels of headings made clear by orthographic indicators, i.e. capitals, italics, bold etc.

References Number the references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in the text by arabic numerals and in parentheses [e.g. (14)]. References should follow the standard biomedical format (so-called Vancouver style), with some minor modifications (see examples below). Most notably, issue numbers should be omitted from journal references. 

For a key of how to abbreviate journal names, please consult the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus, accessible at

Some sources and documents are available in print, but also reproduced electronically for wide dissemination—government publications are an obvious example. If you use the electronic version of such a document, please give the URL and date on which you last accessed the electronic file to the citation.

Reference examples


Church TMartin CKThe obesity epidemic: a consequence of reduced energy expenditure and the uncoupling of energy intake? Obesity. 2018;26:146. doi: 10.1002/oby.22072

(More than six authors:)

Männistö T, Vääräsmäki M, Sipola-Leppänen M, Tikanmäki M, Matinolli HM, Pesonen AK, et al. Independent living and romantic relations among young adults born preterm. Pediatrics. 2015;135:290–7. doi: 10.1542/peds.2014-1345.

Chemaitilly W, Mertens AC, Mitby P, Whitton J, Stovall M, Yasui Y, et al. Acute ovarian failure in the childhood cancer survivor study. J Clin Endocrinol Metab. 2006;91:1723–8. doi: 10.1210/jc.2006-0020


Bandura A. Social foundations of thought and action. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice Hall, 1986.

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, eds. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

Phillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, eds. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management. 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78.