Information for Authors

Editorial Policies

This peer reviewed/indexed journal is designed to meet the continuing education needs of practising professionals. In accordance with Copyright Acts the senior or corresponding author must accompany each manuscript with a signed copyright transfer statement. Author(s) will be consulted, whenever possible, regarding republication of material.

The journal will feature

Review Articles These will present a current perspective medical practice in the clinical context.

Preparation of manuscripts
All material submitted for publication must be electronic via dedicated web site:

Original manuscripts will be considered for publication.

  • Articles are normally of 4000-5000 words and should constitute a concise review of the current state of knowledge.
  • Appropriate imaging modalities should be reviewed and placed in the clinical context i.e. imaging should be placed within the clinical pathway.
  • The use of tables to convey important lists e.g. differential diagnoses; practice points; pitfalls etc is encouraged in order to optimise the use of space in the Journal.
  • A separate box should be produced with key learning points
  • Images should be of good quality and provided with a brief caption and appropriate annotation.
  • Authors are requested to provide two assessment questions.
  • Articles should be submitted electronically. Text should be in 12 font size with 1.5 line spacing in Microsoft Word
  • Images may be submitted in JPEG of TIFF format. JPEG images should be kept using the smallest degree of compression (i.e. maximum quality)
  • A specimen article is available on this site (hyperlink)

Style: Manuscripts must conform to acceptable English usage. Abbreviations must be limited primarily to those in general usage.


Generic names must be used. If a trade name is included, it should follow the generic name in parentheses the first time mentioned. Thereafter, generic names only should be used throughout the remainder of the article.

Weights and measurements must be expressed in metric units. Temperatures must be expressed in degrees centigrade.


Do not stylize the text to make it look like a printed book.

Never type any headings or any other text in ALL CAPITALS.

Please do not justify the text. Key returns only at the end of paragraphs.

Do not key tables vertically down one column and then start the next column from the top.

Always key tables horizontally from left to right with a single tab between columns and a return at the end of each line.

Title page: On the title page, include the title, author(s) name, highest earned academic degrees, and institutional affiliations and locations. Designate one author as correspondent. (provide address, telephone numbers and e-mail).

Authors are also invited to submit a short medical biography of approximately 50.

Abstract & Keywords: Each article must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 120 words and a maximum of 5 keywords.

MCQs: Authors should provide multiple choice questions (MCQs) a stem and 5 true/false questions and correct answers. Key points in the text should contain the correct answers. Check the number of questions required with the Editor.

Notes for MCQs (adapted from RCR guidance)

  • Questions with a short stem and short items or a longer stem and short items are preferable.
  • The use of can or may invariably demands a true response
  • Recognised means an accepted feature of the disease.
  • Pathognomonic means a feature specific to the disease, and to no other
  • Characteristic means a feature without which the diagnosis is in question
  • Typical is synonymous with characteristic
  • Percentages should be given as a range
  • Commonly, frequently and rarely are considered vague terms

References: Personal communication should not be cited in the reference list but may appear parenthetically in the text. References must be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numerals in order of their mention. The reference list should be at the end of the text in numeric sequence. The format should conform to that set forth in "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals" (Vancouver style) (JAMA 1993; 269;2282-6). Journal titles should conform to the abbreviations in Cumulated Index Medicus.

Examples of References: If three or fewer authors list all. If four or more, list first three and add et al.

For Journal articles: Marsden JR, Coburn PR, Marks Janet, et al; Measurement of the response of psoriasis to short-term application of anthralin. Br J Dermatol 1983; 109: 209-218.

For chapters in books: Graham J: Basic pathologic changes in the skin, Graham J, Johnson WC, Helwig EB, editors: Dermal pathology. Hagerstown, MD, 1972, Harper and Row Publishers, Inc.; Chapter. 6, p 123.

For Books: Champion RH, Burton JL, Ebling FJG editors: Rook, Wilkinson, Ebling Textbook of Dermatology, ed. 5, Oxford 1992, Blackwell Scientific Publications, p 3050.

Illustrations and tables:

Tables, figures and legends should supplement, not duplicate, the text.

Images may be submitted electronically with the following specifications. Size: 20 cm wide min.; resolution: 300 dpi; colour images: CMYK; greyscale: greyscale 16 bit; format: TIFF or EPS (Mac or PC). JPEG images will be accepted only if submitted as a maximum quality (lowest compression)

Type legends double-spaced on a separate page and insert after the references. If an illustration has been published previously, credit to the original source must be given in the legend.

Tables should be self-explanatory and numbered in Roman numerals according to their mention in the text. Provide a brief title for each. If a table, or any data therein, has been published previously, full credit to the original source must be given in a footnote. Tables to be prepared in MS Word

Permissions and patient consent forms: Direct quotations, tables or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and the original author along with complete information as to source.

Patient consent forms for publications of recognisable photographs must accompany the manuscript. Patients must be identified by simple numbers and /or letters, not by name, initials, or hospital record number.
The patient's institutional or NHS identification must always be completely removed. The date of the study and any identifying annotations should be removed.

Institutional consent, if relevant, must also be available.

Procedure for review: Some degree of manuscript revision should be expected and regarded as constructive. The editorial staff will examine the manuscript and send for review. Reviewers will pay particular attention to scientific accuracy, relevance, appropriateness of style, and sizing of illustrations.

For further information please contact:

Rila Publications Ltd. (Information for Authors)
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United Kingdom
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Checklist for Authors


1. Title page:
a) title of article
b) full name(s), academic degrees, and affiliations of author(s)
c) name, address, business and home telephone numbers of author to whom correspondence should be sent
d) biography of max 50 words
2. Abstract (120 words double-spaced) and no more than 5 keywords
3. References, tables, legends - all double spaced on separate sheets of paper
4. Illustrations properly labelled.
5. Patient consent letters (as appropriate) - form available (Word - Pdf)
6. Permission letters to reproduce material published previously
7. MCQ questions (relevant to article submitted)
8. A signed copyright transfer statement - form available (Word - Pdf)
9.Ensure removal of all patient identification annotation from images
10. Authors Declaration of Competing Interest - form available (Word - Pdf)

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