Authors are advised to follow these instructions carefully to ensure that their article is processed smoothly and quickly

All articles submitted for publication should not have been published before or be currently submitted to any other publisher.

Feature articles should normally be around 1500 words in length and editorials and personal views around 550 words. Letters should be brief, and no more than 250 words.

Tables and diagrams, particularly algorithms, are welcomed. Note that we do not include abstracts.

If you submit your article by email or on disk, please also fax or post us a copy of the manuscript for reference. Articles may be submitted as follows (in order of preference):

  • By email to the editor Corinne Short at (preferred)
  • On disk: most formats are acceptable
  • As hard copy.

Hard copy or disks should be sent to: Corinne Short, Guidelines in Practice, The Chapel, Park View Road, Berkhamsted HP4 3EY.

We will also need a head and shoulders photo of the main author, which we will return once it has been scanned in. A high resolution electronic version is also acceptable.

State the first forename and surname, job title and place of work for each author, and provide contact details for the main author, i.e. postal address, telephone and fax numbers and email address. It is particularly important to provide a fax number so that proofs of your article can be faxed to you.

If you have been given a brief, it is important to follow it. We have a narrow remit and articles that stray from their brief are likely to be returned for amendment before acceptance, leading to delay in publication.

  • Define any abbreviations and acronyms in full at first mention
  • Use metric and SI units wherever possible (except for mmHg)
  • Use approved names of drugs
  • Check all calculations and percentages – not forgetting those in tables.

All tables, diagrams and graphs should be mentioned in the text.

It is essential to provide electronic versions of diagrams and graphs in the application in which they were created (e.g. PowerPoint or Excel), so that we can reformat or resize these if necessary. For graphs and charts, please provide sufficient data for these to be redrawn if necessary.

Use the Vancouver style (numbers in text; reference list at end of article), and provide full details of any published work cited, including:

  • Names and initials of all authors
  • Full title of the paper or document
  • Date (year) of publication
  • Name of publisher and place of publication
  • Inclusive page numbers.

Authors assign copyright of their article to Guidelines in Practice when they return the corrected proofs, but may use up to 15% of their own work after publication without seeking written permission, provided that the original source is acknowledged. We would be grateful to receive notice of when and where such material has been reproduced. Authors will require written consent to reproduce substantial parts of their own material.

When submitting your article, please ensure that you:

  • Keep a copy of the article and any tables, diagrams etc.
  • Include your postal address, telephone & fax numbers, and email address
  • Supply a head and shoulders photo (a high resolution electronic version is acceptable)
  • Define in full at first mention all abbreviations and acronyms used
  • Include citations in the text for all tables, diagrams and charts that accompany your article
  • Check all calculations, including percentages
  • Provide full reference details for all cited research


Guidelines in Practice, February 2001, Volume 4(2)
© 2001 MGP Ltd
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