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:

Clinical & Systematic reviews: Authors wishing to submit a review relevant to Acute Medicine are advised to contact the editor before writing this. Unsolicited review articles received for consideration may be included if the subject matter is considered of interest to the readership, provided the topic has not already been covered in a recent edition. Review articles are usually 3000-5000 words and may include tables, pictures and other figures as required for the text. Include 3 or 4 ‘key points’ summarising the main teaching messages.

Case Reports: These will be considered if there is a clear teaching message for physicians working in the field of Acute Medicine. The ‘Teaching Point’ should be highlighted at the start of the text. Rare or esoteric presentations will not normally be accepted for presentation. Relevant images, ECGs, xrays, etc should be included wherever possible. Laboratory results should usually be displayed in the form of a table. A discussion section should highlight the key points from the case and may include a brief review of the relevant literature, which should usually be <1000 words. Tables and diagrams may be included where appropriate. A signed patient consent form must be included with all case reports.

Research: Research articles where the subject matter is relevant to the field of acute medicine are encouraged. Articles should normally be of <3000 words, but may include any number of tables, graphs and diagrams. Research submissions should be accompanied by a statement indicating whether ethical committee approval was granted, where relevant.

Audits: Audits relevant to the field of acute medicine will be considered for publication, but will usually only be accepted if the cycle has been completed (ie with implementation of change and re-audit). Such articles should usually be <3000 words in length, and may include tables, graphs and diagrams wherever necessary.

Picture Quiz A case history with a clear teaching message which is highlighted by a good quality image may be considered as a ‘picture quiz’. The case should be summarised in a single paragraph followed by two or three questions relating to the case and picture. The answer will be given on a separate page, followed by a short discussion section, summarising the teaching messages and relevant literature, with references.

Meeting & conference reports: Concise articles summarising important material presented at major meetings and seminars, relevant to Acute Medicine. If considering submitting a conference report it is advised to contact the editor, to ensure that this has not already been submitted from another author.

Correspondence: Letters or notes to the editor that comment on articles that have appeared in the journal. Brief summaries of audits, research or cases may be considered for a correspondence section.

Book Reviews: Books and monographs (domestic and foreign) will be reviewed depending on their interest and value to subscribers. Authors or publishers who would like their book reviewed in the journal should send a copy to the Publishing Editor (Book Reviews), Rila Publications Ltd; 73 Newman Street, London W1T 3EJ, United Kingdom. No books will be returned.

Preparation of manuscripts:
Articles should be emailed to the publishers at the following address:
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.

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

Abstract: Each article must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 120 words typed double spaced on a separate sheet of paper and a maximum of 5 keywords.

Key Points: Each article should be accompanied by up to 8 ‘key points’ summarising the key teaching messages which readers should acquire from the article.

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 typed double-spaced 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 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.
Images MUST be submitted separately to the text document with the following specifications. Size: 90 mm wide min.; resolution: 300 dpi. JPEG images will be accepted only if submitted as a maximum quality (lowest compression)

Permissions: 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

For further information please contact:
Rila Publications Ltd.
73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ
United Kingdom
Tel: 020 7631 1299
Fax: 020 7580 7166


Checklist for Authors

1. Title page:

  • title of article
  • full name(s), academic degrees, and affiliations of author(s)
  • name, address, business and home telephone numbers of author to
    whom correspondence should be sent
  • biography of max 50 words

2. Abstract (120 words double-spaced) and no more than 5 keywords

3. Key Points

4. References, tables, legends - all double spaced on separate sheets of paper

5. Illustrations and image in electronic format correctly labelled.

6. Signed patient consent form, if appropriate

7. Permission letters to reproduce material published elsewhere

8. A signed copyright transfer statement (PDF)

9. Declaration of conflict of interest (PDF)

10. Patient consent forms (PDF)

11. Ethical approval