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Guidelines for Authors

The Editors and the Editorial Board of Wound Practice & Research have specified guidelines for prospective authors to follow when compiling an article they wish to submit to the journal.

Terms of submission
Manuscript type
Preparation of manuscripts
Submission of manuscripts

Terms of submission

The editors accept submissions in the form of research findings, clinical papers, case studies, reports, review articles, letters and product appraisals. Each submission is evaluated on its timeliness, relevance, accuracy, clarity and applicability to the journal. Submissions will be accepted from any country but must be written in idiomatic English. Accompanying each submission must be a letter signed by all authors and stating that the work has not previously been published and will not be published elsewhere. Once it is published, the article and its illustrations become the property of the journal, unless rights are reserved before publication.

All work is sub-edited to journal style. The editors reserve the right to modify the style and length of any article submitted, so that it conforms to journal format. Major changes to an article will be referred to the author for approval prior to publication. The Editor will provide assistance to first time authors and may be contacted by email.

All authors must make a substantial contribution to the manuscript and will be required to indicate their contribution. Participation solely in the acquisition of funding, the collection of data or supervision of such does not justify authorship. All participating authors must be acknowledged as such; proof of authorship may be requested by the editors. The first-named author is responsible for ensuring that any other authors have seen and approved the manuscript and are fully conversant with its contents. If the author wishes to reproduce copyrighted work, it is the responsibility of that author to obtain written permission from the copyright holder and to submit the original copy of that permission to the editor with the work as it is to be copied.

Conflict of interest: It is the responsibility of the submitting author to disclose to the Editor any significant financial interests they may have in products mentioned in their manuscript. Conflicts of interest should also be disclosed within the manuscript before the References section.

Investigations in human and animal subjects must conform to accepted ethical standards. Authors must certify that the research protocol was approved by a suitably constituted ethics committee of the institution within which the work was carried out and that it conforms to the Statement on Human Experimentation or the Statement on Animal Experimentation by the NHMRC.

Manuscript type

The journal publishes articles of interest to readers from the areas of wound practice and research. Submitted work may take any of the following forms:

Literature review: Narrative – describes and evaluates the current knowledge of a subject, identifies gaps or inconsistencies, and includes critical evaluation with recommendations for future research. Systematic – describes planned analysis and evaluation of all available research studies on a particular clinical issue, conducted in accordance with scientific principles and may include recommendations for future research.

Research report: Presentation of study results in an ordered fashion, based on common practice. Research reports are expected to follow the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, as published in the New England Journal of Medicine, Vol. 336 No. 4, 1997.

Case study: Combination of recount (retelling of events as they occurred) and information report (classification and description of something). Can be presented in different ways to give a cohesive account.

Exposition (incl letter to the Editor): Putting forward of a particular viewpoint / justification of a particular argument.

Narrative: The informing and/or entertaining account of a happening in the world (e.g. conference report).

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts are to be no more than 4000 words and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Use double spacing with Times Roman 12 font and margins 2.5cm. Title page to include title of manuscript, author’s names, qualifications and affiliations, corresponding author’s details including email address and contact phone number, total word count and up to five key words. Include title of work on the abstract page and first page of introduction. Include key points on what is already known on the topic and what your manuscript contributes. Define abbreviations in the summary and on first mention in the text. Avoid abbreviations unless terms are used repeatedly and abbreviating them will enhance clarity.

Tables and figures are to be presented on separate pages, one per page. Tables should be clearly typed, showing columns and lines. Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations used in each table.

Figures must be submitted on separate pages. Photographs of the highest quality may be included in the submission and should be in .jpeg format. Legends for any figures supplied must be typed in sequence on a separate page(s). Illustrations and figures must be clear, well-drawn and large enough to be legible when reproduced. Titles of illustrations should be supplied on a separate piece of paper, not in the figure or illustration. Each figure must include its place, its number, and the orientation of figure. Patients or other individual subjects should not be identifiable from photos unless they have given written permission for their identity to be disclosed; this must be supplied.

Referencing guidelines
The referencing format is based on the Vancouver style, the main feature of which is the use of numbers at the point of reference so as not to interfere with the flow of words. Each number corresponds to a single reference provided in the reference list at the end and, once assigned a number, a reference retains that number throughout the text, even if cited more than once. If more than one work is quoted in a reference, each work must be assigned a number. That is, at any point in the text, the reference may be one 1 or several 2-4 numbers. Following are some examples of references from different sources:

Articles in journals

Books and other monographs

Unpublished material

Submission of manuscripts

Wound Practice and Research, in conjunction with Cambridge Publishing, now uses the world’s leading manuscript management system – ScholarOne.
Submission of manuscripts will only be accepted via this online program.

All tables, figures and photographs, as well as the main document and title page, are to be uploaded separately. Please ensure image files are uploaded as jpegs and are a MINIMUM of 500kb and no larger than 2mb in size. The manuscript may be accompanied by a Word document with tables, figures and photographs embedded so as to show the preferred positions of these. This separate file can be uploaded at step 5 as a cover letter.

To submit manuscripts, go to http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/wpr and log into your Author Centre. Links to the login page can be found on the WP&R home page on Cambridge Publishing’s website http://www.cambridgepublishing.com.au/publications/wound-practice-and-research.aspx (click on ‘Submit an Article’) where a quick guide can be downloaded in ‘Author Guidelines’. The guides can also be downloaded below

To create an account when using the system for the first time, click on ‘Register here’ under ‘New User?’ in the middle right of the screen, or on ‘Create Account’ in the top right hand side of the screen. Please enter as much information as possible when creating an account.

Once in the system, the steps to submit an article are:

The WP&R ScholarOne website has comprehensive guidelines and online tutorials to assist in using the system. Click on the orange ‘Get Help Now’ in the top right hand corner. A PDF of the Author Quick Start Guide can be downloaded after choosing ‘Author’ as your role.


ScholarOne Manuscripts – Author Guide

WP&R quick guide for authors to submit a manuscript in Scholar One


Peer review process
All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the Editorial committee and those deemed unsuitable (insufficient originality, serious scientific or methodological flaws, or a message that is too specialised or of limited interest to a general medical audience) are returned to the author(s), usually within 4 weeks. If the manuscript does not conform to the submission guidelines, the author will be asked to amend prior to peer review.

All manuscripts are reviewed by content and writing peers for relevance, construction, flow, style and grammar. This process can take 4-6 weeks. All reviewers spend considerable time in reviewing the manuscripts and providing feedback to the authors. The length of time of the publication process can vary and depends on the quality of the work submitted. Several revisions may be required to bring the manuscript to a standard acceptable for publication. The Editorial team undertake the final review and often have different questions for the author/s to consider. When time permits, proofs of articles about to be published will be sent to the corresponding author for review. This requires rapid response; if such a response is not forthcoming, the article will be published irrespective of the authors reply. Providing facsimile numbers facilitates this process. The final decision about publication is made by the Editor.

The peer review process is managed online. Decisions are communicated by email to the corresponding author. Authors without email are contacted by phone, fax or post. Submitted manuscripts are acknowledged by email.

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