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Online ISSN: 1557-0681

Author Guidelines

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Author Guidelines

Initial Manuscript Submission. Please submit the manuscript to Dr Sarah Ryan via e-mail at:

Book reviews should include a full specification of the publication details: title, author(s), publisher, place of publication, price, ISBN, number of pages. Book reviews should be sent to: Dr Janet Cushnagan , MRC EEU, Southampton General Hospital, Southampton, Hants, SO16 6YD,

Submitted manuscripts should not have been previously published and should not be submitted for publication elsewhere while they are under consideration by Wiley. Submitted material will not be returned to the author unless specifically requested.

Manuscript style. The language of the journal is English (with American spelling where applicable). All submissions must have a title, be double-line spaced and have a margin of 3cm all around. Body of text must not exceed 10 pt. Illustrations and tables must be on separate pages, and not incorporated into the text.

  • The title page must list the full title, short title (maximum of 50 characters), word count and names and affiliations of all authors. Give the full address, including e-mail, telephone and fax, of the author who is to check the proofs.

  • Include the name(s) of any sponsor(s) of the research contained in the paper, along with grant number(s).

  • The article will be sent for peer review without the above identifying details.

  • Articles on clinical care, educational development and research should be between 3,500-5,000 words and contain no more than 5 tables/figures. Research papers should contain: abstract (no more than 250 words), introduction, methods (including subjects, procedures, data analysis), ethical approval, results, discussion (including limitations of the study) and conclusion. Also supply up to three or four key words. Short reports on professional and current issues are also welcomed and should not exceed 2,000 words. An abstract is not required.

Reference style. References should be arranged alphabetically. Where reference is made to more than one work by the same author, published in the same year, identify each citation in the text as follows: (Collins, 1998a), (Collins, 1998b). Where multiple authors are listed in the reference, please cite in the text as ‘Maxwell et al. (1999)’. All references must be complete and accurate. Where possible the DOI for the reference should be included at the end of the reference. Online citations should include date of access. References should be listed in the following style:

Website : The Geriatric Website (1999) [ 1 April 1999 ]

Paper in a journal : Thierry, KL, Spence MJ (2004). A real-life event enhances the accuracy of preschoolers' recall. Applied Cognitive Psychology 18: 297-309. DOI: 10.1002/acp.965

Book : Hare RD, Schalling D (1978). Psychopathic Behaviour: Approaches to Research. New York: Wiley.

Chapter in a book : Oucho JO, Gould WT, Smith FK, Brown PL, Jones RH (1993). Internal migration, urbanization and population distribution. In Foote KA, Hill KH, Martin LG (eds) Demographic Change in Sub-Saharan Africa. Washington DC: National Academy Press pp. 255-296.

Personal communications and unpublished data should not be listed in the reference section but should be given in full in the text.

Illustrations . Supply each illustration on a separate file, with the lead author's name and the figure number (in Arabic numerals), with the top of the figure indicated, on the reverse. Line artwork must be of high-quality. Tints are not acceptable; lettering must be of a reasonable size that would still be clearly legible upon reduction, and consistent within each figure and set of figures. Supply artwork at the intended size for printing.

Colour policy. The cost of printing colour illustrations in the journal will be charged to the author. If colour illustrations are supplied electronically in either TIFF or EPS format, they may be used in the PDF of the article at no cost to the author, even if this illustration was printed in black and white in the journal. The PDF will appear on the Wiley Online Library site.

Copyright. If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will receive an email prompting them to login into Author Services; where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS) they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper. The corresponding author MUST submit the CTA as it is a requirement for publication.

For authors signing the copyright transfer agreement
If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign. The terms and conditions of the CTA can be previewed in the samples associated with the Copyright FAQs below:

CTA Terms and Conditions

For authors choosing OnlineOpen
If the OnlineOpen option is selected the corresponding author will have a choice of the following Creative Commons License Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License OAA
Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial -NoDerivs License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements please visit the Copyright FAQs hosted on Wiley Author Services and visit

If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) you will be given the opportunity to publish your article under a CC-BY license supporting you in complying with Wellcome Trust and Research Councils UK requirements. For more information on this policy and the Journal’s compliant self-archiving policy please visit:

Further information . Proofs will be sent to the author for checking. This stage is to be used only to correct errors that may have been introduced during the production process. Prompt return of the corrected proofs, preferably within two days of receipt, will minimise the risk of the paper being held over to a later issue. Free access to the final PDF offprint of your article will be available via Author Services only. Please therefore sign up for Author Services if you would like to access your article PDF offprint and enjoy the many other benefits the service offers. Additional copies of the journal may be ordered. There is no page charge to authors.