Colorectal Disease

Cover image for Vol. 16 Issue 9

Edited By: R.J. Nicholls

Impact Factor: 2.017

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 49/74 (Gastroenterology & Hepatology); 67/202 (Surgery)

Online ISSN: 1463-1318

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Colorectal Disease publishes 12 issues per year in print and online. Original and Review Articles for the print edition of the journal should not exceed 3000 words, excluding abstract, references, tables, figures and legends. In the event that an article does exceed 3000 words, the Editors reserve the right to have the article, if accepted, published online-only. The article will still be fully indexed and fully citable in exactly the same way as an article in the print issue. In addition, the article will appear in the print table of contents and the abstract will be published in the print issue. Clinical Notes and Technical Notes are normally published online-only. normally be published online-only.

We will consider original articles, reviews, meta-analyses, technical and clinical notes and letters. These should be concerned with the clinical, diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of diseases of the lower gastrointestinal tract.

The journal no longer accepts case reports for publication. Authors of case reports are encouraged to submit to Wiley’s open access journal Clinical Case Reports. Authors who wish to submit a series of cases to Colorectal Disease, combining them with a review of the literature, should submit this as a full systematic review.

As soon as an article is accepted, it will be published online as a fully citable ‘Accepted Article’ within a few days of receipt by the production office. At this stage it will be allocated to appear as a paper article or online-only article in an issue of the Journal.

Papers should be submitted electronically via ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) at:

Text files should be in .doc or .rtf format (not .pdf).

If you need any assistance or guidance with online submissions, please contact Michael Willis in the Editorial Office by email to or by telephone on +44 (0) 1865 476 387. 

All manuscripts should start with a title page, detailing:

(1) title of the article;
(2) initials, names and qualifications of each author;
(3) their main appointment;
(4) the name(s) of the(ir) institution(s). One author should be nominated for correspondence with the Editors. There should normally be a maximum of five authors. An e-mail address should be provided for the corresponding author;
(5) information about the contribution of each author to the paper(please also refer to the section below headed 'Authorship and contributions');
(6) the word count excluding abstract and references.

Authors should ensure that page numbers are included in all manuscripts. Papers without page numbers will not be considered for publication.

A covering letter hand-signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all named authors should accompany the manuscript on submission (a scanned document is acceptable), confirming that:

(i) all named authors agree to the submission of the paper to Colorectal Disease;
(ii) all authors who contributed to the design and writing of the paper have been named on the paper;
(iii) the paper is not currently under review by another journal; and
(iv) the paper has not been accepted for publication elsewhere.

As part of the online submission process the submitting author will be asked to supply the names and email addresses of all named authors, who will then be informed by the editorial office that the manuscript has been submitted.

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.

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:

Pre-print publication via Accepted Articles
Accepted Articles is the Publisher's service whereby peer reviewed, accepted articles are published online as and when they are ready, prior to their ultimate inclusion in a print or online issue and without having been copy-edited. This service has been designed to ensure the earliest possible circulation of research papers immediately after acceptance. Readers should note that articles published within Accepted Articles have been fully refereed, but have not been through the copy-editing and proof correction process. Wiley-Blackwell cannot be held responsible for errors or consequences arising from the use of information contained in these articles; nor do the views and opinions expressed necessarily reflect those of Wiley-Blackwell. Accepted Articles papers appear in PDF-only format, without the accompanying full-text HTML. Accepted Articles articles are fuly citable and can be referenced using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number provided.


The accepted manuscript will appear online as part of the Wiley-Blackwell Accepted Articles service shortly after acceptance. Once the article is fully copy-edited and corrected (print-ready) it will then be published in a regular journal issue online (at and in print. All pre-print published articles are fully citable by DOI number.


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. Paper offprints may be ordered at prices quoted on the order form, which accompanies the proofs, provided that the form is returned with the proofs. The cost is more if the form arrives too late for the main print run. Offprints are normally dispatched within three weeks of publication of the issue in which the paper appears. Please contact the publishers if offprints do not arrive: however, please note that offprints are sent by surface mail, so overseas orders may take up to six weeks to arrive. Electronic offprints are sent to the first author at his or her first email address on the title page of the paper, unless advised otherwise; therefore please ensure that the name, address and email address of the receiving author are clearly indicated on the manuscript title page if he or she is not the first author of the paper.


Additionally, we should be very grateful if you would consider using a modified version of the above in your letters of acceptance.


Peer Review
Papers considered for publication will be submitted by the Editors to two or more expert external advisers. Any statistics included will be analysed by a statistician. Other experts may be invited to comment where appropriate. Similar procedures may be used for other contributions to the Journal.

Wiley-Blackwell Author Services 
For FAQs and tips about preparing and submitting manuscripts and more, and for services such as automated email tracking for your article through production, please visit the Wiley-Blackwell Author Services website at 

Types of Contributions

Review Articles
Authors who would like to contribute review articles should send a proposal to the Editors through the Editorial Office before submitting their article. In the event of acceptance for publication the Editors may wish to discuss with the author the mode of publication, whether print or online only, depending on the length of the article. Reviews are divided into narrative/opinion papers, expressing the authors' opinion or organizational matters - sometimes based on some kind of literature search - and systematic reviews on interventions, epidemiology and diagnostics where the guidelines below are to be followed:

a) Statement of type: systematic review with/without meta-analysis

b) A structured abstract (please refer to the headings listed below):

Aim: What was the purpose of the study?
      Background: Clinical question, previous studies.
      Objective: Aim of this study/review.
Method: A brief description of the methods used.
      Search strategy: How was the search for trials performed?
      Selection criteria: How were studies for the analysis selected? Inclusion and exclusion criteria.
      Data collection and analysis:How were data retrieved and how were data analyzed?
Results: What were the main findings?
Conclusion: What are the main conclusions or implications of the study?

c) Introduction:

  • Background
  • Aim

d) Methods:

  • Study design and participants
  • Systematic literature search (not only in the English language)
  • Primary and secondary outcomes
  • Data extraction
  • Data synthesis (e.g. type of meta-analysis)

e) Results:

  • Description of included and excluded studies (trials flow diagram)
  • Quality assessment of included studies
  • Primary and secondary outcomes
  • Sensitivity analysis

f) Discussion:

  • Including implications for practice and further research

g) References

h) Legends to illustrations

i) Tables and their legends

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should conform to the PRISMA Statement (, and a checklist and flow diagram should be included in your submission. Prospective authors are also encouraged to follow the guidance in the following article: Wille-Jørgensen, P. and Renehan, A. G. (2008), Systematic reviews and meta-analyses in coloproctology: interpretation and potential pitfalls. Colorectal Disease, 10: 21–32. doi: 10.1111/j.1463-1318.2007.01421.x. For help with construction of a protocol for a good systematic review, please contact the Reviews Editor.

Original Articles
Original articles on clinical and scientific aspects of colorectal disease should include the following:

a) An abstract (please refer to the section below headed 'Structured Abstracts')

b) Authors should provide a statement of no more than 50 words that should be placed immediately after the abstract and headed ‘What does this paper add to the literature?'.

c) Text, sub-divided into:
  • introduction
  • subjects/patients (or materials) and methods
  • results;
  • discussion and conclusions
  • acknowledgements
  • references

d) Legends to illustrations

e) Tables and their legends

f) The trial registration number, if the article is a randomised controlled trial (please refer to the section below headed 'Randomised Controlled Trials').

Clinical Notes and Technical Notes
These should not exceed 1200 words and contain no more than 15 references and up to four illustrations. Submissions should be subdivided into: indications, method, comparison with other methods, advantages and disadvantages, difficulties and complications. Authors of Technical Notes are expected to submit videos to accompany their article.

Questions or comments concerning published papers may be sent to the Editor who will refer them to the authors. The readers' comments and authors' replies may subsequently be published together. Items of correspondence should be submitted online, in the same way as other journal submissions.

Other notes

Authorship and contributions
The journal follows the recommendations of the ICMJE for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals. According to these, authorship should be based on the following four criteria:

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

Other contributors to the paper may be credited in an 'Acknowledgements' section.

Structured Abstracts
Wiley-Blackwell supports the current trends towards structured abstracts with consistent headings as these make it easier to assimilate information from screen in the event of an electronic version of the journal.

A structured abstract should include the following headings:

Aim: What was the purpose of the study?
Method: A brief description of the materials - patients or subjects (i.e. healthy volunteers) or materials (animals) - and methods used.
Results: What were the main findings?
Conclusion: What are the main conclusions or implications of the study?

Randomised Controlled Trials
Colorectal Disease requires that randomised controlled trials (RCTs) submitted for consideration of publication be registered in a public registry of controlled trials. The trial registration number must be included in the manuscript at the time of submission. Manuscripts reporting RCTs must also follow the CONSORT statement and will not be considered for publication without a completed CONSORT checklist. The checklist should be uploaded at the time of manuscript submission using the file designation 'Supplemental Files'.

These should conform to the Vancouver style. The references in the text should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they appear and indicated by Arabic numerals in square brackets. Except for review articles there should not be more than 30. Examples are given below.

Altomare DF, Spazzafumo L, Rinaldi M, Dodi G, Ghiselli R, Piloni V. Set-up and statistical validation of a new scoring system for obstructed defaecation syndrome. Colorectal Dis 2008;10:84-8.

Nelson, R (2006, 2nd edition). Does lifestyle cause colorectal cancer? In Challenges in Colorectal Cancer (eds Scholefield JH, Abcarian H, Grothey A and Maughan T), pp1-13. Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford.

Risk Prediction in Surgery: Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Laparoscopic Conversion Model. Smith JJ and Tekkis PP. Available at Accessed 31 July 2008.

References in Articles
We recommend the use of a tool such as EndNote or Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

EndNote reference styles can be searched for here:

Reference Manager reference styles can be searched for here:

Please provide best quality figures. Digital files in accordance with our instructions at can be used by production. EPS (illustrations, graphs, annotated artwork; minimum resolution 800 dpi) and TIFF (micrographs, photographs; minimum resolution 300 dpi) are recommended, although in some cases other formats can be used. Files should be at print size.

Figures and illustrations for accepted papers can be submitted electronically. Full instructions can be found on our digital illustration pages. Figures and tables can be embedded into the Word document, but they must be grouped at the end of the document rather than embedded within the text.

Figures or tables reproduced from a published work must have the original source quoted and the permission of the author and publisher. Colour photographs may be submitted at no additional cost to the author, and authors are encouraged to submit images in colour wherever possible.

Video Submissions

The Journal welcomes submissions of multimedia video articles for publication in the journal, on its Wiley Online Library web page, and on its dedicated video channel on YouTube and Vimeo.

Video submissions will be peer reviewed and considered for publication in one of two styles:

  1. ‘Video Vignette’
    Standalone video vignettes should be up to ten minutes in duration and will be expected to describe a surgical technique or interesting case encountered by the authors. A short description of the video, written as an item of Correspondence, containing ‘Video Vignette’ in the title, and no more than 250 words in length, must be submitted with the video.
  2. Video accompanying a Clinical or Technical Note
    The video should be a maximum of ten minutes in duration and the accompanying manuscript should not exceed 1200 words and contain no more than 15 references. Submissions should be subdivided into: indications, method, comparison with other methods, advantages and disadvantages, difficulties and complications.

Videos should be narrated in English. At the time of submission the following must be supplied:

  • Typed script of the video, in Word format
  • Completed copy of the Online Broadcast Release Form (available from the ScholarOne Manuscripts site under 'Instructions and Forms'), along with any relevant copies of patient consent

All videos should be in the highest resolution possible and in one of the following formats: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM. The video file and typed script should be uploaded to the ScholarOne Manuscripts website using the file designation 'Supplementary File for Review'. If you experience difficulty uploading a video file to the journal submission website, you are welcome to upload the file to a third-party file-sharing website and inform the editorial office at the time of submission.

All measurements should be in SI units with the exception of haemoglobin (g/dL) and blood pressure (mmHg). Original observations recorded in other units should be stated, together with the appropriate conversion factors. Standard abbreviations, without punctuation, are used. Units, Symbols and Abbreviations (1977) published by the Royal Society of Medicine, and SI: The International System of Units (1982) from HMSO provide useful guides.

Words must be spelt out on first appearance in both summary and text. Abbreviations, used sparingly, should follow the first full spelling, in parentheses.

Page proofs will be sent to the corresponding author and should be returned within 3 days of receipt to the Production Editor. Significant textual alterations are unacceptable at proof stage without the written approval of the Editor, and they are likely to result in the delay of publication. The corresponding author will receive an e-mail alert containing a link to a secure web site. A working e-mail address must therefore be provided for the corresponding author. In the absence of the corresponding author, please arrange for a colleague to access the e-mail to retrieve the proofs.

For any production-related queries please contact the Production Editor at

Human studies should have been approved by an ethics committee but in questionable matters the Editors reserve the right to reject papers. Sources of financial support must be acknowledged. Other kinds of association (such as consultancy, share ownership, or patent-licensing arrangements) should be disclosed to the Editor in a covering letter at the time of submission. Such information will be held in confidence.


Pre-acceptance English language editing service

 Authors for whom English is a second language should have their manuscript professionally edited or edited by a fluent English speaker before submission. English-language editing will:


• Improve grammar, spelling, and punctuation

• Improve clarity and resolve any ambiguity caused by poor phrasing

• Improve word-choice and ensure that the tone of the language is appropriate for an academic journal.


For more information on professional editing services, please follow this link:



Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

 As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), adherence to the submission criteria stated above is considered essential for publication in Colorectal Disease. Mandatory fields are included in the online submission process to ensure this. If, at a later stage in the submission process or even after publication, a manuscript and/or authors are found to have disregarded these criteria, it is the duty of the Editor to report this to COPE. COPE may recommend that action be taken to inform the authors’ professional regulatory body and/or institution of such a dereliction. The website for COPE may be accessed at: