Colorectal Disease

Cover image for Vol. 17 Issue 2

Edited By: N J Mortensen

Impact Factor: 2.017

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2013: 49/75 (Gastroenterology & Hepatology); 69/204 (Surgery)

Online ISSN: 1463-1318

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines



Papers should be submitted electronically via the journal’s ScholarOne Manuscripts website at If you need any assistance or guidance with the submission process, please contact Michael Willis in the Editorial Office by email to or by telephone on +44 (0) 1865 476 387.

Text files should be in an editable format such as Microsoft Word (not PDF). The text file should include legends and tables, but figures should be supplied separately in a native image format such as TIFF or JPG.

At the time of submission an authorship declaration form must be uploaded, containing the handwritten signature of the corresponding author on behalf of all named authors (a scanned document is acceptable), and confirming that:

  • all named authors agree to the submission of the paper to Colorectal Disease;
  • all authors who qualify for authorship under the criteria listed in the section Authorship and contributions below have been named on the paper;
  • the paper is not currently under review by another journal; and
  • the paper has not been accepted for publication elsewhere.

During the submission process the submitting author will also be asked to supply the names and current email addresses of all authors named on the paper, who will be notified by the editorial office that the manuscript has been submitted.

Submitted papers will be assessed by the Editors and may then be sent to two or more expert external advisers. Statistics will be analysed by a statistician. Other experts may be invited to comment where appropriate.


The journal publishes original articles, systematic reviews with/without meta-analyses, narrative reviews, technical and clinical notes and letters.

The journal does not publish case reports. 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, adhering to the guidelines for systematic reviews given below.

All manuscripts, regardless of article type, should start with a title page, containing:

  • the title of the article;
  • the initials, names and qualifications of each author;
  • the main appointment of each author;
  • the name(s) of the institution(s) of each author;
  • the name and email address of the corresponding author;
  • full disclosures of potential conflicts of interest on the part of any named author, or a statement confirming that there are no conflicts of interest;
  • the word count excluding abstract, references, tables, figures and legends.

Review Articles

Authors who would like to contribute review articles are encouraged to send a proposal to the Editors before submitting their full article.

Review Articles should not exceed 3000 words (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures and legends) and four illustrations.

Reviews may be either narrative reviews, expressing the authors’ opinion or organizational matters - sometimes based on a literature search - or systematic reviews on interventions, epidemiology and diagnostics.

Narrative reviews should include an unstructured abstract of no more than 250 words summarising the article.

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses should follow the PRISMA Statement, and a PRISMA checklist and flow diagram should be included in your submission. Prospective authors are also strongly 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.

Systematic reviews should be organised as follows:

  • Abstract, structured as follows:
    • Aim: What was the background to the study? What was the aim of this study?
    • Method: A brief description of the methods used. What was the search strategy? What were the selection criteria? How were data collected and analysed?
    • Results: What were the main findings?
    • Conclusion: What are the main conclusions or implications of the study?
  • Statement not exceeding 50 words, explaining what the paper adds to the existing literature on the subject
  • Introduction: Background, Aim
  • 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)
  • Results: description of included and excluded studies (trials flow diagram), quality assessment of included studies, primary and secondary outcomes, sensitivity analysis
  • Discussion: implications for practice and further research
  • Acknowledgements
  • References, in Vancouver style (see under References below)
  • Tables and figures, including legends

Original Articles

Original Articles should not exceed 3000 words (excluding abstract, references, tables, figures and legends) and four illustrations.

Original Articles should be organised as follows:

  • Abstract, structured as follows:
    • 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?
  • Statement not exceeding 50 words, explaining what the paper adds to the existing literature on the subject
  • Introduction
  • Method
  • Results
  • Discussion and conclusions
  • Acknowledgements
  • References, in Vancouver style (see under References below)
  • Tables and figures, including legends

Clinical Notes and Technical Notes

These are published online only in a regular journal issue and are listed in that issue's print table of contents. Clinical and Technical Notes should not exceed 1200 words and contain no more than 15 references and up to four illustrations.

Clinical and Technical Notes should be organised as follows:

  • Abstract, structured as follows:
    • 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?
  • Indications
  • Method
  • Comparison with other methods, advantages and disadvantages, difficulties and complications.
  • References, in Vancouver style (see under 'References' below)
  • Acknowledgements
  • Tables and figures, including legends

Authors of Technical Notes are expected to submit videos to accompany their article. 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. For more guidance see under Videos below.


Correspondence is welcomed under the following categories:

  • A response to a published paper. In this case the Editor may refer the comment to the authors of the published paper for a reply. The correspondence and the authors' reply will subsequently be published together;
  • A standalone letter, not relating to a published paper;
  • A standalone video vignette, describing a surgical technique or interesting case encountered by the authors. The video should be no longer than 10 minutes in duration. A short description of the video, written as an item of Correspondence, containing ‘Video Vignette’ in the title, and not exceeding 250 words in length, must be submitted with the video. For more guidance see under Videos below.


All accepted articles are technically edited by one of the Editors. On completion of the technical editing, the article will be sent to the production department and published online as a fully citable Accepted Article within about one week.

Authors of original and review articles are asked at the point of submission to state their preference for print-and-online publication or online-only publication, in the event that their paper is accepted. For original and review articles published online-only the abstracts will also be published in the accompanying printed issue. All articles published online and/or in print will be identical in presentation.

Case reports, clinical notes and technical notes will normally be published online-only. As with all articles published in Colorectal Disease, articles published online-only are fully citable and indexed. All articles published online-only will be included in the table of contents of the accompanying print issue.

For any queries relating to accepted papers once they have been sent to the production department, please contact the Production Editor at

Pre-print publication via Accepted Articles

Accepted Articles are peer reviewed, accepted articles which 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 are fully citable and can be referenced using the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number provided. In due course articles, once fully copy-edited and print-ready, will be published in a regular journal issue.


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 email alert containing a link to a secure web site. A working email 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.

Licensing and OnlineOpen

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 licence agreement on behalf of all authors on the paper.

  • If the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign.
  • 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. Details of Open Access licence terms are available here.

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


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.



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

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:

  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • 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.

All other contributors to the paper should be credited in the 'Acknowledgements' section.

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.

English language editing

We strongly recommend that authors for whom English is a second language should have their manuscript professionally edited or edited by a fluent English speaker prior to submission. Wiley’s English Language Editing Service can help to ensure your paper is clearly written in standard, scientific English language appropriate to your discipline. Visit to learn about the options. Using the Wiley English Language Editing Service does not guarantee that your paper will be accepted for publication.


Authors are advised to read Wiley's Best Practice Guidelines on Publishing Ethics prior to submission.

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.

Colorectal Disease employs plagiarism detection software. By submitting your manuscript to this journal you accept that your manuscript may be screened for plagiarism against previously published works.

Full disclosures of potential conflicts of interest on the part of any named author must be included in the manuscript's title page.

As a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), adherence to the submission criteria described above is considered essential for publication in Colorectal Disease. 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.


Guidance for preparation of illustrations is available at Figures or tables reproduced from a published work must have the original source quoted and a copy of the permission of the author and/or publisher must be supplied at the time of submission. Colour images may be submitted at no additional cost to the author, and authors are encouraged to submit images in colour wherever possible.

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 cited in the manuscript. Manuscripts reporting RCTs must also follow the CONSORT statement and will not be considered for publication without a completed CONSORT checklist.


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. Examples are given below:

Golda, T., Kreisler, E., Mercader, C., Frago, R., Trenti, L. and Biondo, S. (2014), Emergency surgery for perforated diverticulitis in the immunosuppressed patient. Colorectal Disease, 16: 723–731. doi: 10.1111/codi.12685

Moran, B. J. and Moore, T. J. (2014) Extralevator AbdominoPerineal Excision (ELAPE) for Advanced Low Rectal Cancer, in Colorectal Cancer: Diagnosis and Clinical Management (eds J. H. Scholefield and C. Eng), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118337929.ch6

Risk Prediction in Surgery: Cleveland Clinic Colorectal Laparoscopic Conversion Model. Smith JJ and Tekkis PP. Available at Accessed 31 July 2014.


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.


Videos will be peer reviewed and published on the journal’s video channel on YouTube and Vimeo. Narration should be in English. At the time of submission the following must be supplied:

  • Typed script of the video, in Word format; AND
  • Completed copy of the Online Broadcast Release Form, along with completed copies of patient consent forms if appropriate.

All videos should be in the highest resolution possible and in one of the following formats: MOV, MPEG4, AVI, WMV, MPEGPS, FLV, 3GPP, WebM. 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, in which case you should inform the editorial office at the time of submission.