Autonomic and Autacoid Pharmacology

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Edited By: Peter Penson (Editor) and Kenneth J. Broadley (Deputy Editor)

Online ISSN: 1474-8673

Author Guidelines

Effective with the 2012 volume, this journal will be published in an online-only format.

Authors are requested to adhere closely to these instructions. Failure to comply will lead to delay in publication. Information for authors can be found at

The journal follows a strict ethical code of conduct. Before submitting your manuscript, please see here for full details on the journal's Ethical Policy.

The journal operates a double-blind peer-review process. Any information in the manuscript which may enable the authors to be identified should be removed when the manuscript is submitted. Please submit your manuscripts to Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology via the online submission system, Scholar One:  

The following article types will be considered for publication: original articles (full-length papers incorporating original experimental data), review articles, mini-reviews (intended to provide an update in rapidly developing fields) and historical perspectives.'

Published abstracts arising from scientific meetings must be acknowledged. The full postal and e-mail address of the author to whom the proofs should be sent must be indicated on the manuscript.

After acceptance

If your paper is accepted, the author identified as the formal corresponding author for the paper will recieve an email prompting them to login to Author Services, where via the Wiley Author Licensing Service (WALS), they will be able to complete the license agreement on behalf of all the authors on the papers.

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 Open Access Agreements (OAA):

Creative Commons Attribution Licenses OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commerical License OAA

Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial - NoDerics License OAA

To preview the terms and conditions of these open access agreements, please vist the Copyright FAQ 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 ti 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:

Papers must be in the general style of the journal. Research papers should be divided into sections: Summary, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, References, Acknowledgements. The Summary should consist of concise numbered paragraphs. Each research paper should be accompanied by an abstract of about 100 words typed on a separate sheet.

For information on submitting illustrations, including details on file formats, please see the instructions on our website at site

Figure legends should be included in the main text of the manuscript and not form part of the figures. For production purposes, it is best if you can supply figures in TIFF format; however, it is also possible to use Illustrator or Photoshop software saved in the format '.eps' or '.tif'. If you are unable to provide these specified formats, please provide the figures in as many different file formats as possible.

The figure resolution/specification for various types of original figures, at their final size, should be as follows:
Line art - minimum 600 dpi
Halftone (i.e. both B/W and Colour photographs) - minimum 300 dpi
Line and tone (line art and halftone combined) - Minimum 600 dpi

For line figures, the lines should be solid, the text in a standard font and not blurred, and the overall image should be sharp and clear. Avoid using tints if possible; if they are essential to the understanding of the figure, try to make them coarse. As a guide, if the electronic files are viewed at 400% on the computer screen and they looked blurred or pixellated in any way then they will NOT be of sufficient quality for printing.

Figure and table legends must be able to stand alone in the text and thus full descriptive legends for all figures and tables should be supplied.

These should usually have not more than 85 characters to a line (spaces between columns count as 4 characters) and should be typed on a separate sheet of paper.

All references should be numbered consecutively in order of appearance and should be as complete as possible. In text citations should cite references in consecutive order using Arabic superscript numerals. Sample references follow:

Journal article:
1. King VM, Armstrong DM, Apps R, Trott JR. Numerical aspects of pontine, lateral reticular, and inferior olivary projections to two paravermal cortical zones of the cat cerebellum. J Comp Neurol 1998;390:537-551.

2. Voet D, Voet JG. Biochemistry. New York: John Wiley & Sons; 1990. 1223 p.

Please note that journal title abbreviations should conform to the practices of Chemical Abstracts.

For more information about AMA reference style - AMA Manual of Style

Reviews and Historical Perspectives
Reviews may be either full length or briefer (mini-reviews) and may be solicited or unsolicited. Historical Perspectives will generally be solicited but all potential authors of review type articles are advised to discuss their ideas for articles with the Editor.

Proofs will be sent via email as an Acrobat PDF (portable document format) file. The email server must be able to accept attachments up to 4MB in size. Acrobat Reader will be required to read this file. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following website: This will enable the files to be opened, read on screen and printed out in order for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with the proof. Proofs will be posted if no email address is available; in your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your email to retrieve the proofs. Authors are not permitted to add new material at this stage.

Supplementary material
We are always keen to reduce the size of a manuscript, so you may wish to consider placing some larger tables or supplementary figures, which can be referred to in the text, onto the Wiley Online Library website linked to your published article. See for details.

Author Services
NEW: Online production tracking is now available for your article through Wiley-Blackwell’s Author Services
Author Services enables authors to track their article – once it has been accepted – through the production process to publication online and in print. Authors can check the status of their articles online and choose to receive automated e-mails at key stages of production. The author will receive an e-mail with a unique link that enables them to register and have their article automatically added to the system. Please ensure that a complete e-mail address is provided when submitting the manuscript. Visit for more details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

Early View
NEW: Autonomic & Autacoid Pharmacology is covered by Wiley-Blackwell's Early View service. Early View articles are complete full-text articles published online in advance of their publication in a printed issue. Articles are therefore available as soon as they are ready, rather than having to wait for the next scheduled print issue. Early View articles are complete and final. They have been fully reviewed, revised and edited for publication, and the authors' final corrections have been incorporated. Because they are in final form, no changes can be made after online publication. The nature of Early View articles means that they do not yet have volume, issue or page numbers, so Early View articles cannot be cited in the traditional way. They are therefore given a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), which allows the article to be cited and tracked before it is allocated to an issue. After print publication, the DOI remains valid and can continue to be used to cite and access the article.

PDF Offprints
Authors will be provided with electronic offprints of their article. Paper offprints may be ordered at the prices quoted on the order form, which accompanies the proofs, provided that the form is returned to the address indicated on the form. Offprints are normally despatched within two 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 corresponding author at his/her email address as listed with the title page of the paper, unless advised otherwise; therefore please ensure that the name, address and email of the corresponding author are clearly indicated on the manuscript title page if he/she is not the corresponding author of the paper.

Author material archive policy
Please note that unless specifically requested, all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication will be disposed of.  If you require the return of any material submitted, please inform the editorial office or production editor as soon as possible if you have not yet done so.

Funding Body Deposit Requirements of Accepted Papers
Please read our frequently asked questions on this topic which can be found in our Author Services website at

Pre-acceptance English Language Editing Service
Authors for who English is a second language may choose to have their manuscript professionally edited to improve the English before submission or during the review process.

English-language editing will improve grammar, spelling, punctuation and clarity, and will resolve any ambiguity caused by poor phrasing; it will improve word choice and ensure that the tone of the language is appropriate for an academic journal.

A list of independent suppliers of editing services can be found at Japanese authors can also find a list of local English improvement services at All services are paid for and arranged for by the author and use of one of these services does not guarantee acceptance or preference for publication.

The Publisher and Editors cannot be held responsible for errors or any consequences arising from the use of information contained in this journal, the views and opinions expressed do not necessarily reflect those of the Publisher and the Editors, neither does the publication of advertisements constitute any endorsement by the Publisher and Editors of the products advertised.