Clinical Otolaryngology

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Edited By: Terry Jones

Impact Factor: 2.113

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 8/44 (Otorhinolaryngology)

Online ISSN: 1749-4486

Author Guidelines

Clinical Otolaryngology is intended to reflect all aspects of otorhinolaryngology and head and neck surgery, but in particular its clinical aspects. We welcome contributions under various headings, each of them having different requirements. Should a contribution be outside these guidelines, they will still be considered for publication, but the authors are advised to include a covering letter explaining why they find it difficult to comply with the guidelines. Overall, our aim is to publish original articles that add to what is already known about clinical aspects of otorhinolaryngology. Authors should attempt to demonstrate how their contribution does this. Animal and laboratory studies, as well as case reports, are advised to be submitted to alternative journals.

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Copyright Information
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f the OnlineOpen option is not selected the corresponding author will be presented with the copyright transfer agreement (CTA) to sign.

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For authors choosing OnlineOpen

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If you select the OnlineOpen option and your research is funded by certain funders [e.g. The Wellcome Trust and members of the Research Councils UK (RCUK) or the Austrian Science Fund (FWF)] 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:

Online Open

OnlineOpen is available to authors of primary research articles who wish to make their article available to non-subscribers on publication, or whose funding agency requires grantees to archive the final version of their article. With OnlineOpen, the author, the author's funding agency, or the author's institution pays a fee to ensure that the article is made available to non-subscribers upon publication via Wiley Online Library, as well as deposited in the funding agency's preferred archive. For the full list of terms and conditions, see

Any authors wishing to send their paper for OnlineOpen will be required to submit a completed Copyright Transfer Agreement Form and complete the payment form available from our website at:

Prior to acceptance there is no requirement to inform an Editorial Office that you intend to publish your paper OnlineOpen. All OnlineOpen articles go through the journal’s standard peer-review process and will be accepted or rejected based on their own merit.

Accepted Articles

This service ensures that accepted ‘in press’ manuscripts are published online soon after acceptance, prior to copyediting or typesetting. Clinical Otolaryngology gives Accepted Articles status to Reviews, Original Articles and Our Experience correspondence. Accepted Articles appear in PDF-only format, without the accompanying full-text HTML. Each manuscript is assigned 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.

Manuscript Submission

Clinical Otolaryngology receives all manuscript submissions electronically. To submit a manuscript launch your web browser (Internet Explorer 5 or higher or Netscape 7 or higher) and go to the JOURNAL’S ScholarOne Manuscripts (formerly known as Manuscript Central) homepage (

A Conflict of Interest Form should be uploaded with your manuscript.

If you have any problems with your submission, please contact the editorial office.

Preparation of manuscripts
a. Titles should be brief and include the type of study. See CONSORT guidelines at and STROBE guidelines at

b. A short title should be provided.

c. The style of writing should conform to acceptable English usage and syntax. Spellings should be taken from the Concise Oxford Dictionary of Current English. Authors are advised to use the terminology recommended by the ISO–IEC, Nomina Anatomica as used in the latest edition of Gray's Anatomy and WHO list of approved names for drugs.

d. Illustrations. The artwork should be submitted in electronic form. Please save vector graphics (e.g. line artwork) in encapsulated Postscript format (EPS), and bitmap files (e.g. half-tones) in tagged image file format (TIFF). Detailed information on our digital illustration standards is available at

No artwork should be incorporated into text files. Individual figure files should bear a reference number corresponding to a similar number in the text. References to figures should be by arabic numerals (e.g. Figure 3) and they should be numbered in order of appearance. The most suitable place for the figures to be inserted in the text should be indicated. A list of legends for the figures should be submitted on a separate page. In the full-text online version of the journal, figure legends may be truncated in abbreviated links to the full-screen version. Therefore the first 100 characters of any legend should inform the reader of key aspects of the figure.

Tables should be typed on a separate page and should be given arabic numbers (e.g. Table 3). The approximate position in the text should be indicated. Units should appear in parentheses in the column headings and not in the body of the table. Words or numerals should be repeated on successive lines; ‘ditto’ or ‘do’ should not be used.

e. References in the text must be numbered with superscript in the order of appearance and should be listed on a separate sheet (doublespaced) at the end of the paper. In the bibliography references should be quoted as shown.

1. Wright A., Hawkins C.H., Änggård E.E. et al. (2009) A controlled clinical trial of a therapeutic bacteriophage preparation in chronic otitis due to antibiotic-resistant Pseudomonas aeruginosa; a preliminary report of efficacy. Clin. Otolaryngol. 34, 349–357.
2. National Institute for Clinical Excellence (2008). Surgical management of otitis media with effusion in children; available at: http://guidance.

The responsibility of checking references rests with the author.
We recommend the use of a tool such as Reference Manager for reference management and formatting.

f. The name, address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail address of the author to whom all correspondence and proofs should be sent must be provided.

g. 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 details on online production tracking and for a wealth of resources including FAQs and tips on article preparation, submission and more.

h. Wiley-Blackwell will dispose of all hardcopy or electronic material submitted two months after publication.

Proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author as an Acrobat PDF* (portable document format) file. The e-mail server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. To read PDF files, you must have Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. This software can be downloaded (free of charge) from the following Web site: will enable the file 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.

Proof corrections should be returned to the Author Corrections Team ( within 3 days of receipt.

EarlyView (Publication Prior to Print)
Clinical Otolaryngology is covered by Wiley’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.

Categories of contributions and their requirements

Original Articles
• Reports of randomised controlled trials should conform to the CONSORT guidelines for the international reporting of such trials. See
• Epidemiology studies [case controlled, cohort, cross sectional] should conform to the STROBE guidelines. See
• Titles should include the study design (e.g. prospective case-controlled study)
• Structured abstract of no more than 250 words with the following headings: Objectives; Design; Setting; Participants; Main outcome measures; Results; Conclusions. Only abbreviations that are in the list of acceptable abbreviations are permitted in the Abstract.
• Text 2500 words maximum. In the text limit the number of abbreviations of medical/scientific terminology aiming for no more than 2 such abbreviations. Define the abbreviation (term in full followed by the abbreviation in parentheses) on the first mention in the next; thereafter, use the abbreviation only.
• Method section broken down under a series of subheadings covering the aspects detailed in the CONSORT and STROBE guidelines.
• Method section must include at the beginning an ‘Ethical considerations’ section detailing what ethical considerations were made or undergone prior to commencing the study.
• Results with missing data can be a considerable source of bias if it exceeds 20%. If this is the case then serious efforts have to be made to show that such bias is unlikely to exist.
• Results with audiometric outcome data must be reported using the American Academy of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology (AAOO) Committee on hearing and Equilibrium ‘Guidelines for the evaluation of results of treatment of conductive hearing loss’ (Otolaryngol. Head Neck Surg. 1995; 113, 186-187). This may be modified by the use of 4 kHz rather than 3 kHz. Data to include the reporting of air-bone gaps in 10 dB bins.
• Discussion section must be structured with subheadings such as: Synopsis of key/new findings; Strengths of the study; Comparisons with other studies; Clinical applicability of the study.
• Six tables/figures maximum.
• Appendices and additional figures or tables, that will not be in the print edition but will be in the online edition can be submitted. Such material must be submitted with the rest of the article and identified with a prefix S, for example Table S1 or Figure S1 (see
• 25 references maximum
• Conflicts of Interest section must declare conflicts of any of the authors or statement ‘None declared’.

• Appropriate where the intention is to update a topic where recent, quality evidence is available, or where scientific knowledge is rapidly advancing.
• Prior consultation with the editor of a proposed review is recommended via the Editorial Office.
• It is essential for the review to have a clearly defined question.
• Structured abstract of no more than 400 words with the following headings: Background; Objective of review; Type of review; Search strategy; Evaluation method; Results; Conclusions.
• Up to five succinct key points in addition to the structured abstract.
• Abbreviations, other than those in our list of acceptable abbreviations, are not permitted in the abstract or key points.
• In the text limit the number of abbreviations of medical/scientific terminology aiming for no more than 2 such abbreviations. Define the abbreviation (term in full followed by the abbreviation in parentheses) on the first mention in the next; thereafter, use the abbreviation only.
• Method section including reviewed source of literature. If electronic search (e.g. Medline) performed, word/s used and time period of search stated.Methods of review and outcomes of identified literature stated.
• Text for reviews should not normally exceed 2,500 words. Some flexibility on word count may be offered, but all reviews must adhere to the same structural requirements.
• Discussion section should be structured with subheadings such as: Summary of main results; Overall completeness and applicability of evidence; Quality of evidence; Potential biases in review; Comparison with other reviews; Implications for clinical practice; Implications for research.
• Six tables/figures maximum.
• Supplementary tables/figures can be submitted as detailed in the Original articles section above.
• Audiometric outcomes must be reported as detailed in the Original articles section above.
• ‘Conflicts of Interest’ section declaring conflicts of any of the authors or statement ‘None declared’.

There are two types of correspondence:

Our Experience
For contributions reporting audit, uncontrolled case series, scientific methods, questionnaire studies, educational and management issues.
• Such contributions must materially add to rather than repeat the existing literature.
• Titles should include the number of participants (e.g. twenty-two children)
• No abbreviations apart from those on our list of acceptable abbreviations.
• Five succinct key points (and no abstract).
• Text 1500 words maximum.
• Methods section should have a separate Ethical considerations section at the beginning.
• Discussion should be structured as detailed in the Original articles section above.
• Four figures/tables maximum.
• Audiometric data should be reported as detailed in the Original articles section above.
• Ten references maximum.
• ‘Conflicts of Interest’ section declaring conflicts of any of the authors or statement ‘None declared’.

Technical Notes
For contributions reporting technical descriptions which do not report on measures outcomes. Such contributions must materially add to rather than repeat the existing literature.
• Three succinct points (and no abstract).
• Should contain: Introduction, Technical Description, Discussion.
•Text 1000 words maximum.
• Two figures/tables maximum.
• Six references maximum.
• No abbreviations apart from those on our list.

Letters to the Editor
Priority given to letters that discuss previous articles.
• Text 400 words maximum.
• One table/figure maximum.
• Five references maximum.
• No abbreviations apart from those on our list.
• Ensure that your correspondence article includes the following information: title of correspondence article; list of author names; author affiliation details; and correspondence author details, in particular e-mail address. 

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