Information for Authors
The aim of Prescriber is to provide authoritative, attractively presented articles that are easy to read and make clear points that readers will remember. They must also be relevant to readers’ needs and reflect current opinion. To ensure this, they are all reviewed by members of the editorial board.
We welcome article submissions and would suggest contacting us in the first instance by e-mail with a brief outline of your suggested article.
It would help us to achieve our aims if you adopt the following approach:
- Write as if you were talking to your audience, avoiding the use of jargon and abbreviations.
- Try to spell out the practical implications of your article.
- Draw on your experience to identify, and suggest solutions to, problems and practice pitfalls.
- Provide helpful prescribing details (where relevant).
- Provide a Key Points box if appropriate.
- Use informative and interesting subheadings to break up the text, guide readers through the article and retain their interest.
- Illustrate your article as imaginatively as possible, ideally with a mix of clinical slides, line drawings, flow charts, graphs, pie charts, histograms, etc, if relevant. All diagrams are redrawn by the Prescriber art department and can be provided as hand-drawn roughs.
- Provide up to 10 references where appropriate
- Please email your article or suggestion to email@example.com.
- Ensure that you provide your full name, degrees, position held and professional address.
- Make clear, at the end of your article, any conflict of interest that might influence your judgement.
- Adopt the Vancouver style of references, mentioning them by superscript number in the text. Name the first three authors before using et al.
- The style for journals is: Macgregor EA. Migraine and the menopause. J Br Menopause Soc 2006;12:104-8.
- The style for books is: Beral V, Banks E, Reeves G, et al. The effect of hormone replacement therapy on breast and other cancers. In: Critchley H, Gebbie A, Beral V, eds. Menopause and hormone replacement. London: RCOG Press, 2004;136-50.
- Number your illustrations and refer to them by number at appropriate points in the text. Where necessary, add arrows to slides or scans; alternatively, provide an accompanying sketch.
- Whenever a patient is identifiable, ensure you have written permission to publish the patient’s picture.
- Seek permission to publish non-original material.
- Provide a list of figure captions that make good teaching points and relate the picture to the text. For example: “Figure 1. Bone scan with ‘hot-spots’ of prostatic bone metastasis. Patients presenting with severe bone pain in spite of hormone treatment should undergo bone scans and X-rays to determine further treatment.”
Commissioned and submitted work must comply with these editorial policies, which are also based on the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on good publication and comply with their Code of Conduct.1
The Editor aims to ensure that all articles published in Prescriber (hereinafter called ‘the Journal’) meet internationally accepted ethical standards.
Commissioned and submitted articles will be accepted for publication following peer review and acceptance by the editor. The Journal has the right to reject any commissioned article or submitted article.
Commissioned and submitted articles will be subject to peer review by board members and other specialists identified by the editor. Authors will be asked to address peer comments before articles are accepted for publication.
Editing and illustration
Accepted articles will be subedited for style, ease of reading and length. Illustrations may be suggested in addition to any supplied by the authors. Authors will be asked to approve proofs prior to publication.
All authors are required to sign a copyright transfer agreement prior to publication.
Payments for commissioned articles will be made in a timely fashion on publication. Where publication is delayed beyond six months an advance payment may be made.
Payments for articles will not be made where articles are rejected on the basis of quality and accuracy. Payments may be made where commissioned articles are not published for other reasons eg an article going out of date while in production. However, every effort will be made to publish commissioned work.
Patient confidentiality and consent to publication
The Journal requires that authors use the guidelines below on patient consent to publication:
For a patient’s consent to publication of information about them in Prescriber.
Name of person described in article or shown in photograph:__________________________
Subject matter of photograph or article:__________________________
Title of article:_________________________________________________
I_________________________________________[insert full name] give my consent for this information about MYSELF/MY CHILD OR WARD/MY RELATIVE [circle correct description] relating to the subject matter above (“the Information”) to appear in Prescriber.
I have seen and read the material to be submitted to Prescriber.
I understand the following:
1. The Information will be published without my name attached and Prescriber will make every attempt to ensure my anonymity. I understand, however, that complete anonymity cannot be guaranteed. It is possible that somebody somewhere – perhaps, for example, somebody who looked after me if I was in hospital or a relative – may identify me.
2. The text of the article will be edited for style, grammar, consistency, and length
3. The journal goes mainly to doctors but is seen by many non-doctors, including journalists.
4. The Information will also be placed on the Prescriber website, www.prescriber.co.uk.
5. The Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Group will not allow the Information to be used for advertising or packaging or to be used out of context (for example, a photograph will not be used to illustrate an article that is unrelated to the subject of the photograph.)
6. I can revoke my consent at any time before publication, but once the Information has been committed to publication (“gone to press”) it will not be possible to revoke the consent.
If individuals might be identified from a publication (eg from images) authors must obtain explicit written consent from the individual.
Role of professional medical writers in peer-reviewed publications
Authors must follow the guidelines by the European Medical Writers Association on the role of medical writers.2 The guidelines emphasise the importance of respecting widely recognised authorship criteria, and in particular of ensuring that all people listed as named authors have full control of the content of papers. The role of professional medical writers must be transparent.
Any professional medical writer must be named among the list of contributors to any article for the Journal (not only original research papers), and it will be specified in the acknowledgments and statement of competing interests for the article who paid the writer.
Disclosure and competing interests statements
Authors are required to disclose financial interests in any company or institution that might benefit from their publication. Financial interests have the greatest potential to influence the objectivity, integrity or perceived value of a publication. They may include any or all, but are not limited to, the following:
- Personal financial interests: Stocks or shares in companies that may gain or lose financially through publication; consultant/advisory fees or fees for speaking at meetings or other forms of remuneration from organisations that may gain or lose financially. Any payments from companies to the author for writing the article.
- Funding: Research support from organisations that might gain or lose financially through publication of the paper.
- Employment: Recent, present or anticipated employment of authors or family members by any organisation that may gain or lose financially through publication of the paper.
Authors will be required to declare any competing interests prior to publication and these interests will be included within the published article under ‘Declarations of interest’.
For papers where there are no competing interests, all authors must include the statement ‘the authors have no competing interests’.
Peer reviewers are also asked to declare any competing interests (these are not published).
The Journal will publish corrections when errors could affect the interpretation of the content of the article, whatever the cause of the error (ie arising from author or publisher errors). Where errors are identified post print but prior to online posting the error will be corrected on the online version.
Handling editors and editorial board members competing interests
Editors or Editorial Board members are never involved in editorial decisions about their own work. Journal editors, Editorial Board members and other editorial staff (including peer reviewers) withdraw from discussions about submissions where any circumstances might prevent him/her offering unbiased editorial decisions. Editors and members of the Editorial Board disclose their competing interests on an annual basis.
- Graf C, Wagner E, Bowman A, Fiack S, Scott-Lichter D, Robinson A. Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics: a Publisher’s Perspective. Int J Clin Pract 2007; 61(Suppl. 152):1–26.
- Jacobs A, Wager E. European Medical Writers Association (EMWA) guidelines on the role of medical writers in developing peer-reviewed publications. Curr Med Res Opin 2005;21:317–321.