Wound Central welcomes contributions on all aspects of wound care, from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews, to case series and studies. Our editors and the supportive review process often provide inexperienced authors with constructive advice on how to improve their articles.
All articles will be sent for peer review. Wound Central will not accept material submitted to, or published by, other journals or books.
Please ensure that anything you submit conforms to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, and that the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on good publication practice are adhered to. For more information, visit: www.icmje.org/index.html and www.publicationethics.org.uk
All research using human subjects must conform to the guidelines set out in the Declaration of Helsinki, and statements to this effect included in the report.
All research using animal subjects must adhere to the welfare standards set out by the appropriate body in the country where the research is carried out. Institutional ethical approval must have been obtained before commencing the research, and statements to this effect included in the report.
MA Healthcare Ltd will hold exclusive copyright to all articles published.
Please follow the instructions on the website. If you have any difficulties with online submission, or with any of the guidelines below, please discuss the matter with the Editor, Rachel Webb, either via email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on +44 (0)20 7501 6348.
When you have submitted your article you will receive an acknowledgement. All articles submitted for publication in Wound Central are reviewed before publication. The review process will take approximately 6–8 weeks. When the review is complete, you will receive an email regarding the suitability of your article for publication in the journal and any suggestions for amendments. A final copy of the article, including any changes recommended by the editor and/or the reviewers, should then be submitted online.
You will receive proofs for correction at a later date before the article is published.
The title page should include:
Authorship credit should be based on:
Contributors who do not meet the above criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgements. They may include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance or data collection. As readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions, all persons must give their consent to be acknowledged.
Please explicitly state any possible conflict of interest for all authors, whether economic or social, including anything that may embarrass the author or journal if revealed at a later date. If you believe this applies to you, please provide a statement to run at the beginning of the article.
Please give full details of any funding for the study that was received by any of the authors.
The manuscript should - as far as possible - be anonymised, i.e. contain no information that might identify the authors to a reviewer.
The abstract should succinctly state the purpose of article and its main findings. For structured studies, please use the following format: Objective, Method, Results, Conclusion.
Please supply 3–6 key words representing the most important topics discussed in the article.
Please use headings where relevant and appropriate as this makes the text easier to read and enhances clarity. Please indicate the relative ‘weight’ you give each one, i.e. main headings, sub headings etc.
Your conclusions should be succinct and logically ordered. Identify gaps in present knowledge and suggest future initiatives. Take care not to introduce new points here.
Tables and figures assist readers’ comprehension of the article. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that permission is received from the copyright holder (usually the publisher, not the author, in the case of a published work) for the reproduction of figures and tables before submission. All tables and figures must be cited in text.
You must have written consent to publish photographs of patients and/or their conditions. Please indicate that such consent has been obtained in your submission.
In the text
References numbers in text: punctuation goes before superscript reference number. For example:
In the reference list
Statistical advice should be sought before data collection. Please provide full results of any tests used, giving complete test results (test statistic, degrees of freedom, P value). Appropriate indicators of error or uncertainty, such as confidence intervals, should also be given. Include power calculations if appropriate and give the name and version of any software used.
Reprints are available for purchase only. However, two copies of the journal containing the paper will be supplied for each author.
A report of secondary or retrospective research, or a case study or case series. Please refer to the STROBE checklists for information to include: http://www.strobe-statement.orgindex.php?id=available-‐checklists.
A discussion/investigation or literature review of a topic or issue in wound care. Please include full details of the literature search, including databases searched and terms used.
A report of a primary research project concerning wound care, or cost-‐effectiveness study. It should include an abstract, introduction and literature review, methods, results, discussion, limitations of the study, and conclusions and suggestions for further research.
If you are submitting a randomised controlled trial, please send a checklist and flowchart in accordance with the CONSORT guidelines, which are available at http://www.consort-statement.org. Please submit the checklist as a supplementary file and the flowchart as Fig 1 in the manuscript.
A report of service development or service management.