Information for Authors

Editorial Policies

This peer reviewed/indexed journal is designed to meet the continuing education needs of practising professionals. In accordance with Copyright Acts the senior or corresponding author must accompany each manuscript with a signed copyright transfer statement. Author(s) will be consulted, whenever possible, regarding republication of material.

The journal will feature:


These are usually commissioned by the editorial team in accordance with a cycle running over several years. Authors wishing to submit a review relevant to Acute Medicine Journal are advised to contact the editor before writing this. Unsolicited review articles received for consideration may be included if the subject matter is considered of interest to the readership, provided the topic has not already been covered in a recent edition. Review articles are usually 3000-5000 words and may include tables, pictures and other figures as required for the text. Include 3 or 4 ‘key points’ summarising the main teaching messages.

Case Reports:

These will be considered if there is a clear teaching message for physicians working in the field of Acute Medicine. The ‘Teaching Point’ should be highlighted at the start of the text. Rare or esoteric presentations will not normally be accepted for presentation. Relevant images, ECGs, xrays, etc should be included wherever possible. Laboratory results should usually be displayed in the form of a table. A discussion section should highlight the key points from the case and may include a brief review of the relevant literature, which should usually be <1000 words. Tables and diagrams may be included where appropriate. A signed patient consent form must be included with all case reports.


Research articles where the subject matter is relevant to the field of acute medicine are encouraged. Articles should normally be of <3000 words, but may include any number of tables, graphs and diagrams. Research submissions should be accompanied by a statement indicating whether ethical committee approval was granted, where relevant.


Audits relevant to the field of Acute Medicine will be considered for publication, but will usually only be accepted if the cycle has been completed (ie with implementation of change and re-audit). Such articles should usually be <3000 words in length, and may include tables, graphs and diagrams wherever necessary.


Letters or notes to the editor that comment on articles that have appeared in the journal. Brief summaries of audits, research or cases may be considered for a correspondence section.

Picture Quiz:

A case history with a clear teaching message which is highlighted by a good quality image may be considered as a ‘picture quiz’. The case should be summarised in a single paragraph followed by two or three questions relating to the case and picture. The answer will be given on a separate page, followed by a short discussion section, summarising the teaching messages and relevant literature, with references.

CPD/CME Assessment questions:

Authors submitting Original Articles and Clinical Reviews should supply 10 Single Best Option/Answer (SBO/SBA) questions, with the correct answers. There are normally 5 options to each question.

The questions should be based on the text of the article, and designed so as to assess that the reader has understood the key points within the contribution.

Meeting reports:

Concise articles summarising important material presented at major meetings and seminars, relevant to Acute Medicine. If considering submitting a conference report it is advised to contact the editor, to ensure that this has not already been submitted from another author.

Book Reviews:

Books and monographs (domestic and foreign) will be reviewed depending on their interest and value to subscribers. Authors or publishers who would like their book reviewed in the journal should send a copy to the Publishing Editor (Book Reviews), Rila Publications Ltd; 73 Newman Street, London W1T 3EJ, United Kingdom. No books will be returned.

Preparation of manuscripts

All material submitted for publication must be send by email to Original manuscripts will be considered for publication.

  • Articles are normally of 4000 -5000 words and should constitute a concise review of the current state of knowledge.
  • Appropriate imaging modalities should be reviewed and placed in the clinical context i.e. imaging should be placed within the clinical pathway.
  • The use of tables to convey important lists e.g. differential diagnoses; practice points; pitfalls etc is encouraged in order to optimise the use of space in the Journal.
  • A separate box should be produced with key learning points
  • Images should be of good quality and provided with a brief caption and appropriate annotation.
  • Authors are requested to provide two MCQs relating to their article. Where possible, MCQ’s should follow RCR style.
  • Articles should be submitted electronically. Text should be in 12 font size with 1.5 line spacing in Microsoft Word
  • Images may be submitted in JPEG of TIFF format. JPEG images should be kept using the smallest degree of compression (i.e. maximum quality)


Manuscripts must conform to acceptable English usage. Abbreviations must be limited primarily to those in general usage.

Generic names must be used. If a trade name is included, it should follow the generic name in parentheses the first time mentioned. Thereafter, generic names only should be used throughout the remainder of the article.

Weights and measurements must be expressed in metric units. Temperatures must be expressed in degrees centigrade.


Do not stylize the text to make it look like a printed book.

Never type any headings or any other text in ALL CAPITALS.

Please do not justify the text. Key returns only at the end of paragraphs.

Do not key tables vertically down one column and then start the next column from the top.

Always key tables horizontally from left to right with a single tab between columns and a return at the end of each line.

Title page:

On the title page, include the title, author(s) name, highest earned academic degrees, and institutional affiliations and locations. Designate one author as correspondent. (provide address, telephone numbers and e-mail).

Authors are also invited to submit a short medical biography of approximately 50.


Each article must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 120 words and a maximum of 5 keywords.


Personal communication should not be cited in the reference list but may appear parenthetically in the text. References must be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numerals in order of their mention. The reference list should be at the end of the text in numeric sequence. The format should conform to that set
forth in “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (Vancouver style) (JAMA 1993; 269;2282-6). Journal titles should conform to the abbreviations in Cumulated Index Medicus.

Examples of References:

If three or fewer authors list all. If four or more, list first three and add et al.

For Journal articles: Marsden JR, Coburn PR, Marks Janet, et al; Measurement of the response of psoriasis to short-term application of anthralin. Br J Dermatol 1983; 109: 209-218.

For chapters in books: Graham J: Basic pathologic changes in the skin, Graham J, Johnson WC, Helwig EB, editors: Dermal pathology. Hagerstown, MD, 1972, Harper and Row Publishers, Inc.; Chapter. 6, p 123.

For Books: Champion RH, Burton JL, Ebling FJG editors: Rook, Wilkinson, Ebling Textbook of Dermatology, ed. 5, Oxford 1992, Blackwell Scientific Publications, p 3050.

Examples of CPD/CME Assessment (SBOs/SBAs):

Example 1: All of the statements, except one, are TRUE, in respect of depression. Please select the exception

a. Depression can cause abnormal scores in cognitive testing
b. Dementia is associated with increased risk of depression
c. Late life depression is associated with subsequent diagnosis of dementia
d. Depression in people with dementia is less likely to respond to standard antidepressant drug treatment
e. Alzheimer’s disease is the dementia most associated with developing depression

Answer: Supply correct option

Example 2: Which ONE of the options are contraindications to the Men B vaccine?

a. A family history of epilepsy
b. A fever of 38.50 C or more after a previous dose of the vaccine
c. A history of a stormy course on the neonatal unit after a complicated delivery, with evidence of cerebral damage on cranial imaging.
d. Meningococcal B meningitis at 6 weeks old.
e. None of the above

Answer: Supply correct option

Example 3: MMR vaccine isn’t usually given before one year of age because…………… the option that BEST completes the statement:

a. MMR vaccine causes adverse reactions in young children
b. Young children don’t get measles infection
c. Maternal antibodies may interfere with the response made to MMR vaccine
d. The infant vaccine schedule is already very full
e. Children under one year are more at risk of developing autism after MMR

Answer: Supply correct option

Example 4: Please examine this painful lesion on the left foot of a 55 year old smoker. It has been present for 6 weeks. What is the SINGLE most likely underlying aetiology that could have resulted in this lesion?

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a. Acute limb ischaemia
b. Critical limb ischaemia
c. Vasculitis
d. Distal embolization

Answer: Supply correct answer

Example 5: A 27 year old female patient telephones her clinician and reports she lives with a friend, unregistered to your practice, who has been diagnosed with pulmonary tuberculosis. She denies any symptoms. She has no comorbidities and feels well. What is your single best next course of action?

a. Arrange a sputum culture
b. Refer for assessment at TB clinic
c. Interferon Gamma Release Assay blood test
d. Organise a chest x-ray
e. Arrange an urgent clinical review at the GP practice

Answer: Supply correct answer

Illustrations and tables:

Tables, figures and legends should supplement, not duplicate, the text.

Images may be submitted electronically with the following specifications. Size: 90 mm wide min.; resolution: 300 dpi; colour images: CMYK; greyscale: greyscale 16 bit; format: TIFF or EPS (Mac or PC). JPEG images will be accepted only if submitted as a maximum quality (lowest compression)

Type legends double-spaced on a separate page and insert after the references. If an illustration has been published previously, credit to the original source must be given in the legend.

Tables should be self-explanatory and numbered in Roman numerals according to their mention in the text. Provide a brief title for each. If a table, or any data therein, has been published previously, full credit to the original source must be given in a footnote. Tables to be prepared in MS Word.

Permissions and patient consent forms:

Direct quotations, tables or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and the original author along with complete information as to source.

Patient consent forms for publications of recognisable photographs must accompany the manuscript. Patients must be identified by simple numbers and /or letters, not by name, initials, or hospital record number.

The patient’s institutional or NHS identification must always be completely removed. The date of the study and any identifying annotations should be removed.

Institutional consent, if relevant, must also be available.

Procedure for review:

Some degree of manuscript revision should be expected and regarded as constructive. The editorial staff will examine the manuscript and send for review. Reviewers will pay particular attention to scientific accuracy, relevance, appropriateness of style, and sizing of illustrations.

For further information please contact:

Rila Publications Ltd. (Information for Authors)
73 Newman Street
United Kingdom
Tel: 020 7637 3544 Fax: 020 7580 7166

Checklist for Authors

1. Title page:

a) title of article

b) full name(s), academic degrees, and affiliations of ALL author(s)

c) name, address, business and home telephone numbers of author to whom correspondence should be sent

d) biography of max 50 words

2. Abstract (120 words double-spaced) and no more than 5 keywords

3. References, tables, legends – all double spaced on separate sheets of paper

4. Illustrations properly labelled.

5. Patient consent form (as appropriate) – form available here

6. Permission letters to reproduce material published previously

7. Declaration of competing interests – form available here

8. A signed copyright transfer statement – form available here

9.Ensure removal of all patient identification annotation from images