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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

Author Guidelines

Duplicate/redundant publication is not permitted . This includes papers, or letters to the Editor reporting the same information including data published in any journal. Abstracts of papers presented at meetings and published in the proceedings of such meetings do not constitute duplicate publication, but should be disclosed. Disclosure should be made by a separate letter that accompanies the manuscript submission stating the meeting, venue, and when presented.  References must be provided.

Authors should declare that any republication of the data (e.g. in a secondary analysis or translation) will not constitute redundant publication, will not breach copyright, and will reference the original publication.

Patient Consent

Patient's or healthy control person’s, written consent is needed not only for full papers, but also for case reports. The written consent needs to include agreement to undergo treatment, or participate in an experiment or Randomised Control Trial where applicable.  Consent should have been obtained also for publication of anonymised patient information and data in a scientific journal. If the patient is not alive, consent from their relatives will be required, before publication.

Ethics approval

All clinical studies need to be approved by an appropriately constituted Ethical Committee. All authors are expected to adhere to the ethical/research standards as described in the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki.

We do not publish any articles involving what would be best described as an experiment on human volunteers or patients.

Any manuscript that includes studies involving animals must be accompanied by a statement describing how any suffering was attenuated.

 Statistical analysis

A statement must be submitted with the manuscript as to how statistical analysis was performed and by whom, where applicable.

Contribution of each author to the study/manuscript and their approval for publication of manuscript

Please state briefly how each of the authors contributed to the study, to data analysis and to the writing of the manuscript. In addition, please confirm that everythe author has read and approved entire manuscript as submitted to West London Medical Journal.

Authors must acknowledge any support that they were given (e.g. provision of writing assistance, literature searching, data analysis, administrative support, supply of materials). If/how this assistance was funded should be described and included with other funding information.

Authors should provide copies of permission letters for any material reproduced from other, copyrighted publications (e.g. tables or figures).

Authors should declare that the submitted work has not previously been published in full, and is not being considered for publication, elsewhere.

Clinical trials should have been registered and manuscript must include the registration number and name of the trial register.

We recommend that all authors read the Blackwell Publishing best practice guidelines on publication ethics before submitting any article to the West London Medical Journal.

(Best Practice Guidelines on Publication Ethics: A Publisher's Perspective is reproduced with permission from International Journal of Clinical Practice
Graf C, Wager E, Bowman A et al. Int J Clin Pract 2007; 61 (s152):126.

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