Guide To Authors

The Wounds-UK Journal welcomes articles which reflect the field of wound healing / management in the UK. Articles which are from authors out with the UK but are relevant to the readers of the Wounds-UK Journal are also very welcome. We publish literature reviews, original research, clinical audit and practice development articles. All articles submitted for publication are subject to double-blind, external peer review. Manuscripts should be submitted electronically at
or emailed to the Managing Editor at

Articles should be 2000–4000 words in length, exceptions will be made where agreed with the Editor. All manuscripts should be printed double-spaced (including references) on A4 paper.Each page should be numbered and the authors details only appear on the cover page.

Title page:

The title page should carry: title of article; the names of the authors (with first names); institutional affiliation of each author; full details of each author’s current appointment; name and address and contact details of the author responsible for correspondence.


An abstract of between 100 and 150 words should be submitted on a separate page giving a brief outline of the content of the article, including major findings.


Please use headings where relevant.

Recommendations for practice:

Identify gaps in present knowledge and suggest future initiatives, and recommendations for practice.

Key words:

Provide key words for indexing purposes.

Conflict of interest:

Authors must declare any conflict of interest. This is any possible interest, financial or otherwise, which may embarrass the author or the journal if highlighted at a later date. If you feel this applies to you, please provide a statement to run at the end of the article.


Provide diagrams, figures, photographs or slides (preferably colour) if appropriate. We can redraw any rough diagrams and charts. Each figure should have a clear label indicating the number of the figure, author’s name and top of the figure. Authors must gain the necessary permission to reproduce figures/tables/artwork from other journals or books prior to submitting their manuscripts. Figures should be numbered consecutively in order of their first citation in the text. You must provide a caption for each figure. It is the authors responsibility to ensure that they have obtained the relevant permission before submitting clinical images and that patient consent has been obtained.


Type each table double-spaced on a separate sheet. Place references and explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge fully. Number tables consecutively in order of citation in the text

Abbreviations and units:

Abbreviations are acceptable as long as they are defined at first mention. SI units should be used, except for measurement of blood pressure (mmHg) and similar.


The Harvard System must be used. Provide full details of the original source of the material used (not ‘cited in…’).

In the text

a) Use the name/s and year (Harvard) system for references in the text: •As Gray and White (2004) have shown…

•As already reported (Gray and White, 2004)…

b) For 3 or more authors, print the first author’s name followed by et al: •As Cooper et al (1987) have shown…

Note: ‘et al’ should never be used to represent just one name – Gray et al is acceptable for Gray, White and Cooper but not for Gray and White.

c) When several references are cited simultaneously the order in the text should be chronological.

In the reference list

a) List references alphabetically.

b) Print the names and initials of all authors for references with six or less authors, e.g: Gray L, White B, Cooper D, Rusling J, Guyan R (2004)…

For seven or more authors print the first three and add ‘et al’: Gray D, White R, Cooper P et al (2004)…

c) The sequence for a standard journal article is: •author(s); year; title; journal (abbreviated as in Index Medicus); volume; issue number; first and last page numbers. The layout and punctuation are: •Jones B, Coull C (1989)Burns Treatment. Br J Nurs 2(2): 55–61

d) The sequence, layout and punctuation for books are: If personal author: •Cooper D (2001) Modern Wound Management. 1st edn. Wounds-UK, Aberdeen

If editors: • White B, Coull C, eds (1987). Vol 5 Challenging Wounds, .Wounds-UK, Aberdeen: 418–19

If chapter in book: •Simpson I (1987) Antimicrobials in Wound Healing. In: White B, Coull C, eds (1987) . Vol 5 Challenging Wounds,. Wounds-UK, Aberdeen: 120- 180

e) Papers that have been submitted for publication but not yet accepted are not acceptable as references. They should be cited in the text as ‘unpublished observations’. (White D, unpublished observations, with or without a date). Similarly, ‘personal communication’ should be inserted in the text in parentheses.

f) Papers that have been accepted for publication but not yet published may be included in the reference list: •White D (2004) Non Healing Wounds. Br J Nurs (in press)

The onus is on the author to have all necessary permissions for publication from their employers / patients / regulatory bodies and all other relevant third parties prior to submission.