AUTHOR GUIDELINES FOR WOUNDS MIDDLE EAST

Wounds Middle East is online practice-based journal for health care professionals who wish to keep up to date and fully informed about the clinical, practical, educational, research and policy aspects of wound care in the Middle East. 

If you are interested in submitting an article for Wounds Middle East, please read the author guidelines below. If you have any questions or concerns, contact the editor Edda Hendry (ehendry@omniamed.com) The article should be unpublished and not submitted for publication elsewhere. Wounds Middle East requires authors to grant an exclusive licence to help ensure international protection against infringement of copyright for content it publishes. All papers are published subject to peer review.

Articles published in the journal will normally fall into the following categories. Any necessity for shorter or longer articles should be discussed with the editor:

  • Editorial and Opinion: essays that discuss or report on current issues in wound care. You may use it as a platform to debate or highlight change or controversial issues. Word count: 650–1300 words.
  • Clinical Practice: evidence-based articles, which allow the author(s) to discuss and raise awareness of important topics relating to wound care. A clinical practice article should include the latest evidence-based guidelines/research relating to the topic. Articles should contain an introduction/abstract, conclusions, making use of bullet points where necessary. The main body of the article should be structured by making use of sub-headings, figures and tables and boxes as appropriate. Word count: 2000–2500 words. This section also contains Top Ten Tips on specific topics.
  • Case Reports: Provide honest accounts of care given and reflect different practices around the world. Clinicians are invited to submit interesting case reports based on an individual patient (ensuring consent and confidentiality). These should provide a clear rationale for the care given and should be written in an academic style. Relevant references and photographs should be provided. Word count: 1000–2000 words. Reference limit: 50. This section may also contain a patient story, in which the voice is not that of the clinician but the patient, retelling his or her wound healing journey. Clinical comments are sometimes sought to put the story in its clinical context.
  • Product and Technology: Reports on new technology, product reviews and evaluations. 1000–2000 words. Reference limit: 50.
  • Update: This section may contain Reviews on on recently published guidelines, Meeting Reports or any other news or updates relevant to wound care.

 

Comments are sometimes sought from authors or well-known figures in wound care on papers that present particularly interesting or potentially controversial results.

GENERAL PRESENTATION GUIDANCE 

All articles should be submitted in 12-point font and at least 1.5 or double line spacing, formatted for A4 paper, and all pages should be numbered.

A separate title page for author details, which contains 

  • The names of the authors 
  • Institutional affiliation of each author 
  • Full details of each author’s current appointment. 
  • Name, postal and e-mail address and contact telephone number of the author responsible for correspondence. 

ARTICLE PAGES 

The article should contain the following key elements: 

Title — a descriptive and interest-provoking heading for the article. 

Summary — a stand-alone paragraph of no more than 60-100 words giving a brief outline of the content of the article. 

Introduction — designed to develop readers’ interest in the article and tell them something about the way it is handled. It should also state the main question or questions that the article sets out to answer where applicable.  

Body of text — headings can help to provide structure to your article and guide the reader to particular sections.

Conclusions and recommendations — these should be succinct and logically ordered. Identify gaps in knowledge and suggest future initiatives. 

Tables and figures — appropriate and clear tables and figures can be a great help to readers. Indicate clearly which point they illustrate in the main text but insert them separately at the end of your article. 

It is the author’s responsibility to obtain written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures, tables, or artwork from other journals or books before submitting the article. It is usually the publisher, not the author, who owns copyright. Permission will be acknowledged at the end of the printed article. 

REFERENCES

Key statements and information must be supported by references to appropriate research. The references are listed at the end of the article to support proposed arguments. The style of references used in this journal is Harvard.

ETHICAL PRINCIPLES

The author(s) of all articles must warrant that the submitted manuscript is their original work, has not been published before and is not being considered for publication by another publisher. Authors must also ensure that all necessary permissions for the reproduction of copyrighted works (e.g. photographs, figures) not owned by the author(s) have been obtained, and that the manuscript contains no unlawful statements and does not infringe any rights of others. 

CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT 

It is the journal’s editorial policy to ask authors to declare any conflict of interest, including any possible interest, financial or otherwise, that may embarrass the author or the journal if revealed at a later date. If you believe that applies to you, please provide a statement to run at the end of the article. 

PEER REVIEW PROCESS 

All articles will undergo blind peer reviews where the article will be sent anonymously to two people who specialise in the subject area of the article. 

Reviewers are asked to return constructive comments within two to three weeks. Feedback is returned to authors and a decision made about how to proceed in the following categories: accept, accept with minor revisions, revise and resubmit, reject. Where an article receives two conflicting reviews, the editor will make the final decision. 

PROOFS

Once the final, revised article has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will receive a PDF copy of the subedited article with author questions (AQs). The corresponding author is then responsible for reviewing content and proofreading the article to ensure accuracy, and returning answers to AQs and other amendments promptly.

Major revisions to the text are NOT possible at this stage. There may be a delay of some months from the date of acceptance to publication date, depending on scheduling. However, we aim for this delay to be no longer than six months and in most cases it will be considerably shorter.