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Instructions for Authors

The editor and the editorial board of Wound Practice and Research have specified guidelines for prospective authors to follow when compiling an article they wish to submit to the journal.

Terms of submission

The editor accepts submissions in the form of research findings, clinical papers, case studies, reports, review articles and letters. Each submission is evaluated on its timeliness, relevance, accuracy, clarity and applicability to the journal. Submissions will be accepted from any country but must be written in idiomatic English. The submitting author must certify that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript content and that the work has not previously been published and will not be published elsewhere. Once it is published, the article and its illustrations become the property of the journal, unless rights are reserved before publication.

All work is copy-edited to journal style. The editors reserve the right to modify the style and length of any article submitted, so that it conforms to journal format. Major changes to an article will be referred to all authors for approval prior to publication. Major editorial support will also be stated in the Acknowledgments section on publication.

Authorship and contributors

All authors must meet all four criteria for authorship based on the International Committee of Medical Journal editors (ICMJE) Recommendations (see Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (ICMJE Recommendations); available at http://www.icmje.org):

  1. Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  2. Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  3. Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  4. Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.

All authors and contributors (ie, individuals who contributed to the preparation of the manuscript but who do not meet the ICMJE criteria for authorship; including medical writers/editors) must specify their individual contributions at the end of the text in the Acknowledgements section. Individuals who did not contribute to the manuscript development but who deserve to be acknowledged for their contribution to the study (eg, study investigators, persons who provided important technical expertise, or the participants as a group) should be acknowledged in the Acknowledgements section.

Role of funding source

All sources of funding (study sponsors) must be declared at the end of the text in the Acknowledgements section. In addition, where a funding source is declared the role of the funding source (eg, in study design, data collection, analysis, or interpretation of the data) must be described in the Acknowledgements section. If the funding source had no such involvement, this must be stated.

Disclosure of interests

A disclosure of interests statement must be included.  It is the responsibility of all authors to disclose to the editor (in the cover letter) any financial and nonfinancial relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential or actual conflict of interest. Conflicts of interest must also be disclosed within the manuscript in the Disclosure of Interests section before the References section. If there are no conflicts of interest to report, this must be stated.


Investigations in human and animal subjects must conform to accepted ethical standards. Authors must certify in the text that the research protocol was approved by a suitably constituted ethics committee of the institution within which the work was carried out and that it conforms to the Statement on Human Experimentation or the Statement on Animal Experimentation by the NHMRC. In addition, study participants must provide informed consent and appropriate written consents and permissions. Releases must be obtained where you wish to include any case details, personal information, and/or images of patients or other individuals. Participant consent must be documented in the text.


If the author(s) wishes to reproduce copyrighted work, it is the responsibility of that author(s) to obtain written permission from the copyright holder and to submit the original copy of that permission to the editor with the work as it is to be copied.

Manuscript type

The journal publishes articles of interest to readers from the areas of wound practice and research. Submitted work may take any of the following forms:
Literature review: Narrative – describes and evaluates the current knowledge of a subject, identifies gaps or inconsistencies, and includes critical evaluation with recommendations for future research. Systematic – describes planned analysis and evaluation of all available research studies on a particular clinical issue, conducted in accordance with scientific principles and may include recommendations for future research.
Research report: Presentation of study results in an ordered fashion, based on common practice. Research reports are expected to follow the ICMJE Recommendations for preparing a manuscript (see: http://www.icmje.org). 
Case study: Combination of recount (retelling of events as they occurred) and information report (classification and description of something). Can be presented in different ways to give a cohesive account.
Exposition (including letter to the editor): Putting forward of a particular viewpoint / justification of a particular argument.

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts are to be no more than 4000 words and include an abstract of no more than 200 words. Original research reports, systematic reviews, and meta-analyses require structured abstracts, using the headings: background, methods, results, and conclusions. Use double spacing with Times Roman 12 font and margins 2.5cm. Title page to include title of manuscript, author’s names, qualifications and affiliations, corresponding author’s details including email address and contact phone number, total word count and from two to five key words. Include title of work on the abstract page and first page of introduction. Include key points on what is already known on the topic and what your manuscript contributes. Define abbreviations in the summary and on first mention in the text. Avoid abbreviations unless terms are used repeatedly and abbreviating them will enhance clarity. See ICMJE recommendations for further details on how to prepare a manuscript (http://www.icmje.org), including recommendations on how to report registration of clinical trials and the deposition of data in public repositories. In addition, authors are encouraged to use the relevant research reporting guidelines for the study type provided by the EQUATOR Network (see: http://www.equator-network.org/).

Tables and figures are to be presented on separate pages, one per page. Tables should be clearly typed, showing columns and lines. Number tables consecutively using Arabic numerals in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title for each. Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations used in each table.

Figures must be submitted as separate high-resolution jpegs, at least 300kb in size and no larger than 2 mb. Legends for any figures supplied must be typed in sequence on a separate page(s). Illustrations must be clear, well-drawn and large enough to be legible when reproduced. Titles of illustrations should be supplied on a separate piece of paper, not in the figure or illustration. Each figure must include its place, its number, and the orientation of figure. Patients or other individual subjects should not be identifiable from photos unless they have given written permission for their identity to be disclosed; this must be supplied.

Referencing guidelines

The referencing format is based on the Vancouver style, the main feature of which is the use of numbers at the point of reference so as not to interfere with the flow of words. Each number corresponds to a single reference provided in the reference list at the end and, once assigned a number, a reference retains that number throughout the text, even if cited more than once. If more than one work is quoted in a reference, each work must be assigned a number. That is, at any point in the text, the reference may be one 1 or several 2-4 numbers. Following are some examples of references from different sources:

Articles in journals

Books and other monographs

Unpublished material

Submission of manuscripts

Wound Practice and Research, in conjunction with Cambridge Publishing, now uses the world’s leading manuscript management system – ScholarOne.
Submission of manuscripts will only be accepted via this online program.

All tables, figures and photographs, as well as the main document and title page, are to be uploaded separately. The main document must not contain names of authors – these should only appear in the title page. Please ensure image files are uploaded as jpegs and are a MINIMUM of 300kb and no larger than 2mb in size. The manuscript may be accompanied by a Word document with tables, figures and photographs embedded so as to show the preferred positions of these. This separate file can be uploaded at Step 5 of the submission process as a cover letter.

To submit manuscripts, go to http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/wpr and log into your Author Centre. Links to the login page can be found on the WP&R home page and on Cambridge Publishing’s website http://www.cambridgepublishing.com.au/publications/wound-practice-and-research.aspx (click on ‘Submit an Article’).

To create an account when using the system for the first time, click on ‘Create an Account’ in the login screen. Please enter as much information as possible when creating an account.
Once in the system, the steps to submit an article are:

The WP&R ScholarOne website has comprehensive guidelines and online tutorials to assist in using the system. Click on ‘Help’ in the top right hand corner and choose ‘Author’ as your role to access author guides. Guides can also be access immediately below.

ScholarOne Manuscripts - Author Guide
WP&R quick guide for authors to submit a manuscript in Scholar One

Peer review process

All manuscripts are initially reviewed by the editor and those deemed unsuitable (insufficient originality, serious scientific or methodological flaws, or a message that is too specialised or of limited interest to a general medical audience) are returned to the author(s), usually within four weeks. If the manuscript does not conform to the submission guidelines, the author will be asked to amend prior to peer review.
All manuscripts are reviewed by peer review assessing content and writing for scientific rigour, relevance, construction, flow, style and grammar. This process can take four to six weeks. All reviewers spend considerable time in reviewing the manuscripts and providing feedback to the authors. The length of time of the publication process can vary and depends on the quality of the work submitted. Several revisions may be required to bring the manuscript to a standard acceptable for publication. The editorial team undertake the final review and often have different questions for the author/s to consider. When time permits, proofs of articles about to be published will be sent to the corresponding author for review. This requires rapid response; if such a response is not forthcoming, the article will be published irrespective of the authors reply. The final decision about publication is made by the editor.

Reviewers' names
The names of at least 3 reviewers must be included for the manuscript during submission. Should this information be missing, acceptance of your manuscript will be delayed. Authors are also encouraged to indicate individuals they feel should not be considered reviewers and a brief explanation for this recommendation.
The peer review process is managed online. Decisions are communicated by email to the corresponding author. Submitted manuscripts are acknowledged by email.

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