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Author Guidelines

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Authors should follow the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which you can find at

General Rules

The title and outline of the article will be agreed between the Editor and Contributor as will the length of the article.

The article will be scheduled to appear in a particular issue. However no guarantees, written or implied, can be given in this respect.

The contribution is non remunerable. There are no page charges for authors or their institutions.

The article will be sent to a peer reviewer, who may suggest amendments. The Editor also reserves the right to alter or amend the contribution. If this happens, we will return the article for reconsideration by the contributor and re-submission in its amended form.

The Editor’s decision will be final and binding. No undue correspondence will be entered into.


Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published figures, tables, or parts of text are to be included, the copyright-holder’s permission must have been obtained prior to submission, or ACNR must be given the necessary information to obtain copyright (figure number, page number, title and address of publication, copyright holder’s name and address). Authors retain their copyright for all articles published on-line.

Conflict of interest

Authors are responsible for disclosing all conflicts of interest in their manuscript including financial, consultant, institutional, personal and other relationships between themselves and others that might bias their work. All source of funding should be acknowledged in the manuscript. To prevent ambiguity, any possible conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, related to the submitted article must be clearly indicated on the manuscript and if there is no conflict of interest this should be explicitly stated as none declared.

As confirmation, please complete and return this form with your article: 

Patient consent and confidentiality

Any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before it can be published. This means the patient is required to sign our consent form after having read the article. A patient’s anonymity must be protected and any experimental data related to human subjects must have been obtained with consent and subject to the ethical guidelines of the author’s institutions. Authors should remove patients’ names and other identifying information from figures. If any identifying details appear in text, tables, and/or figures, the author must provide proof of informed consent obtained from the patient. Photographs with bars placed over eyes of patients should not be used in publication unless written consent has been obtained from the patient. 

Patient consent form can be found here.


The length of the article will be agreed between the Contributor and Editor. Unless otherwise stated the length should be between 1000-1500 words. The article should begin with a short unstructured abstract of no more than two or three sentences i.e. a maximum of 75 words. Please restrict the number of references cited to a maximum of 15 and, if references are available online, please supply a link.

Please follow this style for references:

  1. Garrard P, Maloney LM, Hodges JR, Patterson K. The Effects of very early Alzeihmer’s disease on the characteristics of writing by a renowned author. Brain 2005;128:250-60. 


Figures should be supplied in an electronic format at a suitable size for printing with the following resolutions: 600 dots per inch (dpi) for line drawings and combinations; 300 dpi for greyscale and colour. Please ensure that the prepared electronic image files print at a legible size and are of a high quality for publication.


These should be of good quality and preferably supplied as digital images – saved as .jpg, .tif or .gif files, scanned at 300 dpi at around 6×4 inches in size. If appropriate, please indicate where the picture may be cropped. Where appropriate please include a caption.

Biographical Information

The Contributor should supply their full name, qualifications, post held, institution and a short bio-data (approx 50 words), detailing areas of professional interest, publications, previous posts. The contributor should also supply a head and shoulders photograph of themselves. Again these should be of reasonable quality.


All manuscripts will undergo some editorial modification, so it is important to check proofs carefully. PDF page proofs will be sent via e-mail to the corresponding author for checking. To avoid delays in publication, proofs should be checked and returned within 48 hours. Corrections should be returned by annotated PDF or e-mail.

What to send            

Articles should be supplied via e-mail to Large files can be sent free of charge via We can accept a variety of formats including Word, but if in doubt simply save the document as a plain text file.

Where to send it      

Contributions should be sent to Anna Phelps, or via or similar.

For specific guidance on CASE REPORTS, click here.