Author Guidelines


Submission Instructions

  1. If your work is based on a research project, or an in-course assignment, check with your supervisor or assignment setter that they are happy for you to publish this work.

  2. Make yourself familiar with our journal policies

  3. Prepare your submission, following our article guidance and style guide below.

  4. Download our Submission Form & Declaration here and complete it fully, including obtaining permissions where needed.

  5. Submit your work along with the submission form to

Preparing your Submission


There are three main formats of article that we will accept: 

  1. Research Articles & Literature Reviews

  2. Commentaries

  3. Creative

Choose the format most suitable for your article, and follow the related instructions below for how to prepare your submission Please also read the generic style guide instructions below.

1. Research Articles & Literature Reviews

We encourage you to consider publishing work related to your studies, such as your research project or a dissertation. Note however that your work will need to be written and formatted according to our journal requirements.

Research articles and literature reviews should be compiled as follows:

  • Text submitted as a Microsoft Word file containing a lay summary, abstract and main body of text

  • Figures submitted as separate files (see below)

Lay summary
A short summary (no more than 300 words) should be included at the beginning of your article to briefly and clearly explain the aims and findings of your work, in terms which could be understood by persons from outside your area of expertise.


- No more than 250-500 words. Should provide a succinct summary of your article.

Main Body

  • Between 1500-3000 words - for research articles this should be broken down into introduction, methods, results and conclusion

  • No more than 5 tables/figures

  • Fully referenced


  • Should be submitted as separate image files in one of the following formats: *.jpg, *.png, *.tif.

  • File names should specify the figure number e.g. ‘figure 1’ etc.

  • The corresponding figure legends should be within your word file after your reference list.


2. Commentaries

Examples of articles that we define are commentaries are:

  • reflections on work/internship experience

  • hot topics and debate articles

  • book/seminar/summer school etc reviews

  • reflections on a topic of interest related to your studies

Articles should be as follows:

  • Between 500 - 2000 words

  • Text submitted as a Microsoft word file

  • Include at least one figure

  • Figures should be submitted as separate image files in one of the following formats: *.jpg, *.png, *.tif.

  • File names for figures should specify the figure number e.g. ‘figure 1’ etc.

  • The corresponding figure legends should be written at the end of your word file.


3. Creative Submissions

We welcome original artwork or creative submissions that have a connection to the life sciences. 

  • Images should be of appropriate size and sufficient resolution to be printed on an A4 page or half page (maximum 8 x 11.5 inches). Please scan your artwork into a computer - images taken from cameras will not be accepted.

  • Submitted as one of the following formats: *.jpg, *.png, *.tif.

  • Please contact us if you need guidance regarding image resolution.

  • Artwork should be accompanied by a short description of the work.


Generic Style Guide for all submissions

Please ensure your submission has been formatted to match the journal style guide given here. 


  • Arial size 11 throughout manuscript

  • Double spacing

  • UK spelling


Vancouver style: 

  • Each citation is given a unique number, written in brackets in the text, e.g. “The authors suggest further research is required (1)”.

  • When referencing multiple articles, the continuous numbers should be grouped together and not listed individually: e.g. (6-9, 13, 17)

  • The reference list is ordered according to number, in the order in which the citations appear in the text.

Example journal reference:

1. Hanna K, Rowe F and Hepworth L. The screening methods for post stroke visual impairment: a systematic review. Disability and Rehabilitation 2016. 16(1):1-13

Example book reference 

1. Simons NE, Menzies B, Matthews M. A Short Course in Soil and Rock Slope Engineering. London: Thomas Telford Publishing; 2001

Example website reference

1. European Space Agency. Rosetta: rendezvous with a comet. Available from: [Accessed 15th June 2015].


For further referencing guidance please see: