why to publish

What to publish

Content considered for publication includes:

  • Research articles - such as on honours/masters research projects

  • Literature reviews

  • Commentaries - such as:

    • 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

  • Creative pieces - such as life sciences-related artwork

We will also consider publishing other pieces not listed above - contact us to discuss your idea.


  1. Students are to be the primary author of articles and all the work presented therein should be a product of their effort, or appropriate acknowledgements and permissions given.

  2. Work involving others such as a supervisor needs approval from them before it can be published

  3. Any work previously submitted as an assignment should be re-written to align to our format, and appropriate permissions given from the staff member who set the work.

You can find the rest of our journal policies here.


Getting started

Publishing with Insider Imprint is an excellent opportunity to showcase your achievements and enhance your CV. As an open access online journal, you will gain visibility for your accomplishments. Whether you are interested in staying in academia or have alternative career goals, having a published article or two is a sure way to increase your employability and impress potential employers.  

Publishing with us will give you experience in how you go from an idea to print. We will guide you through the typical publication roadmap, from following author guidelines, submitting your work & receiving feedback to reviewing proofs before publication. You will also gain an insight into the peer-review process that is widely used to validate scholarly work.

For those of you interested in staying within academia, getting your first publication can be a big step forwards for your career and will help break down barriers early researchers often face when contemplating their first article submission. 

And of course the transferrable skills you will gain are invaluable for many other careers such as in science journalism, teaching, policy making, patent law, consultancy  etc..



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 insiderimprint@liverpool.ac.uk.

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: http://rosetta.esa.int [Accessed 15th June 2015].


For further referencing guidance please see: http://libguides.liverpool.ac.uk/referencing/vancouver


Publication roadmap

What Happens Next?

Initially your submissions will be reviewed by the editorial team. As well as content, we will be checking that our author guidelines have been followed.

Submissions requiring peer review (research and literature review-based articles) will be sent to a reviewer from within the field, who will assess your article in terms of scientific content and style. This is a common procedure in academic publishing.

We will then return any comments and suggestions for improvements to you, and we may ask you to make changes based on these before we can publish your work.

Once your article is ready, it will be formatted for publication. You will then be sent a copy of your article to proof read, and we will ask you to let us know if you would like us to make any amendments before we publish your work.

If you have questions about this process, please contact us