For Authors

Guidelines for authors

JWC welcomes contributions on all aspects of wound care, from randomised controlled trials (RCTs) and systematic reviews, to case series and studies. Our editors and the supportive review process often provide inexperienced authors with constructive advice on how to improve their articles.

All articles will be sent for peer review. JWC will not accept material submitted to, or published by, other journals or books.

Please ensure that anything you submit conforms to the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals, and that the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) guidelines on good publication practice are adhered to. For more information, visit:

All research using human subjects must conform to the guidelines set out in the Declaration of Helsinki (, and statements to this effect included in the report.

All research using animal subjects must adhere to the welfare standards set out by the appropriate body in the country where the research is carried out. Institutional ethical approval must have been obtained before commencing the research, and statements to this effect included in the report.

MA Healthcare Ltd will hold exclusive copyright to all articles published.

Article submission is online at Please follow the instructions on the website. If you have any difficulties with online submission, or with any of the guidelines below, please discuss the matter with the Editor, Rachel Webb, either via email at, or by phone on +44 (0)20 7501 6348.

When you have submitted your article you will receive an acknowledgement. All articles submitted for publication in JWC are reviewed before publication. The review process will take approximately 6–8 weeks. When the review is complete, you will receive an email regarding the suitability of your article for publication in the journal and any suggestions for amendments. A final copy of the article, including any changes recommended by the editor and/or the reviewers, should then be submitted online.

You will receive proofs for correction at a later date before the article is published.

Title page

The title page should include:

  1. Title of article.
  2. The names of the authors (with initials or first names, whichever is preferred).
  3. Job title, employer and location of each author.
  4. Name and address of the author responsible for correspondence. Please provide full contact details (including work and home addresses, telephone numbers and email addresses).


Authorship credit should be based on:

Contributors who do not meet the above criteria for authorship should be listed in the acknowledgements. They may include persons who provided technical help, writing assistance or data collection. As readers may infer their endorsement of the data and conclusions, all persons must give their consent to be acknowledged.

Declaration of interest

Please explicitly state any possible conflict of interest for all authors, whether economic or social, including anything that may embarrass the author or journal if revealed at a later date. If you believe this applies to you, please provide a statement to run at the beginning of the article.


Please give full details of any funding for the study that was received by any of the authors.

The manuscript

The manuscript should - as far as possible - be anonymised, i.e. contain no information that might identify the authors to a reviewer.


The abstract should succinctly state the purpose of article and its main findings. For structured studies, please use the following format: Objective, Method, Results, Conclusion.

Key words

Please supply 3–6 key words representing the most important topics discussed in the article.


Please use headings where relevant and appropriate as this makes the text easier to read and enhances clarity. Please indicate the relative ‘weight’ you give each one, i.e. main headings, sub headings etc.


Your conclusions should be succinct and logically ordered. Identify gaps in present knowledge and suggest future initiatives. Take care not to introduce new points here.

Tables and figures (illustrations, graphs, bar charts, photographs)

Tables and figures assist readers’ comprehension of the article. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that permission is received from the copyright holder (usually the publisher, not the author, in the case of a published work) for the reproduction of figures and tables before submission. All tables and figures must be cited in text.

You must have written consent to publish photographs of patients and/or their conditions. Please indicate that such consent has been obtained in your submission.


  1. Colour illustrations are encouraged
  2. Figures should be number consecutively in order of their first citation in the text
  3. Clearly label the file of all electronic images (e.g., Fig1.jpg)
  4. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material. (The copyright holder is usually the publisher—not the author—of a published work)
  5. Online submission of images is preferred. The preferred file format is JPEG (.jpg) at high-­resolution (>300dpi, or at least 1MB) or EPS
  6. Photographs should not be annotated. Please indicate the position of any arrows or labels on an accompanying illustration and these will be redrawn in-­‐house
  7. Please provide the data for any graphs included, as these will be redrawn in-­‐house.


  1. Place reference and explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading
  2. Explain in footnotes all abbreviations that are used in each table
  3. If you use data from another published or unpublished source, obtain permission and acknowledge fully
  4. Number tables consecutively in order. Ensure that each table is cited in text.

Abbreviations and units

  1. Abbreviations are acceptable as long as they are defined at first mention.
  2. Use the International System of Units (SI) including metric measurements, except for measurement of blood pressure (mmHg) and haemoglobin (g/dl).


In the text

References numbers in text: punctuation goes before superscript reference number. For example:

  1. This vulnerable patient group. 2
  2. The tissue in which they occur results in a predictably slow or difficult course of healing. 4
  3. Independent risk factors such as:–85
  4. The findings were supported by Migdal et al. 34

In the reference list

  1. Arrange references in numerical order
  2. Print the names and initials or all authors for references with four authors or fewer; for five or more authors, print the first three and add ‘et al.’
    Black, B. …
    Black, B., Green, G. …
    Black, B., White, W. Green, G., Brown, B. …
    Black, B., Abel, C., Tan, T. et al. …
  3. Journal articles: The sequence is: author(s); title; journal; year; volume; issue; first and last page numbers. The layout and punctuation are:
    Blogg, F., Smith, J., Doe, J. et al. Wound care research. J Wound Care. 2012; 21: 8, 23–32.
  4. Book with personal author:
    Ellis, H. Lecture Notes on Psychiatry (5th edn). Blackwell, 1980.
  5. Book with editor(s)
    Scott, H., Brown, B. (eds). Histocompatability Testing. Vol 5. Raven Press, 1973.
  6. Chapter in a book:
    Samuels, B. Pulmonary complications of AIDS. In: Rand, A., Long, B. (eds). Management of AIDS. Butterworth, 1979.
  7. Internet references: are acceptable, provided that they are official publications or comprise reliable, evidence-­‐based information. The sequence is the same as for journals and books. The year should be the date the document was published online (if available). Include the full web address that takes you directly to the document (or as close as possible), and state the date that you accessed it, e.g:
    Department of Health (2003) Agenda for Change: Proposed Agreement on Modern Pay and Conditions for NHS Staff. (Accessed November 2003).
  8. Unpublished papers that have been submitted for publication but have not yet been accepted may not be referenced. They should be cited in the text as ‘unpublished observations’. Similarly, ‘personal communication’ should be inserted in the text in parentheses.
  9. Unpublished papers that have been accepted for publication but are not yet published may be included in the reference list, using ‘in press’ where appropriate.

Guidance on statistics

Statistical advice should be sought before data collection. Please provide full results of any tests used, giving complete test results (test statistic, degrees of freedom, P value). Appropriate indicators of error or uncertainty, such as confidence intervals, should also be given. Include power calculations if appropriate and give the name and version of any software used.

Authors’ reprints

Reprints are available for purchase only. However, two copies of the journal containing the paper will be supplied for each author.

Article types


A report of secondary or retrospective research, or a case study or case series. Please refer to the STROBE checklists for information to include: http://www.strobe-statement.orgindex.php?id=available-­‐checklists.


A discussion/investigation or literature review of a topic or issue in wound care. Please include full details of the literature search, including databases searched and terms used.


A report of a primary research project concerning wound care, or cost-­‐effectiveness study. It should include an abstract, introduction and literature review, methods, results, discussion, limitations of the study, and conclusions and suggestions for further research.

If you are submitting a randomised controlled trial, please send a checklist and flowchart in accordance with the CONSORT guidelines, which are available at http://www.consort-­ Please submit the checklist as a supplementary file and the flowchart as Fig 1 in the manuscript.


A report of service development or service management.


Word limits:
Guest editorial: 700; Letter to the editor: 1200