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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • Structured abstract (Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusion)
  • All tables/figures referred to in the text are enclosed
  • Figure showing flow of patients through the study (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • CONSORT checklist for randomised controlled trials (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • STARD checklist for studies of diagnostic accuracy (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • QUOROM checklist for meta analyses of randomised controlled trials (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • MOOSE checklist for meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • Text and references double spaced.
  • Vancouver style for references (see Guidelines for authors)
  • All references are complete (authors, full title, and full reference to the journal). This is your responsibility.
  • Correspondent’s full address including fax and e-mail
  • Full names and affiliations of all authors
  • Details of any acknowledgements (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • Details of contributions of individual authors
  • Details of source of funding for work described (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • Details of any potential conflict of interest (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • Statement indicating whether ethical approval has been received (state ‘none’ if not applicable)
  • *The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • *The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • *Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • *The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points,...
  • *The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.


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