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Posted By Alan Hakim, January 15, 2016

Article Submission – Guidelines

Thank you for considering The HMSA Journal as the right place for your article. To assist the editorial team please ensure that you have prepared your article in line with guidelines below.

Please note that some types of article are commissioned by the editor and/or Senior Medical Liaison Officer, rather than spontaneously submitted – including Social Media Updates, News From the Office, Local Groups, Education & Development and some head to head articles, views and reviews.

All articles submitted for the medical sections of the HMSA Journal will undergo internal and external peer review before being accepted. All articles must cite all references used. These measures are necessary to ensure that all medical information published by the HMSA complies with the Information Standard guidelines.

Guidelines for Articles
All submissions should be sent via our online editorial office at:

– Please write in a clear, active and direct style.
– Text should be provided in Arial font – 11pt.
– In order to maximise editorial space, line spacing should be set at 1.0, with spacing between paragraphs set at 0.5.
– Bullet Point text should be indented by 0.3.
– Our preferred dictionaries are Chambers 21st Century Dictionary for general usage and Dorland’s for medical terms.
– Please use British English spelling as opposed to American English.
– Articles should be submitted in digital form (.doc).
– Photos should be in JPeg format with a resolution of 300 dpi. Please include a covering note, explaining the reason for the photograph, the section it relates to within the text and give details and relevant identification. (photographers name if required, date and names of persons shown).

Articles and photographs submitted to the HMSA Journal are accepted only on condition that publication of that material is not under any restriction on its publication or under copyright. The HMSA reserves all and final editorial privileges, including the right to choose not to print a submitted article. All submissions may be edited at the discretion of the HMSA editorial staff.

Publishing with us is unlikely to affect your right to publish in an academic journal, as the statistical content and style of an academic manuscript is different. When writing for the HMSA, think of your article as one would a conference presentation and poster – these do not exclude you from full publication. If, however, you are in any doubt, please check with the appropriate academic journal first.

It may be unacceptable to submit an article to the HMSA, which has been published elsewhere or that overlaps substantially with your own previous work. If you have concerns regarding acceptability, please tell us about this in a covering email, or in a presubmission enquiry, so that we can judge the degree and nature of overlap. We welcome studies (even those with null results) – as long as the research questions they explore are new, important and clearly relevant to our readers and their designs are appropriate and robust.

To find out more about the kind of articles we give priority to, please contact our Senior Medical Liaison Officer, Donna Wicks at:

Please note however, that at busy times of the year, it is not ways possible for us to answer all pre-submission enquiries.

Dr Alan J Hakim, Trustee and Chief Medical Advisor

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