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International Primary Care Association

Information for authors

Editorial policies:  

Clinical Focus Primary Care for Practitioners with Special Interests is a peer-reviewed indexed journal is designed to meet the continuing education needs of practising clinicians.


In accordance with Copyright Acts the senior or corresponding author must accompany each manuscript with a signed copyright transfer statement. Author(s) will be consulted, whenever possible, regarding republication of material.


The Bulletin will include many of the following features:


Therapy: In-depth reviews of a therapeutic modality or treatment procedure.


Current Issues: Brief, provocative, communications, on one limited subject.


Clinical Review: A review of several clinical studies or a pattern appearing in several cases.


Case Reports: Brief individual case reports of unusual interest.


Brief Communications: Clinical observations of unusual interest.


Correspondence: Letters or notes to the editor that comment on articles that have appeared in the journal.


Abstracts: Journal abstracts chosen by the Editor or Editorial Board with particular CME interest.


Meeting reports: Concise statements summarising important material presented at major meetings and seminars.


Practice Tips: Special approaches useful in diagnosis and treatment or surgical management of diseases.


Book Reviews: Books and monographs (domestic and foreign) will be reviewed depending on their interest and value to subscribers. Books should be sent to the Publishing Editor, Rila Publications Ltd, 73 Newman Street, London W1T 3EJ, United Kingdom. No books will be returned.


Preparation of manuscripts: Original manuscripts will be considered for publication.
Please note the following requirements. The original copy of the manuscript and all supporting material plus two photocopies (not carbon copies) must be submitted to the Editor. The article must be typewritten (one side only), double-spaced, on A4 (21 x 29.5 cm or 81/2 x 111/2 inch) paper with adequate margins. Once a manuscript is accepted, the final version of the manuscript should, if possible, be submitted on diskette along with three copies of the printout. The author accepts responsibility for the submitted diskette exactly matching the printout of the final version of the manuscript. Guidelines for manuscripts on diskette appear further on.


Style: Manuscripts must conform to acceptable English usage. Abbreviations must be limited primarily to those in general usage.
Generic names must be used. If a trade name is included, it should follow the generic name in parentheses the first time mentioned.
Thereafter, generic names only should be used throughout the remainder of the article.
Weights and measurements must be expressed in metric units. Temperatures must be expressed in degrees centigrade.


Title page: On the title page, include the title, authors' names, highest earned academic degrees, and institutional affiliations and locations. Designate one author as correspondent (provide address and telephone numbers).
Authors are also invited to submit a short medical biography of approximately 50 words.


Abstract & Keywords: Each article must be accompanied by an abstract not exceeding 120 words typed double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper & upto 5 keywords.


MCQs: Authors should provide multiple choice questions (MCQs), a stem and 5 true/false questions and correct answers. Key points in the text should contain the correct answers. Check the number of questions required with the Editor.


References: Personal communication should not be cited in the reference list but may appear parenthetically in the text. References must be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numerals in order of their mention. The reference list should be typed double-spaced at the end of the text in numeric sequence. The format should conform to that set forth in 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals' (Vancouver style) (JAMA 1993; 269: 2282-6). Journal titles should conform to the abbreviations in Cumulated Index Medicus.


Examples of References: If three or fewer authors list all. If four or more, list first three and add et al;


For Journal articles: Marsden JR, Coburn PR, Marks Janet, et al; Measurement of the response of psoriasis to short-term application of anthralin. Br J Dermatol 1983; 109: 209-218.


For chapters in books: Graham J: Basic pathologic changes in the skin, Graham J, Johnson WC, Helwig EB, editors: Dermal pathology. Hagerstown, MD, 1972, Harper and Row Publishers, Inc.; Chapter. 6, p 123.


For Books: Champion RH, Burton JL, Ebling FJG editors: Rook, Wilkinson, Ebling Textbook of Dermatology, ed. 5, Oxford 1992, Blackwell Scientific Publications, p 3050.


Illustrations and tables: Tables, figures and legends should supplement, not duplicate, the text. For colour photographs, submit original transparencies and two sets of unmounted prints on glossy (smooth surface) paper. Polaroid prints are not acceptable. Please note that 35 mm transparencies are normally enlarged to twice their original size. If it is important to deviate from this standard, please indicate this when the material is submitted. The top of each print (or transparency) must be indicated. For black-and-white illustrations, send three sets of glossy prints. Original drawings or graphs should be prepared in black India ink or typographic (press-apply) lettering. All lettering must be done professionally and should be in proportion to the drawing, graph, or photograph. Do not send original artwork, x-ray films, or ECG strips. Glossy print photographs, 3 x 4 inches (minimum) to 5 x 7 inches (maximum), with good black-and-white contrast or colour balance are preferred. Illustrations should be numbered in Arabic numerals according to their mention in the text. Indicate (lightly in pencil) the first author's last name, figure number, and top or bottom on the back of each illustration. Illustrations will not be returned unless specifically requested by the author. Patient consent must accompany recognisable photographs of patients.


Images may be submitted electronically with the following specifications. Size: 20 cm wide min.; resolution: 300 dpi; colour images: CMYK; grayscale: grayscale 16 bit; format: TIFF or EPS (Mac or PC). Type legends double-spaced on a separate sheet of paper and insert after the references. If an illustration has been published previously, credit to the original source must be given in the legend. Tables should be self-explanatory and numbered in Roman numerals according to their mention in the text. Provide a brief title for each. If a table, or any data therein, has been published previously, full credit to the original source must be given in a footnote.


Permissions and patient consent forms: Direct quotations, tables or illustrations that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and the original author along with complete information as to source. Patient consent forms for publications of recognisable photographs must accompany the manuscript. Patients must be identified by numbers and /or letters, not by name, initials, or hospital record number.
Institutional consent if relevant must also be available.

Procedure for review: Some degree of manuscript revision should be expected and regarded as constructive. The editorial staff will examine the manuscript and send for review. Reviewers will pay particular attention to scientific accuracy, relevance, appropriateness of style, and sizing of illustrations.



Please provide us with two copies of the disk and two copies with double-spaced printout. It is essential that the printout matches the disks. Please make ensure that any final corrections are included on the disks and printout. 

Please label your disks clearly and provide us with details of the software package and format of your disks. We will accept 3.5 inch disks in ASCII text format (text only .TXT). We prefer text material in Microsoft Word. Kindly provide us with the names and contents of all the files on each disk. Please be consistent in spacing, punctuation and spelling. Tables, references and captions should be placed at the end of the text file. Illustrations and equations should be in separate files.
Do not stylize the text to make it look like a printed book.
Never type any headings or any other text in ALL CAPITALS.
Please do not justify the text. Key returns only at the end of paragraphs.
Do not key tables vertically down one column and then start the next column from the top.
Always key tables horizontally from left to right with a single tab between columns and a return at the end of each line.


For further information please contact: 

Rila Publications Ltd. (CF Primary Care) 
73 Newman Street, London, W1T 3EJ, England.
Tel: 020 7631 1299
Fax: 020 7580 7166 
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Checklist for Authors

  1. Two hard copies of article and two copies of the floppy disk
  2. Title page:
    • title of article
    • full name(s), academic degrees, and affiliations of author(s)
    • name, address, and business and home telephone numbers of author to whom correspondence should be sent
    • biography of about 50 words
  3. Abstract (double-spaced) & a maximum of 5 keywords
  4. References, tables, legends - all double spaced on separate sheets of paper. MUST BE IN VANCOUVER STYLE.
  5. Black-and-white illustrations (if submitted) properly labelled (three sets of glossy prints)
  6. Colour illustrations, properly labelled (original transparencies and two sets of unmounted prints)
  7. Patient consent letters (as appropriate) - form available (Word - Pdf)
  8. Permission letters to reproduce material published previously
  9. MCQ questions (relevant to article submitted)
  10. A signed Copyright Transfer Statement - form available (Word - Pdf)
  11. Authors Declaration of Competing Interest - form available (Word - Pdf)


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