Phlebology Guidelines for Authors


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These instructions comply with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals formulated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (for further details, see the ICMJE site)

1. Aims and scope
The aim of this journal is to report the results of high quality studies and reviews on any factor that may influence the outcome of patients with venous disease. The journal is intended to appeal not only to medical practitioners (dermatologists, vascular surgeons and radiologists) but also to nursing staff and allied professionals as well as basic scientists. Published contributions include editorials, reviews, full original papers, short reports, and letters to the Editor. Previously unpublished contributions on all aspects of the investigation and treatment of venous disease will be considered for publication.

2. Editorial policy
Covering letter

The covering letter is important. To help the Editors in their preliminary evaluation, please indicate why you think the paper suitable for publication. If your paper should be considered for fast-track publication, please explain why.

Peer review

All papers will be reviewed by independent referees, and authors may be requested to amend their contribution.
The final decision about acceptance or rejection remains with the Editor.

Ethical approval

All research submitted for publication must be approved by an ethics committee.

Patient consent

Any article containing identifiable patient information must be accompanied by a statement of consent to publication.
If there is any doubt about whether or not information is identifiable, the Editors are happy to discuss this before an article is submitted.
Reviewers will also be asked to take careful account of issues relating to patient confidentiality when reviewing articles.

Not only should submissions be accompanied by a statement of consent, but the Editors also expect to be informed about the measures that have been taken to anonymise the details that could have led to parties being identified.
They also reserve the right to work with the authors to make additional anonymising changes as they or the reviewers see fit.
The Editors may also ask authors to remove personal information that, whilst interesting and colourful, does not add to the substance of an article, but does increase the likelihood of parties being identified.
The exception to this will be where the patient has indicated in writing that she/he wants to be identified, has read the material, has discussed the consequences of being identified, and has agreed to the disclosure of all the personal information contained in the article.

In order to ensure that valuable and novel issues are aired, the Editors will sometimes consider publishing cases studies that contain potentially identifiable information where it has been impossible or clearly undesirable to seek consent from relevant parties.
However, given the strong preference for consent having been sought and obtained the reasons for not seeking consent must be compelling, and the public interest arguments for publishing the case must be powerful.
In cases where consent has not been obtained, the authors must provide a statement from a Medical Director or equivalent that the hospital or medical centre is happy for the case to be published.

Competing interests and other declarations

All authors are required to declare any conflicts of interest when submitting papers for publication.
Declarations of funding sources, a guarantor and a statement of contributorship are also required.


All previously published material must be accompanied by the written consent to reproduction of the copyright holder.
An acknowledgement of permission should be included at the relevant point in the paper, and a full reference to the original place of publication should be included in the reference list.


Authors of accepted manuscripts will be required to allocate copyright to the publisher prior to publication.


Only the help of those who have made substantial contributions to the study and/or the preparation of the paper should be acknowledged.

3. Types of articles

Short pieces on topical subjects, usually commissioned by the Editor, of no more than 1000 words plus up to 10 references.

Original Articles
Original articles should be 2000–3000 words and should carry a structured abstract (of about 150 words), which states the main purposes of the study (Objectives), the basic procedures used (Methods), the findings (Results) and the most important conclusions drawn (Conclusions). The rest of the paper should be structured in conventional style: Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements and References.

Short Reports
Short reports should be 500–800 words, and should include an abstract and no more than 5 references.

Review Articles
Review articles should be 4000–6000 words and also require an abstract, indicating the scope of the review, the methods used to retrieve the relevant literature, the principal findings and conclusions drawn. Subheadings should be used within the article to highlight the content of different sections.

Comments on articles previously published in the journal, or communication on topics that are newsworthy but not appropriate for consideration as a paper.

4. How to submit a manuscript
Only manuscripts submitted via the online manuscript submission and peer review site, which can be found at will be considered for publication.

An author proforma should accompany all submissions and should be signed by all authors. A copy of the form is available at, as well as in the ‘Instructions and Forms’ section of the online submission website. Please print out this form, and scan and upload a completed copy of it with your manuscript as a supplementary file.

All submissions must be in English.

Tables and figures may be submitted as separate files, in which case the files should be uploaded in the following order: (1) main text, including title page, abstract and references; (2) tables; (3) figures; (4) supplementary files; and (5) author proforma.

File formats

Text files must be saved in .doc or .rtf format. Other suitable formats include .tif for photographic images, .xls for graphs produced in Excel, and .eps for other line drawings.

5. How to prepare a manuscript

Manuscripts must be submitted using double line-spaced, unjustified text throughout, with headings and subheadings in bold case. Press ‘Enter’ only at the end of a paragraph, list entry or heading.

Title page

The first page should contain the full title of the manuscript, a short title, the author(s) name(s) and affiliation(s), and the name, postal and email addresses of the author for correspondence, as well as a full list of declarations. Please also include a list of up to five keywords.

The title should be concise and informative, accurately indicating the content of the article. The short title should be no more than six words long.


An abstract of no more than 150 words must accompany all Original Articles, Research Articles and Short Reports.
The abstract should follow the following format: Objectives, Method, Results and Conclusions.


Tables must be prepared using the Table feature of the word processor. Tables should not duplicate information given in the text, should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text, and should be given a brief title.


All figures should be numbered in the order in which they are mentioned in the text. All figures must be accompanied by a figure legend. If figures are supplied in separate files, the figure legends must all be listed at the end of the main text file.

Line drawings should be produced electronically and clearly labelled using a sans serif font such as Arial. Graphs may be supplied as Excel spreadsheets (one per sheet). Other line drawings should be supplied in a suitable vector graphic file format (e.g. .eps)

All photographic images should be submitted in camera-ready form (i.e. with all extraneous areas removed), and where necessary, magnification should be shown using a scale marker. Photographic images must be supplied at high resolution, preferably 600 dpi. Images supplied at less than 300 dpi are unsuitable for print and will delay publication. The preferred file format is .tif.


Only essential references should be included. Authors are responsible for verifying them against the original source material. RSM Press uses the Vancouver referencing system: references should be identified in the text by superscript Arabic numerals after any punctuation, and numbered and listed at the end of the paper in the order in which they are first cited in the text. Automatic numbering should be avoided. References should include the names and initials of up to six authors. If there are more than six authors, only the first three should be named, followed by et al. Publications for which no author is apparent may be attributed to the organization from which they originate. Simply omit the name of the author for anonymous journal articles – avoid using ’Anonymous’. Punctuation in references should be kept to a minimum, as shown in the following examples:

  1. Malan E. Vascular Malformations (Angiodysplasisas). Milan: Carlo Erba, 1974
  2. Belov St. Classification of congenital vascular defects. Int Angiol 1990;9:141-6


Symbols and abbreviations should be those currently in use. Authors should not create new abbreviations and acronyms. The RSM’s book Units, Symbols and Abbreviations provides lists of approved abbreviations.


All measurements should be expressed in SI units.


If preparing statistical data for publication, please read the statistical guidelines.

6. Proofs and eprints
Proofs will be sent by email to the designated corresponding author as a PDF file attachment and should be corrected and returned promptly; corrections should be kept to a minimum.

A PDF eprint of each published article will be supplied free of charge to the author for correspondence; hardcopy offprints may be ordered from the publisher when the proofs are returned.