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The Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences publishes work relating to all aspects of the history of medicine and of the various sciences impinging on it. Manuscripts not exceeding 12,000 words including footnotes (approximately forty-five pages) are invited.

The best way to judge the potential suitability of a manuscript is to read a few issues of the journal to acquire a sense of the scope and nature of our publication.

Work submitted for publication must be original, previously unpublished, and not under consideration for publication elsewhere. The authorship of the paper should be confined to those who have made a significant contribution to the design and execution of the work described.

Authors should adhere to the standards established by the Commission on Publication Ethics (COPE). Falsification or fabrication of data, plagiarism, including duplicate publication of the authors’ own work without proper citation, and misappropriation of the work are all unacceptable practices. Any cases of ethical misconduct are treated very seriously and will be dealt with in accordance with the COPE guidelines.

All submissions to the journal are initially reviewed by the Editor. At this stage manuscripts may be rejected without peer review if it is felt that they are not of high enough quality or not relevant to the journal. Submissions that are not instantly rejected are sent out for peer review, usually to two independent reviewers. Based on the feedback from these reviewers and the judgment of the editorial team, a decision is given on the manuscript.


Manuscripts should be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions, please visit the online submission web site. Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here.

At the time of manuscript submission, the author(s) will disclose any financial arrangements pertinent to the research that might create the appearance of bias. All sources of research support and/or involvement in litigation as an expert witness should be listed in a letter to the editor. If no conflict of interest exists, this should be stated also. When considering whether you should declare a conflicting interest or connection please consider the conflict of interest test: Is there any arrangement that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and you had not declared it? For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.

Place an abstract (up to 200 words) after the title. Provide 6-10 key words for indexing.

Do not justify right margins. Type quoted material of sixty words or more double-spaced, each line indented left five characters, and without quotation marks. Run shorter quotations into the text using double quotes. Commas and periods always appear within end quotes. Write dates as 2 January 1997 without punctuation; years are written 1861-1865. Use 1860s, not 1860's.

For questions regarding the formatting of notes and references, please consult the most recent edition of the Chicago Manual of Style published by the University of Chicago.

Type footnotes double-spaced on pages following the end of the text. Use consecutive superior numbers placed after the end-mark of punctuation for footnote references; in the notes themselves type the numbers on the line in indented paragraph form. Include any acknowledgments and disclaimers in an initial unnumbered footnote. Abbreviate journal names in the style used by the National Library of Medicine in the Index Medicus. A second citation of the same source, if immediately following, is Ibid.; if other footnotes intervene, use the author's last name, short title, and (for quotations) page number. Use inclusive page numbers for journal articles and book chapters: 3-17, 23-26, 100-103, 104-7, 124-28, 1115-20. For classical citations, give all bibliographic data at first citation; for all subsequent citations, give author and short title. Authors are solely responsible for the accuracy of citations.

The following citations may be useful for reference:

  1. J. S. Haldane, Organism and Environment as Illustrated by the Physiology of Breathing (New Haven: Yale University Press, 1917), 99.
  2. Ibid., 105.
  3. Harvey Cushing, The Life of Sir William Osler, vol. 2 (London: Oxford University Press, 1925), 865.
  4. Charles E. Rosenberg, “The Therapeutic Revolution: Medicine, Meaning, and Social Change in Nineteenth-Century America,” in The Therapeutic Revolution: Essays in the Social History of American Medicine, ed. Morris J. Vogel and Charles E. Rosenberg (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1979), 3-25.
  5. Haldane, Organism and Environment, 99-102.
  6. Cushing, Osler, 2: 542-49.
  7. Leila Jackson and J. J. Moore, "Studies on Experimental Scurvy in Guinea Pigs," J. Infect. Dis. 19 (1916): 478-510, 485.
  8. C. M. Jackson to G. S. Ford, 8 November 1917, folder 32, Guy Stanton Ford Correspondence, University of Minnesota Archives, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  9. Jackson and Moore, "Experimental Scurvy."
  10. Robert K. Plumb, "Placebo Effects Found in Surgery," New York Times, Feb. 1, 1961, 39.

Manuscripts should be prepared accurately, consistently, and simply, avoiding the use of special fonts or elaborate formatting for aesthetics. Paragraphs should be formatted the same way throughout.


Details of all funding sources for the work in question should be given in a separate section entitled 'Funding'. This should appear before the 'Acknowledgements' section.

The following rules should be followed:

  • The sentence should begin: ‘This work was supported by …’
  • The full official funding agency name should be given, i.e. ‘the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health’ or simply 'National Institutes of Health', not 'NCI' (one of the 27 subinstitutions) or ‘NCI at NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) .
  • Grant numbers should be complete and accurate and provided in parentheses as follows: ‘(grant number xxxx)’
  • Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma as follows: ‘(grant numbers xxxx, yyyy)’
  • Agencies should be separated by a semi-colon (plus ‘and’ before the last funding agency)
  • Where individuals need to be specified for certain sources of funding the following text should be added after the relevant agency or grant number 'to [author initials]'

An example is given here: ‘This work was supported by the National Institutes of Health (P50 CA098252 and CA118790 to R.B.S.R.) and the Alcohol & Education Research Council (HFY GR667789).’

Oxford Journals will deposit all NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central. See http://www.oxfordjournals.org/for_authors/repositories.html for details. Authors must ensure that manuscripts are clearly indicated as NIH-funded using the guidelines above.

Crossref Funding Data Registry
In order to meet your funding requirements authors are required to name their funding sources, or state if there are none, during the submission process. For further information on this process or to find out more about the CHORUS initiative please click here.


It is a condition of publication in the journal that authors grant an exclusive license to Oxford university Press. This ensures that requests from third parties to reproduce articles are handled efficiently and consistently and will allow the article to be as widely disseminated as possible. As part of the license agreement, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication and Oxford University Press as the publisher.

Upon receipt of accepted manuscripts at Oxford Journals authors will be invited to complete an online copyright licence to publish form.

Please note that by submitting an article for publication you confirm that you are the corresponding/submitting author and that Oxford University Press ("OUP") may retain your email address for the purpose of communicating with you about the article. You agree to notify OUP immediately if your details change. If your article is accepted for publication OUP will contact you using the email address you have used in the registration process. Please note that OUP does not retain copies of rejected articles.


Authors have the option to publish their paper under the Oxford Open initiative whereby, for a charge, their paper will be made freely available online immediately upon publication. After your manuscript is accepted the corresponding author will be required to accept a mandatory licence to publish agreement. As part of the licensing process you will be asked to indicate whether or not you wish to pay for open access. If you do not select the open access option, your paper will be published with standard subscription-based access and you will not be charged.

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licenses. Authors can use the following Creative Commons licenses for their articles:
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Charges Information
You can pay Open Access charges using our Author Services site. This will enable you to pay online with a credit/debit card, or request an invoice by email or post. The open access charges applicable are:

Regular charge - £1875/ $3000 / €2437
List B Developing country charge* - £938 / $1500 / €1219
List A Developing country charge* - £0 /$0 / €0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Orders from the UK will be subject to the current UK VAT charge. For orders from the rest of the European Union, OUP will assume that the service is provided for business purposes. Please provide a VAT number for yourself or your institution, and ensure you account for your own local VAT correctly.

3rd Party Content in Open Access papers

If you will be publishing your paper under an Open Access license but it contains material for which you do not have Open Access re-use permissions, please state this clearly by supplying the following credit line alongside the material:

Title of content
Author, Original publication, year of original publication, by permission of [rights holder]
This image/content is not covered by the terms of the Creative Commons license of this publication. For permission to reuse, please contact the rights holder.


Authors are urged to order offprints prior to publication to cover anticipated needs; reordering after the issue has been published is considerably more expensive. Offprints are ordered through the Oxford Journals Author Services site.


Black and white illustrations are allowed without charge. The page size is 4 x 7 inches, but space must be left for legends. High resolution electronic files and any necessary permissions are requested upon submission.

Figures in the print version of your article will appear in grayscale. However, the online version may have figures reproduced in color. If you opt for color online, please ensure that the figure legend provides an accurate description of both the black and white and color versions of the figure. (For example, a graph’s green and red lines may turn out to be an identical shade of gray in grayscale.) A possible remedy would be to use a solid line in place of one colored line and dashes in place of the other. You will have a chance to look at the grayscale version of your figures in the proof stage.

Save figures at a resolution of at least 600 pixels per inch at the final printed size. Figures must be converted to grayscale or bitmap mode if originally in color. Always use the latest version of the software program available. Files from older versions often lose integrity when opened in newer versions. Figures must be submitted as .tif, .eps, .ppt, .xls, .doc, .pdf, .gif, or .jpg files. The journal reserves the right to reduce the size of illustrative material.

For more information regarding figures, please click here.


Permission to reproduce any third party material, including figures or tables, must be cleared and if necessary paid for by the author; this includes applications and payments to DACS, ARS, and similar licensing agencies where appropriate. Submit written permission with the manuscript. It will be returned if the manuscript is not accepted. It is also the author's responsibility to include acknowledgments as stipulated by the particular institutions in the relevant caption/footnote.

When seeking to reproduce any kind of third party material authors should request the following:

(i) non-exclusive rights to reproduce the material in the specified article and journal;
(ii) electronic rights, preferably for use in any form or medium;
(iii) the right to use the material for the life of the work; and
(iv) world-wide English-language rights.

Further guidelines on clearing permissions can be found here. A template permissions request letter can be found at the end of the the linked document.


For information about this journal's policy, please visit our Author Self-Archiving policy page.


Language editing, if your first language is not English, to ensure that the academic content of your paper is fully understood by journal editors and reviewers is optional. Language editing does not guarantee that your manuscript will be accepted for publication. For further information on this service, please click here. Several specialist language editing companies offer similar services and you can also use any of these. Authors are liable for all costs associated with such services.

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