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New Research Horizons Reviews

New Research Horizon review articles are mini-reviews (maximum 5,000 words) dealing with cutting-edge themes.

New Research Horizon articles may include unpublished data or hypotheses pointing to new research directions. Overviews of novel technologies or methodologies are also welcome.

Title Page

The title should not exceed 25 words and should be specific and informative. Trade marks and proprietary terms are not allowed in the title.

Running title
The running title should not exceed 50 characters.

Initials and family name of all authors should be given.
Please refer to the section 'To accompany a manuscript at submission' for more details regarding authorship entitlements.
A declaration of Authors' roles is required at submission and this information must be included in the manuscript (after the Acknowledgements, before the Funding statement).

Authors and Affiliations
The department, institution, city and country should be given with post code for each author. An email address will be published for the corresponding author who should be clearly identified with an asterisk. Current addresses should be provided for all authors.


An unstructured, single paragraph abstract of about 250 words which clearly summarises the manuscript is required. The abstracts should be self-explanatory and should include an introduction to the field, methods and results for any unpublished data, review material, conclusion and/or hypothesis, and future research directions. References and other external citations should not appear in the abstract.

Key Words

Up to ten key words must be supplied by the author. The key words, together with title and abstract, are used for online searches. They should therefore be specific and relevant to the paper.


The Introduction should set out the importance and current status of the research topic.

New Developments (using a range of specific headings and sub-headings)

These sections should provide an overview of the salient new developments and include hypotheses pointing to new research directions. Where unpublished data is included, sufficient information on the materials and methods should be provided.


Occasionally it may improve readability if certain blocks of information are presented as text boxes. These should be concise and use bullet points/numbered points where beneficial. Text boxes should not exceed 250 words and we may require them to be shortened.


The discussion should be an exploration of the implications for clinical translation, provide possible explanations and indicate questions which remain to be answered in future research.


Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies.

Authors' Roles

Manuscripts must include details for the contributions of each of the authors, including participation in study design, execution, analysis, manuscript drafting and critical discussion. Please refer to the section 'To accompany a manuscript at submission' for more details regarding author contributions.


With respect to funding of research, in line with the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME) guidelines, http://www.wame.org/policies-and-resources, the journal considers it the responsibility of the author to protect the integrity of the research record from bias related to the source of funding by fully declaring all sponsorships and the roles played by sponsors in the research as well as institutional affiliations and relevant financial ties. These should be listed in the manuscript in the Funding section. Grant numbers should be given.

Where no specific funding was sought for the study, and departmental funds were used to support the authors throughout the study period and manuscript preparation, this should be acknowledged, giving department names.

Conflict of Interest

Authors should include a conflict of interest statement on the manuscript detailing any potential conflicts of interest of any of the authors due to relationships with commercial/corporate interests, or stating that they have none to declare. Please refer to the section 'To accompany a manuscript at submission' for more details regarding conflicts of interest.

Reference Citations within the Text

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the references. Each reference should be cited by author and date. If there are two authors please list both, if more than two please use first author then et al.

Permission to cite personal communications (J.Smith, personal communication) should be obtained by the corresponding author. Unpublished data should be cited as '(unpublished data)' and should not be included in the reference list. Either of the above should be used only when essential.

References to papers accepted for publication, but not yet published, should be cited as such in the reference list e.g. Bloggs A (2007) In-vitro fertilization. Hum Reprod. In press.

Reference List

References should be listed alphabetically. Please use the following style. Note that correct punctuation and journal abbreviations must be used in order to run the search programs used to edit the manuscript. Incorrectly typed references take a lot of time to correct, for which we reserve the right to charge. Up to 10 authors should be included after which et al. should be used. Refer to the following examples.

Authors. Title. Journal. Date; issue : pg-pg

Biggers JD, McGinnis LK. Evidence that glucose is not always an inhibitor of mouse preimplantation development in vitro. Hum Reprod 2001; 16 :153-163.

Gekas J, Thepot F, Turleau C, Siffroi JP, Dadaoune JP, Briault S, Rio M, Bourouillou G, Carre Pigeon F, Wasels R et al. Chromosomal factors of infertility in candidate couples for ICSI: an equal risk of constitutional aberrations in women and men. Hum Reprod 2001; 16 : 82-90.

Elliot WH, Elliot DC. Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. 2nd edn, 2001.Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK.

Warren MA, Li TC, Klentzeris D. Cell biology of the endometrium: histology, cell types and menstrual changes. In Chard T and Grudzinskas JG (eds) The Uterus. 1994. Press Syndicate of the University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK, pp.94-125.


Tables should be uploaded as a separate document in an editable format.

Each table should be numbered consecutively with Roman numerals. Please avoid complex constructions. Tables should be produced using Word or Excel format. Each table should be self explanatory and include a brief descriptive title. Each item of data should be in a separate cell. Footnotes to the table indicated by superscript lowercase letters are acceptable but should not include extensive experimental detail.

Reference to the tables in the text should be sequential (i.e. Table I, II etc). Do not include more tables than is absolutely necessary; non-essential tables may be judged as being suitable for online-only publication.

Figure Legends

Each legend must be self contained, with all symbols and abbreviations used in the figure defined.


Figures should be uploaded as a separate file (or files) as .jpg or .tif files.

Full instructions on preparing the figures are available as part of the online submission instructions. Please follow these instructions carefully, as failure to do so will delay publication of your manuscript. Please note, the editors reserve the right to charge for extensive changes.

In preparing graphs, authors should avoid background tints and 3D effects and maintain a consistent label size and aspect ratio (the x/y axis ratio) throughout a paper. Figure and axes titles should be clear and NOT in bold text.

Do not include more figures than is absolutely necessary; non-essential figures may be judged as being suitable for online-only publication.

Additional Material to Accompany the Submission

  • Covering letter
  • ARRIVE checklist (for research using animals)
  • Author signature form
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