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Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts must be submitted online. Once you have prepared your manuscript according to the instructions below please visit the online submission website . Instructions on submitting your manuscript online can be viewed here .

Manuscripts sent to any other address will not be considered for publication.

All submitted papers are seen by at least two referees who give an opinion about acceptability on the basis of originality, scientific reliability of the study, analyses of the data and interpretation of the results. Statistical opinion is sought on potentially acceptable papers with regard to design and conduct of the study as well as statistical inferences. Manuscripts and letters will be acknowledged.

Submission of a paper implies that it reports unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. If previously published tables, illustrations, or more than 200 words of text are to be included, then the copyright holder's written permission must be obtained. Copies of any such permission letters should be enclosed with the paper.


Authors are sent PDF proofs by email which should be checked immediately for typographical errors and returned to the journal mailbox via email.


It is a condition of publication in the Journal that authors grant an exclusive licence 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. In issuing a licence to publish, authors may use their own material in other publications provided that the Journal is acknowledged as the original place of publication.

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

Oxford Open articles are published under Creative Commons licences. Authors publishing in Tropical Pediatrics can use the following Creative Commons licences for their articles:

  • Creative Commons Attribution licence (CC-BY)
  • Creative Commons Non-Commercial licence (CC-BY-NC)
  • Creative Commons non-Commercial No Derivatives licence (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Please click here for more information about the Creative Commons licences.

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:

Standard: £1350/$2150/€1750
Devco B: £675/$1075/€875
Devco A: £0/$0/€0
*Visit our Developing Countries page for a list of qualifying countries

Please note that these charges are in addition to any colour/page charges that may apply.

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.

Preparation of manuscripts

Manuscripts should be legibly typed, using double spacing throughout, with 25 mm margins at each side. Please note the following word count, this does not include the title page, abstract and references:

Original paper - 2000
Brief report - 1000
Case report -1000
Research Letter - 500
Clinical Review 3000
Book review - 500
Editorials - 1000
News from Region - 1000

Regular full length papers should be divided into the following sequence of sections, and each section should begin on a new page:

  • Title page
  • Summary
  • Text
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Legends to figures
  • Tables.

Number each page at the top right corner consecutively, beginning with the title page. Please avoid footnotes; use instead, parentheses within brackets. Underline only words which should appear in italic. Clearly identify unusual or handwritten symbols and Greek letters. Differentiate between the letter O and zero, and the letters I and l and number 1. Mark the position of each figure and table in the margin. SI units should be used for scientific measurements.


Number references consecutively in the order in which they are cited in the text. Published articles and those in press (state the journal which has accepted them) may be included. References should include (in the following order) author's names, editors (books only) paper title in full, journal/book title, name and address of publisher (books only), year, volume number and inclusive page numbers. Personal communication should be authorized by those involved, in writing, and unpublished data should be cited as (unpublished data). Papers in preparation or submitted for publication should not be in the reference list. They should be cited in the text as follows: H. G. Jones, unpublished results/submitted for publication/in preparation (as appropriate).

Style in the reference section should be as follows:

  1. Kennedy T, Jones R. Effect of obesity on esophageal transit. Am J Surg 1985;149:177–81.
  2. Long HC, Blatt MA, Higgins MC et al.. Medical Decision Making. Boston: Butterworth-Heinemann, 1997.
  3. Manners T, Jones R, Riley M. Relationship of overweight to haitus hernia and reflux oesophagitis. In: Newman W (ed). The Obesity Conundrum. Amsterdam: Elsevier Science, 1997,352–74.
  4. Hou Y, Qiu Y, Vo NH et al. 23-O derivatives of OMT: highly active against H. influenzae. In: Programs and Abstracts of the Forty-third Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy, Chicago, IL, 2003. Abstract F-1187, p.242. American Society for Microbiology, Washington, DC, USA.
  5. Public Health Laboratory Service. Antimicrobial Resistance in 2000: England and Wales. http://www.hpa.org.uk./infections/topics_az/antimicrobial_resistance/amr.pdf (7 January 2004, date last accessed).


Tables should be typed on separate sheets, and numbered consecutively. Tables should be self-explanatory and include a brief descriptive title. Footnotes to tables indicated by lower case letters are acceptable, but they should not include extensive experimental detail. Cite each table in the text in consecutive order.


See instructions for formatting figures.

All illustrations must be cited in the text in consecutive order. Each figure should be labelled clearly with the figure number. Also indicate clearly the top margin of the figure. Figures should be submitted in the desired final size so that reduction can be avoided. The type area of a page is 206 (height) mm x 150 mm (width); a single column is 71 mm (width). Figures must be at a minimum resolution of 600 d.p.i. for line drawings (black and white) and 300 d.p.i. for colour or greyscale.

Photographs - Photographs should be of sufficiently high quality with respect to detail, contrast, and fineness of grain to withstand the inevitable loss of contrast and detail inherent in the printing process. Indicate the magnification by a rule on the photographs.

Line drawings - These should be clear, sharp prints, suitable for reproduction as submitted. Ensure that the size of lettering is in proportion with the overall dimensions of the figure.

Figure legends - These should be added at the bottom of the manuscript in numbered order. Define all symbols and abbreviations used in the figure.


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. ‘National Institutes of Health’, not ‘NIH’ (full RIN-approved list of UK funding agencies) Grant numbers should be given in brackets 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 [AA123456 to C.S., BB765432 to M.H.]; and the Alcohol & Education Research Council [hfygr667789].

Oxford Journals will deposit all NIH-funded articles in PubMed Central. See Depositing articles in repositories – information for authors 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 .


All authors are supplied with a free URL linking you to a press ready PDF version of your article. Offprints can be ordered using the Oxford Journals Author Services site.

Orders from UK will be subject to a 20.0% VAT charge as of 1st January 2011. For orders from the rest of the EU, we 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.

Language editing

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.

Author self-archiving/ public access policy from May 2005

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

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