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Please read these instructions carefully, as articles will only be accepted if they are in the correct format, with references laid out as described below.


Receipt of manuscripts will be acknowledged, but not letters or items of interest. Articles submitted must not be under consideration by any other publication.

Competing interests

Competing and potentially competing interests must be declared upon initial submission of your article.


The usual length for a journal article is 2,500 to 3,000 words. Longer articles may be edited or published in more than one part. All articles should be typed using double line spacing with wide margins on both sides of the page and leaving a space between paragraphs. Ideally the article should be submitted by email. It should be saved in Microsoft Word. The article should be accompanied by an abstract of 70 words maximum and a minimum of three keywords.

More specific information on article types and presentation is available from AfPP’s website:

The reviewing process

Each paper is reviewed by the editor and, if it is judged suitable for this publication, it is then sent to two referees for double blind peer review. Based on their recommendations, the editor then decides whether the paper should be accepted as it is, revised or rejected.

The Journal of Perioperative Practice screens all submissions through plagiarism checking software.

If your paper is accepted, you will be asked to complete and sign AfPP’s copyright form. Your paper will then be allocated a publication date, usually within six months. If revision is necessary, your manuscript will be returned to you along with the reviewers’ remarks and a new deadline will be agreed upon for the re-submission of your paper. Occasionally, papers are rejected. This is usually because they are not suitable for the remit of this journal. If your paper is rejected we will endeavour to briefly explain the reasons why.

Reference list

Article – surname and initials of author(s), year of publication, title of article, name of journal (in full and in bold and italics), volume number, part number in brackets and page numbers. For example:

Gill A, Randell R 2016 Robotic surgery and its impact on teamwork in the operating theatre Journal of Perioperative Practice 26 (3) 42-45

Book – surname and initials of author(s), year of publication, name of book in bold, edition number if applicable, first listed place of publication and name of publisher. For example:

Flin R, O’Connor P 2013 Safety at the Sharp End: A guide to non-technical skills Boca Baton, Florida, CRC Press Chapter in a book – surname and initials of chapter author(s), year of publication, name of chapter, initials and surname of editor(s), name of book in bold, place of publication and name of publisher. For example:

Chumbley G 2009 Patient-Controlled Analgesia. In: Cox F (ed) Perioperative Pain Management Oxford, Wiley-Blackwell

Internet source – surname and initials of author(s) or corporate author, year of online publication, title in bold, version or date of last update if known,

location (URL), date accessed. For example:

National Patient Safety Agency 2007 PSA 21 Safer Practice with Epidural Injections and Infusions [online] Available from: and-directives/alerts/epidural-injections-and- infusions/?locale=en [Accessed November 2009]

List to be in alphabetical order. Differentiate between works published in the same year by the same author(s) by labelling them a, b, c. Do not use ‘et al’ in the references unless there are more than seven authors, in which case the first three should be listed followed by ‘et al’.

Use minimum punctuation and capitalisation:

  • No full stops at the end of entry
  • No full stop after the author’s initials
  • No brackets around the date
  • No ampersands – authors’ names to be separated by a comma.

For direct quotations of more than four words use a new indented paragraph that is single-spaced with the reference and page number at the end of the quotation.

If one author is summarised by another then it should be presented as ‘cited in’ eg: ‘…McGrath cited in Marsh (2000) contends that …’ Here it would be Marsh that appears in the reference list.

References in the text

The Journal of Perioperative Practice uses a modified Harvard system of referencing.

Use the name and date separated by a space, eg: (Symonds 2005). Use commas to separate several entries eg: (Gilchrist 2004, Langer 2005, MacGill 2006). List references in chronological order. For organisations, use initials in the text (DH 2008), and spell out in your reference list (Department of Health 2008).

Link two authors by an ampersand and use ‘et al’ for three or more authors, eg: ‘Bennett (2001) asserted… however others disagreed (Davies & Holmes 2004) and have been supported by research (Lee 2003, Martyn et al 2004)’.


Digital photographs must be taken at maximum resolution and supplied at 100% as original unmodified jpegs, and supplied by email. Please provide a key for group shots.

All artwork should have a plain original without lettering or numbering and a labelled copy. Permission to reproduce illustrations must be obtained by the author from the owner of the copyright, usually the publisher. Written permission should accompany the illustrations.


Include your full details: name, qualifications, job title and place of work, telephone number and email address.

  • An abstract of around 70 words.
  • At least three key words.
  • A reference list in house style.

BY EMAIL with a covering letter and full details (address, work place etc) to

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