Author Guidelines
Advances in Skin & Wound Care, a peer-reviewed, multidisciplinary journal, publishes original investigations, scholarly reviews of the literature, reports on innovative treatments, case series, and practical articles for skin and wound care professionals. Published articles are pertinent for all professionals involved in wound management: physicians, podiatrists, physical and occupational therapists, nurses, dietitians, infection control practitioners, pharmacists, biomedical engineers, and administrators of hospitals, long-term-care facilities, and home health agencies.

   The journal welcomes submissions of original articles in all areas of skin and wound management. Manuscripts are considered for publication only if the work has not been published and is not under consideration for publication by another periodical. All authors must reveal affiliation with organizations that have a direct or indirect financial interest in the editorial content or products that are discussed in the manuscript. Manuscript submissions must be accompanied by the Copyright Transfer and Duality of Interest Disclosure forms.

Direct all submissions, correspondence, and questions to:

Susan Doan-Johnson
Editorial Director
Advances in Skin & Wound Care
1111 Bethlehem Pike
P.O. Box 908
Springhouse, PA 19477
Telephone: 215-628-7791
Fax: 215-646-0341

Review Process

All submitted papers are subject to a blind peer review. The initial review process takes 2 to 3 months. Reviewers' comments will be shared with the authors.

Accepted manuscripts are subject to editorial revisions for clarity, punctuation, grammar, syntax, and conformity to journal style. If substantive revision is necessary, the manuscript will be returned to the authors for rework based on feedback from the Editor-in-Chief and peer reviewers. The corresponding author will receive a copy of the final manuscript for review prior to publication.

Manuscript Presentation

Submit an original (on disk) and 4 copies of the manuscript and all tables and figures. Print the manuscript on 8.5 x 11 white bond paper with 1-inch margins, using double spacing throughout. Line numbering and page numbers must be used. Number the lines and pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Use abbreviations sparingly. Spell out the full term at first mention, followed by the abbreviation in parentheses; thereafter, use the abbreviation (use the appropriate abbreviations for SI units). Also, use drug names consistently in the text, preferably generic names. When a trade name was used in research, include it in parentheses after the generic name the first time it appears; thereafter, refer to the generic.

Microsoft Word is the preferred word-processing program, but most standard programs can be translated. On the disk, indicate the type of computer (IBM or Macintosh), the program name and version, the file name(s), and the primary author's name. One author should be designated as the corresponding author and that person's complete name, home and work address and telephone numbers, plus fax number and E-mail address, if available, should be included.

Original Investigation

Original Investigations should be organized as follows:
  • Title Page: Include the article title, the full name of each author, highest academic degree, and current affiliation, including city and state. Abstract: A structured abstract of no more than 250 words should include the following headings: Objective, Design, Setting, Patients (or Participants), Interventions (if any), Main Outcome Measure(s), Main Results, Conclusion. For detailed instructions on preparing a structured abstract, contact the editorial office.
  • Text: Include an introduction (with a short literature review and statement of problem), methods, results, and discussion (include implications for clinical practice).
  • References: Authors must use Vancouver style for references (see Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journal. JAMA 1997;277:927-34). Type the references double spaced, numbering each one consecutively the first time it is cited in the text (do not use the author's name in the text; references must be numbered). Use superscript numbers, placed after the punctuation. List all authors when there are 6 or fewer; for 7 or more, list the first 3 followed by "et al." Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all relevant citations.
  • Book title: Author(s) (last name and initials, no periods), title (uppercase and lowercase, no quotation marks), edition or volume, city and state/province of publication, publisher, and year. When particular pages are relevant or when the text is referenced several times, list the relevant pages. Example: Lemeshow S, Hosmer DW, Klar J, Lwanga SK. Adequacy of Sample Size in Health Studies. Chichester, England: John Wiley & Sons Ltd., 1990.
  • Chapter in a book: Follow the directions for book title, but add chapter title and editors. Example: Brandeis G, Powell J, Bergstrom M. Resident assessment protocol: pressure ulcers. In: Morris JN, Hawes C, Murphey K, et al, editors. Resident Assessment Instrument Training and Resource Guide. Natick, MA: Eliot Press; 1991.
  • Journal articles: Author(s) (last name and initials, no periods), title of article (lowercase, no quotation marks), abbreviation of the journal as given in the Cumulative Index Medicus, year of publication, volume number, and inclusive pages. If the journal is not paged sequentially throughout the volume, include the issue number in the citation. Example: Allman RM, Laprade CA, Noel LB, et al. Pressure sores among hospitalized patients. Ann Intern Med 1986;105:337-42.
  • Publication by an organization: Follow example format. Example: National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel: Statement on Pressure Ulcer Prevention. Buffalo: NPUAP, 1992.
  • Tables: Put each table on a separate page after the reference list, double spaced; include a title for each one. Number the tables in the order in which they are referred to in the text. Use the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 4th ed. (1994), as a source for the correct format of statistical tests and tables.
  • Illustrations: Illustrations and photographs (black-and-white or color) must be professional glossy prints or slides; electronic files are acceptable if they are in .tif or .jpg format. Written permission from the patients must accompany the photographs. Model release forms can be supplied if needed. Also, if using previously published material, authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from the publisher before submitting the material. To identify each item of the illustration, type a label and place it on the back of each illustration or photo, identifying it in the order it appears in the text (Figure 1: Cross-section of the foot). Indicate the top of the illustration if it is not apparent. If any items are to be returned, a notice to that effect must be on the label, along with the complete name and mailing address.
Scholarly Review of the Literature

A Scholarly Review of the Literature includes a complete overview of the literature on any topic related to skin and wound care. Reviews generally will be written by experts in the field and will be solicited. However, unsolicited reviews will be considered and will be subject to peer review. The text should not exceed 15 typed pages and it should include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words under the following headings: Objective, Data Sources, Study Selection, Data Extraction, Data Synthesis, Conclusions. For detailed instructions on preparing a structured abstract, contact the editorial office.

Case Series

Case Series offer readers practical information and contain reports of a series of cases that have interesting outcomes of care. A minimum of 6 cases is required for a series. The text should not exceed 1,000 words and 10 references.

Innovations in Practice

Innovations in Practice include new and interesting methods of diagnosis and treatment. Describe the technique in enough detail so that readers can understand the process. The text should not exceed 1,000 words.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are encouraged. They must be signed and will be subject to editing. Letters that question, criticize, or respond to a previously published paper will be sent to the author of that paper for a reply. Advances in Skin & Wound Care encourages this type of professional exchange. Address all correspondence to the Editor-in-Chief.

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