Authors

 

Frontline Gastroenterology publishes articles that accelerate adoption of innovative and best practice in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. Frontline Gastroenterology is especially interested in articles on multidisciplinary research and care, focusing on both retrospective assessments of novel models of care as well as putative future directions of best practice. Specifically Frontline Gastroenterology publishes articles in the domains of clinical quality, patient experience, service provision and medical education.

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £600 (plus applicable VAT). Authors can also choose to publish their article in colour for the print edition for a fee of £250.

Submission to Frontline Gastroenterology implies that the work described has not been accepted for publication elsewhere, that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere and does not duplicate material already published.

Submission guidelines

For guidelines on submission and editorial policies for Frontline Gastroenterology please refer to the BMJ Author Hub. Here you will find information on planning your research through to submitting and promoting your research.

Planning your research
Writing your paper
Choosing a journal
Submitting your paper
After submitting
Promoting your paper
Open Access
Reviewing manuscripts

Article types

Please review the below specifications of each article type and the required article lengths, illustrations and table limits, and references counts. The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions, and references. Manuscripts should be as succinct as possible.

Original research
Review
Education in practice
Case Report
Opinion
News
Curriculum based clinical review
Journal watch

 

Original Research

Original research includes controlled trials, intervention studies, audits, quality assurance studies and innovations in service delivery (such as a change in process or skill mix profile that achieves measurable improvements in patient outcomes and/or costs).

Word count:

up to 2,500

Structured abstract:

up to 250: ‘Objective’, ‘Design’, ‘Setting’, ‘Patients’, ‘Interventions’, ‘Main outcome measures’, ‘Results’, ‘Conclusions’

Tables/Illustrations:

up to 4

References:

limited to those critical to the manuscript

Authors should also complete a short summary ‘box’ after the abstract indicating the significance of this study using the below headings:

  1. What is already known about this subject?
  2. What are the new findings?
  3. How might it impact on clinical practice in the foreseeable future?

Review

Reviews are usually commissioned; authors are invited to discuss directly with the Editor possible topics for review.

Word count:

up to 3,000

Abstract:

up to 250

Tables/ Illustrations:

up to 6

References:

limited to those critical to the manuscript

 

Education in practice

Education and practice articles include the ‘How to…’ and ‘My approach to…’ series, education and training, and management flow charts.

Introduction setting out the article’s purpose:

150 words

Main text (all types except ‘My approach to…’):

2,500 words

Main text (‘My approach to…’):

1,200 words

Tables/Illustrations:

up to 2

Case Reports

Please use the BMJ Case Reports template.

Opinion

Opinion articles debate issues with an emphasis on the health economic balance and practicality of delivery, not just the clinical justification.

Word count:

up to 1,500, including an introduction setting out the reason for the paper

Tables/Illustrations:

up to 2

News

News articles highlight societies’ news and events of relevance to a wider arena, progress of trials/trials being planned.

Word count:

up to 500

Journal watch

Each edition will include a ‘Journal Watch’ feature which will provide a brief review of one or two current articles in the gastrointestinal and hepatology literature that have a clinical impact on practice.

Curriculum based clinical reviews

Frontline Gastroenterology Curriculum based clinical reviews are trainee-focussed; mapped to specific competencies in the Gastroenterology curriculum. Topics focus on training in areas that are rarely seen outside of specialist gastroenterology clinics or on generic features of the curriculum such as ethics and medico-legal aspects of care. By mapping articles and associated SCE style questions to the curriculum, trainees will be provided with knowledge-based training.

Word count:

up to 2,500

Introduction:

State which numbered competency with the Gastroenterology curriculum the article refers along with an accompanying box outlining the competency

References:

up to 15 (mainly high quality guideline and reviews)

SCE Style ‘best of 5’ questions:

2-3

Supplements

Frontline Gastroenterology is willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. For more information on supplement proposal please see the BMJ Author Hub.