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Instructions for Authors

For guidelines on policy and submission across our journals, please click on the links below:
Manuscript preparation
Editorial policies
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Peer review
Submission and production processes

Editorial Policy

Frontline Gastroenterology is a new journal that aims to accelerate the adoption of best practice in the fields of gastroenterology and hepatology. It will be multidisciplinary and focus on the needs of patients and the professionals caring for them. The principal criterion for acceptance will be the potential impact an article has on patient care. With this aim in mind, Frontline Gastroenterology invites articles that address issues from the point an individual thinks they may have a gastroenterological problem, to care in tertiary settings.

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.

Open Access

Authors can choose to have their article published Open Access for a fee of £600 (plus applicable VAT).

Language Polishing Service

If you are not a native English speaker, we recommend that you have your manuscript edited by a native speaker prior to submission. Professional editing will improve the grammar, spelling and punctuation of your manuscript, providing clear language which will mean that reviewers and editors are better able to concentrate on the scientific content of the paper. Click here for more information.

Article Types and Word Counts

The word count excludes the title page, abstract, tables, acknowledgements and contributions and the references. For guidance on how to improve your graphs and tables please view these BMJ demonstration videos.

Information on our publication turnaround times and acceptance rates can be found here.


This category includes papers reporting original data (e.g. controlled trials and intervention studies); this includes 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).

  1. Word count: up to 2500 words
  2. Structured abstract: up to 250 words
  3. Tables/Illustrations: images submitted should uniquely display the data and not repeat information available either in the text or as a table. Up to 4 display items (figures and/or tables) may be submitted for print. Further data can be published online, including audio and video
  4. References: limited to those critical to the manuscript

Authors should also complete a short summary 'box' indicating the significance of this study, the below headings must be used and must be included in the manuscript file following the abstract:

  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?

Reports of randomised controlled trials should follow the revised CONSORT statement (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials) published in JAMA (2001;285:1987-91), as closely as possible. See RCTs for more guidelines.

  • Title Page
    When choosing a title, bear in mind that others will have to find your work using bibliographic searches. Check that it represents the content of the paper and is not misleading. The title and authors' names should be on the title page and be consistent in how each author's name is presented.
  • Abstract
    Research articles should include a structured abstract of no more than 250 words under the following headings:
    • Objective
    • Design
    • Setting
    • Patients
    • Interventions
    • Main outcome measures
    • Results - give numerical data rather than vague statements that drug x produced a better response than drug y. Favour confidence intervals over p values, and give the numerical data on which any p value is based.
    • Conclusions - do not make any claims that are not supported by data in the paper.


This category includes reviews, slimmed-down guidelines, NICE guidance updates, new techniques/technology appraisals, and innovations in service delivery.

  1. Word count: up to 2500 words
  2. Abstract: up to 250 words
  3. Tables/ Illustrations: 2-4 figures. As above, further data can be published online, including audio and video
  4. References: up to 30

Review Articles

Although these are usually commissioned, authors are invited to discuss directly with the Editor possible topics for review.

  1. Word count: the length will be indicated by or will be discussed with the editor, but will usually be less than 3000 words
  2. Abstract: up to 250 words
  3. Tables/Illustrations: Maximum 6 tables and/or figures
  4. References: to be discussed with the Editor

Education in Practice

This section includes the 'How to...' and 'My approach to...' series, education and training, and management flow charts.

  1. Introduction setting out the article's purpose: 150 words
  2. Main text (all types except 'My approach to...'): 2500 words
  3. Main text ('My approach to...'): 1200 words
  4. Tables/Illustrations: Up to 2 display items may be submitted for print. Further data can be published online, including PowerPoint, audio and video.

Case Reports

Please use the BMJ Case Reports template:


Includes debates (paired articles with emphasis on the health economic balance and practicality of delivery, not just the clinical justification; 1500 words per argument), editorials (these are likely to be commissioned articles, perhaps referring to a research article in the journal. If you would like to contribute an editorial, please contact the editor via:, 'personal views', updated consultation papers, interviews, interpretation papers.

  1. Word count: 1500, including an introduction setting out the reason for the paper
  2. Tables/Illustrations: Up to 2 display items may be submitted for print. Further display items can be published online, including PowerPoint, audio and video


Articles of up to 500 words highlighting societies' news and events of relevance to a wider arena, progress of trials/trials being planned.

Journal Watch

Each edition will include a 'Journal Watch' feature, which will also be available on line. This will be authored by a specifically appointed member of the editorial team who will produce a brief review of one or two of current articles in the gastrointestinal and hepatology literature. The key criterion for inclusion is that the article have clinical impact on practice. Contributions for prospective authors are not required for this section.

Curriculum Based Clinical Reviews

Different to CPD reviews aimed at consultants, these articles will be trainee-focussed, mapped to specific competencies in the Gastroenterology curriculum. Topics should focus on training in areas that are rarely seen outside of specialist gastroenterology clinics, often not well covered in journals, or to provide training in 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. Although aimed at trainees, the subject matter of the articles will be highly relevant for consultants and nurses wishing to improve their knowledge of these subject areas.

  • Word count of main text body max. 2500
  • Introduction should state which numbered competency within the Gastroenterology 2010 curriculum the article refers, and there should be an accompanying box with this competency outlined
  • 10-15 references max. Ideally these should be high quality reviews or guidelines as opposed to primary data papers, to direct the author to further reading that will enhance the educational outcomes of the article
  • All articles must have 2-3 accompanying SCE style ‘best of 5’ questions
  • The first author of the article must be a trainee


BMJ journals are willing to consider publishing supplements to regular issues. Supplement proposals may be made at the request of:

  1. The journal editor, an editorial board member or a learned society may wish to organise a meeting, sponsorship may be sought and the proceedings published as a supplement.
  2. The journal editor, editorial board member or learned society may wish to commission a supplement on a particular theme or topic. Again, sponsorship may be sought.
  3. The BMJ itself may have proposals for supplements where sponsorship may be necessary.
  4. A sponsoring organisation, often a pharmaceutical company or a charitable foundation, that wishes to arrange a meeting, the proceedings of which will be published as a supplement.

In all cases, it is vital that the journal's integrity, independence and academic reputation is not compromised in any way.

When contacting us regarding a potential supplement, please include as much of the information below as possible.

  • Journal in which you would like the supplement published
  • Title of supplement and/or meeting on which it is based
  • Date of meeting on which it is based
  • Proposed table of contents with provisional article titles and proposed authors
  • An indication of whether authors have agreed to participate
  • Sponsor information including any relevant deadlines
  • An indication of the expected length of each paper Guest Editor proposals if appropriate

For further information on criteria that must be fulfilled, download the supplements guidelines (PDF).

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