Submission Guidelines

  • Original research articles
  • Review articles
  • Practice guidelines
  • Editorials
  • Case studies
  • Scientific letter

Articles Specifications

The journal welcomes the following types of articles; as listed below. Please follow their specific requirements as outlined. For a general overview of reporting within sections of all study designs and manuscript formats, please visit our general manuscript sections tab above.

Type of manuscripts considered for publication:

Original research articles

An original research article provides an overview of innovative research in a particular field within or related to the focus and scope of the journal, presented according to a clear and well-structured format.

  • Article words: Between 3500 and 4000
  • Abstract words: 250
  • References: Maximum 60
  • Structured abstract: Background, aim, setting, methods, results, conclusion
  • Compulsory as a supplementary file: Ethical clearance letter/certificate
  • A systematic review is an article that follows the same basic structure as an original research article:
    • Structured abstract: Background, aim, setting, methods, results, conclusion.
    • Aim and objectives: Focus on a clinical question that will be addressed in the review. 
    • Methods section: Describe in detail the search strategy, criteria used to select or reject articles, attempts made to obtain all important and relevant studies and deal with publication bias (including grey and unpublished literature), how the quality of included studies was appraised, the methodology used to extract and/or analyse data.
    • Results: Describe the homogeneity of the different findings; clearly present the overall results and any meta-analysis. 

Review articles

A review article presents a critical review of the literature on a topic that has both social and scientific value, and which is within the focus and scope of the journal.

  • Article words: Between 2500 and 4000
  • Abstract words: 250
  • References: Maximum 60
  • Structured abstract: Background, aim, methods, results, conclusion
  • Systematic reviews are considered under original research

Practice guidelines

The Institute of Medicine (IOM) defines clinical practice guidelines as “statements that include recommendations intended to optimise patient care that is informed by a systematic review of evidence and an assessment of the benefits and harms of alternative care options.” Articles published in this section should add to the existing body of knowledge published in this field.

  • Article words: Between 3500 and 4000
  • Abstract words: 250
  • References: Maximum 60

Editorials

Editorials are and are intended to provide expert comment on relevant topics within the focus and scope of the journal. 

  • Words: Maximum 800
  • Abstract: None required
  • References: Maximum 10
  • By invitation only

Case studies

A case study is a detailed account of a specific patient. The patient study should highlight a critical issue that is relevant to the field of oncology.

  • Article words: Maximum 1000
  • Abstract words: Maximum 120
  • One figure and one table or 1400 words with only an abstract
  • Compulsory as a supplementary file: Ethical clearance letter/certificate.

Scientific letter

A scientific letter is original research that is limited in scope.

  • Article words: Maximum 800
  • Abstract words: Maximum 120
  • References: Maximum 15
  • One table or figure

General manuscript sections

Style and formatting

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