Editorial: Expert Opinion

Instructions for authors submitting to the Expert Collection

expert-opinion-logoScope: Editorials are short articles on issues of topical importance. We encourage our editorial writers to express their opinions, giving the author the opportunity to present criticism or address controversy. The intention is very much that the article should offer a personal perspective on a topic of recent interest. The author should discuss the various therapeutic strategies which have been, and are being, explored, providing the reader with an overview of the research field.

Word limit: The word limit for editorial articles is 1,000-1,500 words.

Every article must contain:

Title: All article types should have a concise, informative title that contains no brand names.

Authors’ names and affiliations: Including address, academic qualifications and job titles of all authors, as well as telephone number, fax number and email address of the author for correspondence on a separate cover sheet as the peer reviewers will be blinded to the authors’ identity. Please note that only the address of the first author of the article will appear on Medline/PubMed, not necessarily the corresponding author.

Keywords: A brief list of keywords, in alphabetical order, is required to assist indexers in cross-referencing. The keywords will encompass the therapeutic area, mechanism(s) of action, key compounds and so on.

Body of the article:

  • Introduction: Incorporating basic background information on the area under review.
  • Body: Body of the paper covering the subject under review, using numbered subsections as required.

Expert opinion: 200-500 words

To distinguish the articles published in the Expert opinion series, authors must provide an additional section entitled ‘Expert opinion’. This section affords authors the opportunity to provide their interpretation of the data presented in the article and discuss the developments that are likely to be important in the future, and the avenues of research likely to become exciting as further studies yield more detailed results. The intention is to go beyond a conclusion and should not simply summarise the paper. Authors should answer the following:

  • What are the key findings and weaknesses in the research done in this field so far?
  • What potential does this research hold? What is the ultimate goal in this field?
  • What research or knowledge is needed to achieve this goal and what is the biggest challenge in this goal being achieved?
  • Where do you see the field going in the coming years? What is going to happen?
  • Is there any particular area of the research you are finding of interest at present?

Please note that ‘opinions’ are encouraged in the Expert opinion section, and, as such, referees are asked to keep this in mind when peer reviewing the manuscript.

References: A maximum of 15 references is permitted. Ensure that all key work relevant to the topic under discussion is cited in the text and listed in the bibliography. Reference to unpublished data should be kept to a minimum and authors must obtain a signed letter of permission from cited persons to use unpublished results or personal communications in the manuscript

Annotated bibliography: Important references should be highlighted with a one/two star system and brief annotations should be given.

Figures and tables: Two tables and two figures are permitted. For further information on tables and figures, please see our formatting guide.