Scope: The aim of a Meta-opinion is to comment on the variety of opinions given in recent papers in the field and to suggest a consensus on the direction of the field, based on these and the author’s own opinion.
Word limit: The word limit for Meta-opinions is 2,000-2,500 words (not including figures, tables and references).
Every article must contain:
Title: Should be concise but informative, including the drug and therapeutic indication. Titles should not contain brand names
Authors’ names and addresses: 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.
Abstract (maximum 200 words)
Body of the evaluation:
- Introduction: provide basic background information on the area under review and the papers considered.
- Current evidence: provide commentary on the studies/papers under discussion, highlighting key points made by the authors of those papers and summarising the opinions discussed in the context of the current status of the field.
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 20-50 references is suggested. 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.
Figures and tables: Up to two figures and two tables are permitted. For further information on tables and figures, please see our formatting guide.