Technology Evaluation

A guide for authors submitting to the Expert Collection

expert-opinion-logoWord limit: The word limit for Technology Evaluations is 3,000-5,000 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.

Summary (maximum 150 words): The role of the summary is to draw in the interested casual browser. This should not be an abstract but should outline the article scope and briefly put it into context. No references should be cited in the summary.

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 etc.

Body of the article:

    • Overview of the market: Incorporating basic background information on the area under review including existing technologies, unmet needs and so on.
    • How the technology works: Description of the theory and principles behind the technology and mechanism of action.
    • Clinical profile and post-marketing findings (if applicable): Discussion of available pre-clinical, Phase I, II and III data. Potential applications of the technology in other settings.
    • Alternative technologies: A standalone box, summarizing competing tests in the field.

Conclusion: The conclusion for all articles should contain an analysis/summary of the data presented in the article. Please note that this section is meant to be distinct from, and appear before the ‘Expert opinion’ section.

Expert opinion: 500-1000 words (included in overall word count).
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 further 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 commentary section, and, as such, referees are asked to keep this in mind when peer reviewing the manuscript.

Article highlights box: Please provide in the form of a bulleted list (five or six points), statements covering the key aspects of the paper.

References: A maximum of 100 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.

Reference annotations: Important references should be highlighted with a one/two star system and brief annotations should be given (see the journal’s Instructions for Authors page for examples and for a more detailed description of our referencing style).

Figures and tables: Up to five figures and five tables are permitted. For further information on tables and figures, please see our formatting guide.