Formatting guidelines for Expert Collection journals

File formatting

Keep all formatting to a minimum. Do not assign ‘styles’ to headings, extracts or paragraphs. Make sure that the ‘normal’ style is used throughout the text. Turn off the automatic hyphenation feature

Spacing and headings

Headings, sub-headings and title paragraphs should be used to divide the text. Please use numbers (Arabic numerals) to indicate a hierarchy of headings/sub-headings (i.e., 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.1, 2.1.1, 2.1.2 and so on).

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Abbreviations and units

Abbreviations should be defined on their first appearance both in the abstract and in the text; commonly used abbreviations need not be defined. Authors are encouraged to submit a list of abbreviations used to the Editorial Office alongside the manuscript. Use SI units or quote SI equivalents where possible. To indicate atom positions in a molecule, use the convention C-1, C-2 and so on.


All articles will be published in American English. Authors are advised to check their work for English spelling and grammar prior to submission. The Editorial Office can assist with the process of preparing and submitting a manuscript with Taylor & Francis Editing Services, offering authors: English language editing, translation (from Chinese, Spanish, Portuguese or Japanese into English), manuscript formatting and figure preparation.

Companies and drug brand names

Companies are treated as single entities requiring a verb in the third person singular (e.g., GSK is developing an AII antagonist). Drug brand names should not appear in paper titles. In the body of the review, the generic name should be used in preference to brand names. Drug brand names are to be used only if absolutely necessary. In such a case, when referring to a lead compound (or compounds claimed in patents) for the first time, please ensure that the ® or TM symbols are used as required, and that the name of the relevant company is also stated. Please note, brand names should take an upper case first letter; generic names lower case.


Up to 5 tables are permitted, further tables can be included as supplementary material and will appear online only in the form that they are submitted. Number tables consecutively in the order of their first citation in the text. Place explanatory matter in the footnotes, not in the header. Define in the footnotes all abbreviations that are used in the table. Be sure each table is cited in the text. If you are using data from another published or unpublished source, please obtain permission and acknowledge the source(s). Please provide editable versions.


Up to 5 figures are permitted. Do include illustrations (figures/diagrams/structures) as appropriate. Please ensure that the following recommendations are adhered to as closely as possible:

  • Provide editable, electronic copies if possible; otherwise, please ensure that the camera-ready copy is of the highest resolution available.

  • Figures and structures should be in separate files to the text. It is unnecessary to incorporate the figures into the body of the manuscript. If there are several figures, please submit these individually, rather than as one file (preferably the original source files). We cannot improve resolution beyond that of the file submitted.

  • If these formats are not possible, figures can be submitted in PowerPoint or Word as a last resort.

  • Figures should be numbered consecutively according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. Define in the legend all abbreviations that are used in the figure.

  • If a figure has been previously published, acknowledge the original source and please submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material.

  • The Editorial Office can arrange for figure re-drawing and medical illustration – please contact us for details of available services and costs.

Chemical structures

Please submit structures drawn in ISISDraw or Chemdraw and ensure that you submit these in their original, editable format. Also, use the following conventions:

  • Always indicate stereochemistry where necessary – use the wedge and hash bond convention for chiral centres and mark cis/trans bonds as such.

  • Draw small peptides (up to five amino acids) in full; use amino acid abbreviations (Gly, Val, Leu and so on) for larger peptides.

  • Refer to each structure with a number in the text and submit a separate file (i.e., not pasted throughout the text) containing these numbered structures in the original chemical drawing package that you used.

  • Where structures do not appear as part of a figure, number each structure (using Arabic numerals only) and cite the compound number in the body of the article. Note that structures within figures can also be cited in this way.