The Journal of One-day Surgery considers all articles of
relevance to day and short stay surgery. Articles may be in the
form of original research, review papers, audits, service
improvement reports, case reports, case series, practice
development and letters to the editor. Research projects must
clearly state that ethics committee approval was sought where
appropriate and that patients gave their consent to be included.
Patients must not be identifiable unless their written consent has
been obtained. If your work was conducted in the UK and you are
unsure as to whether it is considered as research requiring
approval from an NHS Research Ethics Committee (REC), please
consult the NHS Health Research Authority decision tool at http://www.hra-decisiontools.org.uk/ethics/.
Articles should be prepared as Microsoft Word documents with
double line spacing and wide margins. Submissions must be sent by
email to the address below. A scanned letter requesting publication
signed on behalf of all authors must also accompany articles.
Any source of funding should be declared and authors should also
disclose any possible conflict of interest that might be relevant
to their article.
The first page should list all authors (including their first
names), their job titles, the hospital(s) or unit(s) from where the
work originates and should give a current contact address for the
The author should provide three or four keywords describing
their article, which should be as informative as possible.
An abstract of 250 words maximum summarising the manuscript
should be provided and structured as follows: Introduction,
Methods, Results, Conclusions.
Main article structure
Manuscripts should be divided into the following sections:
Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and References. Tables
and figures should follow, with each on a separate page. Each table
and figure should be accompanied by a legend that should be
sufficiently informative as to allow it to be interpreted without
reference to the main text.
All figures and graphs are reformatted to the standard style of
the journal. If a manuscript includes such submission, particularly
if exported from a spreadsheet (for example Microsoft Excel), a
copy of the original data (or numbers) would assist the editorial
Copies of original photographs, as a JPEG or TIFF file, should
be included as a separate enclosure, rather than embedding pictures
within the text of the manuscript.
Tables, Figures and Graphs:
Please submit any figures, graphs and images as separately
attached files rather than embedding non-word files into the word
manuscript document. Tables constructed in MS Word can be left in
their original MS Word file including the manuscript if this is
where they were drawn.
Figures and graphs can be presented in colour but try to avoid
3-d effects, shading etc. Figures and graphs may be redrawn if the
quality is not in keeping with the Journal. Please make it clear
within the manuscript text where you would like tables, graphs or
images to be placed in the finished article with the use of a brief
explanatory legend in the manuscript file where you wish the item
to be placed, e.g.
Table 1. Patient demographic details.
Figure 1. Proportion of procedures performed as a day-case each
year between 2005 and 2018.
Photographs can be provided as jpg or tiff files but should be
included as a separate enclosure, rather than embedded within the
text of the manuscript. This ensures higher quality images.
However, we will accept images within Word documents but image
quality might suffer!
Please follow the Vancouver referencing style:
- References in the reference list should be cited numerically in
the order in which they appear in the text using Arabic numerals,
e.g. 1, 2, 3, 4 etc.
- The reference list should appear at the end of the paper. Begin
your reference list on a new page and title it 'References.'
- Cite articles in the manuscript text using numbers in
parentheses and the end of phrases or sentences, e.g. (1,2)
- Abbreviate journal titles in the style used in the NLM
- The reference list should include all and only those references
you have cited in the text. (However, do not include unpublished
items such as correspondence).
- Check the reference details against the actual source - you are
indicating that you have read a source when you cite it.
- Be consistent with your referencing style across the
Example of reference list:
1. Ravikumar R, Williams J. The operative management of
gallstone ileus. Ann R Coll Surg Engl 2010;92:279-281.
2. Dybvig DD, Dybvig M. Det tenkende mennesket. Filosofi- og
vitenskapshistorie med vitenskapsteori. 2nd ed. Trondheim: Tapir
akademisk forlag; 2003.
3. Beizer JL, Timiras ML. Pharmacology and drug management in
the elderly. In: Timiras PS, editor. Physiological basis of aging
and geriatrics. 2nd ed. Boca Raton: CRC Press; 1994. p. 279-84.
4. Kwan I, Mapstone J. Visibility aids for pedestrians and
cyclists: a systematic review of randomised controlled trials.
Accid Anal Prev. 2004;36(3):305-12.
5. Barton CA, McKenzie DP, Walters EH, et al. Interactions
between psychosocial problems and management of asthma: who is at
risk of dying? J Asthma [serial on the Internet]. 2005 [cited 2005
Jun 30];42(4):249-56. Available from:
Submissions are subject to peer review. Proofs will not normally
be sent to authors and reprints are not available.
All submissions should be emailed to The Editor:firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr David Bunting
Editor, Journal of One Day Surgery
Consultant Upper GI Surgeon
North Devon District Hospital
[These guidelines were last revised on 05.11.2018]