Guidelines for Authors


These guidelines are in accordance with the 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals' a document issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The complete document is published
Scope of the Journal

Internet Health seeks to be the pre-eminent journal in the field of E-Health . It aims to publish material of the highest quality reflecting world wide or provocative issues and perspectives. The contents will be of interest to learners and teachers and, potentially, have significant impact on the quality of health care.

The journal welcomes papers on any aspect of Medical research and development on the Internet.

We are keen to encourage the submission of papers from authors whose first language is not English, although it is recommended that before submitting your manuscript to the journal you ask a colleague familiar with written English to read it through. This will greatly speed up the time taken to publish your paper.

When writing your paper for Internet Health remember that the journal has an international readership. Readers will want to know something about the setting in which your work was conducted, why you did what you describe, and what the results mean. If you can set your work in the wider context of the international literature this will help readers understand how your work might apply to their own situation.

Papers are accepted in the following categories:

1. Original Research
These papers report major research and studies relevant to Internet Health and may be up to 4,000 words in length and include up to six tables or figures. Reports of studies using either quantitative or qualitative methods are welcomed. Papers will usually be organised using the Summary, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion (SIMRAD) structure although the editorial team is pleased to work with authors on more appropriate structures in certain cases. The Summary should be structured in relation to the organisation of the paper and not exceed 250 words. The context of the research and the conceptual framework and choice of methods used for analysis must be made clear in the text. References should be limited to no more than 15 and use the Vancouver style (see below).

2. Review Articles
Are particularly welcomed and may be up to 5,000 words in length and have fewer restrictions on the number of references. Authors considering submitting articles within this section are recommended to contact the editorial team during the preparation of their paper to discuss the scope and structure of their review.

3. Discussion Papers/Interesting Technologies and Internet in Practice
Papers in this section may be up to 3,500 words long and are opportunities for authors to clarify concepts, critically discuss ideas or trends, or develop theories of relevance to Internet Health. Particular attention should be given in such papers to the implications of the ideas for the current or future practice of teaching and learning.

4. Special Features
Are papers that vary in style and structure and are usually commissioned. They usually reflect a particular theme, for example, evaluation of teaching, or international aspects E-Health .

5. Short Reports
These shorter papers fall into two categories and should be no longer than 1,000 words in length, have no more than one Table or Figure and no more than five references.

{i}. Reports of research in progress or recently completed that would not be appropriate for the major Research Paper section, for example, reports of papers presented at conferences or at scientific meetings.

{ii}. Reports of innovation or changes E-Health . An appropriate structure for such Reports may be Setting/Context, Aim(s), Learning Methods, Evidence for Effectiveness, Conclusion. Authors may wish to discuss alternative structures with a member of the editorial team.

6. Editorials
The Editor usually commissions editorials but ideas or suggestions are welcomed.

7. Conference Reports
A feature of Internet Health is that reports many of the conferences and meetings organised by Associations. The Journal is pleased to consider reports of other meetings that may be of interest to the readership. These will usually be between 1,200 and 1,500 words in length and must be submitted within six weeks of the date of the meeting or conference.

8. Letters/Opinion
Are usually 400-500 words and are subject to copyediting. All authors should sign the letter. Preference will be given to letters responding to points raised by articles published in the Journal. Authors will not receive proofs.

Opinion articles relevant to newer developments in relation to Internet that would be of significance to medical profession is invited.

9. Book/Website Reviews
These are usually commissioned by the editorial team and are between 750-1,000 words long. However you are welcome to suggest websites/books for inclusion.