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Instructions for contributors

All submissions to the Journal should be made via Editorial Manager

JRP uses a single-blind peer review process. Submitted manuscripts are reviewed by a member of the Editorial Board and two reviewers.

A paper is accepted for publication on the understanding that it has not been submitted simultaneously to another journal.

Papers that contain the results of human and/or animal studies will only be accepted for publication if it is made clear that a high standard of ethics was applied in carrying out the investigations. In the case of invasive studies of humans, authors will be asked to confirm that the research protocol was approved by a local ethics committee.

The Editor reserves the right to make editorial and literary corrections. Any opinions expressed or policies advocated do not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of the Editor.

Copyright

In order for us to ensure maximum dissemination and copyright protection of material published in the Journal, copyright must be explicitly transferred from author to the publisher.

The copyright transfer agreement to be used for the Journal will be sent to the corresponding author at proof stage. A copy of this agreement must be signed by the corresponding author before any paper can be published.

We assure you that no limitation will be put on your personal freedom to use material contained in the paper without requesting permission, providing acknowledgement is made to the Journal as the original source of publication.

Presentation of Typescripts

Please follow instructions found at Editorial Manager submission site. Please submit your manuscript in Word format.

  • Turn off the automatic hyphenation option. Only use hyphens when they are part of a word.
  • Never use the letter 'I' for the number 1. Never use the letter 'O' for the number 0.
  • Always insert a space between a number and unit, e.g. 5 mm.
  • Do not indent lists. However, if preparing a list within a list, use a tab, not a space to indent the subsets. Bullets, numbers, alphabet characters or dashes may be used but please use rationally and consistently.
  • Submissions should use line numbering.
Full papers

Papers should be set out as follows, with each section beginning on a separate page; title page, summary, text, acknowledgements, references, tables, captions to illustrations. Papers should not exceed 3,500 words, inclusive of references.

Title page. The title page should give the following information: 1) title of the article; 2) initial and name of each author, with the highest academic degree(s); 3) name and address of the department or institution to which the work should be attributed; 4) names, address, telephone and fax number of the author responsible for correspondence and to whom request for reprints should be sent and 5) sources of support in the form of grants.

Abstract. This should consist of not more than 200 words summarising the contents of the article, and should include the following 4 headings: aim, materials and methods, results, and findings.

Text. Headings should be appropriate to the nature of the paper. In general those for experimental papers should follow the usual conventions. Other papers can be subdivided as the author desires; the use of headings enhances readability. Do not use 'he', 'his', etc. where the sex of the person is unknown; say, 'the patient' etc. Avoid inelegant alternatives as 'he/she'. Patients should not automatically be designated as 'she' and the doctor as 'he'.

Acknowledgements. Here you may acknowledge individuals or organisations that provided advice and/or support (non-financial). Formal financial support and funding should be listed in the following section. The Acknowledgements should be placed after the main body of the text before Financial Support. If there are no Acknowledgements, the title should be inserted followed by "None". Papers that do not include an Acknowledgements section will not be reviewed.

Financial Support. Please provide details of the sources of financial support for all authors, including grant numbers. This is particularly important in the case of research that is supported by industry. Support from industry not only includes direct financial support for the study but also support in kind such as provision of medications, equipment, kits or reagents without charge or at reduced cost and provision of services such as statistical analysis. For example, "This work was supported by the Medical research Council (grant number XXXXXXX)". Multiple grant numbers should be separated by a comma and space, and where research was funded by more than one agency the different agencies should be separated by a semi-colon, with "and" before the final funder. Grants held by different authors should be identified as belonging to individual authors by the authors' initials. For example, "This work was supported by the Wellcome Trust (A.B., grant numbers XXXX, YYYY), (C.D., grant number ZZZZ); the Natural Environment Research Council (E.F., grant number FFFF); and the National Institutes of Health (A.B., grant number GGGG), (E.F., grant number HHHH)". Where no specific funding has been provided for research, please provide the following statement: "This research received no specific grant from any funding agency, commercial or not-for-profit sectors." The Financial Support statement should be placed after the Acknowledgements and before the Conflicts of Interest section. Papers that do not include a Financial Support statement will not be reviewed.

Conflicts of Interest. Conflict of interest exists when an author has interests that might inappropriately influence his or her judgement, even if that judgement is not influenced. Because of this, authors must disclose potentially conflicting interests so that others can make judgements about such effects. At the time of submission authors should disclose any financial arrangements or connections they may have that are pertinent to the submitted manuscript and that may be perceived as potentially biasing their paper. Non-financial interests that could be relevant in this context should also be disclosed. If no relevant interests exist, this should be stated. This requirement applies to all the authors of a paper and to all categories of papers including letters to the editor. The Conflicts of Interest section should be placed after Financial Support. If there are no interests to declare, the title should be inserted followed by "None". Papers that do not include a Conflict of Interest section will not be reviewed.

Ethical Standards. Where research involves human and/or animal experimentation, the following statements should be included (as applicable): "The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national guidelines on human experimentation (please name) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2008, and has been approved by the institutional committees (please name) ." and "The authors assert that all procedures contributing to this work comply with the ethical standards of the relevant national guides on the care and use of laboratory animals (please name) and has been approved by the institutional committee (please name)." The Ethical Standards statement should be placed after the Conflicts of Interest section before the References. If the research does not involve human and/or animal experimentation, this statement should be omitted. Papers reporting the results of human and/or animal experimentation that do not contain an Ethical Standards statement will not be reviewed. For more information on the ethical standards and procedures of Cambridge Journals, please visit Cambridge Core.

For systematic reviews and meta-analyses, JRP requires completion of the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) checklist (www.prisma-statement.org/). This policy includes all systematic reviews, including those for observational studies. A completed copy of the checklist should be submitted along with the manuscript, with page numbers noted as required. When a given item has not been addressed, authors must provide an explanation.

Editors and reviewers will not evaluate manuscripts based on the number of items checked off in the checklist. The purpose of the PRISMA guidelines is to recommend a critical set of items that should typically be reported in a manuscript. The guidelines are meant to improve transparency by helping authors improve the quality of their reporting. More clarity in reporting will facilitate review of your manuscript and increase its value to readers.

References. The accuracy of references is the responsibility of the author. References should be entered consecutively by Arabic numbers in parentheses in the text. The reference list should be listed in numerical order on a separate sheet in double or triple spacing. References to journals should include the author's name and initials (list all authors when six or fewer; when seven or more, list only the first three and add et al.), full title of the paper, journal's title abbreviated, using Index Medicus abbreviations, year of publication, volume number, first and last page numbers.

For example: Albert M J, Faruque S M, Ansaruzzaman M et al. Sharing of virulence-associated properties at the phenotypic and generic levels between enteropathogenic Escherichia coli and Hafnia alvei. J Med Microbiol 1992; 37: 310-314.

References to books should be set out as follows: Facklan P, R, Carey P, B. Streptococci and areococci. In: Lennetti E H (ed) Manual of Clinical Microbiology, 4th edn. Washington, D.C. American Society for Microbiology 1985: 156-157.

Case Reports

Case Reports which add important new information will be considered for publication. Articles published in this section should have no more than three authors, 1000 words, a summary (of about 60 words), 3–6 key words, two figures or tables, and 10 references.

Letters to the Editor

Readers are encouraged to write about any topic that relates to the Journal. Such letters will be published in a distinct section. They should be no longer than 500 words.

Reviews

Reviews of recent developments are welcome. Authors are encouraged to contact the editor to determine the appropriateness for inclusion.

For systematic reviews and meta-analyses, the journal endorses the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses (PRISMA) Statement (see British Medical Journal (2009) 339, b2535). Such submissions should follow the PRISMA guidelines and authors should include the PRISMA checklist with their submission (see instructions above).

Illustrations

Tables. Tables should follow the style as demonstrated in issues to date, and be essential to the understanding of the text. Tables should have short descriptive titles and should be numbered (1, 2, 3 etc.) as they appear sequentially in the text. If only one Table is included, it should be referred to as Table. Submit each Table on a separate sheet of paper. All abbreviations and symbols should be defined in a footnote below the Table.

Figures. To ensure that your figures are reproduced to the highest possible standards, Cambridge Journals recommends the following formats and resolutions for supplying electronic figures. If you request colour figures in the printed version, you will be contacted by CCC-Rightslink who are acting on our behalf to collect Author Charges. Please follow their instructions in order to avoid any delay in the publication of your article.

Please ensure that your figures are saved at final publication size and are in our recommended file formats. Following these guidelines will result in high quality images being reproduced in both the print and the online versions of the journal.

Line artwork

Format: tif or eps

Colour mode: black and white (also known as 1-bit)

Resolution: 1200 dpi

Combination artwork (line/tone)

Format: tif or eps

Colour mode: grayscale (also known as 8-bit)

Resolution: 800 dpi

Black and white halftone artwork

Format: tif

Colour mode: grayscale (also known as 8-bit)

Resolution: 300 dpi

Colour halftone artwork

Format: tif

Colour mode: CMYK colour

Resolution: 300 dpi

If you require any further guidance on creating suitable electronic figures, please visit http://dx.sheridan.com/guidelines/digital_art.html. Here you will find extensive guidelines on preparing electronic figures and also have access to an online preflighting tool (http://dx.sheridan.com/index.html) where you can check if your figures are suitable for reproduction.

Please ensure that all graphs are exclusively submitted as 2-dimensional images.

Photographs should have the magnification and details of staining techniques shown.

Where illustrations must include recognizable individuals, living or dead and of whatever age, great care must be taken to ensure that consent for publication has been given. If identifiable features are not essential to the illustration, please indicate where the illustration can be cropped. In cases where consent has not been obtained and recognizable features may appear, it will be necessary to retouch the features to mask the eyes or otherwise render the individual so not 'officially recognizable'.

Written permission to reproduce borrowed material (figures and tables) must be obtained from the original publisher and authors, and provided with the submission. Borrowed material should be acknowledged in the captions in this style: 'Reproduced by kind permission of … (publisher) from ... (reference)'.

Page proofs

Page proofs are sent to the author for checking. The proofs, with any minor corrections, must be returned within 48 hours of receipt. All typescripts undergo some editorial modifications, so it is important to read your proofs carefully.

Proprietary names

Proprietary names of drugs, instruments, etc, should be indicated by the use of initial capital letters.

Abbreviations and Units

Avoid abbreviations in the title and abstracts. All unusual abbreviations should be fully explained at their first occurrence in the text. All measurements should be expressed in metric units. For more detailed recommendations, authors may consult the Royal Society of Medicine publication entitled Units, Symbols and Abbreviations: A Guide for Biological and Medical Editors and Authors or USA equivalent.

Offprints

Authors may purchase offprints if required. An offprint order form will be sent to the author with the page proofs.

Open Access

Journal of Radiotherapy in Practice also offers authors the option to publish their work under a Gold Open Access model. For details of our policy and pricing, please click here

Cambridge Journals Language Editing Service

Cambridge recommends that authors have their manuscripts checked by an English language native speaker before submission; this will ensure that submissions are judged at peer review exclusively on academic merit. We list a number of third-party services specialising in language editing and / or translation, and suggest that authors contact as appropriate. Use of any of these services is voluntary, and at the author's own expense.


Information for peer reviewers

For resources about peer review, including guides on how to peer review journal articles and book proposals, in addition to information on ethics in peer review, OPRS blinding, and Publons, please visit our ‘Information for Peer Reviewers’ page.

(Revised 28/09/2018)