Writing for Wounds International

Wounds International is a quarterly peer-reviewed publication that aims to provide front-line articles and information on wound healing/ management to all professionals working in wound care.

You might want to contact the Managing Editor, Adam Bushby ([email protected]) before sending the article to discuss your topic and/or to seek advice. The article should be unpublished and not have been not submitted elsewhere. Wounds International welcomes submissions in the following categories:

  • Reviews
  • Research/Audits
  • Practice development/Case reports
  • Professional development
  • Product Evaluations.

Full guidelines for authors can be found on the Wounds UK 
website, Author guidelines.

  • The title page should include:
  • Title of the article (approx. 10 words)
  • The full names of the authors
  • Full details of each author’s current appointments including place of work
  • Name, address, phone and e-mail of the corresponding author.


  • The abstract should be no longer than 180 words in length and should contain the following headings: Background, Aims, Methods, Results, Conclusions, Declaration of Interest.
  • The summary should be a concise (around 100 words) accurate statement that captures the the scope and main conclusions of the article.


For all clinical articles, the word count (including title page, abstract/summary/tables/references) should not exceed 3000 words; case reports 2000 words.


The introduction is designed to capture the reader’s interest. It should put the article in the context of current clinical practice, citing key references. The intro must be balanced and reflect source articles wherever possible. A source article is not a citation that mentions a point, but rather an original article that establishes that point with evidence. Citing reviews has limited value. The introduction should also give the reader an idea of the objectives and contents of the paper.


Papers describing original work (usually in the Research/Audit section) need to include a statement that the study obtained ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required).


For papers describing original work (usually in the Research/Audit section), a concise but informative account of all techniques (including statistical methods) used should be provided, in order to enable the reader to reproduce the work if necessary. Published/standard methods can be referenced; detail is not necessary. However, variations to the published procedure should be described.


For papers describing original work (usually in the Research/Audit section), a comprehensive and clear description of results with tables, graphs etc is required. As well as presenting data in pictorial form, a narrative account should also be given, since the reader should not be expected to interpret results unaided. Where appropriate, statistical procedures should be used to indicate the variability of results and to test the significance of differences.


Papers describing original work (usually in the Research/Audit section), require a discussion. This should not be a repetition of results. It should summarise and interpret your conclusions and comment on their significance in light or what is already known from the literature. Shortcomings in your work should be identified, and suggestions made as to what can be done to extend/confirm your findings.


For all papers, the conclusion should be succinct and logically ordered. It should identify gaps in knowledge and suggest future initiatives.


Throughout the article, please use plenty of headings to break up the text and to highlight the main points within the paper. Also remember to indicate the importance attached to each one.


These should be defined at first mention. SI units should always be used.


Please provide 3–5 key words to appear at the start of your article; they must be singular and in alphabetical order.


Tables and illustrations are helpful to demonstrate key data or points to the reader. It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that permission is received for reproduction. Please do not supply more than 5 tables or 8 figures. Ensure tables and illustrations have a table heading and figure legend, and are cited in the text.


No more than 10 figures (photos should be provided as jpeg or tiff (300dpi)). Permission for reproduction is the author’s responsibility. Figures must be cited in the text.


Beware not to cite one single source too much. Avoid citing posters or oral presentations. Avoid ‘data on file’. Wounds UK uses the Harvard system of referencing (names cited in the text). Below is an abbreviated reference style guide. The Managing Editor can email further guidance on how to reference correctly on request.

  • As Black and White (2019) have shown…
  • As already reported (Black and White, (2019)…
  • As Black et al ((2019) have shown…
  • As several references have shown (White and Green, (2018; Black and Green, 2019)…

  • References should be listed in alphabetical order.
  • The surname and initials of each author should be given in full for four or fewer authors. For five or more, the names and initials of the first three should be given, followed by et al. The sequence for a journal reference is author(s), year, title, journal, volume, page range.


Baker SR, Stacey MC, Jopp AG et al (2016) Chronic venous ulcers. Br J Surg 78(2): 864–7


Saffle JR, Schnebly WA (2017) Burnwound care. In: Richard RL, Stanley MJ. eds, Burn Care and Rehabilitation: Principles and Practice. Davis Publishers, Philadelphia, PA: 137–9


The onus is on the author to have obtained all necessary permissions for publication from their employers/patients/regulatory bodies and all other relevant third parties prior to submission.


Declare any conflict of interest, financial or otherwise, and provide a statement to run at the end of the article.


The WoundsGroup requires authors to grant an exclusive licence to help ensure international protection against infringement of copyright for content it publishes.


Articles can be submitted online at: https://www.epress.ac.uk/login/ or send to the Acting Editor, Rachel Webb: [email protected]


Once the final, revised article has been accepted for publication, the corresponding author will receive a PDF copy of the subedited article with author questions (AQs). The corresponding author is then responsible for reviewing content and proofreading the article to ensure accuracy, and returning answers to AQs and other amendments promptly.

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