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Author Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted in UK English, typed in MS Word, Times New Roman, font size 10. All articles must be proof read by a language specialist or a colleague proficient in English before submission.

All papers should include:

Title Page

  • Title
  • Names, addresses, and positions of all authors, plus an email address and telephone number for the corresponding author
  • A competing interest statement and/or declaration of interest for all authors/contributors
  • Details of ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required)
  • Details of funding (research studies).

All articles should include an abstract. The structured abstract for an Original Research article should be between 200 and 230 words and should consist of four paragraphs labeled Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. It should briefly describe the problem or issue being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the major results, and what the authors conclude from these results. The abstracts for other types of articles should be no longer than 230 words and need not follow the structured abstract format. At least 5 keywords or short phrases should be used.


  • Review articles and original research: 2400-3000 words (including references)
  • Use appropriate headings throughout the text (Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion for original research articles).
  • Number pages consecutively at the top right corner of the page.
  • Indent new paragraphs and skip two lines between paragraphs.
  • Use abbreviations only if they are previously spelled out in the text.
  • Obtain appropriate consent for quotations of more than 50 words.

Case Reports
These must not exceed 2000 words and must consist of the following headings:
Title page (as above); Introduction (as above); Case report; Discussion;
References; Tables, and Legends to figures.

Letters to the Editor
These must not exceed two double-spaced A4 pages. The point must be clearly and briefly defined and appropriately referenced. The article referred to must be identified by title, author and pages.

In a separate section, acknowledge any financial support received or possible conflict of interest. This section may also be used to acknowledge substantial contributions to the research or preparation of the manuscript made by persons other than the authors.

Cite references in numerical order in the text, in superscript format (Format> Font> Click superscript). Please do not use brackets or do not use the foot note function of MS Word. In the References section, references must be typed doublespaced and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited, not alphabetically. The style for references should follow the format set forth in the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals ( prepared by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. Abbreviations for journal titles should follow Index Medicus format. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references. Personal communications and unpublished data should not be referenced. If essential, such material should be incorporated in the appropriate place in the text. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, then "et al." When citing URLs to web documents, place in the reference list, and use the following format: Authors of document (if available). Title of document (if available). URL. (Accessed [date]).
The following are sample references:

  1. London L, Baillie R. Notification of Pesticide Poisoning: Knowledge, Attitudes and Practices of Doctors in the Rural Western Cape. S A Fam Pract 1999;20(1):117-20.
  2. FDA Talk Paper: (Accessed 04/10/2002).

More sample references can be found at: /bsd/uniform_requirements.html

Tables should be self-explanatory, clearly organised, and supplemental to the text of the manuscript. Each table should include a clear descriptive title on top and numbered in Roman numerals (I, II, etc) in order of its appearance as called out in text. Tables must be inserted in the correct position in the text. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations. For footnotes use the following symbols, in sequence: *,,,,||,**,, DO NOT submit tables as photographs.

All figures must be inserted in the appropriate position of the electronic document. Symbols, lettering, and numbering (in Arabic numerals e.g. 1, 2, etc. in order of appearance in the text) should be placed below the figure, clear and large enough to remain legible after the figure has been reduced. Figures must have clear descriptive titles. Digital images should be a minimum of 300 dpi. If images are embedded in the submitted document, they must be imbedded as high-resolution images. Electronic images should be saved as either jpeg or gif files.

  • If submitting hard copies of photos or graphs, please provide them as high-quality glossy color or black and white prints.
  • A descriptive legend must accompany each figure or illustration.
  • All abbreviations must be identified at the end of the figure legend.
  • If the figure or graph has been published previously, permission to reprint the figure must be obtained in writing from the copyright owner by the author and submitted with the manuscript.
  • Most figures will be reduced to conform to single column size format. All symbols, letters, arrows, etc. must be large enough to permit identification at reduced size.


  • Illustrations are welcome. Jpegs are favoured, but a minimum of 300dpi is required.
  • Clear black-and-white photographs or colour transparencies are also suitable.
  • Rough diagrams can be redrawn. If charts or graphs are to be included, original coordinate values should be sent.
  • Captions should be supplied for all illustrations, which should be referred to in the text.
  • An acknowledgement must be given where material has been copied from another source.

Brief Reports or Communications
These are concise reports of work with limited but definitive data. To be considered as a Brief Communication, the manuscript should not exceed four pages (unformatted, double-spaced, 10 pt text), including all written material, figures, tables, and references. References should not exceed 30. Authors should indicate in the cover letter the article is intended as a Brief Report or Communication.

Letters to the Editor
Letters should be no more than 300 words and five references. Type with double spacing. Letters commenting on a WHSA article will be considered if they are received within two months of the time the article was published. All letters are reviewed by the editors and are selected based upon interest, timeliness, and pertinence, as determined by the editors. There are no guarantees a letter will be published. Letters that are not intended for publication by the authors should state this in the body of the letter. Published letters are edited and may be shortened; tables and figures are included only selectively. If a letter is selected to be published, the author will be notified no more than two weeks before publication date.

Unusual Wounds
The objective of this department is to provide the readership with an interesting short case study of an unusual wound, an often misdiagnosed wound, or an otherwise mysterious wound that presented the author with a particularly challenging treatment regiment. The case should include one or two photographs or diagrams and be no longer than 300 words, which should include brief descriptions of the condition, what made it unusual, and diagnosis and management, with one to three references.

Investigations in human and animal subjects must conform to accepted ethical standards. Authors must certify that the research protocol was approved by a suitably constituted ethics committee of the institution within which the work was carried out and that it conforms to the Statement on Human Experimentation or the Statement on Animal Experimentation by the NH&MRC. Papers based on original research must adhere to the Declaration of Helsinki on "Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects"

ProofsWhen time permits, proofs of articles about to be published will be sent to the corresponding author for review. This requires rapid response;

Run-offs (Off-prints)
Run-offs can be ordered from the Publisher, Medpharm Publications (Pty) Ltd. Contact person Nicole Harrison, e-mail: cell phone 083 325 6476 or Tel 012 664 7460

Submissions and correspondence
Electronic submissions to is preferred. Kindly register online as an author and follow the steps to online submission. Other submissions and correspondence regarding manuscripts should be addressed to Professor Alan Widgerow. E-mail: Electronic copy on CD may be sent to: The Editor, WHSA, PO Box 14 804, Lyttelton Manor, 0140


Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. This manuscript has currently only been submitted to WHSA and has not been published previously.
  2. This work is original and all third party contributions (images, ideas and results) have been duly attributed to the originator(s).
  3. Permission to publish licensed material (tables, figures, graphs) has been obtained and the letter of approval and proof of payment for royalties have been submitted as supplementary files.
  4. The submitting/corresponding author is duly authorised to herewith assign copyright to Wound Healing SA.
  5. All co-authors have made significant contributions to the manuscript to qualify as co-authors
  6. Ethics committee approval has been obtained for original studies and is clearly stated in the methodology.
  7. A conflict of interest statement has been included where appropriate.
  8. The submission adheres to the instructions to authors in terms of all technical aspects of the manuscript.

Copyright Notice

By submitting manuscripts to WHSA, authors of original articles are assigning copyright to Medpharm Publications (Pty) Ltd. Authors may use their own work after publication without written permission, provided they acknowledge the original source. Individuals and academic institutions may freely copy and distribute articles published in WHSA for educational and research purposes without obtaining permission.


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