Instructions for authors

Authors are advised that Avicenna is a supporter of the CONSORT Statement, an evidence-based, minimum set of recommendations for reporting randomized controlled trials. It offers a standard way for authors to prepare reports of trial findings, facilitating their complete and transparent reporting, and aiding their critical appraisal and interpretation.

In addition, we also adhere to the guidelines in the TREND Statement, a 22-item checklist specifically developed to guide standardized reporting of nonrandomized controlled trials.

Where appropriate, authors should also adhere to the STARD Statement.

How to prepare a manuscript

Article types: We predominantly publish one of 5 main article types:
Research articles should describe a piece of original research, with results (positive or negative) which advance the scientific field or add evidence to a proposed theory. All research articles are expected to be appropriately referenced, citing all prior research pertinent to the work being presented.
Review articles are typically commissioned by the editor-in-chief. If you have an idea for a review article, please contact us in the first instance.
Case studies are detailed reports of the symptoms, signs, diagnosis, treatment and follow-up of an individual.
Editorials are usually reserved for the editor-in-chief and editorial board. However guest editorials will occasionally be commissioned. Again, if you wish to be considered for writing an editorial, please email us at [email protected].
Letters: We encourage readers of the journal to engage in formal communication with the journal via a Letter to the Editor. Letters should typically be short (<500 words), concise and consist of no more than 3 authors and 5 references. Letters to the Editor should be submitted via the manuscript submission system.

Article processing charge

Article processing charges (APCs) are associated with accepted articles to cover the costs of making the final version of the manuscript freely available via open access. Typically they cover part of the costs of the following:

  • Peer review management
  • In-house copyediting and linguistic support
  • Electronic composition & typesetting
  • Manuscript submission systems
  • Journal hosting systems
  • Customer service
  • Editorial and administrative costs with unlimited space for figures, extensive data and video footage
  • Inclusion in Crossref, giving a permanent DOI and enabling easy citation in other journals.
  • Archiving, where appropriate, in an internationally recognized, open access repository such as PubMed Central.

We believe that researchers, their host institutions and funding agencies are willing to pay reasonable and affordable article processing fees in exchange for faster and fairer access and greater exposure of their work. We tailor our APCs to each individual field, realizing that some scholars have less access to research funds than others.

For Avicenna, the APC is US$995.

Please note that we charge an additional US$85 invoice handling charge for APCs not settled online by credit card. In these instances an invoice will be sent to the author to arrange for payment within 60 days. There is no VAT payable.

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