Physiology News author guidelines

See these guidelines in pdf format.

Checklist for article submission

❏ Body text of article

❏ Title of article – Approx 4-10 words. These should catch the reader’s attention. 

❏ Subtitle of article – for Feature articles only

❏ Your name and affiliation – Preferably please include one institution of affiliation, along with the country.

❏ Your photo (for Feature articles only) – Please provide a high resolution ( minimum 300 dpi) headshot of yourself. 

❏ Images and captions: Please include images as separate files. These images should be the highest resolution possible (minimum 300 dpi). If the images are not your own, please provide appropriate credit, as well as proof that you own the copyright or that the images are copyright free.  Provide a list of captions/figure legends for the images/figures within the text document of your article. 

❏ Data: please do not include any unpublished data in your articles. 

❏ References: Please include references in Harvard style. Do not include more than 10 references for features, 3 or fewer for shorter articles. 

❏ Footnotes: Please only include footnotes when absolutely necessary, and do not include more than five footnotes.

General

  • We welcome pitches for all article types listed below.  Once you've formulated an idea, please submit a preliminary title. Also, include a sentence or two summarising the focus of the article and a brief list of a bullet points summarising the various sections, like a short outline.
  • The Managing and Scientific Editor and Editorial Board reserve the right to edit submitted articles where they feel it necessary to improve clarity or brevity and we cannot guarantee publication. We will be pleased to provide assistance to contributors who do not have English as a first language. We will aim to send proofs to authors in time for small corrections. All corrections cost money and take time from the production process, so please be mindful of this.
  • Level: To appeal to our entire membership, feature articles can be pitched at a range of levels, from a level comprehensible to undergraduates through to a level of interest to senior scientists. 
  • Please consider whether some of the images or figures in your article might be suitable for the cover, and send images that are as high resolution as possible (minimum 300 dpi).

Features – 1000 to 2000 words

  • The first paragraph will be printed as a ‘standfirst’ and should be used to introduce the piece and draw the reader in. Even if the rest of your article is pitched to more senior scientists, this first paragraph should be comprehensible to undergraduates. 
  • Please divide the rest of your article into subsections, and include subheadings for each of these. 
  • If you’re using a lot of terminology that would be unfamiliar to readers, include text for a box explaining that terminology. 

Letters to the Editor – up to 700 words

We invite comments and questions sparked by articles you’ve read in Physiology News. Letters are typically up to 700 words, but the length will depend on the number of submissions in the issue. We will endeavour where possible to include your full submission. This will sometimes require that we publish it in a later issue of the magazine. 

News and views  500-700 words

This section provides short updates from within The Society, updates relevant to physiologists (policy, education, publishing), updates from relevant sector organisations, book reviews, or opinion pieces. The pieces should start by clarifying why the story is newsworthy, then provide relevant context and background.  

Events  500-700 words

  • Meeting preview tips
    • General questions: Is there something to say about what made the event unique, in general terms? Will it bring together groups that don’t usually interact? Will it target a specific demographic? Will there be a debate involved?
    • Programme: Rather than listing all the speakers, provide deeper insight into a few of the ones you find most interesting, giving readers a flavour of their work that might entice them to research them further. 
    • Make it personal: Aim to give the article a personal spin. Are there particular symposia or talks you’re looking forward to? Is there anything else about the meeting that makes it particularly appealing to you?
  • Meeting report tips
    • General questions: Is there something to say about what made the event unique? Did it bring together groups that don’t usually interact? Did it target a specific demographic? Was there a debate involved?
    • Programme: Rather than listing all the speakers, provide deeper insight into a few of the ones you found most interesting, giving readers a flavour of their work that might entice them to research them further. 
    • Make it personal: Aim to give the article a personal spin. Did you have a particularly interesting conversation or debate with another attendee? Did you have a surprising thought in one of the talks that spurred a new project?

Membership  500-1000 words

This section aims to put a spotlight on the interesting lives and work of our members, including those who have received Society grants or awards, or have taken up important positions in The Society’s leadership. Have you done interesting outreach, education, mentoring, or other projects? Do you want to tell the winding story of your career? Send us a pitch at magazine@physoc.org. In addition to a preliminary title, please include a sentence or two summarising the focus of the article followed by a brief list of a bullet points summarising the various sections, like a short outline.

Obituaries  up to 900 words

Tell the story of the person, including their professional biography as well as more personal aspects- anecdotes, interests etc. How did the deceased come to a career in physiology? Describe the course of their career, their close collaborators, and, of course, their major achievements. Give an indication as to their personality and their standing. What is their legacy, personal and professional?