So you want to send us your work? Awesome! You can do it in 5 easy steps.
1. First please read and use the guidance and validated checklists to edit your work.
2. Read and sign the submission forms (including the author’s declaration and patient consent if needed).
3. Submit your work along with the submission forms.
4. For the work that has been accepted our editors will contact you and will edit your work for content and format.
5. LIME will publish your work.
6. For the best work, LIME will send a prize.
1. Please read the submission guidance before you submit your work.
2. Help readers find your work. This is an important step. Come up with a creative title, then create either an abstract (guidance below) or 3 line summary with the key words, #tags and phrases. This will be your chance to invite people to read your work.
3. Download the submission forms, read and sign them and send them with your work.
Peer review policy
1. As standard LIME requires every scientific or clinical work by an undergraduate to be reviewed by a registered scientist and/ or medical doctor registered with the GMC. This is a vital part of the submission process to insure quality and credibility.
Please ensure that you provide the name/s and contact details of the senior who may be called to verify that the manuscript has been assessed by them. We highly recommended reviewers are be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the work.
For authors who know our editors/ reviewers, please disclose the following:
1. If any of our editors/ reviewer has any prior knowledge of your submission.
2. If any of our editors/ reviewer has recently collaborated with any of the authors of the submission.
3. If any of our editors/ reviewer are in the same institution as any of the authors of the submission.
For authors submitting to technical or medical journals, please ensure that consent is given by all contributing authors.
Funding, data collection, research centres should also be listed in the acknowledgments section. For guidance click the following:
International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) authorship guidelines for more information on authorship.
Medical research on human must be conducted according to the World Medical Association Declaration of Helsinki. Please read the following:
Please consult the following guidelines:
EQUATOR Network has a list of very useful reporting guidelines for all the main types of studies. Please look through the list and use these guidelines. For example, all randomised controlled trials submitted for publication should be guided by a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart as a cited figure, and a completed CONSORT checklist as a supplementary file.
NLM’s Research Reporting Guidelines and Initiatives is another very useful guide.
For each guideline you use please clearly state this. If you wish to use your own, please include it in the submission either as an attachment or a functional weblink.
Description of article types
(1) Original research is a primary source. It is the report of a study authored by the researchers who actually carried out the study. The researchers outline their hypothesis/ research question and the purpose of the study, detail their research methods. They also report and analyse the results of the research results. discuss possible implications and report further work to be carried out. These can be lab work, randomised controlled trials or a literature search.
(2) Systematic Review Articles Studies that systematically research at all the available primary research evidence in response to a research question in the form of a hypothesis. They identify, analyse, synthesis results and summarise all the relevant individual studies. The sections that must be included are above and follow the PRISMA guideline (or another creditable checklist/ guide).
(3) Clinical Review Articles are clear and current account of a topic aimed at the general medical student and non-specialist. The reviews rated highly will be ones that are interesting, original and stimulate readers
Formatting Original Articles, Systematic reviews, Clinical Review Articles:
– Word count: 2,500 words (+/- 10%), with an abstract (250 words)
– A maximum of 5 tables and figures (total)
– A maximum of 60 references.
Sections that must be included:
7. At the end of the article, please include a box with the following headings:
– what is known already’,
– what this study adds to the existing body of research
– How this is relevant
Other types of work we accept:
Case reports and Audits
Word count is limited to 1500 words. Content should include:
– Abstract (150 words).
– Case presentation.
– Differential diagnosis.
– Follow up.
– Learning points.
– figures/ images (optional). 4 maximum.
To make it compelling please include the patient’s perspectives/ statements.
Authors will need to ensure that they have written patient consent for the publication of the case. At the end of the article, please include a box with the following headings, ‘what is known already’, and “what this study adds”, including 3-5 bullet points for each.
Audits. These should be summaries of recent audits.
– Word count is 1000 words and
– follows the standard format for research studies (please see above).
– At the end of the article please include statements about: ‘what is known already’, and “what this study adds”, including 3-5 bullet points for each.
Perspective and “time pieces”:
Perspective Articles. These should original editorials and based on your/ others reflections and considered opinions. We would like a balanced view, but recognise that sometimes it is not possible or appropriate to give a balanced view.
Time pieces. These can take the form of historical articles or predictive articles.
– The word count 2000 maximum.
– Maximum of 4 images.
– Please add at least 5 references.
– At the end of the article, please include a box with the following headings, ‘what is known already’, and “what this study adds”, including 3-5 bullet points for each.
Please contact us if you have an idea or would like to discuss a potential article with the editor.
LIME has a “zero policy” to copyright infringement, plagiarism or theft.
Our software scans for plagiarism and will reject copied work and bar anyone caught committing plagiarism. To avoid plagiarism please ensure that you:
1. Credit those who have added to your work.
2. If you are resubmitting work that has already been published it must be changed by at least 50%.
3. Gain the consent of all the collaborators who helped create the work.
4. Please consult anti-plagiarism-collusion policy for further guidance.
Open Access contributor’s publishing agreement:
LIME publish articles under Creative Commons licences. The standard licence is Creative Commons by Attribution Non-Commercial (CC BY-NC), which allows others to re-use the work without permission as long as the work is properly referenced, credits the author and LIME and the use is non-commercial.
Formatting your article
Please use Liverpool Vancouver referencing style: found here.
• Please write in English, size 12 font, Calibri style.
• Equations should to be submitted using Office Math ML and Math type.
• Artwork should be high quality and referenced within the text and labeled.
• For videos please contact editors for guidance.
How to submit your manuscript
You can submit your work below (section 8 below). Please submit you work to the relevant sections:
1. Global Health
The editor will respond (response time may vary).
LIME will not accept articles for submission to the journal from the 1st to 30th of November and 1st and 30th March.
1)Patient Consent Form
For the work that requires patient consent forms please download it from here: patient consent form.
2)Author Declaration Form
Please read through the author’s declaration and consent form and upload the signed copy along with your manuscript. To download the form please right-click here: Author’s form.
Ensure that these are signed and uploaded along with your manuscript.