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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.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines


Editorials may be commissioned by the Editor-in-Chief and are not subject to peer review. Maximum 750 words.

Perspectives represent a personal view or comment and may not be subjected to peer review. Maximum word count 900.

Original Articles follow the IMRD format (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion). The Discussion should be the focus and describe the relevance of the findings to current knowledge. Limitations of the study need to be outlined. Conclusion needs to be supported by the results. Abstract to be in IMRD format with no abbreviations or references. Word limit 3000 excluding references.

Clinical trials need to comply with CONSORT statement (http://www.consort-statement.org) and be registered at http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Follow the IMRD format (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion). Abstract to be in IMRD format. Trial registration number must be in the abstract.

Word limit 5000 excluding references.


Review Articles also follow IMRD format. Word limit 4000 excluding references.

Case reports should be less than 500 words. No abstract. Not in IMRD format. Clinical photographs need to be accompanied by a statement confirming patient’s permission for inclusion. The patient must not be recognisable. Maximum of 3 references. The Editor will decide whether peer review is required.

Letters to the Editor should be less than 500 words. Maximum 2 references.

How I Do It manuscripts outline a surgical technique. An abstract is not required. Not in IMRD format. Maximum word count 900. Multimedia may be attached ensuring consent and confidentiality as outlined in Case report.



Authors are responsible for the accuracy of the work. No liability is accepted by the Australian Pilonidal Sinus Society or Pilonidal Sinus Journal for any losses. Only articles written in comprehensible English will be considered. Unless the work is extraordinary, duplicate publication will not be tolerated.

Details of compliance may be located at http://www.ICMJE.org

A statement outlining any competing or conflicting interests needs to accompany the submission and be mentioned in the Methods section.

Ethical approval needs to be mentioned in the Methods section.

Text to be in English.

Tables should be labelled consecutively and contain detailed results. Only the key findings are mentioned in the text to avoid duplication.

All figures labelled sequentially and in colour

Supplementary information such as multimedia files or questionnaires may be attached.

Acknowledge assistance of non-authors.

References to use the New England Journal of Medicine style.



Manuscripts may only be submitted on line at: http://www.pilonidal.com.au/ojs

The covering letter needs to outline each author’s contribution (including percentage) and agreement to publish, disclose any financial support, disclose any actual or perceived conflict of interest and mention whether or not the results have been presented.

Long (70 characters) and Short (30 characters) title are required

Key words: US National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings at http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/meshhome.html

Include the word count for the abstract (Maximum 200) and manuscript (as above) excluding References.

Abbreviations need to be defined at the first instance.

Generic names of medications to be used throughout. Manufacturer details of any medications or devices need to be provided. Manuscripts must include a title page that provides:

Provide author names, primary qualification and institutional affiliation

The Editor-in-Chief’s decision is final.

There are no Article Processing Charges (APC).

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