Instructions for authors

1. Sending in contributions
Please submit articles on or before the specified copy date, by email, including full title, affiliation, telephone number and email address. Where there is more than one author, the corresponding author should be indicated. Some articles will need to be submitted by a previously agreed copy date.

2. Subject matter
Contributions will normally fall under one of the ten columns/sections of the publication, as follows:

Train like a pro
Personal bests
Gym room
Equipment locker
Food for thought
How do they do that?
Physio room
Sport scientist
Research Review

3. Article length and constituents
Articles will normally be expected to cover two pages, having a maximum of 1000 words and including three visual elements (photographs, tables, graphs, diagrams, line drawings). Text placed in a box will not normally be classified as a visual element.

However, where longer articles have been written which it is felt may lose impact if reduced to a 1000-word limit, authors are asked to submit these to be considered for use as a longer piece.

4. Spelling style
Please use UK English spellings and define abbreviations when first used.

5. Reference format
Article content is required to be supported by appropriate data, comprehensively referenced at the end of the article. References in the text should be cited consecutively using Arabic numerals in square brackets and listed at the end of the article in the same numerical order. Where there are more than four authors, the first three only should be named, followed by et al. Where there are four authors or fewer, all authors should be listed. Please use the following styles:

Article: Paasuke M, Ereline J and Gapeyevea H. Twitch potentiation capacity of plantar-flexor muscles in endurance and power athletes. Biol Sport, 1996, 15, 171178.

Book: Stone MH, Stone M, Sands WA. Principles and Practice of Resistance Training. Human Kinetics Publishers, Champaign, US, 2007, 420pp.

Web ref: The Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. DIY Healthy Kids. CSP website, 15 June 2010. See 'News', at (last accessed 16 June 2010).

6. Number of references
Please limit the number of references to 15 per article.

7. Visual material
Illustrations, diagrams and photographs will be reproduced in full colour where suitable. Please ensure that these are of sufficiently quality for good reproduction. Photographs should be submitted electronically in JPG format with high resolution (minimum 200 d.p.i). Please do not include photographs within the text or in tables, but submit separately named JPGs, with an indication in the text of where they should be included.

8. Captions
Please include captions for all visual material.

9. Permissions
It is the author's responsibility to obtain, and provide proof of, permission to reproduce any previously published material, or that material will be excluded. This includes words, photographs and images. Non-original content must not be included without disclosure of source by the author.

10. Proofs to author
Authors will be contacted with a copy-edited version of their article in order to check edited content and deal with any queries.

11. Author's copy
A personal copy of the issue in which the article appears will be sent to the author on publication.

12. Copyright
Authors are assumed to transfer copyright of their words to Mediscript. Copying of articles should only be made following permission from Mediscript. However, requests by authors wishing to make copies of their own articles for personal use will be treated sympathetically.

Contact details:
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