Leprosy Review submission guidelines

Submission of articles is completely free - there are no article processing or submission charges associated with submitting a paper for consideration in Leprosy Review. There are also no charges levied when an article is accepted for publication.

Manuscripts should be submitted online via the manuscript submission and tracking site 


Before submitting an article please read the author guidelines carefully. Note that articles may be rejected by the editor before being sent to review if they are outside the scope of the journal or have obvious problems - so please ensure that you avoid problems by following our guidelines below. You can view our guidelines here.

Note that all authors must have a working e-mail address as all correspondence is carried out via e-mail.

Essential requirements

Before submitting your articles, please ensure that article has the following components:

  • A title that describes the content of the article
  • A full list of contributing authors with their affiliation and e-mails
  • A short structure Abstract
  • The full text and properly formatted references
  • Figures and Tables if they are referred to in the text, with suitable captions
  • Acknowledgements
  • Ethical approval forms and declarations as required (see below)

Please read the following guidelines.


The preferred format is Microsoft Word. All articles must be typed double-spaced and with numbered pages. On a separate sheet, please give the title, short title (if applicable), name and postal address of the author(s) and the name of the institution where the work was undertaken.

Article types

Original papers

These should contain original data on problems pertaining to leprosy. There is no word limit, but shorter, more focussed papers are more likely to be accepted. See below for how to structure an original paper.


These may be on any aspect of leprosy and management of the disease and its consequences. They are up to 2500 words long. They are usually commissioned by the Editorial Board. However, authors with a topic suitable for a review should contact the Editor to discuss the suitability of a proposed review.

Case reports

Case reports are intended as preliminary publications on original clinical observations, relating to one or two interesting cases. They should be no more than 1000 words in length.


These are up to 850 words long. They may contain original data that is not sufficient for an original paper. Letters discussing topics of interest should present their ideas with supporting data.

Short reports

Short reports typically report on a recent meeting or workshop, of general interest to the readership.  Such reports should be discussed with the Editor before submission.

Format for original papers

The manuscript file should include:

  • Title – This should reflect the content of the work and the location
  • Names, addresses, and positions of all authors plus email address for corresponding author
    • ORCID for authors (at least the corresponding author) - see authorship below
  • Full text:
    • Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results and Discussion
  • At the end of the article (before the references) the article must include the following statements (see our policies)
    • Review board approval if obtained, including the reference number of the approval letter
    • A conflict of interest (COI) statement
    • Funding (including statement of independence from funders)
    • Contributorship statement including name of guarantor
    • Patient consent statement
    • In each case if it is not required, or relevant, the statement may reflect this - e.g. "No funding was paid for this research", or "The authors report no conflict of interest", or "No patient consent was required", etc.
    • Data sharing statement if appropriate
  • Acknowledgements
  • References as required
  • Tables as required - each table must have a descriptive caption
  • Figures - if required - uploaded separately as figure files (e.g. .jpg)

Note that the Editor may request to see the signed patient consent form and any review board approval.

Note that articles will be rejected before review if they are missing appropriate ethical statements.

The abstract

The abstract may be up to 250 words long and should contain the key data from the paper structured under the following headings. Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Note that the abstract is extremely important as it will influence the editor and reviewer when considering your article. It should not be an introduction to the paper - it must summarise the research (what you did, what you found and what this tells us). The abstract should not simply copy text from the paper, but rather be written separately in a succinct style.

Authorship and contribution

All persons identified as authors must have made a substantial contribution to the conception or design of the work being reported, including the acquisition, analysis, and/ or the interpretation of data for the work; and have participated in the drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and must have approved the final version submitted, and finally published. This follows the authorship criteria as outlined by the ICMJE.

Anybody not fulfilling these criteria but contributing to the article should be named in the Acknowledgements section.

We require all articles to list all authors and contributors at the end of the article, indicating their contribution - e.g. "Pippa Smart designed the survey, Paul Saunderson analysed the data, John Smith undertook the literature search". The name of a guarantor should be provided.

The guarantor accepts full responsibility for the work and/ or the conduct of the study, had access to the data, and controlled the decision to publish. Leprosy Review will expect foreign authors to have national collaborators. We do not publish studies that involve fieldwork, personnel and infrastructure abroad, but fail to involve local authors.


ORCID are unique author identifiers which allow authors to track their publications and ensure a complete publication record. Leprosy Review encourages all authors to obtain an ORCID (there is no charge to obtain or use an ORCID) and to include this when they submit their articles.

See the ORCID website for more information: https://orcid.org

To set up an ORCID identifier and learn more: https://support.orcid.org/hc/en-us


References should be made to reputable sources that support statements made within the article. The journal uses the Vancouver, numbered, reference system. Abbreviations of titles or journals should follow the list of journals indexed in Index Medicus.

Please ensure that you provide the author, title, year and online link (DOI or URL) in all cases where possible.

Journal article

Smith WC, van Brakel W, Gillis T et al. The missing millions: a threated to the elimination of leprosy. PLoS Negl Trop Dis, 2015; 9: e0003658. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pntd.0003658


WHO. Global Leprosy Strategy 2016-2020. Accelerating towards a leprosy-free world. Geneva: World Health Organization, 2016:34.


AIM. AIM - Accelerating Integrated Management 2017, Available from: http://aiminitiative.org/.

NLEP Newsletter October-December 2016, Vol. 1, issue 5, Available from: http://nlep.nic.in/newsletter.html


We require all authors to adhere to internationally accepted ethical standards of research and publication. We expect all research to adhere to the World Medical Association's Declaration of Helsinki. Please see our policies.

Plagiarism and authorship

Plagiarism is the reuse of another person's work without providing attribution. Reusing such work may also be copyright infringement. Such behaviour is extrememly unethical. Please note that we reserve the right to check submitted articles for plagiarism and articles found to be plagiarised will be immediately rejected. Also note that although we welcome translated articles (from the original author group) such prior publication must be clearly stated in the article and disclosed to the editor on submission.

All authors will be contacted on submission to ensure they have agreed to be named as authors and approved the version for submission and then for publication (if accepted).

Data sets

We also reserve the right to request data sets for review.


We are willing to consider articles that have already been published in another language. If authors have already published in another language this must be disclosed at submission, and - if required - permission obtained from the publisher of the first article.

We are also willing to consider articles that have already been posted onto pre-publication websites (e.g. BioRxiv) - but this must be disclosed on submission.

Illustrations and tables

Contributors must send original artwork on separate sheets from the main text. Note that on acceptance we will require all artwork to be submitted as .tif .eps jpeg or .bitmap files.

Resolution must be 600 dpi or above.

Note that Tables are not to be supplied separately - they should be within the text file.

Units and abbreviations

The journal recognises the adoption of the Systeme International d'Unites (Sl Units)


The submitting author is required to confirm that the authors own full copyright in their work and are able to grant Leprosy Review the rights to publish. When publishing in Leprosy Review, authors retain copyright in their work and the article will be published under a Creative Commons CC BY licence: this means that any reader has the rights to reuse the content for any purpose but is required to fully cite and attribute the content to the article in Leprosy Review. As the authors retain copyright they can also reuse their work (e.g. positing it on an institutional repository) without seeking permission.

If authors are reproducing anything that has been previously published, and/or where copyright is owned by someone else, they are responsible for obtaining permission to include it within their article.

How to submit

To submit your article please ensure you have the following ready:

  • The manuscript and image files ready to upload
  • Full names, addresses and e-mails of all co- authors

To submit your article go to our submission platform here:

The submission system requires the corresponding author to register and logon. If you have already reviewed for the journal please use this logon to access the system. The system can also be used to track the progress of your submissions through review. You can log off the system halfway through submission and it will keep what you have uploaded "in draft".

The review and decision-making process

The editor checks all submissions and will immediately reject any articles that are out of the journal scope or are felt to be unsuitable for the journal or are missing important sections (e.g. COI statements, see above). Other articles will normally be sent for external review - see the journal policies. Please note that the reviewing process will take several weeks or a few months, depending on the availability of reviewers.

During the review process, and unless a decision of "Reject" has been made, authors may not submit their articles to another journal unless they withdraw their article from Leprosy Review - which they must confirm in writing to the editor. Please note that once an article has been accepted for publication it may not be withdrawn unless there are exceptional circumstances (for example the authors identify a serious flaw in the research).

Once a decision of "Accept" has been made the article will be edited and this may raise questions for the author. After editing, the article will be typeset and the author will be provided with a PDF proof for approval. Only minor (e.g. spelling) corrections may be made at this point. Once the proof has been approved the Editor will endeavour to include the article in the next issue.