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Cancer Forum provides an avenue for communication between all those involved in cancer control and seeks to promote contact across disciplinary barriers.

To this end, articles need to be comprehensible to as wide a section of the readership as possible. Authors should provide sufficient introductory material to place their articles in context for those outside their field of specialisation.

Cancer Forum is primarily a review journal, with each issue addressing a particular topic in its ‘Forum’. The Forum topic and appointment of Guest Editor(s) are determined by the Editorial Board, which welcomes suggestions.

Proffered papers containing primary research findings will be considered for publication in Cancer Forum in limited circumstances. Articles will be considered by the Editorial Board and then published subject to two peer-reviews. Generally speaking, authors are encouraged to submit their primary research findings to established cancer research or clinical oncology journals.

The following information is provided for contributors invited to prepare manuscripts for Cancer Forum.

Read the following information for submissions:

FORUM CONTRIBUTIONS

Prospective authors are encouraged to examine recent editions of Cancer Forum for an indication of the style and layout of Forum papers (cancerforum.org.au).

All manuscripts should be submitted by email to the Forum’s Guest Editor(s) and Executive Editor (forum@cancer.org.au) as MS Word documents.

Length: 2000-2500 words.

Font: Arial – 20pt and bold for title, 12pt and bold for headings, 12pt and italics for sub headings and 10pt for text.

Following the title, include your full name, organisation and email address.

Include introductory headings and sub-headings that describe the content.

Number pages in the footer.

Abstract

All manuscripts must include an abstract of approximately 200 words, providing a summary of the key findings or statements.

No references or abbreviations should be included in the abstract.

Abbreviations and acronyms

Abbreviations and acronyms should only be used where the term appears more than five times within the paper.

They must be explained in full in the first instance, with the abbreviation in brackets.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to remove the heavy use of abbreviations and acronyms that may be confusing to the diversity of our readership.  

Photographs, tables and graphs

Photographs and line drawings can be submitted via email, preferably in jpeg format.

If images are not owned by the author, written permission to reproduce the images must have been sought.

A maximum of five illustrations and figures and three tables can be submitted with the manuscript.

Inclusion of additional items is subject to approval by the Editorial Board. Unless otherwise specified by the authors or requested by the Editorial Board, all images, graphs and tables will be printed in black and white.

All figures – including tables and graphs – will be reproduced to Cancer Forum’s style. Figures containing data (e.g. a line graph) must be submitted with corresponding data so our designers can accurately represent the information.

Figures and images should be labelled sequentially, numbered and cited in the text in the correct order e.g. (table 3, figure 1). 

Tables should only be used to present essential data. Each must be on a separate page with a title or caption and be clearly labelled.

Referencing

Reference numbers within the text should be placed after punctuation and superscripted.

The maximum number of references is 75. Only papers closely related to the subject under review should be quoted and exhaustive lists should be avoided. Only one publication can be listed for each number. Citation of more than one reference to make a point is not recommended.

The Editorial Board prefers a focus on more recent references (in the last 10 years). The list of references at the end of the paper should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned and be consistent with the National Library of Medicine’s International Committee of Medical Journal Editors’ Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.

e.g. Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7.

A guide to abbreviation of journal names can be found here.

The Editorial Board will make the final decision on publication of articles and may request clarifications or additional information

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

Prospective authors are encouraged to examine recent editions of Cancer Forum for an indication of the style and layout of papers (cancerforum.org.au).

All Letters should be submitted by email to the journal’s Executive Editor (forum@cancer.org.au) as Word document.

Letters should have no more than five authors and no abstract.

Length: 500 words.

Font: Arial – 20pt and bold for title, 12pt and bold for headings, 12pt and italics for sub headings and 10pt for text.

Following the title, include your full name, organisation and email address.

References: Up to five.

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