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Instructions to EPI-Insight Authors

EPI-Insight - the monthly bulletin of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre - is actively seeking material relating to all aspects of infectious disease relevant to Ireland.

Please submit material for consideration to hpsc@hse.ie with EPI-Insight in the subject line. For more information call: +353 (0)1 876 5300 or email hpsc@hse.ie.

Preparation of material
Articles should be prepared for publication with the readership of EPI-Insight in mind. Readers consist of health professionals in the fields of epidemiology, general practice, health planning, infection control, medical laboratory science, medical microbiology, paediatrics, infectious disease and public health. Articles of interest to the general public may also be accepted. EPI-Insight aims to improve the health of the Irish population by providing the best information on disease, as well as publishing timely data on infectious disease for use locally, regionally and nationally. The publication is targeted at those with an interest in the diagnosis, surveillance, control and prevention of infectious disease, everywhere. Data presented should, ideally, be of national interest or important regional interest to the target audience. The bulletin is distributed electronically to over 1500 readers in Ireland, Europe and around the world.

Content
Longer articles should follow the IMRaD format (Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion – or why you did the work, how did you do it, what did you find and what does it mean). All articles must be in English.

Research articles, surveillance and outbreak reports, rapid communications, new items and notices of conferences and courses are all invited for submission.

Conditions of Publication
The publisher reserves copyright on all published material and material may not be reproduced without written permission of the publisher. Single copies may however be made for personal and non-commercial use without permission. Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holder(s) to reproduce any material enjoying copyright protection. Statements and opinions are the responsibility of the authors. Papers are accepted on the understanding that they are subject to editorial revision, including, where necessary, condensation of the text and omission of tabular and illustrative material.

Format
Material should be submitted by email to hpsc@hse.ie.

Tables, Illustrations and References 
While there is no limit on the number of tables, graphs or illustrations, only those that are essential to an understanding of the text should included. The same data should not be presented in both tables and graphs. References in the text to tables and figures should always be by number (e.g., Table 1, Figure 3) and not in the form "the table above" or "figure below". Graphs or figures should be clearly drawn and all the data identified (include numerical tables for any charts): abbreviations should be avoided or explained. Graphics should be submitted in jpeg or tiff format. Figure titles should be short but at the same time adequately explanatory, enough information should be given to allow interpretation of the figure without reference to the text. Footnote each table with an alphabetical listing of all abbreviations used. Ensure that tables are self-explanatory and that the data are not duplicated in the text.

References should be kept to a minimum and listed in numerical order at the end of the text. At the end of the article the full list of references should follow the Vancouver style. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references; these are not checked by the editor. For further information see the Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors.

Conflict of Interest
At the time of submission, all authors must disclose to the Editor any commercial associations or other arrangements (potential to profit, consultancies, financial compensations, stock ownerships, honoraria, patent arrangements etc) that might pose a conflict of interest in connection with the submitted article. Some or all of this information may be made available to the Editorial Committee and may affect acceptance for publication. Some may be published in a footnote of the article.

Last updated: 2nd July 2014



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