Submission Guidelines

Advice to Authors

Article Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online via the manuscript submission and tracking site, Full instructions for submission are available directly from this site as you submit your paper. All communication and peer review is conducted electronically so a current email address will need to be provided on registration.

All papers must be accompanied by a statement that the material has not been published in its present form in any other scientific journal.

The name(s) of the author(s) and the place where the work was done should be indicated clearly below the title of the article. Degrees and diplomas are not to be included.

Authors are requested to provide an e-mail address.


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 and the name of the institution where the work was undertaken.

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.


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 observations. 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.

Format for Original Papers

These should have separate sections: Abstract, Introduction, Material & Methods, Results and Discussion. The abstract may be up to 250 words long and should contain the key data from the paper structured under the following headings Objectives, Results, and Conclusions. The manuscript file should include:

  • Title - All manuscripts. This should reflect the content of the work and the location.
  • Names, addresses, and positions of all authors plus email address for corresponding author - All manuscripts
  • Copyright - All manuscripts
  • A competing interest statement - All manuscripts - (Either a statement in the manuscript describing the interests of all authors or a declaration “All authors declare that the answer to the question on competing interest form are all ‘No’, and therefore have nothing to declare”).
  • Details of contributors, and the name of the guarantor
  • Signed patient consent form. Publication of any personal information about a patient in Leprosy Review, for example in a case report or clinical photograph, will normally require the signed consent of the patient
  • Details of ethics approval (or a statement that it was not required) - All research studies
  • Details of funding - All research studies
  • Statement of the independence of researchers from funders - All research studies

Contributors (some of whom may not be included as authors) should be listed at the end of the paper, giving details of who did what in planning, conducting, and reporting the work. One or more of these contributors are listed as guarantors of the paper. 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.


References to published works should include the names of the author/editor, publication title, publisher, place and date of publication, and must be in Vancouver style (for examples, please refer to the Leprosy Review website, Page references should also be noted where applicable. Abbreviations of titles or journals should follow the list of journals indexed in Index Medicus. Incorrectly styled references may lead to delay in publication.

Illustrations and Tables

Contributors must send original artwork on separate sheets from the main text. In addition, electronic versions may be submitted in the form as a compressed .tif, .ep, .jpeg or .bitmap file. Resolution must be 600 dpi or above.

Units and Abbreviations

The journal recognises the adoption of the Systeme International d’Unites (SI Units).


Copyright in the journal is owned by Lepra.

From January 2020 copyright in all articles will be retained by the authors, and the journal will be publishing all articles under a Creative Commons CC BY licence to allow full reuse and dissemination of the articles without barriers. For all items published before this date, we are happy to allow non-commercial use of the content without requesting permission, but we require full attribution to be given to any reuse.