The Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics (HKJP) is a joint
quarterly publication of the Hong Kong College of Paediatricians (HKCPaed)
and The Hong Kong Paediatric Society (HKPS). The HKJP publishes original
research papers, review articles, case reports, editorials, commentaries,
letters to the editor and conference proceedings. Topics of interest will
include all subjects that relate to clinical practice and research in
paediatrics and child health.
Manuscripts are accepted on the condition that they are
submitted solely to the HKJP and have not been published elsewhere previously
and are not under consideration by another journal. A complete report
following presentation or publication of preliminary findings elsewhere
can be considered.
Categories of articles include the
Original Articles The text should not usually
exceed 5,000 words excluding references; the number of tables, figures,
or both should normally be not more than six, and references not more
Review Articles Reviews are usually invited
systematic critical assessments of literature.
Case Reports Length should not exceed 1,500
words; the number of tables or figures used should not be more than two,
and references should not be more than 10. Limit the number of authors
Commentaries Commentary on current topics
Length should not exceed 1,200 words; no tables or figures
allowed, and references should not be more than 20.
Clinical Quiz The clinical quiz should be educational. It should i) include the description of a case in no more than 250 words and 3 clinical photos or figures, and ii) provide answers on the diagnosis, clinical features and findings, and management of the condition in no more than 1,000 words, 10 references, and 3 photos, figures or tables.
Letters to the Editor Letters discussing
a recent article in the HKJP are welcome. Original letters that do not
refer to an HKJP article may also be considered. Letters should not exceed
500 words and have no more than five references. Published letters may
Use Arabic numerals for numbers above nine, for
designators (e.g. case 5, day 2, etc.) and for units of measure; numbers
should be spelled out if below 10, at the beginning and end of sentences,
and for fractions below one.
Manuscripts should be submitted as a Word document
in British English in the following format: Typed double-spaced, page
size 22 cm. x 29 cm. (8 1/2 in. x 11 in.), page margins 2.54 cm (1
in), font size 12 pt.
Do not use abbreviations in the title or abstract
and limit their use in the text. Standard abbreviations may be used
and should be defined on first mention in the text unless it is a
standard unit of measurement.
SI units should be used or included in parentheses.
For original clinical study, authors must state that
the protocol for the research project has been approved by the Ethics
Committee of the institution within which the work was undertaken. All
investigations on human subjects must include a statement that informed
consents have been obtained. Patient anonymity must be preserved. Photographs
and video clippings need to be prepared to prevent human subjects being
recognized unless prior written permission has been obtained. When reporting
experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional
and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.
The manuscript should usually be arranged
This page should include the full names, and affiliations of
all authors. A short title of no more than 40 characters should also be
given. Up to three academic degrees for each author are allowed. If an
author's affiliation has changed since the work was done, list the new
affiliations as well. Limit the number of authors to 4 for case reports
and clinical quiz.
Abstract and Key words
The abstract should be no more than 150 words summarising the
purpose, methods, findings and conclusions. Authors should provide no
more than five key words to assist with cross-indexing of the paper. Key
words should be taken from Index Medicus.
Number references in the order they appear in the text. References
should follow the Vancouver style and should appear in the text, tables
and legends as Arabic numerals in superscript. Journal titles should be
abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus. List all authors
and/or editors up to six; if more than six, list the first three and "et
Examples of References:
Articles in Journals
Standard journal article Greenberg DL, Root
RK. Decision making by analogy. N Engl J Med 1995;332:592-6.
Organisation as author The Royal Marsden
Hospital Bone- Marrow Transplantation Team. Failure of syngeneic bone-
marrow graft without preconditioning in post-hepatitis marrow aplasia.
No author given Coffee drinking and cancer
of the pancreas [editorial]. BMJ 1981;283:628.
Issue with supplement Gardos G, Cole JO,
Haskell D, Marby D, Paine SS, Moore P. The natural history of tardive
dyskinesia. J Clin Psychopharmacol 1988;8(4 Suppl):31S-37S.
Type of article indicated as needed [i] Fuhrman
SA, Joiner KA. Binding of the third component of complement C3 by
Toxoplasma gondii [abstract]. Clin Res 1987;35:475A. [ii] Feldman
N. Laparoscopic nephrectomy [letter]. N Engl J Med 1991;325:1110.
Books and Other Monographs
Personal author(s) Colson JH, Armour WJ.
Sports injuries and their treatment. 2nd ed. London: S. Paul, 1986.
Editor(s), compiler as author Dausset J,
Colombani J, editors. Histocompatibility testing 1972. Copenhagen:
Chapter in a book Steiner RE, Bydder GM.
Clinical nuclear magnetic resonance imaging. In: Dawaon AM, Compston
ND, Besser GM, editors. Recent advances in medicine no. 19. Edinburgh:
Churchill Livingston, 1984:39-56.
Conference paper Harley NH. Comparing radon
daughter dosimetric and risk models. In: Gammage RB, Kaye SV, editors.
Indoor air and human health. Proceedings of the Seventh Life Sciences
Symposium; 1984 Oct 29-31; Knoxville(TN). Chelsea(MI): Lewis, 1985:69-78.
Dissertation Cairns R.B Infrared spectroscopic
studies of solid oxygen [dissertation]. Berkeley, (CA): Univ. of California,
Scientific and technical report Akutsu T.
Total heart replacement device. Bethesda (MD): National Institutes
of Health, National Heart and Lung Institute; 1974 Apr Report No:
In press Lillywhite HD, Donald JA. Pulmonary
blood flow regulation in an aquatic snake. Science. In press.
A reference to unpublished work which has not yet
been accepted for publication should not appear in the reference list
but should be cited in the text as unpublished data or personal communication.
Each table should begin on a separate page. Number tables consecutively
in the order of their first citation in the text and supply a brief title
for each. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Place explanatory
matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Vertical rules and horizontal
rules should be omitted.
Each illustration must be submitted as a separate figure file. The file
name should be the same as the figure number. Preferred formats for digital
artwork submission include Encapsulated PostScript (EPS), Portable Document
Format (PDF), and Tagged Image Format (TIFF). Letters, numbers and symbols
should be clear and of sufficient size to retain legibility when reduced.
Photographs of persons must be retouched to make the subject unidentifiable,
or be accompanied by written permission from the subject to use the photograph.
Number illustrations consecutively according to the order
in which they have been first cited in the text. Titles and detailed explanations
should be confined to legends and not included in illustrations. The legends
should be numbered and provided on a separate double-spaced page.
Supplementary Video Clips
Video clips can be submitted with your manuscript in MP4 file format with
H.264 codec. The size of the video should not exceed 5 MB. Patient anonymity
must be preserved unless prior written permission has been obtained. If
accepted, the video will appear online on the Journal's website, http://www.hkjpaed.org.
Declaration of Interest
All sources of funding for research are to be explicitly stated. All authors
must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people
or organisations that could inappropriately influence their work. It is
the sole responsibility of authors to disclose any affiliation with any
organisation with a financial interest, direct or indirect, in the subject
matter or materials discussed in the manuscript that may affect the conduct
or reporting of the work submitted.
If there are no declarations, authors should explicitly
state that there are none. This must be stated at the point of submission
(within the manuscript, after the main text, under a subheading "Declaration
of Interest"). Manuscript submission cannot be completed unless a
declaration of interest statement (either stating the disclosures or reporting
that there are none) is included. This will be made available to reviewers
and will appear in the published article.
The intent of this policy is not to prevent authors with
any particular relationship or interest from publishing their work, but
rather to adopt transparency such that reviewers, editors, the publisher,
and most importantly, readers can make objective judgments concerning
the work product.
All manuscripts, correspondence and subscription should be addressed to
Chief Editor, Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics Limited, c/o Hong Kong
College of Paediatricians, Room 801, HK Academy of Medicine Jockey Club
Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong, e-mail:firstname.lastname@example.org.
The opinions expressed in the HKJP are those of the authors and not those
of HKCPaed, HKPS or the publisher. The HKJP, HKCPaed and HKPS do not hold
any legal responsibility for the opinions expressed in the articles, unless
this is clearly specified. The authors should hold legal responsibility
for the content and opinion expressed. Manuscripts and discs are submitted
at the sender's risk and the HKJP, HKCPaed and HKPS assume no responsibility
for return of material.
Offprints can be ordered at a cost at the time of proof-reading.
The HKJP is published quarterly and adopts an open access policy. Electronic
copies of all articles are available online at http://www.hkjpaed.org.
Members of HKCPaed and HKPS will receive quarterly e-mail notification
of the Table of Contents in each of the Journal issues.