Information for Authors

WOUNDS: A Compendium of Clinical Research and Practice is peer reviewed and publishes original research, reviews, case series, commentaries, clinical conference reports, letters, brief communications, and other materials relevant to wound care and related fields. WOUNDS will consider for publication suitable articles on topics pertaining to wound healing and care: bioengineering, tissue regeneration, surgical wounds, genomics, tissue repair, skin measurement, grafting, growth factors, chronic wounds, pressure ulcers, burn wounds, vascular site wounds, leg ulcers, and diabetic wounds.

Single-patient case reports will be published exclusively online unless deemed extraordinary or unique, as determined by the editors.

Manuscript Submissions

All submissions for consideration must be submitted online at Authors should scroll down to HMP Communications and click on Author. Authors should follow the online instructions found at this website for uploading a manuscript.

Review Process

All articles are peer reviewed by at least 2, and typically 3, referees, who are members of the Editorial Advisory Board. Acceptance is based upon significance and originality. If an article is accepted for publication, the corresponding author will be notified by e-mail of a tentative publication date, and supplied with the Editorial Board’s revision requirements. Editorial revisions may be made to articles accepted for publication as an aid to clarity. If an article is not accepted, the corresponding author will be notified by e-mail.

The WOUNDS review process typically takes 3 months but may take longer in some cases. Accepted articles requiring no or minor revisions are typically published within a 3- to 5-month period following review. Accepted articles requiring heavy revisions are typically published within a 6- to 9-month period following the original review, and may require additional reviewing by the Editorial Advisory Board. Publication priority is given to articles that contain new or ground-breaking material considered to be of particular interest to the WOUNDS readership.

Manuscript Formatting Instructions

Authors are encouraged to consult Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ( for further formatting suggestions. Failure to comply with these instructions may result in a delayed review process.

Cover Letter. A cover letter should be submitted that identifies the corresponding author (include the address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail address). Please make clear that the final manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors and that the authors accept full responsibility for the design and conduct of the study, had access to the data, and controlled the decision to publish. As stated in the Uniform Requirements, credit for authorship requires substantial contributions to: (a) conception and design or analysis and interpretation of data; and (b) the drafting of the article or critical revision for important intellectual content. Acknowledgments will be limited to one page of Journal space, and those acknowledged will be listed only once. At least one person’s name must accompany a group name.

The content of WOUNDS is protected by copyright. All manuscripts submitted for publication must include the following statement signed by the senior author:

“The undersigned author transfers all copyright ownership of the manuscript entitled (title of article) to HMP Communications in the event the work is published. The undersigned author warrants that the article is original, is not under consideration by another journal, and has not been previously published. I sign for and accept responsibility for releasing this material on behalf of any and all co-authors.”

Abstract. Each article should include a brief abstract summarizing the methods and significant results of the study. Abstracts should be approximately 250 words.

Text. Manuscripts must be double-spaced, include quotations, footnotes, references, legends, and tables; and citations should be numbered consecutively throughout the entire paper. The following sections must be included in the text of the manuscript: introduction, methods and materials, discussion, and conclusion. Subheadings are acceptable in some papers to break up larger blocks of text. More information regarding what should be included in each section can be found at the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals page published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (

References. References should be listed at the end of the manuscript. Numbered references must be cited in the same order as found in text. A complete periodical reference includes: (1) authors names (list all authors up to six; for seven or more authors, list first three followed by et al); (2) title of article; (3) abbreviated journal name;(4) year of publication; (5) volume number; (6) specific page numbers. For books, include: (7) name of editor(s), if any; (8) name of publisher; and (9) place of publication.

Figures/Legends. Digital images should be a minimum of 300 dpi, and uploaded with the manuscript as attachments. They may also be embedded in the submitted document to demonstrate desired placement. Addiitonal guidelines include the following:

    • A descriptive legend must accompany each figure or illustration.
    • All abbreviations must be identified at the end of the figure legend.
    • If the figure or graph has been published previously, permission to reprint the figure must be obtained in writing from the copyright owner by the author and submitted with the manuscript.
    • Most figures will be reduced to conform to single column size format. All symbols, letters, arrows, etc. must be large enough to permit identification at reduced size.

Ethics and Equity Positions. Authors must comply with Food and Drug Administration (FDA) guidelines and animal welfare regulations of the author’s institution. Authors must include signed consent forms from human subjects who can be identified in photos or in text.

Types of Articles

WOUNDS primarily publishes original research, reviews, commentaries, and case series (single case reports are published online). We also will consider the following:

Brief Reports or Communications. These are concise reports of work of unusual interest or importance with limited but definitive data. To be considered as a Brief Communication, the manuscript should not exceed four pages (unformatted, double-spaced, 12 pt text), including all written material, figures, tables, and references. References should not exceed 30. Authors should indicate in the cover letter the article is intended as a Brief Report or Communication. Authors should follow the standard guidelines for submitting an article to WOUNDS.

Letters to the Editor. Letters should be no more than 300 words and five references, and be double-spaced. Letters commenting on a WOUNDS article will be considered if they are received within 2 months of the time the article was published. All letters are reviewed by the editors and are selected based upon interest, timeliness, and pertinence, as determined by the editors. There are no guarantees a letter will be published in print; the editors may choose to publish the letter at Letters that are not intended for publication by the authors should state this in the body of the letter. Published letters are edited and may be shortened; tables and figures are included selectively. If a letter is selected to be published, the author will be notified no more than 2 weeks before publication date.

Diagnostic Dilemmas. These are didactic reports of unusual or particularly interesting single cases relating to dermatology, wound care, or wound care-related podiatry. Submissions should include the presentation, significant physical findings, etiology, and management of the condition, and as well as treatment plans for the reported patient. A thorough but brief review of the condition also should be provided with appropriate references. The length of the article should be 12 to 16 pages unformatted (12 pt, double-spaced), including tables and graphs. At least one instructive color photo of the case should also be included. The author should review the WOUNDS Information for Authors for formatting instructions and suitable topics. Authors should indicate in the cover letter the article is intended for Diagnostic Dilemmas.

Unusual Wounds. The objective of this department is to provide the readership with an interesting short case study of an unusual wound, an often-misdiagnosed wound, or an otherwise mysterious wound that presented the author with a particularly challenging treatment regimen. The case should include 1or 2 photographs or diagrams, include brief descriptions of the condition, what made it unusual, and diagnosis and management, with appropriate references.


WOUNDS is indexed in Cinahl Information Systems (; EMBASE (; SCOPUS (; Current Contents® (under Clinical Medicine); Science Citation Index Expanded (included in the Web of Science); ISI Alerting Services; and Custom Information Services. WOUNDS is also a member of the Publishers' Circle with Medscape ( Full articles can also be viewed on the WOUNDS website,, which is fully searchable and is registered with all major Internet search engines. Full content is available to WOUNDS print and online subscribers. Single article access available.

Circulation and Readership

The readership of WOUNDS is multidisciplinary and broad-based, and comprises dermatologists, general surgeons, plastic surgeons, vascular surgeons, internal medicine/family practitioners, podiatrists, gerontologists, researchers in industry or academia, orthopedic surgeons, clinical nurses, and others interested in wound healing and care. WOUNDS mails 12 times yearly and is the official journal of the Association for the Advancement of Wound Care (AAWC), a nonprofit, worldwide association of clinicians, organizations, industries, patients, and caregivers. AAWC clinician, student, retired, facility, and corporate members receive automatic subscriptions to WOUNDS with membership. Back issues are available for a fee. If you are an AAWC Member and have not been receiving the journal, contact Bonnie Shannon at 800-237-7285 ext. 246 or

Editorial Policies

Opinions expressed by authors are their own and not necessarily those of HMP Communications, the editorial staff, or any member of the Editorial Advisory Board. The publishers of WOUNDS accept no responsibility for statements made by contributors or claims made by advertisers, nor does the publication of advertisements constitute or imply endorsement. Manuscripts are accepted for publication in WOUNDS with the understanding that their content, all or in part, have not been published elsewhere and will not be published elsewhere, except in abstract form or by the express consent of the Managing Editor.

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