For Authors

Practice Management welcomes submissions of articles on all topics relevant to managers of general practice in the UK. The magazine publishes a range of legal, financial, HR and clinical articles to provide managers with the education and professional support needed to run a GP practice, train staff and maintain standards.

Articles should be between 750 and 1500 words. The preferred means of submission is by emailing the editor, Polly Moffat at If you would like to submit an article or if you have any questions about the process please contact the editor.

Following acceptance for publication, MA Healthcare will hold exclusive rights to the article.

Here are some general points to keep in mind when writing an article for the journal:


The introduction should draw the reader into the article and state its main aims and purpose.


Please use plenty of headings and sub-headings and indicate the importance you attach to each.


Your conclusions should be succinct and logically ordered summaries of data you have presented. Identify gaps in present knowledge and suggest future initiatives.


  1. Colour illustrations are encouraged
  2. Figures should be numbered consecutively in order of their first citation in the text
  3. Clearly label the file of all electronic images, e.g. Fig1.jpg, Fig2.jpg etc
  4. If a figure has been published previously, acknowledge the original source and submit written permission from the copyright holder to reproduce the material
  5. The file format preferred is JPEG (.jpg) at high-resolution (>300 dpi, or at least 1MB)
  6. Photographs should not have arrows drawn on them by hand. Please indicate the position of arrows or labels on an accompanying illustration and these will be redrawn in-house


In the text

  1. Provide full details of the original source of the material used. Do not use “cited in…”
  2. Use the number (Vancouver) system in superscript for references in the text, e.g:
    • The updated guidance has shown that managers should nominate a guardian.1

In the reference list

  1. 1. Arrange references in numerical order
  2. 2. Print the names and initials of all authors for references with six or fewer authors; for seven or more authors print the first three and add ‘et al’.
  3. 3. Journal articles: The sequence is: author(s); year; article title; journal name; volume; issue number; first and last page numbers (separated by an n-rule); DOI number. The layout and punctuation are:
    • Thomas KS, Billingsley A, Amarshi N, Nair BA (2010) Elevated INR associated with concomitant warfarin and erlotinib. Am J Health Syst Pharm 67(17): 1426–9
    • doi: 10.2146/ajhp090202
    • Use Medline abbreviations for journal titles if they have one, i.e. Am J Health Syst Pharm. Abbreviations can be found at
  4. 4. Book with personal author:
    • Ellis H (1980) Lecture Notes on Psychiatry. 5th edn. Blackwell, Oxford
  5. 5. Book with editor(s) (include the relevant page numbers)
    • Scott H, Brown B, eds (1973) Histocompatability Testing. Vol 5. Raven Press, New York: 418–19
  6. 6. Chapter in a book (include the first and last page numbers of the chapter)
    • Samuels B (1979) Pulmonary complications of AIDS. In: Rand A, Long B, eds. Management of AIDS. Butterworths, London: 387–95
  7. 7. Internet references
    • The sequence is the same as for journals and books. The year should be the date the document was published online. Include the full web address that takes you directly to the document (or as close as possible), and state the date that you accessed it, e.g: Department of Health (2003) Agenda for Change: Proposed Agreement on Modern Pay and Conditions for NHS Staff. (accessed 20 November 2015)
  8. 8. Unpublished papers that have been submitted for publication but have not yet been accepted may not be referenced. They should be cited in the text as ‘unpublished observations’ (XY Smith, unpublished observations, with or without a date). Similarly, ‘personal communication’ should be inserted in the text in parentheses.
  9. 9. Unpublished papers that have been accepted for publication but are not yet published may be included in the reference list:
    • Abel HL (1988) Endometriosis. Practice Nursing (in press)

Further reading and useful information

Authors are asked to compile a list of further reading or useful (authoritative, evidence-based) internet sites and a list of relevant useful addresses, contact numbers and resources.

Conflict of interest statement

It is the journal’s editorial policy to ask authors to declare any conflict of interest, including any possible interest, financial or otherwise, that may embarrass the author or the journal if revealed at a later date. If you believe this applies to you, please provide a statement to run at the end of the article.


Following acceptance for publication, MA Healthcare Limited will hold exclusive copyright to articles. Articles submitted to Practice Management for consideration must be the author’s (or authors’) own work, should not be submitted to any other journal and must not have been published or accepted by another publication.