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Guidelines for Authors

Preparation of manuscripts

For detailed and updated information on the requirements for submission of manuscripts to biomedical articles, please visit the website of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors

Based on these guidelines, the following is specific to the TORTURE Journal:

  • A statement giving the author's name, title and present position, as well as an address where he or she may be contacted by readers, should be provided on a separate sheet.
  • We prefer articles, reviews, and other material to be sent as a formatted text file, for example MS Word or WordPerfect, and that they be sent either by email or on a disc.


Footnotes and references

Footnotes and references should be numbered consecutively and typed on separate sheets. Literature references should be typed in the Vancouver Standard and consist of the author's name and initials, title of the book (followed by the place of publication, name of publisher, year and page or chapter numbers) or of the paper (followed by the title of the journal, year, volume number, and page numbers).



A short abstract or summary of between 200 and 300 words outlining the paper and indicating its principal conclusion should accompany the typescript on a separate sheet. Use a semi-structure if possible, mentioning background, methods, findings and interpretation.



In addition to the abstracts, three to six key words should be provided that will assist indexers in cross-indexing the article. Terms from the Medical Subject Headings list of Index Medicus should be used. If these are not available, other terms may be used.


Authors' contributions and signature

We ask authors of articles, clinical trials and research papers to specify their individual contributions. We suggest the following format: "I declare that I participated in the… (here list the contributions made to the study/examination/trial/article)… and I have seen and approved the final version".



Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers, especially not in illustrative material. Indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible institutional or regional committee on human experimentation and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 1983.


Covering letter

The manuscript should be accompanied by a covering letter with the name, address, telephone and/or fax number, as well as e-mail address, if available, of the corresponding author. The letter should give any additional information that may be helpful to the editor.



Authors will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright agreement, which recognises the common interest that both journal and author(s) have in the protection of copyright. We accept that some authors (e.g. government employees in some countries) are unable to transfer copyright. The copyright will cover both for the TORTURE Journal and the IRCT web site.

The Editorial Board assumes that the material submitted for publication in TORTURE has not been presented anywhere else for consideration with a view to publication at the same time as an evaluation is being made by the Board of TORTURE.

The publisher will not put any limitation on the personal freedom of the author to use material contained in the paper in other works which may be published, provided that acknowledgement is made to the original place of publication.

The corresponding author should state that he or she had full access to all the data in the study and has had final responsibility for the decision to submit for publication.



TORTURE is an international journal intended to provide a multidisciplinary forum for the exchange of original research and systematic reviews among professionals concerned with the biomedical, psychological and social interface of torture. The journal is dedicated to studying the effects of torture. There is a growing awareness of the need for exploring optimal remedies to restore physical, psychological and social harm as well as various interactions against torture.

The journal seeks to enhance the understanding and cooperation in this field through the varied approaches represented. There will be focus not only on medicine and psychology, but also on epidemiology, social sciences and related disciplines. The editors wish to encourage dialogue among experts whose diverse cultures and experiences provide innovative and challenging knowledge to existing practice and theories.

Priority will be given to articles that give new knowledge and information with comparative and interesting perspectives.



TORTURE is divided into sections of which the first part fulfils international standards as a scientific journal and is dedicated to two to four in-depth original analyses with focus on torture, using a biomedical, health and human rights framework. Articles categorised as clinical trials, research methodology papers, data based population examinations, critical or explaining case descriptions may be preferred.


Editorial policy


Reviewing of articles

The selection process may involve that papers are rejected on the basis of an in-house assessment. The articles are reviewed by an international board of reviewers who read the submitted manuscripts on the basis of anonymity. This implies that manuscripts, thus recommended for publication, will be published in the first section of the journal.

The editors of TORTURE identify reviewers based on bibliometric data, i.e. the selection is based on registered publication activity within the torture field in general and in the area addressed specifically by the manuscript.

The journal also contains contributions from other sources, mostly by health professionals or correspondents on development in the field of human rights.

When submitting a paper, the author should make a statement to the editor about all submissions and previous reports that might be regarded as redundant or duplicate publication of the same or very similar work.


What to do before submission

  • Covering letter
  • Manuscript – see above
  • Figures
  • Authors' contribution – see above
  • If conflict of interest – give description
  • Patients' consent and permission to publish
  • Copies of correspondence from other journals and reviewers, if previously submitted.


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