Guide for Authors
Submission of papers. Authors are requested to submit their original manuscript and figures online via http://ees.elsevier.com/jbur which is the Elsevier web-based submission and peer-review system. You will find full instructions located on this site - a Guide for Authors and a Guide for Online Submission. Please follow these guidelines to prepare and upload your article. Once the uploading is done, our system automatically generates an electronic pdf proof, which is then used for reviewing. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor's decision and requests for revisions, will be managed via this system. If any illustrations, diagram or part of the text have been published elsewhere the source must be given in full, permission having been granted by the author and by the publisher.
The Editor reserves the right to make editorial and literary corrections to the paper. No major alterations or corrections will be made without the knowledge and consent of the author.
If you have any problems submitting your paper through this system, please contact the Editorial Office on: e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; tel: +44 (0)20 7424 4267; fax: +44 (0)20 7424 4911.
Please submit your original manuscript and figures online, via http://ees.elsevier.com/jbur/ together with a covering letter which should be signed by the corresponding author on behalf of all authors, including:Papers may be presented as original articles. The authors are urged to write concisely. The text should read easily and the relevant literature should be summarized as concisely as possible. In the interest of space and prompt publication, unnecessary experimental detail and exhaustive lists of references should be avoided. Each of the following sections should begin on a new page: title page; abstract; text; acknowledgements; references; tables; legends for illustrations. The title page should give the following information: title of the article; names, initials and appointment held by each author; name of the department or institution to which the work should be attributed and name and address of the author responsible for correspondence. The second page should carry an abstract of not more than 200 words. It should embody the purpose of the study or investigation, basic procedures (study material, observational and analytical methods), main findings (with specific data and their statistical significance) and the principal conclusions.
* A statement that all authors have have made substantial contributions to all of the following: (1) the conception and design of the study, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data, (2) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content, (3) final approval of the version to be submitted. Acknowledgements All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship as defined above should be listed in an acknowledgements section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.
* A statement that the manuscript, including related data, figures and tables has not been previously published and that the manuscript is not under consideration elsewhere.
* The names and contact addresses (including e-mail) of 3 potential reviewers that have not been involved in the design, performance and discussion of the data and are not a co-worker. You may also mention persons who you would prefer not to review your paper.
Each Table with an appropriately brief title should be numbered and typed on a separate page. No vertical lines should be used. All tables should be referred to in the text.Submitted manuscripts will be reviewed by selected referees and subsequently, the author will be informed of editorial decisions based on the referee comments, as soon as possible. For information about the status of your paper, please log on to http://ees.elsevier.com/jbur On receipt of the first decision letter authors should submit their revised manuscript within three months to http://ees.elsevier.com/jbur in order to ensure that the scientific content of their manuscript is timely and up to date.
Sponsored Articles:Burns offers authors or their institutions the option to sponsor non-subscriber access to their articles on Elsevier's electronic publishing platforms. For more information please click here.Online Only Publications
Due to the large volume of submissions to the journal, case reports will be published online-only and will be listed on the contents page of a print issue. Authors will be informed if their submission is selected to appear online only.
Conflict of interestRole of the funding source All sources of funding should be declared as an acknowledgement at the end of the text. Authors should declare the role of study sponsors, if any, in the study design, in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the manuscript; and in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication. If the study sponsors had no such involvement, the authors should so state. Please see http://www.elsevier.com/funding
At the end of the text, under a subheading "Conflict of interest statement" all authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could inappropriately influence (bias) their work. Examples of potential conflicts of interest include employment, consultancies, stock ownership, honoraria, paid expert testimony, patent applications/registrations, and grants or other funding.
Randomised controlled trials All randomised controlled trials submitted for publication in Burns should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart. Please refer to the CONSORT statement website at http://www.consort-statement.org/statement.html for more information.Ethics Work on human beings that is submitted to Burns should comply with the principles laid down in the Declaration of Helsinki; Recommendations guiding physicians in biomedical research involving human subjects. Adopted by the 18th World Medical Assembly, Helsinki, Finland, June 1964, amended by the 29th World Medical Assembly, Tokyo, Japan, October 1975, the 35th World Medical Assembly, Venice, Italy, October 1983, and the 41st World Medical Assembly, Hong Kong, September 1989. The manuscript should contain a statement that the work has been approved by the appropriate ethical committees related to the institution(s) in which it was performed. Studies involving experiments with animals must state that their care was in accordance with institution guidelines.
Patients and Study ParticipantsPreparation of electronic illustrations
Studies on patients or volunteers require ethics committee approval and informed consent which should be documented in your paper.
Patients have a right to privacy. Therefore identifying information, including patients¿ images, names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be included in videos and recordings, written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and you have obtained written informed consent for publication in print and electronic form from the patient (or parent, guardian or next of kin ). If such consent is made subject to any conditions, Elsevierl must be made aware of all such conditions. Written consents must be provided to the journal on request.
Even where consent has been given, identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note.
When submitting via the online system, authors are required to provide electronic versions of their illustrations. When an article has been accepted, authors must be prepared to provide all illustrations in electronic and camera-ready format. Information relating to the preferred formats for artwork may be found at http://www.elsevier.com/authors, and also on the online submission homepage http://ees.elsevier.com/jbur.Submitting your artwork in an electronic format helps us to produce your work to the best possible standards, ensuring accuracy, clarity and a high level of detail.
* Always supply high-quality printouts of your artwork, in case conversion of the electronic artwork is problematic.* Make sure you use uniform lettering and sizing of your original artwork.
* Save text in illustrations as "graphics" or enclose the font.* Only use the following fonts in your illustrations: Arial, Courier, Helvetica, Times, Symbol. Number the illustrations according to their sequence in the text.
* Use a logical naming convention for your artwork files, and supply a separate listing of the files and the software used.* Provide all illustrations as separate files and as hardcopy printouts on separate sheets. Provide captions to illustrations separately.
* Produce images near to the desired size of the printed version.A detailed guide on electronic artwork is available on our website: http://www.elsevier.com/artworkinstructions
Author enquiriesFor enquiries relating to the submission of articles (including electronic submission where available) please visit this journal's homepage at http://www.elsevier.com/locate/burns. You can track accepted articles at http://www.elsevier.com/trackarticle and set up e-mail alerts to inform you of when an article's status has changed. Also accessible from here is information on copyright, frequently asked questions and more.Contact details for questions arising after acceptance of an article, especially those relating to proofs, will be provided by the publisher.
Colour ReproductionSubmit colour illustrations as original photographs, high-quality computer prints or transparencies, close to the size expected in publication, or as 35 mm slides. Polaroid colour prints are not suitable. If, together with your accepted article, you submit usable colour figures then Elsevier will ensure, at no additional charge, that these figures will appear in colour on the web (e.g., ScienceDirect and other sites) regardless of whether or not these illustrations are reproduced in colour in the printed version. For colour reproduction in print, you will receive information regarding the costs from Elsevier after receipt of your accepted article.
Please note: Because of technical complications which can arise by converting colour figures to 'grey scale' (for the printed version should you not opt for colour in print) please submit in addition usable black and white prints corresponding to all the colour illustrations.References. All references listed in the References at the end of the article must be cited in the text. Indicate references by number(s) in square brackets in line with the text. The actual Authors can be referred to, but the reference number(s) must always be given. Where a reference is cited more then once in the text, the same number should be used each time. List: Number the references (numbers in square brackets) in the list in the order in which they appear in the text. References should take the following form:
 Van der Geer J, Hanraads JAJ, Lupton RA. The art of writing a scientific article. J Sci Commun 2000;163:51-9.Reference to a book:
 Strunk Jr W, White EB. The elements of style. 3rd ed. New York: Macmillan; 1979.
Reference to a chapter in an edited book:The titles of journals should be abbreviated as in Index Medicus. Note shortened form for last page number. e.g., 51-9, and that for more than 6 Authors the first 6 should be listed followed by 'et al.' For further details you are referred to "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals" (J Am Med Assoc 1997;277:927-934) (see also http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/terms_cond.html)Abbreviations and units of measurement. It is the journal policy to use SI units except for measurements of blood pressure where mmHg is preferred. For more detailed recommendations authors should consult Baron D.N. (ed.) (1977) Units Symbols and Abbreviations: A Guide for Biological and Medical Editors and Authors, 3rd Ed. London, Royal Society of Medicine.
 Mettam GR, Adams LB. How to prepare an electronic version of your article. In: Jones BS, Smith RZ, editors. Introduction to the electronic age, New York: E-Publishing Inc; 1999, p. 281-304
Accepted Manuscripts Copyright InformationUpon acceptance of an article, authors will be asked to sign a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' (for more information on this and copyright see http://www.elsevier.com/copyright). Acceptance of the agreement will ensure the widest possible dissemination of information. An e-mail (or letter) will be sent to the corresponding author confirming receipt of the manuscript together with a 'Journal Publishing Agreement' form or a link to the online version of this agreement.
Subscribers may reproduce tables of contents or prepare lists of articles including abstracts for internal circulation within their institutions. Permission of the Publisher is required for resale or distribution outside the institution and for all other derivative works, including compilations and translations (please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions).If excerpts from other copyrighted works are included, the author(s) must obtain written permission from the copyright owners and credit the source(s) in the article. Elsevier has preprinted forms for use by authors in these cases: please consult http://www.elsevier.com/permissions.
Proofs.Proofs will be sent to the author (first-named author if no corresponding author is identified on multi-authored papers) by PDF wherever possible and should be returned within 48 hours of receipt, preferably by e-mail. Corrections should be restricted to typesetting errors; any other amendments made may be charged to the author. Any queries should be answered in full. Elsevier will do everything possible to correct your article and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are returned to us in one all-inclusive e-mail or fax. Subsequent additional corrections will not be possible, so please ensure that your first communication is complete. Should you choose to mail your corrections, please return them to: Log-in Department, Elsevier, Stover Court, Bampfylde Street, Exeter, Devon EX1 2AH, UK.
Funding body agreements and policiesElsevier has established agreements and developed policies to allow authors who publish in Elsevier journals to comply with potential manuscript archiving requirements as specified as conditions of their grant awards. To learn more about existing agreements and policies please visit http://www.elsevier.com/fundingbodies.
As an author you (or your employer or institution) retain certain rights; for details you are referred to: http://www.elsevier.com/wps/find/authorshome.authors/authorsrights.
The corresponding author, at no cost, will be provided with a PDF file of the article via e-mail or, alternatively, 25 free paper offprints. The PDF file is a watermarked version of the published article and includes a cover sheet with the journal cover image and a disclaimer outlining the terms and conditions of use. Additional paper offprints can be ordered by the authors. An order form with prices will be sent to the corresponding author.