The Hong Kong Journal of Paediatrics (HKJP) is a joint
publication of Hong Kong College of Paediatricians (HKCPaed) and 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; the number of tables, figures, or both should normally
be not more than six, and references not more than 50.
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 to 4.
Commentaries Commentary on current topics
are welcome. Length should not exceed 1,200 words; no tables or figures
allowed, and references should not be more than 20.
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 word-processed or typed double-spaced
on one side of good quality A4 (210 x 297 mm) paper. Pages should
have margins of 1 inch (25 mm). Three copies of the manuscript should
be sent. If possible, a floppy disc (preferably 3.5") prepared
on IBM-compatible personal computer can be sent as well. Authors must
use a common software program. Discs should be labelled with : manuscript
number; author names; manuscript title; program and file name.
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.
Ethical considerations will be taken into account in
the assessment of papers that have experimental investigations of human
or animal subjects. An appropriate institutional review board approval
should be obtained.
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. Lancet
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.
Type or print out each table double-spaced on a separate sheet of A4 paper.
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.
Submit 3 complete sets of figures. Illustrations include photographs,
photomicrographs, charts and diagrams, and these should be camera-ready.
Freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. Illustrations should
be sharp, glossy black-and-white photographic prints, and no larger than
210 x 297 mm. Letters, numbers and symbols should be clear and of sufficient
size to retain legibility when reduced. Titles and detailed explanations
should be confined to legends and not included in illustrations. Costs
of colour printing will be charged to authors.
Number illustrations consecutively according to the order
in which they have been first cited in the text. Each figure should be
identified clearly on the back with a label which states its number, name
of first author, short form of title, and an arrow to show orientation.
Photomicrographs must have internal scale markers and include magnification.
Photographs of persons must be retouched to make the subject unidentifiable,
or be accompanied by written permission from the subject to use the photograph.
All illustrations require legends, typed on a separate page, double-spaced
and with arabic numbers corresponding to the illustrations. Explain the
internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.
Declaration of Conflicts of Interest
Authors are responsible for disclosing explicitly all
financial and personal relationships that might be perceived as influencing
their work in the submitted manuscript.
Twenty-five offprints are supplied free to the leading author of each
published paper. Extra reprints can be ordered at the time of proof-reading
at a cost.
The HKJP is published quarterly and distributed to all members of HKCPaed
and all members of HKPS as part of their membership. It is also available
to non-members on subscription. The rate for four issues is HK$600 per
year for Hong Kong delivery.
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, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine Jockey
Club Building, 99 Wong Chuk Hang Road, Aberdeen, Hong Kong. [Fax: (852)
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