Authors can improve the speed of publication of their manuscript by strict adherence to the requirements, style and format of each journal, set out in the Instructions for Authors.
On Manuscript Submission all authors are requested to sign the Author's Signature Form (PDF file) which includes sections on order of authorship, declaration of commercial interests and agreement to pay for colour figure charges.
At Provisional acceptance the authors are sent a Checklist for Revised Manuscripts to act as a reminder to return, with their revised paper, other vital items such as a copy of the revised manuscript in which the changes have been highlighted and a detailed response to the referees comments. In the case of studies that include Randomised Controlled Trials, authors are requested to conform to the CONSORT guidelines.
At Final Acceptance, the corresponding author is sent a Copyright Form (PDF file) to sign on behalf of all the authors.