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The Bulletin of the Royal College of Surgeons of England (RCS England) aims to amplify the voice of the entire surgical community – cultivating diversity and innovation by raising awareness and discussing key issues within the profession, showcasing forward-thinking initiatives, and publishing topical, credible research.
The Bulletin publishes peer-reviewed original research, feature articles, surgical news, and letters as well as regular columns and editorials.
The Bulletin has two primary goals:
These two goals are best served by a journal that is first and foremost a credible, peer-reviewed, professional publication. To do this effectively, we break from the conventional template for membership organisations by committing to complete editorial independence, and a willingness to publish content that may be controversial, not necessarily aligned with RCS England policy, and that, on occasion, challenges the received wisdom of the profession.
So, the Bulletin is not only the membership journal for RCS England’s 29,000+ members worldwide. It is a strong voice shaping conversations around healthcare, surgery and the NHS, raising awareness of important issues such as mental health, professional behaviours and diversity. It has a remit to challenge ingrained norms and change the profession for the better – ultimately advancing surgical care for everyone, not just surgeons.
Please read the manuscript guidelines below carefully to check that your article meets the criteria for submission, then click the link above and follow the on-screen instructions. If you have not submitted through this site before, you will be required to create a new account.
The first version of your submission will be sent for peer review. If you submit additional parts at a later date, they will not be considered as part of your paper.
Do not submit your paper more than once. If you are asked to make revisions, please follow the instructions in ScholarOne and upload your revised manuscript to your existing submission record.
As part of the submission process, authors are required to comply with all of the following points. Submissions may be returned to authors who do not adhere to these guidelines.
Please read our Open Access policy here.
The author/s will retain copyright for all content published in the Bulletin.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England are a member of the Committee of Publication Ethics (COPE) and expect all authors and members of our Board to uphold the ethical standards and integrity described in the COPE guidelines. RCS England journals will pursue cases of suspected research and publication misconduct (including falsification, fabrication, plagiarism, inappropriate image manipulation, redundant publication and authorship misdemeanours). In such cases, we will follow the processes set out in the COPE flowcharts.
Authors found guilty of misconduct can expect their behaviour to be reported to the head of the relevant institution, and if appropriate, a retraction, an expression of concern or a correction may be issued. If you have concerns regarding the legitimacy of an article published in any of the RCS England journals, please report it to [email protected] and it will be investigated with due diligence by the Editor-in-Chief and the Editorial Board.
Please find our full Ethics policy here.
The Royal College of Surgeons of England is a member of CrossCheck. All accepted manuscripts are subject to plagiarism screening to verify the originality of content submitted before publication, and we reserve the right to decline publication if a manuscript is found in breach of the guidelines.
Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere.
No patient identifying information should be published in written descriptions, photographs, or multimedia material unless essential, in which case written informed consent must be provided.
Authors are entitled to appeal against a rejection decision made by a journal. Appeals should be submitted to the journal via email to [email protected]. We must receive your valid appeal within four weeks of the original decision, otherwise it will not be considered. An appeal is considered an extension of the peer review process, so you should not submit your article to another publication while an appeal is ongoing.
To be considered, appeals must directly address the reason(s) given for the initial rejection decision. If reviewer reports were included with the decision letter, then these criticisms must be responded to in the appeal, however, you should not prepare and submit a revised version of your article with the appeal. Appeals that are received late, do not address reviewers’ criticisms, are dismissive of the reviewer comments, or contain offensive language will not be considered.
Valid appeals will be sent to a member of the journal’s Editorial Board for consideration. Where possible, an independent member of the Editorial Board who was not connected to the original decision will oversee the appeal.
If successful, an appeal may result in the decision being rescinded and a continuation of the peer-review process. If the appeal is rejected, then the original rejection decision is upheld and no further consideration of that article is possible.
For enquiries, contact the publications team at [email protected].