Instructions for Authors

Authors wishing to submit a news item, feature article or obituary for the JTO should, in the first instance, submit a synopsis of 120 words explaining what the article is and its relevance within the JTO. This should be emailed to [email protected]. This will then be passed on to the Editorial Team for confirmation that the subject matter will be appropriate for publication. You will receive an email from the JTO team indicating their decision. In some cases the Editorial Team will request to see the full article based on synopsis. This, however, does not guarantee publication.

Subspecialty Section articles are commissioned by an appointed Guest Editor.

The JTO does not publish audits or case reports.

To have an article printed in the journal, you must be a member of the BOA.


Word Limit

News stories should be no longer than 250 words.

Articles about Specialist Society meetings should be no longer than 250 words and must include an image.

Obituaries should be no longer than 250 words and should include a photo.

Feature articles and Subspecialty Section articles should be no longer than 1,500 words. Please be aware that the Editorial Team reserves the right to reduce the content where appropriate.

References are not included in the word count but will be included separately on the BOA website in the JTO section and will not be included in the print version of the journal. References should be supplied in the Oxford Referencing format.



All articles should include images, illustrations, graphs, tables etc. where possible – this is strongly encouraged. These, however, should not be embedded into the article but should be sent as separate image files to the JTO team with clear file names pertaining to figure numbers or the image title. An indication within the article should identify where the image should be inserted. The article should state a short title/caption for each image.

Please note that it is the responsibility of the author/s to obtain permission from the copyright holder to reproduce figures or tables that have previously been published elsewhere.

A patient’s identity must be removed in all figures (i.e., x-rays, MRIs, charts, photographs, etc).  Informed written consent is required from any potentially identifiable patient or legal representative.


Important items to note

You must submit with your article and images; a photo of yourself and a short bio in the third person (no more than three sentences).

You will be sent a Copyright Form following your article submission and this should be returned by email (signed, dated and scanned – e-signatures are acceptable) to [email protected] or posted to JTO Team, BOA, 35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE.


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor are strongly encouraged and should be sent to [email protected]. The Editor will review your letter and, in most cases, will publish it with a relevant response.