A report / write up will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to the Vision Science Academy’s “The VSA Blog” alone at that point in time and has not been published or presented anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere.

We accept any scientific write up, case reports, case series, scholarly posters.

All contributions will be initially assessed by the editor for suitability for the journal. Reports with insufficient originality, no adhering to the submission guidelines, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message may not be considered for publication. Vision Science Academy (VSA) has a single blind review process. The submissions from the editor’s desk will go to a reviewer for scientific content reviewing. The submission might need some modifications depending on the reviewer’s suggestions. The Editor is responsible for the final decision regarding acceptance or rejection of articles. The Editor’s decision is final.

Reports accepted for publication might require revision from the author for finalising modifications for grammar, punctuation, publication style, and format. Proofs will be shared with the author and the author is expected to return the corrected proofs within the suggested timeline. It will not be possible to incorporate corrections received after the specified period.

General Submission Guidelines

  • Submission email ID: blog@visionscienceacademy.org / blogpost@visionscienceacademy.org
  • July 2024 Blog Competition Submissions: contest@visionscienceacademy.org
  • Document Format:
    • Word limit: no more than 500 words, excluding referencing list and figure legends.
    • Font style: Arial Font, justified, regular (black)
    • Title: Formatted in regular case, Bold, Font size 16
    • Subheadings: Font size 14, bold
    • Text body: Font size 12, Regular
    • Spacing : 1.15 for the text
    • Page numbers to be included
    • Title page contains name of the author, highest qualification, current designation, and affiliation
    • Make sure the text alignment is justified. Perform a grammar and spell check for the entire document to avoid any evident mistakes.
    • Plagiarism strictly not allowed. This might result in rejection of the submission.
    • A patient consent form: any article that contains personal medical information about an identifiable living individual requires the patient’s explicit consent before we can publish it.
    • Blogs which require relevant justification are allowed up-to 600 words upon clearance by the Editorial Board
    • Declaration of interest: All authors must disclose any financial relationships with other organisations or industry that could inappropriately influence (bias) their writing. For example, if author is presenting a particular technology or device from a company a summary of declaration of interest statement is required disclosing the financial sponsorship details. If there are no interests to declare please state “The blog is written solely for education purpose, and it does not have any financial support and conflict of interest.” Otherwise, detailed disclosure in a declaration of interest form would be mandatory. Author can request it from the editor’s desk.

Note: Text format are preferred to be in continuous sentence form, use bulleted points if it is necessary for the content

Content preparation guidelines

  • English language guidelines
    • Consistent use of UK English / British English
    • Write the full term for each abbreviation at its first use.
    • Provide Keywords (at least 3) relevant to your content.
    • A sentence should not start with But or And (find alternatives).
    • For a brand name of instrument: supply the manufacturer’s name and address (city and state/country).
  • Tables:
    • Tables should be self-explanatory and should not duplicate textual material
    • Place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading
    • Tables need to be included in the write up file numbered in Arabic letters starting from 1.
  • Figures:
    • Provide appropriate and interesting explainer pictures (300dpi) to your write up to make it appealing to the readers. You can try to be innovative in using such pictures to grab readers’ attention.
    • No more than 5 figures, can be combination of images and graphs in *JPEG/*TIFF format
    • The maximum file size with in 2MB
    • Figures should be numbered sequentially according to the order in which they have been first cited in the text. To be numbered in Arabic letters starting from 1
    • If the image is taken from a webpage or any published sources, courtesy should be stated
    • Upon acceptance, Figures need be shared separately in JPEG or TIFF format
    • Patient’s privacy should be maintained

Note for Table and Figure legends: Arial font 10 in Italics with line spacing 1. Each table and figure should contain self-explanatory caption/legend.

  • Referencing:
    • Scientific sources referred for the report preparation should be cited and presented in the reference list. Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned. Identify references in text, tables, and captions by Arabic numerals superscripted under parenthesis above the line. For e.g., XXXXXX. (1)
    • Referencing style needs to be uniform, preferably APA, Vancouver format

Blog Submission

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