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Guidelines for Writing Manuscripts for the Manuscript Scholarship


There are three scholarships to be awarded as follows:

• First Prize - Best Manuscript Scholarship (500 Euro for the winner)
• Second and Third Prize – Best Manuscript Scholarship (Certificate of merit)

All award prize winners will receive a certificate of merit. The manuscript scholarships are prestigious awards for EDTNA/ERCA given to members for the papers which best exemplify the overall aims of the Association – to spread awareness of new, well researched work which develops and improves the knowledge base of our membership, enabling them to review their own practice and their care of patients with renal disease.

The closing date for the receipt of the manuscript in the EDTNA/ERCA Conference Department is 27 June 2014.

Sending the manuscript to the CONFERENCE DEPARTMENT
The manuscript must be written as a WORD document (MS Word 2003/2007/2010). No other method of submission is permitted. It should be sent as an email attachment together with an Application form to Martina SRNCOVA from the Conference Department –

Rules for presentation of manuscript

Length of manuscript: 3,000 words maximum (excluding references)
Language: English
Type script: Arial or Times New Roman
Font size: 12

Order of presentation

• Title of paper with your name and any acknowledgements. (E.g. Industry and/or the name of your hospital)
• Title of paper (without name of author)
• Main text
• List of references
• Pages must be numbered
• Work must be truly original and your own
• The work must not have been accepted for publication prior to being presented at the conference
• Any manuscript containing statistics will be reviewed by the EDTNA/ERCA professional statisticians
• You have to be present at the Conference to receive your Scholarship award

Publication of Manuscript

Please Note: Separate to the manuscript scholarship award, all manuscripts may also be submitted to the Journal of Renal Care by the author with a view to publication. However each manuscript like all those submitted to the Journal will be subjected to a peer review before acceptance (see JORC Author and Submission Guidelines

Written Manuscript Marking Criteria (MANUSCRIPT SCHOLARSHIP AWARD)

The manuscripts are judged on the following criteria:

1. Study design

• Is the design of the study sufficiently described?
• Was the design of the study appropriate to the objective?
• Was the sample of subjects appropriate with regard to the population to which the findings will be referred?
• Is the design of the study acceptable?

2. Analysis of statistics if used

• Were the statistical methods used appropriate for the data?
• Are the conclusions drawn from the statistical analyses justified?
• Is the paper statistically acceptable?

3. Contribution to Renal care

• Does the manuscript contain knowledge that will enhance the care of the person with renal failure? This may relate to your country specifically or on a European level

4. Originality of findings and implications for practice - these are more important than the originality of topic.

• New findings and new outcomes
• Application to practice
• Implications for change in practice which arise from you work

5. Comprehension

• Even if you are writing about a complicated subject your manuscript must be understoodby others who may not be experts in the field
• You should try to use plain language and good English. If English is not your native language find someone to check the manuscript for you
• You will not be penalised for your standard of English but it does have to be understood read well.

6. Objectivity with critical evaluation

• This manuscript will demonstrate your ability to professionally evaluate the subject you are writing about, with reference to other work done in the same areas
• Using references you can offer proof of the relevance of your work

7. References

• References (between 8-15 refs) show you have read about your subject and show proof of other work to substantiate your own findings.
• Please use references as shown below in the modified Harvard style: In the text the authors' names should be cited followed by the date of publication, e.g. Ormandy (2008). If two or more works have the same originator and year, lower-case letters given after the year distinguishes them. Where there are three or more authors, the first author's name followed by et al. should be written in the text, e.g. Sutton et al. (2008).

Ormandy P. (2008) Information topics important to chronic kidney disease patients: a systematic review, Journal of Renal Care 34(1), 1-9.

Sutton D., Hollingdale R., Hart K. (2008) Questionnaire to evaluate and elucidate patients perceptions of renal dietary advice, Journal of Renal Care 34(3), 143-150.

8. Overall quality of work

• This means the whole presentation, which complies with the recommended format, should be a pleasure to read.

If any of the above guidelines are not complied with the manuscript will not be considered eligible for the manuscript scholarship

• Tables and photos are permitted but ensure appropriate copyright

Dr  Helen Noble
Scientific Programme Chair


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Guidelines for writing manuscripts