The South African Ophthalmology Journal has released guidelines for authors who wish to contribute to its pages. It includes information related to referencing, images and language style.

The South African Ophthalmology Journal is the official mouthpiece of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa.

The SA Ophthalmology Journal is a peer-reviewed scientific journal and the official mouthpiece of the Ophthalmological Society of South Africa. It appears on a quarterly basis.

1. A cover sheet is to be submitted with each manuscript. It should contain the title of the manuscript, the names of all authors in the correct sequence, their academic status and affiliations. The main author should include his/her name, address, phone and email address.

2. Articles should be the original, unpublished work of the stated author. All materials submitted for publication must be submitted exclusively for publication in this journal. Written permission from the author or copyright holder must be submitted with previously published figures, tables or articles.

3. The Editor reserves the right to shorten and stylise any material accepted for publication.

4. Authors are solely responsible for the factual accuracy of their work.

5. Articles should be between 2 000 and 3 000 words in length. A 200-word abstract should state the main conclusions and clinical relevance of the article.

6. All articles are to be in English and are to follow the Vancouver style.

7. Abbreviations and acronyms should be defined on first use and kept to a minimum.

8. Tables should carry Roman numerals, I, II etc., and illustrations Arabic numbers 1, 2 etc.

9. References should be numbered consecutively in the order that they are first mentioned in the text and listed at the end in numerical order of appearance. Identify references in the text by Arabic numerals in superscript after punctuation, e.g. …trial.13

10. The following format should be used for references: Articles: Kaplan FS, August CS, Dalinka MK. Bone densitometry observation of osteoporosis in response to bone marrow transplantation. Clin Orthop 1993;294:173-78. Chapter in a book: Young W. Neurophysiology of spinal cord injury. In: Errico TJ, Bauer RD, Waugh T (eds). Spinal Trauma. Philadelphia: JB Lippincott; 1991: 377-94.

11. Articles are to be submitted by email to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof Nagib du Toit at the following email address: nagib.dutoit@uct.ac.za. The text should be in MS Word. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the following order wherever possible: Title page, abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgements, tables and illustrations, references.

12. All figures, tables and photographs should also be submitted electronically. Each figure must have a separate self-explanatory legend. The illustrations, tables and graphs should not be imbedded in the text file, but should be provided as separate individual graphic files, and clearly identified. The figures should be saved as a 300 dpi jpeg file. Tables should be saved in a PowerPoint document or also as a 300 dpi jpeg.

13. Authors should declare any interests, financial or otherwise, regarding the publication of their article