Author Guidelines


In this section you will find information on the entire submission process for Dovepress Journals. This includes how to format the paper, the language guidelines, referencing, the use of data & clinical trials and the acceptance process. These resources ensure the quality of the journal submissions and that the articles have the best chance of acceptance.

A summary of some of these sections are:

Manuscript preparation

This provides guidelines to the formatting requirements for a submission to Dove Medical Press, with instructions for formatting the document (margins, spacing, etc) and the text (spelling, abbreviations, etc).

Manuscript template

The template provided at this link can be used to ensure that the manuscript meets Dove specifications for formatting and structure of the text. The template can be downloaded and saved to your computer.

Manuscript structure

This section contains a detailed breakdown of each section that the manuscript will contain, as well as all disclosures and acknowledgements that are required by Dove Medical Press. The section also includes criteria for inclusion in the author list.

Figures and tables

This contains specifications for the formatting of figures and tables, including technical requirements such as file types and naming, and graphic requirements such as font size and image resolution.

Clinical trial registration

This provides a clear definition that authors may use to determine if their study will be considered a clinical trial. The section sets out Dove’s requirements for registration of any clinical trial involving human subjects.

Reference style guidelines

In this section, authors will find style requirements for references and examples of how to reference different kinds of material, such as journal articles, books, etc.

Article type definitions

Authors may use these detailed descriptions of different paper types accepted by Dove Medical Press (case reports, reviews, etc) to decide how to label their paper during the submission process.

Invited reviews

This section explains Dove’s polices and procedures for commissioned reviews – please view this section if you have been approached by Dove to write a review paper.

Video abstracts

Here you will find technical specifications and editorial guidelines for authors wishing to include a video abstract in their submission. The section provides examples of video abstracts and instructions on how to submit a completed video.

Guide to submission status indicators

As your manuscript moves through the submission and publication processes, you will see a status indicator for the manuscript in the dashboard of your user account. This section explains each of the status indicators used by Dove Medical Press.


This section provides guidelines for using Dove’s Online Correction Tool, which authors will use to check and amend manuscript proofs during the editorial process.

Does your manuscript need to have its English improved?

Here you will find a link to Dove’s recommended English-language editing service.

Updated 22 February 2024