author instructions

Write a Review article on Rare Disease

Instructions for authors

1. Rare Diseases Review (RDR) articles should be easily understandable to students, patients and non-specialist readers.

2. Article may contain medical and/or technical terms, however these terms should be appropriately explained either in the body of the article or as legend.

3. Articles should be based on published authentic scientific reports.

4. Authors are suggested to refer to public scientific databases such as PubMed*, Cochrane Reviews* or any other authentic sources that the author trusts in his or her discretion.

5. Unpublished or unproven treatment techniques, only with anecdotal patient success stories are discouraged.

6. Tables and/or figures, if necessary, may be included in the article to enhance the understandability for the readers. Each table and figure should have a brief title.

7. Authors may stick to conventional classification of diseases or simplify them for clarity but may not modify it.

8. References may be included at the end of the article and should be sequentially numbered. Limit references to most relevant ones.

9. Rare diseases with regional significance (specific to certain geographic area, like a country or a region within a country) may have a separate section within the article.

10. Articles may have the elements in the order shown below:

Title of the rare disease

Brief description of the disease

Overall prevalence (incidence or prevalence)





Disease in the regional context, if applicable

Historical information on the disease, if available

Author’s name, qualification, affiliation (if any) and date


11. Precise, informative article is the aim of RDR database. Avoid long articles with repetitions. Article length of less than one thousand words is ideal.

In addition to 'simple reviews', if authors have a complete scholarly article on any rare disease that might be useful to medical practitioners and research scientists, it will be considered for publication in a cohort forum that might suit a select audience.

Author responsibilities:

1. Authors should respect copyright ownership of published scientific articles, elsewhere and in this database. As this database operates on volunteer authors and reviewers, it lacks elaborate resources to monitor copyright violations. Nevertheless, submitted articles will be randomly subjected to identify copyright infringement.  Responsible conduct of authors is paramount. This in turn would help the mission of developing RDR into an authentic and genuine database in its own right

2. In the event of reviewer’s criticisms being substantial, the author will be asked to rectify those criticisms and resubmit the article.

3. After the publication of the article, if the same author or another contributor feels that the article can be improved substantially on the basis of new data, the procedure remains the same: article submission followed by review process and publication.

4. Author, on the basis of involvement with RDR database and quality of his/her article, may be requested to review articles on rare diseases submitted by other authors. Author and the reviewer together will be acknowledged in the published article.

Submit Your Review

Submitting your rare disease review article has 2 parts. Start the submission process.

* PubMed from US National Library of Medicine:

* Cochrane Reviews: