The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds

The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds

2015 Impact Factor: 1.366
2015 Ranking: 111/200 in Surgery | 39/61 in Dermatology
2016 Release of Journal Citation Reports, Source: 2015 Web of Science Data

Ragjopal Mani, DSc, FACA, FIPEM University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK

eISSN: 15526941 | ISSN: 15347346 | Current volume: 15 | Current issue: 4 Frequency: Quarterly

Now Indexed in MEDLINE!

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The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds concentrates on in-depth multidisciplinary reviews of evidence-based diagnostic techniques and methods, disease and patient management, and surgical and medical therapeutics for lower extremity wounds such as burns, stomas, ulcers, fistulas, and traumatic wounds.

The journal emphasizes the science and practice of lower extremity wound care from major theoretical advances to tested clinical practice. Such care includes soft tissue reconstruction, musculoskeletal surgery, neurologic depreciation, prosthetics, and the legal and economic implications of wound management. The journal also offers evaluations of assessment and monitoring tools, dressings, gels, cleansers, pressure management, footwear/orthotics, casting, and bioengineered skin.

The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds presents focused original articles, literature reviews, case reports, and commentaries about specialized topics by leading wound physicians, vascular and orthopedic surgeons, diabetologists, podiatrists, nurses, and other health-care specialists, such as:

  • Preventing and healing wounds
  • Early signs of tissue breakdown
  • Infection control
  • Debridement of wounds
  • Objective assessment
  • Significance of the size, color, and depth of wounds
  • Skin care management
  • Difficult-to-heal wounds due to a number of conditions which compromise circulation
  • Revascularization
  • Alternative and complementary care integrated with conventional care
  • Advanced wound care technologies such as hyperbaric oxygen therapy and wound vacs

This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).


The International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds is a quarterly publication for clinicians and researchers working in lower extremity wound care management. The journal is an international, peer-reviewed publication featuring original contributions of interest to all those involved in the treatment and research of lower extremity wounds. The journal features original articles, case reports, paradigm shifting reviews as well as articles focusing on soft tissue reconstruction, musculoskeletal surgery, neurologic depreciation, prosthetics, and the legal and economic implications of wound management. The Journal will appeal to a large interdisciplinary audience. Papers will be recruited from and will appeal to vascular surgeons, reconstructive plastic surgeons, podiatrists, orthopedic foot and ankle specialists, pedorthotists, interventional radiologists, physiatrists specializing in amputee rehabilitation, and physical therapists.

Ragjopal Mani, DSc, FACA, FIPEM University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, Southampton, UK
Associate Editor
Kittipan Rerkasem, MD, PhD Chiang Mai University, Chiang Mai, Thailand
Editorial Assistant
Venk Mani, MA Brighton and Sussex Medical School, Brighton, UK
Editorial Board
Sadanori Akita, MD, PhD Nagasaki University, Nagasaki, Japan
F. Javier Aragón Sánchez, MD, PhD Unidad de Pie Diabético / Diabetic Foot Unit, Hospital La Paloma / La Paloma Hospital, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain
Somprakas Basu, MBBS, MS, FACS, FACRSI, FICS, FAIS Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Vickie Driver Department of Surgery, Orthopoedics, Brown University, USA
Mike Edmonds, MD, FRCP King’s College Hospital, London, UK
Xiaobing Fu, MD, PhD Wound Healing and Cell Biology Laboratory, The First Affiliated Hospital (304th Hospital), Beijing, China
Finn Gottrup, MD, DMSc Copenhagen Wound Healing Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
J.P. Hong, MD, PhD Asan Medical Centre, Catholic University of Korea, Seoul, S. Korea
Miltos K. Lazarides, MD, PhD Demokritos University Vascular Centre, Alexandroupolis, Greece
Shuliang Lu, MD, PhD Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
Matthew Malone Liverpool Hospital, South Western Sydney LHD, Liverpool, Australia
Nikolaos Papanas, MD, PhD Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece
Massimo Papi, MD, PhD La Sapienza University, Rome, Italy
Alberto Piaggesi, MD, PhD Universitaria Pisana Via Paradisa, Pisa, Italy
Marco Romanelli, MD, PhD Wound Healing Research Unit, Università di Pisa, Pisa, Italy
V K Shukla, MB, BS, M Chir Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi, India
Luc Teot, MD Hôpital Lapeyronie, Montpellier, France
Luigi Uccioli, MD Università di Roma Tor Vergata, Complesso Integrato Columbus, Roma, Italy
Aristides Veves, MD, DSc Harvard Medical School, Microcirculation Lab and Joslin-Beth Israel Deaconess Foot Center, Boston, MA, USA
Vijay Viswanathan, MD, PhD, FRCP MV Hospital for Diabetes, M Viswanathan Diabetes Research Centre; WHO Collaborating Centre for Research, Education and Training in Diabetes, Chennai, India
Kevin Y. Woo, PhD, RN, FAPWCA West Park Healthcare Centre, Queen's University, Toronto, Canada
Ting Xie, MD, PhD Ninth People’s Hospital Affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine, Shanghai, China
Consulting Editors
TK Hunt, MD University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, USA
TJ Ryan, DM, FRCP Hillhouse, Oxford, UK
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  • The Journal

    The aim of the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds is to promote the science, education and practice of wound management through original papers, review articles, seminars/debates on contentious topics and letters to the Editor. The Journal is a multidisciplinary medium for a similar readership. The vision of the Editorial Board is to offer a constantly updated textbook through the contents of the Journal. Submissions will be subjected to a double-blind peer review process using two referees.

    Peer Review Policy

    IJLEW adheres to a rigorous double-blind reviewing policy in which the identity of both the reviewer and author are always concealed from both parties.

    As part of the submission process you will be asked to provide the names of peers who could be called upon to review your manuscript. Recommended reviewers should be experts in their fields and should be able to provide an objective assessment of the manuscript. Please be aware of any conflicts of interest when recommending reviewers. Examples of conflicts of interest include (but are not limited to) the below:

    • The reviewer should have no prior knowledge of your submission
    • The reviewer should not have recently collaborated with any of the authors
    • Reviewer nominees from the same institution as any of the authors are not permitted

    Please note that the Editors are not obliged to invite any recommended/opposed reviewers to assess your manuscript.

    Type of Articles

    Original Research Papers:

    We encourage you to present manuscripts with:

    • A strong opening or background section that states the aim of the work
    • Study design for example prospective, randomised/non randomised, quasi or controlled, double or single blind/open
    • Setting for example single/multicentre
    • Reference to approved Ethics or Institutional Review Board permission (see Research Ethics section below for details)
    • Materials and Methods
    • Data Analysis
    • Results
    • Discussion
    • References
    • Acknowledgements

    Guidance on submitting figures and tables are presented under Instruction to Authors.

    Case Reports: A Case Report is an uncontrolled original observation which has value within the clinical setting. Authors intending to submit a case report should discuss the dilemma posed by the situation (by the clinical problem) and the solution offered, and discusses the learning outcome in the background of current evidence and knowledge.

    Case Series: Case series are n expansion of a single case report – it is a set of uncontrolled observations with a common theme.

    Letters to the Editor: Letters are welcome. Letters are not edited and may be accompanied by a small figure/graph seeking to illustrate a point. Letters will not be subject to the referee process and will present authors’ views; not necessarily in concord with those of the Editors/Journal Management.

    Reviews: IJLEW publishes systematic, invited, perspective reviews. Reviews are subject to the same process to ensure the highest quality is maintained. Reviews should be a critical synthesis of the current evidence, paradigm shifting and 4000 words long covering diagnosis, management, basic wound science, and health economics of wounds. 

    Seminar reviews: Reviews on contentious themes relevant to wound management are sought. These features will be of the order of 4,000 words, well-illustrated and will serve to update experts on changing perspectives. These features will serve as tutorials.

    Invited Editorial Articles: These articles are usually 1,000 words in length, using the same referencing format as for other papers in the IJLEW.

    Manuscript Preparation

    Style - Papers should be highly readable while clearly presenting messages. The page size for this journal is 8.5 x 11 inches.

    Title Page - Authors are encouraged to choose an informative though catchy title. Please also supply a condensed title no more than five words for the running head. Include academic titles and full contact details (addresses, telephone and fax numbers of at least the corresponding author + e-mail) of all authors. Authors are requested to 4 key words for indexing purposes.

    Authorship: Once submitted the named list of authors in a manuscript may not be changed. An exceptional circumstance may arise in the case of a manuscript undergoing "major revision". An example is when "major revision" includes new and / or different statistical analysis to acknowledge which an additional colleague's contribution may need to be recognised. In such a case, the Contact Author should write to the Editor-in-Chief explaining the circumstances presenting clearly the difference made by the additional colleague.

    Conflict of interest - A conflict of interest or a partial conflict of interest must be declared at the time of submission (see additional information below).

    Abstract - There should be an abstract serving to introduce readers to the aim and message implicit in the paper. The abstract is merely a word document without any sections.  Compose your abstract as if it were a submission to a conference where the acceptance of your paper depends on the abstract.

    Give as much relevant data to make it outstanding: for example, ”The results showed a statistically significant difference (p=0.001, Student T test) “ or “ these analytical data strongly suggest the need for a paradigm shift in our management of....”

    Avoid buzz words/phrases and made up words which will lengthen the Abstract but diminish its impact on readers.

    IJLEW does not have INTRODUCTION OR BACKGROUND as Section Headers.

    Figures and Tables- Papers should include line diagrams and high quality black & white reproductions. Authors are encouraged to discuss the use of colour reproductions. Also, please be informed that fees for any figures printed in colour will be $800 for the first colour and $200 for each additional colour. It is free of charge for the Online Issue only. Any further queries dealing with the colour figures should be directed to the production editor at SAGE at the following email address: 

    The Keywords Page facilitates indexing and retrieval services so please choose your identifiers with great care.

    References - References should be in AMA style (see example below):

    References in the manuscript should be superscripted, written in numerals with no brackets or parenthesis in the order these appear in the Reference Section.

    A correctly formatted submission reduces editorial office time in processing the manuscript.  Read your completed manuscript with great care editing typo and other errors.

    Typical entry for a journal

    Smith J, Canton EM. Weight based administration of dalterparin in obese patients. Am J Health-Syst Pharam. 2003;60(7);683-687

    If the journal does not have a volume or issue number, use the issue date.

    Typical entry for a Letter of Editorial (place the article type in brackets [ ])

    Whitcomb ME. The April issue: required reading [editorial]. Acad Med. 2007;82(4):319-320.

    Typical entry for a Book

    Davis NM. Medical Abbreviations: 26,000 Conveniences at the expense of Communications and Safety. 12th ed. Huntingdon Valley, PA: Neil M Davis Associates; 2005:173.

    References to websites - These are permitted as valid references but must include the date accessed.

    Personal Communications – These should be entered into the main text as (Author followed by statement) and should not appear in the reference section.

    Acknowledgements - Grant support for part of or the whole work presented in the review should be acknowledged on the last page following references. 

    Photographs and line drawings should be clear with as much detail to help the reader.


    Papers should only be submitted for consideration once consent is given by all contributing authors. Those submitting papers should carefully check that all those whose work contributed to the paper are acknowledged as contributing authors.

    The list of authors should include all those who can legitimately claim authorship. This is all those who:

    (i) made a substantial contribution to the concept and design, acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data,
    (ii) drafted the article or revised it critically for important intellectual content,
    (iii) approved the version to be published.

    Please refer to the ICMJE Authorship guidelines at


    Any acknowledgements should appear first at the end of your article prior to your Declaration of Conflicting Interests (if applicable), any notes and your References.

    All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be listed in an ‘Acknowledgements’ section. Examples of those who might be acknowledged include a person who provided purely technical help, writing assistance, or a department chair who provided only general support. Authors should disclose whether they had any writing assistance and identify the entity that paid for this assistance.


    To comply with the guidance for Research Funders, Authors and Publishers issued by the Research Information Network (RIN), IJLEW additionally requires all Authors to acknowledge their funding in a consistent fashion under a separate heading. Please visit Funding Acknowledgements on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway to confirm the format of the acknowledgment text in the event of funding or state in your acknowledgments that: This research received no specific grant from any funding agency in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

    Declaration of conflicting interests

    It is the policy of IJLEW to require a declaration of conflicting interests from all authors enabling a statement to be carried within the paginated pages of all published articles.

    Please include any declaration at the end of your manuscript after any acknowledgements and prior to the references, under a heading ‘Conflict of interests’. If no declaration is made the following will be printed under this heading in your article: ‘None declared’. Alternatively, you may wish to state that ‘The Author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interest’.

    When making a declaration the disclosure information must be specific and include any financial relationship that all authors of the article has with any sponsoring organization and the for-profit interests the organization represents, and with any for-profit product discussed or implied in the text of the article.

    Any commercial or financial involvements that might represent an appearance of a conflict of interest need to be additionally disclosed in the covering letter accompanying your article to assist the Editor in evaluating whether sufficient disclosure has been made within the Declaration of Conflicting Interests provided in the article.

    For more information please visit the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    Research ethics

    All papers reporting animal and human studies must include whether written consent was obtained from the local Ethics Committee or Institutional Review Board. Please ensure that you have provided the full name and institution of the review committee and an Ethics Committee reference number.

    We accept manuscripts that report human and/or animal studies for publication only if it is made clear that investigations were carried out to a high ethical standard. Studies in humans which might be interpreted as experimental (e.g. controlled trials) should conform to the Declaration of Helsinki and typescripts must include a statement that the research protocol was approved by the appropriate ethical committee. In line with the Declaration of Helsinki 1975, revised Hong Kong 1989, we encourage authors to register their clinical trials (at or other suitable databases identified by the ICMJE, If your trial has been registered, please state this on the Title Page. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate on the Title Page which guideline/law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

    Patient consent

    Authors are required to ensure the following guidelines are followed, as recommended by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors, Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be infringed without informed consent. Identifying information, including patients' names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, and pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that a patient who is identifiable be shown the manuscript to be published.

    Identifying details should be omitted if they are not essential. Complete anonymity is difficult to achieve, however, and informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance that alterations do not distort scientific meaning and editors should so note. When informed consent has been obtained it should be indicated in the submitted article.

    Contributor’s publishing agreement

    Before publication, SAGE requires the author as the rights holder to sign a Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement. SAGE’s Journal Contributor’s Publishing Agreement is an exclusive license agreement which means that the author retains copyright in the work but grants SAGE the sole and exclusive right and license to publish for the full legal term of copyright. Exceptions may exist where an assignment of copyright is required or preferred by a proprietor other than SAGE. In this case copyright in the work will be assigned from the author to the society. For more information please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    IJLEW and SAGE take issues of copyright infringement, plagiarism or other breaches of best practice in publication very seriously. We seek to protect the rights of our authors and we always investigate claims of plagiarism or misuse of articles published in the journal. Equally, we seek to protect the reputation of the journal against malpractice. Submitted articles may be checked using duplication-checking software. Where an article is found to have plagiarized other work or included third-party copyright material without permission or with insufficient acknowledgement, or where authorship of the article is contested, we reserve the right to take action including, but not limited to: publishing an erratum or corrigendum (correction); retracting the article (removing it from the journal); taking up the matter with the head of department or dean of the author’s institution and/or relevant academic bodies or societies; banning the author from publication in the journal or all SAGE journals, or appropriate legal action.


    Authors are responsible for obtaining permission from copyright holders for reproducing any illustrations, tables, figures or lengthy quotations previously published elsewhere. For further information including guidance on fair dealing for criticism and review, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions on the SAGE Journal Author Gateway.

    How to Submit Your Manuscript

    Online submission and review of manuscripts is now mandatory for all article, research note, and commentary manuscripts.

    New User Account

    Please log onto the SAGE Track website at

    If you are a new user, you will first need to create an account. Follow the instructions and please be sure to enter a current and correct email address. Creating your account is a three-step process that takes a matter of minutes to set up. When you have finished, your User ID and password is sent via email immediately. Please edit your user ID and password to something more memorable by selecting “Edit Account” at the top of the screen. If you have already created an account but have forgotten your details, type your email address in the “Password Help” field to receive an emailed reminder. Full instructions for uploading the manuscript are provided on the website.

    New Submission

    Submissions should be made by logging in and selecting the Author Center and the “Click here to Submit a New Manuscript” option. Follow the instructions on each page, clicking the “Next” button on each screen to save your work and advance to the next screen. If at any stage you have any questions or require the user guide, please use the “Get Help Now” button at the top right of each screen.

    To upload your files, click on the “Browse” button and locate the file on your computer. Select the designation of each file (i.e., main document, submission form, figure) in the drop down next to the browse button. When you have selected all files you wish to upload, click the “Upload Files” button.

    Review your submission (in both PDF and HTML formats) then click the “Submit” button.

    You may suspend a submission at any point before clicking the “Submit” button and save it to submit later. After submission, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. You can also log back into your author center at any time to check the status of your manuscript.

    Please ensure that you submit editable/source files only (Microsoft Word or RTF) and that your document does not include page numbers; the International Journal of Lower Extremity Wounds SAGE Track system will generate them for you, and then automatically convert your manuscript to PDF for peer review. All correspondence, including notification of the Editor’s decision and requests for revisions, will be by email.

    Submitting a Revised Manuscript

    Authors submitting revised manuscripts should follow the instructions above to submit through the SAGE Track system. To create a revision, go to the “Manuscripts with Decisions” option in your Author Dashboard and select “Create a Revision” in the “Action” column. Authors of all revised submissions should, when prompted, provide information explaining the changes in your manuscript, as this will be provided to reviewers.

    Copyright - Once an article is accepted, a copyright transfer form will be mailed to you electronically. All named authors have to sign and return this at the urgently for the process to continue seamlessly.

    English Language Editing Services

    Authors seeking assistance with English language editing, translation, or figure and manuscript formatting to fit the journal’s specifications should consider using the services offered by SAGE Language Services. Visit SAGE Language Services on our Journal Author Gateway for further information

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