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Instructions for authors

B-ENT publishes original basic science and clinical research papers, case reports, invited reviews/state of the art, papers presented at meetings of the Royal Belgian Society for ENT, Head and Neck Surgery and reports.

Manuscripts are received under condition that they are original contributions, are not simultaneously submitted elsewhere and have not been previously published.

Transfer of copyright to B-ENT is a prerequisite of publication and all authors must sign the transfer form.

Manuscripts should be written in English and are subject to international peer review (three referees at least). Revision may be required as a condition of acceptance.

These instructions apply to all submissions. Authors should follow the most recent instructions.

Reports presented at the Belgian ENT society are agreed upon by the administrative council, prior to submission under specific instructions.


The entire work may be presented in any major word processing software, double spaced on DINA4 paper format, 3 cm margins, in Time New Roman 12 points. The main part of the text should not exceed 10 printed pages.

Electronic submission of manuscripts is encouraged and can be mailed to:

Electronic submission of manuscripts is required:

Manuscripts are to comply with the following sequence:

  • Title Page
  • Abstract - Keywords
  • Introduction
  • Materials and Methods, or case report
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • References
  • Tables and table legends
  • Figures and figure legends.
Each of these elements should begin on a new page. All pages are to be numbered in the right upper corner starting with #1. A running title without author’s name should be put on top of every single page (left upper corner).

Case reports

Case reports can only be considered under the conditions of being really exceptional and containing clinical, diagnostic and/or therapeutic elements of highest importance and relevance.

This should be stated in an accompanying letter.

The number of references should not exceed 15. There should be at least 1 reference to a recent publication in B-ENT.

Title page

This page will contain

  1. the title (succinct and maximum 75 characters, spaces included),
  2. the author’s name(s), degree(s), affiliation(s) and address(es),
  3. the running title of no more than 45 characters and spaces,
  4. the financial support or founding when applicable,
  5. the address for correspondence,
  6. the name, date and place of the meeting, when presented at a meeting.


Page two should contain a structured abstract and the key words. English title of the article is followed by the abstract text of maximum 250 words (1750 characters) outlining in order

  1. the problems/objectives,
  2. the methodology,
  3. the results and
  4. the conclusions. For case reports, the structured abstract should not exceed 150 words.


Provide up to five key words according to the MeSH® (Medical Subject Headings-Annotated Alphabetic List), National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, Maryland.


The main part of the text starts on page 3 and is to be divided in five sections with the following headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods or case report, Results, Discussion and Conclusion(s). The introduction should be limited to two or three paragraphs of pertinent information. The discussion should not be an exhaustive review of literature; it should be succinct and limited to conclusion(s) based on the results.

For case reports the Materials and Methods and Results sections are replaced by the Case report(s).

Abbreviations and style

Use generic names for drugs. List supplier of manufacturer for products and instruments; include supplier’s city and country. Audiograms should be plotted according to ISO standards and must be in black and white. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use unless it is a standard unit of measurement.


References must be listed, double-spaced, in consecutive order (order of citation in the text, not alphabetically). All references must be cited in the text or tables by means of numbers in superscript without brackets. "Unpublished observations" and "personal communications" do not qualify as references and should be placed parenthetically in the text. The author is responsible for the references’ accuracy and completeness. The number of references should not exceed 25 (15 for case reports). References to articles published in journals must include 1) all author(s)' name(s) and initial(s); 2) title of the article; 3) title of the journal as entered in the Index Medicus and in italic; 4) year of publication; 5) volume number 6) issue number between round brackets 6) opening and closing pages: do not omit digits from inclusive page numbers. Please note spacing and punctuation. The year followed by a semi-colon, the volume number, the issue number between round brackets, a colon, the initial page number, a hyphen, the final page number, and a period are set without spaces. The guidelines of the American Medical Association must be followed.

Verstraete WL, De Cauwer HG, Verhulst D, Jacobs F. Vocal cord immobilisation in diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis (DISH). Acta Otorhinolaryngol Belg.1998;52(1):79-84.

References to books are to be arranged as follows: 1) author(s)’ name(s); 2) title of the book; 3) publisher; 4) place of publication; 5) year of publication

Diener HC, Wilkinson M, Ed. Drug-induced headache. Springer Verlag, New York: 1988.

References to chapters in books are to be arranged as follows: 1) author(s)’ name(s)’; 2) title of chapter; 3) editors’ name(s), Ed(s); 4) title of book; 6) publisher; 5) place of publication; 7) year of publication; 8) opening and closing pages. Do not omit digits from inclusive page numbers.

Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathologic properties of invading micro organisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr, Sodeman WA, Eds. Pathologic physiology: mechanisms of disease. Saunders, Philadelphia, 1974:457-472.


Each table should be numbered in consecutive order and presented on a separate page in double spacing and mentioning the manuscript’s title. The legend should contain all the necessary information so that the table and legend may stand alone, independent of the text.


Electronic transmission of illustrations and photographs is recommended, as separate files or integrated within the text file of the manuscript. Illustrations should be delivered in a JPEG or TIFF format, with a resolution of 300 dpi (possibly compressed).

Each illustration should have a separate legend and be numbered in consecutive order.

Colour, magnification and internal scale marker are to be indicated for photo micrographic material.

Four black and white illustrations will be published free of charge.

Colour plates are at the author’s expense.


The author(s) is (are) responsible for obtaining written permission to reproduce previously published material from the copyright holder. Enclose all letters granting permission at the time the manuscript is submitted for publication.

Proofs and PDF-file

Galley proofs are sent electronically to the first author, who is entirely responsible for correcting proofs. Alterations to the manuscript should be indicated in red, printer’s errors in blue. Authors should check text, tables, legends and references care­fully for accuracy and correctness.

The corrected proofs and instruction for reprints are to be returned, within five days of receipt, to the Secretary of the Editorial Board.

A PDF-file of the published article will be sent to the author of correspondence.

Manuscript checklist

  • double spacing, 3 cm margin, font size 12 points
  • references
  • running title
  • keywords