Instruction for authors

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1. Aims and scope

This international peer-reviewed journal promotes the development of research and practices in the field of therapeutic patient education:

  • publishing original quantitative and qualitative research,
  • helping multi professional teams to share evaluated experiences, methodologies, innovations,
  • stimulating critical thinking and informed debate about all aspects of therapeutic patient education,
  • promoting multidisciplinary approaches involving medicine, health sciences and humanities.

Each issue publishes original quantitative and qualitative researches, review articles, descriptions of educational practices and evaluated experiences, papers which develop theories, debates, critical analysis of specific policies and practices, book analysis (long articles: 7000 words; short articles: 3000 words). Images and videos may be accepted for the electronic format of the journal.

2. The submission stage

Authors have now to submit their manuscripts and all associated files via the web to the editorial office, and track the progress of their manuscript throughout the peer review process via the Manuscript Management System (MMS) available at Manuscripts should be sent in Word or RTF format. Please follow the instructions displayed on the screen after accessing the website.

All manuscripts submitted to the journal are made anonymous by the Editors-in-Chief before the review process begins.

Each article is firstly submitted to the analysis of the Editor in Chief and of a member of the Editorial Board or of the Scientific Committee to ensure that it is fully compliant with the aims and scopes of the journal.

If so, the article is submitted to two independent reviewers of the Editorial Board and/or of the Scientific Committee and/or outside peer reviewers in a double-blind process.

The evaluation by the reviewers is facilitated by using a standardized (open/closed) questionnaire.

Reviewers are advised that manuscripts must remain confidential until accepted and published, and that their identity will not be communicated to the authors.

Following the reviewer’s recommendations, the Editor-in-Chief decides that the article is:

  • Accepted without modification;
  • Accepted with small changes;
  • Accepted with major changes;
  • Rejected.

Afterwards, the authors send a revised version with a detailed response to reviewer’s comments. The latter approves or not these changes.

The revised version must be returned in 6 weeks maximum. The editor has full authority to accept / reject the re- submitted manuscripts.

Once accepted, the articles cannot be withdrawn or published elsewhere

Submitting an article implies that the work has not been published and is not being submitted for publication elsewhere. Publication of the manuscript must be approved by all authors. The authors will find all useful information concerning ethics in publishing by consulting

3. The acceptance stage

Once accepted by the Editorial Board, the manuscript will be sent to the production. EDP Sciences should receive for each figure the "native" electronic files (one file per figure), using one of the following formats: eps (preferably), tiff, bmp or jpeg. Files should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi; colour figures should be registered in CMYK.

4. Style guide

In order to make the correspondence between authors and the production department easier, the author should provide with his/her manuscript: name and address, phone number, e-mail, fax number (fax and phone numbers will not be published). The contribution of each author to the article should be precised.


In French and in English, it should be brief and informative. It must be followed by the authors' names and full addresses. The address should appear as: Laboratory/Institute, University, City, Country. For hospitals or other health institutions: Department, Hospital/Institution, City, Country.


In French and in English (about 200 words each), each one in a single paragraph, they present the content and the original data supplied, the main conclusions and any interesting results, structured according the following format: Introduction, Objectives, Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion (articles reporting original quantitative and qualitative researches, review articles) or Introduction, Objectives, Contributions/description, Conclusion (descriptions of educational practices and evaluated experiences, papers which develop theories, debates, critical analysis of specific policies and practices).

Keywords (in French and English)

The author should provide a maximum of five keywords. Keywords should be written in bold lowercase letters, separated by slashes: the plural form and uppercase letters should be avoided.
Abbreviations. A list of abbreviations should be provided at the beginning of the article.


The main body of the text must be precise and concise. It should be typed with double spacing; footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively with Arabic numerals. Information not essential to the understanding of the text is in Appendix at the end of the article or only published on line.

Units and symbols

The international system of units (SI) should be used. Latin locution will be written in italic.


Tables are numbered using Roman numerals (Tab. I), Figures Arabic numerals (Fig. 1). The author must call every Table and Figure in the text. In the paper version of the journal, figures will be printed in black and white (at no cost) or in color (prices available upon request). In the electronic version, the original colours of the figures will be reproduced at no extra cost. In case scanning is necessary, please provide good-quality originals for your figures.
Authors should keep in mind that the final reproduction of their figures essentially depends on the originals.
For best results, figures should be provided respecting the guidelines detailed below:

  • Final height of capital letters should be between 1.6 and 2.3 mm (10 to 12 point).
  • Avoid use of bold lettering.
  • Letter size should be homogeneous in size in all figures of the article.
  • Where possible, avoid using grey levels. Hatching is preferable.
  • For curves, standard symbols must be used .
  • Tables should be kept in their simplest form, lines and columns being unambiguously identifiable.

Important. Any reproduction of previously published figure or table must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder.


Acknowledgements should appear at the end of the main text. Any funding should be mentioned.


It is important to confirm the accuracy of bibliographic information in references. This has become more important with the online version. Hyperlinks will be programmed to enable readers to jump directly to the material cited. If your reference citations are incorrect or incomplete e.g., missing author name, or an incorrect volume number or page), the associated hyperlinks may fail, and the usefulness of your paper in the online environment may be diminished. All the references must be cited in the text by placing sequential numbers in brackets (for example, [1], [2,5,7], [8-10]). They should be numbered in the order in which they are cited. Authors may be cited in the text by name, but without initials. Authors should use layout and punctuation below in the final reference list. Examples:


  1. Warsi A. Self-management education programs in chronic diseases: a systematic review and methodological critique of the literature. Arch Intern Med 2004; 164:1641-1649.
  2. 2. D'Ivernois JF, Gagnayre R. Éducation pour la santé, éducation thérapeutique : quelles formations ? Santé publique 2006; 18:351-352.


  1. 1. Lacroix A, Assal JP. L' éducation thérapeutique des patients, nouvelles approches de la maladie chronique. 3e éd. Collection Éducation du patient, Paris: Maloine; 2004, p. 87-89.
  2. Bandura A. Social learning theory. New York: General Learning Press; 2004, p. 53-54.


  1. Conférence internationale des doyens de facultés de médecine d'expression française. Politique et méthodologie d'évaluation des de médecine et des programmes d'études médicales. CIDMEF; 2006, disponible sur : http//
  2. Haenni C, Anzules C, Golay A (2006). Art-therapy and body image: a new approach for obese patients. In: Proceedings of Therapeutic patient education, 2006 April 27-30, Florence, Italy. Book of abstracts; 2006, p. 49.

Note: when the reference has more than 6 authors, the journal cites 6 authors et al.

5. Proofs stage

Proofs will be sent to the first or nominated author by e-mail in PDF format and must be returned within 48 hours of receipt. Any major changes will be charged to the authors.


The PDF file of the article is provided free of charge at the final stage. The file is send to the author for correspondence. Printed copies may be purchased from the publisher at the proofreading stage.

6. Conflicts of interest, ethics and copyright

Conflict of interest

Authors should indicate whether or not they have a financial relationship with the organization that sponsored the research. They must also confirm that they have complete control over the primary data and that they agree to accept a possible review of this data by the journal.

When submitted, the manuscript must be accompanied by a correctly completed “declaration of conflict of interest” form. See international form at:

Any other conflict of interest, personal or not, must also be declared, particularly when the author is a member of the Editorial Board or of the Scientific Committee.

Education Thérapeutique du Patient – Therapeutic Patient Education subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE)

There are a number of types of academic misconduct, for which we draw special attention to the following: plagiarism, data falsification... That’s the reason why Education Thérapeutique du Patient – Therapeutic Patient Education subscribes to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) (

Authors are invited to comply with the "Recommendations for the conduct, presentation, writing and publication of research work submitted to medical journals", which have been established and made available by the International Commission of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) at:

Serious misconduct (for example, data fabrication, forgery, or plagiarism) is seriously taken into account and will be investigated. When a suspicion of fraud is confirmed, the available sanction is applied. Regularly, SimilarityCheck can be used by the journal to identify cases of plagiarism.

Statement of Informed Consent

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.

Statement of Human and Animal Rights

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national). If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the ethical standards, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach, and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should be asked to indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.


Proofs must be accompanied by a letter signed by one of the authors on behalf of all the co-authors according agreement to transfer the copyright.

7. Data sharing policy

Data sharing is the practice of making data used for scholarly research available to other investigators. The need to share data quickly has been pointed out, for example, in medicine, in the case of the development of new medicines and vaccines.

Many funding agencies, institutions, and publication venues have policies regarding data sharing because transparency and openness are considered by many to be part of the scientific method.

In Éducation Thérapeutique du Patient / Therapeutic Patient Education (ETP/TPE) journal, authors are invited to upload supplemental datasets related to their research to an online repository, making it available for both human and machine reading in order to further aid the acceleration of scientific discovery.

Authors are invited to prepare and deposit their data according to the FAIR data principles. FAIR stands for Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable. The principles are available here.

The dataset should be findable through a complete set of metadata, including a license for re-use and a data identifier (DOI or other). The dataset is accessible when access is open. Interoperable means that the data can be used and combined with other datasets in a format that is sufficiently widely distributed. Re-usability is achieved when the dataset is deposited with a corresponding Creative Commons open license and is downloadable. Further, re-usability includes that parameters show how this dataset has been collected and machine and experimental conditions are documented.

8. Contact

Any information concerning the production, offprints, colour figures, should be sent:
EDP Sciences
BP 112, 17, avenue du Hoggar
P.A. de Courtabœuf
F-91944 Les Ulis Cedex A

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