ATOTW Authors Page
Welcome to the Authors Page for Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW).
ATOTW tutorials are written for anaesthetic providers on a wide range of topics relevant to anaesthesia and critical care. To date, hundreds of authors from across the world have shared their knowledge by writing a tutorial on a topic that interests them. Once published, the tutorial is e-mailed to our subscribers from over a hundred countries. The tutorial is also added to our Virtual Library and is always available to download from the WFSA website.
Are you interested in writing a tutorial for ATOTW?
Please send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org and include the following information:
- Your name
- Contact e-mail address
- Job title and grade
- Hospital name and country
- If you have an idea of a tutorial title or topic that you would like to cover, please also include this in your e-mail
Please note, you do not need to complete the ‘Tutorial Registration Form’ at this stage
Frequently Asked Questions
I am interested in writing a tutorial. What is the first step?
The first step is to e-mail us at email@example.com with your name, contact e-mail address, job title and grade, and the hospital and country where you work. If you have an idea of a tutorial topic please also include this in your e-mail, although this is not essential and there is further information available on the authors page of our website. Please do not start writing a tutorial until you have made contact with us and received a reply.
Who can write a tutorial for ATOTW?
Most of our authors are anaesthetists, although you do not have to be. All our topics should be relevant to anaesthesia and critical care. Many of our authors are trainee anaesthetists who will generally write a tutorial under the supervision of a consultant that they regularly work with. If you are in doubt about whether you can contribute to ATOTW, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am an anaesthesia trainee. Can I write an article?
Yes. Many of our authors are trainees in anaesthesia or critical care. If this is the case, we ask that you work under the supervision of a consultant, or experienced clinician. If you have any questions about this, please contact us directly at email@example.com.
What topics areas does ATOTW aim to cover?
We aim to cover any topic that is relevant to anaesthesia and critical care. Topics can be linked to basic science, clinical practice or new developments in anaesthesia and critical care. Our tutorials are subcategorised into eight different sections: General, Intensive care, Paediatrics, Obstetrics, Pain, Regional, Basic Science and Paitent Safety. We are always open to ideas for tutorial topics, so please contact us if you have a suggestion. While choosing a topic, please also consider the topics we have already covered, accessible through our Virtual Library.
What is the process for writing a tutorial?
An outline of the process is available on the authors page of our website, titled ‘Tutorial Writing Flowchart’. There are a few steps that need to be completed prior to writing a tutorial. These steps are taken to ensure that the tutorial topic is appropriate and not already in progress with another author. We will request an outline of the tutorial and assign one of our editors to work with you. Once the topic has been accepted by your primary editor, you will be asked to complete the ‘Tutorial Registration Form’ (found on the authors page) and send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once we have received this form, you can start writing your tutorial, in accordance with our ‘Tutorial Writing Guidelines’. We ask that you aim to complete the first draft within 8 weeks. Your editor will then make any suggestions for improvements and this process may take a further few weeks to complete. The finished tutorial is then be submitted to us along with the ‘Final Submission Checklist’. We will format this into the ATOTW layout before publication and aim to publish all tutorials within three months of final submission to us, although normally sooner than this.
I would like to write a tutorial but I don’t have a topic idea
Don’t worry – you do not need to have a topic idea in order to write for us. However, we do encourage all authors to suggest a topic or area of particular interest because it is likely you will be more enthusiastic to write about this. When thinking of possible topics, please look at those already published in our Virtual Library archive available on our website. If, however, you cannot think of a suitable topic then we can make suggestions for you to consider – please just write to us at email@example.com with your details and we will contact you.
How long does it take to write a tutorial from start to finish?
This varies greatly depending on the topic and author. All our tutorials must be original work and of high quality and it takes a significant amount of work to complete a finished article. From starting the writing process, it may take many weeks or even months to reach a final draft of your tutorial. It is, however, a highly rewarding process and will be used by anaesthetists worldwide for many years to come!
Can I include pictures, diagrams or tables in my tutorial?
Yes, we strongly encourage the use of pictures and diagrams in our tutorials. However, these must be the author’s original work or have the necessary permissions. If this is not possible, it may be necessary to reproduce photographs, illustrations or diagrams. We can help you with both requesting permissions and with providing illustrations, so please e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions regarding this.