ME/CFS Primer/Education Bulletins Instructions for Authors

The Bulletin of the IACFS/ME is the online journal of the International Association for CFS/ME and is published quarterly.  The Bulletin aims to address the topic and symptom of fatigue stressing interdisciplinary clinical and basic research, patient care, education, and health policy.  

The Bulletin is a forum for publishing original research, case reports, short notes for rapid communication, reviews of the literature, and book reviews to stimulate scientific knowledge and debate.  Letters to the Editor as well as conference proceedings will also be considered for publication.

Manuscripts accompanied by a cover letter must be submitted by e-mail to at the Bulletin editorial office by the first or corresponding author.  If tables, illustrations, or pictures included in the manuscript were used elsewhere, copyright permission for reproduction must be obtained prior to publication in the Bulletin.  Questions associated with manuscript submission to the Bulletin should be directed to

Manuscript Preparation:  Manuscripts must be written in clear, concise, and correct American or British English with pages numbered sequentially.  Manuscript style must be uniform throughout the text using at least 10 pt Times New Roman font. Submitted manuscripts will not be edited for style or language, and may be rejected if the quality of submission is compromised by grammatical errors. The full term for an abbreviation should precede its first appearance in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

Manuscripts and tables need to be submitted in MS Word or PDF format.  Figures, tables, and illustrations have to be submitted as separate files in TIFF or JPEG format.

Manuscripts for research articles submitted to the Bulletin should include:

  • Cover letter outlining the scope of the submitted manuscript, identifying any potential conflicts of interest and copyright issues, and acknowledging contributions from other collaborators and funding sources;
  • Title page with manuscript title left aligned and written in Upper and Lowercase style (i.e., Brain Glucose Utilization in CFS).  Author affiliation must be identified by a numbering system, the corresponding author is identified by an asterisk (i.e., Smith1*).  All authors need to provide their full names and complete addresses of their affiliated institution(s).  The corresponding author also needs to provide phone and fax numbers as well as e-mail address.
  • Abstract should not exceed 250 words for review and research papers and 150 words for letters and rapid communications.  The abstract should be structured as follows: Background, Methods, Results, Conclusions;
  • Main text must begin on a separate page. For research articles, an introduction must be followed by methods, results, discussion, author’s contributions, acknowledgments (substantial contributions by others than the authors, funding sources, any potential conflict of interest), and references.  References must be in AMA style listed numerically by order of appearance in the text (for examples see: Reference numbers should be given in round brackets in the text. For review articles, letters, and rapid communications, the manuscript should be divided into title page, abstract and the main text.

All manuscripts submitted for publication in the Bulletin will be submitted for peer review. The corresponding author will be solely responsible for ensuring that the revised version of the manuscript incorporating all the submitted corrections receives the approval of all the authors of the manuscript.

Guidelines for letters to the editor:

Letters to the editor are welcome. Only letters discussing an article that appeared in the most recent issue of the Bulletin will be considered for publication. Letters cannot have more than three authors, word count cannot exceed 400 words and no more than five references should be cited. Selection of letters for publication will be at the discretion of the editors and may be edited and abridged. Please review the instructions for authors for formatting instructions.