Bulletin Editor Header Image, Ramai Santhirapala

The Bulletin is the quarterly magazine for members of the Royal College of Anaesthetists, featuring a wide range of insights from across the specialty, as well as news from the College. Last year we launched the digital Bulletin, giving you full access to the magazine on any device in any location.  

From October 2023, the Bulletin will transition to a digital-only format, available to all members through My RCoA, your personal membership portal. If you haven’t already set up your account, please register on My RCoA to access this benefit.  

If you haven’t done so already, it’s very easy to register for your My RCoA account. Just go to the My RCoA and click 'Join'. You'll need the email address linked to your membership. 


Articles for submission, together with any declaration of interest, should be sent to the Editor, Dr Ramai Santhirapala. Please ensure you have read the submission guidelines below before sending us your article.

  • Articles should be emailed in Word to bulletin@rcoa.ac.uk.
  • Titles of articles should be no more than six words.
  • The author’s full name, position/grade and hospital must be included. NOTE: The submitting author is automatically designated as the corresponding author for the article and will be used as the primary contact for approval of proofs and any queries. Their email address will also be included with the article.
  • Please submit a colour headshot of the main author with the article. However, because of space limitations and if there are three or more authors, it may not be possible to include any author images with the article.
  • Articles should be no more than 800 words which includes any references, further reading, tables figures or graphs. The average table, figure or graph will take up the space of around 200 words so please adjust the word count accordingly.
  • All articles must include at least one high resolution photograph to illustrate the article.
  • Images, including author photos, must be submitted in JPG format and be at least 270dpi in resolution (this means the file size should be around 2–3MB). Graphics and/or illustrations should be submitted in JPG, PDF, EPS or AI format. We are unable to accept images, graphics or illustrations embedded within a Word file as the quality is just too poor. Please do not submit files in PNG format.
  • Tables should consist of simple text with no complex formatting and preferably with no more than seven columns. Each table, figure or graph must have a title. It is preferable to submit the original Excel file for charts and graphs so that they can be formatted to fit with the Bulletin style.
  • Please declare any conflict of interest when you submit the article.
  • Copy deadlines for each issue can be found below. Note that issues are planned well in advance and often (but not always) follow a particular theme. You should therefore be aware, that even though an article is submitted by the deadline, it will not necessarily be considered for that corresponding issue.
  • Please spell out all abbreviations and/or acronyms within the text.
  • The author should be listed first in any references, and journal titles should be abbreviated.
  • All Bulletin articles will be sent to a professional proofreader prior to publication. Formatted proofs, along with the proofreader's updates, will then be sent to the author by email for approval.
  • It is our aim to confirm whether an article has been accepted for publication within four to five weeks of its submission, following review by the Editor and Editorial Board.
  • All contributions will receive an acknowledgement and the Editor reserves the right to edit articles for reasons of space or clarity.


  1. Submissions are accepted for consideration with the understanding that they have been submitted exclusively to the Bulletin of the College, who assume the copyright, patents, designs and trademarks concerning all material accepted.
  2. Submissions must not have been published previously in print and/or electronic media, either in whole or in part, neither may they be under consideration for publication elsewhere in print and/or electronic media.
  3. Submissions published, accepted, or submitted for publication may not be published elsewhere without the express permission of the College.
  4. The author(s) confirm that if a patient or any other individual(s) can be identified in the article either in the text or by digital medium, then the written consent of such individual(s) is obtained and presented with the article.
  5. The author(s) confirm they have obtained written permission for the use of any copyrighted material. 

Letters to the Editor

Please submit letters for publication to bulletin@rcoa.ac.uk.

A representative sample of submissions will be selected, edited and included in the next available issue of the Bulletin (space permitting). Please note that the views and opinions expressed are those of the individual authors concerned and not necessarily of the College itself. Letters should be no more than 250 words which includes any references.


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Production schedule

Issue Copy deadline Published
January 2024 Friday 27 October  Monday 1  January
April 2024 Friday 9 February Monday 1 April
July 2024 Friday 3 May Monday 1 July
October 2024 Friday 2 August Monday 1 October