Letters should not exceed 800 words and 10 references, and the full names, job positions (eg, Senior Lecturer), departments (if applicable), institutions/companies, and locations (eg, Auckland) of the letter's author(s) must be placed at the foot of the letter. Contact details are optional - if an email address is listed on the letter, it will be published.

Authors may also submit Research letters, which may be slightly longer (maximum 1000 words, 12 references and no abstract).

References should be in the Vancouver style and numbered consecutively in order of appearance in the text—using superscript numbers:1

Consideration should also be given to submitting longer letters as Viewpoint articles.

Go to www.manuscriptmanager.net/nzmj to submit your letter (at the Abstract section put n/a or not required).

All letters to the editor are reviewed, and most are sent for external peer review.

The Journal does not hold itself responsible for statements made by any of its contributors. Statements or opinions expressed in the Journal reflect the views of the author(s) and do not reflect official policy of the New Zealand Medical Association unless stated as such.