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Practise Page

Guidelines for submitting articles

We ask that articles submitted are written by yourself and should aim to be concise and informative. As a rough guide, content and depth of knowledge should be focused towards a training grade UK paediatrician.

  • Please do not copy and paste text from other sites.

It is suggested that you follow standard headings for medical/scientific articles. Eg. Introduction, incidence/prevalence, aetiology, diagnosis, etc.

Submit an article by Email

By far the easiest method is to write your article and email the text and any images to us and we will do the rest! It'll save you plenty of time formatting the document to 'look pretty' online, and we're happy to do the work for you! Your article will be attributed to you on the page.

If you wish to submit an article by email rather than writing it directly into the site, please send your text (copied into an email) and any images to:


Finding an existing page to view or edit

The menu on the left of the screen allows you to navigate around the site:

  • Index page: all alphabetical list of every page on the site
  • Contents by topic page: lists the various topics or 'chapters' in the site
  • Search bar: search for any topic you are interested in. All relevant results will be shown.

Editing an existing page

  • Nearly all pages on the site can be edited by all members. Only a very few are protected from editing, for example this page and others related to the running of the site.
  • To edit a page, first go to that page, using one of the methods above. At the top of each editable page (not this one!) is an 'edit' tab. Click on this, and the page will open such that you can edit the text.
  • At this point, it looks quite different since the layout contains formatting for the text, which consists of extra symbols to make words appear as titles or in bold / italics. It may look a little confusing at first.
  • Essentially, whatever you type now will appear on the website. You will see a few buttons at the top of the screen that allow you to format the text, for example underlining/bold/italics. Hover over the buttons to see what they do. Follow the link at the bottom of this page to go to the practice page if you wish.
  • Saving your work: Once you have finished, first click on the 'preview' button at the bottom of the screen. This will allow you to see what your handiwork is going to look like. At this point you can make some additional adjustments to the formatting of your text to make it easier on the eye. Once you are happy, hit the 'save page' button. This will take you to the normal page view, where you work is done! Don't forget, you can click the edit button at the top at any time to improve or alter your work.
  • For tips of formatting your work, see below.
  • If you don't hit the 'save page' button, your work will not be saved.

Creating a new page

  • Make sure you first check that the page does not already exist, or someone has written a similar article / topic under a slightly different name (use the index and contents pages and search bar)
  • Choose the name of the new page carefully. Avoid symbols such as apostrophes and hypens that might cause problems when searching for a page.

Creating the new page:

  • type the title of your new page into the search bar. Use capital letters as appropriate. Eg: 'Paracetamol Poisoning'
  • When a page doesn't exist, after searching you will be given an option to 'create this page'.
  • Click on the link to create the page. You will be taken to the 'Editing' screen directly, where you can begin typing your article, as described above.
  • Use the 'show preview' button to assess the visual appearance of your work.
  • Ensure you 'save this page' when you are happy with your work.
  • The page will automatically be added to the index page and will be found when people search for terms included in the page. It will only be added to the contents page if you have assigned a 'Category' to your page (see below).

Adding a Table of Contents

This is automatically added when a page has four or more sub-sections.

Formatting text (titles, bold, italic, etc.)

Your text can be formatted to improve its visual appearance and make it easier to read on the screen. The easiest way is to highlight your text and click on a button at the top of the editing screen, for example to make the text bold or italic.

You can also quickly learn a few basic formatting techniques. If you are editing or adding to an existing page, looking at what has been written before and the results it produces is a good way to see how it works. Again, go to the practice page (link below) if you wish.

  • Sub-section titles: create these by putting two 'equals' signs around your title. eg: ==sub title==
  • Bullet points: A star * at the beginning of your text creates a bullet point
  • Bold: highlight your word and use the button at the top of the editing box. Or type three apostrophes either side of the words you want bold. Eg: '''Bold Text''' and it will appear bold.
  • Italics: Similar to BOLD. Put two apostrophes around the text. Eg: ''Italic Text'' and it will appear italic.

Creating a link to other pages

When you are writing an article, you may mention other topics. For example here I will mention the Practise Page. The power of websites such as is in interconnecting relevant pages, and it is easy to do, though you need to get the spelling correct, including capital letters, for the title of the page you want to link to.

  • Creating a link: for example, to create a link to the practice page type the title of the page surrounded by two square brackets at each end.
  • Creating a link, but using words which are NOT the title of the page. For example, if you wanted to use the words 'have a practice here' to link to the Practice page:
  • You may need to hunt around your keyboard to find the vertical line symbol '|'.

Assigning a 'Category' to your new page

  • When you have created a new page, it is good practice to add it to a Category or topic, for example specifying it as 'Cardiology' or 'Rheumatology', etc. This will allow other to find your page when browsing topics of articles, much like using a text book.
  • The link 'Contents by Topic' in the menu on the left of the website takes you to a page of all the categories so far specified on the site. Check here to see if the category your article fits best is already listed (note the spelling and use of capital letters carefully).
  • The category is specified in a similar way to adding links to other pages, as described above.
  • For example to classify a page as 'Rheumatology':
    • Go to the bottom of your article and add the text: [[Category:Rheumatology]]. For a different category, you would type [[Category:whatever]]
  • A site editor will add a category to your page if you do not do so.

Adding an image or diagram to your page

Please do not add pictures with excessively large file sizes. '

  • First, upload your image to the site using the 'upload file' button at the bottom of the menu on the left
    • Name the file carefully and remember what you called it (case sensitive)

An image is inserted using similar 'text' to that described above to link to another file:

  • To insert an image (basic):
    • type into your page text: [[Image:filename]] for example [[Image:Eye.jpg]]
  • To specify the position of your picture on the page type:
    • [[Image:image.gif|right]]
  • To add text to the image when the mouse hovers over, add it as text:
    • [[Image:iamge.jpg|right|Alternative text]]
  • to specify the size of the picture (in pixels - use the 'show preview' button to get it right:
    • [[Image:imagename.gif|250 px|]]

Have a practise on the Practise Page.

  • you can use the picture found on the Main Page, it's filename is: Eye.jpg

Site Editors

Site editors may come across your new page and tidy up some of the formatting to improve the appearance, or to add links to relevant pages. However, the site is large and they may not make it to your page. Try to create pages which are neat, informative and useful from the outset.

Have a practise

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