Proposing an article
If you have a case that you would like published on Essential ACHD please email a very brief outline of it to We are looking for cases that illustrate the everyday practice of ACHD and that are of educational value to non-specialists. New articles should illustrate an aspect of ACHD that we have not previously covered. We are happy to publish multiple articles on a specific topic but there should be at least some aspect that is novel in any new article.

Google account
Essential ACHD is hosted on Google Sites and the author will require a Google account to publish articles. If you don't have a Google account you can create one here.

Writing an article
Each article is allocated its own web page and it is the author's responsibility to generate the page's content and ensure that it is correctly formatted. 

Once we have provisionally accepted your article we will create a blank web page for you to edit. We will need the email address linked to your Google account to register you as a site user. You will be granted permission to edit your article's web page but will not be able to edit other pages on Essential ACHD. Once the article is finalised it will be made publicly available and you will no longer have permission to edit it (if you would like to make changes later just let us know and we can reactivate your permission to edit the page). 

Articles should be written succinctly. Don't leave out important details but do write efficiently. Include some discussion of the main point or points that the case illustrates. In general, 5 or 6 references should be plenty. You may wish to include a reference as recommended further reading.

When you are happy with your article email us at to let us know that it is ready to assess. If we are also happy with it we will make it publicly available, although we may ask you to make some changes first.

The title
Please choose a factual title that closely describes the content of the case, rather that something more oblique or imaginative, such as a reference to a classic novel. Readers will be more able to understand what the article is about.

Article format
We have a standard format for articles. Please pay particular attention to the formatting instructions and have a look at the first couple of articles we published here and here. Without wanting to sound too much like a school teacher, we will be rather pernickety about the correct format. If an article doesn't fully conform it won't be made public and we simply don't have the time to correct formatting ourselves.

Images and movies
There is limited storage space on a Google site. Therefore, we can't store images movies on the site itself. Images for Figures will be stored on our Google+ account and movies will be stored on our YouTube account. This means that the author will not be able to insert images or movies directly. Instead, email the files to and we will insert them at the appropriate place. 

Please use the minimum file size that that gives sufficient quality for the web for both images and movies. 1 or 2 cardiac cycles of an echo or MRI is likely to be too short for readers, so use a video editor to create a few repeating loops. 

Anonymisation and consent
All patient related information must be fully anonymised. We require signed written consent from any patient whose information is published on Essential ACHD. Download the consent form here and when completed email a scanned copy or a photo to We will not keep the completed form on our Google account but on our secure hospital server.