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BMH 4cite: publications showcase

Introduction and overview

We recognise that world-class research is being conducted across our academic community. To broaden visibility of this exceptional activity to a wider audience we have introduced a publications showcase for our best published outputs.

The 4cite webpages provide an online platform to highlight the Faculty’s high-quality papers and showcase the breadth of science within the Faculty. 

We encourage you to submit your best publications to this showcase and look forward to receiving outstanding work from FBMH being received and presented.


There is a submission call four times a year where we ask researchers to submit a recently published peer-reviewed article for consideration on the 4cite page. 

Submission deadline 4cite publication date 
February April
May July
August October
November January







Outputs submitted for consideration, will be reviewed by the 4cite committee which will consist of members of the Faculty’s Leadership Team, REF panellists and the ADs for REF and Impact.

To submit a paper for consideration, you will need to complete the submission form. We ask that authors follow the content guidance below.

Submitting a paper

To submit a paper for consideration, download and complete the Submission Form [MS Word doc, you will need your UoM login to download the form]

The submission does not have to be completed by the PI/author.

The completed form should be submitted by email to:

If your submission is successful

If your paper is accepted for inclusion in 4cite, you will be notified by the 4cite Committee. 

You will have the opportunity to review your submission form content before it is added to the website to ensure it is accurate and up to date. You will not be able to review the webpage before it goes live.

Guide for completing the submission form

Each selected paper will have its own 'abstract page' designed to present the essential details of your paper in a manner that appeal to a diverse audience, whilst still maintaining scientific authority.

The aim of these pages is to whet the readers' appetite, incite curiosity, help them explore our research and provide the conceptual tools to lead them to the full paper.

The audience for these pages are diverse, intelligent and well informed, for example:

  • Academic colleagues in different fields.
  • Graduates and professionals in related fields.
  • Curious and engaged graduates and undergraduate students.
  • People looking for something a bit more scientifically rigorous than popular science.

The content used on this page is the same as that needed to complete your submission form.

Guidance on completing the submission form template is in the accordions below. Please refer to this when completing the template.

All sections need to be completed before submission.

Short title

Length: Up to 12 words.

The full title will appear on the abstract page – this is a snappier version used for links and where a shortened version is required.


Length: no more than 20 words.

A short, interesting descriptive sentence about the research.

This will be used on the landing page listing for the paper, and may also be used in publicity via social media (e.g. UoM, BMH twitter feeds).  

The abstract

Length: no more than 200 words long.

As you might guess, the heart of this page is the abstract of the output.

The abstract of your paper will need some revision to make it more understandable for a less-specialised audience but it’s important to maintain a consistent and authoritative approach.

Aim for scientifically sound and readable.

Guidelines for style

  • Abstracts should be written clearly and simply so they are accessible to readers in other disciplines and whose first language is not English
  • Specialised terminology can be used, as long as it is also featured in the ‘Key Facts’ area (see below)
  • Start with a short statement describing the key advance/achievement of the paper, then explain in more detail, with appropriate background
  • Conclude by making a statement about what this will lead to/what the next stages are/what the applications/impact of the research may be (as appropriate)


  • Follow these if possible, but readability is most important:
    • Write about "the research" not "the paper"
    • Don’t write "we" or "our"
    • Don't name drop in the abstract itself; instead write e.g. "computer scientists...." or "researchers..." (Names of researchers are linked to the site later)
    • Don’t anthropomorphise. (e.g. not "graphene’s")
    • Locate the research at The University of Manchester (e.g. “Researchers at The University of Manchester…”)

Key facts

Length: <20 words per bullet; up to 5 bullets.

This section should help the reader understand key concepts and terminology. Engage the reader with interesting facts, and provide context.

3-5 facts or concepts related to the research paper.

Keep each bullet point to one or two short sentences.

Be creative: include anything that you think is exciting about your research and paper that doesn’t fit in the abstract.

Be generous and don’t assume: include information that you might think is basic but essential to the reader's understanding. 

You may want to, for example:

  • Define specialised terminology
  • Define abbreviations and symbols
  • Identify research that the paper is linked to
  • Interesting concepts or equipment used
  • Awards and recognition for the research, researchers or groups, etc.
  • Be creative. Imagine the type of titbit that might pop up on QI or at a dinner party

links to authors

Length: NA

Authors who work at The University of Manchester will have links to their individual research profiles within the Authors section.

Authors who work at external institutions will have their institution or lab, as listed on the published paper, linked in the 'Partners' section. Please bear this in mind when providing the links.

Links to partners

Length: NA

Links to outside organisations involved in the research (as listed on the paper).

Links to news

Length: <20 words per bullet/link

Set of links to any other coverage of the research.

May also be used for anything else that is useful or interesting, but doesn’t fit elsewhere.


This is an area for important information that may not fit elsewhere, but you feel needs to be included on the 4cite page.

Most importantly, it is for funding bodies that need to be acknowledged or if credit is required for any photography. 


We want exciting and evocative images that gives a sense of the purpose of the research, rather than the exact images you have used in the paper.

Remember this page is just a prelude to people visiting your paper on the journal website.

You have images

If you have images that you think would work, please ensure they meet the following:

  • Image rights:
    • You must own the rights to the image
    • OR you have permission to use the image and can confirm what credit is required
    • OR the image is copyright free / creative commons, including what credit is required
  • Size and format:
    • The image must be 'letterbox' shape. It will be used at 1400 pixels (W) x 600 pixels (H) and . We will need to cut down other sizes
    • It must be high-enough quality at 1400px x 600px. You will need to provide original high-resolution files – do not supply pasted in Word etc.
    • We can cope with most image formats including .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .png, .tiff and .pdf

You do not have images

If you do not have an image that you think would work we can use stock images:

  • We have a subscription to Shutterstock (stock imagery service), so you may find a suitable image there
  • Please provide details of the image – we have to download it for you

Complete the 4cite submission form

Download the Submission Form template [MS Word]

You will need your UoM login to download the form.

Key contact

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Rupa Lunan, Research Policy and REF Manager

tel: 0161 275 5267