All you need to know when preparing your manuscript


Manuscript submission process

At Lifelines, we would like to receive manuscripts at least two weeks before submission to a journal. This enables us to check whether all guidelines (described in parts 1-3) have been followed as well as to think along with possible media exposure. Additionally, we would highly appreciate a message when your manuscript has been published. This allows us to keep track of the results of our cohort, and to show your publication on our website for participants and other researchers.

Part 1: Removal of identifiable results

A typical released Lifelines dataset contains personal results that can indirectly identify certain participants. To minimize the risk of publishing identifiable information (and thereby violating the privacy rights of participants), Lifelines enforces the robust and easy standard guideline that publications may only show specified results for participant groups of N ≥ 10. On this page we explain the reasoning behind this publication guideline and give several examples and instructions on how to adjust your tables and figures accordingly.

Part 2: DMTA regulations

You (or your PI) signed a data and/or material agreement (DMTA) at the start of your Lifelines project. In this DMTA, several publication requirements were listed. On this page we provide you with an easy overview of these requirements.

Part 3: Mandatory additional references

On this page you can find an overview of the required references when you used 1) additional collected questionnaire data, 2) additional collected assessment data, 3) linked data, and/or 4) secondary data (researcher generated) in your manuscript.


You might receive review comments on your submitted manuscript that require you to access your Lifelines data. Depending on your project status (open or closed), Lifelines offers procedures to help you deal with data access for manuscript revisions. On this page we will provide you with information on these procedures.