Rules for making posts

It is a strong recommendation that each post is a full stand-alone article. If it is not possible with a full article for some reason, then there should at least be a summary of the full article.

Posts that are about research (research articles, research reports, research results, clinical trial announcements, etc) should have its subject line begin with "RES:" (without the quotation marks). The colon (:) is essential.

Post on topics other than research, should not have any special letter combination in the beginning of the email subject line.

The list moderators decide which posts that are published at their own discretion. Posts that could be interpreted as being commercial (such as selling a product or service) are rejected.

Images are forbidden in the emails. Instead, link to the images placed at an external place such as for example

Attachments are forbidden in the messages.

The maximum size of a the email message is 50 kilobytes (kB).

Plain text

The simplest way to make a message is to use plain text. .

If you want to submit a message in plain text, you must assure that your email delivery format is set to “plain text only”. In Mozilla Thunderbird, you go to “Options” in the top menu of the email that you edit, then select “Delivery format → Plain text only” in the resulting drop down menu.

If you will make plain text messages, you do not need to read any further on this page, but for more information on how to convert text into plain text go to the page with tips for editors.


For HTML messages only very modest formatting is allowed. The most frequently used elements are expected to be headers, some occational italic text and bulleted or numbered lists. Possibly also the ability to insert "inline" links without shoving the web address (URL) is something that may be useful. The readers should be able to see the message with their own favorite font and font size, therefore the main text should not have a special font applied to it.

The easiest way is to create a message is to use the CureME editor for preparation of posts.

Do not copy text from a word processor (e.g. Microsoft Word) or from a web page and paste it directly into the email editor (Ctrl+V), because it would include unwanted hidden formats!

In order to assure that the message does not contain any hidden formats, and that it conforms to the rules; you must clean up your message before posting by passing your message through the CureME editor for preparation of posts.

Allowed formats in email editor

The font should not be changed from its generic value (variable width), except if you want to distinguish a short section of the text. The reason is that each recipient has its own prefered font for displaying email messages, and the use of a special font will override this. The same applies to font size.

Image: format text style
Image: Some allowed text styles


  • abbreviation
  • acronym
  • address
  • bold
  • bulleted list
  • citation
  • code
  • emphasis
  • fixed width
  • header
  • heading
  • hyperlink
  • italic
  • nonbreaking space
  • numbered list
  • ordered list
  • paragraph
  • preformat
  • sample output
  • strikethrough
  • strong
  • stronger emphasis
  • subscript
  • superscript
  • unordered list
  • variable


  • table


  • background color
  • font color
  • images
  • smiley
  • underline

Allowed formats in HTML editor

If you are not familiar with HTML coding, then you probably do not have to worry about the information in this section.

CSS (Cascading Style Sheets) styles should be avoided as far as possible, but if it helps readability significantly, then some occasional CSS style is allowed. The same applies to html attributes (attributes are for example width, height, align, valign, hidden, disabled, download, bgcolor, charset, title etc within HTML tags).


  • <a> hyperlink
  • <address> author contact information
  • <b> bold
  • <blockquote> long quotation
  • <br> line break
  • <cite> title of work (italic)
  • <code> computer code (monospace)
  • <del> deleted part of text (strikethrough)
  • <dl><dt><dd> definition list
  • <em> emphasized text (italic)
  • <h1><h2><h3><h4> heading
  • <i> italic
  • <ins> inserted part of a text
  • <kbd> keyboard input
  • <ol> ordered list (numbered list)
  • <p> paragraph
  • <pre> preformated
  • <q> inline quotation
  • <samp> computer output
  • <strong> important text (bold)
  • <sub> subscript
  • <sup> superscript
  • <ul> unordered list (bulleted list)
  • <var> variable
  • <wbr> word break opportunity


  • css styles
  • html attributes
  • <big>bigger font (unsupported in HTML 5)
  • <dfn> (allowed if used without the title attribute)
  • <h5><h6> headings (seldomly used)
  • <hr> horizontal rule/line
  • <small> smaller font
  • <s> incorrect text (strikethough) (unsupported in HTML 4.01)
  • <span>
  • <strike> strikethrough (deprecated in HTML 4 obsolete in HTML 5)
  • <table>
  • <tt> teletype text (monospace) (unsupported in HTML5)


  • attachments
  • attribute title
  • background color
  • text color
  • <abbr> (show info mouse over)
  • <acronym> (show info mouse over)
  • <applet>
  • <area>
  • <article>
  • <aside>
  • <audio>
  • <bdo> bidirectional override
  • <blink>
  • <button>
  • <canvas>
  • <dialog>
  • <dir>
  • <div>
  • <embed>
  • <fieldset>
  • <font>
  • <footer>
  • <form>
  • <frame>
  • <header>
  • <iframe>
  • <input>
  • <main>
  • <map>
  • <mark> text highlighted (yellow background)
  • <menu>
  • <meta>
  • <nav>
  • <object>
  • <optgroup>
  • <option>
  • <param>
  • <plaintext> (obsolete)
  • <select>
  • <script>
  • <section>
  • <textarea>
  • <track>
  • <video>
  • <xmp>
  • <img> image
  • <u> underline