Guidelines for Anesthesia Toolbox Authors

This website provides information for contributors to the Anesthesia Toolbox, a learning platform for anesthesia education

Introduction to Anesthesia Toolbox

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The Anesthesia Toolbox must ensure that all CME programs meet all ACCME Essential Elements and Guidelines while maintaining the highest standards and expectations of its audience. 

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives are required for the majority of Anesthesia Toolbox materials (e.g., Online Modules, Lectures, PBLDs, OSCE/SIM Scripts). The Anesthesia Toolbox editorial staff reserves the right to revise learning objectives to accomplish the goals of the program. Authors will be informed of any revisions and will have the opportunity to respond. 

Scientific Integrity

Below are lists of faculty/speaker/author guidelines to assist you in developing the highest quality education content and materials. These guidelines also ensure compliance to the Anesthesia Toolbox’s Content/CME Policies. Individuals contributing content to the toolbox should follow these guidelines so that materials are evidence-based, objective and balanced:
  • Presentations must be free of commercial bias for or against any product.
  • Presentations must give a balanced view of therapeutic options. Faculty use of generic names will contribute to this impartiality. If trade names are used, those of several companies should be used rather than only that of a single supporting company.
  • Presentations that include commercial products must present objective information about those products, based on scientific methods generally accepted in the medical community.
  • Information presented must conform to the generally accepted standards of experimental design, data collection and analysis.
  • If unapproved uses of a product or service are discussed, inform the audience.
  • The content of slides and reference materials are the ultimate responsibility of the faculty contributing the content. 
  • The preponderance of slides included in lectures should reflect original thoughts and organization of the speaker.
  • It is the responsibility of the faculty presenter to obtain written permission for print inclusion of material that is under copyright protection.
  • Material presented from trial results must include information on study design, subject selection and participation/compliance, therapeutic agents administered including source/dosage, adverse effects encountered, funding source, etc.
  • Faculty must offer a balanced presentation of all available trial data that is pertinent to the topic. 
  • The preponderance of data presented from clinical trials should be from peer-reviewed publications.


The Anesthesia Toolbox agreement grants a limited license for the toolbox to publish your submitted content and for toolbox members to use the content for educational purposes within their institution.  In addition, the toolbox agreement allows the toolbox to create CME or subscription products within the toolbox for sale.  Revenues generated from such products are intended to make the toolbox a self-sustaining organization. The anesthesia toolbox is meant to be a high-quality publishing outlet for faculty to share educational resources and work product. The Toolbox peer review process is structured in the same manner as a traditional print journal. We maintain an editorial board and staff, we subject all works to peer-review in much the same way as print journals including invited expert reviewers that respond with written critiques of submitted material.

Conflicts of Interest and Commercial Endorsements

The Anesthesia Toolbox goal is to provide relevant, high quality educational content. Promotional content is not allowed in the Toolbox and the editorial staff takes measures to ensure conflicts of interest do not jeopardize the integrity of contributed content. All authors are required to follow the rules below to ensure presentation content is purely educational.  
  • Faculty must disclose any affiliations with manufacturers of products of service providers mentioned at the event or with manufacturers of competing products or providers of competing services.
  • At the beginning of your presentation, (i.e., slide #2), please provide a disclosure statement indicating whether you have no disclosure to make or indicating you do have a disclosure and providing the details of that disclosure.   For example: I have no financial disclosures to report or I have the following financial disclosure)(s) to report  (list each disclosure separately).
  • If no financial relationships exist, this must also be disclosed to attendees.
  • Contributed content cannot include commercial company and product logos, with the exception of the logo of the author’s hospital or university (first slide of a lecture) 
  • Do not use identifiable photographs of patients. Remove all patient identifiers from laboratory studies, x-rays, imaging studies, slides, etc. OR obtain written permission from the patient to use his/her information as part of your presentation.


Authors should keep in mind that the distribution of complete journal or other print articles as handouts is generally subject to a license fee for which the presenter would be responsible. Providing a bibliographic reference or link to this article is not subject to a license fee and, therefore, preferable.It is the responsibility of the faculty presenter to obtain written permission for print inclusion of material that is under copyright protection. Information about permissions can be accessed on the Resources page of this website.


In your materials when necessary, include the full citation and include the hyperlink to the URL in Pubmed. We use AMA format for online referencing in the toolbox. See below for examples. 

Referencing Resources

  • Citefast is a tool that can automate referencing and can export multiple references into APA format for download.

Publication and Academic Credit

Works in the Anesthesia Toolbox may be used to support promotion and advancement for the author. 

These guidelines were modeled after CME/Speaker guidelines published by the American Society of Anesthesiologists.