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Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines
GUIDELINES FOR GUEST EDITORS AND AUTHORS

CME is intended to provide readers with practical, up to date information on medical and related matters. When selecting topics and writing the articles keep in mind that it is aimed at those who are not specialists in the field.

The guest editor, in consultation with the editor, is responsible for convening a team of authors, deciding on the subjects to be covered and for reviewing the manuscripts submitted. The suggestion is for five main articles and three ‘More about’ articles. A different approach is fine if the topic would be better served, but the editor must be notified beforehand.

For queries about these guidelines please feel free to contact us by telephone, fax or e-mail.

MANUSCRIPTS
Please submit manuscripts online using www.cmej.org.za
Articles can be written in Microsoft Word and uploaded into the management system. The guest editor reviews the articles and returns them to the CME editor for review and carrying out the publishing edit, including copy-editing, that is needed for the required journal format.

MAIN ARTICLES
Main articles should be about 2 000 words in length as the journal has a limited budget and long articles are difficult to incorporate. The editor reserves the right to shorten articles but will send a substantially shortened article back for author approval.

The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Please include illustrations, graphs and tables wherever possible. Figures consist of all material that cannot be set in type, such as photographs and line drawings. If any tables or illustrations submitted have been published elsewhere, the author should obtain written consent to republication from the copyright holder and the author(s). All illustrations, figures etc. must be of high resolution/quality, preferably jpeg or equivalent but not powerpoint, and preferably attached as supplementary files.

MORE ABOUT... the major topic
Two or three items about 600 to 800 words long, covering areas not dealt with in the main articles. Long articles will be shortened.

IN A NUTSHELL (SUMMARY)
Point form summary of about 10 major points from the article should accompany the manuscript.

REFERENCES/BIBLIOGRAPHY
Use the superscript reference in the text of articles and list references at the end of each article. Please limit references to no more than 15.

CPD QUESTIONS (please be guided by the format of the questions in current issues of CME – there is only ever one correct answer)
MAIN ARTICLES:
Send three questions, either:
§ 3 Multiple-choice format with 5 alternative answers but only one correct answer, or
§ 2 MCQs and 1 TRUE or FALSE format
MORE ABOUT… ARTICLES:
Send 2 questions, 1 multiple choice, 1 true/false.
NB: please supply the answers

PERSONAL DETAILS
Please supply: Your qualifications, position and affiliations and MP number (used for CPD points); Address, telephone number and fax number, and your e-mail address; and A short personal profile (50 words) and a few words about your current fields of interest (not required for 'More about …' articles).

DEADLINES
Manuscripts should reach us 5 months before publication (CME appears on the 15th of each month). Please inform us if you will be on leave or absent 4 – 6 weeks prior to publication so that we can arrange for someone else to check galley proofs.

A: SAMPLE – IN A NUTSHELL
Anterior dislocation of the shoulder is a common injury.
The patho-anatomy should be accurately evaluated and classified.
Young patients have a high rate of recurrent dislocation.
Conservative management is not effective in preventing recurrence.
Open repairs are very successful.
Arthroscopic stabilisation can be highly successful in experienced hands.
In older patients dislocation is often associated with other injuries like rotator cuff tears.

B: SAMPLE REFERENCES QUOTED IN TEXT
How to indicate references in the text:
Myotonic dystropy (DM) is an autosomal dominant disorder and is the most common form of adult muscular dystrophy.1 Molecular and genealogical studies confirm a founder effect in certain population groups.2 DM has been considered to have a low prevalence among the Black African races.3

C: SAMPLE REFERENCE LIST
1. Warner JJP, Iannotti JP, Gerber C. Complex and Revision Problems in Shoulder Surgery. London: Lippincott Raven, 1997: 10.
2. Hovelius L. Anterior dislocation of the shoulder in teenagers and young adults. Five year prognosis. J Bone Joint Surg [Am] 1987; 69(3): 393-399.
3. Snyder SJ, Karzel RP, Del Pizzo W, et al. SLAP lesions of the shoulder. Arthroscopy
1990; 6: 274.

D: SAMPLE SELF-EVALUATION QUESTIONS
Multiple Choice Question:
1. The greenstick fracture shows (choose one):
A. Fracture extending through the entire circumference of a bone
B. Disruption of the cortex on the side undergoing tensile force
C. Buckling of the cortex by a compressive force
D. Bowing of the cortex
E. Widening of the growth plate
ANSWER (B)
True/false format:
1. True (A) or false (B)? (Ignore blocks C,D,E)
The ‘R’ in the mnemonic SALTR stands for ‘ragged physis’.
ANSWER (B)

CHECK LIST FOR AUTHORS AND GUEST EDITORS

GUEST EDITOR
General practitioner co guest editor arranged
FIVE main and THREE `More about...' articles decided
Authors contacted
Authors' names and addresses provided
Manuscripts edited and returned
Guest Editorial provided
Galleys checked and returned

AUTHOR/S OF MAIN ARTICLES
Self evaluation questions
In a Nutshell done
Illustrations supplied
Tables supplied
References/bibliography (15 maximum)
Short CV of author/s
Personal details supplied

AUTHOR/S OF `MORE ABOUT...' ARTICLES
References/bibliography (15 maximum)
Personal details supplied


Submission Preparation Checklist
As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
When available, the URLs to access references online are provided, including those for open access versions of the reference. The URLs are ready to click (e.g., http://pkp.sfu.ca).
The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses). Figures consist of all material that cannot be set in type, such as photographs and line drawings. If any tables or illustrations submitted have been published elsewhere, the author should obtain written consent to republication from the copyright holder and the author(s). All illustrations, figures etc. must be of high resolution/quality, preferably jpeg or equivalent but not powerpoint, and preferably attached as supplementary files.
The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.

 

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