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Jos Journal of Medicine: Submissions

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Author Guidelines

All manuscripts must be submitted in MS Word ® or RTF format using Times New Roman font size 10 and double-spacing. Headings must be in Bold. All the named authors must have approved the final manuscript. Pages should be numbered consecutively in the lower right corner.
The following contributions are accepted (word counts exclude abstract, tables and reference):
1. Original research (Between 1000 and 3500 words):
2. Letters to the Editor (Up to 400 words):
3. Scientific Letters (Less than 600 words): one table or graph and not more than 5 references
4. Review/CPD articles (Up to 1800 words):
5. Opinions (Between 1000 and 3500 words).
6. Editorials (Between 600-800 words): Scientific editorials can be used to highlight progress in any scientific field related to medicine

Format
Title page
All articles must have a title page with the following information and in the particular order:

Title of the article; surname, initials, qualification and affiliation of each author; The name, postal address, e-mail address and telephonic contact 

details of the corresponding author; at least 5 keywords.

Abstract
All articles should include an abstract. The structured abstract for an Original Research article should be between 200 and 250 words and should consist of four paragraphs labelled “Background, Methods, Results, and Conclusion”. It should briefly describe the problem or issue being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the major results, and what the authors conclude from these results. The abstracts for articles should also be no longer than 250 words and need not follow the structured abstract format.

Keywords
All articles should include keywords. Up to five words or short phrases should be used. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) of index Medicus when available and appropriate. Keywords are used in index the article and may be published with the abstract.

Acknowledgments
In a separate section, acknowledge any financial support received or possible conflict of interest. This section may also be used to acknowledge substantial contributions to the research or preparation of the manuscript made by persons other than the authors.

References
Cite references in numerical order in the text, in superscript format. Do not use brackets. In the References section, references must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are cited. 
References should be according to the format set forth in the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors; (BMJ 1991; 302: 338-01 or N. Engl J. Med 1991; 324:424-28).
Abbreviation for journal titles should follow Index Medicus format. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of all references. List all authors when there are six or fwver; when citing URLs to documents on the worldwide web, place in the reference list, and use following format: Authors of document (if available). Title of document (if available). URL. (Accessed [date]).

The following are sample references:
Standard Journal article

List the first authors:
Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid organ transplantation in HIV-infected patients. N Engl J Med 2002; 347:284-7.
More than six authors:
Rose ME, Huerbin MB, Melick J. et al. Regulation of interstitial excitatory amino acid concentrations after cortical contusion injury. Brain Res 2002, 935:40-6.
Books and other monographs:
Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical Microbiology. 4th ed. St Louis: Mosby; 2002.
Editor(s), compiler(s) as author:
Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, Van Dorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002.
Chapter in a book:
Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002.p. 93-113.
Dissertation
Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.
Worldwide web (www):
Dushay J, Abrahamson MJ. Insulin Resistance and Type 2 Diabetes: A Comprehensive Review. Available at http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/501 569(Accessed 20 July, 2007).
Tables
Tables should be self-explanatory, clearly organized, and supplemental to the text of the manuscript. Each table should include a clear descriptive title on top and numbered in Arabic numerals (1,2,etc) in order of its appearance as called out in text. Tables must be inserted in the correct position in the text. Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading.
Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations. For footnotes use the following ‡‡ ,†† ,** || ,§ ,‡ ,† ,* :symbols in sequence 

Figures
All figures must be inserted in the appropriate position of the electronic document. Symbols, lettering, and numbering (in Arabic numerals e.g. 1, 2, etc. in order of appearance in the text) should be placed below the figure, clear and large enough to remain legible after the figure has been reduced. Figures must have clear descriptive titles.

Photographs and images: if photographs of patients are used, either the subject should not be identifiable or use the picture should be authorized by an enclosed written permission from the subject. The position of photographs and images should be clearly indicated in the text. Electronic images should be saved as either Jpeg or png files. All photographs should be scanned at a resolution of 300dpi, print optimized.

Permission
Permission should be obtained from the author and publisher for the use of quotes, illustrations, tables, and other materials taken from previously published works, which are not in the public domain. The author is responsible for the payment of any copyright fee(s) if these have not been waived. The letters of permission should accompany the manuscript. The original source(s) should be mentioned in the figure legend or as a footnote to a table.

Ethical consideration
Papers based on original research must adhere to the Declaration of Helsinki on Ethical Principles for Medical Research Involving Human Subjects; and must specify from which recognized ethics committee approval for the research was obtained.

Conflict of interest
Authors must declare all financial contributions to their work or other forms of conflict of interest, which may prevent them from executing and publishing unbiased research. Conflict of interest exists when an author (or the author's institution), has financial or personal relationships with other persons or organizations that inappropriately influence (bias) his or her opinions or actions. The following declaration may be used if appropriate: “I declare that I have no financial or personal relationship(s) which may have inappropriately influenced me in writing this paper.”
Manuscript submission
The Journal requires that both physical and electronic copies be submitted. All submissions must be made by email as a MS Word or RTF file attachment to: editorjjm@gmail.com.
Please note that physical copy of articles must come with evidence of payment of N5000 processing fee (with exception of JUTH resident only). This should be paid into JJM account with Enterprise bank account number 1200987980.
Other correspondence by post may be sent to:

The Editor
Jos Journal of Medicine
Association of Resident Doctors
Jos University Teaching Hospital
P. M. B. 2076
Jos, Plateau 930001
Nigeria

Copyright Notice
By submitting manuscripts to the Jos Journal of Medicine, authors of original articles are assigning copyright to the Journal. Authors may use their own work after publication without written permission, provided they acknowledge the original source. Individuals and academic institutions may freely copy and distribute articles published in the Journal for educational and research purposes without obtaining permission.

 

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