The Journal of Medicine in the Tropics accepts manuscripts from all over the world in the areas of basic medical sciences, clinical sciences and related fields. It is the official publication of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the University of Jos, Jos, Nigeria. Publication for now is twice every year (June and December).
All manuscripts submitted for consideration for publication must conform to the widely cited “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals (N. Engl. J. Med. 1991,324:424-428). Papers in the following categories are accepted: Original Scientific Articles, Case Reports, Brief Communication, Letters to the Editor, Images in Medicine and Essays. Review articles are usually invited. Articles should normally not exceed 3,000 words for original scientific paper. Brief communication has
a ceiling of 2,000 words, while for case reports, it is 1,500 words. Images in medicine and letters to the editor should not exceed 1,000 words.
Although the journal strives not to present inaccurate or misleading data, it must be emphasized that the data and information appearing in articles and advertisements are the opinions and responsibilities of the contributors. The journal therefore does not accept liability for inaccurate and misleading information. All manuscripts are peer-reviewed
by different assessors and all works are acceptable for publication on the condition that it has not been accepted or already published elsewhere. Gratis authorship is discouraged. Corresponding authors will be expected to, in the submission letter, indicate the role of each author in the
work that gave rise to the manuscript. Manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to: email@example.com
PREPARING THE MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts should be submitted electronically preferably in Microsoft Word. References and figure legends must appear at the end of the manuscript. Authors are responsible for applying for permission for both prints and electronic rights for all borrowed materials and are responsible for paying any fees related to the applications of these permissions.
Please include an accurate address, including your postal code, telephone number preferably mobile phone, fax number and email address for editorial communications and for reprints, as these are done only by email. Articles should be prepared in the following format: title page (title of article, names of authors, name of institution where work was done and address of corresponding author including e-mail, telephone and fax
number if you have); a brief structured abstract (except for case reports which should be unstructured) of the paper with the headings Background/purpose, Methods, Results and Conclusions should precede the body of the manuscript to run not more than 250 words and to replace
any summary section at the end of the article. Following the abstract should appear not more than 6 words for the purpose of indexing to be titled Key Words. This should be followed by, introduction, methodology, results (with tables and diagrams), discussion, conclusion, acknowledgment and references.
Figures should be professionally drawn art work or photographs. Glossy black and white prints are preferred. The figures should be clearly labeled and the top indicated. Clinical photographs should be disguised, as not to give away patients' identity. Figures and illustrations should be accompanied by legends on separate sheets of paper. Tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals.
Abbreviation should follow the words they stand for immediately. Thereafter they could be used without necessarily repeating the full meaning. As much as possible, abbreviation should be standard. Only system international (SI) units should be used in the papers.
References should follow the Vancouver style, that is being numbered in the text as they appear. The numbers should be enclosed in square brackets. They will also be listed in the reference section as they appeared in the text. Reference with more than 3 authors should have the first 3
authors followed by et al. Referred articles from journals should appear as follows:
Agaba IE, Anteyi EA, Puepet FH et al. The Clinical Pattern of Diabetic Nephropathy in Type II Diabetics Mellitus in North Central Nigeria J. Med. Trop. 2002,4: 10-14.
References from text books should appear as follows:
Hilton D. Tell us a story'. Health Teaching in Nigeria. In: D. Morley, J. Rohde and G Williams (Eds). Practicing Health for all. Oxford Medical Publications 1984. London, New York, Toronto. P. 145-153.
Galley proofs will be sent to corresponding authors for vetting by email. Only typographical error corrections are allowed. They should be returned within 48 hours to have a chance of meeting up with the issue of the journal in-view.
Articles once accepted remain the property of the journal. They may not be reproduced elsewhere without approval of the Editor-in-Chief.
Reprints: Ten (10 ) copies of reprints and a copy of the journal edition in which an article appears would be mailed to the corresponding author. Any additional request for reprints or hard copy of the journal should be indicated when returning the proofs.