Author Guidelines

Address all manuscripts and correspondence to: The Editor, South African Medical Journal Private Bag X1, Pinelands 7430 (CT) SOUTH AFRICA COPYRIGHT Material submitted for publication in the South African Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecologyl (SAJOG) is accepted provided it has not been published elsewhere. Copyright forms will be sent with acknowledgement of receipt and the SAJOG reserves copyright of the material published. The SAJOG does not hold itself responsible for statements made by the authors. . AUTHORSHIP. All named authors must give consent to publication. Authorship should be based only on substantial contribution to: (i) conception, design, analysis and interpretation of data; (ii) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; (iii) final approval of the version to be published. All three of these conditions must be met (Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals; www.icmje.org/index.html). . CONFLICT OF INTEREST Authors must declare all sources of support for the research and any association with the product or subject that may constitute conflict of interest.. MANUSCRIPTS. Short items are more likely to appeal to our readers and therefore to be accepted for publication. Please provide a word count for all submissions. . Original articles of 3 000 words or less, with up to 6 tables or illustrations, should normally report observations or research of relevance to clinical medicine. References should preferably be limited to no more than 15.. Short reports which include case reports, side effects of drugs and brief or negative research findings should be 1000 words or less, with 1 table or illustration and no more than 5 references.. Editorials, Opinions, Issues in Medicine, etc. should be about 800 words and are welcome, but unless invited, will be subjected to the SAJOG peer review process.. Review articles are rarely accepted unless invited.. Work that is based on or contains reference to ethnic classification must indicate the rationale for this. . LETTERS TO THE EDITOR. If intended for the correspondence column, letters should be marked 'for publication', signed by all authors and presented in triple spacing. Letters should be no longer than 400 words with only one illustration or table.. OBITUARIES. Obituaries should not exceed 400 words and may be accompanied by a photograph.. PAGE CHARGE CONTRIBUTION. Undergraduate students and solicited articles are not subject to page charges. In a multi-author article the tariff depends on the status of the first author, whose address must be supplied if it differs from that of the submitting author. Page charges towards printing costs for articles and editorials, which include VAT and are subject to change without notice, are: SA Medical Association non-members: R400 per page for 1 - 3 pages R840 per page for 4th and subsequent pages (half page R420) SA Medical Association members: R250 per page for 1 - 3 pages R500 per page for 4th and subsequent pages (half page R250) Undergraduate students and solicited articles are not subject to page charges. In a multi-author article the tariff depends on the status of the first author, whose address must be supplied if it differs from that of the submitting author. Page charges towards printing costs for articles and editorials, which include VAT and are subject to change without notice, are: SA Medical Association non-members: R400 per page for 1 - 3 pages R840 per page for 4th and subsequent pages (half page R420) SA Medical Association members: R250 per page for 1 - 3 pages R500 per page for 4th and subsequent pages (half page R250). MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION 1. Please send your manuscript on a diskette accompanied by three printouts (hard copies), in triple spacing, with wide margins and fully paginated. 2. Research articles should have a structured abstract not exceeding 250 words (50 for short reports) comprising: Objectives, Design, Setting, Subjects, Outcome measures, Results and Conclusions. 3. Refer to articles in recent issues for guidance on the presentation of headings and subheadings. 4. Abbreviations should be spelt out when first used in the text and thereafter used consistently. 5. Scientific measurements should be expressed in SI units except: blood pressure should be given in mmHg and haemoglobin values in g/dl. 6. If in doubt, refer to ‘uniform requirements' above.. ILLUSTRATIONS 1. Figures consist of all material that cannot be set in type, such as photographs and line drawings. 2. Tables and legends for illustrations should appear on separate sheets and should be clearly identified. 3. Line drawings should be arranged to conserve vertical space. Note that reduction to 80 mm for a single column or 170 mm for double columns should not render lettering illegible. Explanations should be included in the legend and not on the figure itself. 4. Figure numbers should be clearly marked on the back of prints and the top of the illustration should be indicated. 5. Where identification of a patient is possible from a photograph, consent to publication signed by the patient, or by the parent or guardian in the case of a minor, must be submitted. 6. If any tables or illustrations submitted have been published elsewhere, written consent to republication should be obtained by the author from the copyright holder and the author(s). 7. A limited number of illustrations are free at the discretion of the editor. Colour illustrations are encouraged but are charged to the author. A quote will be provided on request. Consider sponsorship.. REFERENCES References should be inserted in the text as superior numbers and should be listed at the end of the article in numerical and not in alphabetical order. Authors are responsible for verification of references from the original sources. References should be set out in the Vancouver style and approved abbreviations of journal titles used; consult the List of Journals in Index Medicus for these details. Names and initials of all authors should be given unless there are more than six, in which case the first three names should be given followed by et al. First and last page numbers should be given. References should be inserted in the text as superior numbers and should be listed at the end of the article in numerical and not in alphabetical order. Authors are responsible for verification of references from the original sources. References should be set out in the Vancouver style and approved abbreviations of journal titles used; consult the List of Journals in Index Medicus for these details. Names and initials of all authors should be given unless there are more than six, in which case the first three names should be given followed by et al. First and last page numbers should be given. Journal references should appear thus: Price NC. Importance of asking about glaucoma. BMJ 1983; 286: 349-350. Book references should be set out as follows: Jeffcoate N. Principles of Gynaecology. 4th ed. London: Butterworth, 1975: 96-101. Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA jun, Sodeman WA, eds. Pathologic Physiology: Mechanisms of Disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1974: 457-472. Manuscripts accepted but not yet published can be included as references followed by (in press). Unpublished observations and personal communications may be cited in the text, but not in the reference list. GALLEY PROOFS Galley proofs will be forwarded to the author before publication and if not returned within 2 weeks will be regarded as approved. Please note that alterations to typeset articles are costly and will be charged to the authors.. CHANGES OF ADDRESS Please notify the Editorial Department of any address changes so that proofs and invoices may be mailed without delay.. REPRINTS An order form for reprints, with a price list, will be sent to the author as soon as an article has been placed.. CPD POINTS Authors can earn up to 20 CPD points for published articles. Certificates will be provided on request after the article has been published.

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