20 June 2013
Instructions for Authors
Original research papers, reviews, and short research communications in any medical related area can be submitted to the Journal on the understanding that the work has not been published previously in whole or part and is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. Manuscripts in basic science and clinical medicine are both considered. There is no restriction on the length of research papers and reviews; however, authors are encouraged to be concise. Short research communication is limited to be under 2500 words.
High quality reviews from leading experts are particularly welcome and they will be processed in high priority. Case reports are no longer considered in this journal. Please do not submit case reports.
The Editors of the International Journal of Medical Sciences recognize that many manuscripts rejected by top-tier journals are still outstanding. Our journal is willing to review and re-evaluate manuscripts rejected from journals such as the Nature journals, Cell Press journals, NEJM, Lancet journals, Annals of Internal Medicine, and other high impact journals. We encourage authors to provide a copy of previous reviewer's and editor's comments. These reviews and rebuttals need to be dated and within 6 months of the last submission date. It is our belief that these prior reviews may assist us in expediting your manuscript for re-evaluation, thus facilitating more rapid publication; in some cases, the manuscript may be accepted immediately. Please include the prior reviews and your responses in the covering letter when making your submission.
Manuscripts (other than those that are of insufficient quality or unlikely to be competitive enough for publication) will be reviewed and a decision typically returns to the authors in about one month. Manuscripts with significant results will be reviewed and published at the highest priority and speed. Possible decisions on manuscripts are: accept as is, minor revision, major revision, or reject. Revised manuscripts should be returned within 1 month in the case of minor revision, or 3 months in the case of major revision. To submit a revision please sign in here and use the submit button at the right side of page.
Please embed figures and tables in the manuscript to become one single file for submission. Details for submission can be found in the submission page.
Reprints can be ordered after copyediting and publication (in manuscript login page). Reprints are now printed on glossy paper with cover page. They are made of highest quality suitable for scientific corresponding.
Published articles of International Journal of Medical Sciences are open access and full texts appear in PubMed Central. This effectively removes the barriers for timely distribution of the articles and ensures that they can be read by as many as possible. The amount of fee charged by the journal is lower than many other PubMed Central journals (comparing to the fees charged by BioMedCentral and PLOS). Payment can be made by credit card, bank transfer, money order or check. Instruction for payment is sent during publication process and is also available in the manuscript login page as soon as manuscript is accepted. Publication fee is required to cover the cost of publication. Fee waiver is not available.
The Journal charges the following publication fee if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication:
* $AUD: Australian dollar
Format for Publication
Upon acceptance of the manuscript, please provide a final version (in Microsoft Word file) for copyediting purpose. Figures should be of high quality and high resolution, and can be embedded in the manuscript Word file. If the figures or tables are created using PowerPoint, Photoshop, Microsoft Excel etc, please also provide the original files from those programs.
The first letter of each word in title should use upper case. Include in the first page the article title, author's names, affiliations, corresponding author's phone/fax number and/or email. Abstract should not contain citations to references. Also provide 5-6 keywords.
Author's names: please provide full names. Important! Please write first name and middle name before surname or lastname, e.g., "Mike Johnson" (not "Johnson, Mike"; not "Johnson M."; not "M. Johnson").
Please do not add number before subtitles.
Citation of Tables and Figures
Tables and Figures should be numbered consecutively. Citation of tables and figures should use the format: Table 1, Table 2, ... Figure 1, Figure 2, ... (or Fig. 1, Fig. 2, ...). Parts in a figure can be identified by A, B, C, D, ... . and cited as Fig. 2A, Fig. 2B, Fig. 2C. The abbreviation of "Table" to "Tab." for example "Tab. 1" should be avoided.
Math Formulas and Symbols
Simple mathematical formulas should be constructed using superscript, subscript, italic, and symbols in the Microsoft Word.
Please avoid using math equations in Word whenever possible, as they have to be replaced by images in xml full text.
References should be numbered consecutively and cited in the manuscript text by number (not author and date). References should not be formatted as footnotes. Avoid putting personal communications, unpublished observations, conference abstracts or conference papers as references. A reference style for EndNote may be found here.
Abbreviations should be presented in one paragraph, in the format: "term: definition". Please separate the items by ";".
E.g. HIV: human immunodeficiency virus; SIV: simian immunodeficiency virus; ....
Ethics Committee Approval and Patient Consent
Experimental research involving human or animals should have been approved by author's institutional review board or ethics committee. This information can be mentioned in the manuscript including the name of the board/committee that gave the approval. Investigations involving humans will have been performed in accordance with the principles of Declaration of Helsinki. And the use of animals in experiments will have observed the Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education by the New York Academy of Sciences, Ad Hoc Animal Research Committee.
If the manuscript contains photos or parts of photos of patients, informed consent from each patient should be obtained. Patient's identities and privacy should be carefully protected in the manuscript.
Competing interests that might interfere with the objective presentation of the research findings contained in the manuscript should be declared in a paragraph heading "Competing interests" (after Acknowledgment section and before References). Examples of competing interests are ownership of stock in a company, grants, board membership, etc. If there is no competing interests, please use the statement "The authors have declared that no competing interest exists".
Authors now have the option to publish a biography together with the paper, with information such as MD/PhD degree, past and present positions, research interests, awards, etc. This increases the profile of the authors and is well received by international readers. Author biography can be added to the end of paper, in a section heading "Author biography". See samples of author biography, Sample A or Sample B.
For general information about preparing biomedical manuscripts, please consult the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication", available from http://www.icmje.org/.