Guide for Authors
1. EDITORIAL POLICY AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Arabian Journal of Medical Sciences (AJMS) provides publication of original research articles, reviews, short communications, case reports in the fields of basic and applied (clinical) medical sciences and related disciplines. Manuscripts are evaluated on the basis that they present new insights, research progress or change in clinical practice.
- Submitted manuscripts will be first evaluated by the AJMS editorial office and those with insufficient priority for publication (lack of novelty and innovation, repeated ideas, high plagiarism) will be rejected without evaluation by external reviewers.
- Manuscripts with sufficient priority for publication (depending on editorial office evaluation to the scientific merits) but are not prepared in the journal format and style will be sent back to authors for correction so authors advised to stick to the provided journal format and should read guidelines carefully.
- Manuscripts with sufficient priority for publication and adhere to journal format will be assigned to an Editor and the authors will be notified with the reference number for their manuscripts.
- The assigned manuscripts will be sent to at least three independent experts (reviewers) for scientific evaluation. Authors can optionally suggest the names of at least three potential peer reviewers (not from the same institute and no previous collaboration); however, the editors reserve the right of final selection.
- The evaluation process usually takes 15 days.
- Authors should return the revised manuscript within 7 (in case of minor corrections) or 30 days (in case of major corrections) from receiving an editorial decision.
- Submitted papers will be accepted for publication after a positive opinion of the reviewers and editors.
- The proofs will be sent immediately after receiving publication charge (50 USD per article).
- The revised proofs should be sent back to the journal within 3 days.
- All investigations involving patients or volunteers should be conducted in accordance with the principles of Declaration of Helsinki. These studies require Ethics Committee and/or Institutional review board approval, and, where relevant, the patients' written informed consent, which should be documented in the Methods section of the paper. The Editors reserve the right to refuse publications where the required ethical approval/patient consent is lacking.
- For animal experimentation, authors should follow the Interdisciplinary Principles and Guidelines for the Use of Animals in Research, Testing, and Education issued by the New York Academy of Sciences Adhoc Committee on Animal Research and should also be approved by the investigator's Institutional review board.
Conflict of interests
A conflict of interest may exist when an author or the author's institution has a financial or other relationship with other people or organizations that may inappropriately influence the author's work. All submissions to the journal must include disclosure of all relationships that could be viewed as presenting a potential conflict of interest. This declaration (with the heading "Conflict of interests") should be included in the manuscript before References.
Materials got from other sources (journals, textbooks……etc) should be followed by a written statement from both author and publisher giving permission to the journal for reproduction.
Authors should submit their manuscripts to the editorial office as word or pdf files via the ejMANAGER at https://www.ejmanager.com/my/ajms/.
Following acceptance of their articles, authors should fill and then send a 'Copyright Transfer Agreement' to ensure the widest possible dissemination of information.
Editorial board and publisher do their best to avoid inaccurate or misleading data, opinion or statement appears in the Arabian Journal of Medical Sciences. We declare that authors are responsible for their data and opinions in the published articles of our journal. Consequently, the publisher and the editorial board have no responsibility for any inaccurate or misleading data, opinion, or statement.
2. ARTICLES TYPES
- Original articles: Contains complete (full) research articles.
- Review articles: includes less than or equal to 8,000 words and recent references. Meta-analyses are considered as reviews.
- Case reports: The number of words is limited to 4,000 words or below.
- Short communications: complete articles of significant importance but with less than 3,000 words and maximum of 4 figures and tables.
- Letter to the editor: for comments on recently published articles. The number of words is limited to 2,000 words.
3. Preparation of manuscripts
Language and style
- The article should be formatted with double line spacing using the letter type Arial or Times New Roman (12 pt) with justified margins.
- All manuscript pages must be numbered at the bottom center of each page and continuous numbering at the left side.
- Manuscripts must be written in clear, concise, British or American English language.
- Reviewers are not expected to correct heavy grammatical errors and such case revision by native speaker or grammar and language editing paid service will be advised before reviewing.
- Authors are urged to be brief; long papers with many tables and figures may require shortening. No length restriction for original papers, authors are encouraged to limit the text to a maximum length of 6,000 words and references preferably not to be more than 35.
The manuscript should be compiled in the following order:
- Cover page (article title, author names, affiliations, corresponding author, short title)
- Abstract, Key words
- Material and methods (Experimental or Methodology or Patients and methods)
- Discussion (Results and discussion can be combined in one section)
- Conflict of interest
- The title should be brief phrase but not a sentence so do not put "." at its end.
- It should be descriptive to the article contents (can be either aim or impact results or even a question).
- It should not contain any literature references or compound numbers or non standardized abbreviations.
- If two titles (main and secondary) present separate them by ":".
- Do not capitalized all letter.
- In title and throughout the manuscript the scientific or systematic name of bacteria, virus, animals, plants and fungi…….. etc. should be written in italic.
- First names, followed by middle initials, and family (surname) names. Example; Mohammed A. El-Magd.
- Please write names with correct spelling and as your previous publications.
- Requests to add or remove an author, or to rearrange the author names, should be sent to the Managing Editor at firstname.lastname@example.org from the corresponding author and must include: (a) the reason the name should be added or removed, and (b) written confirmation (e-mail, fax, letter) from all authors that they agree with the addition, removal or rearrangement.
- Use superscript lowercase letters to indicate different affiliations,
- Affiliation should at least include name of department, name of the college (faculty), name of the university/institute, name of the city, name of the country.
The corresponding author
Indicated with an asterisk (*), and institutional e-mail address should be placed in a footnote. A maximum of two corresponding authors are allowed for each article but only one can handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication.
Short running title (running head) with 80 characters as maximum.
- Allowed word counts should not exceed 250-300 words.
- The abstract should contain (in order) the purpose (aim/rational) of the study, very brief methodology, the most significant results, and finally one sentence conclusions.
- No references, but if necessary, cite the author(s) and year(s).
- No abbreviations, but if the word(s) repeated three times or more they must be abbreviated with full definition at first mention.
4 to 6 keywords, separated with semicolons (;) in alphabetical order for abstracting and indexing purposes. Abbreviations should be minimized, only most common and standard abbreviations may be eligible.
- Define the significance of the work and justification for publication.
- Outline only essential background (previous work/review of literature) and avoid speculation.
- Avoid a detailed literature survey.
- Should not include either the findings or the conclusions.
- Should finish with a clear statement of the question (aim) being addressed.
Material and methods (Experimental or Methodology or Patients and methods)
- Should be written in the past tense.
- Materials and methods can be written separately with materials at first or together without separate titles.
- Provide all kits and vendor details including catalog number, company, city, and country.
- Do not detail published and well known methods but only add references; only detail relevant modifications.
- Apply subheadings when applicable.
- Should be clear and concise.
- Should be presented in a logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations.
- Do not discuss or emphasize the results except if results and discussion were combined together in one section.
- Summarized the main results in the first paragraph of the discussion.
- Explore the impact of the obtained results, not repeat them.
- Compare your results with those of other investigators cited in the article.
- Write suitable explanation for the obtained results especially when disagree with others.
- Include limitations of the study, and inferences for future research.
- Should be accompanied with the aim of the work.
- State new hypotheses when applicable.
- Do not repeat the same words in Abstract conclusion.
- Include recommendations when appropriate.
- Thank anyone helped you in design the experiment, acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of data, or in drafting and revising the manuscript.
- Write the source(s) of funding (sponsors) for the work.
In the text, a reference identified by means of an author’s name should be followed by the date of the reference in parentheses. When there are more than two authors, only the first author’s name should be mentioned, followed by ‘et al.’ In the event that an author cited has had two or more works published during the same year, the reference, both in the text and in the reference list, should be identified by a lower case letter. Two or more citations in the same parentheses should be arranged alphabetically not chronologically.
All the below examples can be used in the text:
According El-Magd (2018),
(El-Magd, 2018a, b),
(Ali et al., 2018; El-Magd et al., 2017),
(Ali and El-Magd, 2017).
- Authors should be arranged alphabetically.
- Write as follow order: Surname of first author, middle initials,……….etc, year. Title of the article. Abbreviated name of the journal volume, (issue), page (from-to).
- If 6 or fewer authors, list all; if 7 or more, list first 6 and add "et al."
- Journal names should be abbreviated according to:
Index Medicus journal abbreviations: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/tsd/serials/lji.html
List of title word abbreviations: http://www.issn.org/2-22661-LTWA-online.php
CAS (Chemical Abstracts Service): http://www.cas.org/content/references/corejournals
El-Magd, M.A., Khalifa, S.F., A. Alzahrani, F.A., Badawy, A.A., El-Shetry, E.S., Dawood, L.M., et al., 2018. Incensole acetate prevents beta-amyloid-induced neurotoxicity in human olfactory bulb neural stem cells. Biomed & Pharmacother 105, 813-823.
For Articles in Press (online)
Hellems, M.A., Gurka, K.K., Hayden, G.F., 2008. A review of The Journal of Pediatrics: The first 75 years. J Pediatr. doi:10.1016/j.jpeds.2008.08.049.
Brown, B., Aaron, M., 2001. The politics of nature. In: Smith J (ed) The rise of modern genomics, 3rd edn. Wiley, New York.
Paper presented at a conference
Chung, S.T., Morris, R.L., 1978. Isolation and characterization of plasmid deoxyribonucleic acid from Streptomyces fradiae. Paper presented at the 3rd international symposium on the genetics of industrial microorganisms, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 4–9 June 1978.
Illustrations (figures, diagrams, graphs, and schemes)
- Do not duplicate data in graphs and tables.
- The acceptable formats (JPG, JPEG, TIFF, EPS) with high resolution (300 dpi or more).
- All illustrations should be cited in the text in numerical order. Fig.2 should be after Fig.1 and so on.
- Use Arabic numerals as follow: Fig. 1, Figs. 2–4.
- Add descriptive legend (caption) for each illustration separately, not attached to the figure.
- A caption should comprise a brief title (not on the figure itself) and a description of the illustration.
- Keep text in the illustrations themselves to a minimum but explain all symbols and abbreviations used.
- Tables should be ≤ 6, and should include only essential data.
- Place footnotes to tables below the table body.
- Data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article.
- Referred to as Table 1, and Tables 2-4.
- All measurements and data should be given in SI units where possible, or in other internationally accepted units throughout the text.
- The preferred forms for some of the more commonly used abbreviations are bp, °C, K, min, h, mL, L, g, mg, cm, mm, nm, mol, nmol, M, mM, ppm, HPLC, TLC, GC, 1H NMR, GC-MS, HRMS, FABHRMS, UV, IR, EPR, ESR, DNase, ED50, ID50, IC50, LD50, im, ip, iv, mRNA, RNase, rRNA, tRNA, bp, cpm, Ci, dpm, Vmax, and Km.
- All non-standard abbreviations should be defined following the first use of the abbreviation.
Publication fees and annual subscription to the journal
- No submission fees.
- Publication charge for each accepted article is 50 USD should be paid before sending the proof.
- Annual subscription to the AJMS is 120 USD.
A message will be sent to the corresponding author with all detail about the payment method.
Proofs will be sent by e.mail to the corresponding author to check the typesetting, edit complete and correct the text, tables, and figures. All these corrections should be sent back within 3 days.