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Author Guidelines

 Jordan Medical Journal (JMJ) is a peer- reviewed Journal. Authors are invited to submit their work on any topic of wide spectrum coverage including epidemiology, public health, medicine, surgery, pharmacology, nursing, dental, indigenous disease and statement of health care of interest to health care professionals in the region and in the whole world.     

Original, unpublished papers undergo a careful peer review before being accepted for publication.

The Editorial Board reserves the right to make the final decision on publication.

The journal publishes several types of   papers:

1-      Original papers present the result of full-length studies.

2-      Invited papers on special topics and literature reviews.

3-      Review articles. The comprehensive-ness of the review, the quality of research and the uniquenss of the topics are used to determine the fitness for publication.

4-      Case reports with review of the related literature, especially interesting or   challenging clinical cases are also accepted. Such papers should have no more than 20 references.

5-      Editorials, whether written by a member of the Editorial Board or submitted by readers, may be considered.

 
Submission of manuscripts

Manuscripts are received with understanding that they are not under   simultaneous   consideration by another publication. An abstract published prior to a full report is not regarded as a duplicate publication.  

The authors transmittal letter must accompany the manuscript and contain these statements:.

“The manuscript has been seen and approved by all authors involved and is being published nor being considered for publication elsewhere. The authors transfer all copyright and ownership to “ Jordan   Medical Journal.”

Accepted manuscript should not be published elsewhere without JMJ permission.

 
Manuscript preparation

The format of the JMJ complies with “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals’’ published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 1979 (the widely accepted Vancouver Style), as described in the JMJ November 1993.1 With the exception of blood pressure, all units of measurement and laboratory values must be expressed in Sl units; conventional units may be included parenthetically.

Manuscripts must include tables, references, and figure legends, be typewritten, double–spaced on 8 ½   x 11 inch or size A4 paper, with margins of at least 1 inch. Pages should be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page. Four original copies of the entire manuscript should be submitted, along with four sets of photographs     or/ and figures.

 
What to submit

1.      Cover Letter

The cover letter serves to introduce a submission to the editorial staff. The letter should explain any deviation from the standard format and any potential conflicts concerning the exclusive nature of the paper.

2.      Manuscript

Include 4 complete sets of the manuscripts and similar number for photograph or figures. The submission should be typed double-spaced with 1” margins on 8.5” x 11”, or A4 paper. The first author’s last name should appear after the title page. Manuscripts should not exceed twenty pages, including references, tables and illustrations.

 
Title

The title page will have the title of the article, running title, the margins of all authors involved, and name and location of the department or institution where the work was performed. Include the corresponding author’s name and exact postal address. Include a current e-mail, telephone and fax number. Finally, list any acknowledgments.

The title may not be more than 85 characters long, including spaces, and should properly represent the subject of the manuscript. The running title is 45 characters long, including spaces and should give a general idea as to the subject of the paper.

 1- Jordan medical journal. 1993; 27: 2: 133-147.

 
Formal Abstract page

For original papers, the abstract page will contain formal abstract not to exceed 250 words. Do not include abbreviations, footnotes or references in the abstract. The abstract will have four sections. Background Aims will contain the precise purpose of the paper. Materials and Methods will give a brief description of materials used and a concise explanation of the methods. Results will provide a summary of the findings. Conclusions will explain the significance of the work.

For reviews and case reports, a summary page containing a summary will replace the abstract page containing a summary not to exceed 200 words.

 
Keywords

Should be included at the end of the abstract page.

 
Introduction

The introduction will give brief background information and state the reasons and purposes behind the study.

 
Materials and Methods

This section must give sufficient information to permit detailed evaluation and duplication of the work by other investigators. Ethical guidelines followed must be described.

Approval of institutional human research review committees or animal welfare committees should be placed here.

Results

In this section, report the findings of the work. Use tables and figures where appropriate, to improve the clarity of presentation.

 
Discussion

Discuss the results in relation to other published works in the same field. Offer explanations for any differences between the presented work and previous efforts. Identify hypotheses and speculations clearly.

 
References

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, not alphabetically. All references must be cited in the text or tables. Unpublished data and personal communications will be accepted as references.

References to journal articles should include, in this order: (1) authors, (2) title, (3) journal name (as abbreviated in index medicus), (4) Year, (5) volume, and (6) inclusive page numbers. References to books should include (1) authors, (2) chapter title ( if any), (3) editors’ names (if any), (4) title of book, (5) city of publication, (6) publisher, and (7) year. Volume and edition numbers and specific page numbers should be included when appropriate. The author is responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and for their correct textual citation. Refer to reference citations and listings in the text for proper format, for example;  

Journal: Ayman Hammoudeh. Cigarette Smoking Cessation among Jordanians after Sustaining Acute Coronary Events. JMJ 2002; 2: 122- 125.

Book Chapter: Weinstein L, Swartz MN. Pathogenic properties of invading microorganisms. In: Sodeman WA Jr. Sodeman WA, eds. Pathologic mechanism of disease. Philadelphia: WB Saunders, 1974; 457-472.

 
Tables

Type the tables double-spaced on separate sheets of 8.5”x11” or A4 paper. Place the table number and title above the table and any explanation notes below the table.

 
Figure Legends

Type the legends double-spaced on separate sheets of 8.5”x11”, or A4 paper. Figures are numbered in order of presentation in the text .The legends should permit interpretation of the figures without references to the text.

 
Figures

Submit four complete sets of high-quality glossy prints in four separate envelopes. Use only the minimum number of figures required illustrating a point.  

Do not duplicate data already present in the text or tables. Submit the figures in their actual size with label at least 1.5 mm high. The largest size that can be published without reduction is 17.5 cm wide and 22cm tall. Please submit a suggested layout for related figures on a separate sheet of paper. Do not mount figures. Attach a self-adhesive label with the author's last name, the figure number and arrow pointing to the top, on the back of each figure. Note: color illustrations are accepted if they make an exceptional contribution to the article. Authors will be required to bare the cost of color figures at cost price.

 
Electronic Manuscripts

The author is required to send a copy of the manuscript on CD upon initial submission.  When submitting CD, authors should: (i) be certain to include a print-out of the version of the article that is on the CD; CD and hard copy must be identical (ii) put the version of the manuscript on the CD (i.e.) Original version, revised copy; (iii) name the file clearly; (iv) label the CD with the format of the file and the file name, (v) provide information on the hardware and software used.

A-    The manuscript should be in single line, organized in the same manner as the manuscript submitted on paper. The electronic version must be exactly the same as the paper version.

B-     Formatting, such as column widths, margins, tabs, etc, will be performed by the typesetter.

C-    The authors should make sure that the presented CD is virus free.

 
Galley Proofs

As soon as a manuscript has been typeset, a copy of the galley proof will be returned to the author. Timely correction of the galley proof is essential to insure speedy publication of the article. At this stage, authors may only make minor corrections; major rewrites cannot be accepted nor can the author make significant changes to the manuscript (i.e. add new data, figures, etc). At this point, the author may order reprints.

 
Reprints Cost

After accepting the manuscript, the cost per 50 reprints :( 50 JD=$75) is obligatory by Bank transfer to Jordan Medical Journal.

The University of Jordan

Deanship of Academic Research

Tel: (962-6) 5355000 Ext. 25109

Fax: (962-6) 5355599 Amman 11942 Jordan

E- mail: jmj@ju.edu.jo  

http://dar.ju.edu.jo/jmj

 

Responsibilities of Authors

The authors are entirely responsible for accuracy of all statements and data (including drug dosages) contained in the manuscript, accuracy of all reference information, and for obtaining and submitting permission from the author and publisher of any previously published material included in the submitted manuscript .The corresponding author will receive an edited manuscript for “final author approval.” The author should review this carefully, as he is responsible for all changes in his work, including changes made by the copy editor.

 
Informed Consent

All manuscript reporting the results of experimental investigation involving human subjects should include a statement confirming that informed consent was obtained from each subject or subject’s guardian, after the approval of the experimental protocol by a local human ethics committee or IRB.

 
Subscriptions Fees

The Jordan Medical Journal is published in May and November of each year. Annual subscription rates for institutions are 70JD ($100).    

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format.
  3. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  4. If the author chooses to withdraw his article after it has been assessed, he hereby agrees to reimburse JMJ with the cost of reviewing the paper.
 

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