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Instructions for Authors

C5: Results

  • Present the important findings in a logical sequence.
  • The results can be supplemented with tables or illustrations.
  • Do not repeat all the data contained in the tables or illustrations. Emphasize only the important observations.
  • Do not paste / embed any illustrations onto the text file. The online submission system will automatically combine the attached files and convert them into a single PDF file.

C6: Discussion

  • Emphasize only important findings, their implications and limitations.
  • Avoid repeating in detail data provided in the results and introduction.
  • Relate the observations to other relevant studies.
  • Avoid statements that are not completely supported by results of the study.
  • Whenever recommendations for treatment are made, the patients groups and applicable conditions must be carefully defined.
  • ?? State the limitations (if any) of the study.

C7: Conclusion

  • Link conclusions to the aim(s) of study
  • All conclusions must be supported by the results of the study
  • Avoid claiming priority to work that has not been completed.

C8: References

  • Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, tables or illustrations.
  • Present references in Vancouver style. References in the text should be cited each by a reference number in ‘Arabic numerals’ in square brackets e.g. [1] or [2-3]
  • List the first 6 authors followed by “et al”.
  • Journal titles should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus.
  • Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and must verify them against original documents.

D: Instructions for submitting case reports and other papers

D1: Case Reports

Interesting cases with unique features in the diagnosis and management will be considered for publication. Describing the outcome of treatment or survival of a rare condition is more important than reporting its distinct entity and the treatment offered.

A case report should adhere to the following guidelines

  • Maximum of 1000 words excluding the abstract.
  • Maximum of one table, 3 illustrations and 5 references.
  • Suggested components: abstract, introduction, case report and discussion, references.
  • A short take home message at the end of discussion section should suffice. Conclusion is generally not necessary for case report.

D2: Letters to the Editor

The Journal encourages commentaries of published articles and other materials that are of general interest to the readers or medical community as a whole. Communications should be directed to the chief editor. It should not exceed 500 words.

  • Maximum of 500 words.
  • Maximum of three (3) figures and three (3) references.
  • No headings are required.

E: Instructions for Submitting Illustrations

E1: Tables

  • Roman numerals should be used for numbering tables (e.g. Table I, Table II).
  • Attach each table as a separate document, using the table number as the file name.
  • The content of a table should be clearly explained so that it is comprehensive without reference to the text.
  • Use of tables should be kept to a minimum.
  • Do not include the tables in the manuscript file. Submit them as separate Word document files.

E2: Figures

  • Arabic numerals should be used for numbering illustrations, and present them as “Figures” (e.g. Figure 1, Figure 2).
  • Attach each figure as a separate document, using the figure number as the file name.
  • Make sure that information that may disclose the identity of the patient or the institution is removed.
  • For electronic images,
    • Higher resolution images (300 DPI or higher) should be submitted as separate files (JPEG or TIFF) and named according to figure numbers.
  • Use of illustrations or diagrams should be kept to a minimum.
  • Do not include the figures in the manuscript file. Submit them as separate Word document files.

F: Submission Checklist

  • Make sure that all authors are informed that they will receive a message from the journal secretariat requesting them to confirm their status of authorship.
  • Make sure that a cover letter is submitted as a separate file. The main manuscript should be anonymised, and should not contain information that may reveal the name of authors or institution.
  • Illustrations (tables and figures) should not be included in the main manuscript. They should be submitted as separate files.
  • Please include additional documents as attachments: Ethical approval letter, conflict of interest forms etc...
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The Malaysian Orthopaedic Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that is published three times a year in both print and electronic online version. The purpose of this journal is to publish original research studies, evaluation of current practices and case reports in various subspecialties of orthopaedics and traumatology, as well as associated fields like basic science, biomedical engineering, rehabilitation medicine and nursing.

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