Instructions for Authors
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.  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
- 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.
- 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...