AUTHORS GUIDELINES FOR MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION
Authors should submit their manuscripts electronically to the Editorial Office through the Journal submission system. DJM: Submissions | Diyala Journal of Medicine (uodiyala.edu.iq).
PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS
Manuscripts must be submitted only in English and should be typed in Times New Roman of 12 pt. font and in MS-Word format in one column use A4 paper size. no line number should be applied to the manuscript. Manuscript submission must be applied once in order to obtain only one submission ID number. More than one submission for a single manuscript can lose the chance of manuscript consideration. Measurements are preferably expressed in SI (standard international) units. The full term for which the abbreviations stand should precede its first use the text. Papers are accepted on the understanding that the subject matter has not and will not be submitted simultaneously to another journal and the manuscripts must be accompanied by a covering letter signed by all authors that the paper has not been published and will not be submitted to another journal if accepted in DJM.
The following notes should be considered in writing manuscripts:
- The title page should include:
-Title of the paper is in Arabic and English.
- The title of up to 17 words should not contain the name of locations, countries, or cities of the research as well as abbreviations. Avoid complicated and technical expressions and do not use vague expressions.
-Correct first name, middle name and family name of all authors in Arabic and English as well as a maximum of two highest academic degrees for each author.
-Name (s) and address (es) of the institution (s) where the work was carried out.
-The name and address of the author responsible for correspondence together with telephone number, fax number and e-mail address (if any).
- Abstract for original articles should contain a structured abstract of not more than 200 words in Arabic and English. Abstract heading include: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abstracts in Arabic and English of review articles and case reports should be unstructured and of not more than 150 words.
- Three to ten keywords should be provided on the same page as the abstract in English and Arabic. As far as possible, the keywords should be selected from the national library of medicine, medical subject headings.
- The main text of the original article should be divided into sections, each section should be started on a new page after the title page:
- Introduction: should be stated clearly the purpose and rationale of the study.
- Materials and Methods: should include selection of subjects, identification of the methods, apparatus and chemicals used and provide sufficient details to enable the experiments to be reproduced. Support the techniques and methods used with references. Investigations on animals must comply with institutional and/or equivalent guides for the care and use of animals. Metric and standard international units should be used in this section and throughout the manuscript. Specify the computer software used for statistical analysis and define statistical terms, abbreviations, and symbols applied
- Results: Graphs and tables should be self-explanatory. Do not repeat in figures or in the text the data presented in tables. Tables and figures should be numbered in the order of their mention in the text.
- Discussion: it emphasizes new findings of the study, deals with critical review and interpretations of the results, and supported by other relevant updated references. Repetition of data should be avoided.
- Conclusion: This section should highlight the major, firm discoveries, and state what the added value of the main finding is, without literature references.
- Recommendations: This section should contain possible recommendations based on evidence about methods of data presentation that are readable and most likely to be interpreted correctly by readers
- Conflict of Interest: A conflict of interest statement must be placed in the manuscript.
- Ethical clearance: this section should contain the ethics that used in this study.
- Source of Funding: It should put the source of funding of the study in the manuscript.
- Acknowledgement: it is only to persons who have made substantive contribution to the study.
- References: should be in the Vancouver style. They should appear in the text by numbers in the order. List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first six and add et al. journal titles should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus. Examples of correct reference forms are given as follows:
-Al-Salihi AR, Hasson EH, Al-Azzawi HT. A short review of snakes in Iraq with special reference to venomous snake bite and their treatment. Iraqi Med J 1987; 36:57-60.
-Book chapter: Pen AS. Immunological features of myasthenia gravis. In: Aguayo AJ, karapti G, editors. Topics in nerves and muscle research. 31st ed. Amsterdam: Experta Medica; 1975. p. 123-32.
- Tables: Do not submit tables and graphs as a photograph. Tables should be set within the text. Tables should be set within the text and should have a clear and rational structure along with consecutive numerical order. All tables should be numbered (1, 2, 3, etc.). Give enough information in subtitles so that each table is understandable without reference to the text. For each table, please supply a table caption (title) explaining the components of the table.
- Figures: Figures/ illustrations should be in high-quality artwork. Ensure that figures are clear, labelled, and of a size that can be reproduced legibly in the journal. Figures should be set within the text. It should be identify all elements found in the figure caption; and use boxes, circles, etc., as coordinate points in graphs.