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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.
  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

What is the AHSJ looking for?

All manuscripts submitted to the AHSJ should be original work, not published previously or currently under consideration elsewhere, written for a general medical audience. We dont charge a processing fee or a submission fee for any  manuscripts that  are submitted and get approved for publication on this journal. To be accepted the manuscripts have to be well-written, coherent, focused, and able to demonstrate scientific rigour, sound methodology and strong ethical conduct. The AHSJ publishes articles that cover all areas of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological medical research, as well as medical education, medical ethics, and the history of medicine.

 

What types of articles does the AHSJ accept?

The UTMJ accepts:

  1. Original research articles
  2. Review articles
  3. Perspectives and Commentaries
  4. Case reports
  5. Book reviews
  6. Letters to the Editor

Further details about frequently published article types are provided below. A template for submission with instructions specifying required formatting is available here. 

Original Research Articles:

The AHSJ will consider original research articles including (but not limited to) observational studies, surveys, clinical trials, case-control studies, epidemiological studies, intervention studies, evaluations, and qualitative studies. Topic areas include (but are not limited to) all areas of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological medical research, as well as medical education, medical ethics, and the history of medicine.

Abstract Length: Up to 300 words.

Manuscript Length: Up to 5000 words (excluding reference list, figure captions and table captions).

Review Articles:

The AHSJ considers literature reviews (narrative, systematic, and meta-analytical) on all areas of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological medical research, as well as medical education, medical ethics, and the history of medicine.

Abstract Length: Up to 300 words.

Manuscript Length: Up to 5000 words (excluding reference list).

Perspectives and Commentaries:

The AHSJ will consider perspectives, commentaries, opinions, and point-counterpoint articles on controversial and/or current issues in all areas of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological medical research, as well as medical education, medical ethics, and the history of medicine.

Manuscript Length: Up to 5000 words (excluding reference list).

Case Reports:

The AHSJ welcomes clinical reports describing the signs and symptoms, diagnosis, treatment, or other clinical parameters of unusual or interesting cases.

Manuscript Length: Up to 3000 words (excluding reference list). Authors must adhere to the ethical guidelines outlined in the sections below.

Book Reviews:

The AHSJ welcomes reviews of current and historical books on all areas of basic, clinical, translational, and epidemiological medical research, as well as medical education, medical ethics, and the history of medicine. 

Manuscript Length: Up to 3000 words.

Letters to the Editor:

Correspondence relating to (or in response to) previously published articles is welcomed.

 

How should I submit my manuscript?

Articles can be submitted online   . All submissions must be in the English language. In addition, please provide the name and highest degree obtained for all authors of the manuscript. For further details regarding manuscript preparation, section headings, and word counts, please see the sample template.

 

Informed consent

From "Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Privacy and Confidentiality" by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. Identifying information, including names, initials, or hospital numbers, should not be published in written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees unless the information is essential for scientific purposes and the patient (or parent or guardian) gives written informed consent for publication. Informed consent for this purpose requires that an identifiable patient be shown the manuscript to be published. Authors should disclose to these patients whether any potential identifiable material might be available via the Internet as well as in print after publication.

Nonessential identifying details should be omitted. Informed consent should be obtained if there is any doubt that anonymity can be maintained. For example, masking the eye region in photographs of patients is inadequate protection of anonymity. If identifying characteristics are altered to protect anonymity, such as in genetic pedigrees, authors should provide assurance, and editors should so note, that such alterations do not distort scientific meaning.

When informed consent has been obtained, it should be indicated in the published article.

 

Conflict of Interest

From "Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Conflicts of Interest" by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

When authors submit a manuscript, whether an article or a letter, they are responsible for disclosing all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work. To prevent ambiguity, authors must state explicitly whether potential conflicts do or do not exist. Authors should do so in the manuscript on a conflict-of-interest notification page that follows the title page, providing additional detail, if necessary, in a cover letter that accompanies the manuscript.

Authors should identify Individuals who provide writing or other assistance and disclose the funding source for this assistance.

Investigators must disclose potential conflicts to study participants and should state in the manuscript whether they have done so.

Human and Animal Testing

From "Ethical Considerations in the Conduct and Reporting of Research: Protection of Human Subjects and Animals in Research" by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors:

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. If doubt exists whether the research was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration, the authors must explain the rationale for their approach and demonstrate that the institutional review body explicitly approved the doubtful aspects of the study. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Privacy Statement

 

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.