The abstracts and full paper will be published in Medical Journal of Malaysia.
Publication guidelines for authors
Submission fees (non-refundable): RM 300
Submission deadline: 29 January 2018
We welcome articles of interest in the form of original papers and case reports. Articles are accepted for publication on condition that they were presented at IBSC 2018 and are contributed solely to The Medical Journal of Malaysia. Neither the Editorial Board nor the Publishers accept responsibility for the views and statements of authors expressed in their contributions. The Editorial Board reserves the right to reject papers that do not meet our requirements. To avoid delays in publication, authors are advised to adhere closely to the instructions given below.
Manuscripts should be submitted in English (British English). All submissions must be accompanied by a completed Copyright Assignment Form (CAF), signed by all authors. Manuscript text should be submitted using Microsoft Word for Windows. Images should be submitted as JPEG files (minimum resolution of 300 dpi).
Manuscripts will be reviewed by the Scientific and Publication Team of IBSC 2018.
TYPES OF PAPERS
1) Original Articles:
Original Articles are reports on findings from original unpublished research. Preference for publications will be given to high quality original research that have a significant contribution in the field. The articles should not exceed 4000 words, tables/illustrations up to five (5) and references up to 40. Manuscript describing original research should conform to the IMRAD format, more details are given below.
2) Case Reports:
Papers on case reports (one to five cases) must follow these rules: Case reports should not exceed 1,000 words; with only maximum of one (1) table; two (2) photographs; and up to five (5) references. It shall consists of a Summary and the Main Text. The summary should be limited to 100 words and provided immediately after the title page. Having a unique lesson in the diagnosis, pathology or management of the case is more valuable than mere finding of a rare entity. Being able to report the outcome and length of survival of a rare problem is more valuable than merely describing what treatment was rendered at the time of diagnosis.
STRUCTURE OF PAPERS
The title page should state the brief title of the paper, full name(s) of the author(s) (with the surname or last name bolded), degrees (limited to one degree or diploma), affiliations and corresponding author’s address. All the authors’ affiliations shall be provided after the authors’ names. Indicate the affiliations with a superscript number at the end of the author’s degrees and at the start of the name of the affiliation. If the author is affiliated to more than one (1) institution, a comma should be used to separate the number for the said affiliation.
Do provide preferred abbreviated author names for indexing purpose, e.g. KL Goh (for Goh Khean Lee), MZ Azhar (for Azhar bin Mohd Zain), K Suresh (for Suresh Kumarasamy) or S Harwant (for Harwant Singh).
Please indicate the corresponding author and provide the affiliation, full postal address and email.
Articles describing Original Research should consist of the following sections (IMRAD format): Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgment and References. Each section should begin on a fresh page.
Scientific names, foreign words and Greek symbols should be in italic.
a) Abstract and Key Words:
A structured abstract is required for Original Articles. It should be limited to 250 words and provided immediately after the title page. Below the abstract provide and identify 3 to 10 key words or short phrases that will assist indexers in cross-indexing your article. Use terms from the medical subject headings (MeSH) list from Index Medicus where possible.
Clearly state the purpose of the article. Summarise the rationale for the study or observation. Give only strictly pertinent references, and do not review the subject extensively.
c) Materials and Methods:
Describe your selection of the observational or experimental subjects (patients or experimental animals, including controls) clearly, identify the methods, apparatus (manufacturer's name and address in parenthesis), and procedures in sufficient detail to allow other workers to reproduce the results. Give references to established methods, including statistical methods; provide references and brief descriptions of methods that have been published but are not well-known; describe new or substantially modified methods, give reasons for using them and evaluate their limitations.
Identify precisely all drugs and chemicals used, including generic name(s), dosage(s) and route(s) of administration. Do not use patients' names, initials or hospital numbers. Include numbers of observation and the statistical significance of the findings when appropriate.
When appropriate, particularly in the case of clinical trials, state clearly that the experimental design has received the approval of the relevant ethical committee.
Present your results in logical sequence in the text, tables and illustrations. Do not repeat in the text all the data in the tables or illustrations, or both: emphasise or summarise only important observations.
Emphasise the new and important aspects of the study and conclusions that follow from them. Do not repeat in detail data given in the Results section. Include in the Discussion the implications of the findings and their limitations and relate the observations to other relevant studies.
Link the conclusions with the goals of the study but avoid unqualified statements and conclusions not completely supported by your data. Avoid claiming priority and alluding to work that has not been completed. State new hypotheses when warranted, but clearly label them as such. Recommendations, when appropriate, may be included.
Acknowledge grants awarded in aid of the study (state the number of the grant, name and location of the institution or organisation), as well as persons who have contributed significantly to the study.
Authors are responsible for obtaining written permission from everyone acknowledged by name, as readers may infer their endorsement of the data.
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of cited references and these should be checked before the manuscript is submitted.
Number references consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables and legends by Arabic numerals (superscripts). References cited only in tables or legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or illustration.
i) Tables and illustrations:
Roman numerals should be used for numbering tables. Arabic numerals should be used when numbering illustrations and diagrams. Illustrations and tables should be kept to a minimum.
All tables, illustrations and diagrams should be fully labelled so that each is comprehensible without reference to the text. All measurements should be reported using the metric system.
Each table should be typed on a separate sheet of paper, double-spaced and numbered consecutively. Omit the internal horizontal and vertical rules. The contents of all tables should be carefully checked to ensure that all totals and subtotals tally.
j) Photographs of Patients:
Proof of permission and/or consent from the patient or legal guardian must be submitted with the manuscript. A statement on this must be included as a footnote to the relevant photograph.
k) Colour reproduction:
Illustrations and diagrams are normally reproduced in black and white only. Colour reproductions can be included if so required and upon request by the authors. However, a nominal charge must be paid by the authors for this additional service; the charges to be determined as and when on a per article basis.
Use only standard abbreviations. The full-term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text, unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Abbreviations shall not be used in the Title.
m) Formatting of text:
Numbers one to ten in the text are written out in words unless they are used as a unit of measurement, except in figures and tables. Use single hard-returns to separate paragraphs. Do not use tabs or indents to start a paragraph. Do not use the automated formatting of your software, such as hyphenation, endnotes, headers, or footers (especially for references). Submit the Manuscript in plain text only, removed all ‘field codes’ before submission. Do not include line numbers. Include only page number.