Authorship Guidelines

Instruction to author(s)

 Introduction

 Devdaha Medical Journal (herein referred to DMJ in abbreviation) is an official biomedical journal of Devdaha Medical College and Research Institute (herein referred to DMCRI). It is published biannually and peer reviewed.The aim is to share knowledge, skill and practices to deliver patient(s) holistic care and improve standard of relevant educational exercises.

 Scope

 Journal publishes original articles, review articles, case reports, personal communication, letter to editors, book reviews, along with abstract of medical conference. These should have sound research background. Expert opinion and other miscellaneous topic within the framework of health care (e.g. alternative medicine, law etc.) may be considered to publish if the body of information has potential to benefit health profession or patient wellbeing.

 The authour(s) do not have to pay for submission, processing and publishing their articles if selected by editorial due process; priority of selecting manuscript will be given to current, relevant issues.

 Presentation

 Manuscript must be written in British English language and it must be in accordance with “Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals” or “Recommendation for the conduct, reporting, editing and publication of scholarly work in Medical Journal” developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE). Before sending the manuscript to DMJ, please complete the following points which are relevant to your writing.

 Original Article

 It should include three sections:

a.  Title page: It should be within 50 characters. Authour(s) identity and contact address of corresponding authour must be explicit and functional e.g. name in full, mailing address, telephone, fax, email address. Each authour's highest academic degree, affiliation and name of department and institution where the work was done must be clearly and legibly written. Number of figure(s) and table(s) should also be noted.

b. Declaration form: It must be completed. It is available on DMJ webpage or email request.

 c. Conflict of interest notification page: It is mandatory to declare sources of support if applicable e.g. grant equipment, drugs or all of these. It should be in separate page or page following the title page. If the above condition does not exist, just mention “No condition for conflict of interest exists.”

 d. Abstract: It is a structured summary, should be written in separate page and should be 250 words, must not exceed 350 words. For clarity purpose, flexibility exist in total words count beyond margin. It must provide context and purpose of study, basic procedure (selection of study subjects or observational and analytical method), main findings, statistical significance and finally main conclusion. Three to eight key words should be below the abstract in alphabetical order. Use key words from MeSH Index.

Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/mesh

 e. Introduction: Background explaining the problem, under investigation and the reason/ purpose of the study should be explicitly written. Please provide the context of relevant research and state how the work differs from other. It is mandatory to identify the question(s) that has to be answered.

 f. Material(s) and Method(s):Enough details to understand and replicate your research by reader is essential. It helps to explain how you carried out the procedure and establishes eligibility exclusion criteria. Measurement must be precise and include error of measurement or research design limits.

 g. Results:Your finding must be clear, objectively verifiable and meaningful to show the work is contributing to the body of scientific knowledge. It should follow a logical sequence based on tables and figures and answers the question of hypothesis.

 h.  Discussion:Emphasize the new and important aspect of study. It is useful to begin the discussion by summarizing briefly the main findings, then explore possible mechanism or explanation, compare and contrast the findings with other relevant studies. It explains how the research has moved the body of scientific knowledge forward. It also outlines the next steps for further study. Avoid unqualified statements and conclusions that are not adequately supported by data.

 i.      Conclusion:Link conclusion with the goal of study. It is succinctly stated answer to question of research or purpose of the study.

 j.      References:Devdaha Medical Journal (DMJ in abbreviated form) follows Vancouver system of referencing in all manuscript. You may wish to see “Citing Medicine” second edition.

 Link: http://www.icmje.org/about.html

References should be in separate section immediately following the text. Authours should verify the references. They should be denoted in the text by superscript Arabic numerals and listed in reference section in the order in which they appear. The title of the journals should be quoted as abbreviated in Index Medicus or if the Journal is not indexed then the title of the journal should be written in full.

 1.    Tables

 Clear and self-explanatory table should be made. No duplication of textual description is permitted. Ten columns and twenty five rows is the maximum. Arabic numerals are used to number the table consecutively as they appear in the text citation and give title to each table. Give each column a given short heading. Use the following symbols in sequence in the footnote to explain non-standard abbreviations.

§ ¶ † ** #

Table should be in separate sheet of paper. Make sure that each table is cited in the text.

 2. Figures (illustrations)

 Normally figures are used to show trend in data. Graph, charts, diagram, or pen drawing should be prepared by professional person in Indian ink (black) on white drawing paper. Prefer common data presentation format as column charts, bar charts, line chart, and scattered plot. Figure must be simple to interpret. X-ray should be supplied in minimal photo prints. Photographs must be of high quality and size should be smaller than 203mmX254mm (8”X10”). Microphotograph should mention the stain used and magnification.

 On the back of each illustration, figure number with arrow to indicate top should be clear. Figure should be in black and white and must be submitted in triplicate with appropriate legend.

 Our journal accepts electronic version of x-ray films, illustrations, scans, diagnostic images, photo of pathology specimen or photomicrograph with resolution of 300 dpi and dimension of 640x480 to 800x600 pixel dimension and picture format JPEG or TIFF. Normally picture should be in black and white. However, colored picture can also be considered which will be decided by the cost factor and quality requirement.

 All above e.g. letters, numbers, and symbols on figures should be large enough to remain legible when figure is reduced for publication and remain clear as well as constituent. Photomicrograph should have internal scale marker. Photograph of potentially identifiable person must have permission letter attached.

 3. Legend for figure (Illustration)

 Separate page is required with double spacing of type or print out legend or illustration and use Arabic numeral to demonstrate these correspondingly. Symbols, arrows, number or letters if required to identify parts of illustration, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend.

 4.    Units of measurements

 Length, weight, height and volume is in metric units and/or their decimal multiples. Temperature in degree Celsius and blood pressure in mm of Hg should be noted. Other units required in specific case is advised to use relevant specific unit.

 5. Abbreviations and symbols Only  use  standard Abbreviations  and  symbols. Avoid Abbreviations in title of manuscript. Multiple words expressed in abbreviated form in parenthesis must appear when used for the first time.

 6.    Review article

 Journal may welcome solicited and unsolicited review article. Systemic review articles are specially welcomed. Recent areas of interest and well researched article have greater value.

 Review article must be completed with maximum of 6000 words and should include abstract of 250 words, 5 keywords and up to 40 relevant references.

 7.  Miscellaneous articles

 Articles  which  have  outstanding  clinical  or scientific value, enlightening educational topic are sometimes included in the journal.

 8. Case report

Rare and interesting case report are welcomed. They should be restricted to 1000 words excluding references which itself must not be more than 10. Abstract of 100 words and up to 3 photos are acceptable. Abstract and clinical description are mandatory.

 9. Book review

 Recently published book written by our peers is welcomed and must be in 250 to 500 words.

 10. Letter to editors

 It should be in 400 words and five references. It is subjected to peer review. Any item of interest or concern or critique relating to any article published in DMJ is welcomed

 11.  Editorial

 Editorial are written either by invitee expert or editor himself or in house members. Normally balanced opinion or important topic in each issue of journal will be published. Opinion expressed in editorial are those of the authors alone. They are in no way intended to express the official view of journal, the board or DMCRI.

 12. Authorship

 DMJ tries to follow ICMJE recommendation for authorship criteria:  a)  substantial contribution to concept, design or acquisition of the data or analysis and interpretation of data, b) drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content and c) final approval of the version to be published. Corresponding author should take responsibility of the integrity of the whole work.

 13. Acknowledgement

 All those person who do not meet the criteria for author should be listed in acknowledgement section.

 14.  Submit to chief editor/editorial team, DMJ. Email : editor@dmj.edu.np Webpage www.dmj.edu.np

 Telephone no: 00977-071-403001 ,403002, 403003, 403004

Fax : 071-403004

 15.Please attach your forwarding letter in your manuscript.

 

Submit to chief editor/editorial team

DMJ. Email : editor@dmj.edu.np
Webpage : www.dmj.edu.np
Telephone no : +977-071-403001 ,403002, 403003, 403004
Fax : 071-403004

* Note : Please attach your forwarding letter in your manuscript.