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 TROPICAL JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND MEDICAL SCIENCES

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Author Guidelines

Please follow the author guidelines below

Introduction

Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences is a free access, journal publishing original articles on research, clinical practice, public health, policy, planning, implementation and evaluation, in the health and related sciences relevant to Africa and the tropics. It is published 2 times a year.

Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences is a fully open access journal and therefore is free to read, and there are no submission fees or author fees of any kind.

SUBMITTING A MANUSCRIPT

The manuscript should be submitted online on the journal website:
Any enquiries should be sent by email to:


The Editor,
Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences,
Ondo State NMA House, Igbatoro road,
P. O. Box 2805, Akure Ondo State.
Email: nmaondo@yahoo.com, owaolorunfemi@yahoo.com
 +2348037637532.

We accept a manuscript on the understanding that it is reporting unpublished work and that it is not under consideration for publication elsewhere. We generally accept manuscripts in the following categories: reports of original research, case reports, special articles, letters to the editor and reviews

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS 

Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences fully endorses the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors ICMJE, details of which can be accessed on: http://www.icmje.org

LENGTH OF MANUSCRIPTS

Full-length articles should not exceed 3000 words and have a maximum of six tables (or figures). Short reports should be less than 1500 words with a maximum of two tables (or figures). Letters to the Editor and Book reviews should be less than 1500 words and do not need an abstract.

FORMATTING

Manuscripts should be written in English and typed to fit on single-sided A4size pages, double-spaced with margins of at least 25mm. Research articles should include the following, each beginning on a fresh page: title, abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, references, acknowledgements, tables and figures.

TITLE PAGE

This should contain an informative title, the first name, initial and last name of each author. The page should also include the name of institution(s) and departments to which the work should be attributed, and the name, address, email, fax, and telephone numbers (s) of the author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript. We also require the email addresses of ALL authors. On acceptance, the list of authors will not change.

ABSTRACT

The abstract must not exceed 250 words and must be structured as follows: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results, and Conclusions.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT.

This should be on a separate page and not be more than ten printed lines (about 500 bytes).

FIGURES AND TABLES AND SCIENTIFIC MEASUREMENTS.

  1. Figures and tables should be of reproducible quality, include comprehensive captions and not duplicate material presented in the text. All illustrations (tables and figures) must be cited consecutively in the text. Avoid internal vertical or horizontal lines in tables.
  2. Any figures should be professionally designed and submitted as original copies. • All scientific measurements except blood pressure (mm Hg) should be expressed in SI units. REFERENCES: (Vancouver style).
  3. Any figures should be professionally designed and submitted as original copies. • All scientific measurements except blood pressure (mm Hg) should be expressed in SI units. REFERENCES: (Vancouver style).
  4. The references must be in the following form: author (s), title of journal article, full name or Index Medicus or Medline or PUBMED abbreviation of journal, year of publication, volume number, and page numbers in full.   When there are six or fewer authors, list all of them. If there are seven or more, then list the first six followed by et al. Examples of references:

Journal reference:
Oyedeji GA. Delayed sexual maturation in sickle cell anaemia patients-observations in one practice. Annals of Tropical Paediatrics 1995; 15 (3): 197-201

Book reference: 

Campbell JM, Machin D. Medical Statistics: a common sense approach. 2nd ed. New York: John Wiley & Sons, 1993 References to personal communication, unpublished material or manuscripts in preparation or submitted, but not yet accepted, are discouraged.
Permission to reproduce borrowed material: Written permission to reproduce borrowed material (Illustrations, tables and figures) must be obtained from the original publishers and authors, and submitted with the manuscript. Borrowed material should be acknowledged in captions 

Conflict of interest disclosure Authors: Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences requires all authors to disclose conflict of interest.

According to the ICMJE (http://www.icmje.org/ethical_4conflicts.html), this includes “all financial and personal relationships that might bias their work”. The authors have to say “whether potential conflict does or does not exist.” Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences expects authors to declare presence or absence conflict of interest in the manuscript. This must be written on a separate page, giving detail where applicable, of the conflict of interest if it exists.

 

CHECKLIST FOR AUTHORS

Before submitting your manuscript please make sure you have the following:
1. Covering (submission) letter
2. Corresponding author’s name, complete address, institution, title, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail.
3. Complete address, degrees, institution, title, telephone number, and e-mail for each author
4. Manuscript in Microsoft Word, or RTF
5. Conflict of interest disclosure
6. Proposed list of potential reviewers

7. Submit your manuscripts on : www.tjmmsonline.com – Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. 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.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.

Publishing Ethics

Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences takes publishing ethics very seriously, and will investigate thoroughly any concerns or allegations of misconduct reported to the Journal. Any complaints should be sent via email to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof James K Tumwine (kabaleimc@gmail.com).

Plagiarism

A condition of submission is that the work is the author’s own; all listed authors approve the submitted manuscript; the work must be original; and the manuscript is not under consideration for publication elsewhere at any other journal. In order to ensure the originality of your article, it may be checked for similarity with previously published works. Any concerns about possible plagiarism will be investigated accordingly, and may lead to rejection or retraction of your manuscript or article.

Peer Review

This Journal operates a double-blind peer review policy. Submitted manuscripts will first be assessed by the Editor-in-Chief to ensure they are appropriate for the journal. Papers considered suitable are then usually sent to a minimum of two independent expert reviewers to assess the scientific quality of the paper. The Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the acceptance or rejection of articles, along with the Associate Editors. The Editor’s decision is final.

Conflict of interest in peer review

Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences would like peer-reviewers to disclose all potential situations which might be viewed as conflicts of interest. To avoid any doubt, all reviewers have to state if conflict exists or not. We expect reviewers not to use the work they are reviewing for other purposes.

Copyright Notice

A.    TROPICAL JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND MEDICAL SCIENCES OPEN ACCESS POLICY

While Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences has been freely accessible online there have been questions on whether it is Open Access or not. We wish to clearly state that indeed Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences is Open Access.  No substantive errors are introduced in the process

  • Attribution of authorship and correct citation details are given
  • The referencing details are not changed. 

Should the papers be reproduced in part, this must be clearly stated.

The papers will be freely and universally accessible online in an easily readable format such as XML in at least one widely recognized open access repository such as PUBMED CENTRAL.

B. ABRIDGED LICENCE AGREEMENT BETWEEN AUTHORS AND TROPICAL JOURNAL OF MEDICINE AND MEDICAL SCIENCES

I submitted my manuscript to Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences and would like to affirm that: 

1.0  I am authorized by my co-authors to enter into these arrangements.

2.0 I guarantee, on behalf of self and co-authors:

  • That the paper is original, and has not been published in any other peer-reviewed journal; nor is it under consideration by other journal (s). It does not infringe existing copyright or any other person’s rights
  • That we are/I am the sole author(s) of the paper and with authority to enter into this agreement. My granting rights to Tropical Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences is not in breach of any other obligation.
  • That the paper contains nothing unlawful, or libelous. Nor anything that would constitute a breach of contract, confidence or commitment given to secrecy, if published
  • That I/we have taken care to ensure the integrity of the article.

3.0  I and all co-authors, agree that the paper, if accepted for publication, shall be licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0. (see https://creativecommons.org/)

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.