These guidelines are in accordance with the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Publishers".
Submit an original manuscript with one set of original figures and two copies of the complete manuscript. Only one copy will be returned to you. Manuscripts must not exceed 2 500 words. Please supply a word count (not including abstracts or references). Use standard-size paper, and triple-spacing throughout. Address all submissions to the Editor:
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A covering letter signed by all authors should identify the person (with the address and telephone number) responsible for negotiations concerning the manuscript.
The manuscript should be preferably accompanied by electronic files (usual software WORD, WORDPERFECT, XPRESS).
UNITS OF MEASUREMENT
Authors should express all measurements in conventional units with System International (SI) units given in parentheses throughout the text. Figures and tables should use conventional units, with conversion factors given in legends or footnotes. In accordance with the Uniform Requirements, however, manuscripts containing only SI units will not be returned.
TITLES AND AUTHORS’ NAMES
With the manuscript, provide a page giving the title of the paper: titles should be concise and descriptive (not declarative). Also include a running head of fewer than 40 letter spaces: the name(s) of the authors(s), including the first name(s) and not more than two graduate degrees : the name of the department and institution in which the work was done : the institutional affiliation of each author : and the name and address of the author to whom reprint requests should be addressed. Any grant support that requires acknowledgment should be mentioned on this page.
Provide on a separate page an abstract of not more than 250 words. This abstract should consist of four paragraphs, labeled Background, Methods, Results and Conclusions. They should briefly describe, respectively, the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed, the salient results, and what the authors conclude from the results.
Three to 10 key words or short phrases should be added at the bottom of the abstract page; these will help us index the article and may be published with the Abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings from Index Medicus.
References must be triple-spaced and numbered consecutively as they are cited. References first cited in tables or figure legends must be numbered so that they will be in sequence with references cited in the text. The style of references is that of Index Medicus. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, "et al." The following is a simple reference:
1. Lahita R. Kluger J. Drayer DE, Koffler D. Reidenberg, MM. Antibodies to nuclear antigens in patients treated with procainamide or acetyprocainamide, N. Engl. J Med 1979; 301; 1382-5.
Numbered references to personal communications unpublished data, and manuscripts either "in preparation" or "submitted for publication" are unacceptable (see "Permissions"). If essential, such material may be incorporated in the appropriate place in the text.
Siegel S, Nonparametric Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences.
Tokyo: McGraw-Hill-Kogakusha, 1956:116-27
Further examples of citations can be found in the N Engl J Med 1991; 324:424-8.
Figures should be professionally designed. Glossy photographs are requested. Symbols, lettering and numbering should be clear and large enough to remain legible after the figure has been reduced to fit the width of a single column.
The track of each figure should include the sequence number, the name of the author, and the proper orientation (e.g..."top"). Do not mount the figure on cardboard. Photomicrographs should be cropped to a width of 8 cm, and electron photomicrographs should have internal scale markers.
If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects should not be identifiable or their pictures must be accompanied by written permission to use them.
Legends for illustrations should be triple-spaced on a separate sheet and should not appear on the illustrations. Color illustrations are encouraged. Send both transparencies and prints for this purpose.
Except for units of measurement, abbreviations are discouraged. Consult Scientific Style and Format: The CBE Manual for Authors, Editors and Publishers (Sixth edition, New York: Cambridge University Press, 1994) for lists of standard abbreviations. The first time an abbreviation appears, it should be preceded by the words for which it stands.
DRUG NAMES :
Generic names should generally be used. When proprietary brands are used in research, include the brand name in parentheses in the Methods section.
Materials taken from other sources should be accompanied by a written statement from both author and publisher giving the publisher permission for reproduction.
Obtain permission in writing from at least one author of papers still in press, unpublished data and personal communications.