All material submitted for publication is assumed to be submitted exclusively to the Al-Kitab Journal of Medical Sciences unless the contrary is stated. Manuscript decisions are based on a double-blinded peer review process. The Editor retains the right to determine the style and, if necessary, edit and shorten any material accepted for publication. All manuscripts submitted must be original and submitted online through our website. Instructions for registration and submission are found on the webpage. All final ‘proof’ requests must be accompanied by a completed Copyright Assignment Form duly signed by all authors. British English should be used. Manuscript text should be submitted using Microsoft Word (in .doc or .docx only). Images should be submitted as TIFF files. Submissions received via hard copy will not be accepted.
Al-Kitab Journal of Medical Sciences will publish original research articles, case reports, and review articles in all related areas on the care of individuals, families, and communities. Our expertise and interest include topics related to medicine, medical care, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing & medical technology. It also covers management and ethics issues related to individual, family and community care.
All submissions must use a 12-point font Times New Roman, double-spaced throughout. There should be a 2.5 cm wide margin on all sides. Each section should be on a new page, and number the pages consecutively. The following documents are required for each submission:
1. TITLE PAGE
2. ABSTRACT AND KEYWORDS
4. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS (IF ANY)
5. CONFLICT OF INTEREST
* Manuscripts which do not adhere to the above guidelines will be returned to the
corresponding author without being sent for review.
In separate lines, the title page should contain the title of the manuscript, the name(s) and affiliation(s) of the author(s), and the mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The title must be specific, concise and informative.
ABSTRACT AND KEYWORDS
- The abstract of original articles should be structured and be 300 words.
-The structured abstracts should have the following headings: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusion.
- Abstracts of manuscripts of other categories should be unstructured.
- Avoid symbols and abbreviations in the abstract.
- Provide a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of six (6) keywords.
This section should include Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion and Conclusion. Cite all References and Figures mentioned in the text in Arabic numerals (e.g. 1, 2, 3) and Table(s) in Roman numerals (e.g. I, II, III).
Introduction: briefly review important prior publications and state why the investigation is being reported.
Material and methods: description of methods, equipment and techniques (including statistical treatments used in the research).
Statistics: Clearly describe the statistical methods used with sufficient detail to enable a reader to verify the reported results. A clear numerical and graphical presentation of the results is recommended where possible.
The primary analysis results should preferably be reported using Effect Size and Confidence Intervals in addition to P values.
Results: Results should be presented logically, referring to Tables, Figures etc.
Discussion: Elaborate on the new and important findings of the study. Do not repeat in detail data or other information already given in the Introduction or the Results sections. Compare and discuss with previous works (citing references). Discuss the implications of the findings and their limitations.
Conclusions: This should clearly explain the main findings of the work, highlighting its importance and relevance.
Ethical Matters: Authors using experimental animals and human subjects in their investigation must seek approval from the appropriate Ethical Committee. The method section must include proof that the study was approved and informed consent was obtained.
CONFLICT OF INTEREST
All submissions to the Al-Kitab Journal of Medical Sciences must disclose all relationships that present a potential conflict of interest. The Editor may use such information as a basis for editorial decisions and publish such disclosures if they are considered important to readers in judging the manuscript.
Acknowledgements should be included at the end of the text and not in footnotes. Personal acknowledgements should precede those of institutions or agencies. Acknowledge those who contributed to the study but do not qualify as authors (including technical assistance, manuscript reading etc.). Any other information concerning research grants (Grant awarding bodies) should be indicated.
It is the author’s responsibility to check all references carefully for accuracy and completeness. Number references consecutively in the order they are first mentioned in the text.
References should be identified in the text, Tables and Legends by Arabic numerals. Use APA 6th style. Examples of correct references are given at the end of these instructions.
EXAMPLES OF CORRECT FORMS OF REFERENCES
APA 6th style
A. ARTICLES IN JOURNALS
Gabapentin (GBP) and carbamazepine (CBZ) are two antiepileptic drugs (AEDs) that are used not only in the treatment of epilepsy but also in managing a range of other conditions, such as diabetic neuropathy (Kaufman, 2011).
Kaufman, Kenneth R. (2011). Antiepileptic drugs in the treatment of psychiatric disorders. Epilepsy & Behavior, 21(1), 1-11.
The sulfonamides (sulfa) drugs were the first antibiotic drugs developed that effectively treated infections. Although the use of sulfonamides began to decline after the introduction of more effective anti-infectives, such as penicillins and other antibiotics, these drugs still remain important for the treatment of certain types of infections (Koda-Kimble, 2007).
Koda-Kimble, Mary Anne. (2007). Handbook of applied therapeutics: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
MANUSCRIPT – ANONYMISED VERSION
Reviews are double-blinded. Thus, authors should also provide a cover page with the Title without the authors' names. All forms of identification (names, institutions) must be removed from the text of the article.
ABBREVIATIONS AND SYMBOLS
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid the use of abbreviations and symbols in the title and abstract.
Use the full term first and, subsequently, the abbreviation.Use the full term if it is a standard unit of measurement.
In general, symbols and abbreviations should be those used by British Chemical and Physiological Abstracts. Weights, volumes, etc., should be in metric units.
SUBMISSION OF REVISED MANUSCRIPTS
The authors are strongly advised to read carefully and, if necessary, revise the manuscripts by comments made by the reviewers and or the editors before resubmission. Two copies must be resubmitted. One copy should be clean, and the other as an annotated anonymised version. The authors must also provide a pointby- point reply for each reviewer and editor's comment.
Upon acceptance for publication, copyediting of the manuscript will be done to conform to the style of the Journal. The galley proof is then sent back to the authors, who would then be responsible for carefully scrutinising and answering any further enquiries, should there be any. A copyright assignment form will also be sent at this stage, and the authors' immediate response (within one week) is required. Failure to comply may delay publication of the manuscript in a particular volume/issue of the Journal.
GUIDELINES FOR OTHER ARTICLE TYPES
Review articles can be submitted by any authors or by invitation. These are systematic critical assessments of literature and data sources, usually written by experts providing recent information on a particularity. Each article should include an unstructured Abstract, up to six keywords, an Introduction, relevant section headings, a Conclusion and up to 75 References.
COPYRIGHT ASSIGNMENT FORM
All accepted submissions must be accompanied by a completed Copyright Assignment Form, signed by all authors. The form will be sent out with the galley proof once the manuscript has been accepted, and the author is expected to return the form within one (1) week. The form and the proof can also be submitted together and sent to email: AJMS@uoalkitab.edu.iq
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