Author Guidelines

AUTHOR GUIDELINES

These guidelines are in accordance with the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals. (Complete document available at www.icmje.org.)
The International medical journal – Academic Medical Journal publishes peer-reviewed articles on all aspects of medical sciences, including original articles, review articles, case reports, commentaries, editorials, letters to editor, clinical trials and surgical techniques in various medical disciplines.

Original article
Papers of the results of original research are limited to 5000 words. Required subheadings include abstract, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, conclusion and references. There should be a structured abstract with the limit of 250 words or less.

Review article
A review article should be limited to 6000 words. We consider general reviews that summarize the current understandings, a research on a topic, integrating recent advances with accepted principles and practice, or summarizing and analyzing consensus view of issues in practice.

Case reports and case series
Article should describe new clinical phenomena, describe novel treatment approaches, provide preliminary documentation of treatment efficacy and promote evidence-based practice. Case reports must be structured as follows: Introduction (explaining the importance of the case), Case Description (providing all relevant information), and Conclusions (describing the detailed outcome of the report). Article should be limited to 3000 words.

Commentaries
Article should be limited to 2000 words. Any thoughtful discussions of current research topics. Commentaries are short, narrowly focused articles that are usually written?
by authors upon invitation from editorial office. Unsolicited commentaries are also considered.

Editorials
Article should be limited to 2000 words. Academic Medical Journal considers editorials from invited members. Provide commentary concerning a previously published article in a journal or on a current research trends.

Letter to editor
We invite letters relating to, or responding to, recently published items in the journal. A letter to the editor should not exceed 450 words.

Clinical trial
Article should be limited to 3000 words. The paper outline any research project that prospectively assigns human participants to intervention or comparison groups to study the cause-and-effect relationship between an intervention and a health outcome. A structured abstract is required, and trial registration information such as name, number, and URL must be listed.

Surgical techniques
Describe innovative surgical techniques with new operative procedures or improvements in existing procedures. Authors can include images which will be published in article. If need to include a video, demonstrating the surgical technique described, it will be published as online-only supplementary material. Article should be limited to 3000 words.

Manuscript
All manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter. This is a letter addressed to the Editor-in-Chief in which the corresponding author states that he/she wishes to submit the manuscript to the Academic Medical Journal for consideration, that there is no conflict of interest, and that all authors have read and approved of the manuscript being submitted.

Copyright Notice
In sending the manuscript the author(s) confirm(s) that (s)he has (they have) not previously submitted it to another journal (except for abstracts of no more than 400 words) or published it elsewhere. The author(s) also agree(s), if and when the manuscript is accepted for publication, to automatic and free transfer of copyright to the Publisher allowing for the publication and distribution of the material submitted in all available forms and fields of exploitation. A Transfer of Copyright Form will be sent to the corresponding author at the time of either preliminary or final acceptance. It must be completed and returned to the publisher. The author(s) accept(s) that the manuscript will not be published elsewhere in any language without the written consent of the copyright holder, i.e. the Publisher.

Privacy Statement
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Ensure that the following items are present
• One Author designated as corresponding author
• E-mail address
• Full postal address
• Telephone and fax numbers
• All necessary files have been uploaded
• Keywords
• All figure captions
• All tables and illustrations (including title, description, footnotes)
• Have been undergone English language check and correction
• Manuscript has been “spellchecked”
• References are in the correct format
• All references mentioned in the Reference List are cited in the text and vice versa. Non-standard or uncommon abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention.
• Permission has been obtained for use of copyrighted material from other sources (including the Web)
The text should be in single-column Word format. Do not use the word processor’s options to justify text or to hyphenate words.
Tables should be done in Word. Do not import the tables and figures into the text file. Indicate their approximate locations directly in the text of the manuscript. Tables and fi gures have to be on separate pages at the end of the manuscript.

Title page
• Title should be clear, descriptive and not exceed 85 characters, including spaces. Abbreviations are not allowed in the title of manuscript.
• Authorship should only be assumed by those coworkers who have contributed to the work and its report. Colleagues who have otherwise assisted or collaborated should be recognized in the Acknowledgement section.
• Authors’ names are listed in bibliographic form (surname and name). That means - the principal name and one or two initials.
• Complete postal address of affiliations.
• Full telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
• Present addresses of authors if applicable.
• Complete correspondence address (including postal zip code) and email address to which the proofs should be sent.
• Grant support.
• Statement that there is no confl ict of interest.

Abstract
This should contain no more than 250 words.
For original articles, the abstract should be structured (i.e., divided into the sections Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Conclusion).
Abstracts should briefly describe the problem being addressed in the study, how the study was performed and which measurements were carried out, the most relevant results, and what the authors conclude from the results. An abstract is presented separate from the article, so it must “be able” to stand alone. Non-standard abbreviations should be avoided, but if essential they must be defined at their first mention in the abstract itself.
Key words
A list of 3–6 words or short phrases should be included after the abstract for indexing purposes. Use terms from the Medical Subjects Headings from the Index Medicus.

Arrangement of the article
Introduction
State the objectives of the work and provide an adequate background, avoiding a detailed literature survey or a summary of the results.
Materials and Methods
Provide sufficient detail to allow the work to be reproduced. Methods already published should be indicated by a reference: only relevant modifications should be described. You must include a sentence saying that informed consent was obtained from participants in the study and/or that the institution’s ethics committee approved the study.
Results
These should be presented precisely. Do not present the same information in tables and fi gures. Discussion
This should directly relate to the study being reported. Do not include a general review of the topic. Please include the conclusion in this section, unless it is a review article. A concise discussion should relate only to the main results and their comparison to previously published studies. Conclusions must be clear and easy to understand.
References
References should be cited in text by number and numbered in order they are cited. The reference should be written in double-spaced form at the end of the text, following the sample formats given below.
For the abbreviations of journal names, refer to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus
Provide all names of authors when fewer than seven: when seven or more, list the first six and add et al. Provide article titles and inclusive pages. The author is responsible for the accuracy of reference data.
The recommended style for references is of Index Medicus/NLM
(http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/policy/cit_format.html).
References should be written as follows:
Journal papers: initials and names of first six authors following et al., full title of paper, journal abbreviation (according to Index Medicus), year of publication, volume (in Arabic numerals), first and last page, doi:
1. Olabarria M, Goldman JE. Disorders of Astrocytes: Alexander Disease as a Model. Annu Rev Pathol. 2017; 24(12):131-152, doi: 10.1146/annurev-pathol-052016-100218.
Book and monographs: initials and names of all authors, full title, edition, publisher, place, year:
2. Pollack RS. Tumor surgery of the head and neck. Karger, Basel 1975.
3. Standring S (ed). Gray`s anatomy. 41st ed. Amsterdam: Elsevier; 2015.
Chapter of book:
4. Kutt H, Pippenberg CE, et al. Plasma clearance of nor-methsuximide in a uremic patient. In: Levy RH, Pitlick WH, Meijer J, editors. Metabolism of antiepileptic drugs. New York: Raven Press; 1984. p. 223-6.
Book in a series:
5. Usdin E, Asberg M, Bertilsson L, editors. Frontiers in biochemical and pharmacological research in depression. New York; Raven Press, 1984. (Advances in biochemical psychopharmacology; vol 39.)
Please note, that references students’ atlases and textbooks commonly used in didactics should not be cited.
Reference to articles that are accepted for publication may be cited as "in press", whereas manuscripts that are still in preparation or submitted for publication should be referred to as "unpublished data".

Structured Abstract
A structured abstract should be provided on a separate page with no more than 200 words, presenting essential data in five paragraphs introduced by separate headings in following order: Objectives, Background, Methods, Results, Conclusion. All data in the structured abstract must be present also in the submitted text or tables. Three to five key words should be added. Terms from Index Medicus should be used.

Condensed Abstract (for table of contents)
A condensed abstract of no more than 50 words should be provided for the expanded table of contents, stressing clinical implications. Do not include data which are not present in the text or tables.

Acknowledgements
This section should acknowledge colleagues who have assisted or collaborated in the study who are not listed on the title page. It should also include details on sponsoring and possible confl icts of interest.

Figures and Photographs
Figures and photographs of good quality should be submitted online as a separate files. Please use a lettering that remains clearly readable even after reduction to about 50%. For every figure or photograph, a legend should be provided. All authors wishing to use illustrations already published must first obtain the permission of the author and publisher and/or copyright holders and give precise reference to the original work. This permission must include the right to publish in electronic media.

Tables
Tables should be done in Word. Number tables consecutively in accordance with their appearance in the text. The text should include references to all tables. Each table should occupy a separate page of the manuscript. Tables should never be included in the text. Each table should have a brief and self-explanatory title. Place footnotes to tables below the table body and indicate them with superscript lowercase letters, indicate each footnote in a table with a superscript lowercase letter. Be sparing in the use of tables and ensure that the data presented in tables do not duplicate results described elsewhere in the article. Tables should be on a separate sheet, with title above and any notes below. All abbreviations should be explained. Do not provide duplicate information in tables and fi gures.

Illustrations
• All illustrations should be submitted as separate fi les.
• Illustrations created in Word should be sent as Word file.
• All illustrations in CorelDraw and Illustrator should be sent in EPS format.
• Photos should be sent in the format tiff or jpg. Always with minimum compressed.
• Illustrations should be numbered according to their sequence in the text. References should be made in the text to each illustration.
• Illustrations should be of such a size as to allow a reduction of 50%
• Lettering should be big enough to allow a reduction of 50% without becoming illegible. Use the same kind of lettering throughout and follow the style of the manuscript.
• The each illustration should be on a separate sheet of the manuscript
• Explanations should be given in the figure legend(s).
• Photographs are only acceptable if they have good contrast and intensity.

Figure legends should be typed on separate pages; figure numbers must follow their reference in text.
Drug names. Generic names should be used; trade names may be given in parentheses in the first mention, and generic names should be used thereafter.
Abbreviations. The list of abbreviations given in “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” (section References) should be followed. For additional abbreviations, consult the CBE Style Manual (available from the Council of Biology Editors, 9650 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Maryland 20814, U.S.A.) or other standard sources.

PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING CONVENTIONS
Word tables. Provide tables as a separate file (do not place in text).
Excel graphs. Provide as Excel fi le (do not place in text).
Word graphs. Provide as a separate Word file (do not place in text)
Table and graph legends should be provided separately at the end of the text.
Graphs printed on laser or ink printers could not serve as templates– always provide original electronic files!
Figures. Provide original or scan. Scan in 600-800 dpi! – set to B/W (black and white) or line art. Figures – black and white photos. Provide high-quality original or scan in 350 dpi! Figures – colour photos. Provide high-quality original or scan in 350 dpi!
Figures from digital camera should not be placed in text. Provide them in tiff or jpg format (with minimal compression)!
Figures scanned in 72 or 96 dpi are not suitable for print!!!
On principle, do not place scans in text! Always provide original figures in tiff or jpg format (with minimal compression). Placing scan in Word text causes a loss of quality!!!
Figure legends should be provided as a separate text file.
Do not place fi gures in PowerPoint – this application is meant for presentations and it is not possible to use it as a template for print!!!
We will not publish accepted manuscripts which do not meet our requirements for formal processing of manuscripts.

Proofs
One set of proofs will be sent by e-mail to the Corresponding Author as given on the title page of the manuscript. Only typesetter’s errors may be corrected; no changes in, or additions to, the edited manuscript will be allowed. Academic Medical Journal will do everything possible to get your article corrected and published as quickly and accurately as possible. Therefore, it is important to ensure that all of your corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Subsequent corrections will not be possible, so please ensure your fi rst sending is complete. Proof must be returned within 2 days; late return may cause a delay in publication. Please check text, tables, legends, and references carefully. Authors can also keep a track of the progress of their accepted article at www.elis.sk.