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Author Guidelines

The Global Journal of Medical Students (GJMS) covers original research works in clinical, healthcare and biomedical research of all disciplines in medicine. GJMS also welcomes articles related to medical education and medical ethics. Articles with clinical interest and implications will be given preference over experimental and animal studies.

Research papers reporting original research, review articles (both narrative and evidence based), research correspondence, letter to editor will be considered. Viewpoints and Perspectives are also considered. Papers of routine nature which are merely records of interesting cases, as also those dealing with modifications of routine methodology are not encouraged.

Further, serialization of articles by the same author(s) into various parts (1,2,3, etc.) is strongly discouraged. In such cases the authors are advised to submit independent papers with self-sufficient titles and text. The GJMS strongly discourages duplication/reduplication of data already published in other journals (even when certain cosmetic changes/additions are made). If and when duplication is detected after publishing in GJMS, the journal will be forced to ‘retract’ such articles.

The Editorial Process:

A manuscript will be reviewed for possible publication with the understanding that it is being submitted to the GJMS alone at that point in time and has not been published anywhere, simultaneously submitted, or already accepted for publication elsewhere. The journal expects that authors would authorize one of them to correspond with the Journal for all matters related to the manuscript.

All manuscripts received are duly acknowledged.  On submission, editors review all submitted manuscripts initially for suitability for formal review. Manuscripts with insufficient originality, serious scientific or technical flaws, or lack of a significant message are rejected before proceeding for formal peer-review.

Manuscripts that are found suitable for publication in GJMS are then sent to two or more expert reviewers and one statistical expert based on the need. The journal follows a double-blind review process. The processes of submission of manuscript, peer review, communication of final decision and sending proofs are done through an online system.

Authorship Criteria:

Authorship credit should be based only on substantial contributions to each of the three components mentioned below:

  1. Concept and design of study or acquisition of data or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content; and
  3. Final approval of the version to be published.

Participation solely in the acquisition of funding or the collection of data does not justify authorship. General supervision of the research group is not sufficient for authorship. Each contributor should have participated sufficiently in the work to take public responsibility for appropriate portions of the content of the manuscript.

The order of naming the contributors should be based on the relative contribution of the contributor towards the study and writing the manuscript. Once submitted the order cannot be changed without written consent of all the contributors. The journal prescribes a maximum number of authors for manuscripts depending upon the type of manuscript, its scope and number of institutions involved (vide infra). The GJMS does not entertain requests for joint corresponding authorship or joint first authorship. Also each author should state a single affiliation which should be displayed in the event that the manuscript is accepted for publication.

Conflicts of Interest:

All authors must disclose any and all conflicts of interest they may have with publication of the manuscript or an institution or product that is mentioned in the manuscript and/or is important to the outcome of the study presented. Authors should also disclose conflict of interest with products that compete with those mentioned in their manuscript.

Types of Manuscripts

All submitted articles must abide to the Reporting Guidelines for Specific Study Designs:

CONSORT (Randomized controlled trials), STARD (Studies of diagnostic accuracy), PRISMA (Systematic reviews and meta-analyses), STROBE (Observational studies in epidemiology) and MOOSE (Meta-analyses of observational studies in epidemiology)/

Following types of manuscripts are invited:

  1. Original Research Articles: The approximate length of article should preferably be less than 3000 words (excluding Abstract and References). Original research articles should include a structured abstract (of 200 words maximum) under four subheadings: (i) Background & objectives, (ii) Methods, (iii) Results, and (iv) Interpretation & conclusions, followed by 3-8 key words arranged alphabetically. The main article should include the sections in following order: Introduction, Material & Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgement (if any), Conflicts of Interest and References. The permission from the Ethics Committee/ Institutional Review Board (IRB) is mandatory for all studies on human subjects and animals and this should be mentioned in the Material & Methods section. Registration of clinical trials is mandatory and registration number/CTR number should be mentioned. Maximum number of references should be less than 40.
  2. Systematic Reviews (Including Meta-analysis)/ Review Article: The articles under this section will be critical appraisal of different studies on important topics of clinical/public health significance to obtain an unbiased quantitative estimate of the overall effect of an intervention or variable for a defined outcome. The focus could be on cause, diagnosis, prognosis, therapy, prevention, etc. These would be thoroughly researched articles giving a comprehensive and balanced perspective. There should be a structured abstract. Systematic reviews should be preferably less than 4000 words with a minimum number of Tables/Figures. These will be published subject to peer review. Maximum number of references could be upto 75.
  3. Case reports / Case Series: New, interesting and rare cases can be reported. They should be unique, describing a great diagnostic or therapeutic challenge and providing a learning point for the readers. Cases with clinical significance or implications will be given priority. These communications could be of up to 1000 words (excluding Abstract and references) and should have the following headings: Abstract (unstructured), Key-words, Introduction, Case report, Discussion, Reference, Tables and Legends in that order; and could be supported with up to 10 references. Case Reports could be authored by up to four authors. For accepted Case Reports, time to publication may be higher depending upon the backlog.  Maximum number of references should be less than 20.
  4. Perspectives/Personal View/View point: These are primarily opinion pieces written by senior scientists, public health experts and policy makers. Such papers will be generally written by a single author. No anonymous articles will be published. These should be about 1000-1500 words and should contain references. Except for commissioned pieces, all submissions will be published subject to peer review. Maximum number of references should be less than 20.
  5. Letter to the Editor: These should be short and decisive observations. They should preferably be related to articles previously published in the Journal or views expressed in the journal (except these articles: Editorial / Guest Editorial / Editorial Commentary). They should not be preliminary observations that need a later paper for validation. The letter could have up to 500-700 words and 10 references. It could be generally authored by not more than four authors.

Submission of the Manuscript:

GJMS does not charge the authors or authors’ institutions for the submission, processing and/or publications of manuscript.

All manuscripts submitted for publication to the GJMS should include the following:

 (1) First page file (Accepted format: .docx)

(2) Article/Manuscript file (Blinded manuscript without author details)   (Accepted format: .docx)

(3) Tables & Figures  (Accepted format: .png, .jpg) to be submitted separately.

(4) A scanned copy of ethical clearance certificate (for original research articles, not mandatory)  (Accepted format: .pdf)

(5) Contributions form signed by all authors.  (Accepted format: .pdf)

(6) Other documents (if applicable).

[1] FIRST PAGE FILE (.docx format)

This should include a Covering letter, Title page and Author’s contribution in a single file.

Link for Format: Give a ready to fill template that authors can download from the website.

The covering letter should briefly (3-5 lines) explain why the paper should be published in the GJMS. One of the authors should be identified as the corresponding author of the paper, who would be responsible for the contents of the paper as for communication with the Editorial office. Author should declare that the article was not published or under consideration, in part or whole, simultaneously in any other journal or proceedings. Information about previous publications / presentations should be mentioned, mentioning sources of funding and Conflicts of interest must be disclosed.

Title page should include (i) name(s) of author(s); (ii) highest degree; (iii) name(s) of the Department(s); (iv) designations (academic position) of authors in the department [In case of multiple affiliations, the most suitable affiliation for the article to be published must be mentioned]; (v) mobile number and e-mail id of all authors (vi) name and address of the corresponding author with all above mentioned details.      

Title page also should include:

(i) Type of manuscript [original article/ systematic-review / Research correspondence/ perspective/ viewpoint / letter to editor/ other]

(ii) Title

(iii) Short title

(iv) Number of pages

(v) Number of Tables

(vi) Number of Figures/Photographs

(vii) Source(s) of financial support;

(viii)  Registration  number in case of Clinical Trials

(ix) Presentation of the work

(x) Conflicting Interest

(xi) Acknowledgement

Contribution Details of each author (as in the format mentioned in the template file)

[2] CONTRIBUTOR’S FORM (.pdf format)

It should be signed by all the authors with date and submitted as a scanned copy in .pdf format only. The template given below is subject to modifications as per need.

Link for Template: Give a template of Contributor’s form

 [3] ARTICLE/MANUSCRIPT FILE

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with "Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals'’ developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - ICMJE. The uniform requirements and specific requirements of GJMS are summarized above. Before submitting a manuscript, contributors are requested to check for the latest instructions available. Instructions are also available from the website of the journal (www.thegjms.org).

References:

References should be in Vancouver style only and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetical order). Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript with square brackets after the punctuation marks. References cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered in accordance with the sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or figure.

Submission Preparation Checklist

All submissions must meet the following requirements.

  • 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).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The submission file is prepared as per instructions in the Author Guidelines.
  • This is an original work of the authors and contains no copyright violations or plagiarism.

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