Instruction for authors

INSTRUCTIONS for AUTHORS


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The Editor-in-Chief of The Bangkok Medical Journal invites manuscripts in all areas of medical research. As a general guide, manuscripts will be considered for publication if they contribute significantly new findings to the field.

TYPES OF MANUSCRIPTS

The following types of material may be considered for publication:

The following types of material may be considered forpublication:
(1.) Original Research: Original Articles are scientific reportsof the results of original clinical research.
(2.) Case Report: Brief Reports usually describe one to threepatients or a single family with uncommon history or diagnosisor treatment outcome.
(3.) Review Articles: Review articles are usually solicited by theeditors, but we will consider unsolicited material. All reviewarticles undergo the same peer-review and editorial processas original research reports. They should be written for thegeneral physician, not specialists. Consequently, they mayinclude material that might be considered too introductory forspecialists in the field being covered.
(4.) Medical Images: Images in clinical medicine are classicimages of common or unusual or rare medical conditions. Thisfeature is intended to capture the sense of visual discovery andvariety that physicians experience. Medical Images are notintended as a vehicle for case reports. Original, high-qualityimages are considered for publication (subject to editing andabridgment) provided they do not contain material that hasbeen submitted or published elsewhere.
(5.) Letter to Editor: Letters to Editor provide a forum forreaders to comment about articles recently published in theJournal, and they are a place to publish concise articles, such asreports of novel cases.
(6.) Other Submission

  • Special features are miscellaneous articles of special interest to the medical community such as history of outstanding medical personnel, medical society/organization, medical innovation, etc.

  • Book review is a form of literary criticism in which a book is analyzed based on content, style, and merit. Book review is usually solicited by the editors, but we will consider unsolicited material.
    To submit either Special features or Book review to editor for publication in the Journal, in general the text is limited to 5000 words, with a maximum of 5 figures and tables (total), and up to 50 references.

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

To submit each type of manuscript for publication in theJournal, please follow the specific submission instructions at www.bangkokmedjournal.com

(1) General Style Guidelines

Manuscripts are to be submitted (and will be published)in English. Use international non-proprietary (generic) nameswhen referring to drugs; avoid proprietary (brand) names.

(2) Manuscript Format

a. Critical Reviews and Invited Commentaries

  • Title Page (see Full-Length Original Research below)
  • Abstract and Keywords Reviews and commentaries shouldgenerally begin with a brief (less than 200 words) summaryof the content. The summary (unstructured) should provide the reader with an abstract of the main points of the paper.Abstract should be followed by a list of 3 - 6 keywords; pleaseprovide keywords that will assist in the indexing of yourarticle (i.e., make it easy for individuals who are searchingonline to find your paper).

b. Full-Length Original Research and Brief Communications

* Title

Include the following information:

  • Full title of the manuscript
  • Authors’ names (first and last names, middle initial whencommonly used by that author)
  • Institutional affiliation for each author (use super-scriptednumbers after each author’s name)
  • Corresponding author: First and last names, middle initialwhen commonly used by that author; Address and Email

* Abstract

Full-Length Original Research reports should consist offour sections, labeled: Objective; Material and Methods; Results;Conclusion. This structured summary should co cisely and specificallydescribe why and how the study was performed, theessential results, and what the authors conclude from the results.

* Keywords

KeywordsKeywords are significant words in medical indexing. Theyare useful as a tool when researching for paper information fromlists of medical journals.

* Introduction

State the objectives of the study clearly and concisely,and provide a context for the study by referring judiciouslyto previous work in the area. Do not attempt to present acomprehensive review of the field. Provide a statement aboutthe significance of this research for understanding and/ortreating the concerned disease.

* Materials and Methods

Describe the research methods in sufficient detail that thework can be duplicated; alternatively, give references (if theyare readily accessible) and comprehensive descriptions. Identifythe statistical procedures that were used and the rationale forchoosing a particular method, especially if it is not standard.

* Results

Results should be reported fully and concisely, in a logicalorder. Descriptive information provided in figure legendsneed not be repeated in the text; use the text, however, todescribe key features of the figures. When appropriate, givesample numbers, the range and standard deviation (or meanerror) of measurements, and significance values for comparedpopulations.

* Discussions

Provide an interpretation of the results and assess theirsignificance in relation to previous work in the field. Do notrepeat the results. Do not engage in general discussion beyondthe scope of the experimental results.

* Conclusions

Conclusions should be supported by the data obtainedin the reported study; avoid speculation not warranted byexperimental results, and label speculation clearly.

* Acknowledgements

All acknowledgements including financial support shouldbe mentioned under the heading “acknowledgements” and notas footnotes on the first page or in the text.

* References

Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. In manuscript, please number the cited references in chronological order and superscript them at the end of the sentence. All references cited in the text (including those included in figures legends and tables) should be listed References.

Start the References on a separate page, and arrange citations in the order that they appear order so that they will be in sequence with references cited in the text. List all authors when there are three or fewer; when there are four or more, list the first three, followed by "et al.", title of the article, journal name (in italics - use PubMed abbreviations), year of publication (followed by a semicolon), volume number (followed by a colon) and pages (first - last page numbers). Reference to electronic material should include author name(s), date, article title, and journal (as above); where volume and/or page numbers are not available, substitute Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. Numbered references to personal communication, unpublished data, or manuscripts either "in preparation" or "submitted for publication" are unacceptable. If essential, such material can be incorporated at the appropriate place in the text.

The following are sample references:

  1. Saengpattrachai M, Srinualta D, Lorlertratna N, et al. Public familiarity with, knowledge of, and predictors of negative attitudes toward epilepsy in Thailand. Epilepsy Behav 2010;17:487-505.
  2. Saengpattrachai M, Sharma R, Hunjan A, et al. Nonconvulsive seizures in the pediatric intensive care unit: etiology, EEG, and brain imaging findings. Epilepsia 2006;47:1510-8.
  3. Treiman DM, Delgado-Escueda AV. Status epilepticus. In: Thompson RA, Green RA, Green JR,eds. Critical Care of Neurological and Neurosurgical Emergencies. New York: Raven, 1980:53-99.
  4. Kuczmarski RJ, Ogden CL, Grammer-Strawn LM, et al. CDC growth charts: United States. Advancedata from vital and health statistics. No. 314. Hyattsville, Md.: National Center for Health Statistics, 2000. (DHHS publication no. (PHS) 2000-1250 0-0431.)
  5. U.S. positions on selected issues at the third negotiating session of the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control. Washington, D.C.: Committee on Government Reform, 2002. (Accessed March 4, 2002, at http://www.house.gov/reform/min/ inves_tobacco/index_accord.htm.)

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

(1) Cover letter

All manuscripts should be submitted with a cover letter,addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, which explains why themanuscript should be published in The Bangkok MedicalJournal. In particular, authors should identify novel findings,innovative approaches, and important insights that wouldmake the manuscript of particular value to the readers of TheBangkok Medical Journal.

(2) Text, table and figure files

All files should be given a label that includes the first author's last name and the nature of the file.

MANUSCRIPT PUBLICATION

(1) Proofs

Proofs are mailed electronically in a PDF format, and must be returned within three days of receipt.

Late returns of proofs will cause substantial delay in articlepublication. It is the corresponding author’s responsibilityto see that the proof is accurately checked and corrected, andto return the proofs promptly to avoid publication delays.

Please check the spelling of co-authors'names, text, tables, legends, and references carefully. It is the authors' responsibility to make sure that the information is accurate. Indicate corrections either using the PDF editor function or with clear hard-copy indications. The proof corrections stage is not the time for fine-tuning language or making any other substantive changes. Confine corrections to errors in printing; authors may be charged for major author-initiated changes.

(2) Public access of accepted/published articles

Prior to acceptance, articles may be shared (print or electronic copies) with colleagues. After an article has been accepted, authors may share print or electronic copies of the article (accepted and revised to address peer review) with colleagues, and may use the material in personal compilations, other publications of his/her own work, and for educational/research purposes. Articles published in The Bangkok Medical Journal are freely accessible to the public - via website "www.bangkokmedjournal.com"

Mission

The Bangkok Medical Journal (ISSN 2287-0237 (online) / 2228-9674 (print)) is a peer-reviewed journal publishedby BDMS Foundation for Medical Education and Research. The primary goal of The Bangkok Medical Journal isto serve as an educational instrument to enhance the practice in medicine. The Bangkok Medical Journal acceptsoriginal articles dealing with clinical and laboratory medicine, clinical research, basic science research, and clinicalepidemiology. Prospective authors should consult “Information for Authors,” which can be obtained at www.bangkokmedjournal.com

Subscription Information

Once you have prepared your manuscript to conform to the author guidelines:

  • Go to www.bangkokmedjournal.com. First-time authors will need to register with our Open Jaurnal Submission (OJS) before submitting your manuscript on “submit an article”. This will take you to theonline submission and peer review portal.
  • Follow the online instructions for filling out the submission form and uploading your manuscript.
  • You may submit your manuscript using filling out the submission from and uploading your manuscript.

Article Types

The Bangkok Medical Journal publishes specific type of articles. Each type serves a distinct and separate purpose and is judged by different criteria. Manuscripts should be constructed according to specific guidelines for Articles.

General Submission and Peer Review

Information

  • The Bangkok Medical Journal publishes original contributions to the advancement of medical diagnosisand treatment.
  • Submitted manuscripts should not contain previously published material and must not be under considerationfor publication elsewhere.
  • The Bangkok Medical Journal follows the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical JournalEditors (ICMJE). The guidelines may be viewed at www.bangkokmedjournal.com.
  • Manuscript that do not conform to The Bangkok Medical Journal Author Guidelines or exceed the Maximumsfor Articles’ Submitted to The Bangkok Medical Journal may be sent back to the author without review orput on hold until the submission is deemed in compliance with the requirements.• Manuscripts that conform to The Bangkok Medical Journal Author Guidelines will go to double blindedpeer review process. Two to four reviewers review a manuscript depending on complexity of the manuscriptwithout awareness of the authors’ identity. Comments and recommendations are shared with the authorswith no information on identify of the reviewers. The Editor-in-Chief makes final decision on publishingthe manuscripts or orther relevant actions.
  • Statements made in the article, including changes made by the Editor or manuscript editor, are theresponsibility of the author and not of The Bangkok Medical Journal.

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