The Bangkok Medical Journal publishes specific type ofarticles. Each type serves a distinct and separate purpose and isjudged by different criteria. Manuscripts should be constructedaccording to specific guidelines for Articles.
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) names when 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) summary ofthe content. The summary (unstructured) should provide thereader 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 Page
Includes 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
Full-Length Original Research reports should consistof four sections, labeled: Objective; Material and Methods; Results;Conclusion. This structured summary should co cisely and specificallydescribe why and how the study was performed, the essential results,and what the authors conclude from the results.
Keywords are significant words in medical indexing.They are useful as a tool when researching for paper informationfrom lists of medical journals.
State the objectives of the study clearly andconcisely, and provide a context for the study by referringjudiciously to previous work in the area. Do not attempt to presenta comprehensive review of the field. Provide a statement about thesignificance of this research for understanding and/or treating theconcerned disease.
* Materials and Methods
Describe the research methods in sufficientdetail that the work can be duplicated; alternatively, give references(if they are readily accessible) and comprehensive descriptions. Identifythe statistical procedures that were used and the rationale for choosinga particular method, especially if it is not standard.
Results should be reported fully and concisely, in alogical order. Descriptive information provided in figure legendsneed not be repeated in the text; use the text, however, to describekey features of the figures. When appropriate, give sample numbers,the range and standard deviation (or mean error) of measurements,and significance values for compared populations.
Provide an interpretation of the results and assesstheir significance in relation to previous work in the field. Do notrepeat the results. Do not engage in general discussion beyond thescope of the experimental results.
Conclusions should be supported by the dataobtained in the reported study; avoid speculation not warranted byexperimental results, and label speculation clearly.
All acknowledgements including financialsupport should be mentioned under the heading “acknowledgements”and not as footnotes on the first page or in the text.
The Vancouver system of referencing should be used.References should be cited numerically in the order they appear inthe text. Identify references in text, tables and legends by Arabicnumerals in parentheses or as superscripts. Names of all authors andeditors should be given. In the reference list, the references shouldbe numbered and listed in order of appearance in the text. Cite thenames of all authors when there are six or fewer; when there areseven or more, list the first six followed by “et al”. Names ofjournals should be abbreviated in the style used in Index Medicus(see examples below). Reference to unpublished data and personalcommunications should not appear in the list but should be cited inthe text only (e.g. A Smith, unpubl. Data, 2000).
Authors are responsible for the accuracy of their references. Inmanuscript, please number the cited references in chronologicalorder and superscript them at the end of the sentence. All referencescited in the text (including those included in figures legends andtables) should be listed References. Start the References on a separatepage, and arrange citations in the order that they appear order sothat they will be in sequence with references cited in the text. Listall authors when there are three or fewer; when there are four ormore, 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 materialshould include author name(s), date, article title, and journal (asabove); where volume and/or page numbers are not available,substitute Digital Object Identifier (DOI) number. Numberedreferences to personal communication unpublished data, or manuscriptseither “in preparation” or “submitted for publication” are unacceptable.If essential, such material can be incorporated at the appropriateplace 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.)