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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • 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.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.

Author Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Our publication criteria are based upon high ethical standards and rigorous scientific methodology. Authors are welcomed to submit original articles, review articles (systematic and metaanalysis), case report, brief communications and letters for consideration of the PMJ editorial board.

All submission will undergo rigorous quality and statistical checks and peer-review evaluation process before a final decision.

Types of Manuscript

Editorials (E)

Brief, substantiated commentary on subjects of topical interest.

Original Article (OA)

Report of original clinical or investigative laboratory research.

Review Article (R)

Overview of recent researches in a particular subject area.

Brief Communications (BC)

Description of a complete small investigation; or of new models, hypotheses, or innovative methods.

Case Report (CR)

Brief case report of unusual interest.

 Letter to the Editor (LE)

Comment(s) on a manuscript published within 6 months in MJMS; or a short letter on scientifically relevant findings.

Letters in reply (LR)

Reply by authors.

Manuscript Preparation       

Manuscripts must be written in the English language and prepared in Microsoft Word document (.doc), preferably using Times New Roman, size 12, with double spacing and normal margin. Authors may refer to Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, or other similar publications, for tips on preparing a scientific manuscript.     

The following materials should be provided in separate files:    

Title page

The title page should contain full title, a running title of not more than 50 characters, names of authors and affiliations, corresponding author’s details, and acknowledgements (if any).

Main document


The title should be concise but informative.


The abstract should briefly summarise all important aspects of the manuscript in 150 to 250 words.


Please use MeSH terms (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html) for keywords.


The text of observational and experimental articles is usually divided into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion. A case report is divided into Introduction, Case Report, and Discussion. Other types of manuscript may be divided into several sections, as seen necessary by the authors.


Please follow CSE citation style for references.

Tables (if any)

Tables should be prepared to fit a portrait layout. Please keep the tables as simple as possible; further explanations can be included in the footnotes.

Figures (if any)

Figures should be of high quality, either in EPS or TIFF format. Original file (e.g., Excel, SPSS output file) should also be provided for graphs and charts.


The Authorship Agreement Form should be completed and submitted via mail, fax, or email. For manuscripts containing pictures of identifiable patients, the Patient Consent Form must be submitted as well.

Manuscript Submission        

Manuscript should be submitted online via Online OJS system. For a first-time contributor, please register a new account.

A new submission will be pre-screened (content check and plagiarism check) prior to peer review process. A decision letter will be sent to the authors once all reviews have been returned. Authors can track the manuscript’s progress through the Author Center.                              


Accepted manuscripts become the permanent property of the Clinical Research Centre and may not be published elsewhere without prior permission from the publisher; all authors will be required to sign a Copyright Transfer Form upon acceptance of the manuscript. Permission must be obtained from copyright owner to reproduce materials published elsewhere in the manuscript.