MHSJ guide to authors

MHSJ guide to authors

IMPORTANT: This guide does not represent a complete and all-in-one instruction. Both experienced and starting scholars should better to use many good manuals available on the internet on how to write a good medical research. Though, this guide provides basic instructions how to accurately submit the research paper to the chosen journal - Medical and Health Sciences Journal (MHSJ).

Model of peer-review procedures

All articles to MHSJ undergo screening and followed with the peer-reviewing process. After initial screening, the titles and abstracts of the articles, which receive the positive evaluation, will be published online. Every article proceeds single-blind peer-review analysis by editorial and external experts. This model is preferred by the most medical journals. Reviewers should evaluate the quality of an article based both on established criteria and own views of experts. A reviewer is expected to fill the review form and send to the editorial department.

Sample article

Please read the following guidelines and use the sample article format for submission of your paper since only articles formatted accordingly may be accepted.

Quality control

Papers accepted undergo quality control by Editorial board and peer reviewers. All research articles in these journals undergo peer review process, based on initial editor screening and anonymous expertise of reviewers. Articles previously published, those under consideration by another journal, and those with a pre-existing copyright may not be submitted. The author must ensure that about half of the paper contents or core idea has not been published anywhere else. In other words, authors should prove the considerable adjustment made and value added in their submissions.

Language

Articles must be written in English.

Title

Concise and informative. Avoid abbreviations. The title should predict the content of the research article, be interesting to the reader. Preferably, the title should reflect the tone of the writing and contain important keywords of the research paper.

Author names and affiliations

Full names should be provided. The authors should clearly separate the first and second names as it is important for the proper writing of citation record. Please indicate affiliations of the author. Indicate the corresponding address of the main author. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript letter immediately after the Author's name and in front of the appropriate address.

Contacts of the authors

Ensure that telephone and fax numbers (with country and area code) are provided in addition to the e-mail address and the complete postal address.

Abstract

Authors should write not narrative, but structured style of the abstract. "Structured abstract uses subheadings. Structured abstracts are becoming more popular for basic scientific and clinical studies, since they standardize the abstract and ensure that certain information is included. This is very useful for readers who search for articles on the internet. Often the abstract is displayed by a search engine, and on the basis of the abstract, the reader will decide whether or not to download the full article. With a structured abstract, the reader is more likely to be given the information which they need to decide whether to go on to the full article and so this style is encouraged". (for details see the [Budgell B. Guidelines to the writing of case studies. The Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association. 2008;52(4):199-204.]).

Basically, the abstract  must include the following five parts:

- Background.
- Aim or purpose of research.
- Methods used.
- Findings/results.
- Conclusion.
 
Background. In most cases, the background can be framed in just 2–3 sentences, with each sentence describing a different aspect of the information referred to above; sometimes, even a single sentence may suffice. (for details see the [Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011;53(2):172-175. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.82558.]).
 
Methods used. The methods section is usually the second-longest section in the abstract. It should contain enough information to enable the reader to understand what was done, and how. (for details see the [Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011;53(2):172-175. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.82558.]).
 
Results. The results section is the most important part of the abstract and nothing should compromise its range and quality. This is because readers who peruse an abstract do so to learn about the findings of the study. The results section should, therefore, be the longest part of the abstract and should contain as much detail about the findings as the journal word count permits. (for details see the [Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011;53(2):172-175. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.82558.]).
 
Conclusions. This important section should cover: the primary take-home message; the additional findings of importance; and the perspective. (for details see the [Andrade C. How to write a good abstract for a scientific paper or conference presentation. Indian Journal of Psychiatry. 2011;53(2):172-175. doi:10.4103/0019-5545.82558.]).

Illustrations

Graphics should be done in MS Word and must be editable.

Tables

Tables should be numbered consecutively in the text in Arabic numerals and printed on separate sheets. Any manuscript which does not conform to the above instructions may be returned for the necessary revision before publication.

Footnotes

The use of footnotes should be kept to a minimum and numbered consecutively throughout the text with superscript Arabic numerals.

References

References to publications should be as follows: “Nelson (1992) noted that...” or “This problem has been studied previously (e.g., Smith et al., 1969)”.

The author should make sure that there is a strict one-to-one correspondence between the names and years in the text and those on the list. The list of references should appear at the end of the main text. It should be double-spaced and listed in alphabetical order by author's name.

We have changed the citation style. The authors should use the NLM style (National Library of Medicine).

Journal articles:

For more details, you can use the official online guide from the National Library of Medicine.
  1. Petitti DB, Crooks VC, Buckwalter JG, Chiu V. Blood pressure levels before dementia. Arch Neurol. 2005 Jan;62(1):112-6.
  2. Jun BC, Song SW, Park CS, Lee DH, Cho KJ, Cho JH. The analysis of maxillary sinus aeration according to aging process: volume assessment by 3-dimensional reconstruction by high-resolutional CT scanning. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005 Mar;132(3):429-34.
  3. Meneton P, Jeunemaitre X, de Wardener HE, MacGregor GA. Links between dietary salt intake, renal salt handling, blood pressure, and cardiovascular diseases. Physiol Rev. 2005 Apr;85(2):679-715.
  4. Bruno-Ambrosius K, Yucel-Lindberg T, Twetman S. Salivary buffer capacity in relation to menarche and progesterone levels in saliva from adolescent girls: a longitudinal study. Acta Odontol Scand. 2004 Oct;62(5):269-72.
  5. Fuentes Ramirez M, Lopez Moreno S. [Social health research: recent communications in Salud Publica de Mexico]. Salud Publica Mex. 2005 Jan-Feb;47(1):5-7. Spanish.

Journal articles with an organization as the author:

For more details, you can use the official online guide from the National Library of Medicine.
  1. American Diabetes Association. Diabetes update. Nursing. 2003 Nov;Suppl:19-20, 24.
  2. Parkinson Study Group. A randomized placebo-controlled trial of rasagiline in levodopa-treated patients with Parkinson disease and motor fluctuations: the PRESTO study. Arch Neurol. 2005 Feb;62(2):241-8.
  3. Merritt, Hawkins & Associates. 2004 survey of physicians 50 to 65 years old. J Med Assoc Ga. 2004;93(3):21-6.
  4. Institute of Medical Illustrators. Photography of cleft audit patients. J Audiov Media Med. 2004 Dec;27(4):170-4.
  5. Sugarterapias es Onkologiai Szakmai Kollegium. [Methodologic recommendations of the Oncology and Radiotherapy College. Protocol for oncology care. Diagnostic algorithms in the course of patient follow-up]. Magy Onkol. 2004;48(4):339-47. Hungarian.

Journal articles in a language other than English:

For more details, you can use the official online guide from the National Library of Medicine.
  1. Berrino F, Gatta G, Crosignani P. [Case-control evaluation of screening efficacy]. Epidemiol Prev. 2004 Nov-Dec;28(6):354-9. Italian.
  2. Bechade D, Desrame J, Raynaud JJ, Algayres JP. [Oesophageal ulcer associated with the use of bacampicillin]. Presse Med. 2005 Feb 26;34(4):299-300. French.
  3. Zhao L, Li H, Han D. [Effects of intestinal endotoxemia on the development of cirrhosis in rats]. Zhonghua Gan Zang Bing Za Zhi. 2001 Jul;9 Suppl:21-3. Chinese.
  4. Calera Rubio AA, Roel Valdes JM, Casal Lareo A, Gadea Merino R, Rodrigo Cencillo F. Riesgo quimico laboral: elementos para un diagnostico en Espana [Occupational chemical risk: elements for a diagnostic in Spain]. Rev Esp Salud Publica. 2005 Mar-Apr;79(2):283-95. Spanish.References

Standard books with initials for authors:

For more details, you can use the official online guide from the National Library of Medicine.
  1. Jenkins PF. Making sense of the chest x-ray: a hands-on guide. New York: Oxford University Press; 2005. 194 p.
  2. Eyre HJ, Lange DP, Morris LB. Informed decisions: the complete book of cancer diagnosis, treatment, and recovery. 2nd ed. Atlanta: American Cancer Society; c2002. 768 p.
  3. Iverson C, Flanagin A, Fontanarosa PB, Glass RM, Glitman P, Lantz JC, Meyer HS, Smith JM, Winker MA, Young RK. American Medical Association manual of style. 9th ed. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; 1998. 660 p.
  4. Wenger NK, Sivarajan Froelicher E, Smith LK, Ades PA, Berra K, Blumenthal JA, Certo CME, Dattilo AM, Davis D, DeBusk RF, Drozda JP Jr, Fletcher BJ, Franklin BA, Gaston H, Greenland P, McBride PE, McGregor CGA, Oldridge NB, Piscatella JC, Rogers FJ. Cardiac rehabilitation. Rockville (MD): Agency for Health Care Policy and Research (US); 1995. 202 p.
  5. Iverson C, Flanagin A, Fontanarosa PB, et al. American Medical Association manual of style. 9th ed. Baltimore (MD): Williams & Wilkins; 1998. 660 p

Contributions to books:

For more details, you can use the official online guide from the National Library of Medicine.
  1. Whiteside TL, Heberman RB. Effectors of immunity and rationale for immunotherapy. In: Kufe DW, Pollock RE, Weichselbaum RR, Bast RC Jr, Gansler TS, Holland JF, Frei E 3rd, editors. Cancer medicine 6. Hamilton (ON): BC Decker Inc; 2003. p. 221-8.
  2. Rojko JL, Hardy WD Jr. Feline leukemia virus and other retroviruses. In: Sherding RG, editor. The cat: diseases and clinical management. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1989. p. 229-332.
  3. Kone BC. Metabolic basis of solute transport. In: Brenner BM, Rector FC, editors. Brenner and Rector’s the kidney. 8th ed. Vol. 1. Philadelphia: Saunders Elsevier; c2008. p. 130-55.
  4. Erin, Jane N.; Fazzi, Diane L.; Gordon, Robert L.; Isenberg, Sherwin J.; Paysse, Evelyn A. Vision focus: understanding the medical and functional implications of vision loss. In: Pogrund, Rona L.; Fazzi, Diane L., editors. Early focus: working with young children who are blind or visually impaired and their families. 2nd ed. New York: AFB Press; c2002. p. 52-106.
  5. Buckenmaier CC 3rd. Austere environment anesthesia. In: Steele SM, Nielsen KC, Klein SM, editors. Ambulatory anesthesia and perioperative analgesia. New York: McGraw-Hill, Medical Publications Division; c2005. p. 357-70.
  6. Otado JA, Akukwe C, Collins JW Jr. Disparate African American and white infant mortality rates in the United States. In: Livingston IL, editor. Praeger handbook of Black American health: policies and issues behind disparities in health. 2nd ed. Westport (CT): Praeger; 2004. p. 355-68.
  7. de Mattiello ML, Maneiro M, Buglione S. Sensitivity to movement of configurations of achromatic and chromatic points in amblyopic patients. In: Mellon JD, Pokorny J, Knoblauch K, editors. Normal and defective colour vision. New York: Oxford University Press; 2003. p. 154-9.

Submission fee payment

Standard submission & service fee is 120 Euro (for 2018 volume). The fee is due to pay only after receiving the positive review and formal acceptance letter from the editor. The fee provides compensation of a range services related to expertise, scientific and technical editing, printing, electronic storing and web-managing. All papers are printed online (with corresponding online ISSN) and in print form (with corresponding Print ISSN). The major version of MHSJ publication is online (electronic) with eISSN 1804-5014. The fee is not a subject to guarantee the sending printed copy via standard air mail.

Payments options

You will receive an invoice with several payment methods you can choose after the letter of acceptance.

Important

Payments must be done only after the final letter of acceptance of a paper for publication.

Electronic submission

Papers must be submitted electronically to mhsj@pradec.eu or publications@pradec.eu. For any further information please contact us.