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Author Guidelines

Categories of Articles
AUJM publishes editorials, state-of-the-art reviews, commentaries, original articles, case reports and brief communications. These articles embrace the full scope of Medicine, including clinical, laboratory, experimental, administrative and educational aspects. The journal also explores legal and ethical issues related to Medicine. All material is subject to peer review.
Papers may be submitted in the following categories.
Editorials: Editorials, usually solicited by the Editor, express opinions on current topics of interest or provide comments on papers published elsewhere in the same issue. Editorials should consist of the title page, text, references, tables and/or figures (if any).
Reviews and Commentaries: Reviews are indepth, comprehensive, state-of-the-art review articles and should consist of the title page, abstract (up to 200 words), text (up to 7000 words), references (up to 60), tables and/or figures (if any).
Commentaries are shorter articles that review a limited topic and/or may express controversial opinions regarding specific aspects of Medicine.
Original articles: Original Articles are full-length reports of original research that cover topics relevant to clinical and basic studies in all areas of Medicine. Manuscripts should include the following sections, as appropriate: Introduction - a clear introductory statement of purpose with a brief historical review when desirable; Patients (or Materials) and Methods - a description of the subjects, procedures and methods used (previously published procedures require only references to the original); Results - a full report on the results obtained; Discussion - a discussion of the significance of the findings, including references to relevant findings of other researchers; and References - there should be approximately 30 references. Figures and tables may be included as needed; however, data should not be repeated in a table and a figure and the text. The abstract should not exceed 200 words, and the text 3000 words.
Case reports: They should be in the form of a concise article (no more than 1500 words) containing the following sections: title page, abstract (50 words), introduction, case report, laboratory investigations (if appropriate), discussion, 10-12 references, one table or figure (if any).
Brief Reports: They are condensed articles with a focused message. They should include a brief abstract (up to 50 words), a text (up to 1500 words), 10-12 references, and 1 table or figure.

Manuscript Preparation
Manuscripts should be double spaced throughout, including the references and the table and figure legends, with margins of 2.5 cm on each side. Number all pages, except for the figures, with the title page as page 1, noted in the upper right-hand corner of the page. Each section of the article should begin on a separate page, as follows: title page, English abstract, Greek abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, figure legends, and figures.
Title page: All manuscripts should have a concise, informative title written on a separate page without any other information. The second page includes the title, the authors full names and their departmental and institutional affiliations, a short title of no more than 40 characters and spaces, the name, mailing address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author.
Abstract: All articles, except Editorials and Commentaries, should have English and Greek abstract. For Original Articles, the abstract should structured,not exceeding the 200 words. For Case Reports and Brief Reports, only a brief, unstructured abstract (≤ 50 words) is acceptable.
Key words: No more than five key words should be supplied.
Abbreviations: Abbreviations are allowed only if used three or more times in text, except for standard measurements. The manuscript should include a list of all abbreviations used. Abbreviations are placed in parentheses at first use in the abstract, and again at first use in the text.
Text: Authors should strive for a concise article. The text of observational and experimental article is usually divided into sections with headings Introduction, Methods, Results and Discussion. Manuscripts reporting the results of experimental investigations on human subjects must include a statement to the effect that procedures had received official institutional and ethical approval. Refer to patients by number (or, in anecdotal reports, by anonymous initials). Full names or identifiable designations should not be used in the text, tables, or figures.
Acknowledgements: They should be made only to persons who have made genuine contributions and who endorse the data and conclusions. Also, all sources of financial support, including pharmaceutical and industry support should be indicated. Place acknowledgments as the last element of the text, before references.
References: Reference should be prepared in accordance with the Vancouver style. References should be accurate and complete, and numbered consecutively as they appear in the text, tables and figures, and cited by Arabic numeral superscripts. The reference list should be arranged in order of citation, not alphabetically. The names of journals are abbreviated according to the List of Journals Indexed in Index Medicus. Titles of journals not listed in Index Medicus should be spelled out in full. Do not include unpublished data, personal communications, or manuscripts «in preparation» or «submitted» in the list of references. Such material, if essential, may be incorporated in the body of the article.

In the reference list, if a reference has 6 authors or fewer, all authors should be listed. If there are 7 authors or more, list the first 6 authors, followed by «et al.» Reference to a doctoral dissertation should include the author, title, institution, location, year, and publication information, if published. For online resources, include a URL and date accessed. If available the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) of the cited literature should be added at the end of the reference in question. Accuracy of references is the responsibility of the authors. Examples of the proper format are as follows:

1. Journal Article

Palta M, Sadek M, Gabbert D, Brady W, Weinstein MR, McGuinness, et al. The relation of maternal complications to outcomes in very low birthweight infants in an era of changing neonatal care. Am J Perinatol 1996;13:109-14.

2. Book

Prowaland M, Tozer IN. Clinical Ppharmacokinetics. Concepts and applications. Philadelphia: Lea and Febiger, 1980:79-86.

3. Chapter in Book

Maher JF. Pharmacological aspects of renal failure and dialysis. In Drukker W, Parsons FM, Maher JF, eds. Replacement of renal function by dialysis. Boston: Martinus Nijhof, 1983:749-7.

4. On line publication

Public Health Service Task Force. Recommendations for the use of antiretroviral drugs in pregnant HIV- 1 infected women for maternal health and interventions to reduce perinatal HIV-1 transmission in the United States. Available at: http://www.aidsinfo.nih. org. Accessed 24 April 2002.

5. Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

Dyall KG. Relative and nonrelative finite nucleus optimized double zeta basis sets for the elements. Theor Chem Acc 1998;99:366-371 DOI 10.10007/ s002149800025

Tables and Figures/Illustrations

Tables and figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals. A legend must be provided above each table. All headings and data must be horizontal and justified to the left column margin. All abbreviations should be spelled out at the end of the footnotes.

Figures may be original drawings in black ink with typographic lettering or glossy photographic prints or may be submitted in electronic format. When submitted in electronic format, images should be at least 10cm wide and be provided in EPS or TIFF format. Graphics software such as Photoshop should be used in the creation of the art. When graphs, scattergrams, or histograms are submitted in electronic form they must be accompanied by a hardcopy. The use of symbols in figures should be consistent with usage within the paper. All figures should be identified on the back by the name of the principal author and the figure number. If the orientation of a figure is not obvious, it should be indicated on the back. Legends for figures should be collected together and presented on a separate manuscript page. Figures should not be three-dimensional, and items in a figure must be of such a size that they are still legible when reduced for publication.
All photographs should be of the highest quality possible as reproduction reduces the quality. When photomicrographs are submitted, staining techniques should be stated and an internal scale marker included. Photographs of recognizable subjects must be accompanied by signed consent of the subject of publication. Lack of proper consent will require the publisher to block out facial features from photographs. In reference to animal experiments, use schematic drawings, not photographs. If any of the figures submitted have been published elsewhere, written consent should be obtained from the copyright holder (usually the publisher) and the authors.

Patient anonymity and informed consent: It is the author’s responsibility to ensure that a patient’s anonymity be carefully protected and to verify that any experimental investigation with human subjects reported in the manuscript was performed with informed consent and following all the guidelines for experimental investigation with human subjects required by the institution(s) with which all the authors are affiliated. Authors should mask patients’ eyes or, if the eye area is the focus of the illustration, the patient’s nose and mouth, and they should remove patients’ names from figures unless written consent obtained from the patients is submitted with the manuscript.

Permissions: Before an article is submitted, permission must be obtained from the author and the publisher (if necessary) for re-use of previously published illustrations and tables. Permission letters should accompany the manuscript. The source of material should be mentioned in an illustration legend or table footnote.

Manuscript Return Policy: Manuscripts and illustrative material are ordinarily not returned.

Peer reviews: All articles are reviewed by two reviewers to determine validity, significance, and originality of contents and conclusions. Authors will usually be advised as soon as possible whether their paper is accepted, requires revision for acceptance, or is rejected. The reviewers will be selected by the Editors.

Copyright: It is a condition of publication that the authors transfer the world copyright of their manuscripts to the Journal.

Conflict of interest: Authors of papers and commissioned articles should inform the Editor whenever they have a conflict or potential conflict of interest capable of influencing their judgements. Such conflicts may take many forms but are likely to be financial, personal, political or academic.

Authority and responsibility: The intellectual content of the paper is the responsibility of the authors. The Editor and the Publisher accept no responsibility for opinions and statements of authors.

Submission of manuscripts: There are not article processing charges and article  submission charges. Authors should submit their manuscript on disc together with three copies and three sets of original figures and retain a copy for reference. Articles should be written in English. The preferred word processor is the word for Win XP or 2003 or newer. It is important that the file on disc and the printout are identical.

Cover letter: A cover letter must be included with all manuscripts submitted to AUMJ, noting the name, address, telephone and fax numbers, and e-mail address of the corresponding author. The letter should warrant that all authors have seen and approved the manuscript, that they have contributed significantly to the work, and that the manuscript has not been published and is not being considered for publication elsewhere.


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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word document file format, the text is double-spaced with 2.5cm margins on each side. All pages are numbered on the upper right corner (except for the figures) with the title page as page one.

  3. Each section is beginning on a separate page with the following order:title page, English abstract, Greek abstract, text, acknowledgments, references, tables, figure legends, and figures.
  4. There are: a) a list of keywords (no more than five) and b) a list of abbreviations
  5. The text adheres to bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
  7. Letter(s) of permission to reproduce previously published material in all forms and media is(are) uploaded as supplementary file(s)

  8. Letter(s) of permission to publish patient photographs in all forms and media (if applicable) is(are) uploaded as supplementary file(s)


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