Chin Med Sci J complies with the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals: Writing and Editing for Biomedical Publication (http://www.icmje.org).
Instructions for acceptable manuscript and figure formats at both initial submission and revision stage, tips for creating efficient figures, and additional resources on editorial style are as follow.
All manuscript should begin with a cover page, which should include a short but informative title in no more than 50 letters, the names, affiliations (department, institutes, city, zip code, country) and contact information (phone and email) of each author, as well as their contribution for the study.
The title should reflect the paper’s content and emphasis accurately and completely enough to stand alone. In order to facilitate retrieval and indexing, title should be informative. Omit “the” at the beginning of the title. Spell out all terms in the title, and avoid symbols, formulas, and abbreviations. Do not use company names, specific trademarks, or brand names of chemicals, drugs, materials, or instruments.
All those designated as authors must meet authorship criteria and take authorship responsibility. A statement of funding support, if applicable, should also be included, accompanied with a copy of supporting document.
Key words and abstract
Please provide a list of 3-5 key words to assist the indexers in cross-indexing the article. Authors may refer to Index Medicus for acceptable key words.
Original articles should include a structured abstract emphasizing new and important aspects of the study or observations. The abstract usually convey the main point and data of the article, and subheaded individually as: Objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Reviews need a 150-word non-structured abstract. Other types of articles do not need an abstract. The abstract should cite necessary data in the Results and must not include references. An additional Chinese version of abstract and key words is suggested when submitting manuscript, to fulfill bilingual key words searching and abstract reading by Chinese database users.
Clearly state the purpose and, where applicable, A brief and relevant background of the study should be included, thus allowing the reader to understand and evaluate the results of the present study. Authors should clearly state the purpose of the study, and provide the hypothesis that was addressed or the rationale for the present study.
Materials and Methods
Materials and Methods section should include sufficient technical information to allow the experiments to be repeated. Authors should describe the subjects (including criteria for selection) and the equipment involved as well as the methods used clearly and logically. The sources of all equipment, drugs, chemicals, and experimental animals or cell lines must be identified. When using an established method, cite the appropriate literature and give only the necessary details. For the manuscript involving human data or animals, the Method section must include a statement of the approval from the Institutional Review Board, or the institutional or national guidelines compliance for animal care and use.
The results of the experiments should be presented clearly and concisely in one of the following forms: text, table(s), or figure(s). Do not discuss their implications and do not repeat in detail all data presenting in tables and figures.
Emphasize new and important finding of the study and provide an interpretation in relation to previously published work, as well as the significance of the study. Limitations that may bear on the interpretation of the results and reasonable conclusions are suggested to be included in this section. It is not necessary to repeat details of the results section or reiterate the introduction, or to review the field in depth. When citing references, do not detail their findings.
Appended to the discussion may be a brief statement of acknowledgment that lists all contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship but who provided essential materials or substantive ideas and assistance, or the source of any financial support received for the study.
References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. Identify references in text, tables, and legends by means of mini-size Arabic numerals. For reference form, please refer to the NLM’s ICMJE Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals: Sample References webpage.
Tables and figures
Tables should be put after the reference section and numbered in the order in which they are cited in the text, and be sure to cite all tables in text. Arrange the data so that columns of similar material read down, not across. Figures, including graphs, flow charts, diagrams, photographs, and radiographs, should be put at the end of the manuscript in the order of its citation in the text, accompanied with figure legends. Figures are also required be submitted in TIF, JPG or PNG format separately in a minimum resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi). All figures need to be uploaded in a comprised file technically to be submitted through online submitting system. All information that may identify a patient should be removed from a photograph. In case of photomicrographs, the staining method and magnification expressed by scale bars should be indicated. Any previously published figures and tables must be accompanied by written permission from the copyright holder.
Units of measurement
In tables, figures, and throughout the text, data should be presented in metric units, and the International System of Units (SI) is adopted as standard.
Abbreviations and acronyms
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid abbreviations in the title. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Place the abbreviation and acronym in parentheses as first use in the abstract or text.