Chinese Medical Sciences Journal (Chin Med Sci J) [ISSN
1001-9294] is a peer-reviewed comprehensive medical journal that is
sponsored by Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences & Peking Union Medical
College. Chin Med Sci J dedicates to publish
and disseminate high-quality scientific researches in broad fields of medicine with special interests in interdisciplinary researches
and application of advanced technologies in medicine. Currently, Chin Med Sci J publishes quarterly.
Categories of articles
written by invited distinguished scholars to addresses an issue in a
professional manner for the purpose to influence public opinion, promote critical
thinking, and in some cases call on people to take actions.
article is a story of a complete academic investigation that reflects
a significant advance in the specialty. It usually includes a structured
abstract, an introduction, sections with headings of Materials and Methods,
Results, Discussion, and References. Meta-analyses are categorized as the
Review addresses a particular subject and provides a profound and comprehensive look
into a field. It usually highlights unresolved questions, historical
perspectives, and provides developmental trend or direction of investigation. Systematic
reviews without meta-analysis are categorized as reviews. A non-structured
abstract is needed.
an article in about 2000 words that scholarly presents a personal opinion or
fresh insights into new advances in an important and popular topic. Viewpoints
should be well focused and logically.
Case report narrates a medical condition experienced by a particular patient for clinical,
scientific, or educational purposes. It includes an introductory paragraph and
section s of Case Description, Discussion, and References. CARE guideline and
reporting checklist are encouraged when preparing the manuscript. A
non-structured abstract is needed.
communication is a concise article that aims to report a new idea developed from a
small investigation or a pioneer study. Because of the high novelty and originality,
short communication can go through fast track. The text should be structured
similarly to the original article and be within 3000 words.
Guideline or Consensus is developed by working
task group or a panel of experts for the purpose to guide clinical practice in
a specific scope or on a specific clinical topic. To facilitate Chinese works being
recognized and disseminated globally, high quality guideline or consensus that
has published in Chinese is acceptable for the second publication in English on
Chin Med Sci J in conditions of being compliant with the ethics of second publication.
Data article is a manuscript that
scientifically describes a dataset in terms of data generation,
characteristics, quality control, applicable value, etc. The dataset is usually
deposited to a recognized database, i.e., the Population
Health Data Archive (PHDA, https://www.ncmi.cn) for peer reviews, as
well as for public access and reuse if the manuscript has been accepted.
Letter to the Editor comments a
recent published article on the journal. The manuscript should be within 500
words and submitted in two months since the publication of the article.
the manuscript is written in English proficiently enough for editors and
reviewers to understand. It is strongly recommended authors whose native
languages are other than English to have a native English user to polish
language of the manuscript prior to submission.
Cover letter/Title page
All manuscript should begin with a title page which includes a short but
informative title in no more than 50 letters, the names, affiliations (department,
institute, city, zip code, country) and contact information (phone and email) of
each author, as well as their contributions to the study. Information about funding,
ethical approval, trail registry, previous presentation at a meeting in part or
on the whole, if applicable, should be stated in this section. The
corresponding electronic copies of supporting documents need to be indicated in
the cover letter and uploaded to the system before completing the submission.
Abstract and key words
Original articles should include a structured abstract not less than 250
words. It should comprise sections of objectives, methods, results, and conclusions.
For other types of article, e.g., review and case report, a non-structured
abstract around 150 words is required. Key words that can assist indexing of the
article are required. Please refer to Index Medicus for acceptable key words. Additionally,
authors are encouraged to prepare a bibliographical description of the work in
Chinese which include title, author’s names, affiliations, abstract and key
words in Chinese, and submit it along with the full text of manuscript. Once
published, the article will fulfill the bilingual key words searching and
abstract reading by Chinese database users.
For research articles, the main text should include the following sections:
Introduction Clearly state the purpose and, where applicable, a brief and
relevant background of the study, thus allowing readers to understand the
context and evaluate the results of the present study.
Materials and Methods Describe the subjects (including and excluding
criteria for selection), the equipment involved, as well as the methods used.
The sources of all equipment, drugs, chemicals, and experimental animals or
cell lines must be identified. The methodology in this section should include sufficient
information to fulfill repeatability by other researchers.
Results The results section should be well
organized and presented clearly and concisely. It is not necessary to narrate
data displayed in tables and figures. Implications of the result should be put
in the section of Discussion.
Discussion Provide interpretation of the results in
relation to previously published work. Emphasize innovation and importance of
the study, followed by conclusion. Limitations of the current study that may
bear on the interpretation of the results should be addressed. It is not recommended
to repeat details listed in the results section or reiterate the introduction,
and review the field in depth.
References Reference should be numbered consecutively in
the order of citation in the text. Please refer to Samples of Formatted References for Authors of Journal Articles for citation of variable
resources, including journal article, chapter in a book, online resources, webpage,
dataset, etc. Please check if your references are cited
accurately and be consistent with the formatting of the journal. Notably, doi
of the cited literature should be presented in the references.
Tables should be put in the text and numbered according to the order in
which they are cited in the text. The title of a table should be
self-explanatory enough to be understood by reader without the main text. Tables
that contain data too extensive to be published in print are suggested to be
published online as supplementary materials, numerated with a prefix of S
(e.g., Table S1). All abbreviations appear in the table need full text
explanation at the footnotes.
Figures, including graphs, flow charts, diagrams, photographs, and
radiographs, are suggested to be put at the end of the full text accompanied
with figure legends. Notably, all figures should be in high resolution (minimum
300 dpi) and minimally processed to factually represent the original data. All
digitized images should be uploaded separately in format of TIFF, JPG, or PNG
before completing the submission. All figures and graphics should be compacted
in a file and uploaded during submission. If figures that have been previously
published are presented in the manuscript, it should be stated in the cover
letter and a written permission from the copyright holder will be required.
Units of measurement
In tables, figures, and throughout the text, the International System of
Units should be adopted as the standard. For instance, data should be presented
in metric units, temperature in degrees Celsius, blood pressure in millimeters
of mercury (mm Hg), etc.
Abbreviations and Acronyms
Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using abbreviations in the article
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.
Manuscripts submitted to Chin Med
Sci J must be original and has not been published either in print or
electronically, nor has been submitted for publication elsewhere. We would not
consider articles that have been published in language other than English,
excepting commissioned article or author had claimed an acceptable reason for
republish a work. Authors should declare the manuscript is original and whether
any part in their manuscript has been published elsewhere or not in cover
An author of an article should substantially participate in the whole
scientific process, including conception and study design, data collection,
analyses, or interpretation; drafting or revising the article critically for
important intellectual content; final approval of the article for submission
and publication. All authors of the manuscript must have agreed to the
submission and each author takes responsibility and accountability for the
work. A statement of Authorship and Contribution with signature of each author
is required to upload to complete a submission. Any change to the author list
after submission needs to be approved in written by all authors. Contributors
who do not meet the criteria for authorship are suggested to be acknowledged at
the end of the text.
Conflict of interest declaration
Each author should disclose potential conflicts of interests that are
relevant to the subject of their manuscript in the past 36 months, including
funding, employment, personal fee, financial incomes, etc. Authors who do not
have relevant conflicts of interests should indicate no such conflicting as
Compliance to biomedical ethics
As studies that involve human should be compliant with the biomedical
principles, for manuscript of biomedical study, we require authors to provide
document of approval from the institutional review Board/Committee. Clinical
trials that have been registered on appropriate online registry will have
priority during editorial processing and publication. Studies using
experimental animals should follow the institutional and/or national guidelines
for animal treatment, which need to be declared in the manuscript. For case
report, a written consent to the publication from the reported patient is
Manuscripts should be submitted through the online
submission system of the journal. We perform ethical assessments at the internal review stage, including iThenticate similarity
check for anti-plagiarism. Afterwards, we will send manuscript to at least two independent
specialists for peer review. Final decisions will be made based on the comments
of reviewers and the authors’ response. Author may suggest peer reviewers or to
avoid particular individual as peer reviewer. For the clinical trial that has
been registered at a registry platform, please state it in the cover letter and
include the registration number in the manuscript. We encourage authors to use
the reporting guidelines from EQUATOR network (www.equator-network.org/home/) when preparing manuscript. For example, CONSORT for
randomized trails, PRISMA for meta-analysis and systematic review, etc. It usually takes less than 3 months for editors to make a final decision
whether a work will be accepted or rejected. The manuscript will be published
online after acceptance with necessary edition and revision prior to the print.
To check the processing status of a manuscript, authors may log in the online
submission system, or give a phone call to the editorial office during working
A signed copyright agreement is needed to be upload to the system at submission. For conventional publication model which auther transfer copyright to the publisher, Chinese Academy of Medical
Sciences is the copyright holder for reprinting, republish, or distributing the
text, dataset, or figures in forms of print and digital. Anyone who intends to
reuse these contents needs a written authorization from the editorial office
with appropriate citation. In case that any part of manuscript has been
intellectual property of people other than the authors, it is the authors’
responsibility to notify the journal and obtain written authorization for
copyright permission. We also provide open access (OA) option based on the
Creative Commons licenses for authors.
For all accepted manuscripts, a publication fee is payable to the journal owner at rates of CNY 400 per typeset PDF page in black and white, and CNY
800 per typeset PDF page in color, regardless of the category of article. Article processing charge (APC) for open access publication is of similar rate currently. The journal
reserves the right to waive or reduce the charge in specific case.
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