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All articles published in Acta Medica International are made open access immediately and The journal does not charge for submission, processing or publication of manuscripts.

 

 

Acta Medica International is the official, peer-reviewed publication of Teerthankar Mahaveer Medical College & Research Centre,Teerthankar Mahaveer University, Moradabad U.P. India. The journal will be published twice a year. Acta Medica International commits to publish original scientific papers and review articles on all subjects of medical science It also accepts case reports, book reviews and journal scans for publication.

About Journal

Acta Medica International is an international, peer reviewed, research journal published biannually. The main aims of this journal are to publish novel and interesting observations and advance scientific knowledge in all branches of medical science. Acta Medica International provides an international and interdisciplinary forum for the dissemination of peer-reviewed, original articles, review articles, case reports, short communication, letters to the editor, short communications, book reviews, invited guest editorials, pictorial essays & journal scan etc. in the field of all branches of medical science.

Manuscript Submission

Presently authors can submit their manuscripts directly on Online Submission portal

By submitting a manuscript, the author agrees to the following:
1. The work is original and free from plagiarism.
2. It has not been submitted for publication/is not under consideration for publication at another journal.
3. All authors are aware of the order of authorship. The submitting author shall be solely responsible in case disputes arise.
4. Once published, copyright of manuscript shall stand transferred to the Journal.
5. ‘Conflict of interest’ if any, must be explicitly stated at the end of the manuscript.

Manuscripts must conform to the instructions given below:

General

Type the manuscript (using ‘Times New Roman’ font, size 10) in double space throughout. Please arrange the manuscript as follows: Title page, Abstract, Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and References. Number all pages consecutively, beginning with the title page. Figures and Tables must be referred to in the manuscript. Only the Title page should bear the names and addresses of the author(s).

Types Of Manuscript

The following categories of articles are accepted by the Acta Medica International:

Original Research Article

Original, in-depth clinical research that represents new and significant contributions to medical science. The entire manuscript should not exceed 3000 words, excluding tables and should have maximum of 50 references. The number of authors should not exceed six, including the corresponding author.

Review Article

These are comprehensive review articles on topics related to various fields of medical science. The entire manuscript should not exceed 7000 words with no more than 50 references and two authors. Please note that usually review articles are by invitation only. But unsolicited review articles will be considered for publication on excellence basis.

Case Report

Brief case reports of special interest are also welcome. Manuscript should be limited to 1200 words with maximum 2 illustrations and 20 references. The number of authors should not exceed two.

Letter To The Editor

These letters are related to any unsolicited, new information of immense academic interest. A letter must not exceed 500 words. Instead of references you may incorporate suggested readings.

Book Review

This consists of a critical appraisal of selected books on any subject of medical science. Potential authors or publishers may submit books, as well as a list of suggested reviewers, to the editorial office.

Calendar Of Conferences

Information regarding important meetings and courses to be conducted in the future are published in each issue.

Scientific Commentaries

Scientific Commentaries are short pieces relating to an article published in the journal. These are submitted only by commission. References should be limited to 10 or fewer.

Manuscript Preparation

The manuscripts should comply with the following guidelines:

Title page (Page 1) should contain:

Title and keywords for the article along with the running title
• Brief structured abstract of the article (for original articles, review articles and case reports)
• Name(s) of author(s), their academic qualifications and current affiliations
• Name, mailing and e-mail addresses of the corresponding author
• Acknowledgement of financial support, if any.

The title represents the subject matter of the manuscript. The title should be brief and comprehensive. A structured abstract (i.e, an abstract with distinct labeled sections e.g. Introduction, methods, results, discussion; for rapid comprehension) not more than 250 words in length, should be provided with 3-5 keywords. Keywords should be the listed terms in the medical subject’s headings (MeSH) of the Index Medicus, to help in easy indexing.

The manuscript should be well organized and written in simple and correct English under appropriate headings. The Introduction should address the subject of the paper. The Methods section should describe in adequate detail the laboratory or study methods followed and state the statistical procedures employed in the research. This section should also identify the ethical guidelines followed by the investigators with regard to the population, patient samples used. The Results section should be concise and include pertinent findings and necessary tables and figures. The Discussion should contain conclusions based on the major findings of the study, a review of the relevant literature, clinical application of the conclusions and future research implications. Following the Discussion, Acknowledgments of important contributors and funding agencies may be given. The editorial office must receive written, signed consent from each contributor recognized in the Acknowledgements because the statement can imply endorsement of data and conclusions.

References

At the end of the article, a list of references should be included. In general, the number of references should not exceed 50 for original articles, 50 for review articles and 20 for case reports. The authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of the references and their citations in the text.

References should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References in text, tables and legends should be identified by superscript Arabic numerals at the end of the sentence outside any punctuation. If several different studies or papers are cited within one sentence, the number should be placed where it will accurately identify the correct study.

The names of authors in the text should concur with the reference list.

References cited only in tables or in legends to figures should be numbered in accordance with a sequence established by the first identification in the text of the particular table or illustration

Papers accepted but not yet published may be included as references by adding “In press” after the journal name.

For more details and examples of correct forms of references, please refer to ICMJE guidelines sheet .

The journal follows AMA style of referencing:

For Book References

Author’s surname followed by initials of first names, full title of the book, name of chapter followed by Edn & Vol no. with name of domicile of publishers along with year of publication should be mentioned.

One author

Spencer J. Physician, heal thyself - but not on your own please. Med Educ.. 2005; 89: 548-549.

Two or more authors, but less than six

Kimmatkar N , Hemnani T. J., Jain. S. K. "Diaphyseal Femoral Intramedullary Nailing: Closed or Open Intervention?". International Journal of Scientific Study. 2014;1(5):15-18.

More than six authors

Fukushima H, Cureoglu S, Schachern P, et al. Cochlear changes in patients with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2005; 133: 100-6.

From An Electronic Source

Michaels, MP, Patrickson, GM. Brother and heridity. JAMA. 2005;101:3489-2254. Available from: American Medical Association, Chicago, Ill. Accessed February 14, 2006.

Tables

Each Table should be typed on a separate page and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Necessary explanatory notes, if any, may be given below the Table.

Figures /Illustrations/Photographs

Photographs of 300 dpi or higher resolution may be submitted as ‘jpg’, or ‘tiff ‘ files in a zipped folder. In clinical photographs, identity of the subjects should be suitably masked; in case this is not possible, a written permission from the concerned person should accompany the manuscript.

Legends to Figures

The Figure number (numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals), title and explanations of the Figures should appear in the legend (not on the Figure). Type the legends on a separate page. Enough information should be included to interpret the Figure without reference to the text.

Units

Units of measurement should be given in metric units. All bio-clinical measurements should be given in conventional units, with System International d’unites (SI) units given in parenthesis. Generic rather than trade names of drugs should be used.

Peer Review

All papers submitted are seen by one or more members of the Editorial Board. At this stage, some are rejected without peer review owing to lack of novelty, involvement of normal subjects, serious scientific flaws or work lying outside the scope of the journal. Suitable articles are sent to at least two experts for review, whose reports are returned to the assigned member of the Editorial Board and the Editor. Following peer review, we recommend articles for revision or publication. Revised articles are usually sent for re-review. Revision of an article gives no guarantee of acceptance and in some cases revised articles are rejected if the improvements are not sufficient or new issues arise. Material submitted to journal remains confidential while under review and peer reviewers’ identities are protected, unless they elect to lose anonymity.

Conflicts Of Interest

Potential financial interests of any authors must be disclosed to the Editor.This statement will be published at the Editor’s discretion. A conflict of interest would ensue if: There is anything that would embarrass you or any of your co-authors if it was to emerge after publication and had not been declared. Financial concessions on purchasing equipment in return for publicity of that item should be declared. All sources of funding must be disclosed at the end of the main text under a separate heading ‘Funding’.

Ethical Guidelines

Confidentiality

All material submitted to AMI remains confidential and we operate a peer review system in which the identity of the referees is protected.

Reporting Guidelines

AMI encourages authors to follow the reporting guidelines during manuscript preparation. The relevant guidelines are listed: STROBE (for reporting of observational studies in epidemiology)
COREQ Checklist (for reporting of qualitative research)
CONSORT Statement (for reporting of randomized controlled trials)
STARD (for reporting of diagnostic accuracy studies)
PRISMA (for reporting of systematic reviews)
MOOSE (for reporting of meta-analyses of observational studies)
ARRIVE (for reporting of animal research)

The Equator Network (Enhancing the Quality and Transparency of health Research) provides a comprehensive list of reporting guidelines. More details on these and other reporting guidelines are also available on the website of US National Library of Medicine.

Randomized Controlled Trials

All randomized controlled trials submitted for publication in this journal should include a completed Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials (CONSORT) flow chart. Submitted manuscripts that do not include this flow chart, where appropriate, will be rejected without entering the review process. Please refer to the CONSORT statement website at www.consort-statement.org for more information.

Acta Medica International has adopted the proposal from the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) which require, as a condition of consideration for publication of clinical trials, registration in a public trials registry. Trials must register at or before the onset of patient enrollment The clinical trial registration number should be included at the end of the abstract of the article. For this purpose, a clinical trial is defined as any research study that prospectively assigns human participants or groups of humans to one or more health-related interventions to evaluate the effects of health outcomes. Health-related interventions include any intervention used to modify a biomedical or health-related outcome (for example drugs, surgical procedures, devices, behavioral treatments, dietary interventions, and process-of-care changes). Health outcomes include any biomedical or health-related measures obtained in patients or participants, including pharmacokinetic measures and adverse events. Purely observational studies (those in which the assignment of the medical intervention is not at the discretion of the investigator) will not require registration. Further information can be found at www.icmje.org

Animal And Human Trials

All manuscripts reporting the use of human subjects must include a statement that the protocol was approved by the institutional review committee for human subjects or that the study was conducted in accordance with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000. Do not use anything that would identify a patient, unless express written consent from the patient is submitted. For research involving the use of animals, it is necessary to indicate that the protocol was approved by the institutional experimentation committee.

Errata and Corrigenda

Any significant error will be corrected and an erratum published online and in the print publication. Please inform the Editorial office as soon as you spot the error and provide details of the paper including authorship, title and manuscript number.

Author Profile

Authors are required to provide a short biography (no more than 150 words for one author) and a portrait photograph of all the authors in accepted paper. These should be included, clearly labelled, with the final revised manuscript submission. Any standard image format for the photograph is acceptable, but the resolution should be at least 300 dpi and preferably more.

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