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JIMA accepts original and review articles, updates in different medical disciplines, case reports, and letters to the editors. JIMA also welcomes articles dealing with medical ethics in general and Islamic medical ethics in particular. JIMA solicits and publishes articles about Islamic medicine and the history of medicine, particularly the contributions of Muslim physicians, both historical and contemporary. The manuscript should not have been previously published. Nor should the manuscripts be under consideration by other journals. Prior presentation(s), meeting(s), or publication of an abstract do not preclude submission to JIMA. Authors should submit a statement indicating that their opinions do not reflect the opinions or policies of the institutions with which they are affiliated, if required by those institutions. Authors are also expected to submit a statement informing the editor of any commercial association that might pose a conflict of interest. Below are the guidelines for authors wishing to submit articles to be considered for publication in JIMA. These generally conform to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals,” established by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org).
Included here is an abbreviated version of the instructions. Those planning on submitting manuscripts should visit jima.imana.org, click on About and read Online Submissions.
Instructions to Authors
2. The body of the manuscript should contain its title, an abstract (see below) and key words, the text, acknowledgements, references, legends of tables and figures. This file should contain no information that can identify the authors. 3. Each figure and table must be submitted separately as a supplementary file. Graphics must be grayscale with resolution greater than or equal to 300 dpi. In addition, each table’s data should be submitted as a supplementary file. These supplementary files may be made available on the web site at the editor’s discretion. These files should contain no information identifying the authors.
Manuscript Preparation 1. Manuscripts should be submitted in Microsoft Word 2003 format.
Submission of Manuscript Manuscripts must be submitted online at jima.imana.org. For technical assistance, contact the assistant editor at email@example.com or at +1 706.284.3002. Manuscripts are sent to outside reviewers. Authors are usually notified within eight (8) weeks about the results of the review process. If revisions are suggested, the authors should send their revisions/responses in a timely manner, as specified in the JIMA notification. When a manuscript is submitted and accepted for publication, the author transfers copyright ownership rights to the Islamic Medical Association of North America (IMANA). Details of JIMA’s copyright policy are available at jima.imana.org.
Objective(s): Reflects the purpose of the study, that is, the hypothesis that is being tested. Study Design: Include the setting for the study, the subjects (number and type), the treatment or intervention, and the type of statistical analysis. Results: Include the outcome of the study and statistical significance, if appropriate. Conclusion(s): States the significance of the results. A standard abstract is required for other types of papers, for example, Case Reports and Review Articles. 5. The manuscript text should usually be divided into
4. The abstract should be limited to 150 words and double-spaced, with the required margins and headed by the title of the article. Below the abstract, list three to five key words or short phrases for indexing purposes. Whenever possible, use the terms from the Medical Subjects list of Index Medicus. A structured abstract is to be used for regular articles and is to contain the following major headings:
3. A title page should be submitted as a supplementary file. This page should contain: (a) the title of the article, (b) names of all authors (first name, middle initial, and then last name), (c) highest degrees of each of the author(s), (d) name(s) and address(s) of the institution(s) at which the study was conducted, (e) institutional affiliations of the author(s), if different from (c) (f), acknowledgement of source(s) of financial support, if any, and (g) the preferred method of reader contact with the corresponding author.
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9. References should be numbered consecutively as they appear in the text. Use the format of the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal (www.icmje.org). Journal titles should conform to abbreviations used in Cumulated Index Medicus.
8. In the Acknowledgments section, acknowledge only persons who have made substantial contributions to the study.
7. Use generic names of medications and use the metric or international System of Units (S.I. for Systeme Internationale).
6. Use standard abbreviations only. Abbreviations should not be used in the title and should be avoided as much as possible in the abstracts. In the text, abbreviations should be kept to a practical minimum. The full term for which a given abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text, unless it is a standard unit of measurement. Consult Scientific Style and Format by the Council of Science Editors (www.councilscienceeditors.org) or the American Medical Association’s Manual of Style.
the following headings: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. The introduction should state the purpose of the article, summarize the rationale for the study, and cite only the most pertinent references as background. The Materials and Methods section should detail the selection process of experimental subjects, including controls, the use of experimental animals, and identify the procedures used, including the statistical methods, in sufficient detail to permit others to replicate the study. It should also address Institutional Review Board issues as stated in the Human and non-Human Experimentation section of this document. Results should be presented in logical sequence in the text, tables, and figures. Tables and figures should supplement, not duplicate, the text. Discussion should emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and its conclusions. Limit your opinions to those strictly indicated by the facts in your report. New hypotheses should be stated clearly, when warranted. Quoting Qur’anic verses and Ahadith is encouraged in both the introduction and discussion sections. The quotation should be on a separate line in the text. It should be given a reference number in the text and listed in the reference section. See examples in the References section.
a. Standard journal article: List all authors if three or fewer. If more than three, list the first threeauthors followed by et al. Halpern SD, Ubel PA, Caplan AL. Solid-organ transplantation in HIVinfected patients. N Engl J Med. 2002 Jul 25;347(4):284-7. b. Organization as author: Diabetes Prevention Program Research Group. Hypertension, insulin, and proinsulin in participants with impaired glucose tolerance. Hypertension. 2002;40(5):679-86. c. No author given: 21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002;325(7357):184. d. Personal author(s) of books and monographs: Murray PR, Rosenthal KS, Kobayashi GS, Pfaller MA. Medical microbiology. 4th ed. St. Louis: Mosby; 2002. e. Editor(s), compiler(s) as author: Gilstrap LC 3rd, Cunningham FG, VanDorsten JP, editors. Operative obstetrics. 2nd ed. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. f. Author(s) and editor(s): Breedlove GK, Schorfheide AM. Adolescent pregnancy. 2nd ed. Wieczorek RR, editor. White Plains (NY): March of Dimes Education Services; 2001. g. Chapter in a book: Meltzer PS, Kallioniemi A, Trent JM. Chromosome alterations in human solid tumors. In: Vogelstein B, Kinzler KW, editors. The genetic basis of human cancer. New York: McGraw-Hill; 2002. p. 93-113. h. Conference proceedings: Harnden P, Joffe JK, Jones WG, editors. Germ cell tumours V. Proceedings of the 5th Germ Cell Tumour Conference; 2001 Sep 13-15; Leeds, UK. New York: Springer; 2002. i. Newspaper article: Tynan T. Medical improvements lower homicide rate: study sees drop in assault rate. The Washington Post. 2002 Aug 12;Sect. A:2 (col. 4). j. Audiovisual material: Chason KW, Sallustio S. Hospital preparedness for bioterrorism [videocassette]. Secaucus (NJ): Network for Continuing Medical Education; 2002. k. In press: Tian D, Araki H, Stahl E, Bergelson J, Kreitman M. Signature of balancing selection in Arabidopsis. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. In press 2002. l. Homepage/web site: Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/. m. Qur’anic Verse: The Glorious Qur’an Chapter
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11. The term figure includes all types of illustrations such as graphs, diagrams, photographs, flow charts, and line drawings. A reasonable number of black and white figures will be reproduced without charge. Color should be used in illustrations only when it illustrates a point that cannot be made in black and white. Color figures may not be reproduced in the print edition, but may be available in the electronic edition. Figures must be cited consecutively in the text with Arabic numerals. Figures should be 12.5 cm by 17.5 cm (5 inches by 7 inches). Consistency in size is strongly preferred. Any special instructions regarding sizing
10. Number the tables consecutively, and use Arabic numerals. Each table must be cited in sequence at an appropriate point in the text. Each table has to have a caption. These should be brief yet indicate closely the purpose or content of the table. Each column should be precisely defined by headings. Abbreviations and special designations should be explained in a footnote to the table.
40, Verse 68. n. Hadith from printed volume: Ibn Hajar al‘Asqalani. Fath al-Bari bi-Sharh Sahih alBukhari (The Creator’s Inspiration in Interpreting the Verified Collection of alBukhari). Cairo, Egypt: Al-Bahiyyah Egyptian Press; 1930. Vol 11, p. 405. o. Hadith from database: Sahih Al-Bukhari, Book 79, Kitaab al-Tibb, Chapter 1, Hadith 5354. [online] Available from: http://www.muhaddith.org.
should be clearly noted. Freehand lettering on the figure is not acceptable. All lettering must be in proportion to the drawing, graph, or photograph. Figure legends should not appear on the figure. Illustrations should be professionally created. Photographs must be sharp and glossy. If photographs of patients are used, either the subjects should not be identifiable or written permission to reproduce them should accompany the submission. 12. When reporting experiments on human subjects, include in the Materials and Methods section that the study was approved by the authority on human experimentation of the institution in which the study was performed. Also indicate that the procedures followed were in accord with the ethical standards of the Helsinki Declaration (JAMA, 1997;277:925-6). In the case of experimentation on animals, indicate in the Materials and Methods section that the National Research Council’s guide for the care and use of laboratory animals was followed and that the approval of the local institution was obtained.
14. Author(s) is/are responsible for all the statements made in his/their work, including changes made by the copy editor.
13. Direct quotations, tables, or figures that have appeared in copyrighted material must be accompanied by written permission for their use from the copyright owner and original author along with complete reference information.
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