Instructions for Journal Authors on Manuscript Preparation, Submission and Peer Review


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Types of Article: Original articles may be in the clinical or laboratory medical sciences, not more than 3000 words with a maximum of six illustrations [figures and tables]. Review articles are usually commissioned but unsolicited reviews are welcome. A review article should be between 3000 and 5000 words, including references, and may contain illustrations [figures and tables]. Case reports should not exceed 1500 words with four illustrations, and letters to the Editor should be at most 600 words long and may contain a maximum of two illustrations. Letters may be originated by the authors or be a reaction to previously published works in the Journal or on issues of relevance to Medicine and Medical Sciences.

 Preparation of Manuscripts  Top

Preparation of Manuscripts: Manuscripts should be arranged in the following sections: Title page, Abstract, Body of Text, any Acknowledgement(s), References, Tables and Figures (with or without Legends for figures). All details about the Journal could be accessed at

Title Page should give the following information: (1) title of the article (2) first name in full, second name abbreviated and surname in full of the author(s), no titles or qualifications may be attached (3) the department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed for each author (4) name and address of the author for correspondences (5) sources of support in the form of grants (6) a running title and (7) four to seven key words are required; none of which should have appeared in the article title.

Abstract should be structured and not more than 250 words. It should embody the Background, Objectives, Methodology, Results and main Conclusions of the study, under appropriate sub-headings. Abstracts for case reports need not be structured.

Tables and Illustrations (Figures or Pictures) should have the relevant title, typed in brief, just above each one. Illustrations should be submitted in the JPEG format (or MS Word of reasonable size and high resolution to reduce the electronic byte load). Tables and figures should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals and must be made reference to in the Results and/or Discussion sections in parenthesis.

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References: References should follow the Vancouver style, numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text, situated at the end of the sentence in superscript after the full stop, within the manuscript. At the end of the article, the full list of references should give surnames and initials of all authors if three or less. For more than three authors, the names of the first three authors should be followed by “et al” in italics. The authors’ names are followed by the title of the article, then the title of the journal abbreviated according to the style of the Index Medicus or written in full, the year of publication, the volume number and the first and last page numbers. Titles of books should be followed by the names of any editors, publisher, edition, place of publication, year of publication and relevant pages.

Submission of Manuscripts Manuscripts submitted to the Journal must not have been published or submitted for consideration in another Journal. All submissions must be made online via the journal website or submitted to the Editor in chief at cc: Editor-in-Chief.

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Mailing: Authors are requested to send their articles in an electronic format as e-mail attachment only, to [cc:] or in an electronic copy on a compact disc [CD] or flash drive to the Editor-in-Chief, Orient Journal of Medicine, Department of Surgery, Nnamdi Azikiwe University Teaching Hospital, PMB 5025 Nnewi, Anambra State, Nigeria, in Microsoft Word format for all the documents, tables and figures. Pictures should be of good resolution in JPEG format, and all manuscripts are subject to peer and editorial review.

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Charges: Authors are required, at the submission of each article, to pay a sum of N15,000 [Fifteen Thousand Naira] as processing fee at the Journal Office and obtain a written receipt, or pay into the Orient Journal of Medicine Bank Account [Account details: Orient Journal of Medicine , First Bank of Nigeria, 2031173971] and mail a scanned copy of the evidence of payment as an e-mail attachment to the Journal's e-mail address. On acceptance of the article, a publication fee of N20,000 [Twenty Thousand Naira] should be paid before the author proof copy is mailed to the author and the paper transferred to the publisher. There are no extra charges for reproducing colour or black-and-white photographs.