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Submission Preparation Checklist

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.
  • The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • All persons designated as authors should qualify for authorship, and all those who qualify should be listed.
  • In case of the English manuscript of non-native speaking countries, the approval of English approval has been provided.
  • Author guarantee and consent form are provided.
  • the names, current contact info, and emails for five individual Peer Reviewers. (must not be from the same institution nor coauthors) are provided.
  • A complete text minus the title page, acknowledgments, and any running headers with author names, to allow blinded review have been prepared.
  • All the research meets the ethical guidelines, including adherence to the legal requirements of the study country.

Author Guidelines

Condition

Manuscript language

Manuscripts written in Thai or English are considered. The English manuscript should be edited by the native English speaker if it is submitted by non-native speakers. An English language approval letter should be accompanied with the English manuscript.  If the manuscript does not have an English language approval letter, please contact our editorial office at skamolth@medicine.psu.ac.th.

Publication charges

There are no page charges for submission or publication.

Ethics approval of research

Research involving human subjects should comply with the ethical standards on human experimental and with the Helsinki Declaration. The copy of Ethics approval of research on human subjects is required during submission. For Original articles and Case reports, details of ethical approval of research should be stated in the Material and Methods section. For studies involving animal participants, a document approving the experiments from an institutional committee must be included. All laboratory research should be conducted in laboratory accredited by Enhancement of Safety Practice in Research Laboratory in Thailand (ESPReL). The journal reserves the right to reject a manuscript with any research ethical issues or plagiarism.

Acknowledgement

If authors receive assistance for research or manuscript writing, authors should clearly describe in the: “Acknowledgement section”; after the main body and before the Funding sources section.

Funding sources

If authors receive financial support or sponsorship for the study research, Authors must give full details about the funding of any research relevant to their study; including: sponsor names and explanations of the roles of these sources in the funding sources section, before the conflict of interest section.

Conflict of interest

Authors must declare whether their articles have or do not have any potential, or existing, conflicts of interest either; after the main body or in the Acknowledgement section, before the references section. These declarations should include; but are not limited to: relationships with pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, device manufacturers, or other commercial entities, whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the manuscript submission. If the manuscript has no conflicts of interest, authors should state: “There are no potential conflicts of interest to declare.”

Review process

Primary review

After submission, manuscripts are first reviewed by journal manager and editor-in-chief. All manuscripts are screened using the ‘Turnitin’ (please see the details of plagiarism on the Publication Ethicts page). Manuscripts with incorrect formatting, unacceptable language or style will be returned to authors for correction before transference to the section editor.

Peer-review

PSU Medical Journal is a thrice-yearly peer-reviewed scientific journal, which uses the double-blinded peer-review process. The careful selection of relevant experts as reviewers will facilitate and speed up the review process. Therefore, our section editors will select at least 3 potential reviewers, who have been published or have areas of expertise relating to the submitted manuscript. The journal will not select reviewers from the author’s institutions. Acceptable manuscripts are those that have been accepted by 2 of the 3 reviewers, The editor-in-chief and the editorial board will examine and determine if the manuscript is suitable for publication, or requires further revisions. Requested revisions, by the section editors or the editor-in-chief to the author, may be requested during the revision process.

Authors will be asked to return a revised manuscript within one month except these is any other agreement between authors and editors. A revised paper must be accompanied by a rebuttal letter indicating point-by-point response to all comments raised by reviewers. Revision of a manuscript can be more than one round before being accepted or rejected for publication. Appealing rejected manuscript could be made via our online submission systems.

 

Manuscript types

PSU Medical Journal welcomes 4 types of manuscripts.

  1. Selected editorials: These are invited by the editor-in-chief of the journal, and should be both written in English and structured as follows: Introduction, Main text, Conclusion, and References. Editorials should not be less than 1,000 words, but cannot exceed 1,500 words in total (Counting from Introduction to Conclusion) They should also keep cited references to a minimum.
  1. Original articles or Systematic reviews
               2.1 Original articles: These should consist of no more than 3,500 words (from introduction to conclusion and including table and figure legends?), with no more than a total of 8 tables and/or figures, and limited to 40 references. Additionally, all efforts should be undertaken to keep the manuscripts as succinct as possible. Full reports should include separate sections entitled: Abstract, Introduction, Material and Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusion, References, Acknowledgements, Funding sources and Conflicts of interests. Abstracts should contain no more than 250 words.
               2.2 Systematic reviews: This format can be used for a review of a clearly formulated question, that uses systematic and reproducible methods to identify, select and critically appraise all relevant research, so as to collect and analyst data from the studies that are included in the review. The scope of study is focused on medical and health science research. These should contain: 6,000 words, with 8 tables and/or figures limit. The abstract should contain no more than 250 words, however, there is no limit on the amount of references.
  1. Case reports: This format can be used for submission of: important, preliminary observations, technique modifications, or data that do not warrant publication as a full paper. Short reports should contain no sub-headings, and be no more than 2,000 words in length, with no more than 250 words in the abstract, 3 tables and/or figures, and 10 references. Please follow Guideline to Writing a Clinical Case Report. Authors can access on Heart Views 2017;18(3): 104-105 or URL: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5686928.
  1. Review articles: PSU Medical Journal will consider reviews on relevant topics in medicine, medical education, medical innovation and related areas. Typically, reviews will be submitted by leading authorities in such relevant fields. We encourage mini-reviews, providing concise reviews of focused topics containing no more than 6,000 words, 8 tables and/or figures, with no limit of references. Abstracts should contain no more than 250 words. In so saying, larger reviews will be considered.

 

Manuscript preparation

Prepare your manuscript using a word processing program, saved as a .doc file, using Microsoft Word. For items that accompany text (letters, figures, copyright forms, and so forth.), the file types: .jpg, .jpeg, .tif are allowed.

 

Cover letter and signatures

All manuscripts must be accompanied by a cover letter containing the following information:

  1. The title of the paper
    - A brief description of the significance of the paper to the readers of PSUMJ.
    - A statement confirming that the material is original, has not already been published, and has not, nor will not, be submitted for publication elsewhere, so long as it is under consideration by PSUMJ.
    - Written disclosure of any relationships or support, which might be perceived as constituting a conflict of interest.
    - Name and signature of corresponding author(s)
  1. Authorship
    There is no limit to the number of authors that may be listed. The authorship should be based on the criteria recommended by the international committee of medical journal editors (ICMJE). The corresponding author should confirm that the authorship of research publications accurately reflect all authors’ contributions to the work and reporting. All sources of funding along with any conflicts of interest must also be disclosed.

 

Manuscript formatting

  1. Title page: This should include, in the following sequence: the title, a list of all authors with their degrees, the authors institutions- identified by superscripts in Arabic numerals. The corresponding author should be denoted by an asterisk, with address, e-mail and phone number in a footnote. The running title should be limited to 40 characters and contain at least 6 keywords.
  1. Title: The manuscript title should be as succinct as possible. Titles should generally not include abbreviations, and not be longer than 40 characters (including spaces).
  1. Abstract: The abstracts of original articles or systematic reviews must have a structured abstract that states the purpose, basic procedures, main findings and principal conclusions of the study. Divide the abstract with the headings Objective, Material and Methods, Results, and Conclusion. Case reports or review articles should have an unstructured abstract.
  2. Spacing: The text should be 12-point type, fully double-spaced, leaving a margin of 1 inch on all sides. Continuous line numbers (NOT restarting with each page) should be included throughout the manuscript, and pages should be numbered consecutively.
  1. Abbreviations: Abbreviations are commonly overused, compromising the clarity of manuscripts. Authors are advised to keep abbreviations to a minimum, using them only when they are clearer than their long/full terminology (For example: PCR, DNA), however they should be avoided whenever possible, or when they are non-standard and idiosyncratic. Terms should be written out in full upon first usage, in both the abstract and text, with the abbreviation following in parentheses. After this first usage, the abbreviation must be used consistently. Plurals of abbreviations do not require apostrophes.
  1. Keywords: Keywords must be listed after the abstract section, and should be between 3-6 words.
  2. Drug names: Proprietary names of drugs may not appear in the title, but may be used in conjunction with the generic name when the drug is first mentioned in the abstract, and again when first mentioned in the text. Thereafter, use only the generic name.
  1. Names of organisms: Genus and species should be italicized. After the first usage the genus should be abbreviated with a single letter (For example: E. coli). For different species, within a genus, the genus should be fully written out upon first usage of each.
  2. Figures: Figures should be numbered in Arabic numerals, and cited in the text. It should be noted that: a fee is required for color illustrations in print, however authors can select a black & white in print, without an attached fee. All figures should be 5 x 7 inches, with a resolution of at least 300 dpi. All figure must be accompanied by a brief legend.
  1. Tables: Tables should be serially numbered in Arabic numerals, and cited in the text. Each table should be placed on a separate page, at the appropriate point in the text, or at the end of the manuscript.
  2. References: References should be from published manuscripts, or manuscripts that have either been accepted or are pending publication (in press), these should be cited in the reference list. The reference formatting of PSUMJ uses the Vancouver style. All references should be cited by consecutive numbers in the text. The numbers should appear in superscripts, that appear after closing punctuation. In the reference list, the first 6 authors should be listed. If there are more than 6 authors followed by “et al.” The journal names, which appear in the reference list, should use the abbreviate journal, as in PubMed.

Examples of references

  1. Journal
    - Hanprasertpong J, Geater A, Jiamset I, Padungkul L, Hirunkajonpan P, Songhong N. Fear of cancer recurrence and its predictors among cervical cancer survivors. J Gynecol Oncol 2017;28:e72.
    - Rujirojindakul P, Liabsuetrakul T, McNeil E, Chanchayanon T, Wasinwong W, Oofuvong M, et al. Safety and efficacy of intensive intraoperative glycaemic control in cardiopulmonary bypass surgery: a randomised trial. Acta Anaesthesiol Scand 2014;58:588-96.
  1. Supplement
    - Lofwall MR, Strain EC, Brooner RK, Kindbom KA, Bigelow GE. Characteristics of older methadone maintenance (MM) atients [abstract]. Drug Alcohol Depend 2002;66(Suppl 1):S105.
  1. Book
    - Fealy S, Sperliny JW, Warren RF, Craig EV. Shoulder anthroplasty: complex issues in the primary and revision setting. New York: Thieme; 2008.
  1. Chapter
    - Waltzman SB, Shapiro WH. Cochlear implants in adults. In: Valente M, Hosfond-Dunn H, Roeser RJ, editors. Audiology treatment. 2nd ed. New York: Thieme; 2008;p.361-9.
  1. Patent
    - Tintara H, inventor; Prince of Songkla University, assignee. Amniotomy training model. Thai petty patent 7488. September 18, 2012.
  1. Journal article on the Internet
    - Sanders GD, Bayoumi AM, Holodniy M, Owens DK. Cost-effectiveness of HIV screening in patients older than 55 year of age. Ann Intern Med [serial on the Internet]. 2008 Jun [cited 2008 Oct 7]; 148(12). Available from: http://www.annals.org/cgi/reprint/148/12/889.pdf
  1. Monograph on the Internet
    - Field MJ, Behrman RE. Where children die: improving palliative and end-of-life case for children and their families [monograph on the Internet]. Washington: National Academy Press; 2003 [cited 2008 Sep 26]. Available from: http://nap.edu/openbookphp?record_id= 10390&page=1
  1. Homepage/Website
    - Cancer-Pain.org [homepage on the Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [cited 2008 Oct 3]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/

 

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