Author’s recommendations

Journal of Medicine and Life publishes original work from various areas of  medicine: original articles, special articles, case presentations, reviews of other published articles, significant medical news, letters to the editor and more. Moreover, it publishes manuscripts from different fields of research: Basic and Clinical (medicine, dentistry,   pharmacy).   In  addition,  there  is  room for hospital  activities,  congresses,  workshops,  and notes on scientific agendas among its pages.

Publishing a new journal in the European area, which  focuses  on  concerns  about  medicine  and life  without scientific or national borders, and, in the same time, promoting the concept of life quality improvement, represents an intensive preoccupation at “Carol Davila” University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Bucharest.  People   from   the   Romanian   academic environment,   medical and social environments alike, and colleagues from other countries are encouraged to contribute to the life of this journal. Our expectations are high, meaning that the special concern for Romanian medicine and new concepts of  modern medicine will  come  out  from  the  pages of this journal. However, these new concepts of modern medicine   are   based   on   reasons   and   are connected with the improvement of life quality by means of medical practice, sustained by evidence.

Biochemistry, Biophysics, Modern Anatomy, Molecular, and Cellular Biology will always find generous publishing room in the journal, as a proof of the interest in showing that  medicine  today  stands  for fundamental  medical  research.

The process of sending the articles

Authors should submit their manuscripts to the Journal of Medicine and Life using the online Thomson Reuters ScholarOne Manuscripts website, at: http://mc04.manuscriptcentral.com/jml

Please follow the instructions available for each submission step. All information entered during the submission  process related to the manuscript  should also be included in, and be identical to, the main manuscript file.

All materials will be mailed safely.

Submitted manuscripts be under simultaneous consideration  for publication elsewhere in whole or in part in any language (except as an abstract).Manuscripts must conform to "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals"(http://www.icmje.org).

Please read the instructions below carefully. Manuscripts that do not adhere to the submission guidelines will be returned to the authors. Email the Authorship Responsibility and Copyright Transfer Agreement Form to the editorial office (editors@medandlife.ro). Each author must complete a separate  AR  (Authorship Responsibility)  form.  Forms  may also be faxed. Upload online any potentially overlapping work that is in preparation, has been previously submitted or published, or is in-press. Upload online any article currently in- press, which is cited in the References. Upload online any abstracts related to the submitted work that are published or submitted for publication.

Manuscripts must be organized in this order: Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgments, Sources of funding, Disclosures, References, Tables – 1 per page consecutively numbered in Arabic form, and Figures – one per page consecutively numbered in Arabic form, with Figure Legends. The word limits noted for each manuscript category include all sections of the manuscript: Title Page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgment and COI Sections, References, Figure Legends, and Tables. Online Supplements and the list of non- standard abbreviations and non-standard acronyms are excluded from the word limit. Materials submitted, including figures, cannot be returned to authors regardless of the disposition of the article.

The editors encourage the authors to provide the names of at least five potential reviewers from outside their institution who have not been collaborators or coauthors within the last three years and have not provided advice or critique of the submitted manuscript. 

Authors may list up to a maximum of three reviewers they wish to exclude. Please note that papers sent  for  peer-reviewing  do  not  contain  the  author’s names and affiliations. 

Any submission will not be processed unless it has asigned authorship. This will avoid eventual conflicts between authors.

Authors are advised to provide recent references (2000 and recently), and from peer-reviewed journals. Papers with references before 2000 are discouraged. 

The authors are also encouraged to submit reviews on their previous papers published in Journal of Medicine and Life in order to increase both visibility of the Journal and the authors.

The authors are encouraged to send articles that have not been published before in other journals or which are not considered for publication in any other journal.

Moreover, the names of the authors should be written according to the Medline form; first the surname and then the  initial  (s)  of  the  surname  (s).  Example: „Wallace K, Mitchel DA, Ricardi V.”.

 

Title Page

  

Full title, comprehensive, but short to a maximum of 45 characters.

First author’s surname and short title (not to exceed 50 characters, including spaces).

Authorsnames, academic degrees, and affiliations.

Name  and  complete  address  of  corresponding author (include street name and address as well as post office box, and address for reprints if different from correspondence).

Fax number, telephone number, and email address of corresponding author.

The total word count of the manuscript (including Title Page, Abstract, Text, References, Tables and Figures Legends).

After the Title Page insert a second one keepingonly the title of the manuscript  without anything that could indicate the identity of the authors.

 

Abstract and Key Words

The Abstract must be organized in four sections: 

    Rationale (hypothesis) – the reason for doing the study

    Objective (aim) – the purpose of the study

    Methods and Results – brief description of methods and presentation of results

    Discussion – interpretation and significance of the observations, emphasizing new information

Abstract length is limited to 250 words.

Abbreviations must be defined at first mention in the abstract, and again at first mention in the main manuscript text.

Do not cite references in abstract, and limit use of acronyms and abbreviations.

After the Abstract, insert three to five keywords for use as 

indexing terms, separated by semicolons. These words may later be copyedited to conform to journal style.

Abbreviations

Create a list of non-standard abbreviations and non- standard acronyms used in the manuscript text.

The list should be included in the manuscript and placed after the  abstract,  before  the  Introduction.  The  list  should  be entitled “Abbreviations.” Its content will not count toward the word limit.

All abbreviations and acronyms should be expanded upon first usage in the text, and thereafter the abbreviation/acronym should be used.

Text

Main headings   include    Introduction,   Methods, Results, and Discussion (IMRAD form).

For Case Reports limit the text, including references, at a maximum of 2000 words; for Original Papers the text limit, including references, to a maximum of 15 double-spaced pages.

Manuscripts  must  be  DOUBLE  LINE  SPACED, including references and figure legends, using Arial, font size 11.

Leave 2 cm margins on all sides.

Number  all  pages--including Figures  with  legends and Tables.

Use SI units of measure in all manuscripts. For example, molar (M) should be changed to mol/L; mg/dL to mmol/L; and cm to mm. Units of measure previously reported as percentages (i.e. hematocrit) are expressed as a decimal fraction. Measurements currently not converted to SI units in biomedical applications are blood and oxygen pressures, enzyme activity, H+ concentration, temperature, and volume. The SI unit should be used in text, followed by the conventionally used measurement in parentheses.

 

Methods 

The  print  version  of  the  Methods  should  provide sufficient information for the reader to understand the basic methodology. There is no preset space allocation for the description of methods. Because of space restrictions, it is recommended that in the print version the Methods section be limited to essential new information. Methods that are essentially the same as those presented in previous publications should be cited or succinctly summarized rather than detailed in the print version.

For animals used in experiments, state the species, strain, number used, and other pertinent descriptive characteristics. When describing surgical procedures on animals,  identify  the  preanesthetic  and  anesthetic  agents used and state the amount or concentration and the route and frequency of  administration for  each. The  use  of  paralytic agents,   such   as   curare   or   succinylcholine,  is   not   an acceptable substitute for anesthetics. For other invasive procedures on animals, report the analgesic or tranquilizing drugs used. If none were used, provide justification for such exclusion.   Generic   names   of   drugs   must   be   given. Manuscripts that describe studies on humans must indicate that  the  study  was  approved  by  an  institutional  review committee  and  that  the  subjects  gave  informed  consent.

Please provide sex-specific and/or racial/ethnic-specific data, when appropriate, in describing outcomes of epidemiologic analyses or clinical trials; or specifically state that no sex- based   or   racial/ethnic-based   differences   were   present. Reports of studies on both animals and humans must indicate that the procedures followed were in accordance with institutional guidelines. One must prove that experiments on live vertebrates are ethically accepted and are following national and international rules for animal laboratories.

Any information that may lead to the identification of a patient must be excluded from the content of the article. When photos of admitted patients are sent, they must have their  consent  and  authors  take  full  responsibility  of  the material. If materials contain medical research on human subjects, the author must enclose a declaration that confirms consent of all those subjects, in conformity with World’s Medical Association Declaration, issued in Helsinki.

Acknowledgements

The Acknowledgments section should include any personal   thanks   to   individuals   who   assisted   in   the performance of the studies and/or in the preparation of the manuscript.

Authors must provide written permission from all individuals who are listed in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript, because readers may infer their endorsement of data and conclusions.

The corresponding author must sign the Acknowledgment Section of the Copyright Transfer Agreement, certifying that (1) all persons who have made substantial   contributions   to   the   manuscript   (i.e.,   data collection, analysis, or writing or editing assistance), but who do not fulfill authorship criteria, are named with their specific contributions in the Acknowledgments section of the manuscript; (2) all persons named in the Acknowledgments section have provided the corresponding author with written permission to  be  named  in  the  manuscript; and  (3)  if  an Acknowledgments section is not included, no other persons besides the authors have made substantial contributions to this manuscript.

Sources of Funding

The Sources of Funding section should include all sources of research support, including public and private entities, commercial or institutional support, and any substantial contributions by individuals.

Disclosures

In the Disclosures section, authors must disclose any and all relationships that could be perceived as real or apparent  conflict(s) of  interest.  If  authors  have  nothing  to disclose, they must state "None." Conflicts of interest pertain to relationships with and/or ownership interests in pharmaceutical companies, biomedical device manufacturers, or other corporations whose products or services are related to the subject matter of the article. Relationships include, but are not limited to, employment by an industrial concern, ownership  of  stock,  membership  on  a  standing  advisory council or committee, being on the board of directors, or being publicly associated with the company or its products.

Ownership interest includes any stock, stock option, partnership, membership or other equity position in an entity regardless of the form of the entity, or any option or right to acquire such position, and any rights in any patent or other intellectual property. Other areas of real or perceived conflict of interest could include receiving honoraria or consulting fees or receiving grants or funds from such corporations or individuals representing such corporations.

References

References are included in the word limit. References must conform to Pubmed requirements. Authors must ensure accuracy of reference data. Verify all entries against original sources.

All authors must be listed in each reference. Do not use "et al".

Cite references in numerical order according to first mention in the text.

Personal  communications, unpublished observations, and submitted manuscripts are not legitimate references and must be  cited in  the  text  only (not in  the reference list) as "(author name, unpublished data, [year])." All submitted manuscripts that are pertinent to the manuscript under consideration must accompany the submission.

Personal communications and unpublished observations  must  be  accompanied  by  a  letter  from  the source approving use of the information.

All references will be written in the following order: name (of the author), surname (of the author), title of the article, source (name of the book, magazine, etc), year of publication, volume, issue (if applicable), first page, last page (of the source). Example: Langlois J, Rutland-Brown W, Wald M. The epidemiology and impact of traumatic brain injury: a brief overview.J Head Trauma Rehabil. 2006; 21: 375-378.

The references will not contain internet sources. All  references  which  are originally  taken  from  an international  database  (i.e.  Scopus,  MedLife,  etc.), should respect the same order of the elements mentioned above, but should necessarily contain a “doi” after the year of the publication, instead of the page numbers of the paper. Example: Langlois J, Rutland-Brown W, Wald M. The epidemiology and impact of traumatic brain injury: a brief overview. 2006; doi:10.1111/j.1464410X.2009.08495.x.

All references which are originally taken from books, should contain the following details in this specific order: name(s) and surname(s) of the author(s), chapter of the book (if applicable), the title of the book, year of publication, the city of publication, the name of the publishing house, first page, last page (of the source). Example: Hojat M. Does empathy predict  career choice  and professional success? Empathy  in Patient Care, 2006, New York, Springer Verlag, 205-209

We recommend you to use only peer-reviewed journals.

Figures

Acceptable  electronic  figure  file  formats  for publication are: .jpg and .tiff

Color figures must be in CMYK mode, not RGB mode.

Color figures and line  drawings must be  at  least  600  dpi resolution. Grayscale and black/white figures must be at least 300 dpi resolution.

Combination color, grayscale and line art must be 600 dpi or higher.

The use of digital media for image acquisition and processing introduces the potential for inadvertent distortion of data. To prevent such distortion, data should neither be added to, nor removed from, an image by digital manipulation. Figures assembled from multiple images must indicate the separation of the parts by lines.

Linear adjustment of contrast, brightness or color must be applied equally to all parts of an image.

Authors must be prepared to submit the original, unaltered files from which the submitted figures were derived, if requested by the editorial office.

Graphics downloaded from the Web are not acceptable for print. Web graphics, usually in GIF or JPEG format, have a resolution of only 72 dpi, which does not meet the standard for peer review nor publication.

Authors are responsible for the cost of printing color figures (the black and white figures are free, the color figures have an extra tax).

Figure parts should be clearly labeled. Letters and labels must be uniform in size and style within each figure and, when possible, between figures. The font size must be 10 point or higher.

Symbols and abbreviations must be defined in the figure or its legend.

Avoid  headings on  the  figure.  Heading information should appear in the figure legend.

Provide a short title (in the legend, not on the figure itself) and an explanation in brief but sufficient detail to make the figure intelligible  without  reference  to  the  text  (unless  a  similar explanation has been given in another figure).

Figure legends are included in the word limit.

Tables

Include table(s) in the main manuscript document as text, not as an image. Table(s) are included in the word limit. Number tables using Arabic numerals, and supply a brief, informative title for each table. Table text must be consistent in size and style with main manuscript text.

Supply brief column headings. Indicate footnotes in this order:

*, †, ‡, §, ||, #, **

Use only horizontal borders above, and below the column headings and at the bottom of the table. Use extra space to delineate rows and columns.

Abbreviations/symbols  used  in   a   table  but   not already defined in the main text must be defined in the table or table legend.

Do not use colors for tables, use only default .1 black borders.

Tables must be placed 1 per page at the end of the manuscr ipt, after the references.

Copyright information 

 A  letter signed by  the  main author of  the  article, which will be sent via mail together with the manuscript, will contain copyright transfer to Journal of Medicine and Life. The full  responsibility  for  all  written  information  in  the  article belongs to authors.

Conflict of Interest Policy

Authors are responsible for the published materials and other conflicts of interests regarding subjects included in their work. Authors must mention all the funding received for research and other financial or personal connections linked to the article, in their work.

Order of publication

The  order  in  which  the  articles  appear  in  the  journal  is determined by:

1. date of arrival

2. editorial priorities

3. compliance with the above mentioned recommendations

4. peer-review recommendations

Priorities can be decided for some articles, requested either by the editors or by being of special interest.

 

 Starting from 2017

For each article, the author will pay a donation representing:

a. processing fee, which will cover the DOI, plagiarism check, the actual work, etc . - 90 euro

b. publishing fee, which should be paid the moment the article is accepted for publication - 290 euro   

 

 

For urgent communications (phone, fax, mail), the following address may be used as well:

“Carol Davila” University Press

8 Eroilor Sanitari Blvd., District. 5, Bucharest, Romania Phone/Fax: +40 21 318.07.59

E-mail: editors@medandlife.ro

 

For urgent communications (phone, fax, mail), the following address may be used as well:
“Carol Davila” University Press
8 Eroilor Sanitari Blvd., District. 5, Bucharest, Romania Phone/Fax: +40 21 318.07.59
E-mail: editors@medandlife.ro

Please also consider downloading the following documents: 

Authors' recommendations
Authorship responsibility form
Copyright transfer agreement