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Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine is the official journal of the Kandy Society of Medicine. It is a peer-reviewed journal currently published biannually. Original articles, reviews, brief reports, case reports, points of view, and letters to the editor, in all fields of medical science and practice are accepted for publication. Material received should not have been published previously except in abstract form. The editors reserve the right to amend style and shorten articles where necessary, and determine priority and time of publication.
These report the results of original research, systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Observational studies must be reported according to the STROBE statement. Systematic reviews and meta-analyses must be reported according to PRISMA guidelines. Reports of randomized trials must conform to CONSORT 2010 guidelines. Original articles should have less than 2500 words and 5 tables / illustrations.
These are updates on a topic of current interest and should be limited to 2500 words and 5 tables /illustrations.
These include preliminary reports, and papers on new techniques and devices. They should be limited to 1000 words, 3 tables/illustrations and 10 references.
These should be limited to 750 words, two tables / illustrations and 5 references.
Points of view
The SLJM also solicits papers expressing opinions pertaining to medical education, history of medicine and issues of current medical interest. They should be limited to 750 words and 10 references.
The manuscript, including figures and tables in Microsoft Word format, and a covering letter should be submitted electronically to the editors at the following email address: SLJMKSM@gmail.com
The covering letter should state the following:
Criteria for authorship
Only persons who contributed to the intellectual content of the paper should be listed as authors. The contribution of each author should be indicated in the title page.
Conflict of interest
Financial support for the work, including equipment and drugs, should be listed on the title page and will be published with the manuscript.
For studies involving human participants a statement detailing ethical approval and consent should be included in the methods section. All clinical trials should be registered in a clinical trials registry and authors should submit the trial registration number along with the manuscript.
Preparation of Manuscript
The manuscript should be written with double spacing on A4 size paper. All pages should be numbered. The text should be in Times New Roman font size 12.
Articles should be divided into the following sections, each of which should begin on a separate page: Title Page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgements, References, Tables, Figures and Legends.
The title page should give the full title (no abbreviations should be used in the title), running head (short version of the title with a maximum of 5 words), names of authors with qualifications, posts held during the study, department(s) and institution(s) where the work was carried out, and the name and full address (including telephone number and email address) of the author for correspondence. The contribution of all authors should be mentioned. Conflicts of interest of all authors should be included.
The abstract should not exceed 250 words. Original articles should include a structured abstract containing the following: Background, Objectives, Methods, Results and Conclusions. Up to five Key words should be given under the Abstract. For short communications and case reports the abstract should be limited to 100 words.
The text of full papers should be divided into Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, and Discussion. Drugs should be given in their generic names and abbreviations should be spelt out when first used in the text. Scientific measurements should be given in SI units. Statistical methods should be specified in the Methods section.
Tables and figures should be referred to in the order of appearance in the text in Arabic numerals within parentheses, e.g. (Fig. 1). Tables with titles should be typed on separate pages in the same Microsoft Word file. Figures should be used only when data cannot be expressed clearly in any other form. In the first submission, figures and tables should be included in the Microsoft Word file. Once the manuscript is accepted for publication, all figures should be submitted separately as image files (TIFF or BMP files). All figures will be published in black and white. If the author requires publication of figures in color, an additional fee has to be paid by the author.
References should be in the Vancouver style, and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals in superscript form, in the order in which they appear in the text. Reference to journal articles should give name(s) of the author(s), title of the article, title of the journal. Note that the Sri Lanka Journal of Medicine requires the complete name of the journal and not its abbreviation. References from books and monographs should include name(s) of the author(s), title of book, edition, place of publication, publisher’s name and year of publication. e.g.
Articles accepted for publication but not yet published can be included as references followed by ‘(in press)’. Using abstracts as references should be avoided. ‘Unpublished data’ and ‘personal communications’ should not be used as references, but may be mentioned as such in the text within parentheses.
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.