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Instruction for Authors

Instruction for Authors

Editorial Process and Peer Review

All manuscripts submitted for publication are strictly reviewed by at least two reviewers. Due to the Ankara Medical Journal's double-blinded review principles, the names of the authors and reviewers are not known to the other. All submitted manuscripts are screened with plagiarism software at least two times during the evaluation process to detect instances of overlapping and similar text. Once your article is accepted for publication, it may be subject to editorial revisions to aid clarity and understanding without changing the data presented.

The editor-in-chief has full authority over the editorial and scientific content of the Ankara Medical Journal and the publication time of the content.

Ankara Medical Journal does not charge any article submission or processing fees.

The data of each published research is mandatory to be kept by the researcher for a period of 5 years. The data of some articles and analysis programs may be requested from time to time, as required by our publication policy and the rules of the international publishing organizations we are involved in.

Conflict of Interest

Authors should declare that there is no conflict of interest, and also, the status for their financial support should be stated clearly in the copyright transfer form and at the end of the article, if there is any.

Ethics

Approval by the institutional ethical review board, according to the Helsinki Declaration, is obligatory for all researches, except case reports and review articles. Informed consent from participants should be obtained, and these two points should clearly be declared in the "Materials and Methods" section.

All papers reporting animal experiments should include a statement in the "Materials and Methods" section giving assurance that all animals have received humane care in compliance with the "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" and indicating for the approval by the institutional ethical review board. If necessary, a copy of the form could be required by the editor.

The articles must be convenient in terms of research and publication ethics, and the authors are responsible for their articles.

General Format

The manuscripts should be typed in a Microsoft Word™ file (version 7.0 and more), double-spaced with 2.5 cm margins on each side and 12-point type Cambria font. "System International" (SI) units should be used. Tables and graphics should be mentioned in the text. The abbreviations (should be written briefly in the first place they appear and then be explained in parenthesis) could be used in the abstracts and in the text.

The materials and methods section should be described briefly, including the statistical analyses used. While expressing the results, percentages and means in decimals should be given as two digits after the dot (i.e., 112.20 or 112.21 instead of 112.2). p, t, Z values are exceptional and should be given as three digits after the point (i.e., p<0.001 instead of p<0.05).

If the work has been presented in a scientific meeting before, the name, date, and place of the meeting should be supplied.

Please submit, with the manuscript, the names, addresses, and e-mail addresses of two potential referees. Note that the editor retains the sole right to decide whether or not the suggested reviewers are used.

The first page should include the titles in Turkish and English, the category of the manuscript names of the institutions, name, address, telephone, fax number, and mail address of the corresponding author.

Following the abstract sections of the scientific articles in Turkish and English, at least three keywords should be given in the appropriate language in that format of Index Medicus "Medical Subject Headings". Keywords in Turkish should be the exact translation of MESH terms and chosen among "Turkey Scientific Terms"; for that reason, the authors should use http://www.bilimterimleri.com and https://meshb.nlm.nih.gov/search.

Abstracts

All articles should contain abstracts containing titles in Turkish and in English. Word count should not exceed 250, and the number of keywords should be between 3-6.

Research articles

Abstracts should not exceed 250 words and should be structured as follows: Abstracts should be structured as follows:

  • Objectives,
  • Materials and Methods,
  • Results,
  • Conclusion

The main text should not exceed 3000 words, excluding the abstract, references, tables, and figure legends. There should be a maximum of 30 references.

Research articles should contain these sections:

  • Titles and abstracts in Turkish and in English,
  • Keywords in Turkish and in English,
  • Introduction,
  • Materials and Methods,
  • Results,
  • Discussion,
  • References,
  • Tables, photos, and figures.

Reviews

In review articles, written upon invitation, new progress on the subject should be handled together with the author's experiences. Non-structured, brief, explanatory Turkish and English abstracts, not more than 250 words should take place. Review articles must not exceed 5000 words for the main text (excluding abstract, references, tables, and figure legends). The number of authors should not exceed 5, and the number of references should not exceed 60.

Case Reports

The abstract should be brief, descriptive, non-structured, and should not exceed 250 words.

Case reports should contain these sections;

  • Titles in Turkish and English
  • Abstracts in Turkish and English (why the case has been proposed for publication should be declared clearly),
  • Keywords in Turkish and English,
  • Introduction
  • Case-report,
  • Discussion,
  • References,
  • Tables and figures.

Case reports must not exceed 1200 words (excluding references, tables, and figure legends). Case reports can be signed by no more than five authors and can have no more than ten references and five figures or tables.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor must not exceed 500 words (excluding references). An abstract is not required with this type of manuscripts. A letter can be signed by no more than four authors and can have no more than five references and 1 figure or table.

References and Citations

You can download the Endnote Style file of Ankara Medical Journal here, for your manuscripts in English.

References should be numbered in the order they appear in the text and should be given as superscripts in the text, after the punctuation at the end of the sentences ( i.e., reference 4 should be given as,4). Cited source numbers should be given after the punctuation at the end of the sentence unless otherwise required.

If the source numbers are consecutive in the sentences which are referring to more than one source, the first source-last source should be written (e.g., Hypertension is an important health problem.6-9), whereas non-consecutive sources should be given with commas (e.g., The prevalence of Hypertension is on rise.3-7,13,20).

All authors should be listed if the number is six or fewer, otherwise, list the first three and then add et al. If online references are to be used, do not forget to give the date of access in parentheses.

Journal abbreviations should conform to the style used in the Cumulated Index Medicus.

For journal articles, the citation should be as follows; surnames, initials of the author names, the title of the article, name of the journal, year, volume, number, and inclusive pages. Please use the abbreviation for the journal names; you may use the full name if the abbreviation form does not exist. No spaces should be left after punctuation between numbers. Repeated numbers should be deleted when the page range is given (e.g., 1252-63 instead of 1252-1263).

As an option, if a journal carries continuous pagination throughout a volume (as many medical journals do) the month and issue number may be omitted.

Examples for both situations;

Berg AO, Allan DJ, Homer JC, Johnson MS, Klein DJ, Lieu AT, et al. Preventive Services Task Force: Screening for depression: Recommendations and rationale. Ann Intern Med 2002;136(10):760-4.

Korytina G, Kochetova O, Akhmadishina L, Viktorova E, Victorova T. Polymorphisms of cytochrome P450 genes in three ethnic groups from Russia. Balkan Med J 2012;29:252-60.

Citation from a book

Citation from a book which has a single author and editor should be as follows;

Neinstein LS. The office visit, interview techniques, and recommendations to parents. In: Neinstein LS (ed). Adolescent Health Care. A practical guide. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1996:46-60.

Citation from a book which has authors and editors more than one, should contain notably the author names of the chapter;

Schulz JE, Parran T Jr: Principles of identification and intervention. In:Principles of Addicton Medicine, Graham AW. Shultz TK (eds). American Society of Addiction Medicine, 3rd ed. Baltimore: Williams&Wilkins; 1998:1-10.

If the editors are the authors of a chapter within the book;

Diener HC, Wilkinson M (editors). Drug-induced headache. In: Headache. First ed., New York: Springer-Verlag;1988:45-67.

For references from Ph.D. thesis;

Kılıç C. General Health Survey: A Study of Reliability and Validity. Ph.D. Thesis, Hacettepe University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, Ankara; 1992:23-8.

For references from an internet site; the name of the site, URL address, names of authors if present, and date of access should be given in detail.

Giving DOI;

Joos S, Musselmann B, Szecsenyi J. Integration of Complementary and Alternative Medicine into Family Practice in Germany: Result of National Survey. Evid Based Complement Alternat Med 2011:7-9 (doi: 10.1093/ecam/nep019).

For other reference styles, please refer to "ICMJE Uniform Requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals: Sample References".

Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement

Ankara Med J is an electronic peer-reviewed international journal committed to upholding the possible highest standards of publication ethics. In order to provide our readers with a journal of the highest quality, we state the following principles of Publication Ethics and Malpractice Statement. All articles not in accordance with these standards will be removed from the publication if malpractice is discovered at any time, even after the publication. Ankara Med J is checking all papers in a double-blind peer-review process. We also check for plagiarism and research fabrication (making up research data); falsification (manipulation of existing research data, tables, or images) and improper use of humans or animals in research. In accordance with the code of conduct, we will report any cases of suspected plagiarism or duplicate publishing. Ankara Med J reserves the right to use plagiarism detecting software to screen submitted papers at all times.

Authors must ensure that they have written original works. In addition, they must ensure that the manuscript has not been issued elsewhere. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources should be appropriately credited and referenced. The authors are also responsible for language editing before submitting the article. Authors submitting their works to the journal for publication as original articles confirm that the submitted works represent their authors' contributions and have not been copied or plagiarized in whole or in part from other works without clearly citing. Any work or words of other authors, contributors, or sources (including online sites) should be appropriately credited and referenced. All authors should disclose financial or other conflicts of interest that might influence the results or interpretation of their manuscript (financial support for the project should be disclosed). When an author discovers a significant error or inaccuracy in his/her published work, the author must promptly notify the journal editor and cooperate with the editor to retract or correct the paper. An author agrees to the license agreement before submitting the article. All articles must be submitted using the online submission procedure. Submitting a paper simultaneously to more than one publication at a time is a breach of publication ethics.

Editors must ensure a fair double-blind peer-review of the submitted articles for publication. They will strive to prevent any potential conflict of interests between the author and editorial and review personnel. Editors will also ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential before publishing. Editor-in-Chief will coordinate the work of the editors.

Reviewers evaluate manuscripts based on content without regard to ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, citizenship, religious belief, or political philosophy of the authors. They must ensure that all the information related to submitted manuscripts is kept as confidential and must report to the Editor-in-Chief if they are aware of copyright infringement and plagiarism on the author's side. They must evaluate the submitted works objectively as well as present their opinions on the works clearly in the review form. A reviewer who feels unqualified to review the research reported in a manuscript or knows that its prompt review will be impossible should notify the Editor-in-Chief and excuse himself from the review process.

Writing of Statistical Data

The statistical method used should be reported in a way that a reader, whoever could reach the original data, could understand the results. The terms used, abbreviations, symbols, if used, the software, and the statistical method should all be defined.

When reporting the results, especially when giving means and percentages, two digits should be given after the dot (i.e., 112.20 or 112.21 instead of 112.2). p, t, Z values are exceptional, and three digits should be given after the dot (p=0.032, instead of p<0.05).

Briefly, except whole numbers, two digits after the dot should be given, but for statistical values like p, t, z, F, Chi-square, three digits after the dot should be given. When presenting p-values, the exact p-value, together with the test statistics, should be given, instead of p<0.05 or p>0.05. Exceptionally, p<0.01 may be used for the case when the p-value is smaller than one percent or p<0.001 when the p-value is smaller than one per thousand.

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