Instructions to Authors

PEER REVIEW PROCESS

In TMSJ, all manuscripts are reviewed with a double-blind process, which means that both the author and reviewer identities are concealed from the authors and reviewers. Before the review process, all the details that may give away the authors’ identities are removed from the submitted manuscript.

After the completion of the editorial evaluation, the manuscripts are reviewed by two or more external reviewers who are experts in their field. The reviewers are chosen for their interest in the field of articles to be evaluated, academic competence, ability to give constructive feedback, and adherence to ethical principles. This review process usually takes 1 to 2 weeks; however, depending on the reviewer’s availability, it may take some more time. The authors will be informed transparently on the given feedback, and the Journal expects changes to be made by the authors within 7 to 15 days.

Turkish Medical Student Journal does not demand any subscription fee or similar payment for access to electronic resources.

The editorial and publication process of Turkish Medical Student Journal is shaped in accordance with the guidelines of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), World Association of Medical Editors (WAME), Council of Science Editors (CSE), Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE), European Association of Science Editors (EASE), and National Information Standards Organization (NISO). The journal is in conformity with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing.

Authorship contribution form should be filled in by the corresponding author and a signed and scanned version should be submitted during the manuscript submission process in order to act appropriately to authorship rights and prevent ghost or honorary authorship.

Any financial grants or other support received for the study from individuals or institutions should be disclosed to the Editorial Board, and to disclose potential conflicts of interest ICMJE Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure Form should be filled in and submitted.

The authors transfer all copyrights of their manuscripts within the scope of local and international laws to the journal as of submission. For this purpose, the copyright transfer form should be signed by all contributing authors, and a scanned version of the form should be submitted with the manuscript. The wet signed version of the form should be posted to the Editorial Office. The financial and legal responsibilities of a manuscript, including the text, tables, images and any other content that may be subject to international or local copyrights belong to the authors.

Manuscripts can be submitted through Manuscript Manager online submission and evaluation system.

ARTICLE TYPES

The manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with ICMJE-Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals.

The plagiarism software iThenticate report of the manuscript must also be uploaded together with the manuscript while submitting to the Turkish Medical Student Journal. The articles that indicate a similarity rate of more than 20%, according to iThenticate reports will not be accepted.

The Journal publishes the following types of articles:

Original Research Articles: Original prospective or retrospective studies of basic or clinical investigations in areas relevant to medicine.

Content:

- Abstract (average 400 words; the structured abstract

contain the following sections: aims, methods, results,

conclusion)

- Introduction

- Material and Methods

- Results

- Discussion

- Conclusion

- References

Review and Mini Review Articles: The authors may be invited to write or may submit a review article. Reviews including the latest medical literature may be prepared on all medical topics.

Content:

- Abstract (average 400 words; without structural divisions)

- Titles on related topics

- References

Case Reports: Brief descriptions of a previously undocumented disease process, a unique unreported manifestation or treatment of a known disease process, or unique unreported complications of treatment regimens. They should include an adequate number of photos and figures.

Content:

- Abstract (average 200 words)

- Introduction

- Case Report

- Discussion

- References

Letters to the Editor: These are the letters that include different views, experiments and questions of the readers about the manuscripts that were published in this journal in the recent year and should be no more than 500 words.

Content:

- There’s no title and abstract.

- Submitted letters should include a note indicating the attribution to an article (with the number and date) and the name, affiliation and address of the author(s) at the end.

- The answer to the letter is given by the editor or the author(s) of the manuscript and is published in the journal.

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

Authors are encouraged to follow the following principles before submitting their material.

-The article should be written in IBM compatible computers with Microsoft Word.

ABBREVIATIONS: All abbreviations in the text must be defined the first time they are used, and the abbreviations should be displayed in parentheses after the definition. Authors should avoid abbreviations in the title, abstract and at the beginning of the first sentences of the paragraphs.

FIGURES AND TABLES:

-All figures and tables should be cited at the end of the relevant sentence. Explanations must be placed at the bottom of figures, whereas at the top of tables.

-Figures and tables must be added to the e-mail as attachments in .jpg or .tiff formats.

- The name of the file should be named as: last name of the first author_Table/Figure_No.TIFF/JPEG. For example: Sancar_Figure_1.JPEG.

- All abbreviations used, must be listed in explanation which will be placed at the bottom of each figures and tables.

- For figures and tables to be reproduced relevant permissions need to be provided. This permission must be mentioned in the explanation.

- Pictures/photographs must be in color, clear and with appropriate contrast to separate details.

TITLE PAGE: A concise, informative title, should be provided. All authors should be listed with academic degrees, affiliations, addresses, office and mobile telephone and fax numbers, e-mail and postal addresses, ORCID. If the study was presented in a congress, the author(s) should identify the date/place of the congress of the study presented.

ABSTRACT: The abstracts should be prepared in accordance with the instructions in the “Categories of Articles” and placed in the article file.

KEYWORDS:

- Keywords should be a minimum of 3, and a maximum of 5.

- Keywords should be appropriate to “Medical Subject Headings (MESH)”

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: Conflict of interest, financial support, grants, and all other editorial (statistical analysis, language editing) and/or technical assistance if present, must be presented at the end of the text.

REFERENCES: References should be numbered in the order they are cited. Only published data or manuscripts accepted for publication and recent data should be included. Inaccessible data sources and those not indexed in any database should be omitted. Titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus- NLM Style (Patrias K. Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers [Internet]. 2nd ed. Wendling DL, technical editor. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007 - [updated 2011 Sep 15; cited Year Month Day] (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine). All authors should be listed if an article has three or less authors; first three authors are listed and the rest is represented by “et al.”. Reference format and punctuation should be as in the following examples.

Journal: Muller C, Buttner HJ, Peterson J et al. A randomized comparison of clopidogrel and aspirin versus ticlopidine and aspirin after placement of coronary artery stents. Circulation 2000;101:590-3.

Book Section: Sherry S. Detection of thrombi. In: Strauss HE, Pitt B, James AE, editors. Cardiovascular Medicine. St Louis: Mosby; 1974.p.273-85.

Books with Single Author: Cohn PF. Silent myocardial ischemia and infarction. 3rd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker; 1993.

Editor(s) as author: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

Conference Proceedings: Bengisson S. Sothemin BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sept 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992.p.1561-5.

Scientific or Technical Report: Smith P. Golladay K. Payment for durable medical equipment billed during skilled nursing facility stays. Final report. Dallas (TX) Dept. of Health and Human Services (US). Office of Evaluation and Inspections: 1994 Oct. Report No: HHSIGOE 169200860.

Thesis: Kaplan SI. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly access and utilization (dissertation). St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ. 1995.

Manuscripts accepted for publication, not published yet: Leshner AI. Molecular mechanisms of cocaine addiction. N Engl J Med In press 1997.

Epub ahead of print Articles: Aksu HU, Ertürk M, Gül M et al. Successful treatment of a patient with pulmonary embolism and biatrial thrombus. Anadolu Kardiyol Derg 2012 Dec 26. doi: 10.5152/ akd.2013.062. [Epub ahead of print]

Manuscripts published in electronic format: Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis (serial online) l995 Jan-Mar (cited 1996 June 5): 1(1): (24 screens). Available from: URL:http://www.cdc.gov/ncidodlElD/cid.htm.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST STATEMENT

Conflict of interest is when the author’s primary responsibility to science, ethics and readers is not compatible with author’s private interests such as financial gains or personal rivalry. Credence of the scientific process and the authenticity of articles depend in part on how transparently conflicts of interest are approached. In case of a conflict of interest it should be declared to the editorial board of TMSJ, and clearly written under a particular section at the end of the manuscript. Authors may reach more information and find the instructions by COPE and ICMJE conflicts of interest guidelines.

ORCID

It is recommended that the journals, which are indexed in TR Index or apply to take a part, require ORCID® information from the authors and include this information in the journal/articles. ORCID® is the abbreviation for Open Researcher and Contributor ID. ORCID® is a 16-digit URI compliant with the ISO Standard (ISO 27729), also known as the International Standard Name Identifier (ISNI). The correspondent author who will submit an article to our journal should state ORCID® numbers. Researchers who do not have ORCID® ID can apply for a free registration and get their individual ORCID® number at http://orcid.org.

WITHDRAWAL POLICY

Turkish Medical Student Journal encourages authors to follow best practice in publication ethics. Therefore, the authors may withdraw their manuscripts in absolutely necessary conditions. If authors want to withdraw their manuscript, they need to submit the ''Manuscript Withdrawal Form''. Authors should state their reason of withdrawal and the form need to be signed by all authors, sent to [email protected].

TMSJ Editorial Board evaluates the form and if the reason for withdrawal is found as reasonable, the authors will receive a confirmation e-mail. Before getting this confirmation e-mail, the authors should not consider their manuscripts as withdrawn.

COMPLAINT

All of the complaints regarding the articles should be stated via e-mail to [email protected]. TMSJ Editorial Board evaluates the complaints with the accordance of COPE Guidelines and draws a conclusion after the decision of Editor-in-Chief.