|INFORMATION FOR AUTHORS
|Year : 2016 | Volume
| Issue : 2 | Page : 254-255
Information for Authors
Professor OB Fasubaa
The Editor, Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Obafemi Awolowo University Hospital, Ile - Ife, Nigeria
|Date of Web Publication||13-Oct-2016|
Professor OB Fasubaa
The Editor, Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, Obafemi Awolowo University Hospital, Ile - Ife
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Fasubaa PO. Information for Authors. Trop J Obstet Gynaecol 2016;33:254-5
Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology is the official journal of the Society of Gynaecology and Obstetrics of Nigeria (SOGON). It provides a forum for the publication of original articles in Obstetrics, Gynaecology, Reproductive Health and allied disciplines in the tropics. It provides a source of Continuing Medical Education (CME) for members of SOGON and all members of the medical profession in the tropics who are interested in any aspect of reproductive health.
The Journal will consider for publication original articles, basic science research, clinical research and clinical trials critical reviews, commentaries, public health controversies, policy papers, consensus reports, special articles, letters and other appropriate forms of communication in Material and fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology, Gynaecological Oncology, Female Urology and other aspects of Reproductive Health. The Journal welcomes rapid communications (not exceeding 1400 words), which describe important new findings that require accelerated publication. Authors are also welcome to suggest new categories of articles as we are very flexible (although flexibility does not replace rigorous standards).
Preparation of Manuscripts
The Journal's requirements are in accordance with the 'Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals' as described by the international Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE), also known as the Vancouver Group. This group, founded in 1978, sets the rules for medical Journal authors and editors. The requirements are published in the British Medical Journal, (International Committee of Medical Journal editors: Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journal, BMJ, 1997, 314: 1- 10). It can also be viewed at http://www.blackwellscience.com/med. All manuscripts must be in English. Pages must be numbered consecutively, beginning with the title page. Manuscripts should be concise and should include the following sections:
This should contain the title of the article, the first name, middle initial and surname of each author, the institutional affiliations and addresses of each author and the name and full address of the author who will handle correspondence.
The Journal now requires that authors submit a structured abstract not exceeding 250 words.
The sections of the abstract of original research article should be:
- Context: Provides a very brief background to the study, including its justification.
- Objective: Outlines the aims of the study
- Study Design, Setting and Subjects: gives a broad description of the type of study (descriptive, case - control, cohort, experimental, etc.), the site where the study was done and the participants /subjects / material used for the study.
- Interventions (if any): describes experimental interventions
- Main Outcome Measures: describes the attributes that are measured in the study subjects.
- Result: Outlines the main findings from the study.
- Conclusion: gives the main conclusions and major recommendations (if any) of the study.
Subjects / Materials and Methods
The journal now requires that the Discussion section of original research articles be structured in the following fashion:
- Statement of the principle findings
- Description of the strengths and weaknesses of the study design
- Comparison of the findings with those of other studies (including the relative strengths and weaknesses of the methods used in the studies cited compared to the findings being discussed).
- Meaning of the study and implications for clinicians, scientists, policymakers and patients.
- Unanswered questions and specific areas for future research.
Only financial or other tangible support should be included.
Illustrations and figures
For review articles and meta-analyses, authors should structure abstracts as appropriate, including the objective of the article, the source of the materials used and the main conclusions. The body of the article should be organized using headings and sub-headings as appropriate, to demarcate the material presented. For Case Reports, authors should provide a narrative abstract not exceeding 100 words, highlighting the nature of the case and why it was considered worthy of a special report. The body of the case report should have the following sections: Introduction, Case Report, Discussion, References and Illustrations (if any).
Units of Measurement
Measurements of length, height, weight and volume should be in the appropriate metric units. Temperature should be recorded in degree Celsius and blood pressure in millimeters of mercury (mmHg). All haematological and clinical chemical measurements should be reported in SI units.
Tables should be typed double spaced on separate sheets and numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals. Each table should have a short caption. No internal lines are allowed within the tables. Appropriate spacing should separate the rows and columns.
Figures should be numbered consecutively and typed on separate sheets. They should be uncounted glossy print photographs or clear prints of line drawings. The legends should include the caption of the figure. The figure should be lightly marked (in pencil) on the back, indicating its number, caption, orientation, manuscript title and the name of the leading author.
Arabic numerals within the text and the legends to the figures should be typed on separate sheets. They should be uncounted glossy print photographs or clear prints of line drawings. The legends should include the caption of the figure. The figure should be lightly marked (in pencil) on the back, indicating its number, caption, orientation, manuscript title and the name of the leading author.
Abbreviations / Spelling
Only standard abbreviations are allowed. Where special abbreviations are to be used, they must initially be written out in full the first time they are used, with the abbreviations being put in parentheses. British English spelling should be used and authors should refer to the concise Oxford dictionary.
References must be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text. References should be identified in the text, tables and figure legends in Arabic Numerals in superscript (elevated) fashion (e.g….. as noted in other studies1,2,3,4.). Personal communications and unpublished observations are not allowed for listing. Published abstracts can be included as references.
The reference list should be in the Vancover style, with the titles of the journals being abbreviated to the style used in the Index Medicus. Examples are shown below:
1. Journal Article
List all authors, but if the number exceeds six, list the first six followed by et al. Initials should follow surnames, e.g:
Durosinmi MA, Odebiyi AI, Akintola NO, Adediran LA, Aken'Ova Y, Okunade MA et al. Acceptability of prenatal diagnosis of sickle cell anaemia by a sample of the Nigerian population. Afr J Med Sci, 1997; 26: 55 - 58.
2. Chapters in books
Chukwudebelu WO. Ultrasonicsin Obstetrics. In: Agboola A (ed), Textbook of Obstetrics and Gynaecology for Medical Students, Volume 2. Lagos: University Educational Services, 1988; 273-278.
Wynn RM. Obstetrics and Gynaecology: & Febiger, 1979; 46-51 the Clinical Core. 2nd Edition. Philadelphia: Lea & Febiger, 1979; 46-51
4. From the Internet
Bottles K. The Effect of the information Revolution on American Medical Schools. Medscape General Medicine July 26, 1999. Available at http://www.medscape.com/Medscape/GeneralMedinone cine/journal/1999/v01.n07
Submission of Manuscripts
All manuscripts and correspondence should be sent to www.tjogonline.comnone . For journal information visit: www.journalonweb.com/tjognone .
All manuscripts should be in their final form when submitted.
Authors are required to complete and submit an author guarantee declaration certifying that all authors named have contributed sufficiently to the work submitted and that the content of the manuscript has not been published nor is it being considered for publication elsewhere. An editorial Processing fee is now charged for all accepted articles. At present, the fee is N25, 000.00 (US$125.00). A bank draft for that amount, payable to the Tropical Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, should accompany the final submission.