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The Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians (J of Cey Coll of Phy) is published biannually by the Ceylon College of Physicians. Material received for publication is assumed to be submitted exclusively to the J of Cey Coll of Phy. All authors must give signed consent for publication.
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Editorials are expert opinions on current topics or based on the articles published in the same issue of the journal and are solicited by the editors. They are limited to 1500 words and 20 references.
Original articles include results of original research, systematic reviews and meta-analysis with relevance to medicine or allied sciences. Manuscript should not exceed 2500 words, with no more than six tables or illustrations, and should include a structured abstract of 250 words.
Review articles summarizes the current understanding on a topic of interest and evaluate the previously published articles. Review articles should not exceed 2500 words, 5 tables and should include an abstract of 250 words.
Case reports should describe an unusual or novel occurrence of a disease condition, adverse response to therapies or diagnostic dilemmas where new knowledge is learnt or an important message is delivered. This should not contain more than 1500 words, two tables/ one illustration and 5 references. Should include an unstructured abstract not exceeding 250 words. Case reports must be prepared according to the Consensus-based Clinical Case Reporting (CARE) guidelines.
Short reports should be papers that communicate brief reports of data from original research that will be interesting to the readers. This should be less than 750 words, with only one table or illustration, and not more than five references.
Letters in response to articles published in J of Cey Coll of Phy should not exceed 400 words or contain more than five references.
Type manuscript double spaced with at least 2.5 cm margin all round in Microsoft word format. The computer language must be set to English (UK). Articles should conform to the conventional structure of abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion, and references.
Drug names should be given in generic, and not as proprietary names. Spell out abbreviations when first used in the text. Give scientific measurements only in SI units, except for blood pressure (mmHg) and haemoglobin (g/dl). In addition conventional units can be quoted in parenthesis. Full stop should not be used after contractions or abbreviations: eg MCV, 17 g/dl, Dr, et al, etc. Use only Arabic numerals.
Statistical methods used should be given under methods and either described in detail or supported by references.
Tables should be simple and should not duplicate information in the text.
Illustrations should be used only when data cannot be expressed clearly in any other way. When graphs or histograms are submitted the numerical data on which they are based should be supplied. Titles and detailed explanations should not be included in the illustration and should be included in the legend.
Figures should be submitted as photographic quality digital files (e.g. JPEG, GIF) and as separate files. The width of image should be 7.5 cm. Resolution 300 DPI, Image should be saved in grey scale unless it is a colour image. No lettering or numbers that reveal the source of the image should be visible on the image. Letters, numbers, and symbols on figures should be clear, and of sufficient size that when reduced for publication each item will still be legible.
Patients shown in photographs should have their identity concealed in some conventional way or if the face or eyes are the point of interest, written permission, from the patient, parent, or guardian, for reproduction in a journal should be submitted.
Legends for Illustrations/Figures Type the legends for illustrations using double spacing with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, identify and explain each one clearly in the legend. Explain the internal scale and identify the method of staining in photomicrographs.
Include on a sheet separate from the text, the title of the article, the name(s) and initial(s), and post(s) held by each author at the time they did the work, and email addresses. List authors names as surname and maximum of 2 initials. Give the name of the corresponding author, email address, the contact telephone number and the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). Give the number of words in the manuscript, exclusive of the abstract.
The abstract should provide the background for the study (the context and purpose of the study), methods (selection of participants, how the study was performed and statistical tests used), results (main findings) and conclusions (brief summary and potential implications) under each subheading. Number of words should not exceed 250. Clinical trials should give clinical trial registration number at the end of the abstract.
Give 4 to 5 key words after the abstract.
The main text should be written to contain the following; Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, Acknowledgements, Conflicts of Interests, Criteria for authorship and References. All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
Source(s) of support to the study which include grants, equipment, drugs, and/or other support that facilitated conduct of the work should be declared. All authors must disclose any financial and personal relationships with other people or organisations that could bias their work under the heading ‘conflicts of interest’. If there are no conflicts of interest, authors should state that “There are no conflicts of interest”.
Criteria for authorship should be stated before the references. Only the persons who contributed to the intellectual content of the manuscript should be identified as authors. The journal follows the authorship guidelines adopted by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) and the authorship should be based on meeting the following four criteria:
All those designed authors should be able to clearly identify their contributions to the specific other parts of the work and it should be clearly stated at the end of the manuscript.
Keep references to reasonable minimum and indicate them in the text only by Arabic superior numerals in the order of appearance as a superscipt. (e.g. The link between hypercholesterolaemia and coronary artery disease is now well established 1,2,3,4). At the end of the article give the full list of references in the correct numerical order with the name(s) and initial(s) of the author(s), followed by the title of the article, the title of the journal in full, the year and volume number, and the first and the last page numbers. List all authors when there are six or fewer; when there are seven or more, list the first three, then “et al”. Where available, URLs for the references should be provided.
Titles of books should be followed by the place of publication, the publisher, and the year e.g.
Avoid using abstracts as references. “Unpublished observations” and “Personal communications” may not be used as references. Manuscripts accepted, but not yet published may be included among the references, followed by (in press). Information from manuscripts not yet accepted may be cited only in the text followed by (Unpublished observations). Authors must verify references before submitting the article.
Editors reserve the customary right to style, to shorten articles where necessary and to determine priority and time of publication.
Proofs and reprints
The title page should have the name and email address of the corresponding author to whom the proof is to be sent. Proof corrections should be kept to a minimum Page proofs sent to authors should be returned after correction within three days.
Corrections and disagreements:
Corrections to any printed errors are published in the journal and online.
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The journal is distributed free to all members of the College.
This journal will conform to the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals”
— See Editoral – Journal of the Ceylon College of Physicians, 1994, 27, 1-7
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