Aim & Scope
Integrated Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences is a bi-annual medical journal of Ladoke Akintola University of Technology Teaching Hospital, Ogbomoso, that publishes original communications in the form of original research, high-quality case reports, short communications, letters to the editor, and systematic reviews on clinical medicine (surgery, surgical specialties, paediatrics, internal medicine, public health, and obstetrics and gynaecology), laboratory medicine and other specialties in the basic medical sciences, allied health sciences, and health-related social sciences. Articles in the form of narrative reviews, personal practice, personal opinions, and commentaries will only be invited from renowned experts in the concerned fields by the editors.
Manuscripts must be submitted as Microsoft Word (.doc or .docx) files. Times New Roman font size 12 with double spacing should be used. The word count (excluding abstract, references, declarations, and tables and figures) for original research, case report, short communications, and letters to the editors should not exceed 3000, 2000, 1000, and 750 words respectively. Illustrations (both tables and figures) should not exceed five altogether. Paragraphs should be inserted with the tab function and not with manual spacing. The manuscript should be arranged as follows: title page, abstract, main text, declarations, references, tables, and figure legends.
The title of the article should not exceed 16 words. The title page should include full names (NOT initials) of the author(s) with the surname capitalized, and institutional affiliations. Highest academic qualification of each author should be included in parentheses after the name. The name, complete postal address, telephone number, and e-mail address of the corresponding author should be clearly indicated. A short running title not exceeding 8 words must be provided.
Abstract and Keywords
The abstract of all manuscripts (including reviews) must not exceed 250 words and should be structured with the following subheadings: Background, Objectives, Methods, Result and Conclusions. Conclusions and recommendations not related to the study findings and not found in the main article text should not be stated in the abstract. Avoid references in the abstract. Four to six searchable keywords or specific phrases available in Index Medicus, included in the title and manuscript text, should be provided alphabetically below the abstract.
Original research articles and systematic reviews should be divided into the following sections:Introduction, Methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusion. For studies involving human subjects, the authors must indicate adherence to the Helsinki Declaration in terms of important ethical considerations such as:
(i) institutional ethical clearance to use human subjects or the permission to use institutional data;
(ii) informed written consent/assent obtained from the human subjects.
These should be indicated in the Methods section.
Before the references, please provide information under the following subheadings. Authors’ Contributions: Please check the details on www.icmje.com. Acknowledgments: for individuals who assisted in the research or manuscript writing but do not qualify to be listed as authors
Conflicts of Interest
References should not exceed 10 for letters to the editors and short communications, 22 for case reports and 35 for original research. The Vancouver style of referencing is adopted by the journal. Within the text, references should be kept within square brackets, superscripted, and inserted after punctuations. The cited literature must be numbered consecutively in order of appearance. A list of references numbered consecutively according to the order of in-text citations should be placed at the end of the manuscript (after Declarations). Personal communications must not be listed in the references but should be so indicated in parentheses within the manuscript text.
Articles that have been accepted for journal publication but not yet published can be listed in the references with the name of the journal clearly stated and “In press” added as an indicator. Journal titles should be abbreviated as found in Index Medicus. All the authors must be listed except if there are more than six. In such cases as the latter, the first six authors should be listed followed by “et al”. Examples of references are as follows:
Ayodele OE, Okpechi IG, Swanepoel CR. Long term renal outcome and complications in South Africans with proliferative lupus n e p h r i t i s . I n t U r o l N e p h r o l . 2013;45(5):1289–300.
Rajasingham R, Boulware DR. HIV care: ART adherence support and cryptococcal screening. Lancet 2015;385(9983):2128–9. DOI: 10.1016/S0140 6736(15)60455-X A v a i l a b l e a t h t t p s : / / w w w . t h e lancet.com/journals/ and accessed on April 12, 2015.
a. Editor(s) as author(s)
Falase AO, Akinkugbe OO. Introduction to molecular biology: Technical development in molecular analysis and gene therapy. In: Falase AO, Akinkugbe OO (Editors). A Compendium of Clinical Medicine. 1st edition. Ibadan, Nigeria: Spectrum Books Limited; 2000:944–55.
b. Chapter in a book
Burgess A. Nutritional disorders. In: Lucas AO, Gilles HM (Editors). Short Textbook of Public Health Medicine for the Tropics. 4th edition. London: Book Power with Hodder Arnold; 2003: 261–82.
Figure legends should be included in the manuscript file after the references. Vector diagrams, line drawings, and graphical representations should be submitted as Microsoft Word or Excel files. Photographs and other illustrations should be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (size not more than 1 MB). All the
illustrations should be consecutively numbered with Arabic numerals.
Tables should be placed, in editable forms, after the figure legends and numbered consecutively using Arabic numerals, with the table title placed above the table. The table drawing command on Microsoft Word should be used, not tabs function and unformatted lines.
Only standard abbreviations are acceptable. All abbreviations must be defined at the first instance of use in the text, tables or figures, and then used consistently thereafter. The International System of Units (SI) is recommended for use within the text, tables, and figures. Trade names for drugs should be avoided; generic names are preferred.
The journal charges the sum of ten thousand naira as publication fees payable after the acceptance of the manuscript by the journal.