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Manuscripts must be written in fluent English and conform to the specifications described below. Manuscripts submitted to SJDEM are evaluated by peer reviewers. Authors of manuscripts requiring modifications have two (2) months to resubmit a revision of their paper. Manuscripts returned after more than two (2) months will be treated as new submissions. An unsolicited revision of a rejected manuscript will either be returned or treated as a new submission, at the editor’s discretion.
All manuscripts must adhere to the word count limitations, as specified below, for text only; the word count does not include the abstract, references, or figure/table legends. The word count must be noted on the title page, along with the number of figures and tables.
Original Articles – Word count 3600 and include a maximum of six figures and tables and 40 references.
Brief Reports must include focused studies with important, but very straightforward, negative or confirmatory results. Word count 1800 with maximum of two figures and tables and 20 references.
Clinical Reviews and Clinical updates should address topics of importance to clinical endocrinologists, researchers and clinicians. Word count 4000 with maximum four figures and tables and 60 references. A brief section describing the search strategies used to obtain information is required for reviews.
Case Report must describe a single case or small series that reveals a novel and important insight into a condition’s pathogenesis, presentation, and/or management. The case report must include a concise scholarly review of relevant literature pertaining to the disorder. Word count 2400 with maximum four figures and tables and 20 references.
Extensive Clinical Experiences are learned descriptions of substantial clinical experience with a specific endocrine or metabolic disorder, or class of disorders, by a single clinical endocrinologist or facility. Word count 3600 and maximum four figures and tables and 40 references.
Position and Consensus Statements related to the endocrine and metabolic health standards and healthcare practices may be submitted by professional societies, task forces, and other consortia. All such submissions will be subjected to peer review, must be modifiable in response to criticisms, and will be published only if they meet the Journal’s usual editorial standards. Word count 3600 with maximum six figures and tables and 120 references.
Controversies in Clinical Endocrinology must describe and justify different approaches to diagnosis and/or management of patients with an endocrine or metabolic condition. This is ideally authored by two individuals who thoughtfully describe their respective clinical perspectives on a clinical problem, practice that must include the rationale and evidence. Word count 2400 with maximum two figures and tables and 20 references.
Images in Endocrinology require a single figure or two closely related figures that illustrate the value of visual information in clinical diagnosis of endocrine and metabolic disorders, with a caption that is 50 words or less, and a commentary of 250 words or less, and five or fewer references.
Commentaries are essentially uninvited editorials, which should concisely address and take a well-reasoned position on a timely issue of importance to clinical endocrinologists and/or investigators. Word count 1200 with maximum 10 references; no figures or tables are permitted.
Letters to the Editor may be submitted in response to work that has been published in the Journal. Letters should be short commentaries related to specific points of agreement or disagreement with the published work. Letters are not intended for presentation of original data unrelated to a published article. Word count 500 with maximum five complete references and no figures or tables.
Manuscript Submission Procedures
SJDEM only uses electronic manuscript submission. Please email to firstname.lastname@example.org
All submissions must include:
The Journal requires that all manuscripts be submitted in a single-column format that follows these guidelines:
The title page should include the following:
All Original Articles, Brief Reports, Clinical Reviews, Case Reports, Consensus and Position Statements, Controversies in Endocrinology, and Extensive Clinical Experiences should be submitted with structured abstracts of no more than 250 words. All information reported in the abstract must appear in the manuscript. The abstract should not include references. Write the abstract with a general medical audience in mind. Please use complete sentences for all sections of the abstract.
The article should begin with a brief introductory statement that places the work to follow in historical perspective and explains its intent and significance. Materials and Methods These should be described and referenced in sufficient detail for other investigators to repeat the work.
Results and Discussion
The Results section should briefly present the experimental data in text, tables, and/or figures. The Discussion should focus on the interpretation and significance of the findings with concise objective comments that describe their relation to other work in that area.
The Acknowledgments section should include the names of those people who contributed to a study but did not meet the requirements for authorship. Each person listed in the acknowledgments must give permission for the use of his or her name.
References to the literature should be cited in numerical order (in parentheses) in the text and listed in the same numerical order at the end of the manuscript on a separate page or pages. Examples of the reference style that should be used are given below. For further examples refer Ann Intern Med.1988; 108: 258-265 and Br Med J. 1988; 296: 401-405.
Journal articles and abstracts: List all authors when six or less; when seven or more, list only first three and add et al. If it is necessary to cite an abstract because it contains substantive data not published elsewhere, it must be designated at the end of the reference [e.g., 68:313 (Abstract)].
Books: List all authors or editors.
Tables must be constructed as simply as possible and be intelligible without reference to the text. Each table must have a concise heading. A description of experimental conditions may appear together with footnotes at the foot of the table. Tables must not simply duplicate the text or figures. The width of the table must be designed to occupy one or two journal columns.
Figures and Legends
Sizing the figure: The author is responsible for providing digital art that has been properly sized, cropped, and has adequate space between images. Plan the size of the figure to fill 1, 1.5, or 2 columns in the printed journal. In most cases, figures should be prepared for 1-column width. Produce original art at the size it should appear in the printed journal. On the submission page, check boxes to indicate that the figures are the correct size and resolution.
Units of Measure
Results should be expressed in metric units. Systeme Internationale (SI units) must be added in parentheses. Temperature should be expressed in degrees Celsius (e.g., 28 C) and time of day using the 24-hour clock (e.g., 0800 h, 1500 h).
All nonstandard abbreviations in the text must be defined immediately after the first use of the abbreviation.
Editorial Policies and Guidelines
The journal publishes original research and review material. Material previously published in whole or in part shall not be considered for publication. At the time of submission, authors must divulge in their cover letter all prior publications or postings of the material in any form of media. Abstracts or posters displayed for colleagues at scientific meetings need not be reported.
An author should have participated in either the conception, planning, or execution of the work, the interpretation of the results and the writing of the paper. An acknowledgment accompanying the paper is appropriate recognition for others who have contributed to a lesser extent.
To be considered, all clinical investigations described in submitted manuscripts must have been conducted in accordance with the guidelines in The Declaration of Helsinki and must have been formally approved by the appropriate institutional review committees or its equivalent. All manuscripts must indicate that IRB approval was acquired; and that when informed consent was required by the IRB, that this was obtained from subjects in experiments involving humans. Photographs of patients’ faces should be included only if scientifically relevant. Authors must obtain written consent from the patient for use of such photographs.
A statement confirming that all animal experimentation described in the submitted manuscript was conducted in accord with accepted standards of humane animal care should be included in the manuscript.
Clinical Trials Registration
Clinical trials require their prospective registration. The Clinical Trial Registration number should be provided clearly on the title page of the manuscript.
Journal Facts for SJDEM
Publisher: The Endocrine Society of Sri Lanka
Editor: Dr Uditha Bulugahapitiya
Editorial Board: SJDEM Editorial Board
Dr. Uditha Bulugahapitiya, Editor
The Sri Lanka Journal of Diabetes Endocrinology and Metabolism
Colombo South Teaching Hospital,
Phone: 0094 777 356 105
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