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For Authors

Interested in submitting to this journal? We recommend that you review the About the Journal page, the Author Guidelines, and the Publication Ethics Statement.

Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting a manuscript or, if already registered, can simply log in and follow the manuscript submission steps.

In this section:
I - Author Guidlines
2 - Submission Preparation
3- Main Types of Submissions
4- Other Types of Submissions
5- Reporting Guidlines
6- Informed Consent

I- Author Guidlines


1.1. Terms of Submission

Manuscripts should be submitted online, by one of the authors of the manuscript, through Health Sciences Editorial Manager Site. In case you need support or have inquiries, please write to .

Regardless of the source of the word-processing tool, only electronic PDF (.pdf) or Word (.doc, .docx, .rtf) files can be submitted. There is no page limit.

Only submissions through Editorial Manager Site are accepted to facilitate rapid publication and minimize administrative costs. Submissions by anyone other than one of the authors will not be accepted. The submitting author takes responsibility for the paper during submission and peer review.

A manuscript that does not receive any answer 8 weeks after submission can be resubmitted elsewhere.

Papers must be submitted on the understanding that they have not been published elsewhere and are not currently under consideration by another journal or any other publisher. The submitting author is responsible for ensuring that the article's publication has been approved by all the other coauthors. It is also the authors' responsibility to ensure that the articles emanating from a particular institution are submitted with the approval of the necessary institution. Only an acknowledgment from the editorial office officially establishes the date of receipt. Further correspondence and proofs will be sent to the author(s) before publication unless otherwise indicated. It is a condition of submission of a paper that the authors permit editing of the paper for readability.

1.2. Submission Preparation Checklist:

As part of the submission process, authors are required to check off their submission's compliance with all of the following items, and submissions may be returned to authors that do not adhere to these guidelines.

The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).

The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.

Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.

1.3. Peer Review

All manuscripts are subject to peer review and are expected to meet standards of academic excellence. Submissions will be considered by an editor and "if not rejected right away" by peer-reviewers, whose identities will remain anonymous to the authors.

1.4. Proofs

Corrected proofs must be returned to the publisher within 7 days of receipt. The publisher will do everything possible to ensure prompt publication. It will therefore be appreciated if the manuscripts and figures conform from the outset to the style of the journal.

1.5. Copyright

Open Access authors retain the copyrights of their papers, and all open access articles are distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 License (CC BY 4.0). The use of general descriptive names, trade names, trademarks, and so forth in the publication, even if not specifically identified, does not imply that these names are not protected by the relevant laws and regulations.

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2- Submission Preparation


Title and Authorship Information
The following information should be included:

  • Paper title
  • Full author names
  • Full institutional mailing addresses
  • Email addresses
  • Submission files

    Abstract

    The manuscript should contain an abstract. The abstract should be self-contained and citation-free and should not exceed 200 words.

    Introduction

    This section should be succinct, with no subheadings.

    Materials and Methods

    This part should contain sufficient detail so that all procedures can be repeated. It can be divided into subsections if several methods are described.

    Results and Discussion

    This section may each be divided by subheadings or may be combined.

    Conclusions

    This should clearly explain the main conclusions of the work highlighting its importance and relevance.

    Acknowledgments

    All acknowledgments (if any) should be included at the very end of the paper before the references and may include supporting grants, presentations, and so forth.

    References

    Authors are responsible for ensuring that the information in each reference is complete and accurate. All references must be numbered consecutively and citations of references in text should be identified using numbers in square brackets (e.g., "as discussed by Ahmad [9]"; "as discussed elsewhere [9, 10]"). All references should be cited within the text; otherwise, these references will be automatically removed.

    Figures

    Upon submission of an article, authors are supposed to include all figures and tables in the PDF file of the manuscript. Figures and tables should not be submitted in separate files. All figures should be cited in the paper in a consecutive order. Figures should be supplied in either vector art formats (Illustrator, EPS, WMF, FreeHand, CorelDraw, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.) or bitmap formats (Photoshop, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, etc.). Bitmap images should be of 300 dpi resolution at least unless the resolution is intentionally set to a lower level for scientific reasons. If a bitmap image has labels, the image and labels should be embedded in separate layers.

    Tables

    Tables should be cited consecutively in the text. Every table must have a descriptive title and if numerical measurements are given, the units should be included in the column heading. Vertical rules should not be used.

    Abbreviations and Symbols

    Use only standard abbreviations; the use of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. The spelled-out abbreviation followed by the abbreviation in parenthesis should be used on first mention unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement.

    Disclosure Policy

    A competing interest exists when professional judgment concerning the validity of research is influenced by a secondary interest, such as financial gain. We require that our authors reveal any possible conflict of interests in their submitted manuscripts.

    If there is no conflict of interests, authors should state that "The author(s) declare(s) that there is no conflict of interests regarding the publication of this article."

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    3- Main Types of Submissions

    Review Articles

    All review articles undergo the same peer-review and editorial process as original research reports. They cover a wide variety of clinical and mechanistic areas. In general, the text is limited to 3000 words, with a maximum of 5 figures and 5 tables (total), and up to 80 references.

    Original Research

    Original Articles are scientific reports of the results of original clinical research. The text is limited to 3000 words, with an abstract, a maximum of 5 tables and 5 figures, and up to 40 references.

    Clinical Study

    When publishing clinical studies, HS aims to comply with the recommendations of the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) on trials registration. Therefore, authors are requested to register the clinical trial presented in the manuscript in a public trials registry and include the trial registration number at the end of the abstract. The text is limited to 3000 words, with an abstract, a maximum of 5 tables and 5 figures, and up to 40 references.

    Case Reports

    Brief Reports usually describe one to three patients or a single family. The text is limited to 2000 words, a maximum of 2 tables and 4 figures, and up to 20 references. They begin with a brief summary of no more than 200 words. The maximum number of authors allowed for case reports is 4.

    Case series

    A case series is a group or series of case reports involving patients who were given similar treatment. Reports of case series usually contain detailed information about the individual patients. This includes demographic information (for example, age, gender, ethnic origin) and information on diagnosis, treatment, response to treatment, and follow-up after treatment. The text is limited to 2000 words, a maximum of 2 tables and 4 figures, and up to 20 references. They begin with a brief summary of no more than 200 words. The maximum number of authors allowed for case series is 4.

    Images in Clinical Medicine

    The title should contain no more than eight words. No more than two authors may be listed. The legend should contain no more than 400 words. Introduction and discussion are not necessary. Consequently, citing references and creating a bibliography is not needed. Any information that might identify the patient or hospital, including the date, should be removed from the image. The maximum number of authors allowed for Clinical Medicine Images is 2.

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    4- Other Types of Submissions

    Editorials usually provide commentary and analysis concerning an article in the issue of the Journal in which they appear. They may include 1 figure or table. They are nearly always solicited, although unsolicited editorials may occasionally be considered. Editorials are limited to 1000 words, with up to 10 references.

    Letters to the Editor provide a forum for readers to comment about articles recently published in the Journal, and they are a place to publish concise articles, such as reports of novel cases. Letters to the Editor are limited to 750 words, with up to 10 references.

    Perspective articles are accessible pieces covering a wide variety of timely topics of relevance to health care and medicine. We welcome submissions and proposals. Perspective articles are limited to 2000 words and usually include one figure and/or one table. There is a maximum of 20 references.

    Special Reports are miscellaneous articles of special interest to the medical community. They are limited to 2000 words, with up to 15 references.

    Medicine and Society articles cover a range of social aspects of medicine and health care, including medical sociology, anthropology, history, and ethics, among other areas. We welcome submissions and proposals. The text is limited to 2000 words, with up to 15 references.

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    5- Reporting Guidlines

    Authors are strongly encouraged to use appropriate reporting guidelines when preparing and submitting manuscripts, to maximise transparency and reproducibility. Our editors and reviewers are also encouraged to use them in the review process. Completed checklists should be provided in the supplementary files on submission. We particularly encourage the use of:

    • CONSORT for randomized controlled trials
    • TREND for non-randomized trials
    • PRISMA for systematic review and meta-analyses
    • CARE for case reports
    • STROBE for observational studies
    • STREGA for genetic association studies
    • SRQR for qualitative studies
    • STARD for diagnostic accuracy studies
    • ARRIVE for animal experiments

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    Health Sciences strictly follow the ICMJE Protection of Research Participants policy. Patients have a right to privacy that should not be violated without informed consent. When informed consent has been obtained, editors may request authors to provide a copy before making the editorial decision. Authors can find a template for the Informed Consent here. Manuscripts must be reviewed with due respect for authors' confidentiality. In submitting their manuscripts for review, authors entrust editors with the results of their scientific work and creative effort, on which their reputation and career may depend.

    Authors' rights may be violated by the disclosure of confidential details during the review of their manuscript. Reviewers also have the rights to confidentiality, which must be respected by the editor. Confidentiality may have to be breached if dishonesty or fraud is alleged but otherwise must be honored. Editors must not disclose information about manuscripts (including their receipt, content, status in the reviewing process, criticism by reviewers, or ultimate fate) to anyone other than the authors and reviewers. This includes requests to use the materials for legal proceedings.

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