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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, or RTF document file format.
  • The manuscript should be submitted blindly (i.e without the authors' names, college names, or logo). Author names and details (contact emails, current position, and correspondence) should be submitted in another separate file (Cover letter).
  • The Title should be brief and descriptive of the article. Each word should be capitalized except connectors.
  • Abstract and manuscript are written according to the author's guidelines mentioned below.
  • Cover letters with any supplementary files are uploaded along with the manuscript.
  • The authors should state clearly if there is any conflicts and any financial or non-financial support.
  • Ethical considerations should be stated in the methodology section of the article. Ethical approval from the institution at which the study was conducted is uploaded as a supplementary file.
  • The text is typed with Arial 11 and 1.5 spacing. Employs Bold and Italics font, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses).
  • There should be a space (tab button) at the beginning of each paragraph and the file pages should be remembered.
  • All abbreviations are first described and then expressed in parenthesis. EX: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR). then only abbreviation is required.
  • Tables are cited as Table 1. with their titles above them.Tables should be without colours and vertical lines.Any abrreviations or measuring units should be mentioned at the footnote.
  • Figures are cited as Figure 1. with their titles below them. They should be with a good quality. Any abbreviation or a measuring unit should be stated in a footnote.
  • All illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  • All references should be written according to the Vancouver style. They should be listed in order In the text they are shown with Arabic numerals, at the end of the sentence. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.

Author Guidelines

Authors’ guidelines.

Baghdad medical journal of students (BMJOS): is a double-blinded peer-reviewed, open-access journal that accepts original and review articles, especially those of medical students.
The BMJOS follows the international committee of medical journal editors (ICJME) guidelines and requires full ethical consideration for the presented articles.
Please refer to the below-mentioned author guidelines before starting submitting your work.

  1. The originality of the work:

         The submitted manuscript is not published elsewhere and does not reflect duplication of  literature.

  1. Avail to the medical literature:
    All the submitted articles should present a substantial contribution to the medical field development (i.e. offer new knowledge) especially if there was no similar research previously published in the authors' region.
  2. Authorship:                                                                                                                                      One of the authors must be assigned as the corresponding author, he must take primary responsibility for communication with the journal team during article processing time. The following criteria must be fulfilled to meet the definition of an author, otherwise, the contributor should be mentioned only in the acknowledgment section of the article.
  • Substantial contributions to the conception or design of the work; or the acquisition, analysis, or interpretation of data for the work; AND
  • Drafting the work or revising it critically for important intellectual content; AND
  • Final approval of the version to be published; AND
  • Agreement to be accountable for all aspects of the work in ensuring that questions related to the accuracy or integrity of any part of the work are appropriately investigated and resolved.
  1. A cover letter should be uploaded, This has to include the following: Authors’ confirmation of the originality of the work, authors' information (affiliations of the authors, emails, country, and city of living)
  2. Conflict of interest and financial support:
    The authors should state clearly if there are any conflicts (which may be financial, personal relationships or rivalries, academic competition, and intellectual beliefs) and any financial or non-financial support (Sources of support for the work, including sponsor names along with explanations of the role of those sources if any in study design; collection, analysis..etc)
  3. Ethical considerations:
    This should be stated in the methodology section of the article.
    Any submitted article which includes data about humans should be accompanied by formal review and approval from the institution at which the study was conducted.
  4. Article processing charge: Authors should be aware that BMJOS will charge author fees for the publication of manuscripts in the Research. No payment is required at the time of submission, but if your article is accepted you will be expected to pay the author fee.
  5. Supplementary files: Any supplemental materials (which may include a cover letter, a questionnaire, or a video) should be uploaded along with the manuscript.

All submitted articles must contain no author/ institution name or logo.

Article types accepted within the journal:

  • Original articles:

These should be structured into the following sections: Title, structured abstract not exceeding 300 words, Introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, conflict of interests, and references. The whole length should not exceed 3500 words.


-The Introduction should provide an adequate summary of the knowledge that regards what is already known about the topic and the Limitations of the knowledge in the meantime.

- It should also include the study’s aims and objectives


- Include the design of the study, setting, type of participants or materials involved as well as a description of all interventions and comparisons.

- The authors should also provide a description of the type of statistical analysis used.

- Well-established methodologies (i.e. validation methods) should be mentioned and referenced. For new methods, the protocols should be included.

- The authors should provide statements about the ethical consideration.


- The data should be presented in a logical order, beginning with sociodemographic status.

- The results should be presented with clarity and precision.

- The results should be written in the past tense.

- Results should be explained without discussion, 


-The discussion should provide an interpretation of the results obtained in this study and in past ones.

-Do not repeat the results in the Discussion section.

-The first paragraph is usually a summary of the Results section. Then the discussion is presented in a logical order.

-Limitations of the presented study should be included in this section.


 The conclusion should be brief describing the authors’ final statement about the most important finding of the study.


The references should not be less than 10 references. Authors are encouraged to keep the number of references limited to those that are important for the understanding of the manuscript and of scientific relevance.

  • Case reports:
    Case reports are intended to show a hidden scientific observation that may present a diagnostic challenge. Generally, a case report should be short and focused, with its main components being the abstract, introduction, case description, and discussion. In the Discussion, educate the reader about the reported case. Case reports should enlighten readers about a condition or presentation that they find interesting.
  • Review articles:                                                                                                                              Review articles should contain less than 4500 words, preferably with tables and figures. Review articles about a medical illness should include the following: Abstract should be unstructured (just a paragraph) not exceeding 250 words, Introduction, Epidemiology, pathophysiology, diagnosis, management, and prevention.

In general, for any type of submitted article, the following notes have to be considered:

  • The manuscript has to be in Microsoft word format.
  • The manuscript must be typed with Arial 11 text and 1.5 spacing. There should be a space (tab button) at the beginning of each paragraph and the file pages should be remembered.
  • Bold and italic fonts can be used but no underling is allowed.
  • All abbreviations are first described and then expressed in parenthesis: Polymerase chain reaction (PCR)
  • The Title should be brief and descriptive of the article, without overrepresentation or underrepresentation of the results and conclusion. Each word should be capitalized except connectors,
  • For Abstract: It should be structured. It must be written using the past tense, and active verbs. Abbreviations should be avoided and no citation is allowed. The aim of the study should be clearly stated in the Background section. Following the abstract, provide five Keywords obtained from MeSH/MEDLINE for indexing purposes.
  • For references, Books, Published articles, and websites of international authorities (such as the World Health Organization, WHO) can be used. All references should be written according to the Vancouver style. The references in the text should be shown with Arabic numerals indicated as superscripts after the punctuation mark, at the end of the sentence (e.g. “...text.1”, “... text.3-5,8”). The references must be listed and numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text.  Please visit the following link for more information about the referencing style:
  • The use of tables and figures should be adequate, they should not convey the same information as the written text and should be put below their citation in the text. They should be cited like Table 1, Figure 1.
  • Tables must be without colors and without vertical lines. The title should be above the table and any abbreviation or a measuring unit should be stated as a footnote (legend).
  • Figures can be presented as photos and preferably figures made with excel/SPSS. They should be of acceptable quality. Any abbreviation or a measuring unit should be stated in a footnote.

Example for a table:

Table 3: Source of knowledge about thalassemia




Source of knowledge



Friends and family






 School and college



Hospital visit




(Legend: text, abbreviations, etc.)


Conflict of Interest 

Each Author must disclose all possible conflict of interest situations including, but not limited to:

  1. Having a close relative  or a professional associate with financial interest in the outcome or otherwise having a relationship that might affect judgment or could be seen as doing so by a reasonable person familiar with the relationship;
  2. Serving as an officer, director, member, owner, trustee, or employee of an organization with a financial interest in the outcome or as an expert witness, advisor, consultant, or public advocate (with or without compensation) on behalf of an organization with a financial interest in the outcome;
  3. Receiving support, including grants, contracts or subcontracts, fellowships, consulting agreements, or gifts (eg, chemicals, experimental diets, trips) with a company or organization having a financial interest in the outcome at present, during the time the research was conducted, or over the past 3 years.
  4. Being employed; having rights to patent applications, patents, sales, licensing, or royalty agreements; serving on an advisory board or speakers’ panel; or owning shares in a company or organization that may gain or lose financially.


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