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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 files are in Microsoft Word format and include the article text (blinded, without the names of the authors) and the cover letter, with or without supplementary files.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is Arial and 1.5 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.
  • REFERENCES: References are numbered in the order in which they are cited in the article (citation-sequence reference system) and formatted according to Vancouver Style.
  • IMAGES and TABLES: Should follow the guidelines, Images should be in an appropriate resolution.
  • CONTENT ADHERES TO AUTHOR GUIDELINES: The text meets the journal's formatting requirements as outlined in the General Guidelines

Author Guidelines

Authors’ guidelines.

Baghdad medical journal of students (BMJOS): is a double-blinded peer-reviewed, open-access journal that accepts original and reviews articles. The journal is dedicated to flourish the awareness of importance of scientific research among medical students.
The BMJOS requires from the author certain conditions before starting the submission process:

       1. The authors' work is original rather than a dublication of literature:

           The corresponding author of the submitted article must clearly state that the presented paper is not previously published in a journal.

  1. Avail to the medical literature:
    All the submitted articles should offer new knowledge to the medical science.

  2. Authorship:
    All the authors listed in the submitted article should have made a significant contribution to the research work, revised the article and gave a final approval for publication

Note that one of the authors must be assigned as the corresponding author, he takes primary responsibility for communication with the journal during the manuscript submission, peer review, and publication process. Thus, this author should be available in throughout these processes and after publishing.

  1. Conflict of interest and financial support:
    All the authors should clearly declare about 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)
  2. 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 approval from the institution at which the study was conducted. (This is usually accomplished by ethical committe which may include registration department in the college or health care center where the research was done)

  3. 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 fees.
  4. The manuscript should be blinded (without author names when uploaded in the submission panel)

  5. A cover letter should be uploaded, This has to include the following: Authors’ names, authors information (affiliations of the authors, emails, country and city of living) and their confirmation of the originality of the work.

  6. Supplementary files: Any supplemental materials (which may include a questionnaire or a video) should be uploaded along with the manuscript.

Article types accepted within the journal:

  • Original articles:

These should be structured into the following sections: Title, names of authors, their affiliations, structured abstract not exceeding 300 words, Introduction, methods, results, discussion, conclusion, conflict of interests and references. The whole length should not exceed 3500 words (without the abstract and the references).


The Introduction aim is to provide a summary about 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 ethical consideration.


Beginning with sociodemographic status, state your results crudely and logically without any discussion. Results is the section where tables and figures are useful.


The discussion should build an interpretation of the findings in the results and compare them to the results of the past studies. 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 (i.e of few lines) describing the authors’ most important finding of the study.


The references should not be less than 10 references. Authors are encouraged to put only useful references in regard to the article without stating too many irrelevant references.

  • Case report

Medical students occaisionally observe a new scientific finding or cases that may represent a diagnostic dillema. BMJOS encourage medical students to go on and publish these observations. 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 articles, the following notes have to be considered:

  • The manuscript has to be in Microsoft word format.
  • The manuscript must be typed with Arial 12 and 1.5 spacing. There should be a space (tab button) in 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 for the connectors.
  • For Abstract: It should be structured (i.e partitioned into background, methods,..etc.). It must be written using past tense, active verbs. No abbreviations or citations are allowed. The Aim of the study should be clearly stated in the Background section. Following the abstract, provide at least five Keywords obtained from MeSH/MEDLINE for indexing purposes.
  • For references: Books, Published articles, websites of international authorities (such as the World Health Organization, Medscape) can be used. All references should be written according to Vancouver style. The references in the text should be shown with Arabic numerals indicated as superscript 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: Vacouver citing ,  Examples that you can follow: 
    Original book: Azar FM, Beaty JH, Canale ST. Campbell’s operative orthopedic. 13th ed. Philadelphia: Elseiver; 2017.
    Official scientific site: Panchbhavi VK, Pilon fracture. Available at: [Accessed 6th July 2020].
    Article: Saad BN, Yingling JM, Liporace FA, Yoon RS. Pilon Fractures: Challenges and Solutions. Orthopedic Research and Reviews. 2019;11 (1): 149—157. Available from: doi: [Accessed 6th July 2020]. (here a link can be put instead of DOI)

In regard to figures and tables:

  • The use of tables and figures should be adequate, they should not convey the same information of the written text and should be put below their citation in the text. They should be cited as like that: 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 Microsoft. They should be with good quality. Any abbreviation or a measuring unit should be stated in a footnote.

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