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Journal of Marmara University Institute of Health Sciences
GUIDE FOR AUTHORS

Journal of Marmara University Institute of Health Sciences (Marmara Üniversitesi Sağlık Bilimleri Enstitüsü Dergisi-MÜSBED) publishes peer-reviewed English and Turkish written articles (clinical and experimental studies, field studies, case reports, reviews, editorial letters and editorial comments, from all disciplines of health sciences). Scientific notices presented in the meetings organized by the Health Science Institute or meeting talks can also be published as supplementary issues.

The journal is the periodical publication of Marmara University Health Sciences Institute which is, published four times a year March, June, September, and December.

General Policies

Submission of an article to MÜSBED implies that, the work hasn't been published elsewhere nor has it been under consideration for publication in another journal and it is approved by all its authors. Editorial staff can make changes on the article with the permission of the authors. Editor and the language editors are fully authorized to amend the language, spelling and sources as it appears in Index Medicus. If there are previously published materials in the main text, tables and figures, written permission of all of the authors and copyright owner should be included in the article. Authors are responsible to get the required permission. Abstracts presented in the scientific meetings can be accepted as a source, as long as it is stated in the article. If the article is in an appropriate format, Editor sends the article to be reviewed by at least two national/and (or) international reviewers and the article is approved for publication after the requested editing are completed by the authors. After accepted for publication in MÜSBED, name of the authors can't be excluded from the article, or a new author cannot be added or the order of the author names cannot be changed, without the written permission of all authors. Articles in both English and Turkish are accepted; however, authors are requested to provide their abstracts in both English and Turkish.

Authorship and Responsibility

By submitting a manuscript to MÜSBED, all persons named as authors warrant that they have reviewed and approved the manuscript prior to submission, and that they accept the responsibility of the ethical and scientific consideration for the information contained in the submission. Order of the author's names should be decided by their common decision. All authors must sign a "copyright transfer form" and the form should be send via mail, fax or e-mail to the MUSBED Editor. Otherwise, the manuscript will not be taken under consideration. The names and the surnames of all authors must be placed under the title of the manuscript. Individuals who are not principal researchers or writers should not be listed as authors, but should be acknowledged according to their ancillary role in an acknowledgment footnote. Also all forms of support and conflict of interest must be included as acknowledgments.

Ethical Considerations

When reporting experiments on human subjects, authors should indicate, in methods section whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional and national) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 2008, (http://www.wma.net/en/30publications/10policies/ b3/index.html). Manuscripts that report the results of experimental investigation with human subjects must include a statement that informed consent was obtained after the procedure(s) had been fully explained. In the case of children, authors are asked to include information about whether the child's assent was obtained in addition to that of the legal guardian. When reporting experiments on animals, authors should indicate whether the institutional and national guides for the care and use of laboratory animals were followed as in "Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals" (www.nap.edu/catalog/5140.html). The authors must mention in the methods section of the manuscript that they had performed the study in accordance with above-mentioned rules and, in the case of humans, emphasize that they had received informed consent from the participants.

MÜSBED will only publish papers with the highest ethical and scientific standards and is not influenced by commercial interests. The Editor and Publisher do not guarantee or accept responsibility for features or definitions of commercial products which are published in the journals. If there is a direct or an indirect commercial connection or corporations which provide financial grant, it should be acknowledged in a separate paragraph and should include the full name of the granting agency and grant number. Pharmaceutical company or other industry support of any kind must be acknowledged. In addition, authors should declare that there is no commercial interest or if any, authors should define the relationship (as consultant etc.).

Ethical as well as legal considerations require careful attention to the protection of the patient's anonymity in case reports and in elsewhere. Identifying information such as names, initials, hospital numbers, dates, photographs, and family pedigree must be avoided. Especially in the case presentations identifying information about the patient should be omitted if not necessary. For example, masking of eye regions in the photographs is not enough. If the given information is changed in order to hide the identification, authors warrant that these changes do not affect the scientific consideration and should mention that the written consent was taken in the manuscript. Patient consent should be written and archived either with the journal, the authors, or both, as dictated by local regulations or laws. It must be mentioned in the text that informed consent was obtained from the participants.

Editorship and The Relationship with Authors and Reviewers

Sent manuscripts are reviewed by Editor and speciality editors of expertise with at least two reviewers. If it is necessary, Editor and speciality editors of expertise can send the manuscript to another reviewer. When deciding the reviewers, the person can be a member of editorial board of the journal or depending on the topic of the manuscript from domestic or abroad independent reviewers can be chosen. The editor of the journal is the person responsible for its entire content and decide acceptance of the manuscript. The editor and speciality editors of expertise do not share information about manuscripts (submission, contents, reviewing process, reviewers' suggestions or publishing decisions) with anyone other than the authors or reviewers. The editor informs the reviewers that the manuscripts are confidential information and that this is a privileged interaction. The reviewers and editorial board cannot discuss the manuscripts with other persons. The reviewers are not allowed to have copies of the manuscripts for personal use and they can not share manuscripts with others. Unless the authors and editor permit, the reviews cannot be published or disclosed. The anonymity of the reviewers is important. In particular situations, the editor may share the review of one reviewer with other reviewers to clarify a particular point.

Language

The official language of MÜSBED is both Turkish and English (United States). Turkish manuscript should be based on the Dictionary and Spelling Guide of the Turkish Linguistic Society (http://tdk.org.tr). Anatomic terminology and names of microorganisms should be based on Latin nomenclature. Daily medical language terms should be written phonetically according to Turkish spelling rules. Terms written in English or another foreign language should be indicated within quotation marks.

Manuscript Organization and Format

The author should prepare the article, in accordance with the publishing rules of MÜSBED, in A4-sized paper, double spaced, using 12 points 'Times New Roman' character, leaving 2 cm margins on both sides of the draw of the page. Every article should be submitted along with a cover letter, this page should include the article title, running title (max. 50 characters), author (s) name, surnames, titles, affiliations, institutions and address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail of the corresponding author. All articles should be limited in accordance with the requirements specified in the following sections of text, summary, references or figure / table legends are not included in the word count. Articles should consist of at least 1500 words and should not exceed 3500 words and should consist of maximum 50 references. Reviews are planned to be demanded from invited professionals qualified in their area. However, authors who want to submit reviews should have at least three published articles in international refereed journals, and these articles should be cited in the review. Reviews should not be longer than 5000 words, and should be limited with 120 references. Case Reports should be limited with 1000 words, excluding the summary / abstract, and should include minimum number of figures, tables and references. Letters to the Editor can be submitted in response to studies published in the journal. Letters should be positive or negative comments about published studies of specific points. Letters should be limited with 500 words and 5 references and should not contain figures and tables.

English title and abstract should also be added to Turkish manuscripts. Turkish and English abstracts should be maximum 250 words and they should be configured as below:

Objective
Method(s)
Results
Conclusion(s)



Key words should be at least 3 to 8 and written at the end of Turkish and English abstracts. English key words should be written according to the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) which can be reached from www.nlm.nih.gov/mesh/MBrowser.html website. The pages should be numbered in the lower right corner starting from the title page. The article should be prepared with IBM compatible computer programs (Microsoft Windows, Word 98). Manuscript should include respectively:

Title Page
Turkish abstract and Turkish key words
English abstract and English key words
Manuscript
References
Tables and explanations
Figures and figure legends


Statistics

The statistical methods must be described in detail to enable a knowledgeable reader with access to the original data to verify the reported results. If possible, findings should be quantified and presented with appropriate indicators of error measurement or uncertainty (such as confidence intervals). When representing the findings rather than giving only statistical hypothesis testing and p-values, also include measurements indicating significance like relative risk and ratio of odds. References for the design of the study and statistical methods should be standard whenever possible (with pages stated). Statistical terms, abbreviations and most symbols should be defined. The computer software used must be specified.

Tables, Graphics and Illustrations

Main findings should be given fully documented and supported by the statistical findings as well as visually defined by the appropriate table, graphic and figures. Data shouldn't be duplicated in the main text and just the important points should be emphasized. Graphs, figures and tables should be numbered in Arabic numerals and their place should be specified within the text.

Each table should be double spaced and begin on a separate page. Each table should be numbered in the order they first appear in the text and include a short legend. Tables shouldn't include horizontal and vertical gridlines except the legend and the uppermost/lowermost lines of the table. Each column should have a legend. Table disclosures should be given in the footnotes. Non-standard abbreviations should be explained in the footnotes. Standard deviation and standard error of the variation should be stated. It should be controlled that every table is cited in the text. Permission should be obtained for the published and non-published data acquired from any source. Tables that contain excessive data and only suitable for the electronic publication can be provided directly to the reader. In that case, this should be stated in the text with appropriate wording. Such tables should be submitted for consideration with the paper so that they will be available to the peer reviewers.

Figures should either be drawn or photographed professionally or be send digitally in photo-quality. JPEG and GIF electronic version of the figures should be loaded with the versions suitable for publication to obtain high-resolution images and quality of the images should be computer checked before submission. Rontgen, CT, MRI films, other diagnostic images and pathological photomicrographic preparations and samples should be submitted in high resolution. Letters, numbers and symbols on figures should therefore be clear and consistent throughout the manuscript and large enough to remain legible when the figure is minimized for publication. Figures have to be self-explanatory whenever possible, since many will be used directly in slide presentations. Titles and detailed explanations should belong to legends. Photomicrographs should have internal scale markers which should be explained in addition to staining techniques. Symbols, arrows, or letters used in photomicrographs should form contrast with the background. If personal photo used, either the person should not be identifiable or written permission should be obtained.

Figures should be numbered according to the order in which they have been cited in the text. If a figure has been published previously, the original source should be acknowledged and written permission from the copyright holder should be obtained. The permission is required irrespective of authorship or publisher except for documents in the public domain. The legends for illustrations should be single spacing, starting on a separate page, with Arabic numerals corresponding to the illustrations. When symbols, arrows, numbers, or letters are used to identify parts of the illustrations, each one should be identified clearly and explained in the legend.

Units of Measurement

Measurements of length, height, weight, and volume should be reported in metric units (meter, kilogram, or liter) or their decimal multiples. Temperatures should be in degrees Celsius, blood pressures should be in millimeters of mercury. Authors should report laboratory information in both local and the International System of Units (SI). Drug concentrations may be reported in either SI or mass units, but the alternative should be provided in parentheses where appropriate.

Abbreviations and Symbols

Only standard abbreviations should be used; using of nonstandard abbreviations can be confusing to readers. Avoid abbreviations in the title of the manuscript. Unless the abbreviation is a standard unit of measurement abbreviations should be written as a full name at first by giving the shortened form in parenthesis.

Acknowledgments and Conflict of Interest

Acknowledgments should be mentioned at the end of manuscript before references. All forms of support, including individual, technical, material or financial support, conflict of interest donation and/or other editorial (such as statistical analysis, English/Turkish evaluation) must be acknowledged in the section.

References

Reference Style and Format


The Uniform Requirements style for references is based largely on an American National Standards Institute style adapted by the NLM for its databases. Authors can consult NLM's Citing Medicine (www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html) for information on its recommended formats for a variety of reference types. Journal names should be abbreviated according to Index Medicus. For this purpose Indexed List of Journals in Index Medicus which published as separate publication annually in the January edition of Index Medicus can be referred. The list can also be obtained from the website at www.nlm.nih.gov. If a journal is not indexed in Index Medicus, it should not be abbreviated.

The references should be numbered and listed under the References section according to their order in the text. They should be also mentioned in the text, tables and legends by Arabic numeral in parentheses. Also references cited only in tables or figure legends should be numbered according to their order in the text. There should not be any inconsistency between the reference list and the order of them in the text. All references should be cited in the text. Accuracy of citation is the author's responsibility.

References should be provided in the style shown below. All authors should be mentioned and "et al." abbreviation should not be used.

Examples of references:
For articles from a journal; Author(s)' surname and initial(s) of the first name, title of the article, title of the manuscript abbreviated according to Index Medicus, the year, volume, number and page number of the article should be indicated. Karolewicz B, Maciag D, O'Dwyer G, Stockmeier CA, Feyissa AM, Rajkowska G. Reduced level of glutamic acid decarboxylase-67 kDa in the prefrontal cortex in major depression. Int J Neuropsychopharmacol. 2010;13:411-420.
Articles without author; 21st century heart solution may have a sting in the tail. BMJ. 2002; 325 (7357):184.
For citations from books; Author(s)' surname and initial(s) of the first name. Title of the book. Edition number. City of publication; Publisher, Year of Publication.
Underwood LE, Van Wyk JJ. Normal and aberrant growth. In: Wilson JD, Foster DW, eds. Wiliams' Textbook of Endocrinology. 1st ed. Philadelphia: WB Saunders; 1992. p.1079-138.
If the authors of the cited section are the editors of the book; Author(s)'/editor(s) surname and initial(s) of the first name. Title of the book. edition number. city of publication; publisher, year of publication.
Solcia E, Capella C, Kloppel G. Tumors of the exocrine pancreas. Tumors of the Pancreas. 2nd ed. Washington: Armed Forces Institute of Pathology; 1997. p.145-210.
For citations from a thesis; Borkowski MM. Infant sleep and feeding: a telephone survey of Hispanic Americans [dissertation]. Mount Pleasant (MI): Central Michigan University; 2002.
Reference from a website; Cancer-Pain.org [Internet]. New York: Association of Cancer Online Resources, Inc.; c2000-01 [updated 2002 May 16; cited 2002 Jul 9]. Available from: http://www.cancer-pain.org/.
For online references; DOI should be given.


SUBMITTION TO THE JOURNAL

Authors are responsible for the contents of the articles and accuracy of the references as well as scientific and legal issues of the published articles. The Editor, the Associated Editors or the publisher do not have any responsibility about the content of the published articles. Otherwise indicated, the correspondence should be between the authors that were mentioned in the corresponding address. Also the cover letter including the information about the journal type of the MÜSBED (original research, case presentation, or review) that the manuscript sent for publication and "Copyright Transfer Form" signed by all authors should also be attached to the manuscript.

CHECKLIST BEFORE SUBMISSION

1.
Cover letter
2.The category of the manuscript
3.Title page (All authors and affiliations full postal address, telephone and fax numbers and e-mail of the corresponding author)
4.Title of the manuscript both in Turkish and English
5.Abstract (max 250 word) both in Turkish and English
6.Key words both in Turkish and English (min 3, max 8)
7.Appropriately sectioned main text
8.All tables, graphs and figures (including title, description, footnotes)
9.Reference list prepared in accordance with the reference style and format of MÜSBED
10.Permission for use of previously published material if used in the present manuscript
11."Copyright Transfer Form" should be included.


ADDRESS FOR MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Prof. Dr. Feyza ARICIOĞLU

Editor in Chief, Journal of Marmara University Institute of Health Sciences

Marmara University, Faculty of Pharmacy, Department of Pharmacology
Tibbiye Caddesi No:49, Haydarpasa-Kadikoy, 34668 Istanbul, Turkey
Phone: +90 216 414 44 23, +90 216 418 95 73
Fax: +90 216 337 99 89 #12, +90 216 345 29 52
E-mail: feyza.aricioglu@gmail.com

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