Editorial Policies, Guidelines and Instructions for Authors

The Annals of Ibadan Postgraduate Medicine (Journal of the Association of Resident Doctors, U.C.H. Chapter) is published bi-annually. The Editorial Board welcomes contributions in all fields of medicine including medical technology, as well as economic, social and ethical issues related to the practice of medicine especially in a developing country. It is meant to meet the continuing educational needs of post-graduate doctors as well as stimulate research and academic pursuit.

TYPES OF ARTICLES

Reviews and Annotations:

These are normally invited contributions. They are expected to be concise and exhaustive. Must not exceed 20 typed and double spaced pages References should not exceed 50.

Commentaries:

They are invited editorials on any subject suggested by the Editor in chief which should not be more than 1,500 words and not more than 10 references.

Original Research Articles:

This can be accepted as a main article or a short communication. A main article or a short communication should contain between 2,000 and 3,000 words. It usually presents the result of a large study (prospective or retrospective). It must contain an abstract of not more than 200 words. Short communications are reports of smaller studies. They should have not more than 6 references, one illustration and one Table.

Topical Issues:

These are novel articles which deal with issues like:

Book Review:

The book must be relevant and of tropical benefit.

Meeting Reports:

Articles to be submitted are expected to be of benefit to the practitioners. They are expected to be the summary of proceedings of medical societies.

Addresses and Speeches:

Great speeches, addresses and orations by medical personnel in African will be welcome (in the similitude of the Oslerian speeches or Harvain orations)

Correspondence: (Letter to the editor and short notes).

This should contain no more than 500 words and at most, two figures and 10 references. It should be accompanied by a covering letter stating clearly whether the communication is for publication. The requirements for authorship and for preparation of manuscripts submitted to the journal are in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals (JAMA 1993; 269:2286; N Engl J. med 1991; 324:424-428; BMJ 1991; 302: 338-41; Ann Intern Med. 1997; 1126 36-47).

PREPARATION OF MANUSCRIPTS

Three copies or the manuscript (or a copy electronically) should be submitted to:

The Editor-in-Chief, Annals of Ibadan Post-Graduate Medicine ARD Lounge, C1 3rd Floor University College Hospital, P.M.B. 5116, Ibadan. Oyo State, Nigeria. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ORDER OF ARRANGEMENT

Arrange the article in this order.

(1) Title page; (2) Abstract; (3) Text (4) Reference; (5) Tables and (6) Figures and Legends.

Pages should be numbered in sequence beginning with the Title page as 1, abstract as 2 etc.

- Each section of the manuscript must start on a new page.

- All manuscript should be typed doubled spaced on a plain white A 4 (8”x 11”) paper with a 25mm margin at the top, bottom and sides.

1. Title Page:

This should contain

2. Abstract:

This is required only for clinical studies and should not be more than 250 words. It should contain the background, objective, method, results and conclusions of the study. It should be structured.

3. Main Body of the Text:

This should be divided into:

(i) Introduction

(ii) Materials and Method

(iii) Results

(iv) Discussion and

(v) Conclusion for original articles

Case reports should have:

(i) Introduction

(ii) Case profile

(iii) Discussion

For review articles, annotations and commentaries, there should be headings appropriate to the article.

  1. Use of acronyms or abbreviations should be limited to units of measurement. All measurements should be in metric units (Metre, Kilogram, and litre) or their decimal multiples.
  2. Temperatures should be in degree Celsius, blood pressures in millimetres of mercury and haemoglobin in g/dl.
  3. Authors are advised to use the generic names of drugs unless where the Trade name is important to the article. Trade names should be designated by use of the symbol - The names of manufacturer, city and country, of manufacture of specialized equipment, chemicals and pharmaceutical products cited in the text must be mentioned.

4. References:

The journal follows the convention of the Vancouver reference list system. General arrangement, abbreviations and punctuation are uniform requirement for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals.

5. Tables:

6. Figures and Figure Legends:

EDITORIAL STYLE

The journal follows the British conventions of spelling, punctuation and grammar. All submitted articles must have excellent design and correct methods of statistical analysis. The statistical methods must be appropriate to the study. Interpretation of data must be correct and accurate.

ETHICS

Studies and trial involving human beings must contain a statement that it was approved by the regional or institutional ethical committee. It must also show that the human subjects gave their informed consent.

PEER REVIEW

We operate the peer review system. All submitted articles are first red by at least a member of the Editorial Board. Those potentially acceptable are then passed on to referees who are experts in the various fields concerned. We ask referees to comment on originality,

scientific reliability and clinical relevance or usefulness. Those adjudged suitable are then submitted to statistician for statistical review. Those that fall short may be rejected outright or sent back to authors for corrections. For rejected articles, only one copy will be given to the author(s). Those that successfully pass through all the stages will be considered for publication. Two copies of revised manuscripts should be sent back to the Editor-in-Chief.

COPYRIGHT

On acceptance, the copyright of the paper will be vested in the Journal and Publisher.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF RECEIPT

For every manuscript received by the Journal, an acknowledgement is dispatched immediately to the authors.