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Criteria for authorship
Only persons who contributed to the intellectual content of the paper should be listed as authors. Authors should meet all or some of the following criteria, and be able to take public responsibility for the content of the paper.
Conflict of interest
If there is any financial support for the work it should be mentioned on the title page. Authors should describe in the cover letter any financial interests that might affect the conduct or reporting of the work they have submitted. Information about potential conflict of interest may be made available to referees and will be published with the manuscript, at the discretion of the editors.
Previous publication of some content of a paper does not necessarily stop it being published in the MLJSL. However, the editors need this information when deciding how to make efficient use of space in the journal, and would regard failure of a full disclosure by authors of possible prior publication as a breach of scientific ethics.
If the work has been previously published, in the cover letter give full details such as;
If the subjects (living or dead) are recognizable in illustrations, signed consent by the patients (or next of kin) must be submitted with the paper. The authors must ensure that ethical clearance has been obtained and ethical guidelines are followed for studies with ethical issues.
Selection for publication
All articles received will be acknowledged to the corresponding author. Each manuscript will be read by the editors to decide whether it merits publication in the journal. Those selected will be sent anonymously to reviewers for peer review.
Members of the editorial board will assess articles on the basis of importance, scientific strength, clarity of presentation and appropriateness for readers of the journal.
Editors reserve the right to modify style, shorten articles, make editorial corrections where necessary, and to determine priority and time of publication.
Preparation of Manuscript
The title page should contain the following:
Abstracts for research articles are limited to 250 words; those for case reports, to 200 words. Authors of original research articles are requested to submit a structured abstract organised into the following categories (where relevant):
Number references in the order in which they are first cited in the text. Use Arabic numerals within parentheses. MLJSL requires the name of journal, year, volume and first and last page numbers.
Symposium papers may be cited from published proceedings; oral presentation of a paper at a meeting does not constitute a publication. Sample references below are in the style required.
List all authors when 4 or fewer; when 5 or more, list only the first 3 and add et al.
Satoki Homma, Dana A. Troxclair, Arthur W. Zieske, Gray T. Malcom, Jack P. Strong. Histological topographical comparisons of atherosclerosis progression in juveniles and young adults. Atherosclerosis. 2008; 197: 791–798
List all authors or editors when 4 or fewer; when 5 or more, list only the first 3 and add et al.
Pekka Sauko, Bernard Knight. Abuse of Human Rights: deaths in custody. Knight’s Forensic Pathology. 3rd edition. Arnold, 2004.
Distributor: Oxford University Press, Inc., ISBN: 0-340-76044-3
Other citations in Reference List:
In press (must have journal title).
Jared W. Magnani and G. William Dec. Myocarditis; Current Trends in Diagnosis and Treatment. Circulation 2006; In press.
All tables must be typed double-spaced. Tables should be numbered with Arabic numerals, in the order in which they are cited in the text. There should be a table title to describe the content of the table.
Figures should be professionally drawn or prepared using a computer and high-resolution printer. Lettering should be uniform in style. Free hand or typewritten lettering is not acceptable. Number the figures in the order in which they are cited in the text. Photomicrographs should have scale markers that indicate the degree of magnification. Submit three glossy prints of each figure.
Legends for figures
Reduce the length of legends by using partial sentences. Stain and magnification should be given at the end of the legend for each part of the figure.
Acknowledge only persons who have contributed to the scientific content and provided financial or technical support. Authors must submit written permission from persons acknowledged for other than financial or technical support.
The authors must make a statement regarding contribution of each author according to the following format.
For research papers:
Design to the study
Supervision to the study
Analysis of the data
Interpretation of the results
Writing the manuscript
Revising the manuscript
For case work:
Performing the case
Writing the manuscript
Revising the manuscript
Author Guidelines, Ceylon Medical Journal
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.
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