Timisoara Medical Journal

(ISSN: 1583-526X) Open Access Journal
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General Considerations

The Timișoara Medical Journal follows the Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing, and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals”, updated by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (www.icmje.org) in December 2019. Our journal is 100% compliant with the Principles of Transparency and Best Practice in Scholarly Publishing (joint statement by COPE, DOAJ, WAME, and OASPA).

Editorial and Peer Review Procedures

All the submitted manuscripts will be checked by the Editorial Team to find out if they respect the Instructions for Authors and the ethical requirements of the journal. Manuscripts not meeting these standards will be rejected before peer review, or will be returned to the authors for revision and resubmission. The Managing Editor will consult the Associate Editors to decide if the manuscript is appropriate to the scope of the journal and credible from a scientific point of view. Once these initial checks are passed, the manuscript will be assigned to at least two independent reviewers, in an single-blind review fashion, where authors’ identities are known to the reviewers.

Plagiarism Detection

The Timișoara Medical Journal uses iThenticate, a plagiarism detection system. By submitting your manuscript to our journal, you accept that your manuscript will be screened for plagiarism/similarities against previously published works.

Digital Archiving

All the published manuscripts will be digitally archived using the Portico digital preservation service.

Submission Process

Manuscripts for Timișoara Medical Journal should be submitted online at https://journals.jams.pub/. Prior to the submission, the submitting author, who is generally the corresponding author, should register and log in to the mentioned submission website. All the co-authors are able to access the manuscript in the submission system, if they register and log in, using the e-mail addresses provided by the submitting author during the manuscript submission.

Cover Letter

A Cover Letter must accompany each submitted manuscript, in which all authors are required to confirm that they agreed with the publication in the Timisoara Medical Journal, that their proposed work is original, and is not under consideration or published in another journal, publication, or website. A template for the Cover Letter may be downloaded from here.

Manuscript requirements

Authors must use the downloadable Microsoft Word template to prepare their manuscript. The use of the template will significantly reduce the processing time of the accepted manuscripts. Please insert the Tables and the Figures in the main text after the paragraph of its citation. If you have any difficulties with the use of the template, please contact the Editorial Office: tmj@umft.ro

Very important: the use of the journal template is exclusively intended for submission to the journal. The template cannot be used for online posting of the non-finalized manuscript on pre-print servers or other websites, as it is protected by copyright.

Timișoara Medical Journal has no restrictions on the maximum length of manuscripts, provided that the text is concise and comprehensive. Full experimental details must be provided, so that the results can be reproduced. Timișoara Medical Journal requires that authors publish all experimental controls and make full datasets available where possible.

Manuscript types:

  • Original research articles: they should report scientifically sound experiments and provide a substantial amount of new information.
  • Review articles and meta-analyses: they should provide concise and precise updates on the latest progress made in a specific area of research.
  • Case Reports: they usually describe new or uncommon conditions that serve to enhance medical care, or highlight diagnostic approaches.

MANUSCRIPT STRUCTURE

ORIGINAL RESEARCH ARTICLES should comprise:

  • Front matter
  • Manuscript sections:
    • Introduction: should include the background information regarding the subject and the rationale for the study.
    • Material and Methods: should provide all the information that would allow to reproduce the experimental work, including the study design, study subject, inclusion/exclusion criteria, and baseline characteristics; the statistical analysis subsection should include (if available) information regarding the statistical software, sample size estimation and the statistical methods.
    • Results: should be provided without discussing them; if results are presented in detail in tables or figures, they should not be repeated in extenso in the text.
    • Discussion: should provide an interpretation of the results; main findings should be compared with those from other studies, together with a presentation of the strengths and weaknesses of the study, and with proposals of future researches.
    • Conclusions: should be concise, underlining the most significant results and their value for the research community.
  • Back matter

REVIEW ARTICLES should comprise:

  • Front matter
  • Manuscript sections:
  • Back matter

CASE REPORTS should comprise:

  • Front matter
  • Manuscript sections:
    • Introduction: should be succinct, presenting information about the medical condition or the relevant symptoms that will be described
    • Case Report: includes all the information regarding the patient (in anonymized form), its symptoms, investigations, diagnosis, treatment, and outcome
    • Discussion: provides context regarding the diagnosis and specific treatment options
    • Conclusions: take-home messages and lessons learned
  • Back matter

Abbreviations should be defined in parentheses the first time they appear in the abstract, main text, and in figure or table captions and used consistently thereafter.

SI Units (International System of Units) should be used. Authors should convert imperial units into SI units in all manuscript sections, including the tables and figures.

FRONT MATTER

  • Article type:
    • Original Research Article
    • Review Article
    • Meta-analysis
    • Case Report
  • Title: should be concise, specific, and relevant
  • Author List: all authors should provide their first and last names; the initials of any middle name can be added.
  • Affiliations: should include the department (if available), institution, with the complete address, including city, zip code, state/province, and country.
  • Corresponding author: at least one author will be designated as corresponding author, with the email and telephone number mentioned at the end of the affiliation section.
  • Abstract: should contain maximum 300 words, in a single paragraph, with the following structure (for original research articles): 1) Background and Objectives; 2) Material and Methods; 3) Results; 4)Conclusion.
  • Keywords: Three to ten keywords should be added after the abstract, with specific relevance to the article.

BACK MATTER

  • Supplementary Materials: You may publish online any supplementary materials if needed (figures, spreadsheets, etc.). Please indicate the name and title of each such material (Figure S1: title, Spreadsheet S1: title, etc.).
  • Author Contributions: Each author is expected to have made substantial contributions to the article, including the article concept/idea, design, data acquisition, analysis, interpretation, article writing (drafting, reviewing, and editing), and final approval. For articles with several authors, a statement regarding their contribution should be included, by following this model: "Conceptualization, X.X. and Y.Y.; Methodology, X.X.; Software, X.X.; Validation, X.X., Y.Y. and Z.Z.; Formal Analysis, X.X.; Investigation, X.X.; Resources, X.X.; Data Curation, X.X.; Writing – Original Draft Preparation, X.X.; Writing – Review & Editing, X.X.; Visualization, X.X.; Supervision, X.X.; Project Administration, X.X.; Funding Acquisition, Y.Y.”.
  • Funding: All sources of funding should be disclosed. Grants received in support of the research work should be clearly indicated, including the funding institution/entity. If no funding was received, please add “This research received no external funding”
  • Acknowledgments: In this section you can acknowledge any given support, which is not covered by the author contribution or funding sections. This may include administrative and technical support, or any donations (e.g., materials used for experiments).
  • Conflicts of Interest: Authors must identify and declare any personal situations or interest that may be perceived as inappropriately influencing the understanding or interpretation of the reported research results. If there is no conflict of interest, you should state "The authors declare no conflict of interest." For more details regarding the content of this statement, please see the Conflict of Interest section from the Ethical Statements webpage on our journal website.

Abbreviations should be defined in parentheses the first time they appear in the abstract, main text, and in figure or table captions and used consistently thereafter.

SI Units (International System of Units) should be used. Authors should convert imperial units into SI units in all manuscript sections, including the tables and figures.

REFERENCES

  • References must be numbered following their order of appearance in the text (including table captions and figure legends) and listed individually at the end of the manuscript. We recommend to prepare the references with a bibliography software program, such as EndNote, or Reference Manager, in order to avoid duplicated references. The reference numbers should be placed in text in square brackets [ ], at the end of the proposition, before the punctuation sign.
  • The reference list should include the full title, as recommended by the ACS style guide. References should be described following the structures below, depending on the type of work:

    Print Journal Article:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Article. Abbreviated Journal Name Year, Volume, page range.
    Article published online in advance of the print issue:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Article. Abbreviated Journal Name [Online early access]. DOI. Published Online: Date. Complete URL (accessed Date).
    Electronic Journal Article:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Article. Abbreviated Journal Name [Online] Year,  Issue, page range. Complete URL (accessed Date).
    Book:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Book, Edition Number; Publisher: Location, Year; pp. page range.
    E-Book:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Book Title [Online]; Series Information (if applicable); Publisher: Location, Year; pp. page range. Complete URL (accessed Date).
    Chapter in Book:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Chapter. In: Title of Book, Edition Number; Editor 1, Editor 2, etc., Eds.; Series Information; Publisher: Location, Year; Volume number, pp. page range.
    Magazine or Newspaper Article:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Article. Title of Periodical, Complete Date, page range. Complete URL (accessed Date).
    Thesis:
    Author, A.B. Title of Thesis. Level of Thesis, Degree-Granting University, Location of University, Date of Completion.
    Proceeding:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F.  Title of Presentation. In: Title of the Collected Work, Proceedings of the Name of the Meeting, Location, Full Date(s); Editor 1, Editor 2, etc., Eds.; Publisher: Place of Publication, Year; Abstract Number, pp. page range.
    Website:
    Author, A.B. (if any). Title of Site. Complete URL (accessed Date).
    Document Retrieved from Institutional or Agency Website:
    Author 1, A.B.; Author 2, C.D.; Author 3, E.F. Title of Document, Year. Title of Site. Complete URL (accessed Date).

FIGURES, SCHEMES AND TABLES

  • The files for figures and schemes should be provided during online submission in a single zip archive, saved at minimum 1000 pixels width/height, or at a resolution of minimum 300 dpi; recommended formats: TIFF, JPEG, PDF, and PNG.
  • The figures, schemes and tables should have an explanatory title, and should be inserted into the main text after their first citation; they should be numbered following their order of appearance (Figure 1, Scheme I, Table 1, Figure 2, Scheme II, table 2, etc.)
  • The table columns should have an explanatory heading; according to the provided Word template, smaller fonts could be used, but generally not smaller than 8 points. Always use the Table option of Microsoft Word to create tables.

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