guidelines are in accordance with the 'Uniform
Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals' a
document issued by the International Committee of Medical Journal
Editors. The complete document is published
Calicut Medical Journal seeks to be the pre-eminent Medical Journal .
It aims to publish material of the highest quality reflecting world
wide or provocative issues and perspectives. The contents will be of
interest to learners and teachers and, potentially, have significant
impact on the quality of health care.
journal welcomes papers on any aspect of Medical research and
keen to encourage the submission of papers from authors whose first
language is not English, although it is recommended that before
submitting your manuscript to the journal you ask a colleague familiar
with written English to read it through. This will greatly speed up the
time taken to publish your paper.
writing your paper for the Calicut Medical Journal remember
that the journal has an international readership. Readers will want to
know something about the setting in which your work was conducted, why
you did what you describe, and what the results mean. If you can set
your work in the wider context of the international literature this
will help readers understand how your work might apply to their own
accepted in the following categories:
These papers report major research and studies relevant to Calicut
Medical Journal and may be up to 4,000 words in length and include up
to six tables or figures. Reports of studies using either quantitative
or qualitative methods are welcomed. Papers will usually be organised
using the Summary, Introduction, Methods, Results, and Discussion
(SIMRAD) structure although the editorial team is pleased to work with
authors on more appropriate structures in certain cases. The Summary
should be structured in relation to the organisation of the paper and
not exceed 250 words. The context of the research and the conceptual
framework and choice of methods used for analysis must be made clear in
the text. References should be limited to no more than 15 and use the
Vancouver style (see below).
Are particularly welcomed and may be up to 5,000 words in length and
have fewer restrictions on the number of references. Authors
considering submitting articles within this section are recommended to
contact the editorial team during the preparation of their paper to
discuss the scope and structure of their review.
Papers in this section may be up to 3,500 words long and are
opportunities for authors to clarify concepts, critically discuss ideas
or trends, or develop theories of relevance to Calicut Medical Journal.
Particular attention should be given in such papers to the implications
of the ideas for the current or future practice of teaching and
Are papers that vary in style and structure and are usually
commissioned. They usually reflect a particular theme, for example,
evaluation of teaching, or international aspects of Medicine .
These shorter papers fall into two categories and should be no longer
than 1,000 words in length, have no more than one Table or Figure and
no more than five references.
Reports of research in progress or recently completed that would not be
appropriate for the major Research Paper section, for example, reports
of papers presented at conferences or at scientific meetings.
Reports of innovation. An appropriate structure for such Reports may be
Setting/Context, Aim(s), Learning Methods, Evidence for
Effectiveness, Conclusion. Authors may wish to discuss alternative
structures with a member of the editorial team.
Reports/Clinical photographs/Radiology images. This is the section in
which you can publish interesting cases, images etc that you have come
across in your practice. Each photograph/image must be typical of the
case and a short description of the case should be added.
The Editor usually commissions editorials but ideas or suggestions are
A feature of Calicut Medical Journal is that reports many
of the conferences and meetings organised by Associations. The Journal
is pleased to consider reports of other meetings that may be of
interest to the readership. These will usually be between 1,200 and
1,500 words in length and must be submitted within six weeks of the
date of the meeting or conference.
Are usually 400-500 words and are subject to copyediting. All authors
should sign the letter. Preference will be given to letters responding
to points raised by articles published in the Journal. Authors will not
articles relevant to newer developments in relation to Internet that
would be of significance to medical profession is invited.
These are usually commissioned by the editorial team and are between
750-1,000 words long. However you are welcome to suggest websites/books
for inclusion. Website suggestions may be communicated to email@example.com.
manuscripts may be submitted electronically at CMJ
Online submission page
as MS Word document.
for the submitted article:
guarantee for the submitted
article is to be signed by all authors, scanned and sent back by
email on receiving our acknowledgement of article submission. The
editorial process will start only on obtaining the guarantee from the
DO NOT MAKE MULTIPLE SUBMISSIONS AT ONE E-MAIL ADDRESS.
you are not in a position to submit your manuscript electronically, 3
copies of the manuscript in double spaced print with a font size of at
least 12pt [Times Roman] may be submitted [with original images on
glossy paper] to:
CMC Alumni Association Office
Calicut Medical College PO
Calicut Medical College
Calicut, Kerala, India
note that submitting manuscripts by snail mail will result in valuable
time wasted in transit and paperwork.
should be prepared according to the 'Uniform
Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals'
are referred to Chambers Guide to Grammar and Usage (1996) for
advice on matters of style. We encourage the use of the active voice,
short sentences and clear headings and subheadings in the text.
should be in the Vancouver style numbered sequentially in the text in
superscript. The reference list should be on separate sheets and
references should be listed numerically. It is the authors'
responsibility to ensure that all references are cited and all
reference numbers in the text appear in the correct order. The first
six authors should be listed (followed by et al if there are
others) and journal titles should not be abbreviated.
from manuscripts not yet in press, papers reported at meetings, or
personal communications should be cited in the text, not as formal
references. Authors are responsible for the accuracy of references and
should consult the detailed guidance given in the 'Uniform Requirements'. The following are
examples of acceptable styles:
Thomas V. An electronic journal with a difference. Calicut Medical
Journal 1995; 29: 397-402.
MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses. 2nd
ed. Albany (NY): Delmar Publishers; 1996.
Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New
York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.
of Medicine (US). Looking at the future of the Medicaid program.
Washington: The Institute; 1992.
SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM,
editors. Hypertension: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management.
2nd ed. New York: Raven Press; 1995. p. 465-78.
Post-hospital home health care: the elderly's access and utilisation
[dissertation]. St Louis (MO): Washington Univ.; 1995.
should be used when information cannot be expressed as a Table and
should not duplicate information provided in the text. All Figures must
have a title. The images/animations/videos/sound files should be
provided with a link to the actual host. The author should take the
responsibility to host the file elsewhere. In case you are not able to
host it, a letter should be send to the editor asking for permission to
host it on our server.
should have a caption and give both numbers and percentages where
should be brief and must include reference to sources of financial
support. Author(s) should obtain permission to use material subject to
copyright if they reproduce material from other sources and this should
submitted to Calicut Medical Journal are carefully considered.
The Editor is assisted by an editorial board. External peer reviewers
are assigned when the Editorial board considers it necessary.
will be sent via e-mail as an HTML/Adobe Acrobat PDF file. The e-mail
server must be able to accept attachments up to 4 MB in size. Acrobat
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for any corrections to be added. Further instructions will be sent with
the proof. Proofs will be posted if no e-mail address is available; in
your absence, please arrange for a colleague to access your e-mail to
retrieve the proofs.
other than printer's errors may be charged to the author. Offprints are
not supplied as anyone is free to access and print the articles
from our website ; offprints are available on payment of the necessary
costs if they are ordered when the proof is returned.