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Submission Guidelines

Writing and Publishing in Medicine, Third Edition, Edward J. Huth, MD. Copyediting is based on: Iverson C (chair) et al., American Medical Association Manual of Style 10th Edition, Baltimore, MD: Williams & Wilkins 2007. Accessible at

Full-length research articles should be arranged as follows:

1. Title Page
Provide the manuscript title, name and affiliation of each author, any current or additional affiliations, and corresponding author email need to appear on the first page in the manuscript file.

2. Abstract
The abstract must not exceed 250 words.

3. Keywords
Provide 3 - 10 keywords.

4. Introduction

5. Materials and methods

6. Results

7. Discussion

8. Acknowledgments
Acknowledgments and funding sources.

9. References
References should be arranged alphabetically without numbering. The in-text citation should consist of the author's name and year of publication, e.g., “according to Nguyen et al. (2015)”.
Citations in the reference section should be listed in alphabetical order.


Journal article
AuthorLastname, FirstInitialMiddleInitial. Title in sentence case. Journal Title in Title Case. Year; volume(Issue#): PP-PP.

Book chapter
Linsley, R. K., M. A. Kohler, and J. L. H. Paulhus, 1975: Hydrology for Engineers. McGraw Hill, 508 pp.

Conference proceedings
Idowu, A. O., 2007: The impact of an earthquake-generated tsunami on the earth-atmosphere system: Year 2004 Indian Ocean case history example. 21st Conf. on Hydrology, San Antonio, TX, Amer. Meteor. Soc., JP1.1,

Technical reports
Anderson, E. A., 2002: Calibration of conceptual hydrologic models for use in river forecasting. NOAA Tech. Rep. NWS 45 Hydrology Laboratory, 247 pp.

Hirschberg, P., 1988: The saline flow into the Atlantic. M.S. thesis, Dept. of Oceanographic Studies, The Pennsylvania State University, 207 pp.

Web sites
NOAA, 2015: Elusive El Niño arrives. Accessed 12 March 2015,

Graphic components

Tables must be included in the text at the appropriate points and must also be submitted as separate, editable files.

Figures must be included in the text at the appropriate points and must also be submitted as separate, editable files. Provide figure images in JPEG format.

Case Reports are to be submitted in the following format:

1. Title
2. Abstract- Not to exceed 250 words
3. Key words
4. Case
5. Discussion
6. Conclusion
7. References