The manuscript must have separate documents to be uploaded in Step No 2:
- A cover letter containing Full name of each author (first name, middle initial and last name) followed by each author's highest academic degree(s) and designation. Name of the department(s) and institution(s) along with complete address such as city, state and country with which each author is affiliated and to which work should be attributed. Corresponding Address: Name, address, telephone number, fax number, and e-mail of the corresponding author.
- Research Article/Case Review/Original Research/Review Article file, etc.
Manuscript Components: Microsoft Word 97-2013 or higher document file must be used to submit a manuscript. The text must be double spaced with 1" margins and justified. Avoid using "styles" or document templates. The "Normal" Word format is recommended. (Arial 12 point text is preferred.) Please number all pages.
Title: The title of the manuscript should appear at the top of the first page. The title must clearly state what the article is about.
Cite all funding sources of support for the publication of work or study. A short running head of no more than 45 characters, including spaces, Number of Words/Characters in abstract and manuscript, Number of Figures (color and black/white counted separately).
Author Names: Do not include author names in the manuscript in order to preserve anonymity during the review process. Author's details need to be included in “Add Contributing Authors” while submitting the manuscript online.
ABSTRACT: All articles must include a structured abstract of approximately 200 to 300 words and only include material appearing in the main body of the manuscript.
Structured abstracts vary according to the type of article. All abstracts must be organized into a structured format appropriate to the type of article using the headings listed in the following table:
Primary Research: Aim, Materials & Methods, Results,Conclusion, Clinical Significance, Significance
Literature Reviews: Aim, Background, Review Results, Conclusion,Clinical Significance
Case Reports: Aim, Background, Case Description, Conclusion, Clinical Significance
Clinical Techniques: Aim, Background, Technique, Conclusion, Clinical Significance
Keywords: A list of three to ten keywords contained in the article must be listed below the abstract. A minimum of three and maximum ten keywords are required. These will be used to search for your article on Web.
(During the electronic submission process authors will be asked to copy and paste the abstract and the keywords separated by commas into corresponding text boxes on the submissions pages.)
BODY OF THE MANUSCRIPT : The body of the manuscript must be organized into a format appropriate for the type of article using bold headings as listed in the following table:
Primary Research: Introduction, Materials & Methods, Results, Discussion, Conclusions, Clinical Significance, References
Literature Reviews: Background, Review Results, Discussion, Conclusion, Clinical Significance, Acknowledgment, References
Case Reports: Background, Case Description, Discussion, Conclusion, Clinical Significance, Acknowledgment, References
Clinical Techniques: Background, Technique, Discussion, Conclusion, Clinical Significance, Acknowledgment, References
Introduction: This should clearly state the purpose of the study and identify what issues are going to be addressed.
Material and Methods: All relevant attributes of the material forming the subject of the research should be provided. Experimental methodology should be concisely and appropriately explained. Commercially produced materials, devices, software, etc. must be followed by name of manufacturer and location. Statistical methods should be clearly specified. Manuscripts reporting human studies should include evidence that study was ethically conducted in accordance with Declaration of Helsinki.
Results: This section should succinctly state the results without any lengthy discussion or interpretation of individual data. Data should be presented using tables, illustrations and graphs. Data in table or illustration form should be referenced in the text, not repeated (e.g. detailed information should not be given in text and tables). Statistical tests should be clearly defined and statistical significance should be shown in both figures and tables with the help of superscripts such as a, b, c, rather than *, ↖, # or other nonsequential symbols.
Discussion: The discussion should focus on the new and important findings of the study. The observations should be related to other relevant studies in a logical sequence. It should summarize, but not repeat the Results. The Discussion should end with a summary of the data and conclusions. The conclusions should be linked with the aims and objectives of the study and should clearly state whether the objective was achieved. Limitations of the study should also be mentioned.
Conclusion: In academic writing, a well-crafted conclusion can provide the final word on the value of your analysis, research, or paper.
Acknowledgments: Acknowledgment of the source of any funding for the research associated with the article should be listed here along with a statement that the research was approved by an appropriate human subject's research committee when appropriate. An additional acknowledgement of support provided by other individuals, organizations, institutions is left to the discretion of the author.
Manufacturer Name: Please provide the name of manufacturer with its complete city and country name of all products used in research.
Patient Consent Form: Whenever the photographs/figures of a patient is used in the article, the author has to provide a signed consent form from the patient stating that the patient is permitting the author to use his figures in the article and will not have any objection to it in the future.
REFERENCES: Bibliography should list references in order of their appearance in the text (not alphabetically) and should follow PubMed Central guidelines along with Vancouver Style. Visit the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) website http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/pmcdoc/tagging-guidelines/article/style.html and search for specific reference citations under the section "Fully-Tagged Citations".
Place the number of the references at the end of the sentence as superscript to which the reference is related. Use commas to separate multiple reference numbers.
FIGURES AND LEGENDS :
Photographs must be in color; in focus, free of distracting artifacts and consistent in exposure. Radiographs, drawings, and graphs can be in black and white but color images are preferred.
File names for images must be clearly labelled according to the order in which they appear, (Fig. 1, Fig. 02 and Figs 1 and 2 or Figs 1-5 etc. in brackets and in running sentence, it should be Figure 1 says that..).
All images are to be placed in numerical order following the reference list and accompanied by a legend describing the content of the image as follows:
Call outs (citation) must be placed in the body of the manuscript to indicate where an image is to be located. Example:
TABLES: Tables are placed in numerical order at the end of the manuscript following the list of figures. A legend is to accompany all tables and call outs are to be placed in the body of the text to indicate where the table is to be located in the article. The tables function in Microsoft Word is to be used to create data tables rather than using columns of tabbed information.
Copyright: The journal holds the copyright of all the editorial content published in this journal. All accepted manuscripts and their accompanying illustrations become a permanent property of the journal and may not be published anywhere in part or full, in print or electronically without written permission from the journal.
ONLINE MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION :
Once all of the preparation is complete and you have all of the information and files ready for submission, please go to the Homepage and register as an author through our New Author registration (http://jmsskims.org/index.php/jms/user/register?source=). Once you are registered on the web site, you will be sent a username and password to the provided e-mail address. Using the same, you will login into the journal's web site http://jmsskims.org/index.php/jms/index
and follow the steps for submission. Once the submission is completed, you can track the status of your manuscript from submission till publication. Generally, the review process takes 4-8 weeks and the authors will be informed of the status via mail from the Editor stating the review completed/final decision of the manuscript.
REVIEW PROCESS: The article once submitted will undergo a thorough plagiarism check. After this it will undergo editorial review within one week. Following this it will then be sent for peer review, which takes 4-6 weeks and the authors will receive the mail from the Editor stating the final decision of the manuscript.
PERSONAL ASSISTANCE: If you need any assistance regarding the submission of your manuscript at JMS (electronic submission portal), you may please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
All types of submissions / papers should follow a standard format as described in the above "Manuscript component" section.
Editorials: Usually provide commentary and analysis concerning an article in the issue of the Journal in which they appear. They may include figures and tables. They are always solicited. The editorials would be limited to 1000 words with up to 10 references.
Original Articles: Reports of original clinical and basic research of interest to the spinal community are the primary material to be published as original articles. Randomly controlled trials intervention studies, studies of screening and diagnostic tests, outcome studies, cost effectiveness analysis, case-control series, and surveys with a reasonably high response rate. The text would be limited to 3000-5000 words, with an abstract of 250 words, maximum of 5 tables and figures (total) and up to 40 references.
Reviews and Clinical Debates: An article review is both a summary and an evaluation of another writer's article. They would cover a contemporary topic and would generally be wide-ranging overviews of a field of research. The reviews and clinical debates will be subject to the standard review process. The minimum word length would be 3000 and maximum would be 5000 words with 6 tables and figures (total) and 50 references.
Case Reports/Study: The Journal encourages the submission of case reports that highlight practical diagnostic and/or management considerations. The format of these papers should follow that described in the "Manuscript Components" section below. Identifying information within written descriptions, photographs, or pedigrees should not be given.
Case Series: Case-series is a descriptive study design and as the name suggests, it is just a series of cases of any particular disease or disease discrepancy that one might observe in one's clinical practice etc.
Letters to the Editor: The Journal accepts Letters to the Editor that raises some issues related to recently published articles. The letters should not exceed (1000 words) of text and some references. While not all "Letters to the Editor" will be published, those that are judged worthwhile will be forwarded to the authors of the articles in question or to selected experts in order to provide the opportunity for a response. Whenever possible, they will be published with the reply of the author of the published article.
Once the article is accepted a confirmation mail will be sent to the corresponding author. After about 2-3 weeks post acceptance the authors can check its issue placement in the ahead of print section. A proof of the article will be sent to the corresponding author for necessary changes just before the issue is to be published.
Online Proof correction: Once the galley proof of the accepted article is ready, it will be then sent to the Corresponding author. The environment is similar to MS Word: in addition to editing text, you can also comment on figures/tables and have to answer to the queries provided in the query form that will be sent along with the pdf proof. Web-based proofing provides a faster and less error-prone process by allowing you to directly type your corrections, eliminating the potential introduction of errors.
Please use this proof only for checking the typesetting, editing, completeness and correctness of the text, tables and figures. Significant changes to the article as accepted for publication will only be considered at this stage with permission from the Editor. It is important to ensure that all corrections are sent back to us in one communication. Please check carefully before replying. Proofs must be checked carefully within 48 to 72 hours of receipt
Review Policy: The journal follows a double-blind review process, where both the reviewer and author remain anonymous throughout the process. Please remove all identifying features such as author(s) affiliations from the article, ensuring that Author's identity is not revealed.
Plagiarism: Plagiarism is the act of using another person's words or ideas without giving credit to that person. The authors are strictly advised not to indulge in any form of plagiarism. If the content is found to be plagiarised, the Editor and the journal committee will take a serious action in the regard and the author will be responsible for the entire manuscript.
Conflict of interest: All authors are requested to disclose any actual or potential conflict of interest including any financial, personal or other relationships with other people or organizations that could inappropriately influence, or be perceived to influence, their work.
Role of the funding source: You are requested to identify provided financial support for the conduct of the research and/or preparation of the article and to briefly describe the role of the sponsor(s), if any, in study design; in the collection, analysis and interpretation of data; in the writing of the report; and in the decision to submit the article for publication. If the funding source(s) had no such involvement then this should be stated.