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Author Guidelines

1. Types and scope of articles:

The Internal Medicine and Medical Investigation Journal is a peer-reviewed journal that publishes original research articles, reviews (traditional reviews and systematic reviews), meta analyses, case reports, and other common types of articles related to all areas of basic and clinical medical sciences and all other health science fields. Editorials, letters to the editor, opinions, and other short articles also are welcomed. Topics of interest include all subjects that relate to medical practice and the betterment of public health worldwide.

2. Research ethics and publication ethics:

The Internal Medicine and Medical Investigation Journal adheres to the principles of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). It has no tolerance for academic misconduct, including duplicate publication, “salami science publication,” and plagiarism. All submissions are investigated thoroughly for any potential unethical conduct. All submissions are checked for plagiarism using iThenticate software.

3. Manuscript preparation: 

3.1. The “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts (URM) Submitted to Biomedical Journals” is incorporated into our review and publication process. Please visit http://www.icmje.org for more information. Authors are encouraged to prepare the reference section of their manuscript using URM standards.

3.2. Format of original articles:

Manuscripts must consist of the title, abstract (250 words or fewer for original articles, 200 words or fewer for reviews, and 150 words or fewer for case reports), three to five keywords, and the main text of the manuscript, without any information regarding the identity of the authors. Abstracts are not required for letters to the editor or editorials. 

3.3. References:

References should be cited in compliance with Citing Medicine, 2nd edition: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers, published by National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256 ). In the references section, please use the correct abbreviation of journal titles. For more information, see the ISSN website (http://www.issn.org/2-22661-LTWA-online.php) and the National Library of Medicine (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK7256/). The correct abbreviations for journals can also be found at the journals’ websites. Please include the PubMed PMID (or PubMed Central PMCID) of articles (if the article is listed in PubMed) and the digital object identifier (DOI) or URL (in the DOI system) if the cited article has a DOI. See the following site to search for the PMIDs and DOIs of articles: http://www.crossref.org/SimpleTextQuery.

4. Review process:

All manuscripts must undergo peer review. The expected time between manuscript submission and receipt of the first round of review results varies depending on the availability of reviewers and other issues; but, in general, authors can expect to receive the initial result within 4-6 weeks. If an author chooses the fast-track option (fast review and publication), they will receive the initial result within 2 weeks.

The peer review process of the Internal Medicine and Medical Investigation Journal includes the following steps: 

  1. Authors submit a manuscript.
  2. The editor-in-chief verifies the relevance of the manuscript to the journal’s focus and scope and then assigns associate editors, including a biostatistician, to perform an initial evaluation.
  3. Associate editors suggest peer reviewers (usually three) who are experts in the selected fields. If the manuscript is not approved for further evaluation, associate editors ask the editor-in-chief to reject the manuscript without peer review (fast rejection).
  4. To decide on a manuscript’s merits and reach a consensus regarding its suitability for publication, the editor-in-chief usually convenes an editorial board meeting to discuss the peer reviewer comments.
  5. If a manuscript is accepted for publication, authors may be asked to respond to the questions raised by reviewers; if a manuscript is rejected, authors will receive an explanatory letter
  6. Authors must respond in a timely manner and clarify any ambiguities.
  7. Upon receiving the revised manuscript, reviewers (usually two of three and the biostatistician) examine author responses to their comments.
  8. After final approval is given, the manuscript is revised by the editors and placed in the queue for publication.

5. Language of Journal Articles:

5.1. English editing:

Manuscripts submitted to the Internal Medicine and Medical Investigation Journal should be written in English. Our native English editors will perform advanced English editing on accepted manuscripts free of charge; authors will, however, be responsible for minimal taxes and handling fees. Authors are free to use any other native English editing service. We recommend the following English editing companies:

Precision Scientific Editing: http://www.precisionscientificediting.com/home.html

6. Conflict of Interest:

All submissions must be accompanied by a completed conflict of interest form. 

7. Publication fee:

The Internal Medicine and Medical Investigation Journal is free for both authors and readers. This means that there is no publication fee, no author’s fee, and no subscription fee. If an author chooses the fast-track option (fast review and publication), they are required to pay $50.

8. Expected time required for the peer-review process:

Within 4-6 weeks, authors can expect to receive the first round of the journal’s comments and the initial publication decision. If an author chooses the fast-track option (fast review and publication), they will receive the initial decision within 2 weeks.

 

Submission Preparation Checklist

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.

  1. The submission has not been previously published, nor is it before another journal for consideration (or an explanation has been provided in Comments to the Editor).
  2. The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  4. The text is single-spaced; uses a 12-point font; employs italics, rather than underlining (except with URL addresses); and all illustrations, figures, and tables are placed within the text at the appropriate points, rather than at the end.
  5. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  6. If submitting to a peer-reviewed section of the journal, the instructions in Ensuring a Blind Review have been followed.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:


1. Authors retain copyright and grant the journal right of first publication with the work simultaneously licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License that allows others to share the work with an acknowledgement of the work's authorship and initial publication in this journal.


2. Authors are able to enter into separate, additional contractual arrangements for the non-exclusive distribution of the journal's published version of the work (e.g., post it to an institutional repository or publish it in a book), with an acknowledgement of its initial publication in this journal.


3. Authors are permitted and encouraged to post their work online (e.g., in institutional repositories or on their website) prior to and during the submission process, as it can lead to productive exchanges, as well as earlier and greater citation of published work (See The Effect of Open Access).

 

Privacy Statement

The names and email addresses entered in this journal site will be used exclusively for the stated purposes of this journal and will not be made available for any other purpose or to any other party.

 

 

 

Author Fees

This journal charges the following author fees.

Article Publication: 50.00 (USD)
If this paper is accepted for publication, you will be asked to pay an Article Publication Fee to cover publications costs.

If you do not have funds to pay such fees, you will have an opportunity to waive each fee. We do not want fees to prevent the publication of worthy work.