INTRODUCTION

The Nepal Medical Journal (NMJ) is an open access biannual, peer-reviewed biomedical journal published by Nepal Police Hospital. NMJ has begun publication since 2018.

The NMJ works with the belief that knowledge gained through scientific research and scientific advances should be shared and made universally accessible. Hence, it grants readers with the permission to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search and create links to the full text articles available online at www.nmj.com.np without any charge. Thereby, it also aims to increase the visibility and ease of use of open access scientific and scholarly articles so as to promote their increased usage and impact.

It publishes research based articles from the field of biomedical sciences including basic sciences and clinical disciplines, public health, health care management, ethical and social issues pertaining to health care. Preference is given to clinically oriented applied research, trials over animal studies.

Articles are published under the following categories: Original Article, Review Article, Case Report, Forensic Medicine, and View Point. The Editorial, Guest Editorial and Letter to the Editor are solicited by the editorial board.

Authors do not have to pay for submission, processing or publication of articles in NMJ.

THE EDITORIAL PROCESS

The submitted manuscripts are duly acknowledged and initially reviewed for possible publication by the Editors with the understanding that they are being submitted only to the NMJ, have not been published, simultaneously submitted or accepted for publication elsewhere. On an average, 30-40% of the manuscripts with insufficient originality or significant message, serious scientific and technical flaws are rejected. In case of a good article that has been written poorly, the authors are asked to resubmit after revision.

The manuscripts are then sent to two expert peer reviewers blinded to the contributor’s identity and vice versa for meticulous review, inputs and comments. The final decision on whether to accept or reject the article are taken by the editorial board based on the peer reviewer’s comments. The contributors are informed about the rejection/acceptance of the manuscript with the peer reviewer’s comments. Accepted articles have to be resubmitted after making the necessary changes or clarifying questions made during the peer review process.

The accepted articles are edited for grammatical, punctuation, print style and format errors and page proofs and are sent to the corresponding author who should return them within three days. Non response to galley proof may result in delay in publication or even rejection of the article.

INSTRUCTIONS TO AUTHORS

Manuscripts must be prepared in accordance with “Uniform requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals” developed by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors. The uniform requirements and specific requirement of NMJ are summarized in our website www.nmj.com.np

We request our author to check NMJ author guidelines each time they submit manuscript to us.

MANUSCRIPT SUBMISSION

Manuscripts must be submitted in English, in clear and concise manner possible. Please submit a mandatory electronic copy of supplementary files along with your manuscript to our online submission system. These supplementary files are: Forwarding, Authorship (signed by all authors) and Declaration letters (samples are available in the NMJ website).

For, official purpose, please contact:

Dr. Asha Singh
Editor-in-Chief
Nepal Medical Journal (NMJ)
Maharajgunj, Kathmandu P.O. Box 21147
Email: editor@nmj.com.np
Web: www.nmj.com.np

MANUSCRIPT PREPARATION

All manuscripts should adhere to the NMJ format. The manuscript must be typed double-spaced on one side of an A4 size white paper with Arial Font (size 12). A minimum of 25 mm margins should be present. The pages should be numbered consecutively beginning from the title page. Numbers should be written at the top right.

Authors should place explanatory matter in footnotes, not in the heading. Explain all nonstandard abbreviations in footnotes, and use the following symbols, in sequence:

*, †, ‡, §, ||, ¶, **, ††, ‡‡

For more detail, visit our website: www.nmj.com.np

Conflict of Interest Notification Page

To prevent the information on potential conflicts of interest from being overlooked or misplaced, it needs to be part of the manuscript. NMJ does not send information on conflicts of interest to reviewers.

Ethics

When reporting studies on human, indicate whether the procedures followed were in accordance with the ethical standards of the responsible committee on human experimentation (institutional or regional) and with the Helsinki Declaration of 1975, as revised in 2000 (available at http://www.wma.net/e/policy/17-c_e.html). Do not use patients’ names, initials, or hospital numbers, especially in illustrative material. When reporting experiments on animals, indicate whether the institutions or a national research council’s guide for, or any national law on the care and use of laboratory animals was followed.

Evidence for approval by a local Ethics Committee (for both human as well as animal studies) must be supplied by the authors on demand. Animal experimental procedures should be as humane as possible and the details of anesthetics and analgesics used should be clearly stated. The ethical standards of experiments must be in accordance with the guidelines provided by the CPCSEA (animal) and ICMR (human). The journal will not consider any paper which is ethically unacceptable. A statement on ethics committee permission and ethical practices must be included in all research articles under the ‘METHODS’ section.

REFERENCES

We use Citing Medicine, The US National Library of Medicine (NLM) Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers for references. It should be numbered consecutively in the order in which they are first mentioned in the text (not in alphabetic order). Identify references in text, tables, and legends by Arabic numerals in superscript with square bracket after the punctuation marks. Use the style of the examples below, which are based on the Citation Medicine formats used by the NLM form MEDLINE/PubMed database.