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Instructions to Authors

The “journal of the faculty of medicine Baghdad” is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly by the college of Medicine of Baghdad University since 1936.
The journal welcomes contributions from our readers in Iraq and abroad. The contributions will be reviewed by the editorial board and by an advisory board in appropriate specialties. The Journal welcomes original articles, case reports, letters to editors, history of medicine and news in all fields of basic and clinical medicine. Submissions are accepted on the understanding that it has not and will not be submitted to other journals. Authors should follow the “Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals” published by the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors (ICMJE) in Vancouver, British Colombia in 1979.

Summary of requirements
The manuscript should be typed double-spaced, on size A4 paper sheets with at least one-inch margins on each side of the sheet. Type only on one side of the paper. Each manuscript component should begin on a new page, in this sequence:
1. Title page;
2. Abstract and key words;
3. Text;
4. Acknowledgments;
5. References;
6. Tables: each table, complete with title and footnotes, on a separate page
7. Illustration: Illustrations must be of a good quality and mounted, glossy prints usually 127 X173 mm (5x7in) but not larger than 203 x 254 mm (8×10 in).
Three complete copies (including figures and tables) should be submitted along with a full copy on a compact disc (CD) on the assumption that the manuscript will not be returned to the author whether it will be accepted or rejected .Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter signed by all authors that the paper has not been published and will not be submitted to other journals if it will be accepted by the Journal of Faculty of Medicine Baghdad.
Authorship:
The International Committee of Medical Journal Editors List Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals.31
1. The first Author is Primarily Responsible for Collecting and Analyzing and Writing the Manuscript.
2. The Last or Senior Author is Usually an Established Investigator, a Primary Mentor and Assumes Overall Responsibility.
3. The Middle Authors are Usually Listed in Order of Contribution.
Title Page
The title page should carry:
(1) the title of article, which should be concise but informative;
(2) a short running head or foot line of no more than 40 characters {count letters and spaces) placed at the foot of the title page and identified;
(3) first name” middle initial, and last name of each author, with highest academic degree{s);
(4) name of department(s) and institution(s) to which the work should be attributed,
(5) name and address of author responsible for correspondence about the manuscript;
(6) name and address of author to whom requests for reprints should be addressed, or Statement that reprints will not be available from the author.
Abstract and Key Words
The second page should carry an abstract of no more than 150 words. The abstract should include: background, objectives, and materials(patients) and methods, results and conclusion. The abstract should state the purposes of the study or investigation, basic procedures (study subjects or experimental animals; observational and analytical methods), main findings and the principal conclusions.
Emphasize new and important aspects of the study or observations. Use only approved abbreviations.
Below the abstract, provide three to 10 key words or short phrases that will assist indexers in cross-indexing your article and that may be published with the abstract. Use terms from the medical subject headings list from Index Medicus when possible.

Text: The text divided into sections with the headings: Introduction, methods, Results, and Discussion.
➢ Introduction- clearly states the purpose of the article and summarizes the rationale for the study or observation. It should give only strictly pertinent references, and does not review the subject extensively.
➢ Methods: include selection of the observational or experimental subjects. Identify the methods, apparatus (manufacturer’s name and address in parentheses), and procedures in sufficient detail, including statistical methods.
➢ Results: Present in a logical sequence in the text, tables, and illustrations. One may not repeat in the text all the data in the tables, Illustrations or both; emphasize or summarize only important observations.
➢ Discussion: Emphasizes the new and important aspects of the study , conclude and relate the observations to other relevant studies. Link the conclusions with the goals of the study.
➢ Recommendations: when appropriate, may be included.
➢ Acknowledgments: Acknowledgement only to persons who have made substantive contributions to the study.

Author contributions:
The manuscript should mention the contribution of each author to the research done:
Study conception
Study design
Acquisition of data analysis
Interpretation of data
Drafting of manuscript
Critical revision

References:
References should be in Vancouver style where they should be numbered consecutively in the order of their appearance in the text or tables or figures.
They should be listed in a separate sheet. List all authors when six or less; if seven or more list only the first three names and add et al. the number of references should not be less than (20) and not more than (40). Two or more references from the Iraqi Virtual Science Library (IVSL) should be added and identified by the abbreviation (IVSL)

Tables:
Tables should be double-spaced and on a separate sheet of paper. Do not submit tables as photograph. Numbering of tables should be done consecutively in the orders of their first appearance in the text. Supply brief title for each. All tables should have no inside lines or bars. Give each column a short or abbreviated heading. Statistical explanations should be in table footnotes not in the heading. Explain in footnotes all non-standard abbreviations that are used in each table. Identify statistical measures of variations such as SD or SEM.

Illustrations:
Submit the required number of complete sets of figures. Figures should be professionally drawn and photographed. freehand or typewritten lettering is unacceptable. Instead of original drawings, roentgenograms, and other material; send sharp glossy and black-and- white photographic prints, usually 127 x 173mm (5×3 in) but no larger than 203 x254 mm (8 x10 in). Letters, numbers, and symbols should be clear and even throughout, and of sufficient size. Titles and detailed explanation belong in the legends for illustrations, not on the illustrations themselves. Each figure should have a label pasted on its back indicating the number of the figure, the names of the author on the top of the figure. .Do not write on the back of the figures, mount them on cardboard or scratch or mark them using paper clips. Do not bend figures. Cite each figure in the text in consecutive order.

Units of measurement:
Measurement are preferably expressed in SI units

Abbreviations and symbols:
Use only standard abbreviations. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

Submission of manuscripts:
Mail the required number of manuscript copies in a heavy -paper envelope, enclosing the manuscript copies and figures in cardboard.