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GULU UNIVERSITY MEDICAL JOURNAL(GUMJ) VOLUME 6 PROPOSAL/ARTICLE CALL ; All articles to be submitted not later than 31st/Oct/2014 at 5:00pm to the designated email addresses chiefeditor@gumsa.ac.ug or gumj2014@gmail.com

 GUIDELINES FOR AUTHORS

Gulu University Medical Journal (GUMJ) is an annual scientific publication spearheaded by the medical students of Gulu University but with open authorship. Potential contributors are encouraged to submit contributions to the following areas as per the theme communicated annually:

  1. Methodologically sound primary medical research
  2. Critical analysis of the current or proposed health policy measures based on national and international experiences
  3. Case studies, real life situations and experiences relevant to the annual theme communicated
  4. Review of the relevant books in the field of health and development
  5. Letters to the editors expressing opinions, concerns, views and suggestions on fields of potential interest to the journal readership
  6. Short communications on forthcoming or other events relevant to the journal readership

The approach should be practical, academic and not only theoretical.

The following guidelines should be adhered to:

Articles must be original, must not exceed 500 words (about 1-2 pages) be double spaced, in font size 12 and have margins of 1 inch all around. They should follow the rule of one space only after all punctuation including full stops.

Referencing must follow Harvard system (author and year of publication mentioned in the text and all references listed alphabetically at the end of the article). The author’s name and the date of publication are quoted in the text, e.g. “as reported by Ogola (Ogola 1986).’’ When works by more than one author are quoted, only the name of the first author appears in the text followed by “et al’’ and the year. In the referencing list, the reference will be listed in alphabetical order of the author’s name. If the authors are many, only the first five must be cited, their names being followed by “et al’’.                                                                                                                         The Vancouver system is also accepted. References are numbered sequentially in the text, either in brackets or as a superscript, e.g. “….As reported by Ogola (3)’’ or “…as reported by Ogola.3’’superscript, numbers are usually put after the punctuation. In the reference list, they should be in numerical order following the order in which they appear in the text. Only one system must be used, consistently, in the same article.

 

All references must be complete and accurate and must contain the following details:

Journal articles

  1. Names and initials of authors
  2. Date of the publication
  3. Title of the article
  4. Name of the journal
  5. Volume number
  6. Number of the first and the last page of the quoted

Examples of how to write references in the reference list

Hornby P,Ray D, Shipp P.J, Hall T.L,(1998), Guidelines for Health Manpower Planning ,WHO, Geneva.

Wheeler M and Ngcougo N (1990) ‘Health Manpower Planning in Botswana’. World Health Forum, 11,394-405

Titles of books and journals must be in Italics

Electronic references must be accompanied by the full date (month, day and year) of the last access by the author e.g. http:/www.who/articles.html. Retrieved October 31, 2007.

Footnotes are not encouraged

Acronyms must be written in full the first time they are used in the text i.e. Gulu University Medical Journal publishes medical information.

Tables and figures must be included only if essential for understanding the text. The same data should not be presented in both tables and graphs.

All tables must have a number, a short title and the source of the data contained (if not primary). In the text, they must be referred to by number.

Articles should generally have the following sections:

  1. Title page (the title must be as short as possible. The full names, qualifications, affiliations, addresses, e.g. As Department of Physiology, Faculty of Medicine, Gulu University, and e-mail addresses if applicable, should also appear on this page.
  2. Summary
  3. Materials and methods
  4. Results
  5. Discussion
  6. Conclusions
  7. Recommendations(if relevant)
  8. References
  9. Acknowledgements (if relevant)

Articles must be submitted in electronic copies only. Hand written material is not accepted. The name, qualifications, occupation and address of the author(s) must be clearly indicated.

Articles must be sent to one of the following email addresses

chiefeditor@gumsa.ac.ug

gumj2014@gmail.com

NB: Articles not meeting the outlined guidelines may be rejected or returned to the author for corrections.

Submitted material will not be returned to the authors

The editors may make minor amendments and corrections to the submitted work without seeking the author’s consent. The author’s consent and collaboration will be sought in case of major changes.

The decision of the editors to publish or not to publish the submitted material is final.

The views expressed in this journal are those of the authors and not necessarily of the Gulu University medical Journal.

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