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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.
  • 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).
  • Publication of the article is approved by all authors and tacitly or explicitly by the responsible authorities where the work was carried out.
  • The submission file is in OpenOffice, Microsoft Word, or RTF document file format.
  • Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  • The text is double-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.
  • The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines.
  • A cover letter with declaration statements are provided along with manuscript submission in a separate MO Word file.
  • Title page should be provided in a separate MO Word file.

Author Guidelines

Full instructions for authors click here

Research articles

  • Abstract: Structured (Background and objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions)
  • Manuscript’s structure: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Results and Discussion can be merged in one section.
  • Figures: Up to 10
  • Tables: Up to 10
  • References: Should not exceed 40
  • Highlights: Optional
  • Graphical abstracts: Mandatory
  • Word count (including all sub-headings but excluding abstract, figure/​table legends and references): Should not exceed 3,500
  • The STROBE statement should be used when reporting observational studies (cohort, case-control, and cross-sectional studies), and STARD statement which consists of a 25-item should be used for diagnostic accuracy studies (download checklist’s template: STROBE, STARD). Uploading the checklist, along with the manuscript during submission, is necessary for accepting submissions

Systematic reviews and meta-analyses

  • Abstract: Structured (Background and objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions)
  • Manuscript’s structure: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results, Discussion, and Conclusions. Results and Discussion can be merged in one section.
  • Figures: Up to 10
  • Tables: Up to 10
  • References: Should not exceed 80
  • Highlights: Optional
  • Graphical abstracts: Mandatory
  • Word count (including all sub-headings but excluding abstract, figure/​table legends and references): Should not exceed 5,000
  • Authors should prepare their manuscripts in accordance with PRISMA Compliant, and the checklist is necessary for accepting submissions (download: PRISMA checklist)

Narrative reviews

  • Abstract: Unstructured
  • Manuscript’s structure: Introduction, Main text, and Conclusions.
  • Figures: Unspecified
  • Tables: Unspecified
  • References: Should not exceed 150
  • Highlights: Mandatory
  • Graphical abstracts: Mandatory
  • Word count (including all sub-headings but excluding abstract, figure/​table legends and references): Should not exceed 10,000

Short communications

  • Abstract: Structured (Background and objective, Methods, Results, and Conclusions)
  • Manuscript’s structure: Introduction, Materials and methods, Results and discussion, and Conclusions. Results and Discussion should be merged in one section.
  • Figures: Up to 5
  • Tables: Up to 5
  • References: Should not exceed 20
  • Highlights: Optional
  • Graphical abstracts: Mandatory
  • Word count (including all sub-headings but excluding abstract, figure/​table legends and references): Should not exceed 1,500

Letters

  • Abstract: Not applicable
  • Manuscript’s structure: Unstructured (should be a note or comment on a paper published in BJ-BABS). Opinions can also be considered.
  • Figures: Maximum 1
  • Tables: Maximum 1
  • References: Should not exceed 10
  • Highlights: Not applicable
  • Graphical abstracts: Not applicable
  • Word count (including all sub-headings but excluding abstract, figure/​table legends and references): Should not exceed 500 characters

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