The Annals of African Medicine subscribes
to the "Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts submitted to Biomedical Journals"
as published in New England Journal of Medicine 1997:336:309-315. The journal
will publish articles in all fields and aspects of medicine in Africa and also
from elsewhere, which have a bearing on health care delivery in Africa. Papers will be published under the following sections:
- Editorial comments
- Original articles
- Review articles
- Short reports
- Case reports
- Medical devices and innovations
- Continuing education
- Letters to the editor
- Clinical images
- Book reviews
- Reports of clinical meetings or conferences
Articles are published with the
understanding that they have not been previously published or simultaneously
submitted to another journal for consideration for publication. The authors
accept to transfer the copyright of accepted and published articles to the Annals
of African Medicine. A letter signed by all authors stating this fact
should accompany each article. Authors should submit the original manuscript
along with two clear copies and three copies of all tables and illustrations
Bello B. Shehu, FRCSI, FWACS
Annals of African Medicine
Office of the Chief Medical Director
Usmanu Danfodiyo University Teaching
Sokoto 840001, Nigeria
Annals of African Medicine
P. O. Box 76, Zaria, 810001
Manuscripts should be typed in double line spacing on A4,
heavy bond paper, with a 4cm margin on the left side. The right hand margin
should not be justified. The script should be clearly divided into the
following sections with each section beginning on a new page.
This should bear the title of the paper, the name(s) of
the author(s), the place where the work was carried out and the address of the corresponding
author, including e-mail address and fax number.
This should not be more than 300 words and should be
structured, consisting of four paragraphs labeled; Background, Methods, Results
and Conclusions. Each paragraph should describe respectively, the problem, how
the study was performed, the important results and the conclusion from the
results. The abstract for review articles, short reports, case reports and
surgical techniques need not be in this format. A French translation of the
abstract should also be provided.
This section includes introduction, methodology, results,
discussion and acknowledgement.
These should be typed double-spaced and numbered
consecutively according to their first citation in the text. The referencing should
be in accordance with the uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to
biomedical journals. Journal titles should be cited according to the way they
appear in the index medicus/Medline. For journals that are not indexed, the
full name should be given. All authors should be listed where they are six or
less; if more than six, then list first three, followed by et al.
Abstracts, information from manuscripts not yet accepted or
personal communication should not be included in the list of references, but
can be included in the text. It is the author(s) responsibility to ensure that
references are properly cited and listed. Manuscripts with incomplete
references will be returned and publication delayed.
Tables and illustrations
Tables should be typed double-spaced and numbered in Arabic
numerals and have appropriate title. Vertical and horizontal internal lines
should be excluded. Only relevant tables should be presented and must not
duplicate information already presented in detail in the results section.
Illustration should be unmounted glossy prints or professionally drawn. They
should be numbered in Arabic numerals and have appropriate title in pencil on
An arrow should indicate the top.
Each illustration must be
accompanied by a legend, typed on a separate sheet. For photomicrographs, the
magnification and staining methods should be indicated. Authors will be
requested to make a contribution towards the processing of coloured
photographs. It is the responsibility of authors to obtain permission for
already published tables or illustrations. Such writ-ten permission should
accompany the manuscripts at the time of submission.
Any original text quoted from other authors or sources must
be formally cited and appropriately referenced.
The protocol for any
investigations or studies on humans should be approved by an ethical committee
or the relevant authority on ethical issues. Consent must also be obtained from
the patient for such studies. A statement to this effect should be included in
Tables or illustrations, which
have been previously published, should be accompanied by the written consent or
permission of the copyright holder, an acknowledgement included in the caption
and the full reference included in the list of references.
Where a patient may be identified
from an illustration or the text, written permission must be obtained from that
patient and submitted along with the manuscript. Authors should avoid
potentially defamatory statements.
Conflict of Interest and
Sources of Funding
Authors should provide a clear statement regarding any
conflicts of interests. There should also be a statement on any sources of
Peer Review Process
All manuscripts submitted to the Journal are sent to two
independent experts in that field for review. Manuscripts with significant
statistical component will be reviewed by the statistical editor and if
necessary, by another statisticican. The comments of the reviewers will be
communicated to the authors, even if the paper is rejected. Communication
of the reviewers' comments to authors is for their information,
and the journal is unable to enter into further correspondence regarding such papers. All efforts
will be made to keep the duration of review as short as possible and editorial
decisions will, as much as possible be communicated to authors within 4 months
of receipt of their manuscripts. Authors are advised to keep copies of all
materials submitted to the Journal.
Submission of electronic manuscripts is encouraged by the
Journal. Such manuscripts should be on a high quality CD-Rom or Flash drive,
should be in Microsoft Word. A hard copy of the manuscripts and relevant
illustrations should accompany the diskette. Authors will be required to submit
their manuscripts in electronic form at the time of acceptance of their papers.
Units of Measurements
All measurements should be expressed in System International
Proofs and Reprints
Authors will receive galley proofs of their papers to be
checked for correction. Such corrections should be limited to
typesetting errors only and should be returned within two (2) days so as not to
Reprints are not
free. Authors can order for reprints at the time of acceptance of their papers
at a cost, which will be indicated at that time.
Each manuscript must be accompanied by a non-refundable
manuscript processing fee of
N10, 000 (Ten thousand Naira) or US$100 (One
hundred US Dollars). This should be in a bank draft or certified cheque, made
payable to Annals of African Medicine. Manuscripts submitted without
this fee will be returned.
Note: The contents of each published paper are the opinion
and responsibility of the author (s). They do not reflect the opinion or
policy of the Journal.
Information for authors is published in the first issue (No.
1, March) of each volume of the journal.
Last updated - July 28, 2009