INSTRUCTION FOR AUTHORS

The Meandros Medical and Dental Journal (Formerly Adnan Menderes Üniversitesi Dergisi), is the official, scientific, open access publication organ of the Adnan Menderes University Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry that is published three times in a year in accordance with independent, unbiased, double blind peer review principles.

Originality, high scientific quality and citation potential are the most important criteria for a manuscript to be accepted for publication.

The aim of the Meandros Medical and Dental Journal is to publish original, high quality clinical and experimental researches conducted in all fields of medicine, review articles (only invited) on current topics, and letters to the editors (case reports are not accepted for publication anymore). The target audience of the journal includes specialists in general surgery, dentistry, students and all specialist, medical and dental professionals who are interested in surgery.


Instructions for Authors

The Meandros Medical and Dental Journal is a publication that publishes manuscripts prepared in English. IMPORTANTLY publications are being accepted ONLY in English since December 2015. Therefore, accepted manuscripts before December 2015 may be in English and Turkish. This is an important issue that the authors SHOULD consider. Submission of a Turkish title, abstract and keywords is not compulsory for international submissions. If accepted, translation services will be provided by the journal for international submissions.

Meandros Medical and Dental Journal does not charge any article submission or processing charges.

Manuscripts can only be submitted through the journal’s online manuscript submission and evaluation system, available at www.http://meandrosmedicaljournal.org/. Manuscripts submitted via any other medium will not be evaluated.

Manuscripts submitted for evaluation should not be previously presented or published in an electronic or printed medium. Editorial board should be informed of manuscripts that have been submitted to another journal for evaluation and rejected for publication. Manuscripts that have been presented in a meeting should be submitted with detailed information on the organization including the name, date and location of the organization.

Statements or opinions expressed in the manuscripts published in the journal reflect the views of the author(s) and not the opinions of the editors, the editorial board and/or the publisher; the editors, the editorial board and the publisher disclaim any responsibility or liability for such materials.

The authors transfer all copyrights of their manuscripts within the scope of local and international laws to the journal as of submission. For this purpose, a copyright transfer form should be signed by all contributing authors and a scanned version of the form should be submitted with the manuscript. The wet signed version of the form should be posted to the Editorial Office. The financial and legal responsibilities of a manuscript, including the text, tables, images and any other content that may be subject to international or local copyrights belong to the authors.

Authorship contribution form should be filled in the corresponding author and a signed and scanned version should be submitted during manuscript submission process in order to act appropriately to authorship rights and prevent ghost or honorary authorship.

Any financial grants or other support received for the study from individuals or institutions should be disclosed to the Editorial Board and to disclose potential conflicts of interest ICMJE Potential Conflict of Interest Disclosure From should be filled in and submitted.

The manuscripts should be prepared in accordance with ICMJE-Recommendations for the Conduct, Reporting, Editing and Publication of Scholarly Work in Medical Journals (updated in August 2013 - http://www.icmje.org/icmje-recommendations.pdf). Authors are required to prepare manuscripts in accordance with CONSORT guidelines for randomized research studies, STROBE guidelines for observational original research studies, STARD guidelines for studies on diagnostic accuracy, PRISMA guidelines for systematic reviews and meta-analysis, ARRIVE guidelines for experimental animal studies and TREND guidelines for non-randomized public behaviour.

An approval of research protocols by Ethics Committee in accordance with international agreements (Helsinki Declaration of 1975, revised 2013, “Guide for the care and use of laboratory animals - www.nap.edu/ catalog/5140.html/) is required for experimental, clinical and drug studies and some case reports. If required ethics committee reports or an equivalent official document may be requested from the authors. In manuscripts reporting the results of an experimental study, it should be stated within the main text that the patients were informed in detail about the treatment technique and that the patient’s consent was obtained. For studies carried out on animals, the measures taken to prevent pain and suffering of the animals should be stated clearly. Information on patient consent, name of the ethics committee and the ethics committee approval number should also be stated in the Materials and Methods section of the manuscript.

All manuscripts submitted to the Meandros Medical and Dental Journal are screened for plagiarism using the ‘iThenticate’ software. Results indicating plagiarism may result in manuscripts being returned or rejected.

Pre-evaluation checks of each submission are carried out by the Editorial Board. Manuscripts are scanned for plagiarism and duplication at this stage. If an ethical problem detected regarding plagiarism and duplication the Editorial Board will act in accordance with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). Manuscript that pass this stage are assigned to at least two double blind peer-reviewers. Reviewers are selected among independent experts who has published publications in the international literature on the submission subject and received considerable amount of citations. Research articles, systematic reviews and meta-analysis manuscripts are also reviewed by a biostatistician. By submitting a manuscript to the journal authors accept that editor may implement changes on their manuscripts as long as the main idea of the manuscript is not interfered with.

Once a manuscript is accepted for publication, the author list of the manuscript can’t be altered with.

Manuscripts should be prepared using Microsoft Word software and should be structured in accordance with the rules below depending on their type.

Research Article

The abstract should be submitted in both English and Turkish; should be structured with Objective, Material and Methods, Results and Conclusions subheadings and should not be longer that 300 words. Key words should be concordant with National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary terms and there should be at least 3 and the number should be limited with 6. Key words should be listed below the abstract both in Turkish and English. The main text should be structured with Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results subheadings and should be limited to 5000 words. Number of cited references should be limited with 50.

Statistical analysis should be performed in accordance with guidelines on reporting statistics in medical journals (Altman DG, Gore SM, Gardner MJ, Pocock SJ. Statistical guidelines for contributors to medical journals. Br Med J 1983: 7; 1489-93). Software used for analysis should be described. For parametric tests represent continuous variables as Mean±Standard Deviation, while for nonparametric tests represent data as Median and range (Minimum- Maximum) or Median and interquartile range (25th and 75th percentiles). Whenever complex analyses are used support the relative risk, odds or hazard ratios values by providing confidence intervals and p values.

Review Article

Review articles are solicited by the Editorial Board from authors who are experts in their field of study. The abstract should be submitted in both English and Turkish; should be unstructured and should not be longer that 300 words. Key words should be concordant with National Library of Medicine (NLM) Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) vocabulary terms and there should be at least 3 and the number should be limited with 6. Key words should be listed below the abstract both in Turkish and English. The main text should include a title, abstract, key words, main topics and references and should be limited to 5000 words. Number of cited references should be limited with 150.

If a previously published image is used its original version (both printed and online) should be cited properly and the permission obtained from the copyright holder (publisher, journal or author) to reproduce the material should be submitted to the journal.

Letters to the Editor

These type of manuscripts discuss the importance, an overlooked detail or a missing point of a previously published manuscript. In addition to these, letters to the editor can be prepared on a subject within the scope of the journal that may draw the readers’ attention, especially on educative cases. Readers can also submit their opinions on published material in letter to the editor format. An abstract, keywords, tables and figures are not required with this type of manuscripts. The main text should not be longer than 500 words, and must be limited to 3 authors and 5 references.  Proper citation of the study that the letter is about including the authors’ names, title, publication year, volume and page numbers is required.

Title Page / Cover Letter

Title: The title should be concise and informative.

Running Title: A running title not more than 40 characters including spaces should be entired.

Author names and affiliations: Please clearly indicate the given name(s) and family name(s) of each author. Present the authors' affiliation addresses below the names. Indicate all affiliations with a lower-case superscript number immediately after the author's name and in front of the appropriate address. Provide the full postal address of each affiliation, including the country name and, if available, the e-mail address of each author.

Corresponding author. Clearly indicate who will handle correspondence at all stages of refereeing and publication, also post-publication. Ensure that the e-mail address is given and that contact details are kept up to date by the corresponding author.

Tables / Graphs / Illustrations / Photograph

Tables and figures should be located at the end of the main document, images should be submitted in .JPG and. TIFF formats. Tables must be prepared in a Microsoft Office Word document using “Insert Table” command and be placed at the end of the references section in the main document. Decimal points in the text, tables and figures should be separated by comma in Turkish sections and by dots in English sections. Particularly, tables should be explanatory for the text and should not duplicate the data given in the text.

Each table and figure should have a self-explanatory title and be numbered in order of their citation in the text. Arabic numbers should be prefered for tables, graphs, figures and photographs. In the case of the use of a previously published table, figure or illustration, written permission from the publisher should be submitted with the manuscript. Information or illustrations must not permit identification of patients, and written informed consent for publication must be sought for any photograph.

In microscopic images, magnification and staining techniques must be specified in addition to figure captions. All images should be in high resolution with minimum 300 dpi. It would be more appropriate if the drawings are prepared by the professionals. Gray color should be avoided. 3D graphs should be avoided.

References

References should be numbered in the order they are cited. Only published data or manuscripts accepted for publication and recent data should be included. Inaccessible data sources and those not indexed in any database should be omitted. Titles of journals should be abbreviated in accordance with Index Medicus-NLM Style (Patrias K. Citing medicine: the NLM style guide for authors, editors, and publishers [Internet]. 2nd ed. Wendling DL, technical editor. Bethesda (MD): National Library of Medicine (US); 2007 - [updated 2011 Sep 15; cited Year Month Day] (http://www.nlm.nih.gov/citingmedicine). All authors should be listed if an article has six or less authors; if an article has more than six authors, first six authors are listed and the rest is represented by “ve ark.” in Turkish articles and by “et al.” in English articles. Reference format and punctuation should be as in the following examples.

Standard Journal Article

Özhan MÖ,   Süzer MA,   Çomak İ,   Çaparlar CÖ,   Aydın GB,   Eşkin MB,   et al. Do the patients read the informed consent? Balkan Med J 2012; 29: 252-60.

Book Section

Sherry S. Detection of thrombi. In: Strauss HE, Pitt B, James AE, editors. Cardiovascular Medicine. St Louis: Mosby, 1974: 273-85.

Books with Single Author

Cohn PF. Silent myocardial ischemia and infarction. 3rd ed. New York: Marcel Dekker; 1993.

Editor(s) as author

Norman IJ, Redfern SJ, editors. Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone; 1996.

Conference Proceedings

Bengisson S. Sothemin BG. Enforcement of data protection, privacy and security in medical informatics. In: Lun KC, Degoulet P, Piemme TE, Rienhoff O, editors. MEDINFO 92. Proceedings of the 7th World Congress on Medical Informatics; 1992 Sept 6-10; Geneva, Switzerland. Amsterdam: North-Holland; 1992.p.1561-5.

Scientific or Technical Report

Smith P. Golladay K. Payment for durable medical equipment billed during skilled nursing facility stays. Final report. Dallas (TX) Dept. of Health and Human Services (US). Office of Evaluation and Inspections: 1994 Oct. Report No: HHSIGOE 169200860.

Thesis

Kaplan SI. Post-hospital home health care: the elderly access and utilization (dissertation). St. Louis (MO): Washington Univ. 1995.

Manuscripts published in electronic format

Morse SS. Factors in the emergence of infectious diseases. Emerg Infect Dis (serial online) l995 Jan-Mar (cited 1996 June 5): 1(1): (24 screens). Available from: URL: http:/ www.cdc.gov/ncidodlElD/cid.htm.

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