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The Galle Medical Journal is published by the Galle Medical Association. The journal is published quarterly in March, June, September and December each year. The submissions are accepted throughout the year. The aims of the Journal are to foster cooperation among the medical fraternity and to be a forum to make literary contributions, share experiences encountered in medical practice, update their knowledge and have debates on topics related to all aspects of medicine. Also, we attempt to cater to the educational needs especially of the postgraduate trainees. The Journal publishes original articles, reviews, leading articles and case reports. When an article is reviewed for publication, we expect that the work it reports has not been published, submitted simultaneously to another journal, has not been accepted for publication elsewhere or has not already been published. All manuscripts will be reviewed anonymously by two independent reviewers before acceptance.
Manuscripts must be submitted with the text type written in 12-point Times New Roman font double spaced. The electronic version of the text should be submitted as a Microsoft Word document and accompany all illustrative material. In order to avoid delay we require authors to comply with the following requirements. All manuscripts should accompany a covering letter indicating the number of words in the manuscript, institution where ethical clearance was granted, conflicts of interests and contact details of the corresponding author.
Types of contributions:
Review articles and Leading articles: We encourage submission of review or leading articles which are less than 3000 words in length and address topics of current interest. They should be supported by no more than 20 references. Submissions may be subjected to external review before acceptance.
Original articles: Should normally be in the format of introduction, methods, results and discussion. Each manuscript must have less than 250 word structured abstract. The text should be limited to 3000 words and maximum of 5 tables/ figures taken together with no more than 15 references. Lengthy manuscripts are likely to be returned for shortening. The discussion in particular should be clear and concise and should be limited to matters arising directly from the results. Avoid discursive speculation.
Case reports: These should not exceed 750 words and at least 5 references; no abstract is required. Case report should be informative and devoid of irrelevant details. Case report should have a clear message or learning point and this should be highlighted adequately. Rarity of the case does not mean it is suitable for publication. Written consent of the patient should be submitted together with the case report, especially when photographs are used. Informed consent from the patient/ guardian should be submitted to publish the case report.
These should conform to the Vancouver style. The reference in the text should be numbered consecutively in Arabic numerals in parentheses in the same line of the text in the order in which they appear. The first five authors should be listed and if there are more than five, then the first three should be listed followed by et al. Examples are given below:
Units / Abbreviations
Authors should follow the SI system of units (except for blood pressure which will continue to be expressed in mmHg). Authors should use abbreviations sparingly and they should be used consistently throughout the text.
Manuscripts that do not conform to these requirements will be returned to you for necessary modifications.
Manuscripts should be addressed to Chief Editors, Galle Medical Journal, Galle Medical Association Office, Teaching Hospital, Karapitiya and all soft copies should be sent to
email@example.com OR firstname.lastname@example.org
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 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.
Galle Medical Association reserves the copyright and the corresponding author, on behalf of all authors, will be asked to sign a transfer of copyright form. The corresponding author must make sure that all authors have read the contents of the Copyright Assignment Form and must sign on their behalf. Articles cannot be published until a signed Copyright Assignment Form has been received.
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