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TIMISOARA MEDICAL JOURNAL
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Aims and Scope
The Timisoara Medical Journal (The TMJ), established more than 45 years ago, is owned and published 4 times per year by the Academic Community of the Victor Babes University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Timisoara, Romania.

Open access policy
The journal provides immediate free access to the full text of articles. The journal also permits authors' self-archiving. The journal does not charge article submission, processing or publication fee from the authors or authors' institution. The open access policy of the journals aims at increasing the visibility and accessibility of the published content."

Editorial policies
Experimental animals and human subjects. All animal and human studies must be approved by the local Ethics Comittee and an appropriate statement should be included in the Materials and Methods section. All clinical investigations are supposed to comply and be carried out according to the principles expressed in the Helsinki declaration about ?Ethical Principles of Medical Research involving Human Subjects?. (http://www.wma.net/e/policy/pdf/17c.pdf)

Competing financial interests. When submitting manuscripts for publication in TMJ Journal, the authors are expected to disclose any commercial affiliations or patent licensing agreements that could represent a possible financial conflict regarding the later. If such issues are at stake disclosures should be made in the Acknowledgements section.

Review Process. All submitted manuscripts are evaluated by at least one member of the editorial staff with extensive knowledge in the respective medical field. Every effort will be made to return, non-reviewed manuscripts within 2 weeks and reviewed manuscripts within 8 weeks, to the authors. Authors are expected to make all proper manuscript modifications as suggested by reviewers and answer in detail and with sufficient data to reviewer comments at the time of resubmission.

Editorial office response. Submitted manuscripts will receive an identification serial number, which should be cited in all correspondence.

Prior to publication. By submission of a manuscript for publication in TMJ, the authors confirm that none of the actual information has been sent for the same purpose elsewhere or previously published in other peer-reviewed journals (other than an abstract with no pictures or graphics). The data presented in the submitted manuscript should not be made available elsewhere before the review process. If submitted data are to be posted on a private website they should in no way be associated with the TMJ by using terms as ?submitted?, ?accepted? or ?in press? or posted with the Journals identification numbers.

Copyright. According to the new regulations, submitting an article for publication in a peer-reviewed journal does not imply anymore automatic transfer of the copyright to the publisher. Therefore thecopyright transfer form of the TMJ (download PDF version, download DOC version) must accompany all manuscript submissions. After filling the form, the authors can scan and email the PDF form tooffice@tmj.ro, or fax to the editorial office, at +40-256-216510.

Cover letter. When submitting an article for publication in TMJ, the corresponding author must fill a cover letter which contains the following information: name, address, phone and fax numbers and email address of the corresponding author and a statement that all authors agreed with the submission and that the material is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Manuscript Preparation

1. Categories of manuscripts
Regular manuscripts. Are expected to be concise, well organized, and clearly written. Maximum length is 4000 words of text, excluding tables, figure legends, and references. Abstract must not exceed 250 words. Regular manuscripts will be published under the following scientific categories: surgery, internal medicine, public health, basic science, pharmacy, and dentistry.
Review articles. Focused review articles on topics of scientific interest, or clinical reviews on topics related to aspects of clinical practice are generally solicited by the Editor-in-Chief. Such articles must be detailed and include appropriate references to the literature. Guidelines for review articles are available on request from the Editor-in-Chief.
Brief Communication. Short papers documenting experimental results or selected patient reports of special interest will be considered for publication. Maximum length of brief reports is 1000 words of text. Brief reports should not exceed 150 words in the abstract, 3 figures/tables and 20 references.
Letter to the Editor. The Editor welcomes letters and comments, particularly pertaining to recently published articles in the TMJ. Letter to the Editor should not exceed 500 words of text, 10 references, and 2 figures.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) Articles are solicited by the Editor-in-Chief
Brief reports. Will be structured as brief preliminary reports of new techniques or significant new findings.
Meeting report. Should contain a maximum of 2500 words without figures, tables and references. Refferences up to 20.

2. Manuscript requirements
The TMJ follows the "Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals", updated October 2004 (www.icmje.org).

Authors must complete the information on the manuscript submission checklist and sign it. The manuscript must be typed double spaced on one side ISO A4 paper (212 x 297 mm), with margins of 25 mm. A 12-point font, preferably Times New Roman, is required. Each of the following components should begin on a separate page: Title Page, Abstract, Text, Acknowledgments, References, Tables, Figure Legends, and Figures.

1. Title Page. This page should contain the following: Article title; Full names of all authors (first name, middle initial, surname); Names of institutions in which the work was accomplished, connected to the appropriate authors (use the Arabic numerals in order: 1, 2, 3, 4); a running title (not exceeding 60 characters); Note about research grants and any financial support; Corresponding author's full name and titles, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address.

2. Abstract. The second page should include the title of the article followed by the abstract. For original articles, organize abstract in a structured format (of no more than 250 words), with the following headings: Objective, Material and Methods, Results, and Conclusions. Abstract should not be structured for other contributions. You should also choose 3 to 10 key words that best describe the topics covered in your paper. The key words should be retrieved in MeSH Database, which is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles forMEDLINE/PubMed. Romanian authors will send the abstracts in both English and Romanian language. The abstract of the foreign authors will be translated by the editorial staff.

3. Text. Original papers should be organized in the following format: Introduction, Materials and Methods, Results, Discussions and Conclusions. Other descriptive headings and subheadings may be used if appropriate. The method, apparatus (including manufacturer's name and address), and procedures should be identified in sufficient detail to allow other investigators to reproduce the results. Do not use footnotes; instead, use parenthetical statements within the text, but sparingly.

4. Acknowledgements. Acknowledge support received from individuals, but not grant and other financial support. The latter should be stated on the title page. The corresponding author must provide assurance in writing that permission has been obtained from those acknowledged.

5. ReferencesName of the journals cited should be abbreviated according to PubMed (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov). Names of journal that are not cited should be entirely spelled out. Authors are responsible for the accuracy and completeness of their references and for complete and accurate citation in the text. Number references consecutively as they are cited in the text; use superscript numerals for the text citations. In the reference list, include names and initials of the first three authors, the title, source (journal abbreviations should conform to those in Index Medicus), year, volume, and inclusive page numbers. Inaccurate referencing may delay publication.
Examples of references:
Journal articles: Simionescu M, Simionescu N, Palade GE, et al. Differentiated microdomains on the luminal surface of capillary endothelium: distribution of lectin receptors. J Cell Biol 1982;94(2): 406-13.
Complete Book: Ringsven MK, Bond D. Gerontology and leadership skills for nurses, 2nd ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1996.
Chapter in a bookPhillips SJ, Whisnant JP. Hypertension and stroke. In: Laragh JH, Brenner BM, editors. Hyperetension pathophysiology, diagnosis and management, 2nd ed. New York: Raven Press, 1995, p. 465-78.

6. Figure Legends. All legends must be numbered with Arabic numerals in order of appearance in the text and should include a short title after the figure number. A more detailed explanation of the data contained in the figure and/or its parts should follow and should bring enough information to allow a clear interpretation of the data. To avoid overcrowding the legends, symbols and patterns used to distinguish data should be defined in a key placed within the graphic rather than in the figure legend.

7. Tables. Each table should have a brief, specific, descriptive title, giving sufficient explanation to make the data intelligible without reference to the text. Number all tables and cite in numerical order in the text, using Romanic numerals.

8. Figures. All figures submitted for the review process must be in digital format, attached to the text document. For manuscripts accepted for publication, the publisher will accept only digital files of black/white and color images. All figure files must be sent separate from the text files (another folder on the CD). All figures should be submitted as TIFF files at a proper resolution as follows: monochrome images (images such as line graphs) will be submitted at a resolution of a minimum 900 DPI; black/white or color images will be submitted at a resolution of 300 DPI; combination halftones (images containing both pictures and text labeling) should be submitted at minimum of 600 DPI. When submitting bar graphs, it should be taken into consideration that various patterns of black do not reproduce well. Text in figures should be 8-10 point in size, except the letter markers which may be 12 point. Figures must be numbered as they appear in the text and marked carefully on the reverse side with figure number, first author's name, and orientation (top).

9. Abbreviations. Abbreviations should be defined at the first mention and thereafter applied consistently throughout the article. Do not use non-standard abbreviations appearing fewer than 3 times. Abbreviate units of measure only when used with numbers. Cite references, figures, and tables consecutively as they appear in the text. Throughout the text, abbreviations should be used according to a standard abbreviations list (to be found at http://www.jem.org). When using other abbreviations than specified, the full term should be spelled out on the fist appearance in the text and the same abbreviation should be used throughout the text.

10. Color charges. Color illustrations are expensive to reproduce and cannot be accepted unless the author is willing to cover the additional production costs incurred. Please check with the editors the details.

11. Proofs revised by the editorial staff will be sent to the corresponding author by the publisher and should be checked and returned within 30 days. After this deadline the proofs will be considered approved.


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