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Author Guidelines

JLMS publishes Original Papers, Review Articles, Case Reports and brief reports, Case series, photo essay , Letters to the Editor and commentary in the fields of laser or lights in any field of medicine, In addition to technical papers on: The development of new laser and non-laser light devices, Light delivery systems, Sensors to monitor laser effects, Basic lasers-tissue interactions and Modeling of laser-tissue interactions.

■ Type of Articles

  • Original Articles: Should contain title page, abstract, keywords, introduction, materials and methods, results, discussion, acknowledgment, references, tables and figures. The length of the text should be limited to 4500 words excluding the references.
  • Review Articles: Should be requested by the editor, but J Lasers Med Sci  will also accept submitted reviews. The authors of review articles are invited to contact the Editorial Office before preparing a review article. Both solicited and unsolicited review articles are subjected to editorial review such as the original papers. This type of articles should be limited to 5000 words.
  • Case Reports and Brief Reports: Should not exceed 2000 words. Both should include abstract, keywords, case presentation, discussion, acknowledgment, references, and 1 to 4 figures. Necessary documentations of the case(s) like pathology and laboratory test reports should be included in the submission package. Brief reports should not have more than one figure and/or table.
  • Case Series: It is included all of the reports about the special treatment and new procedure in some limited cases with good results but not confirmed yet internationally as a global choice. It should be limited to 2500 words.
  • Photo Essay: It is a quiz type article which should be presented by a high quality picture, a brief history about the picture and a question about the best modality of intervention. It should be limited to 2500 words.
  • Letters to the Editor:  J Lasers Med Sci  accepts letters to the editor. Letters, less than 500 words, should discuss articles published in the journal during the previous six months. Letters will undergo peer-review processing and will be edited for clarity.
  • Commentary: J Lasers Med Sci accepts the comment(s) from the experts in the shape of Commentary Letter not more than 1000 words.

■ Submission

Manuscript submission to the J Laser Med Sci is only possible through the Journal’s Online Paper Submission page. Manuscript must be accompanied by a covering letter to the Editor-in-Chief, including title and author(s) name and undertaking that it has not been published or submitted elsewhere. In case the manuscript was earlier submitted to some other journals and was rejected, the authors must provide full information for proper analysis. Manuscript should be typed as a Microsoft Word document in double space on the A-4 size page set up with clear margins on both sides. Tables as well as illustrations should be typed and drawn at the end of the manuscript after the references. Do not submit tables as photographs.    All text documents should be uploaded in Microsoft Word format as an attachment. The figures should be sent in a format of JPEG or GIF which will produce high quality images in the online edition of the journal.

  • The Title Page:  The complete title of the manuscript, the name of all the authors with their highest qualifications, the department or institution to which they are attached, address for correspondence with telephone numbers, e-mail, and fax number.
  • The Abstract: All original articles must accompany a structured abstract up to 350 words. It should be structured as Background, Methods, Results and Conclusion followed by 3 to 5 Keywords. Keywords will assist indexers in cross indexing the article as they are published with abstract. Use terms from the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) list of Index Medicus.   Authors need to be careful so that the abstract reflects the content of the article accurately.
  • Introduction:  This should summarize the purpose and the rationale for the study. It should neither review the subject extensively nor should it have data or conclusions of the study.
  • Methods:  This should include exact method or observation or experiment. If an apparatus is Instructions for AuthorsInstructions for AuthorsVII Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences   Volume 2   Number 4   Autumn 2011used, its manufacturer’s name and address should be given in parenthesis. Please note that for any article dealing with laser details such as type of laser, energy, pulse duration and the spot size should be mentioned precisely. If the method is established, give reference but if the method is new, give enough information so that another author  be able to perform it. If a drug is used, its generic name, dose and route of administration must be given. For patients, age, sex with mean age ± standard deviation should be given. Statistical method must be mentioned and specify any computer software used.
  • Results: It must be presented in the form of text, tables and illustrations. The contents of the tables should not be all repeated in the text. Instead, a reference to the table number may be given. Long articles may need sub-headings within some sections (especially the Results and Discussion parts) to clarify their contents.
  • Discussion:  This should emphasize the present findings and the variations or similarities with other work done in the field by other workers. The detailed data should not be repeated in the discussion again. Emphasize the new and important aspects of the study and the conclusions that follow from them. It must be mentioned whether the hypothesis mentioned in the article is true, false or no conclusions can be derived.
  • Acknowledgement:  All contributors who do not meet the criteria for authorship should be covered in the acknowledgement section. It should include persons who have provided technical help, writing assistance and departmental head who has only provided general support. Financial and material support should also be acknowledged.
  • Tables:  In limited numbers should be submitted with the legends placed above. Do not submit tables as photograph. Place explanatory matters in footnotes, not in the heading.
  • Figures:   Should be in limited numbers, with high quality art work and mounted on separate pages. The legends should be placed below. The same data should not be presented in tables, figures and text, simultaneously.
  • References: All manuscripts should be accompanied by relevant references. The author should ensure reference to locally published studies by doing proper literature search. It may not be possible for the editor and reviewers to check the accuracy of all reference citations. To minimize such errors author should verify references against the original documents. The Reference should provide the following information as stated in the presented models as follows:
  1. • Article: Tallab TM, Bahamdam KA, Mirdad S, Johargi H, Mourad MM, Ibrahim K, et al. Cutaneous leishmaniasis: Schedules for intralesional treatment with sodium stibogluconate. Int J Dermatol. 1996;35:594-7.
  2. • Chapter: Bigby M. The hierarchy of evidence. In: Williams HC, Bigby M, Diepgen T, et al. (Eds). Evidence-based dermatology. Oxford: BMJ Publishing Group; 2003. 44-8.
  3. • Book: Norman IJ, Redfern SJ (Eds). Mental health care for elderly people. New York: Churchill Livingstone;1996.
  • Abbreviations and Symbols: Use only standard abbreviations. Avoid using them in the title and abstract. The full term for which an abbreviation stands should precede its first use in the text unless it is a standard unit of measurement.

■ The Corresponding Author

The corresponding author should be the person who is willing and able to handle all correspondence with the journal editor, including responding to reviewers’ comments and proofreading the final version.

Ethical Guidelines

Ethical considerations must be addressed in the Materials and Methods section.

  1. • Please state that informed consent was obtained from all human adult participants and from the parents or legal guardians of minors. Include the name of the appropriate institutional review board that approved the project.
  2. • Indicate in the text that the maintenance and care of experimental animals complies with National Institutes of Health guidelines for the humane use of laboratory animals, or those of your Institute or agency.

Conflicts of Interest

Authors must acknowledge and declare any sources of funding and potential conflicting interest, such as receiving funds or fees by, or holding stocks and shares in, an organization that may profit or lose through publication of your paper. Declaring a competing interest will not lead to automatic rejection of the paper, but we would like to be made aware of it.

Page Charges

There are no charges for publication in this Journal.

Peer Review Process

All manuscripts are considered to be confidential. They are peer-reviewed by at least 2 anonymous reviewers selected by the Editorial Board. The corresponding author is notified as soon as possible of the editor decision to accept, reject, or require modifications. If the manuscript is completely acceptable according to the criteria set forth in these instructions, it is scheduled for the next available issue.

 

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.

  1. 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).
  2. The submission file is in Microsoft Word, RTF, or WordPerfect document file format.
  3. The authors must ensure that before submitting the manuscript for publication, they have taken care of the following: Title page should contain title, name of the author/co-authors, their qualifications, designation & institutions they are affiliated with and mailing address for future correspondence, e-mail address, and phone and fax number.
  4. Abstract in structured format up to 350 words.
  5. References mentioned as stated in the Instruction to Authors section.
  6. Where available, URLs for the references have been provided.
  7. The text is single-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.
  8. The text adheres to the stylistic and bibliographic requirements outlined in the Author Guidelines, which is found in About the Journal.
  9. Make sure for headings of tables, their numbers and captions of illustrations. Don’t repeat the information in tables if it is covered in the text.
  10. Photographs / illustrations along with their captions.
  11. Disclosure regarding source of funding and conflict of interest if any besides approval of the study from respective Ethics Committee/Institution Review Board.
  12. Covering Letter.
 

Copyright Notice

Authors who publish with this journal agree to the following terms:

a. Copyright

Upon publication, each author agrees that the “Laser application in Medical Sciences Research Center” is the copyright owner of the material published in “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences”. The users are free to copy, distribute, and display the work; to make any reasonable noncommercial use of the work, subject to proper attribution of authorship and ownership of the rights. Authors may use their material in presentations and subsequent publications they write or edit themselves, provided that “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences” is notified in writing and is acknowledged as the original publication.

b. Statement of Authorship

This statement acknowledges that each undersigned author has made a substantial contribution to the manuscript and is willing to take public responsibility for its contents. Author(s) attest that all persons designated as authors qualify for authorship and all those who qualify are listed. The corresponding author takes responsibility for the integrity of the work as a whole, from inception to published article. “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences” follows the latest definition provided by the Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals listed below: “Authorship credit should be based on:

  1. Substantial contributions to conception and design, or acquisition of data, or analysis and interpretation of data;
  2. Drafting the article or revising it critically for important intellectual content;
  3. Final approval of the version to be published. Authors should meet conditions 1, 2, and 3.”
All others who contributed to the work but are not authors (if any) are named in the Acknowledgements of the manuscript.

c. Conflict of Interest and Financial Supports

Author(s) warrant that any financial interests, direct or indirect, that exist or may be perceived to exist for individual contributors in connection with this manuscript have been disclosed in the covering letter. Furthermore, sources of financial support of the project are named in the covering letter as well as the Acknowledgements.

d. Ethical Requirements

Author(s) herein attest that all human and/or animal studies undertaken as part of research from which this manuscript is derived, are in compliance with the regulations of their institution(s) and generally accepted guidelines governing such work. Author(s) warrant that this manuscript contains no violation of any existing copyright or other third party right or any material of an obscene, indecent, libelous, or otherwise unlawful nature and that to the best of their knowledge the manuscript does not infringe the rights of others. Previous Publications. Author(s) certify that neither this manuscript nor one with substantially similar content under their authorship has been published or being considered for publication elsewhere in any language (neither local nor international journals), except as described in the covering letter. The undersigned author(s) have read the above and the Instructions for Authors of “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences” and herein comply with the instructions.

If this manuscript is not published in either print or electronic versions of “Journal of Lasers in Medical Sciences” within 12 months of acceptance (or as otherwise agreed), this agreement shall automatically terminate.


 

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